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Synonyms: Corpse Demon
Japanese: 屍鬼


Type: TV
Episodes: 22
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 9, 2010 to Dec 31, 2010
Duration: 22 min. per episode
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
L represents licensing company


Score: 8.171 (scored by 55527 users)
Ranked: #3152
Popularity: #122
Members: 110,929
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Jan 1, 2011
Vampires have been enjoying quite a renaissance in Western media lately, mainly because of the advent of Twilight. In anime however, tales of bloodsuckers have been pretty constant over the years, but like the West there has been an increase in the number of stories involving the children of the night. The only problem is, they all seem to romanticise vampires by giving them kind, gentle personalities, good looks, a reluctance to drink human blood, or some other hook to make the viewer believe that creatures who look on humans as food can be considered friendly.

And then Shiki comes along and blows that whole idea read more
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Sep 3, 2010
I've seen my fair share of vampire anime; and I have to say, it was under vast number of genres, as well as themes. Shiki however, pulls you back in to what the traditional myth of vampires; added to it that it's a thriller, it will move anyone who's a vampire fan.

Story: 10
Compared to many other vampire themed animes, such as Blood+, Rosario + Vampire, Vampire Knight, and Trinity blood; this anime comes back to the roots of vampires and their myths. In this anime a town is plagued with death with no reasonable explanation; though thought of a possible epidemic, Doctor Ozaki, read more
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Jan 18, 2014
Death is terrible for anyone. Young or old, good or evil, it’s all the same. Death is impartial. There is no especially terrible death. That’s why death is so fearsome. Your deeds, your age, your personality, your wealth, your beauty: they are all meaningless in the face of death.

Shiki is a very hard series to talk about without spoilers. It’s a show that you really need to see for yourself. Still, I consider this to be the best show to have debuted during the past half year, so I’ll at least try to vaguely explain why I consider it read more
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Nov 29, 2013

In a nutshell: During a fiercely hot summer Sotoba from a peaceful and quiet village becomes a shelter to aunty DEATH. At the same time, a strange family moves into a long abandoned mansion in the region. Hospital dean Toshio Ozaki cannot figure out the cause of death in the deceased, initially suspecting an epidemic. As investigations continue between the hospital staff and the residents, it turns out that the village is being attacked by vampires.

Genres: horror, mystery, supernatural

Themes: Vampire

Allow me to share my opinion on Shiki.

What makes horror horrific? Murders, gore or something else?

Without a doubt, these themes are scary, but vampires have always read more
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Jul 30, 2013
I have never been interested in vampires, or animes about vampires before. Well after this anime, I come to like vampires.

Anime's story is very interesting and in my opinion it makes you curious about the next episode everytime you finish watching an episode, other than first a few episodes. I think Shiki's story is really good which as almost every anime story has it has a few minor flaws and just for its story, Shiki deserves being watched. Another point I like about Shiki is its characters, they're all have different points that makes you connect to the anime more. Also the art used in read more
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Apr 26, 2013
Even though we all know who the humans were and who the vampires were, one question still stands above all: Who were the true demons?

Out of the vast sea of modern-day vampire stories, very rarely does a story about vampires stick to it''s true core: vampires. And by vampires I don't mean the romantic albino superhumans, the ecchi vampires (who barely pass as vampires), or even the badass characters from most shounen vampire animes. What I really mean when I say vampire is the classic 16th century vampire; the root story, if you please. These vampires don't get free superpowers that make them invincible, nor read more
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Apr 7, 2014
We're travelling back to the past, when vampires were fearsome, blood-thirsty creatures who didn't sparkle. These vamps are the real deal, folks. This anime truly does them justice.


So, the story starts off in a peaceful, isolated village, surrounded by a large forest of trees. One day, the bodies of three people are found, dead, and after that death was a normal occurrence each and everyday. As the population decreased rapidly, the village doctor begins to think it may be an epidemic. The first few episodes explore that possibility. As people keep dying, the doctor grows more and more unstable. A few of the characters grow read more
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Jan 6, 2014
I think there are really three types of anime, and perhaps three types of stories at that: you have the ones that are consistent throughout, those that start off on the wrong foot only to blow you away in time, and finally the type that start off amazingly well only to fall apart as the story progresses.
Shiki definitely falls in the third category.

Now before I go into what's bad about Shiki, I'd like to commend it on what it did well.
The best aspect by far is the audio. Almost every single track on this OST is superb, and the voice acting never feels read more
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Nov 14, 2010
This is my first review.I'm going to write it because so much people are talking bad about Shiki.But I think Shiki is awsome.It's unique,it has a great storyline.I enjoy watching it !

Story: 10
The story takes place in a village named Sotoba.Sotoba is a quite and peaceful village,till the chain of bizarre deaths started to occur.Nobody knows the reason but more and more people are dying.Toshio Ozaki is the hospital dean and he suspects an epidemic. But what first starts as an epidemic, turns out to be much more. The first episodes might be boring.I didn't really enjoy watching them but later the show really gets read more
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Jul 29, 2013
Throughout history, there are many myths and the topic that gets focused on the most is vampires and ghosts. These topics are controversial because they can’t be proven real, yet they can’t be proven false. There are documentations stating their existence, but most people would rather have firsthand experience to believe it. What led to this topic was the fear created by humans. We have a subconscious to think that supernatural events happen and we blame an oddity. Media however protrudes vampire is another essence. Vampires are seen as eerie monsters, but some may be seen in a different light such as romantically. A good read more
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Apr 13, 2013
I'll be honest; this is my first review. As so, I am open to all criticism and feedback. After all, I'm here to inform you, not fan-boy rant or spew obscenities about a show. So, without further ado, onto the review! (I promise that was not intended to rhyme!)

It's been a while since I dared to pick up a vampire anime. The modernization and romanticism of these blood-suckers in titles such as Twilight and other anime like Rosario + Vampire left me with much despair for this genre.

Luckily, Shiki rekindled my appeal towards the night stalkers.

After watching the entire series, I have to say I read more
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Dec 2, 2010
“Death is impartial to everyone, be it the young or old, rich or poor. Thus death is not particularly tragic.”

Shiki is by far the most riveting, suspenseful and thought-provoking series I have seen all year. Truly a category of its own, it not only contains elements of horror and mystery but also makes you question what truly is considered good or evil?


The story is set in a small village where a string of unexplainable deaths start to occur. What is suspected to be an epidemic proves to be something the villagers would never suspect. The main plot and characters are introduced read more
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Feb 4, 2014
Shiki was my first anime that is all about vampires and werewolves. If you are a vampire story enthusiast then you will like this one. Ja! Vampire enthusiast or not read my simple review so you can get an idea on how did I finish this one even though I am not into vampire stories.

Maybe at first you will hesitate to watch this one and I admit that I am one of them but for some reason I managed to finish the story and leave me "Amazed" and "Satisfied"

Ja! Let's start this one.

Art 7/10 : Art for location is really nice. Simple and very read more
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Nov 20, 2013
I thought it's a mediocre story after watching first 9 episodes and skipped right to the last episode. And later I completed the rest of the series, and I'm so glad that I did. I would give the first half 7 out of 10, and the second half 9 out of 10.

Story/Ideology and Characters

The first half is simply story telling, and some characters of the episodes are pretty immature, like Megumi or Masao (Honestly, this guy is one of the most stupid characters in the series, although he's a tragedy himself.) The second half brought into light many interesting issues. Like how people are read more
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Sep 5, 2013
It fills my heart with joy whenever I see a horror series like Shiki.

It’s atmospheric, it’s subtle and furthermore, it doesn’t rely on jump scares and copious amounts of bloodshed to shock its viewers. Instead, with masterful utilization of a remarkably eerie soundtrack and deliberate pacing, Shiki captures what makes a good horror series… good.

Of course, Shiki is also aware that a good horror needs more than just well-executed music and pacing. It needs good characters.

Why should I care if Bob and Joe are ripped apart by werewolves? Why should I care if little Timmy is decapitated by one swift swing of a chainsaw? Why read more
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Aug 6, 2013
Shiki is a very unique anime, some people may love it, others may hate it. It depends on how you are viewing it. Whether you are watching it because you want a mystery to solve, or watching it for the emotion you get while watching horror anime while being in an open minded mood.

Ok, I guess some people are right about how Shiki is not so much a mystery to the audience. The audience can indeed figure out what is going on by the first episode alone. But I assume that the writers of this anime did this on purpose. It didn't pay off as read more
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Mar 28, 2013
Shiki is definitely one of those nice surprises you didn't expect would be so good, considering the level of uninspiring and unoriginal anime fluff we see on the shelves nowadays. Despite receiving rave reviews by so many people from all walks of life, I was still a total skeptic especially when it comes to people praising any modern anime. Mainly since there is very little modern anime has to offer... beyond titties, panty-shots, moe, toothy grinning shounen-types with big weapons or powers, and giant robots... miraculously all within some kind of school setting. If you've seen one, you can basically say you've read more
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May 13, 2013
The opening scene, in which a search party of villagers find in the woods the body of one of their own, a young girl, sets the tone for the 22-episode funeral that is Shiki. In terms of narrative, it breaks no new ground; a remote village is infested by vampires (not romanticized here as has been the trend in recent years, but portrayed once more as malevolent predators with whom the living cannot coexist) who kill the villagers one by one and replace them with their own kind.

It works through its cold-blooded commitment to its moribund atmosphere, existing in a perpetual state of grief for read more
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Jan 23, 2011
Until maybe a decade ago vampire stories were at their prime. I, as well, used to be a big fan of such stories. In my eyes, those tales were thrilling, grasping me the whole way through and leaving me mostly utterly terrified. After hundreds of movies, books and tv series based on the vampire myth,though, vampires started to lose their original shine. They were just so overused that one could easily stop caring anymore. If anyone of you came asking me what I believed a vampire was I’m not quite sure of what my answer would be. Can they die from sunlight or do they read more
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Jul 5, 2013
"Is it a sin to want to live?"

Words that were carved deep into my mind after watching Shiki. You might be thinking what a silly question that is of course everyone is entitled to a life and that would never be considered a crime. Well Shiki took these words and dug deep into the matter of what is right and what is wrong, leaving us with sincere questions on what are we all, as human beings, doing here? Are we all right because we're rational beings or are we the worst animals of all?

This anime was the first vampire anime i decided to watch. I'm read more
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