Tuesday, July 17, 2012


This story starts off in Sotoba village, where the people are old fashion, and cut off from the outside world. With a population of 1 300, this village is run by the two heads of the town the town junior monk Seishin and the village doctor Toshio. After the Kirishiki's western style mansion was built on the outskirts of the village, the villagers started dying left and right. Was this a start of an epidemic brought to Sotoba by the Kirishiki's or was it something more?

There are quiet a number of characters who's stories are told in this anime, we see the struggle, the joys, the tragedies that different characters and group of characters go through.

Megumi; the odd out of place girl who dreams to one day move to the city, and live a "normal life". She has an unhealthy obsession with Natsuno.

Natsuno; the reserved and quiet cold high school student from the city, who moved to Sotoba with his parents. His hopes are to one day move back to the city and escape the small village life. Even though he wasn't looking for a friend one found him, Tohru.

Tohru; an all around good guy who could have his pick of the crop, but decided to befriend Natsuno. 

Seishin; the town junior monk and childhood friend to Toshio and Mikiyasu. He believed that you could always choose your own path in life, that nothing was predetermined. Eventually he became a monk, even though he truly wished otherwise.

Toshio; the current town doctor of Sotoba, running the clinic which was passed down from generation to generation. In charge of all the lives in the village, the only thing that could possibly disgrace his family's name would be villagers deaths. He takes it as his personal duty to make sure that the villagers are safe.

I've got to admit that there are many more characters in the anime. I'd love to write about the main Shiki characters, but I'm afraid that I might spoil some of the story.

This is honestly one of the best anime's I've seen in quiet some time. It has all items to make it an unforgettable anime, characters you can relate to (I'm not saying all but you'll find one), suspense, conflict, great animation, and human nature. I honestly cried near the end, feeling both sympathy and loss for both the humans and the shiki. This is a great example of human nature at its worse. I rate this anime 5 stockings out of 5.

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