English: Corpse Princess
Japanese: 屍姫 赫
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 2, 2008 to Dec 25, 2008
24 min. per episode
R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
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Score: 7.471 (scored by 21534 users)
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SynopsisAfter being brutally murdered along with her family, Makina Hoshimura turns into a Shikabane Hime, a living corpse contracted to the Kougon Cult, in order to exert revenge on the mysterious undead organization responsible for her death. She is assisted in this task by Keisei Tagami, her contracted priest and former friend. This series follows the story of Keisei's younger brother Ouri, a boy with an unusual attraction to death, who slowly discovers his brother's secret and gets dragged into the world of the Shikabanes.
(Source: Wikipedia, edited)
Related AnimeAdaptation: Shikabane Hime
Sequel: Shikabane Hime: Kuro
Characters & Voice Actors
Story - 8/10
Ok. This series started on the "monster-of-the-week" formula, so it may be very misleading. Even the sypnosis that a Shikabane Hime must kill 108 corpses to go to Heaven is misleading. The real plot and story has really nothing to do with it. The truth is, this series does provide a reasonable and interesting plot development in the SECOND half of the season only. And the last four episodes or so does have enough plot to build up decent cliffhangers that forced me to watch the raws and chinese subs (instead of waiting for the english subs because of my impatience). But keep in mind that there is a second season that follows up directly, so this whole first season gave me the feeling of PREQUEL to the actual story (which turned out decent)
Art - 7/10
Sometimes, the actions are animated in a pretty sloppy way. The characters' design are sometimes too simplistic.But you may argue that it was done intentionally as a more "stylish" way of animation. The colors are all in the range of grey, dark red, black and deep blue, blending into a nice gloomy atmosphere befit of a horror action series.
Sound - 9/10
Nice fighting music and nice insert songs, opening songs and ending song by angela. The music is very catchy and the voice acting is not bad. Ouri (main protagonist)'s voice sound pretty unique and has a good touch of innocence and tonelessness, befitting his strange attitude towards death (a key element in the plot)
Characters - 8/10
I would say the characters are decently developped for an anime series. Ouri's evolution is clearly portrayed throughout the series. Makina's realtionship with Keisei is revealed bits by bits in a very good rythmn. At the same time, Makina and Ouri's relationship also evolves with each episode in the SECOND half of this series.
Enjoyment and Overall - 8/10
The first half was pretty random and generically boring. The second half really redeemed itself. This is series is underrated because the first 6-7 episodes didn't have enough to keep the audience from labelling this as "another generic action series". Although it is far from being a breakthrough, the second half really made good progress in terms of plot and character development. It does deserve the slightly above average rating of 7.5 to 8 out of 10.
Just gonna say this straight off the bat - a VERY average show, despite the interesting concept. If you've just gone sifted through 4 or 5 average shows because you thought you'd find them interesting, hold off watching this or you will just bore yourself. Anyways, onto the review!
I got into this show because I had zombies on my mind (probably because I've been looking at zombie video games/mmos) and decided to scout out some zombie anime. I stumbled across this. I will warn people now, some may consider this spoiler material, and I suppose it is, because I'm going to sum up the plot:-
When a person dies, sometimes they do not depart from this world. They become corpses, and many turn corrupt and want vengeance on the human race because they died. Some, however, have a relationship with a Shinto priest. Because of this, they help rid the Priests of the corpses. They are called Shikabane Hime - oh, the title of the show! How fitting... Reason it scores high is its setting of Japan. Because I simply cannot get enough of the island. 8.
Characters - bit of a mix up to my usual setting of a review. We follow the story of Ouri, an orphan (I think) who grows up in an orphanage of sorts that's run by the local priests. Anyway, he moves out once, I dunno, he's turned 16, dunno how it works over in Japan. Ouri is at least relatable - we learn about the story and background as he does. I like that, sometimes shows put you ahead of all the characters then they have to be dumbed down.
There's a slight catch. Kensei, a priest working (well, suppose an orphanage isn't exactly a workplace is Ouri's brother, which is why Ouri is not exactly an orphan. I've made that more confusing then it actually is. Anyway, Kensei, like the other priests (yeah, the orphanage I guess is also the local temple because Kensei and Ouri's dad is a bishop, like a corporate executive of the whole Shikibane Hime thing... Really, it's not this confusing!) is a contract priest, meaning he has his own Shikibane Hime fighting corpses with him. Her name is Makina. Anyway, Ouri, despite not wanting to be a priest, gets caught up in all this, knows about the shikibane hime, the work they do, and all the characters get fleshed out, including how Makina became a shikibane hime and what relationship she has with her priest. The first half of the show takes on a 'monster-of-the-week' formula while a plot twist kind of intertwines it's way halfway through, which many will see coming to be honest, and maybe that's why I think the show is average. 7.
Art - Again, standard CGI fair, but even in other shows I've reviewed (Love Live and SAO to name two) it's been done better. 6.
Sound - Nothing of key interest, kind of a gothic, piano interludes - a soundtrack similar to Mirai Nikki (Future Diary), but not as striking and 'metal' as that. 7.
Overall, this was enjoyable enough, but certainly nothing but average. Worth a look for the characters and maybe a couple of tunes to add to your phone/mp3/ipod, but other than that a short show to fill your anime void if you have nothing else to watch. 7. read more
Both involve protagonists that are undead and slay other undead in order to liberate themselves from their undeath.
Zombies that hunt zombies, do I need to say what else they have in common? How about blood, gore, fight scenes and horror? Two different takes on the same theme.
Both have undead main characters who fight against other undead, though Zombie Loan has two guys instead of a girl.
They've both got characters that come back from the dead and have to kill the undead and have to kill a certain amount to accomplish their goals though Shikabane Hime Aka's is a set amount to kill. Both have some pretty cool artwork for their bad guys and cool fight scenes. They've both got some rather funny things happening in them and like damn near every other anime out there the main characters are of highschool age.
they r both about like corpse and stuff like that
Similar storyline about the hunting of evil spirits and corpses that brings about death and decay to the land.
The female lead in Shikabane is very similar to Yomi in Ga-Rei Zero, both in personality and skill.
Both are tragic anime about slaying demons.
Both series are about exorcists fighting various demons and unnatural beings.
Both of these anime are quite gritty in terms of storyline. The main heroines must make tough decisions about where they are going and what they stand for.
In Ga-Rei Kagura has some hard decisions to make as the girl she called sister is possessed by an evil spirit. As Yomi (her sister) goes on a rampage and the body count increases, Kagura must make a choice.... fight the one she loves or watch as the slaughter continues.
Makina from Shikabane Hime is on a quest for revenge against the demons or Shikabane who slaughtered her entire family including herself. As a Shikabane Hime (Corpse Princess) she must kill those who refused to die and can only retain her 'humanity' through a close bond with a Buddhist monk from whom she receives rune (or spiritual energy). When tragedy strikes, like Kagura, Makina has some tough choices to make.
The art of both stories is beautiful and they both convey the dark themes extremely well. These stories aren't simple slasher, gore fests and have deeper themes running through them. I highly recommend both of these series to those that like to think as well as watch fight scenes
Opening Theme"Beautiful fighter" by angela
Ending Theme#1: "My story" by angela (eps 1-3, 5-12)
#2: "The Pale Sands of the Sleeping Star (眠れる星の蒼い砂)" by Mayumi Iizuka (ep 4)
#3: "Beginning" by angela (ep 13)
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