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English: Shiki
Synonyms: Corpse Demon
Japanese: 屍鬼


Type: TV
Episodes: 22
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 9, 2010 to Dec 31, 2010
Premiered: Summer 2010
Broadcast: Fridays at 01:15 (JST)
Licensors: Funimation
Studios: Daume
Source: Novel
Duration: 22 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 7.901 (scored by 155,694 users)
1 indicates a weighted score. Please note that 'Not yet aired' titles are excluded.
Ranked: #7072
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #182
Members: 343,862
Favorites: 5,898


Higurashi and Shiki are similar to each other in that both take place in small villages where mysterious deaths occur. Higurashi, however, contains slapstick comedic scenes to a degree, which is kept to a minimum in Shiki. 
report Recommended by Cloud668
Both give a similar feeling: New guy arrives to a little village, and certain dark events start happening that are somehow related to a young mysterious girl. Slow and creepy atmosphere that makes you want to find out what´s going on. Brilliant ost and VA´s. Personally I enjoyed Shiki more, because it gives a deeper development to its characters and a more intricate plot. Still, Both are awesome animes that will keep you thrilled till the end, so if you enjoyed one, you will probably enjoy the other. 
report Recommended by Orulyon
Both Shiki & Shinsekai yori are shows that can be described as a slow burn, never fully giving anything way and thus require a lot of patience. Your patience will in turn be rewarded, as both shows come to a thrilling conclusion. Do not watch either if you lack patience. and an open mind. 
report Recommended by Master10K
Shiki is more of a mystery show while Tokyo Ghoul is more action orientated. Shiki focuses at many characters at once while Tokyo Ghoul mostly follows main character Kaneki Ken. However, the main theme is pretty much the same. Both series deal with a conflict between humans and other being that are there to devour us. In Shiki vampires, in Tokyo Ghoul those are ghouls. Both stories start from the perspective of humans being a victim and then eventually we get to see things from "enemies" perspective and then the main question comes: Just who is the real monster here? 
report Recommended by kitten320
A foregin life form invades human society and starts infecting the population. Faced with thes alien creatures, the lines between man and monster, and good and bad start to shift. While these shows quite differ in characters and atmosphere (Shiki is a dark fantasy/mystery and Parasyte is more sci-fi and action oriented), both ultaimtely tackle same, age old question: What makes a human human and what differentiates us from animals/monsters? Parasyte goes one step further and gets a bit enviromental, questioning man's relationship with Earth, but not in an annoying, preachy fashion. 
report Recommended by Crochax
Creepy mystery-thriller plots. Feature a stalker girl. And lots of blood and whacks. Shiki is a lot more mood-driven, and Mirai Nikki feels more mainstream. 
report Recommended by IceAndCream
They both develop a similar theme: how forsaken creatures are seen by others. They also seem to criticise the narrow mentality of human beings and to show the darkest part of them. I think the original idea come from Mary Shelly's famous novel. While Elfen Lied fails to be a good show and falls into a gore anime full of fanservice, Shiki remains thought-provoking and atmospheric, and, of course, surpasses the first one. Also, the amount of gore is high in both, and the music is simply beautiful. 
report Recommended by zBliss
Both having FEARSOME vampires. Really, a lot of vampire stories are having soft vampire stories. Vampire Knight is awesome, but the vampires are lacking much things. Shiki and the Dance in the vampire Bund are both more like the myths. Both anime are having an dark aura and really get you into the anime. And in both anime the vampires are trying to take over the place. 
report Recommended by xChanChan
Both are from the same creator, and have a supernatural mysterious plot with some horror and drama. The characters are all great, and the main character is a anti social boy with a cold attitude but he really cares about his friends and tries to find the truth behind the events.  
report Recommended by Orulyon
Supernatural intrigue runs rampant in a small town when the borders between the spiritual and psychological become intertwined. 
report Recommended by SquirrelLuvsPnut
Both are about unexplainable deaths related to supernatural. In both, fighting and surviving is a matter of intelligence and there are twists and surprises. Personally I enjoyed Shiki more, because it gives a deeper development to its characters and a more intricate plot. Still, Both are awesome animes that will keep you thrilled till the end, so if you enjoyed one, you will probably enjoy the other. 
report Recommended by Orulyon
-same atmosphere -same setting -same feeling - lots of blood, horror. Really recommend Shiki if you enjoyed Higurashi 
report Recommended by JayPulze
Both shows eventually evolve into stories that include the theme of Man vs Monster; Showing us the darker parts of humanity and making us question who are the truly evil ones.  
report Recommended by bbsnypur1
Both are set in a remote village where monsters (or vampires) roam around by night. Both early episodes started out very slow until in the middle, things finally took off.  
report Recommended by xxxholic_wing
In both animes everything was peaceful, until suddenly people start turning into monsters, zombies in High School of the Dead and vampires in Shiki. Both anime contains an atmosphere of horror and mystery. If you want an anime with blood and slaughter, both are recommended. 
report Recommended by biakudryavka
Although these two differ in a lot of ways, their atmospheres seem very similar. In both shows, all of the characters share an interesting sort of bond which is linked to the place in which they live and great emphasis is placed on the setting of the anime. 
report Recommended by SaraSlurpsCoffee
The plot is quite similar particularly in the theme of vampires and people and further developments between them. 
report Recommended by aievolsleep
While not conventionally similar in terms of storyline these two anime have a hell of a lot of similarities. - Both have two young girls which have a back story contributing to the events that unfold - Both have 4 MC's with similar genders and connections - Both contain people willing to surrender if it comes to helping civilization - Both contain antagonists who tend to start off as normal citizens but are turned into killers due to events I cannot promise you will like one if you enjoyed the other all I can say is that the similarities do not end there. 
report Recommended by Pheromone
**This is my first recommendation, so apologies if it's a bit long or anything like that.** At first the two may not seem as similar as they actually are - Yami Shibai is based on traditional Japanese ghost stories, and Shiki is based on a mysterious epidemic spreading in the village. The two can't possibly be similar, since Yami Shibai doesn't have anything like that, whereas everything about Shiki is completely different from YS too, right? Not necessarily. There are some deeper similarities between the two, but first, here are some apparent differences: -I think that quite a lot, if not all of, YS relies on shock value.  read more 
report Recommended by Mysticalia
In both anime the focus lies on a quite small group of people who find themselves in an isolated village Both anime have a dark atmosphere  
report Recommended by KuroYume-96
Both these wonders of art are the epitome of top-tier horror in anime, with stark and poignant cautionary tales to boot. Whilst both cover segregation, social anxiety and racism, shiki is more focused on the generational gap.  
report Recommended by vasili101
•Both are familiar in a way that humans are living in terror/despair of "monsters". •Both contain absolute tragedy and despair, in the most inhumane ways and show the mentality of the humans and how there brain reacts in certain situations about the "monster" beings, as to what will they do, fight back, research, destroy, stay away from them, keep close to others; the list goes on. •Both are mysterious with their plot as they progress, and leave the viewer on edge, angst, frustration, envious, anger etc. Either way, it will leave the viewer wanting more. •Both contain action in the most brutal and cliff-hanging moments, which are  read more 
report Recommended by Lupta
If you're a fan of gore, you should definetely watch these two anime. 
report Recommended by SirBlackCat
If you like dark/mystery anime like Shiki, you should watch xxxHolic, and the other way around. I couldn't get through with Shiki, but xxxHolic is a lot better. It is simplistic yet surprising, and the story is easy to follow. 
report Recommended by GeniusofIron
Both series deal with isolated towns that have a different species that's hostile to humans. There's horror and people dying, but the endings are pretty good. 
report Recommended by makimagic
same producers. same genre some of the charas are the same 
report Recommended by dame_roland27
Both are intelligent takes on the vampire tale. Shiki has a linear plot though, and takes its cues from Western vampire stories, while Kurozuka is far more complicated to follow and harks back to the more traditional Eastern vampire folklore.  
report Recommended by Archaeon
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni has a lot of similar aspects to this series, such as; a new boy from the city in a small rural town, yet there is possibly more to compare Shiki to in Umineko no Naku Koro Ni - same maker as Higurashi, and possibly sequelesque. Supernatural aspect in both series' are made obvious from the begining (even the opening), which leads to the assumption unworldly individuals are involved. There is a clear mystery element; creepy, mysterious and agonistic characters (mainly girls) and luxary, stand-out-houses holding harbouring aristocratic people. 
report Recommended by Queen_Stars
What does it mean to be human? What separates man from monster? These are questions both Shiki and Ajin explore. With a battle between mortals and immortals, they show the points of view from both sides, and execute it well. Both series greatly deal with the darkness within humanity, and if the "monsters" really are in the wrong. 
report Recommended by setitoff
Someone dies like every episode. You see a lot of shady characters appear but their purpose isn't made known until later. The art style is also pretty similar, especially the eyes (like the shape and size and how they are positioned on the face).  
report Recommended by lunafly
Same Mystery, and Supernatural elements. Great thriller scenes not knowing why or who will be killed next. Both MC's try to save as many innocent people as they can. The two series have great art work and character design. These series also share great opening and ending music.  
report Recommended by Obeythealfa
similiar animation style, mystery and thriller and various well done characters. 
report Recommended by Zockte
Both are the grandest tales of the human shadow in all of anime. 
report Recommended by vasili101
We must defeat them even if we risk becoming inhumane ourselves! They both center around societies shrouded in mystery and a curious character hoping to seek knowledge of their world's mystery. The characters are forced to change their morals as a result of their situation and the tragedies they face. The characters must stand against both allies and enemies in order to succeed in their goal. Even with tragedies, you must sacrifice what you have so that no more tragedies will breed new fruit. The most beautiful yet tragic soundtrack ever heard. They fit the theme of loss of innocence in both shows and the  read more 
report Recommended by Allice84
While the premise of these series are different they do share similar story themes of civilians becoming corrupt in their pursuit of justice; being able to justify their murderous actions for people's safety. Both anime also share similar style of music as Takanashi Yasuharu composed the soundtracks for both series. 
report Recommended by THEAnimeHERO
Both series involve a world where vampire like creatures attack humanity in the night. One individual who has a tie to the creature is able to fight back in a way no one else can. Both series gave off the same general feel and I would definitely recommend these in light of the Halloween season. 
report Recommended by Hamaneko
Both have a theme of dead peoples who gets alive again. Both have two options ,In Death parade peoples are either send to void or reincarnated and in Shiki peoples either die or came back to live being vampires. Both have a main character who is male and have to do there work even if he wants it or not , as in Shiki the doctor have his duty to protect the village from diseases and have to kill vampires though in Death parade the bartender has to make give pain to people's to judge them. The both have gore, blood and deaths. 
report Recommended by future_dose
Both shows deal with monsters who seek to kill humans. The main difference is that in Claymore, there is an organization to kill the monsters. I guess the main reason I think they are similar is the general creepy feel they both give. I would definitely recommend both if creepy horror anime are your thing. 
report Recommended by Hamaneko
- Its diffrent on the art style of what you are used to - Both shows have a dark feeling around them - Both are slowpaced shows that make you wonder and question human nature. - Where Ergo proxy stil kind of sets lines between right and wrong Shiki does not, how you feel and what you believe to be good or bad is up to you. - both wil make you grind your feelings about life and humanity long after you watched it. 
report Recommended by DixyNL
Both shows, - have a main character that just moved from the city to the countryside and gets to know the new environment. - show a similar idyllic scenery with fields, forested hills, clear streams, little houses - feature the daily lives of the country dwellers So if you are interested in rural Japan, both shows might be of interest for you. Shiki is a bit more on the darker, Non Non Biyori a bit more on the brighter side. 
report Recommended by Estefan
Well, similar to Ousama game, you have a lot of characters dying and fighting to live. Shiki takes place in a remote village - similar to yonsaki village and surprisingly has a quite a lot of romance to do with the main characters like ousama game. The MC in Shiki starts out as a very cold guy and unwilling to make friends (see that connection with Nobuaki in the first episode?)  
report Recommended by AnthiaSilver
If you like vampires - and by this I mean vampires done right - than you will probably like both of these series. They both feature very well developed stories around vampires (and some other creatures). The long conversations between characters will make you think about what they are talking, you'll get sucked in the conversation before you even realise it. If you liked one of them I recommend you give the other one a try (you will not regret it!).  
report Recommended by Darkbow
Identical crux : a girl likes a guy but is a monster so it creates difficulties for them to be together 
report Recommended by Maplerain
both are vampire animes, with blood and deep messages about the difference or lack of difference in humanity and monsters. 
report Recommended by CuteZombie
It may not seem like it but Angel Beats and Shiki do have a few things in common. In both of these anime, the dead come back to life and live in a specific area. In Angel Beats, it's the school while in Shiki it is the small country town everyone lives in. Another thing is the action. There is a bit of fight scenes in both although Shiki is more of a mind game rather than the fighting that goes on in Angel Beats. They both had a sense of mystery as to what the heck was going on too. 
report Recommended by purdystar
Both are about vampires, shiki is more bloody, but it shows vampires struggling to find their place in the world (by less peaceful means). I also recommend this from black blood brothers because Im sure lots of people might not even notice shiki or think its a vampire anime, because I didnt.  
report Recommended by CuteZombie
the art is VERY similar, I just started watching Tokyo Ravens and I couldn't help but remember Shiki, also because of the small countryside feel in the begining, and then both deal with the supernatural, there are also similarities between some of the female characters... but Shiki is gory and scary while tokyo ravens is not.  
report Recommended by Mahareth
Out for vengeance? well the main characters of these anime are. Both MCs have had there life crushed , destroyed, and they do all they can to extract their revenge upon the people they loath. I hope everyone enjoys these anime. 
report Recommended by --Aurabreaker--
Story-wise, the Shiki and Fate/Zero aren't all too similar. However, they explore the darker side of human nature, with morally ambiguous characters and no clear answer to who's right and who's wrong. Both series start off slower (*COUGH COUGH F/Z EXPOSITION*) but build steadily towards tense and thrilling climaxes. 
report Recommended by tsukiyo123
When is it okay to kill? These series focus on this aspect of life. While Shiki is more mysterious Asura is based solely on that. However the moral is the same. Killing others can have serious consequences. Also the reasons people kill each other are very similar in both shows. 
report Recommended by Faylicia
The characters looks very similar, both physically and mentally. Special and bizarre hairstyles of many characters. The plot is quite dark, and there are many foolish villains. 
report Recommended by Disillusion
Paranoia of main male characters. Similar characters' attitude with each other. Similar idea of conspiracy. 
report Recommended by Disillusion
Focused on epidemics. 
report Recommended by Disillusion
The characters looks very similar, both physically and mentally. Special and bizarre hairstyles of many characters. The plot is quite dark, and there are many foolish villains. 
report Recommended by Disillusion
Weird shows where undeads organize themselves to continue living. Shiki is darker and more creepy, while Nichiyoubi is more solar and heterogeneous. 
report Recommended by Disillusion
There are some similarities about the common plot about vampires, dead, and demons. Feeling and relationship between the characters are pretty similar someway. Both shows have resurrection of dead corpses which become vampires or similar. 
report Recommended by Disillusion
Both of the animes are completely different. But they give the same feeling. Both has gloomy atmosphere and a lot of blood. One is about classic vampire tale while other is about a death match. 
report Recommended by anika12332
A slow paced supernatural plot where the protagonist tries to solve the mystery behind the occurring deaths and save the people.  
report Recommended by Orulyon
Both have very dark supernatural plots where many people die and the protagonist tries to solve the mystery behind those deaths. While Kuroshitsuji focus on comedy, drama and demons, Shiki focus in psychological, drama and vampires. The protagonist seeks revenge for something that happened to him. Both have an outstanding soundtrack and voice actors, as well a very unique art, where the outfits are great. Although, Shiki is very slow paced and Kuroshitsuji fast paced, they will both leave you addicted if you watch them until the end~~ 
report Recommended by Orulyon
Both are mystery animes taking place in small villages in the depths of the country. They share pretty alike atmosphere, though visual style differs a bit. Personally I prefer 'Moryou no Hako' to 'Shiki'. 
report Recommended by Davros95
I may be the only one to compare with Tatakau Shisho, but I have my reason. Both have a good plotting, and mostly, it is hard to say whom actually the leading characters because everybody takes their role and sharpen the story. Even though Shiki is less tight than Tatakau Shisho, it still has the same quality as it also has mysteries, surprise plots, and hard to guess how it will end the story. Both have tales to told (in Tatakau Shisho, it is the children fairy tale about the man whom taking "book" from a dead and deliver to the precious one. In Shiki, it's  read more 
report Recommended by mitayashi
Both are dealing with the occult, but difference is quite large too. Shiki deals with vampires/zombies hybrid? and is more of mystery, psychological. Occult Academy has some comedy, deals with a general mix of occult like spirits, witchery etc. and has a feeling of adventurous spirit and time-travel. A teeny little bit of romance too. Both are in Summer 2010 anime season. 
report Recommended by Dunkjoe
Both anime are in vampire genre. Watch Shiki so you can even compare which one better , thriller , super ! xD 
report Recommended by Sebastian333
Both have the same feeling that it gives off. Neither are really "horror", but both deal with the dead. Yakumo and Natsuno resemble each other as well. 
report Recommended by Mirorin
These two are my all time favorite anime (well, season 2 of Code Geass if I had to choose). They make me feel so much emotion, and I just love the ending in both. And if you liked Natsuno and Tooru from Shiki, then you'll probably like Lelouch and Suzaku from Code Geass, and vice versa. Both of these animes gave you a choice, to choose which side you root for. This choice will seem like: "Oh yeah, I totally think this side is correct", but after a while, you might not be so sure. And don't be affected by the 'vampire' genre in shiki,  read more 
report Recommended by Artlover3
Both are fast-paced series with horror elements, that involve the main characters attempting to outwit their mysterious enemies using their intelligence. Brynhildr has more fanservice and more cute girls than Shiki, though.  
report Recommended by aimaimami
They talks about vampires and both anime has bloody scenes, if you liked Shiki you might as well like this one too!  
report Recommended by Bakai
These 2 are presented in multiple perspectives. What I mean is that the point of view constantly switches between different main characters. While this method may cause audience to be less attached to a single character, the story unfolds from many angles. Also, both are really bloody and gory (surpassed my comfort zone).  
report Recommended by bunny1ov3r
The nature of the theme, the animation style, and the amount of action in both anime are what make them similar. There isn't many fight scenes but the ones that there are are pretty conclusive. The nature of the theme is similar because they make you think about ethics, morals, and philosophy in general. The character base is a similar as well. By this I mean that the characters in each anime are plenty, making the angle from which you see the story line like a kaleidoscope. Also, the endings kind of leave you asking for more... they were mostly conclusive but there was a  read more 
report Recommended by Kataranara
Superficially,Juuni Kokuki and Shiki are not so similar. Juuni Kokuki is a fantasy story about 12 asian-like kingdoms and Shiki is a horror story in a small village. However, Those two stories were originally written by Fuyumi Ono and both stories share the same concept about life and humanity. If you are in the mood to be disappointed with ugly part of human beings but also want to look for the beauty in this ugliness, Juuni Kokuki is definitely the first choice. As Muroi (Seishin) was like in Shiki, Yoko in Juuni Kokuki is also like the person who has been lost in her life. For  read more 
report Recommended by PenPenGrass
Both Shiki and Hitsuji no Uta contain intricat plots involving vampires. Instead of the run-of-the-mill KILL THEM ALL concept, both shows bring forth different spins, bringing a different respect to vampire-based anime. Granted, both of these shows have entirely different plots (Shiki focusing on vampires trying to take over a vilage and the morality of murder, where as Hitsuji no Uta focuses on the concept of vampirism being a hereditary illness), the two share common elements in their ability to create a tense, eerie atmosphere and possess a story told in a serious tone. 
report Recommended by truthillusion
Somewhat intense murder-drama-mysteries. Have a realistic feel, and delve into the human condition. Make you question who is REALLY the monster. Have doctors who act as detectives. 
report Recommended by IceAndCream
I love this two for the same reasons, the chbaracters and the story, are rough and sweet in the same time 
report Recommended by Rikka-yomi
Both involve something happening to people's bodies after they die. 
report Recommended by Zephys
Supernatural vampire shows in which vampires look and behave nothing like how they were portrayed in the Western fantasies. In fact, vampires wear bright, colorful clothes and is not turned into beasts by their blood-lust. Granted though, that Shiki is a dark show with very brutal scenes while Sankarea is much more light-hearted. 
report Recommended by bunny1ov3r