Humans have two sides, the animal side which keeps us alive and human side which builds societies, laws, art. This side makes us what we are. Shiki tries to touch this subject. However, Shiki fails to achieve that on so many levels.
Shiki has one of most boring starts I have ever seen in anime, first episodes are sluggish and uninteresting. While viewer knows what the hell going on from as early as episode 3, characters in anime simply can’t figure it out even with such huge evidence. Every character is god damn idiot. Even these Shiki’s are idiotic they don’t even try to hide their presence.
Characters in Shiki are annoying at worst and uninteresting at best. Given the Shiki’s premise, it should be a very character driven show. However, characters are the worst part of the show. It seems people working on this had the competition of How can you make each character as unrealistic as possible while making them as annoying as possible? This is unacceptable. It is not like that Shiki didn’t have enough episodes, rather than showing how each character is a douchebag, they could have shown the relationship between various characters making climax more heartbreaking. If characters had enough development for me to care about them, then this would have been very good anime, sadly that is not the case. The only likable character for me was Tomio Ookawa, the person who was killing Shiki’s left and right and killed his dead son, probably the smartest character too.
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Shiki liked by many because it shows moral ambiguity, let me debunk that myth. Now imagine that this entire village either died or people turned into Shiki’s. These Shiki’s still need to feed on other people and when they do, that person either dies or become Shiki. Now this will spread like an epidemic, how long do you think human population will last as more and more people will turn into Shiki’s and others die. Shiki population will grow with increasing rate and human population will decrease with increasing rate. Soon there will not be enough humans to feed all Shiki’s and hence Shiki’s will die out. The conclusion is simple that Shiki’s are unnatural as they dig their own grave, either way, they are doom for extinction. There not a single carnivorous in the world which would naturally do that kind of thing. Hence by definition humans have more right to live than Shiki’s. Because of slow reproduction of humans, Shiki’s will eventually run out of food. This premise is very well handled in Parasyte the maxim. There is no moral ambiguity here.
For me, Shiki is a mess of stupid characters playing kingdom kingdom.
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