Characters / Shiki

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.

Natsuno Yuuki
Voiced by: Kouki Uchiyama (JP), Jerry Jewell (EN)

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.

Toshio Ozaki
Voiced by: Toru Okawa (JP), David Wald (EN)

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.
  • Badass
  • 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.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: 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.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Seishin's blue. Lampshaded in the second opening of the anime, where a red specter rises from him whilst a blue rises from Seishin.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Manly Man to Seishin's Sensitive Guy.
  • 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.

Seishin Muroi
Voiced by: Kazuyuki Okitsu (JP), John Burgmeier (EN)

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.

The residents of Sotoba. WARNING: Some of the characters below become Shiki, so highlight spoilers at your own risk.

Megumi Shimizu
Voiced by: Haruka Tomatsu (JP), Tia Ballard (EN)

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.
  • Adorkable: As a human. It does not carry over when she becomes a Shiki.
  • Back from the Dead: The first villager to rise as a Shiki.
  • 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.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: 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.
  • Childhood Friends: With Kaori. But she doesn't really like to be associated with her.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: She hates it when people get close to Yuuki. She even kills his best friend because Yuuki likes him more than her. Not to mention how she starts to mess with Kaori's life just because she and Yuuki became friends.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: By the end of the series, particularly in the anime. She is hit by a truck in all versions, is impaled by five stakes in the novel and manga, and has her arm crushed before being completely run over by a tractor in the anime.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Pink hair and eyes.
  • A Day in the Limelight: She is the main focus of the first episode of the anime.
  • Death by Irony:
    • 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 and novel is what allowed her to get hit by a truck and get five stakes shoved into her chest.
  • Death Equals Redemption: In the novel and manga, she comes to a peaceful state as she dies. Not so in the anime.
  • Death Glare: Gives one to Masao in Episode 14, over him being happy Yuuki might not come back as a Shiki.
  • Elegant Gothic Lolita: Not exactly, as she's more into japanese Goth/Punk style.
  • 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 miserable 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 and novel. Of course it's a delusional state, but it's better then her end in the anime at least.
  • Hidden Depths: 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).
  • 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: Self-centered, spoiled and condescending. She may have some moments of kindness after becoming a Shiki, but they're few and fair.
  • Mad Love: She has a huge crush on Natsuno, who makes it clear he only finds her annoying. In response, she frequently chases after him and spies on him behind bushes.
  • 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: She rises as a Shiki.
  • 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.
    • In the novel, it was shown toward the beginning that she did hold some residual affection for Kaori due to their childhood friendship, and it was Kaori not being able to understand her dreams that angered Megumi to the point of taking the action that led her to becoming a Shiki. After which, the trope becomes subverted once Kaori "comes between" her and Yuuki.
  • "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."
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: After she becomes a Shiki.
  • Rose-Haired Sweetie: She's a self-centered brat and a Yandere, but she's girly, romantic and cheery.
  • Slasher Smile: The one she has when she kills Tohru is a good example.
  • Stalker with a Crush: She has a habit of watching Yuuki from his window while hiding in the bushes.
  • Teens Are Monsters: Literally!
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: More or less the girly girl to Kaori's tomboy.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: After rising up as a Shiki, Megumi becomes more malicious, openly expresses her disgust of the village and becomes a dangerous Yandere over Yuuki.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Well, not really. But she was still far better as a human than as a demon.
  • 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 Tohru more than her.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Pink hair.

Kaori Tanaka
Voiced by: Haruka Nagashima (JP), Alexis Tipton (EN)

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: Brown hair and eyes.
  • 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. Although 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: Kills her father when he rises as a Shiki.
  • Staking the Loved One
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: More or less the tomboy to Megumi's girly girl.

Akira Tanaka
Voiced by: Keiko Kawakami (JP), Luci Christian (EN)

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.

Tohru Mutou
Voiced by: Nobuhiko Okamoto (JP), Chris Burnett (EN)

A kind 18-year old boy and Natsuno's best friend.

Masao Murasako
Voiced by: Shinya Takahashi (JP), Todd Haberkorn (EN)

An obnoxious high school second year. Prone to whining and moaning about his lot in life despite others being much worse off.
  • 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
  • Back from the Dead: Another Shiki victim who rises.
  • 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.
  • Gonk
  • 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.
  • Mad Love: Implied to have a crush on Megumi, who is obsessed with another man and 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.

Ritsuko Kunihiro
Voiced by: Nozomi Sasaki (JP), Colleen Clinkenbeard (EN)

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.

Nao Yasumori

Voiced by: Miki Ito (JP), Cynthia Cranz (EN)

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.

Tomio Ookawa
Voiced by: Kouji Ishii (JP), R Bruce Elliott (EN)

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 Dad: 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.
  • Hot-Blooded
  • 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 Reason You Suck" Speech: Delivers a speech to Sunako in the climax where he proceeds to completely deconstruct her goals and motivations that ends up utterly destroying her self-conviction.
  • 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.

     The Kirishikis 
A mysterious family who move into the Kanemasa mansion at the start of the series. They are the original Shiki group.

Sunako Kirishiki
Voiced by: Aoi Yuki (JP), Cherami Leigh (EN)

The young daughter of the Kirishikis.
  • 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: The leader of the Shiki and the reason behind the events of the series. Masterminds the plan to turn Sotoba into Shiki Heaven.
  • Black Eyes of Evil: Has creepy hollow black eyes.
  • Bookworm: She confesses so to Seishin, expressing her great admiration for his novels.
  • The Chessmaster
  • Creepy Child
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Sunako was originally a beloved daughter of a well-off family. One day, she was bitten by a vampire Western noble, who was a guest of her family, and died. After she rose as a Shiki, her family kept her confined and sent her servants to feed upon. After some time, she finally escaped her "refuge" and, after discovering her family had moved, went on a journey to find them. For many years she searched to no avail. As time passed, and decades went by, Sunako realized that, by now, all of her family must have passed. She lived many years alone, but slowly created a family of Shiki. However, they had to keep moving or were hunted.
  • Despair Event Horizon: In the shows climax she is confronted by Tomio who proceeds to give her a verbal smackdown that ends up mentally destroying her and her will to live. The only reason she didn't burn in at the church was due to Seishin bailing her out.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette
  • Elegant Gothic Lolita: She mostly wears different kinds of Lolita fashion with accesories.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Lack of Empathy: 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.
  • Not So Different: Insists that she and Seishin aren't quite different after all.
  • Ojou
  • Our Vampires Are Different
  • Parental Substitute: She serves as a mother figure to Chizuru rather than the other way around.
  • 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.
  • Undead Child: She may look like a little girl, but she's actually the leader of the Shiki and is at least two centuries old. Her major case of Black Eyes of Evil comboed with her cutesy voice and Elegant Gothic Lolita fashions open up a big ol' box of creepiness.
  • 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.
  • The Woman Behind the Man: She's the real leader of the Shikis.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Purple hair, in her case.

Chizuru Kirishiki
Voiced by: Ai Orikasa (JP), Lydia Mackay (EN)

The mother of Sunako and wife of Seishirou. Actually she's another Shiki and actually younger than Sunako.

Seishirou Kirishiki
Voiced by: Gackt (JP), J. Michael Tatum (EN)

Sunako's father. Except not really.

Voiced by: Wataru Takagi (JP), Ian Sinclair (EN)

Sunako's right hand man and the most dangerous of the Shiki due to his immunity to sunlight.