Maybe I was just in too sour a mood to fully appreciate the simple appeal of SHIKI, but I was so very close to invoking Wolpaw’s Law while watching this. There are a few hints of this maybe doing something provocative and TWIN PEAKS-like within in our beloved anime milieu. (The creepy opening with townsfolk searching for a dead body in the woods and the “time lapse” subtitles being the two hints that seemed the most promising.)
Then, nothing much happens… or, at least, things do happen, but in a terribly disinteresting way. You’ve got to figure that the state of being boring has got to be the worst offense an anime staring a pink haired free spirit could ever commit.
That free spirit gets killed, and her body’s lost in the woods, and the scruffy guy in the promo image is a prime suspect and… and…
And I honestly can’t bring myself to finish describing the rest of what happens. I’d likely fall asleep at the keyboard and leave you lunatics with a long string of nonsensical letters as my nose and eyebrows pressed on random keys.
Listen, you’ve all stuck with me through the highest valleys and the deepest depths of this column. You know I’m not somebody who’ll give up too easily when it comes to discussing an anime here. You know this for a fact. So you know that it’s no glib statement for me to say that I didn't find anything worthwhile to comment upon here.
Somebody watch this episode and write their own review in their blog. Call me a dismissive jerk for not giving a shot, if it makes you happy.