Alex:Shiki is a tale of good verses evil, vampires verses humans, and one hell of a horror. Clocking in at 22 episodes, it’s been given enough time to finish telling its tale…and well;
Shiki is hard to write about. Some parts of it bore you out of your mind, especially when its still building up, but when it’s finished with its build-up, it’s the stuff dreams are made of and much more. Every series uses build-up, but this…the script writing is a masterpiece itself.It does often feel like it’s being too slow, but trust me when I say that it isn’t being too slow at all, infact, it’s almost got the perfect pace. It’s slow enough to make everything feel alive, yet fast enough to keep you interested in its heavy atmosphere.
Shiki is the walking definition of Japanese horror as a whole. Full of folklore and myths, not over the top, spends most its time being spooky, so forth. But that’s not a bad thing. Sure, if your used to horror from the shores of the USA then this will be different enough to throw you off, but you’ll settle into its pace within time. It’s actually hard NOT to settle into the pace and get engrossed in the story; I tried a friend who hates horror with Shiki, and she loved it and often watched it before me.
The artwork and the soundtrack are some of the best in anime. It took a while, but I loooove the character designs and how they’re all different. The soundtrack is…well, you’ll have to listen for yourself, but it’s musical ecstasy.
If you have patience, Shiki is one of those series you have to try, because its just so good.
Alex’s Score: 10 Meeps out of 10 (Masterpiece)
Mimi’s Score: 9 Meeps out of 10 (Great)
Dusk’s Score: 9.5 Meeps out of 10 (Great)