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Akira Tanaka
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Name Kanji ()(なか) (あきら) Tanaka Akira
Race Human
Age 13
Status Alive
Gender Male
First appearance
Anime Debut Episode 1
Seiyū Kawakami Keiko
Voice Actor Luci Christian


Akira Tanaka is Kaori Tanaka's younger brother and he is in 7th grade, and is also a childhood friend of Megumi Shimizu. He is among the youngest characters in the series, and one of the first villagers to discover the existence of shiki, alongside Natsuno Koide.


Akira is strong-willed and hot-headed. He has a tendency to act childish quite a bit, such as acting impulsively and needing to be woken up by his family, but he is nonetheless an individual devoted to protecting his family and village from the invading shiki.

He is shown to be an effective foil to Natsuno; where the later is just as determined as Akira, he is calm and sometimes has difficulty making bold moves against the shiki. Akira, on the other hand, tends to be reckless and easily angered, but overall he is able to make the quick judgments necessary for victory that Natsuno himself struggled to make.


Akira is introduced as the younger brother of Kaori Tanaka, and therefore the youngest child and youngest member of the Tanaka household. In the early stages of the series, he begins to suspect that the Kirishiki family is responsible for the deaths in the village, but is unclear how until the series progresses, at which point he begins to believe they are "okiagari".

His sister dismisses his concern as being childish, but nonetheless begins to accompany him in his investigations. He eventually teams up with Natsuno, whom also suspects undead have invaded the village. When they see for themselves that shiki exist and have been turning the villagers (upon encountering and subduing one at Megumi's grave site), Akira becomes determined to eradicate the shiki. He and Kaori vow to stand beside Natsuno in this mission.

Akira is later shown being distressed about Natsuno's apparent and impending death, and is even more dismayed when Natsuno's father refuses to allow them to visit and decorate his room with various religious items. When Natsuno finally dies and his own family begins being targeted by the shiki, Akira becomes even more determined to destroy all the shiki in the village.

He eventually overhears some of the village elders gossiping about the recently abandoned Itou house being seemingly occupied, with someone looking like the late Iwao Maeda entering and leaving it in the night. Akira rushes home and orders Kaori to start fashioning stakes out of lumber from their store room. He takes one of these stakes with him along with a hammer, and enters the Itou house, where he discovers Iwao Maeda sleeping in a closet shrouded with a curtain in the basement.

As Akira prepares to stake the shiki, he is caught off-guard by Tatsumi, who seemingly tailed the boy into the house. He knocks Akira out, before tying him to a support beam directly in front of the closet Iwao slept in. Upon his waking, sun has begun to set, and Iwao wakes up smiling to the frightened boy restrained before him. Later, it is revealed that Natsuno rescues him shortly after this, taking him to an emergency room outside of the village and, in the manga, tying Iwao up to a tree to burn in the daylight.

Akira is last seen in the emergency room in bed, alongside his sister, both rescued by Natsuno.

The End

It is shown that even as a shiki, Natsuno still cares about Akira and Kaori and tries to help them

Akira is saved by Natsuno and enter in the bus when stop in the hospital, and he is reunited with his sister.

Family Tree



Anime Appearances


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0.1: Yoshie Kurahashi  •  Yasuyo Muramatsu  •  Yasuo Takashima  •  Towada  •  Tatsumi  •  Nao's father  •  Tsuruko Motohashi  •  Kitada  •  Ikebe  •  Cain  •  Akira Saeki  •  Chiyo  •  Ebuchi  •  Elders  •  Fujiyo Takano  •  Yuzuki  •  Mitsuo Tadokoro  •  Oitarou Satou  •  Shiki Girl  •  Yasuyo Hashiguchi  •  Tsurumi  •  Satoko Isaki  •  Sasaki  •  Nao's mother  •  Kiyomi Nagata  •  Katsue Tadokoro  •  Hayami  •  Gohei Takemura  •  Abel  •  Shimoyama  •  Yuki Shiomi  •  Miki Sekiguchi  •  Sumi  •  Mori  •  Setsu Maehara  •  Itoko Hasekura  •  Nara  •  Imaizumi  •  Ogawa  •  Hirotake Tamura  •  Waka Yamazaki  •  Juuzou Taki  •  Tomikou  •  Mikami  •  Takeda  •  Makoto  •  Oozawa  •  Nagata  •  Sasaki  •  Taniguchi  •  Tsuhara
0.2: Azusa Koide  •  Yuuki  •  Natsuno Koide
0.3: Seishirou Kirishiki  •  Chizuru Kirishiki  •  Sunako Kirishiki  •  Mr. and Mrs. Kirishiki
0.4: Tae Yano  •  Kanami Yano
0.5: Toshio Ozaki  •  Kyouko Ozaki  •  Takae Ozaki  •  Ozaki
0.6: Tamotsu Mutou  •  Aoi Mutou  •  Mutou  •  Tooru Mutou  •  Shizuko Mutou
0.7: Yoshikazu Tanaka  •  Sachiko Tanaka  •  Kaori Tanaka  •  Akira Tanaka  •  Love
0.8: Atsushi Ookawa  •  Tomio Ookawa  •  Kazuko Ookawa  •  Gigorou Ookawa  •  Namie Ookawa  •  Mizue Ookawa  •  Yutaka Ookawa  •  Choutarou Ookawa  •  Norie Ookawa  •  Shigeru Ookawa
0.9: Yoshikazu Tanaka  •  Sachiko Tanaka  •  Kaori Tanaka  •  Akira Tanaka  •  Love
0.10: Masaharu Koike  •  Yasuo Koike  •  Touko Koike  •  Ikuo Koike
1.1: Hirosawa  •  Toyoko Hirosawa  •  Takatoshi Hirosawa  •  Mayumi Hirosawa  •  Takeko Hirosawa  •  Takafumi Hirosawa
1.2: Sadaichi Tamo  •  Kiyo Tamo  •  Sadafumi Tamo  •  Hiroya Tamo  •  Sadaji Tamo  •  Satomi Tamo  •  Yuuko Tamo
1.3: Megumi Shimizu  •  Takeo Shimizu  •  Ryuuji Shimizu  •  Hiroko Shimizu  •  Tokurou Shimizu  •  Masaji Shimizu  •  Yumi Shimizu  •  Yuu Shimizu
1.4: Seishin Muroi  •  Miwako Muroi  •  Shinmei Muroi
1.5: Motoko Maeda  •  Shihori Maeda  •  Shigeki Maeda  •  Iwao Maeda  •  Tomiko Maeda  •  Isami Maeda  •  Tokio Maeda  •  Rika Maeda
1.6: Midori Kunihiro  •  Ritsuko Kunihiro  •  Yasue Kunihiro  •  Tarou
1.7: Giichi Yasumori  •  Kazunari Yasumori  •  Atsuko Yasumori  •  Kazuya Yasumori  •  Junko Yasumori  •  Tokujirou Yasumori  •  Setsuko Yasumori  •  Mikiyasu Yasumori  •  Nao Yasumori  •  Susumu Yasumori  •  Seiichirou Yasumori  •  Yoneko Yasumori  •  Kouji Yasumori  •  Hinako Yasumori
1.8: Masaki Tashiro  •  Rumi Tashiro  •  Takashi Tashiro
1.9: Yasuzou Matsumura  •  Yasuyo Matsumura
2.1: Hasegawa  •  Chiyomi Hasegawa
2.2: Itou  •  Ikumi Itou  •  Tamae Itou
2.3: Ishida  •  Chie Ishida
2.4: Seiji Matsuo  •  Yukako Matsuo  •  Yasushi Matsuo  •  Takashi Matsuo  •  Shizuka Matsuo  •  Jun Matsuo
2.5: Yoshihide Katou  •  Sumie Katou  •  Yukie Katou  •  Minoru Katou  •  Yuusuke Katou
2.6: Fuki Gotouda  •  Shuuji Gotouda  •  Kumi Gotouda  •  Kyouko Gotouda
2.7: Masaya Kusunoki  •  Shouji Kusunoki
2.8: Genichi Takemura  •  Michio Takemura  •  Mune Takemura  •  Tatsu Takemura
2.9: Yaeko Ootsuka  •  Kichigorou Ootsuka  •  Takayuki Ootsuka  •  Hiroko Ootsuka  •  Yasuyuki Ootsuka
2.10: Gouzou Oota  •  Kenji Oota  •  Michiyo Oota