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Shadows House Episode 1 Review: What Are The Living Dolls?

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'Shadows House' Season 1, C[CloverWorks]

The first episode of ‘Shadows House,’ season 1, is out already! Episode 1 is titled “The Shadow and Her Doll” and was released on the 11th of April, in 2021. This mysteriously gothic and haunting episode has been directed by Kazuki Ōhashi and written by Toshiya Ōno. Episode 1 of ‘Shadows House’ season 1 was broadcasted worldwide on channels such as Tokyo MX, BS11, GTV, GYT, MBS, BS Asahi, Wowow, FTV, and Bilibili.

The Anime television and web series was also premiered on various online platforms. No opening theme song has been added to ‘Shadows House’ as of yet. On the other hand, the ending theme song of the Anime series is called ‘Nai Nai’ and is being performed by ReoNa.

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The “Living Doll” Emilico From ‘Shadows House’ Season 1, C[CloverWorks]

‘Shadows House’ Episode 1 – Review

Episode 1, titled “The Shadow and Her Doll,” had a fantastic storyline! The plot of the episode tells the tale of a dark and creepy family. They are known as the Shadow Family. The members of the Shadow family are mysterious beings, a lot like silhouettes, who are completely covered in ashy soot. The beings create dolls that look and behave extremely realistically. These “living dolls” act as servants appointed to each member of the Shadow family.

The first episode introduces a female doll with blonde hair, which has been created to serve Kate Shadow. She is just a nameless doll who has no idea as to what is going on around her. All that she knows is that she has to tend to the needs of a member of the Shadow family. By the end of the episode, the doll’s name was chosen to be Emilico. The audience loved Emilico! And why wouldn’t they? She is this adorable little doll who does everything her Mistress asks her to do. She is polite and completes all her chores on time.

The first few minutes of the episode are completely free of dialogue, letting the viewers just absorb the setting and ambiance of the eerie mansion. On top of that, the viewers seem to notice something off about the way Kate talks and behaves. There is a beautiful contrast drawn out between Kate and Emilico’s personality. Kate seems shy, quiet, and dark, while Emilico is lively, outspoken, and bright.

This Anime series is drenched in dark, gothic aesthetics. The concept of not knowing one’s own identity also comes into play as the members of the family seem very clueless about themselves and who they really are. Moreover, the audience is left with a lot of unanswered questions as they are eager to find out the underlying mystery behind the members of the Shadow Family. Who are these people? What exactly are “living dolls”? Why does Kate not leave her room when the other members of her family are walking around outside?

Through the interaction which took place between Kate and Emilico, it is quite possible that Kate is an anxious, introverted girl – as she mentioned that she does not like people looking at her or at her face. Maybe her anxiety is the reason why she chooses not to go out of her room. The title of the second episode suggests otherwise. She just might leave her room and venture out for a bit. The audience is excited for the second episode of ‘Shadows House’ to get released!

It is guaranteed that the story of ‘Shadows House’ will unveil unpleasant and scary truths about the inner workings of the members of this mysterious family.

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The Poster Of ‘Shadows House’ Season 1, C[CloverWorks]

Also Read: Preview: Shadows House Episode 2

‘Shadows House’ Season 1 Release Date

The second episode of Shadows House Season 1 is titled “Outside the Room” and will be released on the 18th of April, in 2021, a Sunday. The producers of this dark fantasy series have not said anything about the episode schedule of the show. Do check on our website from time to time as we will keep it up to date with the latest information on ‘Shadows House’!

Where can you watch the upcoming episodes of ‘Shadows House’?

You can watch the upcoming episodes of ‘Shadows House’ season 1 on the online platform called Funimation.

Also Read: What To Expect From Shadows House Season 1?

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Isha is a college student, currently pursuing B.A. Honors in English. You will frequently find her binge-watching anime or learning Japanese. She also has a keen interest in writing and singing.

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