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Old 2011-01-06, 12:55   Link #2061
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because i have already deleted the final eps from my laptop
please somebody comfirm it :
does mr kirishiki have shiki eyes at the end? ( when he back to his castle )


Doesn't look like it to me, although I don't pay much attention to how the shiki's eyes look like anyway. It would definitely make a lot of sense though that he was bitten by Natsuno and was under his influence, because I see no other reason why he would kill the jinrou girl unless I missed something.
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Old 2011-01-06, 12:58   Link #2062
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because i have already deleted the final eps from my laptop
please somebody comfirm it :
does mr kirishiki have shiki eyes at the end? ( when he back to his castle )
Nope. Incidentally, I caught up with the manga today, and learned a very interesting fact about him.

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I urge everyone to read the manga. The plot and the characters are a lot more felshed out in it. I hadn't realized the anime cut so much stuff out until now.
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Old 2011-01-06, 19:27   Link #2063
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I urge everyone to read the manga. The plot and the characters are a lot more felshed out in it. I hadn't realized the anime cut so much stuff out until now.
That is great to hear.

Ok how in the heck was Mr. K alive for all that time? He was confirmed human...
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Old 2011-01-06, 19:57   Link #2064
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That is great to hear.

Ok how in the heck was Mr. K alive for all that time? He was confirmed human...
Well, if you read the manga, you'll find out ^^
If I remember correctly, the anime may have showed some shots here and there, but never explained what they were showing through narration or dialogue.
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Old 2011-01-06, 20:42   Link #2065
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That is great to hear.

Ok how in the heck was Mr. K alive for all that time? He was confirmed human...
Maybe Sunako threatened Chizuru with death if she bit him.

Outside of the fight with Natsuno for which he lost, he prob hid.
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Old 2011-01-07, 05:41   Link #2066
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because i have already deleted the final eps from my laptop
please somebody comfirm it :
does mr kirishiki have shiki eyes at the end? ( when he back to his castle )
He obviously walked back in there just to die. Ironic that Sunako makes it out alive while he does that, but he was more attached to Chizuru anyway.

I can't find the manga/novel thread for this show, is there one?
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Old 2011-01-07, 05:54   Link #2067
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I can't find the manga/novel thread for this show, is there one?
Nope. There weren't many of us reading the manga back when there was first talk of having one. (Not sure about the other readers, but I personally wanted to try and discuss what happened here with viewers whenever the anime caught up.)

Someone COULD make a thread now...especially since the novel is also being translated. But they're so different that I'm not sure how I'd feel if there's a combined manga/novel tread. If anything, the anime/manga should be combined, with the novel thread separate...or perhaps, just have discussions for all three in this thread...?

I personally think it'd be fun to be able to compare the three versions all in one thread, but what does everyone else think?
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Old 2011-01-07, 10:58   Link #2068
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^ I don't mind either way, as long as we have a place where we can discuss the manga freely.
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though it's odd how I google "shiki light novel translation" and nothing useful comes up.
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though it's odd how I google "shiki light novel translation" and nothing useful comes up.
You can read it translated here: http://community.livejournal.com/tdx_manga/3245.html
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Old 2011-01-08, 00:17   Link #2072
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I personally think it'd be fun to be able to compare the three versions all in one thread, but what does everyone else think?
Obviously I don't mind comparing manga and animr but that would have to be done in a manga thread cuz of the spoiler policy, even with the anime now over.

As for the novels that's tricky since source material is different. A separate manga and novel thread could be made for each or they could be combined but I for one would not want to know novel spoilers til I was done with the manga. Its tricky.

In the Ghost Hunt manga thread there are well tagged novel spoilers but mostly its just what the manga left out, basically the source material is the same. We know Shiki manga and novel are different, so again I support two thread but that's just me.

I do think we at least need a manga thread.
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Old 2011-01-08, 19:43   Link #2073
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REVIEW TIME

First of all IT HAS VAMPIRES. And now that we got this little spoiler out of the way, let’s talk about the anime… Which is NOT about vampires. Confused?

The bait of the show was that IT’S NOT TWILIGHT and that it returns to more traditional forms of the undead. Well, to all ignorant folks out there, vampires were in ancient traditions NOT HUMAN ANYMORE. They were demons possessing corpses or dead people who returned to life as punishment for their sins in order to hurt the living. These monsters were later romanticized to represent lust, which was considered a grave sin in western religions. After going overboard, they turned to sparkling pretty boys with hairless chests taking part in adventures full of sex and dreadful storytelling.

Vampires were present in anime for decades as well, the most famous examples of which are Vampire Hunter D and Hellsing. If you are a retro freak, we can throw Vampire Princess Miyu in there. They always had the traditional outlook of Hollywood and nobody complained about it, since the industry wasn’t making a hundred shows per season with them in it. So they were never saturated like ecchis or harems or moes. But then the unspeakable happened. And its name is Vampire Knight. That frakking piece of turd sold like crazy because it reminded the braindead masses of another frakking piece of gutter called Twilight. It seemed like even anime would follow the trend of retardediness and go down the drain.

And then Shiki came up to somewhat prove there is still hope. It tried to be somewhat different, although it still has a lot of BS in it as well. But it’s ok to some parts so it is not a complete failure.

THAT SLUG THAT IS SUPPOSED TO BE THE STORY: 2
Let’s talk about the story a bit. IT DOESN’T KNOW WHAT THE HECK IT’S ABOUT. I can be very specific, but it will spoil the crap out of everything, so if you don’t want that, skip all the rest of the story section. The bottom line is that it has terrible storytelling.
Spoilers begin here. It keeps changing themes and objectives to a degree where it is just random storytelling. At first, it is “what is the cause of all these people dying”. Then it became “protect the village”, then “Vampires have the right to live too” (no kiddin’), then “Kill The Witch”, then “It was Cain who killed Abel but in fact was the same person” weird fairytale. And it sounds very cool while writing it but the presentation is pathetic in the least. I liked how they tried to throw all sorts of themes in it; it’s definitely not a typical Count Dracula variation, despite having lots of similarities at first. But then again that is exactly what makes it so bad; it swifts to completely different types of storytelling with little regard to smooth transition.
-A small breakdown of the plot shows that on the first quarter of the story you are presented with a mystery. Many people are dying and the doctors suspect an epidemic. This part is very mysterious since you are constantly kept in the dark and it makes you think it is going to be something more bizarre and horrifying that Sadako from The Ring.
-And then the second quarter comes along, which is basically revealing the culprit in the most anti-climactic way possible. The bad guys of sorts are Shiki, creatures who look and act like vampires but don’t have super strength or turn to bats. They are just people with no pulse who need to drink blood from the living. This part shows Shiki as just another type of sentient animal, who just so happens to need humans to survive. It sounds like a nice twist but in reality, it trashes the initial mysterious feeling of the show. It took six episodes to just tell us it was the Shiki, something 99% of the viewers already suspect from the first episode. They are not even shown to be evil batmen; they are just some guys who transferred to the village and now turn all the rest in their own kind. Which means, that dread of watching innocent people dying mysteriously is no longer present. It turned from something really spooky to some lame teen adventure like Teen Wolf. And yes, there are werewolves as well. And they are equally simplistic on how they act. As for the dead, they are all simply resurrected to be Shiki themselves. And they are not different people either; they still feel and act the exact same way, they simply need to drink blood. It is not scary at all and there is no actual dying going on here. So much for feeling sorry for the little bastards. That is one of the worst mood swings even made in a series.
-The third quarter is even more stupid as it is just about people being attacked and others talking about it, without really doing anything about it. Nothing happens besides people talking and turning to Shiki.
-The fourth is were the shit hits the fan as it becomes a social drama. The rest of the people finally find out that the Shiki are responsible and form a mob that kills them all. And it may sound heroic but in fact it presents all the honest people, whose relatives were killed by the Shiki, to be some sort of fascist assholes, taking joy and pride in cleansing the village by this menace. They hammer stakes in their helpless victims while talking about having tea. That’s right, all of a sudden the hunters become the hunted and from nasty life sucking predators, they are now shown to be good guys who just want to live (?) and have the right to necrolyze the world … like all living creatures want to. And normal humans? No sir, those are monsters who want to protect their families. What kind of crappish plot twist is this?
-The ending isn’t better either. It is vague, rushed, rather open and full of retarded actions and talking about things that make no sense. So once again it failed to do both transition and closure. So don’t go asking me again why it is a terrible story. It is more than obviously one of the worst examples of storytelling, alongside Twilight and seeing how a lot of people praise it once again proves how ignorant the masses are to a nice and coherent story. Doesn’t anyone ever heard of the term transition? The scenario is like watching Sadako coming out of the well and then Teen Wolf appears and starts to play basketball.

THAT MOB THAT WE ARE SUPPOSED TO CARE ABOUT, WHICH SOME MAKE THE ERROR OF DESIGNATING AS A CAST: 3
The series has a cast that numbers over a hundred people. Which means, it needs a lot of attention to be given on each one of them if they are supposed to be fleshed out properly. So I ask you, with only 22 episodes, half of which consists of us being kept in the dark or just watch people talking about epidemics that don’t exist, what are the odds of achieving a good fleshing out? … Not hard to imagine, is it?
Most of the characters are nothing but caricatures. They are just given a vague personality and exchange a few lines, even revealing their pasts. That may count as colorizing them nicely but most are given only that. The scenes keep flipping left and right to dozens of individuals, who are just showing us who they are. None really manages to affect the story; they are just talking and turning to Shiki or Werewolves and then… continue being the exact same people. Where is the character development in all this mess?
But to be honest, there is one character who does more things than all the rest put together. He is the only interesting person in the entire show for the same matter. Who could that be? Why, it must be this pretty boy we see in the entry picture, right? This hunk with the open shirt. … BZZZ! Nope, not him. He is just another side character who hardly does anything. Call him a red herring. The real hero of the show is the doctor of the village. He practically IS the story. Without him nothing happens or advances. Heck, he is the one who brought a closure to this mess; even if it was poorly presented. So what we effectively have here is a bunch of people we hardly get to see enough to like, talking and dying, and becoming Shiki and… that’s all there is actually. Most of them in the end get killed by their own friends and relatives and they are still the exact same people as when we met them, despite the million shitz that happened in their life (?).
Some may say that since they are all colorized, they deserve to at least get a better score than that 3 I gave them. Well I’m sorry but those guys again have no idea of what a character is. Because most of the people in this show are like those in Elfen Lied. Lots of gore and death and yet THEY MAKE NO SENSE. They lack reason completely, they do the most ridiculous things, they don’t see the obvious. Somebody who suspects his village is full of vampires will not take a shovel and go dig graves all alone in the night. He would flee the village, phone the police, yell in the middle of the street, or buy a dozen crosses. Yet all we see is most of the characters having a normal life and rejecting all rumors, even if half of their friends and relatives just dyed mysteriously. Heck, it took half the village to turn to Shiki before the other half was convinced something is a bit off. And anyway, what the hell did the original Shiki planning to do with a village full of bloodsuckers like themselves? Nobody makes sense… besides the doctor; he was a smart one. Even he though needed 10 episodes to distinguish bite marks from insect bites. He made this elaborate epidemic theory full of scientific terms and facts and was totally blind to THAT?

THAT BEAUTY SHOP WHICH IS SUPPOSED TO BE A RURAL VILLAGE: 8
The setting of the story is a rather isolated small village on the mountains. That is why most characters there have extravagant hairstylists and wear cloths that you would expect to see in Shibuya. Yeah, the feeling is off. As are most hairstyles in this show; what the hell is this? I have seen less wacky stuff in slapstick comedies.
Other than that, everything else looks gorgeous. The use of shading and visual effects manage to transmit dread and uncertainty to you … Too bad it is mostly shitting around with fake drama around people who don’t really die. The backgrounds are otherwise very well drawn. And when they had the need to show gore and blood, they were not holding back; I liked that a lot.

THOSE SOUNDS WHICH ARE SUPPOSED TO BE … UM … SOUNDS: 8
The soundtrack is a very hard thing to decide if it is good or just plain weird. It offers a great atmosphere to the series but the transition from one part of a song to another part again feels weird. I mean the opening videos; you just can’t get the idea that the music does not unfold smoothly. It misses the proper moments to have heights and lows while listening to it. As for the voice acting, I say it is fine as I wasn’t annoyed too much with anyone, other than that pink haired bitch on the first episode. The dialogues are otherwise nicely written. Although they do lack common sense at many points that make you feel they are artificial. I mean, why the hell is a huge guy talking about village rules while sticking pikes though people’s hearts, as if there is a law allowing that? They are Shiki you idiot; there are no rules about them.

VALUE, ENJOYMENT AND ITS LACK OF THEM: 4
I must admit that the visuals and the BGM are very good. It also has lots of WTF scenes, gore, murder, blood, even action. The thing is, all that all loosely placed throughout the series and most of what you see is people who talk about things which don’t matter or doing actions which are completely retarded. It gets annoying fast in a series with slow plot. The story elements are also interesting on paper but the presentation is just dreadful. It was a drag when the show shifted from spooky mystery to silly vampire hunting.
It is not as bad as Twilight (few things are) but it still has a lot of gaga BS in it that prevent you from really enjoying it. If you happen to rewatch it you will realize it has a very slow build up before shifts to something entirely different in a very sloppy way.

Average: 5/10
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Perfect end for this tragic series! It wrapped everything really well. I'd say that it's one of the best horror anime series in recent years. This genre is so rare these days. I've read that the novel is quite different. Does it have English translation? I'd like to check what's the difference.

By the way, who knows when will the ost release? I really like the OST. It fits perfectly with the atmosphere.
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By the way, who knows when will the ost release? I really like the OST. It fits perfectly with the atmosphere.
It's being released in parts which are apart of the limited edition release of the DVD's. First mini soundtrack was released in November, with 6 tracks.
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Perfect end for this tragic series!
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It wrapped everything really well.
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I'd say that it's one of the best horror anime series in recent years.
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This genre is so rare these days.
Do you know how many vampire anime they made these last years?
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It's perfect because neither side win. Both sides received a very harsh punishment.

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I'd say that we have a different point of view about this. There are huge cast in the series. Well, it may be too many. But when they are developed, it's done very well. Those social drama may make the series a bit too slow. But it helps to characterize the villagers and makes them feel alive. What I think makes Shiki really great is that it can manage to give the question to ethic of humanity even if the audiences are rooting for them. For example, I don't like Shiki's method but I also can't say that I prefer what happened to Toshio's wife (yeah and at the same time, I think that I can't fully blame Toshio for what he did too. ). The series does have its weak moment but I don't see it as a big problem to disturb my enjoyment.

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Do you know how many vampire anime they made these last years?
Of course, there are many vampire genre in the anime. But I'd say that most (if not all) of them are hardly called horror. IMO I really can't say it's a horror when it can't even make me chill a little bit. Furthermore, many vampire these days are actually in service or harem or action anime. Some may have many disturbing scenes like this series. But it's not about how much blood it shows on the screen. The important thing is that the show can make the audiences feel for the character or not. IMO I've seen many brutal scenes in anime. Can't say that I don't enjoy it. But if I don't feel anything for the character then I actually consider those scenes are no different from fanservice. Because I just watch it for guilty pleasure.
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It's perfect because neither side win. Both sides received a very harsh punishment.
It's perfect because they both lose? You like shows were there is nothing to gain in the end?
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I'd say that we have a different point of view about this. There are huge cast in the series. Well, it may be too many. But when they are developed, it's done very well. Those social drama may make the series a bit too slow. But it helps to characterize the villagers and makes them feel alive. What I think makes Shiki really great is that it can manage to give the question to ethic of humanity even if the audiences are rooting for them. For example, I don't like Shiki's method but I also can't say that I prefer what happened to Toshio's wife (yeah and at the same time, I think that I can't fully blame Toshio for what he did too. ). The series does have its weak moment but I don't see it as a big problem to disturb my enjoyment.
Then name me ten characters and how they developed by the end of the series. If you can do that in a show of over sixty, then I will admit it had a lot of developed characters.
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Of course, there are many vampire genre in the anime. But I'd say that most (if not all) of them are hardly called horror. IMO I really can't say it's a horror when it can't even make me chill a little bit. Furthermore, many vampire these days are actually in service or harem or action anime. Some may have many disturbing scenes like this series. But it's not about how much blood it shows on the screen. The important thing is that the show can make the audiences feel for the character or not. IMO I've seen many brutal scenes in anime. Can't say that I don't enjoy it. But if I don't feel anything for the character then I actually consider those scenes are no different from fanservice. Because I just watch it for guilty pleasure.
Shiki is not free of fan service you know. Main entry picture anyone? And the nasty scenes are questionable if they are nothing but cheap shock effect for superficial drama that with lots of imagination can be a symbolism against Nazis or something.
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It's perfect because they both lose? You like shows were there is nothing to gain in the end?

Shiki is not free of fan service you know. Main entry picture anyone? And the nasty scenes are questionable if they are nothing but cheap shock effect for superficial drama that with lots of imagination can be a symbolism against Nazis or something.
Does someone have to win? The situation was terrible, to put it lightly, or do you prefer everything to have a happy winner. The thing here is, due to actions of both sides it degenerated into this bloody mess which ended up being all bad for both sides, there isn't always a winner and there doesn't need to be for it to be a decent ending, its not like it left it hanging. That's part of the whole point here, there isn't a winner it was just all bad and no one was going to gain anything from it in the first place.

Yes a couple of opening pictures, very occasional megumi/chizuru outfits and its now a boobs anime with no other focus. Honestly, you can hardly call that enough to count. As far as the bloody scenes, I saw it as showing how far some of these people sunk after the "war" started or just how far some would go for vengeance or to "protect" their family (yet obviously some of those actions were contradictory). I kinda feel like you really didn't try think on it past your first impression, but at the same time I agree there was too much blood which could easily interrupt that line of thought. ( I really didnt like how after the culling started they just drew all the characters covered in thick blood constantly)


My main problem with the anime ending is there is too much left out from the manga, one of above posters problems, so many characters with little development, is really a lot different in the manga where there is a lot of inner dialogues that better explain several events and characters or just flush out some of the smaller details. Its sad so much of it was lost here leaving the end more like a typhoon of blood.

In both cases though I was pretty unhappy when it lost that atmosphere it had at the beginning of the anime/manga but its still one of my favorites. To be honest when I think of all my favorite moments in this series though, they are always the earlier points...
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It's perfect because they both lose? You like shows were there is nothing to gain in the end?
Sound like a draw to me.
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