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Shiki: Part 1 DVD Review

Director: Tetsuro Animo

Starring: Aoi Yuuki, Kazuyuki Okitsu, Tooru Ookawa, Kouki Uchiyama, Cherami Lee, John Burgmeier, David Wald, Jerry Jewel,

Running Time: 253 minutes

Certificate: 15

Extras: Audio Commentary on episodes 1 & 12, Textless intro and outro, Shiki previews

Shiki! What is a Shiki? To tell you would be to ruin the plot of this enjoyable and dark anime. This is most certainly a mystery first and a horror second which is clearly demonstrated in the opening scenes of a search party trekking through the woods in the pitch black as they look for a missing girl. After that, the first episode is quite misleading, in that it is bright, colourful, and humorous. This is mostly down to Megumi Shimizu, a 15 year old girl we would assume to be the protagonist. She leads the first episode, giving her opinions on what she considers to be a backwards, isolated village, stuck in the past. Megumi

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