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Shiki Part 1 [DVD]

Kazuyuki Okitsu , Kouki Uchiyama , Tetsuro Amino    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kazuyuki Okitsu, Kouki Uchiyama, Toru Ohkawa
  • Directors: Tetsuro Amino
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Manga Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Oct 2012
  • Run Time: 253 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008X6HSVC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,002 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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5.0 out of 5 stars Not afraid of the dark? You will be. 14 Jan 2013
By Francois The Armaldo VINE VOICE
Wait until the rest of the house is asleep, turn off the lights, put a match to the candles, and slip Shiki Volume 1 into your DVD player. Oh, and grab a cushion to hide behind. You'll be needing it later.

I did exactly the above on Halloween night, chuffed to bits that a horror anime had been released just in time for the occasion, and promptly fell down the Shiki rabbit hole. I rarely stay up until 3am because a show is so thrilling I can't pull myself away or sleep (the last thing that did this to me was the season finale of Dexter!) but thrilling Shiki was, and so my bum stayed on the edge of that seat. Having chosen the absurd yet oddly addictive High School of the Dead as my Halloween anime last year, which had almost as many panty shots and gravity-defying breasts as it did zombies, Shiki is a return to the kind of horror that Japan does best: moody, chilling, and more reliant on visuals and music to give you the wiggins than outright gore. Think The Grudge and The Ring instead of Blade.

This beautifully animated, intricately crafted, insidious little masterpiece tells the tale of a sleepy, remote village which is turned upside down with the arrival of the mysterious, aristocratic Kirishiki family. These enigmatic strangers move into the village's only mansion and bring with them a curious exsanguination 'disease' which sweeps through the village population with shocking rapidity, causing young and old alike to drop like flies. But the dead are not lying still in their graves, and as the tide of monsters begins to outnumber the remaining humans, it seems only a doctor, a teenage boy, and the local priest realise what's really happening...and must summon the courage to fight back.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A real tour de force 24 Mar 2013
By Ian
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I throughly enjoyed this drama/horror series which to me represents the pinnacle of Japanese anime. Shiki is based in the village of Sotoba in Japan with a population of around 1300. The village is already pretty isolated and has more of an emphasis on its traditions than a big city would. New visitors move into the village but who are they and what are their intentions?

Shiki has a very large cast and at times it is very difficult to follow what is happening due in part to the large cast. However, the plot itself is easy enough to understand and it is in no way too confusing although events do not always take place in chronological order and thanks to the flashbacks and backstories it can become a bit hard to follow though only in certain places.

This is by no means a criticism as I like a plot with some complicated elements. I am impressed with the animation which is well drawn and flows smoothly. The only niggledy criticism I have is that one of the characters, Megumi, can be intensely annoying at times and that the first few episodes are very plot-oriented with sometimes not much happening so it has quite a slow beginning which may be a bit off-putting but in the later episodes the action really picks up and becomes unbelievably fast paced. I would highly recommend this for any anime fans
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5.0 out of 5 stars creepy... 21 Dec 2013
By tel
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This anime really is a bit creepy at times, which I hadn't expected. Story's good, animation's good, characters are good. So, good.
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