Shiki 17 – Doom and Gloom and Doom and Gloom and …
Is it at all ironic that someone who doesn’t wear pants wears the pants in the Kirishiki relationship?
So, um, WE ARE ALL FUCKED. Muroi is . . . surrendering himself to Sunako, or something; Ozaki has become Mrs. Kirishiki’s vampire sex slave (with the snipetastic blessing of Mr. Kirishiki, as if he really has a choice); Tatsumi and Yuuki are on their way to do battle soon; and the precious few villagers remaining are still croaking left and right. Good times! Good, bleak times where every human is dumb and buries their heads in the sand. (Which I would probably be doing, too, considering that, um, I don’t believe in any of this stuff. But I probably wouldn’t bury my head in the sand for very long, because I would totally be among the first dumbasses to die.)
Seriously, though, the humans are NEVER going to get a break in this. Ozaki spends the whole episode — really, a huge chunk of the series — preparing to kick some vampire ass, even gaining an important ally in Yuuki, and then the vampires just swoop in, turn on the charm, shoot one dinky stake, and boom!
Tough actin’ Tinactin. The plans go straight down the shitter. Even Main Character Status does not prevent Ozaki from being susceptible to vampire mind control. Maybe Mrs. Kirishiki used Attract and thus gained easy control of Ozaki. Damn gender-influenced move! It must be an especially strong version, too, because even though Mr. Kirishiki cracks wise about helping his wife have an affair, he still does it anyway.
I concur with Day’s confusion regarding Muroi’s actions. It seems as if he wants to take action and fight the vampires with Ozaki, but he can’t (and thus sticks to staring longingly at Ozaki from outside, while many fanfics are written) . . . or possibly won’t, at least not with Ozaki. Wouldn’t be the first time a guilty anime character hoisted all the burdens on him- or herself despite all logic saying that numbers = better. Self-destruction, ahoy!
Or maybe Muroi just wants to have a tea party (but not the Sarah Palin kind) with Sunako. If it’s a choice between posh tea parties and being violently violated by a vampire, I’d probably go for the posh tea party too. Even if Sunako might be drugging me, I don’t know. Maybe Muroi is just sleepy. Or he is just assuming a contemplating pose. Who knows.
(Side note: I think the Kirishiki family is trying to sink the Muroi x Ozaki ship. Mrs. Kirishiki putting the moves on Ozaki while Sunako sets up a tea party with Muroi? Hmmmmmmmmm.)
Is it just me or is Ritsuko’s dog the smartest, bravest character in the series? He’s a dog, so he instinctively senses that the Risen are bad news while the humans are all “derp derp derp” about it, and he wants to stay alive, so when one of the vampires comes calling, his “OH HELL NO” sensors kick in and he gets the fuck out of Dodge. But when one of his master’s friends is in mortal danger, he turns into a god damn superhero and drags Ritsuko along for the life. This dog is basically the anime Lassie.
I salute you, dog. May you be the last one standing at the end.