I think this post is mostly spoiler-free, because it’s also mostly content-free. But you probably shouldn’t read it until you’ve watched the finale.
And so comes an end to CCY’s 12 Days of Anime project… Merry Christmas… with blood!
I used to do Shotokan Karate. When blocking, they taught me to wait for the last possible moment and then block. You do this so your opponent can’t react and change their attack. The block is meant to be both defense and a counter. Knocking away the incoming punch/kick, and ideally doing some damage as well. Toshio and Natsuno have waited and waited. Watching the town being withered away. Watching their friends, family and even themselves die out. But finally in the 18th episode, they counter. And oh, what a counter.
So the vaunted Shiki begins. And while the first episode wasn’t great, focusing more on mood-setting and character introductions, it has some potential.