Random Curiosity

Shigofumi – 05 »« Shigofumi – 03

Shigofumi – 04

Shigofumi   04   01 Shigofumi   04   02 Shigofumi   04   03
Shigofumi   04   04 Shigofumi   04   05 Shigofumi   04   06
Shigofumi   04   07 Shigofumi   04   08 Shigofumi   04   09
Shigofumi   04   10 Shigofumi   04   11 Shigofumi   04   12
Shigofumi   04   13 Shigofumi   04   14 Shigofumi   04   15
Shigofumi   04   16 Shigofumi   04   17 Shigofumi   04   18
Shigofumi   04   19 Shigofumi   04   20 Shigofumi   04   21
Shigofumi   04   22 Shigofumi   04   23 Shigofumi   04   24
Shigofumi   04   25 Shigofumi   04   26 Shigofumi   04   27
Shigofumi   04   28 Shigofumi   04   29 Shigofumi   04   30
Shigofumi   04   31 Shigofumi   04   32 Shigofumi   04   33

Summary:

Yahiro Ran is a high school girl who plays tennis and is very popular with the first-years. Her friend Nanae suggests that she get a boyfriend, but the truth is that Ran and Nanae are already very, very close. Ran lives with just her father, and one morning, Fumika shows up at her home. Fumika’s earlier encounter with Kaname after the hostage situation had ended when she ignored his questions and had teleported out of there. She now tries to give Ran a Shigofumi from someone named Tateishi Naoko. Hearing that name gives Ran pause, but she ends up just slapping the Shigofumi out of Fumika’s hands and running off. On this particular day, Ran and the tennis club are going to a training camp in the mountains, and because it’s outside the city, Fumika is forced to make a business trip request in order to follow them. After the tennis club reaches their destination, Ran and Nanae go to buy some refreshments for everyone, and while at the store, Ran thinks she sees her mother with a man, but it turns out to just be a random couple.

On the bike ride back to the school where they’re holding their training camp, Nanae wonders if Ran thinks that girls who go out with guys are dirty, and she suggests that Ran really hates men. Fumika then appears on the dirt path and shocks Ran into stopping the bicycle, but when Fumika tries to give her the Shigofumi again, Ran brings up how Naoko abandoned her. She feels that there’s no reason for her to accept the Shigofumi, however Fumika claims that there’s a reason to deliver it to her. Ran guesses correctly that the reason is because it’s Fumika’s job, and she once again runs away without taking the Shigofumi. Afterwards, another Shigofumi courier named Chiaki appears with her staff Matoma, and Kanaka remembers that this is Chiaki’s delivery area. Chiaki has a particular interest in Fumika because those who deliver Shigofumi are usually dead, so they don’t get older. Fumika is different because she ages.

Back at the school, Nanae asks Ran who Tateishi Naoko is, and Ran finally admits that it was her mother. She had left Ran’s father for another man, and Ran hated her for that. That’s why when she found out that her mother had been tricked by that guy, she felt that her mother got what she deserved. Later that night, Fumika pays another visit to Ran and finally gets her to take the letter. Ran, however, promptly throws it into the garbage, and Fumika concedes that Ran can do whatever she wants with it once she’s accepted it. The following morning, Ran is thinking about her mother so much that she doesn’t look where she’s running and injures her ankle. After helping bandage it up, Nanae urges her to read the Shigofumi and promises to always stay at her side. Ran still doesn’t though, and she tries to get some rest. Sometime later, Nanae and the rest of the tennis team notice that there’s smoke coming from the school. Unbeknownst to them, the sunlight focused through a plastic bottle had set a shirt on fire, and Ran is now trying to make her way out of the burning building.

Ran gets all the way out to the courtyard, but her injured foot prevents her from going any further, and she gets caught in the middle of the blaze. She had brought out the Shigofumi with her, and as she quietly cries out to her mother, it miraculously starts raining. Lying on the ground, Ran can only think of how her mother had abandoned her all those years ago. Watching from a distance, Chiaki questions Fumika about what just happened, but Fumika claims that it wasn’t her doing. She attributes it to something else, and she refers to the rain as gentle. In the aftermath, Ran does end up reading the Shigofumi, and in it, her mother apologizes to her and expresses how proud she is of all of Ran’s achievements. She had ended the Shigofumi by urging Ran to do her best, and Ran feels a lot better towards her mother afterwards.

Preview

Shigofumi   04   Preview 01 Shigofumi   04   Preview 02 Shigofumi   04   Preview 03

Well this was a sweet episode that ended on a high note for once, but it was probably the weakest of the ones so far because it lacked any real surprises (unless you count divine/motherly forces causing it to rain). The first three episodes kind of spoiled me in that sense because the appeal they had for me was in the way the story weaved in plot twists, and this episode really didn’t have any. The most interesting parts this week were related to the first appearance of Chiaki and her staff Matoma (who kind of have reverse personalities compared to Fumika and Kanaka). Though she didn’t really play a big part in the episode, Chiaki’s revelation that Fumika is different from the other Shigofumi couriers seems to support the idea that Mikawa Kirameki became Fumika under some unusual circumstances while still being alive in that hospital bed. I’m hoping next week’s episode will shed more light onto it since the preview shows more of Mikawa and Kaname (and Chiaki).

January 26, 2008 at 7:11 pm
12 comments »
  • January 26, 2008 at 8:08 pmwhatever

    urgh, ya, this episode is kinda too sweet>.

  • January 26, 2008 at 8:15 pmRauzes

    It looks good, but the lack of suprises might hurt it a bit.
    Seriously. you dont see the “Guy likes girl, Girl likes guy, Girl Shanks Guy” episodes everyday.

  • January 26, 2008 at 8:27 pmTotali

    Even if there weren’t any shockers, I thought the storytelling and presentation of the episode were as strong as ever. The only question I have is how episodic they will make this, since the first arc was the only one to last more than one episode so far. I guess Fumika’s past helps to string things together though, as well as the introduction of Chiaki as another courier. :P

  • January 26, 2008 at 8:36 pmhashihime

    I love this kind of sweet. The series may be improving episode by episode, for me. Ran is played extremely well by Kitamura Eri, her friend by Arai Satomi, and the other postman by Asano Masumi.

  • January 26, 2008 at 9:44 pmZukushi-kun

    She’s arrived, hahaha…….

  • January 27, 2008 at 6:07 amtryipo34

    oooooo lezzies
    interesting! cant wait for this

  • January 27, 2008 at 6:37 amRauzes

    The statue seeming like crying when the rain starts is a really nice touch. This episode was probally to show one of the “regular” reactions regarding the Shigofumi.

    Has anyone else noticed that Detective Noji has shown up in every episode? Something tells me that hell be one of the people that pulls the entire mystery between Fumika/Mikawa Kirameki.
    Considering that Noji is a family friend of Mikawa Kirameki, and knows that shes currently comatose, not on the run, means quite a bit.
    Also, publishing a book of poetry in middle school is pretty impressive, so we can probally expect some more quotes from her.

  • January 27, 2008 at 8:24 pmHei

    about your poll i think the anime would be better if there’s a break inbetween than not such as gundam seed destiny although i got all antsy waiting the wait for geass is killing me right now and gundam 00 is probably going to end at a cliff hanger as well all this suspense is going to bring about my death one day

  • January 27, 2008 at 9:21 pmJayars

    Nice episode!!! Nothing too extraordinary, but still sweet.

    Btw, for next week’s Shigofumi (Episode 5): “Tadaima”. Hope we get to learn more about Fumika.

  • January 28, 2008 at 10:38 pmh.

    is there going to be a summary soon?

  • January 29, 2008 at 5:32 amOmni

    Rauzes: Yea, I noted something similar to that in last week’s writeup.

  • January 30, 2008 at 11:46 pmGuido

    BTW, Shigofumi has been licensed for distribution in North America by Bandai Visual USA.

    http://www.animeondvd.com