The casualness of those who kill the Shiki at times is far creepier than the Shiki themselves.
What They Say:
The villagers discover the Shiki's last hideout, and the bloody war is nearing an end'"but two Kirishiki's still remain. Will Seishin be able to save Sunako from the human's vengeful wrath?
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The bloodbath that has become the village as the villagers deal with the Shiki that they've come across is astounding in its own way. After seeing the piles of bodies, the cold and cool ways they've eliminated the ones they've found, the next stage is here and that's treating it all as a chore. The opening sequence alone is chilling in its own right as the women lug the bodies around in the sacks to get them to where they need to be with such casualness. And when there's one that's still kicking, one young woman takes care of it like she's nailing down a loose tent flap while the others prepare for a tea break. That is the kind of chilling material that Shiki has presented so well these last few episodes.
The show has really whittled down the number of Shiki that are left out there and it seems like the only ones that are really left, outside of an a few small clusters or random ones, are Tatsumi and Sunako who are being protected in the hidden basement in the mansion by Seishin as he provides sustenance for them. The fear that Sunako has is pretty strong, yet controlled in a way, which makes her very susceptible to things. Seishin's tale of the past, which ties into events in the present as it plays out, is a fascinating piece of dark terror that he uses to keep Sunako's mind occupied. Even Tatsumi listens on, mostly because he has no choice, but he doesn't interrupt either or make much hay with it as Seishin tells his story.
The final hunting that's going on is really fascinating to watch. We see how they're dealing with the disposal of the bodies in a few ways, Seishiro is doing some hunting himself as he's looking for a jinrou with his rifle, and the villagers have discovered another sizable holdout of the Shiki to go after. They're almost completely methodical about it and with little emotion most of the time, but sometimes they can't help but to be stricken by what they see and what they must do, even knowing that these truly aren't the people they've known before in life. The way the corpses are piling up, the amount of blood on everyone's clothes, is almost stifling. The outbreak of those taken by the Shiki is reaching unbelievable levels yet it manages to draw you even further in to events, especially as they think they know where the last refuge may be.
The struggles of the final few that remain is definitely a series of very tense moments. Seishirou has a brief part but his is one I want to know much more of. Tatsumi redeems himself in a way and the story of Seishin and Sunako is one that I find particularly haunting as he does his best to protect her. There are numerous smaller stories told across here, both of villagers and Shiki, who are trying to keep to their paths. The brutality of it all is crushing and disturbing to watch, but you can't turn away from it as it unfolds. Shiki continues to be one of the best series of the year and this episode is no exception as the villagers do their best to take back their homes from those who have gone to the other side.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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