The Shiki anime is an adaptation of the Shiki manga series drawn by Ryu Fujisaki, which is itself an adaptation of a novel series of the same name by Fuyumi Ono. The story happens in a small isolated town in rural Japan named Sotoba, where a series of bizarre deaths occur, coinciding with the arrival of the Kirishiki family who has just moved into a castle built on the outskirts. Toshio Ozaki, dean of the only hospital in Sotoba, begins to investigate and discovers there are supernatural presences at work, namely vampires, who are called shiki, which translates to English as "corpse demon".
The series premiered on Fuji TV, Kansai TV, Tōkai TV, and their affiliated stations on July 8, 2010. Funimation simulcast the series one hour after its initial broadcast in Japan, with English subtitles. The first of the DVDs and Blu-ray of the anime were released on October 27, 2010 by Aniplex. The complete-series box set, including an English dub and two OVA episodes, came out in June 2014.
Each episode title is a homophone pronunciation for the Japanese numerals using On'yomi, with each phrase mostly related to death or the corruption of the physical body, both common themes in the series. Dates are followed by the Rokuyo designation for that particular day, giving the good-fortune prediction for the day.
The series has four pieces of theme music.
- Kazuyuki Okitsu/John Burgmeier as Seishin Muroi
- Wataru Takagi/Ian Sinclair as Tatsumi
- Aoi Yuki/Cherami Leigh as Sunako Kirishiki
- Tôru Ôkawa/David Wald as Toshio Ozaki
- Haruka Tomatsu/Tia Ballard as Megumi Shimizu
- Kōki Uchiyama/Jerry Jewell as Natsuno Yuuki Koide
To see a list of all characters visit the Characters page.
|Episode #||English Title||Japanese Title||Air Date|
|1||First Blood||"Dai ichi wa"
|2||Second Decay||"Dai futa (ni) wa"
|3||Third Tragedy||"Dai san wa"
|4||Fourth Death||"Dai shi (yon) wa"
|5||Fifth Deceit||"Dai itsu (go) wa"
|6||Sixth Skull||"Dai roku wa"
|7||Seventh Killing Spirit||"Dai shichi wa"
|8||Eighth Night||"Dai ya (hachi) wa"
|9||Ninth Coffin||"Dai kyū wa"
|10||Tenth Mourning||"Dai tō (ju) wa"
|11||Eleventh Slaughter||"Dai tō to hito (jūichi) wa"
|12||Twelfth Decay||"Dai tō to futa (jūni) wa"
|13||Thirteenth Tragedy||"Dai tō to san (jūsan) wa"
|14||Fourteenth Death||"Dai tō to shi (jūyon) wa"
|15||Fifteenth Deceit||"Dai tō to itsu wa"
|16||Sixteenth Skull||"Dai tō to roku wa"
|17||Seventeenth Killing Spirit||"Dai tō to shichi wa"
|Eighteenth Night||"Dai tō to ya wa"
|Nineteenth Coffin||"Dai tō to kyū wa"
|20||Twentieth Mourning||"Dai futatō wa"
|20.5||Twentieth Mourning and Offense||"Dai futatō to han wa"
|May 25, 2011|
|21||Twenty-First Slaughter||"Dai futatō to hito wa"
|21.5||Twenty-First Blood and Offense||"Dai futatō-ichi to han wa"
|22||The Final Hunt||"Saishū wa"