Shiki 3, Maid-Sama 17

Rather than letting anyone get closer to the mysteries of this little town, Shiki 3 is content to have another death and a lot of character introductions and development.

We meet some of Natsuno’s friends, if they can be called that. Tohru is a nice boy who befriends Natsuno even though Natsuno doesn’t want any connections in this hick town. Tohru is friends with Masao, a lad who looks like he’s ill even when he’s healthy. And there’s something wrong with him. He fears and hates Natsuno for no reason, same with his sister-in-law. He creeps about, either trying to intimidate people into hating him or steering clear. He’s delighted when Nao comes down with the sickness and dies. I’m hoping he’s the next victim.

Meanwhile, other villagers begin to encounter members of the Kirishiki (?) family, the ones we know are responsible for this mess. Seishirou and Chizuru, the parents, come off as a slightly sinister Isaac and Miria. “We’ll come pay our respects soon,” they say, shortly before Nao falls sick. But the most interesting of the family might be Sunako, the young daughter, who introduces herself to Sheishin the priest in a bizarre scene, bizarre because she knows stuff about him, like he once tried to kill himself, and because Seishin is startled, but not alarmed to discover she knows this. While we take this in we also learn much about Seishin. He’s an author and has written works about the town dying. An interesting character himself.

Oh what a giveaway!

And there’s Tatsumi, whom the unsuspecting Tohru also befriends. He says “I’ll come by soon,” so you know Tohru is probably going to die next. I bet this will set off Natsuno and give him a sense of purpose … or maybe not. Natsuno is sleeping over at Tohru’s place that night. That might spice things up. In spite of almost no real plot (the only time Toshio asks questions it’s so we get backstory) the episode is not dull. It’s taking its time, but Shiki is revealing its story in a calm, deliberate and stylish way that keeps me interested.

Kaichou wa Maid-Sama continues with the vacation theme. Nagisa tells her nephew, the cross-dressing Aoi, that he can wear what he wants ONLY if he wins the festival’s beach volleyball tournament. This is a little unfair, since Aoi is, after all, a boy. But he refuses to give up, showing the manly resolve Nagisa’s looking for. Misa, naturally, volunteers to be his partner.

Of course, Usui has to screw everything up. Unhappy with the thought that the winners will be crowned the festival couple and have to pose in swimsuits while being ogled, he enters the tournament, too. What’s annoying, especially to Misa, is that he’s fully aware the situation and Aoi’s resolve, yet here he is trying to thwart the boy. Usui can be an entertaining character, but his desire to keep Misa away even from innocent situations involving other men really ticks me off.

It goes as expected. Both teams reach the finals (Misa and Aoi have flames of intensity around them constantly), and it looks like Usui’s team is going to win it all easily, when we get the expected turnaround. Mean Usui injures himself while saving Misa from crashing into the judge’s chair, proving that he does care. Later on, he admits just that. And he admits that while he sympathized with Aoi’s predicament, Misa is more important to her. And we get a near-kiss.

Again, this is what I dislike about Usui. Whether or not Misa wants to be ogled in a swimsuit or not, if he cares for her that much why can’t he respect her wishes? She dearly wanted to win for Aoi. Okay, they won, but in an unsatisfactory way. And why Misa lets him do all this crap to her, then get all near-kiss like after he says a few words, I do not understand. Young, stupid love, I guess. It’s a shame. In the right situation they’re a great combo.

2 thoughts on “Shiki 3, Maid-Sama 17

  1. Nah, that’s the way Usui is. He’s a selfish-like and childish boy, yet he has a strong will. And he cares about Misa herself more than her wish. Well if Misa wear than swimsuit that would be bad right ? All Usui do is taking care of his love. Say what ? Crap ? Oh dear, that was a romantic thing. You would understand if you heard that kinda words from a person that always helps you all the time.

    1. I’ll say again that if Usui truly loved Misa he would respect her wishes once in a while. Instead he acts childish and selfish whenever he thinks others might look at her in a certain way. It’s a shame because there have been times when he has stepped back and simply admired her for her strength and resolve. Too few times.

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