Cover of the first volume of Shiki as published by Shueisha
|Genre||Supernatural, Horror, Mystery|
|Original run||September 1998 (Tankōbon)
January 2002 (Bunkobon) – September 1998 (Tankōbon)
February 2002 (Bunkobon)
|Original run||December 2007 – ongoing|
|Original run||July 2010 – ongoing|
Shiki (屍鬼 Shiki , lit. Corpse Demon) is a horror novel by Japanese novelist Fuyumi Ono, originally published in two parts by Shinchosha in 1998, which is later reprinted in five parts in 2002. A manga series adapting the story is drawn by Ryu Fujisaki and currently serialized in Japanese monthly magazine Jump SQ. from December 2007 onwards. An anime adaptation by Aniplex will begin broadcasting on July 2010.
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. Ozaki Toshio, dean of the only hospital in Sotoba, intially suspects an epidemic. But as investigations continue and the deaths begin to pile up, he becomes convinced that they are the work of vampires plaguing the village. A young man named Yuuki Natsuno, who hates living in the village, begins to be pursued and surrounded by death.
A 15 year old boy who lives and attends school in Sotoba. He hates living in the village and prefers to be in the city. Originally a city dweller, Natsuno reluctantly moves to Sotoba with his parents when they wanted a change of environment. He often exhibits a cold exterior, especially disliking Megumi Shimizu's presence, who has a crush on him. One of the two main protagonists in the series.
The dean of the hospital in Sotoba, Toshio resigned from university hospital, returning to take up his father's position when he passed away. He is fondly given a nickname, "Waka-sensei", by his colleagues as well as the residents. Toshio has a dislike to both his mother and his late father, as both of them often put reputation of the Ozaki family before anything else. He is childhood friends with Seishin Muroi and Mikiyasu Yasumori. He is 32 years old and married, as well as being a chain smoker. He is baffled by the mysterious deaths and swears to solve the case and protect his village. One of the two main protagonists in the series.
A 13 year old girl who moves into the Kanemasa mansion atop the hill with her family. She has a rare genetic disorder known as SLE, which leads her to stay inside her home during the day and only come out at night. She and her family are fans of the essays and novels written by Seishin Muroi, and is the reason they moved to Sotoba. Sunako dislikes people calling her name with the honorific "chan".
Seishin is the local priest in Sotoba, as well as an author in writing novels. His latest work is called Shiki, which translated in English is called Corpse Demon. He has a sense of the supernatural and detects the presence of the real "shiki". He is childhood friends with Toshio Ozaki and Mikiyasu Yasumori. He is 32 years old, single, and once attempted to commit suicide in a drunken state during his university days.
A 15 year old girl attending the same school as Natsuno, Megumi also hates living in the village and longs for city life. She has a one-sided crush on Natsuno and often daydreams of a relationship with him. Megumi encounters the Kirishiki family in the beginning of the series, and disappears without a trace until the residents found her lying in the middle of the forest. She dies from mysterious causes and is later revived as a shiki.