Shiki (novel)

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Original title 屍鬼
Transcription Shiki
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Genre Horror, Fantasy
Author Fuyumi Ono
Publisher Shinchōsha
First publication September 1998
Expenditure 2 (5 new edition from 2002)
Title Shi Ki
Original title 屍鬼
Transcription Shiki
Country JapanJapan Japan
Author Fuyumi Ono
Draftsman Ryū Fujisaki
Publisher Shinchosha
Magazine Jump SQ
First publication December 2007 – June 2011
Expenditure 11
Anime TV series
Country of production JapanJapan Japan
Original language Japanese
Year 2010
Studio Thumb
Length 24 minutes
Episodes 22+2 on DVD
Directed by Tetsuro Animo
First broadcast 9. July – 31 December 2010 on Fuji TV

Shiki (Japanese: 屍鬼, English: “corpse demon”) is a horror novel written by Fuyumi Ono. It was first published in two parts by Shinchōsha in 1998. A reprint was published in 2002, but it was split into five volumes. An adaptation of the storyline as a manga has been drawn by Ryū Fujisaki since 2007 and published in Jump SQ magazine. This was followed in 2010 by an anime television series of the same name, produced by Studio Daume.


The story takes place during a particularly hot summer in the 1990s in a small quiet village called Sotoba. A series of mysterious deaths begin in the village, around the same time that a strange family moves into the long-abandoned Kanemasa mansion. Toshio Ozaki, head of the only local hospital in Sotoba, initially suspects an epidemic. But as investigations reveal, he finds that undead are plaguing the village. A young man named Natsuno Yūki, who hates village life, begins to be haunted and surrounded by death.


Natsuno Yūki/Koide (結城/小出 夏野, Yūki/Koide Natsuno)
A 15-year-old boy, lives and attends school in Sotoba. He hates life in the village and would rather go to the city. Originally a city boy. Reluctantly, he moves to the village with his parents because they wanted a change of environment. He is very dismissive as a result, which is especially expressed to Megumi Shimizu, who is head over heels in love with him.
Toshio Ozaki (尾崎 敏夫, Ozaki Toshio)
The dean of the hospital in Sotoba returned to the hospital to take his father’s position when he died. Because of his affectionate treatment of his patients, he was nicknamed Waka-sensei. Although he continued his father’s occupation, he possesses a dislike for his mother and his late father. He has been friends with Seishin Muroi and Mikiyasu Yasumori since childhood, but is now also a married chain smoker as a 32-year-old man. His goal is to solve the case and bring safety back to his village.
Sunako Kirishiki (桐敷 沙子, Kirishiki Sunako)
A 13 year old girl who lives in the mansion on the hill (with her family). She has the rare genetic disease Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. She stays in the house during the day and only comes out at night. She and her family are fans of Seishin Muroi’s essays and novels. This is the reason that leads her to Sotoba. Sunako’s dislikes are people who associate her name with the cuteness suffix chan.
Seishin Muroi (室井 静信, Muroi Seishin)
Seishin is the local priest in Sotoba, as well as the author of many novels. His latest work is Shiki. He has a sense of the supernatural and recognizes the existence of the real Shiki. He has been friends with Toshio Ozaki and Mikiyasu Yasumori since childhood. Seishin is a middle-aged man and lives alone. In the course of the plot, it is revealed that he attempted suicide while drunk during his college years.
Megumi Shimizu (清水 恵, Shimizu Megumi)
A 15-year-old girl. She attends the same school as Natsuno. She also hates the village and longs for city life. She is in love with Natsuno and often dreams of being with him. Megumi’s encounters with the Kirishiki family are at the beginning of the series. She disappears without a trace until the townspeople find her in the middle of the forest. She dies of a supposed case of complicated anemia and is later resurrected as an okiagari(起き上がり, “resurrected one”), a type of vampire.

Origins and publications

The novel Shiki was written by Japanese author Fuyumi Ono. It was originally published as a hardback in two parts, released by the publisher Shinchōsha in September 1998. In 2002, a new edition in Tankōbon format was made by the same publisher, covering five volumes.

First edition

  • Vol. 1: ISBN 4-10-397002-2, September 1998
  • Vol. 2: ISBN 4-10-397003-0, September 1998

New edition

  • Vol. 1: ISBN 4-10-124023-X, January 2002
  • Vol. 2: ISBN 4-10-124024-8, January 2002
  • Vol. 3: ISBN 4-10-124025-6, February 2002
  • Vol. 4: ISBN 4-10-124026-4, February 2002
  • Vol. 5: ISBN 4-10-124027-2, February 2002



Building on the novel series and following its plot, the eponymous manga series Shiki was created, drawn by Ryū Fujisaki. The series was published in Shūeisha’s monthly magazine Jump SQ from December 2007 (issue 1/2008) to June 2011 (issue 7/2011). The chapters were collected into eleven Tankōbon anthologies:

  • Vol. 01: ISBN 978-4-08-874549-7, July 4, 2008
  • Vol. 02: ISBN 978-4-08-874550-3, July 4, 2008
  • Vol. 03: ISBN 978-4-08-874585-5, October 3, 2008
  • Vol. 04: ISBN 978-4-08-874645-6, February 4, 2009
  • Vol. 05: ISBN 978-4-08-874707-1, July 3, 2009
  • Vol. 06: ISBN 978-4-08-874744-6, October 2, 2009
  • Vol. 07: ISBN 978-4-08-870007-6, February 4, 2010
  • Vol. 08: ISBN 978-4-08-870077-9, July 2, 2010
  • Vol. 09: ISBN 978-4-08-870121-9, October 4, 2010
  • Vol. 10: ISBN 978-4-08-870199-8, February 4, 2011
  • Vol. 11: ISBN 978-4-08-870267-4, July 4, 2011

Since May 2013, the series has been published in German as Shi Ki by Egmont Manga und Anime with all eleven volumes.

Illustrated radio play

In addition, Shūeisha’s internet radio and comic website VOMIC released a radio play with manga illustrations from December 4 and 25, 2008 in four chapters. The drawings were also by Ryū Fujisaki.


An adaptation of the novel as an anime television series was announced on the Japanese official website in December 2009.[1] The series was animated by Studio Daume, directed by Tetsuro Animo. Marketing was handled by Aniplex as part of its noitaminA programming line.[2]

In the series, well-known musician Gackt made his first regular appearance as a voice actor in an anime. He voiced the role of Shōjirō Kirishiki.[3]

The 22-episode series first aired from July 9 to December 31, 2010, after midnight (and thus on the previous television day) on Japanese station Fuji TV. At intervals of about a week, Kansai TV, Tōkai TV, BS Fuji and UHB also began broadcasting. In parallel, Funimation secured the license to broadcast a simulcast of the series with English subtitles, which ran one hour after the first broadcast.

From October 27 to December 22, 2010, the series was released by Aniplex on DVD and Blu-ray Disc, with two additional episodes released in the process.


The opening credits of the series of episodes 1 to 11 inclusive featured a short version of the title Kuchizuke(くちづけ), which was interpreted by Buck-Tick. The credits used the title Walk no Yakusoku(walkの約束), which was sung by nangi.
In the opening credits from episode 12, a short version of the track Calendula Requiem(カレンデュラ レクイエム) was performed by the group Kanon×Kanon, consisting of singer and cellist Kanon Wakeshima and bassist Kanon of the band An Cafe.


Roll japanese speaker
Anime Radio play
Natsuno Yūki/Koide Kōki Uchiyama Jun Fukuyama
Toshio Ozaki Tōru Ōkawa Hiroshi Shirokuma
Sunako Kirishiki Aoi Yūki – –
Seishin Muroi Kazuyuki Okitsu Noriaki Sugiyama
Megumi Shimizu Haruka Tomatsu Mayumi Iizuka
Shōjirō Kirishiki Gackt – –

Individual references

  1. Shiki Horror Mystery Manga Gets Anime Green-Lit.Anime News Network, December 18, 2009, retrieved November 3, 2010 (English).
  2. 屍鬼<スタッフ・キャスト>.Retrieved November 3, 2010 (Japanese).
  3. Gackt Stars in Shiki, Noitamina Anime Details Confirmed.Anime News Network, February 21, 2010, retrieved October 3, 2010 (English).

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