Shiki 18 – Taking a Bite Out of Crime
If only this moment had come about eight episodes earlier . . .
Still, it’s a pretty great moment. I assume that this plot was discussed during one of Ozaki and Yuuki’s meet-ups, and that it was Yuuki who bit Ozaki and got dibs on him. (By the way, if that’s the case, then props to Shiki for not pushing it in the collective faces of the viewers and assuming the audience is intelligent enough to deduce it on their own.) A good number of the villagers will be on Ozaki’s side now (though I suppose Yuuki will have to work in the shadows, depending on how many people knew he kicked the bucket; can’t imagine they’d be too happy to be teaming with one of “them”), but the element of surprise is gone. Then again, this plan works best on someone more gullible/arrogant/flighty like Chizuru, so the options were probably limited. Gotta give something to get something.
I agree with Day’s assessment of the prospects for Shiki‘s end. Nice step forward for the humans here, but if they “win” it’s only going to be after massive losses, and I doubt all the vampires will be destroyed. It’s definitely a possibility now, but I’m still counting it as unlikely. Tatsumi has his eye on Yuuki, Mr. Kirishiki is going to be pissed as hell now and while we haven’t received a direct look at any retribution Sunako doles out to those who defy her, I will err on the side of caution in writing that she is probably capable of kicking more ass and taking more names than one would expect of a little vampire girl who drinks tea all day.
There will probably be some side shifting, too. Tohru has been wavering for so long that I would be shocked if he didn’t join the humans at some point (perhaps with Ritsuko’s prodding before she dies with dignity). I mean, his balls would have to drop first for that to happen, but you know. Maybe Masao would help out too if Megumi pisses him off too much, but he’s such a dipshit that nobody would be able to count on his help for anything. There’s also the possibility that Akira comes back somewhere down the road (depending on, uh, what they did with the poor kid’s corpse, assuming he is dead). And where’s Kaori? Sure, she’s crazy, but crazy people can stab.
As Father Yuuki so kindly demonstrated for the audience! Where’s your liberal pinko elite education now, huh, motherfucker?!
(Also: What the HELL was Tatsumi wearing?! Is he getting fashion tips from Chizuru?? Or is he just drinking heavily before he heads out in the morning? Or perhaps he’s entered into a Calvin and Hobbes strip.)
As expected, Yuuki is a different sort of vampire. It’s kind of cheap, but at the same time, I do kind of like that Shiki is branching out a bit with its vampire mythos and not sticking to a purely Hollywood idea of vampires and werewolves and whatnot. Plus, Yuuki isn’t some god mode Jesus Yamato vampire now, either — it’s kind of like Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic where Yuuki is sticking with the Light Side, but his path is tougher because of it, whereas Tatsumi is being one of those douchebag Sith lords with no regard for individual life, but he gets badass powers because of it. What a prick!
I will say that I felt kind of sorry for Chizuru during that whole hullabaloo at the end, if only because she is kind of adorable during all her interactions with Ozaki. Girls just wanna have fun, man.