Ranked #493

Shiki (Manga)


Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Corpse Demon
Japanese: 屍鬼


Type: Manga
Volumes: 11
Chapters: 42
Status: Finished
Published: Dec 2007 to Jun 3, 2011
Authors: Fujisaki, Ryuu (Art), Ono, Fuyumi (Story)
Serialization: Jump SQ


Score: 8.191 (scored by 2924 users)
Ranked: #4932
Popularity: #539
Members: 8,123
Favorites: 274
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The story takes place in a particularly hot summer in the nineties, in a small quiet village called Sotoba. A series of mysterious deaths begin to spread in the village, at the same time when a strange family moves into the long abandoned Kanemasa mansion. Toshio Ozaki, dean of the only hospital in Sotoba, initially suspects an epidemic. But as investigations continue and the deaths begin to pile up, he becomes convinced that they are the work of the undead plaguing the village. A young man named Natsuno Yuuki, who hates living in the village, begins to be pursued and surrounded by death.

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Jan 26, 2015
This review contains medium SPOILERS: I will give away the premise that is established after about two volumes. Basically, I am going to tell you what "Shiki" means. No less and no more.
However, I think that this being a mystery manga, you may enjoy going into it as blind as you will. If that's the case for you then do avoid reading this review (any sort of information on the manga for that matter); go ahead and give it a try!

Shiki is one of those works which demonstrate beautifully how a concept that seems old and uninteresting can be revived to make for a refreshing read more
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Jun 28, 2008
Shiki is a manga based off a novel. Drawn by Fujisaki Ryu, this manga is one not to miss. It takes place in a small, Japanese town of a population of 1300. We start off with Megumi, a 15-year old girl who hates the town. She is interested in only two things in the town: Yuki and the huge Mansion. A msyterious family moves into the mansion. Megumi pays a visit and goes missing. The police later find her very ill. A few days later, she dies a msyterious death. Suddenly, more deaths start occuring.

The story is very captivating and keeps read more
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Jan 4, 2011
Shiki is based on a novel by the same name published in 1998 by Fuyumi Ono. Although most of the story is almost the same, there are some differences. The main difference is that one of the supporting characters on the novel, becomes a main one in the manga (Natsuno Yuuki).

STORY- Shiki starts as a horror/mystery slow pace story about sudden unexplainable deaths occurring in one small village, Sotoba. The deaths seem to have started since the Kirishiki family moved to the village. Our protagonists are Muroi Seishin the monk, Ozaki Toshio the doctor and Natsuno Yuuki a student and the little mysterious Kanemasa read more
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Aug 14, 2013
The Host. The Invasion of the Body Snatchers. The Lord of the Flies. Take all these three novels/movies, twist it to make it darker and more complex, and there you have it. The manga, Shiki, is born.

Story: 8
The plot itself isn't very original. However, what makes Shiki unique is the flow of the story and its characters. The beginning starts out a little slow in order to add suspense and mystery to the story. However, mystery isn't one the strongest point of this manga. What is truly amazing is how the chapters are often told in various perspectives. The chapters aren't necessarily episodic, but read more
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