History Main / ShiniGami

10th Jun '16 8:07:14 PM lavendermintrose
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The Japanese version of TheGrimReaper. Contrary to popular belief, they [[NewerThanTheyThink aren't part of traditional Japanese mythology]], but got imported from Europe in the 19th century. Originally used to refer to a single entity featured in the play "Shinigami" (usually translated as "death god," but the word is "''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kami kami]]'' of death" with its own set of connotations), the term has since evolved to refer to an entire race of {{Psychopomp}}s in Japanese culture. [[Manga/DeathNote Or evil demonic soul eaters]]. [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Or those assigned to kill evil demonic soul eaters]]. [[OurMonstersAreDifferent Each tale tells it differently]].

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The Japanese version of TheGrimReaper. Contrary to popular belief, they [[NewerThanTheyThink aren't part of traditional Japanese mythology]], but got imported from Europe in the 19th century. Originally used to refer to a single entity featured in the play "Shinigami" (usually translated as "death god," but the word is "''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kami kami]]'' of death" with its own set of connotations), the term has since evolved to refer to an entire race of {{Psychopomp}}s in Japanese culture. [[Manga/DeathNote Or evil demonic soul eaters]]. [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Or those assigned to kill kill]] [[Manga/BlackButler evil demonic soul eaters]]. [[OurMonstersAreDifferent Each tale tells it differently]].



* ''Manga/BlackButler'' uses these pretty standardly, as supposed-to-be-neutral beings managed by a bureaucratic regimen (e.g., much grumbling about overtime), who review the lives of people destined to die, deciding whether or not they should live. They and demons seem to dislike one another...

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* ''Manga/BlackButler'' uses these pretty standardly, as supposed-to-be-neutral beings managed by a bureaucratic regimen (e.g., much grumbling about overtime), who review the lives of people destined to die, deciding whether or not they should live. They hate demons, and part of their role is to protect the souls they review from demons seem (like the [[VillainProtagonist protagonist]]) who would try to dislike one another...steal and eat them.
8th Jun '16 11:49:46 PM gewunomox
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Shinigami are sometimes depicted as goblin or skeletal creatures who cause death and accidents, but some popular and more recent depictions of Shinigami are closer to [[OurVampiresAreDifferent western vampires]], with them being portrayed as {{immortal}}, attractive hip young people who wield a [[ComboPlatterPowers variety of superpowers]], chief among them SoulPower ([[TheDeadCanDance dancing skills not included]]). They will usually either cause death to sustain themselves, [[DarkIsNotEvil peacefully escort souls]] to the afterlife (see {{Psychopomp}}), slay demons and poltergeists who cause unnatural deaths, or be the result of unnatural deaths themselves (interestingly similar to the ''first'' definition of Shinigami, though this is almost never brought up). Or various combinations of the above.

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Shinigami are sometimes depicted as goblin or skeletal creatures who cause death and accidents, but some popular and more recent depictions of Shinigami are closer to [[OurVampiresAreDifferent western vampires]], with them being portrayed as {{immortal}}, [[{{Immortality}} immortal]], attractive hip young people who wield a [[ComboPlatterPowers variety of superpowers]], chief among them SoulPower ([[TheDeadCanDance dancing skills not included]]). They will usually either cause death to sustain themselves, [[DarkIsNotEvil peacefully escort souls]] to the afterlife (see {{Psychopomp}}), slay demons and poltergeists who cause unnatural deaths, or be the result of unnatural deaths themselves (interestingly similar to the ''first'' definition of Shinigami, though this is almost never brought up). Or various combinations of the above.
19th Apr '16 12:47:09 PM MsChibi
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In a few instances, their counterparts are "[[OurAngelsAreDifferent Angels]]". Only superficially the Judeo-Christian variety, as they tend to be ex-humans too. A mix of Myth/JapaneseMythology and FluffyCloudHeaven.

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In a few instances, their counterparts are "[[OurAngelsAreDifferent Angels]]". Only superficially the Judeo-Christian variety, as they tend to be ex-humans too. A mix of Myth/JapaneseMythology and FluffyCloudHeaven. Compare and contrast ArchangelUriel.
17th Jan '16 3:03:43 PM Miuphon
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* In ''Shinigami Jones, the Hunter''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7630438/1/Shinigami-Jones-the-Hunter ]], the Tenth Doctor lampshades the origin (and misapplication) of the term by purposefully misunderstanding Jones' reason for choosing it as part of his name.

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* In ''Shinigami Jones, the Hunter''[[http://www.''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7630438/1/Shinigami-Jones-the-Hunter ]], Shinigami Jones, the Hunter]]'', the Tenth Doctor lampshades the origin (and misapplication) of the term by purposefully misunderstanding Jones' reason for choosing it as part of his name.
16th Jan '16 2:43:12 AM lostbirdinatree
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* In ''Manga/ShouwaGenrokuRakugoShinjuu'', the Shinigami play mentioned above is performed by Yurakutei Yakumo, inspiring Kyoji to follow in his footsteps. In the play, a shinigami is also one of the characters.
13th Sep '15 2:09:20 PM nombretomado
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* Shinigami appear in ''VideoGame/OdinSphere'' as the keepers of the Underworld of Endelphia. They're also known as [[{{Woolseyism}} Halja]] in the english dub. They're huge [[NightmareFuel scary rotting wraiths]] with [[EvilSoundsDeep deep voices]] (they're voiced by NorioWakamoto, naturally) and large curved [[SinisterScythe sickles as weapons]]. They're fought as minibosses several times, usually in the Underworld.

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* Shinigami appear in ''VideoGame/OdinSphere'' as the keepers of the Underworld of Endelphia. They're also known as [[{{Woolseyism}} Halja]] in the english dub. They're huge [[NightmareFuel scary rotting wraiths]] with [[EvilSoundsDeep deep voices]] (they're voiced by NorioWakamoto, Creator/NorioWakamoto, naturally) and large curved [[SinisterScythe sickles as weapons]]. They're fought as minibosses several times, usually in the Underworld.
21st Jun '15 2:14:49 PM StFan
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* In ''Anime/RiskySafety'', Risky is a shinigami in training (basically a mini-Grim Reaper) whose job is talking people into commiting suicide. She's also six inches tall, ''adorable'', and on a [[JekyllAndHyde body time-share]] with a cute little angel who tries to undo her work. It's a comedy series, despite the dark sounding subject matter.

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* In ''Anime/RiskySafety'', ''Manga/RiskySafety'', Risky is a shinigami in training (basically a mini-Grim Reaper) whose job is talking people into commiting suicide. She's also six inches tall, ''adorable'', and on a [[JekyllAndHyde body time-share]] with a cute little angel who tries to undo her work. It's a comedy series, despite the dark sounding subject matter.
19th Jun '15 8:42:29 AM Dame-Amaryllis
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* In ''Manga/VirginRipper'', they are souls who commited the sin of suicide but met certain requirements and so were given the opportunity to redeem themselves by taking this job. Their duty is to escort the souls of the deceased to the Gate of Judgement, where it will be decided whether they are to go to Heaven or Hell.
25th May '15 4:15:06 PM DarkHunter
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* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' is an anime and manga about [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters an entire society of shinigami]] who seemingly spend more time fighting TheHeartless than actually acting as psychopomps. Ferrying the dead to Soul Society is a job left to low-ranking shinigami while the more powerful shinigami focus on protecting the world from dangerous supernatural threats and administrating the low-ranking shinigami duties. The official English translation calls them Soul Reapers.

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* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' is an anime and manga about [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters an entire society of shinigami]] who seemingly spend more time fighting TheHeartless than actually acting as psychopomps. Ferrying the dead to Soul Society is a job left to low-ranking shinigami while the more powerful shinigami focus on protecting the world from dangerous supernatural threats and administrating the low-ranking shinigami duties. The official English translation calls them Soul Reapers.Reapers, a translation that met with Kubo's approval.
5th May '15 3:52:40 PM nombretomado
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In a few instances, their counterparts are "[[OurAngelsAreDifferent Angels]]". Only superficially the Judeo-Christian variety, as they tend to be ex-humans too. A mix of Japanese Mythology and FluffyCloudHeaven.

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In a few instances, their counterparts are "[[OurAngelsAreDifferent Angels]]". Only superficially the Judeo-Christian variety, as they tend to be ex-humans too. A mix of Japanese Mythology Myth/JapaneseMythology and FluffyCloudHeaven.



* Komachi Onozuka of ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' is [[TheSlacker the laziest shinigami on this page]]. Unfortunately for her, her boss can see ANYWHERE, so there's very little chance for her to do so. Or at least, little chance to do so without getting caught. Also note that her role is more of a [[GreekMythology Charon]] [[TheFerryMan analogue]] than the GrimReaper - her job is to ferry the souls of the dead across the Sanzu River and into the afterlife proper.

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* Komachi Onozuka of ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' is [[TheSlacker the laziest shinigami on this page]]. Unfortunately for her, her boss can see ANYWHERE, so there's very little chance for her to do so. Or at least, little chance to do so without getting caught. Also note that her role is more of a [[GreekMythology [[Myth/GreekMythology Charon]] [[TheFerryMan analogue]] than the GrimReaper - her job is to ferry the souls of the dead across the Sanzu River and into the afterlife proper.
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