15 (as Human)
|Birthday||August 26, 1978 (Virgo)|
|Occupation||High School Student (Formerly)|
|Anime Debut||Episode 1|
|Voice Actor||Tia Ballard|
I hate this stupid village! I hate it! HATE! IT!"
- ―Megumi Shimizu
Megumi Shimizu was a young girl from Sotoba who was the first person to be tragically killed by the Kirishiki family, namely by Chizuru Kirishiki. She was also the first person to die that wasn't in Yamiri, and was also the first person to knownly rise up as a Shiki several days after her death. She is one of the most frequently appearing characters in the Shiki series. Due to her city-girl personality and style, she dreamed of one day leaving the village and living a glamorous life in a big city.
Despite her hatred for her town, the two things she cared about within it were her crush, Natsuno Yuuki, and a recently built mansion in their town. (which the Kirishiki family moved into)
Megumi was a beautiful relatively tall and attractive young girl, and appeared to be quite thin. She had long wavy peachy pink hair of length to end of her back which was parted down the middle with messy bangs on her forehead and framing messy hair by her cheeks. She always kept her hair in two high twin-tails and was never seen without it styled, except for when she fell ill and died. Megumi's large eyes were a cool shade of cherry red. She had a thin nose and plump red lips.
When she turned Shiki her eyes took on the common black and crimson red color of her kind. She kept her skin pale and was cautious of her appearance. Through out the series, Megumi can be seen wearing a variety of stylish original clothes, shoes, make up, and hair accessories. She was seen wearing different kinds of clothes and all of them looked great on her, one day she'd wear punky or gothic revealing outfits and then the next day she'd wear a bright summer dress or a cute hoodie with bunny ears and rainbow-colored socks and wristwears. Other than her fancy clothes she is also shown to keep her nails and lips done in variety of different colors from peachy shades or blood-red to black or pink. Most of the time she wore some form of gothic jewelry or bows and is shown to get quite creative with her stunning unique outfits.
Megumi could be self-centered and often thought only about herself. She hated Sotoba and felt that she didn't belong there, made worse by the fact that the other villagers made fun of her for dressing nicely in a place like Sotoba. Though she acted polite and respectful to the villagers, she looked down at them for their lack of self-consciousness of how people outside the village would view them and would often get frustrated with their view that anything outside of Sotoba was weird and that her dreams to one day live in a big city were a waste of time and ridicilous.
She also looked down on her childhood friend Kaori, whom she viewed as an annoyance even though she acted polite to her as well. On the other hand, she acted delightful and shy when she was around or talking to Natsuno, who she had a crush on, although he didn't feel the same way for her. As a human she was often shown taking walks around her town in fancy outfits while day-deaming and fantasizing about a better life.
After she rose up as a Shiki, she became more malicious.
Megumi seemed to easily accept attacking other villagers and enjoyed the new undead community that she was a part of. Except for her desire of leaving Sotoba getting stronger, her feelings for Natsuno also became much more intense as she began targeting people close to him. She developed a disliking for his best friend Tohru Mutou and agreed
with Tatsumi to kill him because Natsuno never gave as much attention to her as he did to Tohru. She later agreed with Tatsumi to kill her childhood friend Kaori's father as a payback for betraying her and getting close to Natsuno despite knowing about Megumi's feelings for him.
She was impulsive and often voiced her opinion or expressed her own thoughts before considering how they would affect other people. This was shown when she learned of Natsuno being targeted and Nao Yasumori trying to assure her that he would become one of them. She got frustrated and shouted at her with the fact that none of her
family rose up, causing Nao to break down in tears. She had no sympathy for any of the villagers, due to their constant mocking toward her and their unwanted crititcism on her outfits. The only person she truly cared about was Natsuno Yuuki, probably because he was the only one who wanted to leave the village along with her.
Megumi was born and raised in Sotoba and hates living in there. She goes to highschool in Mizobe town and she often daydreams of going to a university in the city once she graduates. After leaving Sotoba, she plans to get scouted into show business where she'd hang out in clubs every night and have many people admiring her there. The only thing she cares about in the village is the large western-looking house on top of the hill that was recently built and Natsuno Yuuki, her crush.
On August 11th, Megumi is fantasizing about the mansion in which the Kirishiki family moved. Kaori passes by and they get into an argument when Kaori says that she isn't really interested in the mansion or the people in it and how she finds them weird.
As Megumi storms away, she senses someone looking at her from the mansion and gets excited. While showing off her model walking skills, she trips. Seishirou Kirishiki and Tatsumi open up the gates and greet her. She then goes missing the same day and a search party gets organized.
The town searches for Megumi in the mountain woods until she is found on the 12th. She can stand but wouldn't talk. The villagers thought it was nothing serious and ended up not taking her to the clinic. They took her home and called Dr. Ozaki.
Dr. Ozaki goes to Megumi's house where her parents thank him for coming all the way there. He finds that there isn't anything wrong with her physically except that she won't eat or talk. She doesn't have a fever, just some insect bites. She is found to be anemic. He says that he is going to draw some blood. Her parents are both relieved. Megumi finally speaks up as he was on his way to leave the Shimizu household and says that she's very sleepy, instantly closing her eyes and falling asleep. Megumi can't remember what happened there and only remembers being invited by Tatsumi and Seishirou Kirishiki into the mansion, where she met the whole Kirishiki family.
Dr.Ozaki wakes up to a phone call telling him that Megumi died. He soon rushes over and tells Mr and Mrs. Shimizu that Megumi died at 2 am with the cause of death being acute heart failure.
Megumi had a crush on Natsuno ever since he came to Sotoba and tries to befriend or strike a conversation with him whenever she gets a chance to. Her infatuation with him causes her to develop a habit of watching him from his window as he studies while hiding in the bushes and daydreaming of being in a relationship with him. Unfortunately those feelings are unrequited, for Natsuno whom dislikes her and is fully aware of her spying activities on him. Nevertheless, he admits they share a common dislike for the village and the wish of leaving it. After her death and resurrection, her feelings for Natsuno soon rise to obsession. She stalks him through his window even then and kills those who might be an obstacle to her object of affection. Despite knowing Natsuno hates her even more after killing Tohru, she still shows genuine concern for him even though she said she no longer cared for him, as she was willing to disobey Tatsumi to save him and was devastated when she learned of Natsuno's death. In both the anime and manga, although there are differences, it was the flashback of Natsuno that she saw that distracted Megumi and got her caught by the villagers.
Megumi dislikes Masao to say the least. He's always had a crush on Megumi ever since she started highschool and always utterly despised Natsuno for receiving more attention from Megumi than him. To make it worse, he doesn't even hide his hatred.
He constantly keeps trying to strike a conversation with Megumi while hating on Natsuno in front of her. When they rise up as Shiki, Masao's hatred for Natsuno grows stronger as he was even willing to kill Natsuno himself right after he rose up, but Megumi's hatred for Masao also rises due to her love for Natsuno. Masao would always tease Megumi saying how girls only like "guys who act cool and cold all the time" to which Megumi would brutally beat him up, often causing his nose to bleed. Even though Megumi knew Masao liked Tohru, she didn't seem to care. When the shiki hunt begins, Masao wants to rebel against the Kirishikis and has a plan to escape the village but doesn't want to be the only one to disobey them so he tries to convince Megumi to go with him to which Megumi calls him out, with a nice beating. This is the last time Megumi and Masao ever meet again, as Megumi in the end does try to escape for the city and Masao actually tries to hide at his own home. While hiding for his life, Masao thinks Megumi must've been killed too and says if she were with him he would've saved her.
Megumi dislikes Tohru through out their entire lives, as a human and as a Shiki. Her only reason for this seems to be the fact that Natsuno likes Tohru more than her, as stated when she arrived in the Mutou household to kill him.
Despite her feeling this way towards him, she wasn't rude to him as a Shiki and showed genuine understanding for his love for Natsuno, as she could relate to it. Tohru, even though he never showed it, seemed to also dislike Megumi back at times. There definitely seemed to be some tension which can be interpreted from the hunt for Natsuno, as he decides to bite his best friend rather than let Megumi touch him. After this attack it seems that Megumi's disliking towards Tohru heightens and soon turns into hatred.
Megumi looks down at her former childhood friend like the rest of the villagers. However, Kaori seems oblivious to the fact. When Megumi was ordered by Tatsumi to attack Kaori's father, she initially protested, showing empathy and concern towards her. However, when told by Tatsumi that Kaori and Natsuno were getting close, she decided to go through with the plan causing her to dislike Kaori more than she did before.
After killing Kaori's father, Megumi even though she was happy at first, later on seemed to regret it and starts showing that she in fact misses Kaori. When Kaori's father rises up as a Shiki, she suggests him to kill his family for the beginning with her own personal interest, to have Kaori as company. This was also shown when Kaori's father asks if Megumi had killed her own family as well to which she gets mad, saying how she'd never want to be with them again and later on as she leaves Kaori's father, admits she would obviously prefer Kaori than her parents because even though Kaori didn't understand Megumi's interest in fashion like everyone else, she accepted her as she was.
During attack on Tohru, she wore a lowcut red corset with a frilled, black trim, paired with a black, ruffled mini-skirt with a white spiked belt. She also wore a black leather spiked choker, black, shoulder-length fingerless gloves with white, spiked bands, black thigh-high stockings and white fingerless zip up high heel boots. She also put on blood red lipstick and painted her nails blood red. With this outfit she also wore red elegant flower earrings.
During the attack on the Ozaki clinic, she wore a pink and white mid-thigh dress with black stripes going down it and parting with red rose buttons and white ruffles at the bottom. She also wore ripped light tan panty hose and elbow length black gloves with a pair of pink sneaker boots along with pink striped fingerless gloves and a black shirt collar choker, also she had blood red lipstick and nails.
During Megumi's escape to the city and death, she wore a strapless dress that is presumably taped on giant, 3-tiered black ruffle skirt; leopard print torso, solid, dark pink cups. Stilettos and arm-length gloves are a matching pink color. Brown nylon stockings. Violet-beaded necklace. The gloves have black faux-corsetry at the top. The gloves are full-fingered for the thumb and index finger, and fingerless for other 3. Along with this outfit she had bright pink lipstick and nails and also a black gothic earring on her left ear.
In the anime, while the villagers are killing all the Shiki, Megumi attempts to escape to a big city where she could live a nice life. While Megumi is crossing the road where she once used to wait for the bus with Natsuno, she sees a flashback of him waiting for the bus and gets distracted, causing her to get caught. The villagers chase her into a rice field, but she wasn't scared because they couldn't see at night however a bunch of villagers driving tractors appear and lighten up the whole rice field, making her vulnerable. While she was running through the rice field, she gets hit by a tractor and gets stunned. The villagers soon get to her and she tells them that all she wants is to go to the big city. This fails and she gets hit by another tractor that soon crushes her arm, she screams about how much she hated Sotoba ever since she was born and how a village like it shouldn't have ever existed. Another tractor pulls up and proceeds to run over her face. Megumi is still alive and still proceeds to squirm until she got staked by Hirosawa and two other villagers in the heart and died. She was later transported to a pile with the other dead shiki where they burned in fire together with the whole village.
In the manga, she still tries to make her escape but most roads were blocked so while making her way to the city, she runs to the highway, carrying a suitcase with her. As she was crossing the last road before she was able to escape out of the village, she gets distracted by an illusion of Natsuno and gets hit by a vehicle. Her suitcase opens and her clothes fall all around the road. As Megumi was under the vehicle, all broken, the villagers blast a flashlight and gossip about her personality while she was still alive. She soon becomes concious again and proceeds to escape still but the villagers get to her, pounding about eight stakes into her chest and heart. They pick up all of her clothes from the road and put it in the back of the vehicle together with her body. In her final thoughts, she thought she saw Laforet (a store located in Harajuku that she has always wanted to go to) even though it was just a magazine of such laying beside her with the rest of her magazines, clothes and accessories as her body was being transported to the hell hole with the other dead bodies.
In the novel, she hid deep in the mountains during the daylight and planned to escape to the city but she woke up to complete chaos. The mountain fir trees were glowing in fire.(Due to Motoko's mental breakdown where she burned the entire village in hopes of killing her father-in-law whom was also a shiki) As she was running through the woods, around her villagers were killing the risen left and right but she attempted to make it to the National road undetected, which she viewed as "good luck". As she crossed the National road, a group of villagers notice her and chase her down. She runs into a field, looking for a safe place to hide, but finds non. An off-road bike descends into the field, Megumi falls and gets knocked down into a ditch near. She gets stuck due to the drainage being too narrow and Seiji Matsuo comes to help her out. As he grabs her hand, he realizes she is one of the risen and holds her by the neck, choking her. Megumi cries and begs for him to let her go but him and a group of other villagers stake her, leaving her body in the bloody water.
- The name Megumi means "favor, benefit" (恵) or "love, affection" (愛).
- Megumi's surname Shimizu means "clear, pure, clean" (清), "purple; violet" (紫), "grant, bestow" (施) or "cold" (寒) (shi) and "water" (水) (mizu).
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