The character page for Shiki
. There are an awful lot of them
, so this list will probably not cover them all.
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These characters could be considered the protagonists of the show.
One of the main protagonists, a 15-year-old boy who was forced to move to Sotoba, and needless to say, he ain't happy about it. He's one of the first ones to become aware of the Shiki.
- Ambiguously Gay: Due to his relationship with Tohru (who he calls Tohru-chan), particularly when he asked Tohru to ran away with him to escape from Tatsumi and the Shiki.
- Back from the Dead: Manga and anime only.
- Big Brother Instinct: After he befriends Akira and Kaori he starts to care for them in a "surrogate big brother" way.
- Came Back Strong
- Curtains Match the Window
- Death Seeker: After becoming a Jinrou.
- Decoy Protagonist: He gets a relatively large chunk of focus during the first half of the story. And then he dies. Even after returning as a Jinrou in the manga and anime, he rarely appears again.
- Dying Moment of Awesome: In the anime, after he pushes himself and Tatsumi into a deep pit, he blows both up with sticks of dynamite.
- Embarrassing First Name: He certainly feels this way.
- He Knows Too Much: The reason why Tatsumi sends Tohru to kill him.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Tohru. With a bit of Ho Yay.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Natsuno is aloof to most of the villagers, but cares deeply about Tohru, Akira, and Kaori. He tries to send Akira and Kaori away, but they end up coming back to help him. After finding out that Tohru has become a Shiki, he lets him feed on him without much of a fight and even suggests trying to run away together. He later ends up saving Akira from a Shiki and helping both him and Kaori escape from their village before the final confrontation.
- Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold
- Mr. Fanservice
- Not So Above It All: Although he's one of the first people to really start investigating the vampires, once he learns that his best friend Tohru has become one he immediately loses all will to fight and suggests that Toru feed on him instead—until he dies! Sure, he comes back as a werewolf, but he had no way of knowing that would happen at the time.
- Our Werewolves Are Different
- Purple Eyes: Natsuno has blueish-violet eyes.
- Real Men Wear Pink: His pink sneakers.
- Red Herring: Near the beginning of the series, Natsuno starts showing signs of lethargy and tiredness, the exact symptoms of a Shiki bite. Turns out it was just exhaustion.
- Supporting Protagonist
- Taking You with Me
- You Gotta Have Purple Hair
The director of the clinic in Sotoba. He is baffled by the mysterious deaths and swears to solve the case and protect his village. He is one of the first people to discover the existence of the Shiki, and ends up taking pretty extreme measures against them.
- Agent Mulder: Oddly enough, the village's man of science is one of the first to think the epidemic may be supernatural.
- Batman Gambit: He outs the Shiki by pretending to surrender to them and tricking Chizuru into going on a date with him to get her to the Buddhist shrine so she can Freak Out and get a bunch of people to escort her away, allowing them to feel for themselves her lack of a pulse and body temperature.
- Despair Event Horizon: His repeated failures in saving the villagers from the Shiki eventually lead him to experiment on his newly turned Shiki wife when she rises.
- Fiery Redhead
- Foil: To Seishin.
- Former Teen Rebel: Was one as a child and inspired Seishin into still hating the village later on in his life when he was on the verge of giving up. He also married his wife out of spite for his parents who hated her.
- Friend to All Children: Episode gives us a Pet the Dog moment where he is seen attending an injured child.
- He Who Fights Monsters: As he slowly loses more and more villagers to the plague, his psyche and determination begin to deteriorate, resulting in his appearance becoming haggard and strained. Eventually he resorts to experimenting on his wife when she rises as a Shiki in an attempt to either cure the plague and, failing that, to find the most efficient means of killing them.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Seishin.
- Ignored Expert: No one believes him about the vampires. Until he outs them anyway.
- Like Father, Like Son: He hates the idea of becoming like his father who he hated. He eventually does.
- Meaningful Name: His name means agile hero or sagacious hero.
- The Medic
- One Last Smoke: Before leaving Sotoba.
- The Paragon: Toshio becomes a rather dark take on this he he drives the villagers to riot against the Shiki.
- Perma Stubble
- Pet the Dog: He has a few moments such as being friendly to children, and mourning over the loss of his loved ones.
- Slasher Smile: Has one in Episode 18.
- The Smart Guy: He has his suspicions that the thing that's killing the village is weirder than normal as soon as his first appearance, but he doesn't connect the dots until Natsuno talks to him.
- Staking the Loved One: Literally does this to his wife when she rises...among other things.
- Was It Really Worth It?: Ends up asking himself something along these lines after his own actions bring about the destruction of his village when he was trying to save it.
A monk at the local temple in Sotoba, as well as the author of several famous novels. He is friends with Toshio since long, and befriends Sunako briefly after her arrival to town.
- Agent Scully: Not completely skeptical about the existence of the Shiki, but he still takes longer to convince than Toshio.
- Badass Bookworm
- Back from the Dead
- Death Seeker: Tried to commit suicide once in the past, likely due to his hatred of his position, and offers no resistance to Tatsumi when he asks to feed from him.
- Driven to Suicide: Attempted it once in the past for obscure reasons.
- In the manga, he attempted suicide since he can never truly leave the village as long as people force and expect him to be a monk whether he wants to or not.
- In the anime, he attempted suicide because he desperately wanted to be free of the traditions and the weight of his family and the temple, but could not bring himself to leave.
- Foil: To Ozaki.
- Good Shepherd: Played with.
- Hazy Feel Turn: Abandons Toshio and the other villagers to join the Shiki and protect Sunako, but considering the Grey and Gray Morality this story is based on, it's hard to tell whether he's a Face or a Heel.
- Heel Realization: Through his conversations with Sunako, he comes to the conclusion that he and the Shiki are Not So Different and that he has more in common with them than he does with the other villagers.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Toshio.
- Intergenerational Friendship: Generally enjoys his chats with Sunako. Turned on its head half-way through.
- Morality Pet: To Sunako. Has a lot to do with her belief that the two of them are Not So Different.
- Not So Different: Both he and his father are a lot alike when it comes to what motivates them. They both also joined the Shiki.
- Our Werewolves Are Different
- The Quiet One
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Muroi is much more violent and assertive when he rises as a Jinrou, as Ookawa finds out firsthand.
- Stoic Spectacles
- Warrior Monk: After rising as a Jinrou.
The residents of Sotoba. WARNING:
Some of the characters below become Shiki, so highlight spoilers at your own risk.
A village girl who hopes to one day leave Sotoba and create a career for herself in the city. She has an unrequited crush on Natsuno, who finds her annoying and cannot stand her. Megumi is one of the first victims of the Shiki and is also the first to rise.
- A Day in the Limelight: She is the main focus of the first episode of the anime.
- Back from the Dead
- Be Careful What You Wish For: She dreamed of being accepted by the people who lived in the "European" castle with open-arms. She got her wish.
- Berserk Button: Do NOT insult Yuuki in front of her. Masao found out the hard way.
- Bilingual Bonus: Megumi, Mega-Me, doubles as a lame pun.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Big time. From her very first appearance we clearly see the sheer contempt that she holds for the rest of the village.
- It doesn't seem to be quite that simple. It can be argued that her contempt is just frustration with living in a small town with no prospects for an ambitious girl, being made fun of for being different, and having her big teenage crush not be considerate enough to even give her the time of day. Then she dies and comes back as a supernatural murder machine. It's not hard to see why she indulged the opportunity to make the village pay for her frustration. She sort of borders on Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds.
- Childhood Friends: With Kaori. But she doesn't really like to be associated with her.
- Clingy Jealous Girl
- Cruel and Unusual Death: By the end of the series.
- Curtains Match the Window
- Death Glare: Gives one to Masao in Episode 14, over him being happy Yuuki might not come back as a Shiki.
- Elegant Gothic Lolita
- For the Evulz: She often mocks those who refuse to kill like Masao and Tohru, and in Episode 13, she can be seen skipping around with a smile on her face saying how making someone she hates makes her feel good.
- Freak Out: She cries and screams when she find out that her beloved Natsuno Yuuki, might not come back as a Shiki. It doesn't last long, thanks to Masao setting off Megumi's Berserk Button, earning him a Violently Protective Girlfriend's Death Glare, "The Reason You Suck" Speech, and a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown.
- Genre Savvy: Particularly after rising as a Shiki.
- Girlish Pigtails
- Go Out with a Smile: She dies while happily dreaming of being in the big city in the manga. Course it's a delusional state, better then anime at least.
- Good Girl Gone Bad
- I Just Want to Be Loved: The reason why she kills Tohru is because she wanted to be loved by Natsuno.
- I Just Want to Be Special
- Irony: In her human life, she was always complaining about living in the small village and wanting to go out and live in a big city. Then she dies and turns into a Shiki, gaining the freedom she long sought for, but can't leave because the Kirishiki won't allow her to be part of the Big City Unit which captures people to feed the Shiki in the village, so she takes out her frustrations on the villagers instead. This winds up backfiring big time when the villagers strike back, and by the time things have gotten so bad for the Shiki, only then does she decide to flee to the city, only to barely make it to the city limits before she is caught, staked, and put down for good, dying in the small village she always hated.
- It's All About Me
- Jerkass With A Heart Of Gold: In addition to the Pet the Dog entry she has below, it's worth noting that, unlike other dramatic teenagers who are self-absorbed pricks (like Masao), Megumi doesn't seem to want to be a self-absorbed prick to people and keeps her contempt largely to herself (until she becomes a Shiki anyway). If she genuinely didn't care about her neighbors, she would've given her "Reason You Suck" Speech to the villagers a LONG time ago.
- After all, there has to be SOME reason the village mourned her for much of the series when the other major Scrappy character (Masao again) was lucky enough to even get a burial.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Yes she has some moments of kindness after becoming a Shiki but they're few and fair. When it comes down to it, she willingly antagonized the village for her her amusement and selfishness. Most of the others only did it to survive or were strong-armed into it. She has no such excuse and it was because of Shiki like her that the villagers came down so hard on the Shiki as a result.
- Karmic Death: Gets run over by the same tractor that splattered her with mud in the prologue. It's either this or Alas, Poor Scrappy.
- Getting distracted by seeing the real Natsuno in the manga is what allowed her to get hit by a truck and get five stakes shoved into her chest.
- Killed Off for Real
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Her Violently Protective Girlfriend side came out, and gave a good beating to Masao when he insulted Yuuki in front of her. Just watch the end of Episode 14.
- Our Vampires Are Different
- Parasol of Prettiness
- Pet the Dog: Megumi is arguably one of the absolute least sympathetic characters in the series, but even she gets one of these when she first begs Tatsumi not to kill Natsuno and then offers to kill him so Tohru won't have to.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives one to Masao.
"Shut up you creep! How can scum like you rise up when Yuuki was cremated?! He deserved to be here instead of you! Why don't you take his place and die?! Just shut up. Yuuki should've risen up and become one of us, he would've climbed the ranks right away-straight to the top! He wouldn't be a bottom feeder like you."
- And even after this, he still questioned Megumi's love for Yuuki, earning him a good kick to the face.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: After she becomes a Shiki.
- Slasher Smile: The one she has when she kills Tohru is a good example.
- Spoiled Brat: Certainly has the attitude.
- Subverted. It's pretty telling that, when she was alive at least, she did not seem to want to be a bitch to the villagers' faces. Most arrogant, bratty teenagers have no problem with this, and no one in the village except Natsuno seemed to think she was.
- Stalker with a Crush
- Stalking Is Love
- Supporting Protagonist
- Teens Are Monsters: Literally!
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: More or less the girly girl to Kaori's tomboy.
- Violently Protective Girlfriend: Although given how she and Natsuno never became an Official Couple, she is clearly one for him. Going as far as to yell at anyone who dared show any harm to Yuuki. She was willing even to disobey orders, regardless of what may happen to her, just to protect Yuuki.
- Yandere: Becomes one after rising as a Shiki, killing Tohru because, as his best friend, Natsuno likes him more than her. Not to mention how she starts to mess with Kaori's life just because she and Natsuno became friends.
- You Gotta Have Pink Hair
A friend of Megumi and later Natsuno. She and her brother Akira are some of the first characters to make connections between the recent deaths and the mysterious new family. She is kind-hearted, but easily scared.
- Anime Hair
- Brainy Brunette
- Break the Cutie: First her best friend dies out of the blue... later her new friend, with whom she found out the truth behind the recent deaths in her village, dies after she and her brother try to save him. Then her father dies and she is informed of it by her ex-best friend, who is in fact her father's killer. Her mother also ends up dying and later her brother disappears, leaving her thinking that he is also dead. Poor Kaori goes Ax-Crazy when her undead father tries to kill her. She applies a baseball bat to his head multiple times, and when that doesn't kill him, she gets out a pickaxe to finish him off. She then proceeds to shove his unrecognizable corpse into a closet for good measure.
- Broken Bird: Poor Kaori... poor Kaori.
- Brother-Sister Team: With Akira.
- Brown Eyes
- The Chick
- Childhood Friends: With Megumi. However, the feeling is one-sided and Megumi actually dislikes Kaori.
- Curtains Match The Windows
- Despair Event Horizon: She goes through one after her parents die, Akira disappears and she presumes he is also dead... and then she has to kill her father again. While she and Akira reunite at the end, she never seems to really get much better.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: She ends up ditching her braids and lets her hair loose. Maybe in a way to represent how she lost her innocence.
- Final Girl: The only female character to make it out of Sotoba alive (well, there's Sunako too, but she's technically dead so...)
- In the anime, we see Kaname from the road-side restaurant, as well as one of the nurses from the clinic getting on the bus.
- Freak Out
- Girlish Pigtails: They end in flowers. Though she loses them when she starts to give into despair.
- Improbable Hairstyle
- Nice Girl
- Plucky Girl
- Refusal of the Call: Really doesn't want to dig too deeply into what's going on or dredge up memories of her dead friend. Too bad the caller knows where she lives.
- Self-Made Orphan
- Staking the Loved One: Kills her father when he rises as a Shiki.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: More or less the tomboy to Megumi's girly girl.
Kaori's younger brother and a friend of Natsuno. He discovers the existence of the Shiki early on and tries to out and fight them throughout the series.
A kind 18-year old boy and Natsuno's best friend. Megumi kills him early in the series and he also becomes a shiki. Tatsumi then sends him to kill Natsuno after the latter discovers the Shiki's existence.
An obnoxious high school second year. Prone to whining and moaning about his lot in life despite others being much worse off. Another Shiki victim who rises.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: In the anime, he's so terrified at the prospect of dying that he begs for help from his sister-in-law, though of course she kills him instead. It's arguably the most sympathetic he's been all series.
- Asshole Victim: Seems to get this treatment in the manga. He starts off this way in the anime too, but ultimately the focus gets less and less on the "asshole" part and more and more on the "victim" part.
- Attention Whore
- Beady-Eyed Loser
- Butt Monkey: Particularly after he becomes a Shiki.
- Camp Straight: He acts in effeminate ways, which frequently get coded as gay; but the only people he expresses anything resembling romantic interest in are female.
- Dirty Coward: According to just about everyone who interacts with him.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: He has sallow-looking skin and brownish-black hair, both as a human and as a Shiki.
- Emo Teen
- Foil: Variously functions as a foil to Tohru, Natsuno, and Megumi.
- Harmless Villain: Despite all his bad qualities, he apparently couldn't bring himself to kill innocent humans, which Megumi bitches him out for. Subverted in the manga, where he was more than willing to turn his family members into his slaves starting with his niece in order to survive, only to get a knife stabbed into his head and a speech that describes the kind of person he is from his sister-in-law before she kills him.
- Hidden Depths: He's essentially a Jerkass Woobie masquerading as a Straw Loser.
- Innocently Insensitive: Most of his dialogue consists of his acting this way.
- It's All About Me: Various characters have accused him of having this worldview, depending on the version.
- Jerkass: A jerk to pretty much everyone except Tohru.
- Jerkass Woobie: Seems to qualify in the anime, anyway (particularly toward the end).
- Killed Off for Real
- Mad Love: Implied to have a crush on Megumi, who insults him and beats him up on a regular basis.
- Missing Mom: Masao is the only teenager in Sotoba—and one of the only younger villagers in general—who doesn't seem to have a mother.
- Motor Mouth
- Our Vampires Are Different
- Sissy Villain: Although how much of a "villain" he is probably depends on your interpretation.
- Spoiled Brat: In the manga it's implied that he grew up as this, but now his nephew receives the attention he used to.
- Stalker with a Crush: His behavior toward Megumi shows signs of his being this.
- The Unfavorite: He seems to be treated like this by his family, to the point they let him die all alone while they look after his nephew and then later seem to have completely forgotten that he was one of the Shiki's casualties to avenge. Although he does more-or-less seem to bring it on himself, and at least in the manga it's revealed that he used to be the favorite before his nephew came along.
- What Does She See in Him?: He honestly can't understand why girls like Megumi would ever fall in love with cold cool guys like Yuuki.
A nurse at the Ozaki Clinic and Toshio's right hand. She's kind and gentle to everyone, and works hard to help people get better. She has a dog named Taro and is the object of Tohru's affection.
A woman who moved into Sotoba several years ago after marrying one of the villagers. Begins to show the symptoms of a Shiki bite early on and quickly succumbs to it.
The owner of the village liquour and bottle shop. A huge man who is quick to begin hunting the Shiki once their existence is uncovered.
- Abusive Parent: He tends to hit his son when his son is alive, especially when his mom was telling on his son. He also enjoys killing his son in the manga far too much.
- Badass: The first person to join Toshio in exterminating the Shiki. He also has enough raw strength to stop a moving car.
- Bald of Awesome
- The Big Guy
- Dope Slap: Often administers one to his son Atsushi.
- Drop the Hammer: After the Shiki are outed he takes to carrying around a huge mallet with which to drive in stakes.
- Karmic Death: He kills Seishin's family when the monk joins up with the Shiki. Muroi returns the favor.
- Knight Templar: In the anime, he kills a human who was under Shiki hypnosis, believing that he was a Shiki collaborator. He is also part of the group that killed Seishin's family after it became clear he was helping Sunako. Subverted in the manga at first, where he doesn't harm the hypnotized humans even after being stabbed by them, but then double subverted with his slaughter of the people at the temple in the manga.
- The Unfettered: Ookawa is utterly devoted to wiping out the Shiki when they get outed in the anime, taking control of the mob from Toshio and showing little remorse for the often innocent people he kills in his goal.
A mysterious family who move into the Kanemasa mansion at the start of the series. They are the original Shiki group.
The young daughter of the Kirishikis. The leader of the Shiki and the reason behind the events of the series. Masterminds the plan to turn Sotoba into Shiki Heaven.
- Affably Evil
- Anime Hair
- Berserk Button: She does not like to be addressed as "Sunako-chan" (Miss Sunako in the dub). Anyone who attaches that honorific with her name risks her wrath.
- Big Bad
- Black Eyes of Evil
- Book Worm: She confesses so to Seishin, expressing her great admiration for his novels.
- The Chessmaster
- Creepy Child
- Dark and Troubled Past
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette
- Elegant Gothic Lolita
- Improbable Hairstyle: Like Ritsuko's, her hairstyle doesn't seem to be affected by gravity.
- Intergenerational Friendship: Admires and gets along well with Seishin.
- Interrupted Suicide: Decides to stay and die in the fire when her plan and the village burn around her. Seishin has a different idea.
- It's All About Me: A more subtle take on the trope than usual. She is genuinely sad that she had killed many people, but she spends the majority of her mourning time finding excuses for herself and her actions, and never even tries to minimize the deaths. She's the one who planned to slaughter an entire village, and to kidnap random innocent people from the next city, just so she could have a village of her pawn to keep her company.
- Japanese Christian: Makes several references to the Bible, especially Cain and Abel; and when things get bad her first impulse is to go to an abandoned church and ask God for forgiveness and protection.
- Karma Houdini: Despite all the people who die because of her, she gets away scot-free. Except she loses everyone she ever cared about save Seishin by the end, so she likely wouldn't be particularly happy with the outcome of her escape.
- The Man Behind the Man: She's the real leader of the Shikis.
- Not So Different: Insists that she and Seishin aren't quite different after all.
- The Ojou
- Our Vampires Are Different
- Parental Substitute: To Chizuru.
- Rapunzel Hair
- Really 700 Years Old: Despite her appearance of a 13-year-old girl, she's at least two centuries old, and the oldest of the Shiki in Sotoba, being a mother figure to Chizuru rather than the other way around.
- Undead Child
- Villainous Breakdown: Goes through one as the Shiki hunts get closer to her location, trying to justify her actions to herself as she attempts to avoid death.
- You Gotta Have Purple Hair
The mother of Sunako and wife of Seishirou. Actually a lie, she's another Shiki and actually younger than Sunako. When she was alive, Chizuru was a loving wife until her husband died during war, and she was later turned into a Shiki and wondered around lost without love... until she found Seishirou.
Sunako's father. Except not really. He is completely human and apparently the one who funds Sunako.
Sunako's right hand man and the most dangerous of the Shiki due to his immunity to sunlight.