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Manga / Shindere Shoujo to Kodoku na Shinigami

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Wakanae Akira wakes up to a normal day on her boring island home, only to learn that a new student is going to be transferring to her class. Much to everyone at her middle school's disappointment, the new kid, Nishigami Matsushirou, turns out to be an incredibly concentrated ball of pure angst. He introduces himself as a shinigami and tells the class that everyone who gets close to him dies.

Nishigami proceeds to alienate his classmates to the best of his ability, but ends up class president alongside Wakanae to their mutual displeasure. However, as they interact, they begin to develop feelings for one another...

And then Wakanae dies.

Shindere Shoujo to Kodoku na Shinigami (The Dyingnote  Girl and the Forlorn Death God) builds off of a generic premise to become anything but, as Wakanae and Nishigami weave their way through dubious traditions, xenophobic natives, and desperate foreigners in search of the truth behind the island's greatest secret.


At the end of March 2013, Gangan Online announced that the manga had been put on indefinite hiatus due to the author, Yuki Shinkiba, coming down with a sudden illness. On September 24, 2015, she was reported to have died three months ago, on June 17.

This manga provides examples of:

  • Accidental Kidnapping: Of the mistaken identity variety. Also leads to a second accidental murder, since they aren't very good at kidnapping.
  • Accidental Murder: Wakanae should reconsider her policy of standing near cliffs.
  • Accidental Truth: Nishigami stumbled upon Touka's hidden identity on nothing more than an empty hunch.
  • Amateur Sleuth: Nishigami is rapidly developing into this role.
  • And Now You Must Marry Me: One of the perks of being the island's shrine maiden is the right to pick any man for your husband with a 100% success rate.
  • Arkham's Razor: Miko Doctors? Puh-leeze, Touka, that's too damn rational to be true!
  • Berserk Button: Yoroizuka doesn't take kindly to people insinuating that he approves of Lady Hahane or the associated myths.
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  • Big Damn Heroes: Kuro takes out Jane Doe; Touka saves Wakanae from being taken off the island.
  • Bound and Gagged: Wakanae can't help but wonder why the hell anyone would restrain a corpse so thoroughly.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: The leads. Nishigami is as brooding as they come (and with good reason, it seems), whereas Wakanae is far too nice to buy into his 'everybody hate me' facade (while being brave enough not to be scared away, unlike Rin).
  • Brutal Honesty: Nishigami doesn't pull verbal punches.
  • Cartwright Curse: Nishigami is convinced that he has something like this, which is why he resolves to hate absolutely everyone. Especially Wakanae.
  • Catchphrase: Nishigami has "I hate that part of you too", usually aimed at Wakanae.
  • The Cavalry: Itsuki, Anna, and their classmates.
  • Class Representative: Both of them.
  • Clear Their Name: Wakanae is far from thrilled that Nishigami has fallen under suspicion for a series of disappearances, even though he wasn't even on the island when they started.
  • Close-Knit Community: Everyone is childhood friends. Outsiders are grudgingly tolerated.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Nishigami states in the first chapter that four people close to him have died in front of his eyes. The story has yet to expand on this...
  • Death Is Cheap: For Wakanae. And also for Touka.
  • Devil in Plain Sight: Kuro piles on the creepy and suspicious behavior just when it seems that he might be the serial killer. Of course, he isn't, but he ratchets the creepy stuff back up to 11 the moment he becomes substitute school nurse.
  • Disposable Fiancee: Subverted. Their relationship has all the hallmarks of this and Touka even gives Nishigami the option to back out of their marriage, but he decides that it would be too inconvenient to be unable to talk to her. Also literal, in that Touka is a literally disposable fiancee since she can resurrect.
  • Driven to Suicide: When All You Have Is a Hammer......
  • Eagle-Eye Detection: Nishigami's specialty. In one example, he constructs an entire narrative from a splash of water on a curtain and a broken necklace at a fountain.
  • Elective Mute: As shrine maiden, Touka is bound by oath not to speak with any man, up to and including her own brother. The sole exception to this is her husband, Nishigami.
  • Faking the Dead: As part of a trap.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: Wakanae is a skilled cook, something that works wonders on Nishigami. On a more depressing note, she had to learn how to cook because her mother left the island years ago and hasn't been heard from since, and her dad works long hours as a police officer.
  • Figure It Out Yourself: Itsuki can't figure out why everyone else searching for the missing cookbook keeps ignoring him. The entire situation could have been avoided if he wasn't so Oblivious to Love...
  • Friendless Background: Nishigami, since they all, y'know, died.
  • Girl Next Door: Wakanae is a Nice Girl in general, though not as bubbly or outgoing as Rin. She isn't submissive or traditional enough to be a Yamato Nadeshiko, though.
    • Silk Hiding Steel: However, Nishigami often causes another side of her to come out. While she tolerates his occasional tirades against her because she knows for a fact he doesn't mean it, she'll lay into Nishigami verbally or physically if he does it to any of her friends on the island. This happens frequently enough that she can come off as a Tsundere.
  • Good Thing You Can Heal: Part and parcel with resurrection, within reason.
  • Harmful to Minors: One minor in particular. Repeatedly.
  • Hyper-Awareness: Nishigami has this in spades.
  • Infant Immortality: Averted. Twice.
  • Intelligence Equals Isolation: Nishigami also happens to be a genius, and has a knack for deduction.
  • Ironic Echo: "Use your common sense."
  • Master of the Mixed Message: Neither Wakanae nor Nishigami have managed to properly state their feelings.
  • Non-Action Guy: Nishigami to a T. He'll still force himself if he has to.
  • Nothing Exciting Ever Happens Here
  • Oblivious to Love: Although they have their fair share of love-related miscommunication, averted with the protagonists (in a shonen manga, no less!). Itsuki, on the other hand, is bad enough to make up for both of them.
  • Offing the Offspring: Err, about those shrine maidens...
  • The Older Immortal: Apparently, Touka. By just how much remains a mystery.
  • Out-of-Body Experience: Dead people get to float around for a bit before they're sucked down into the afterlife.
  • Pride: Yoroizuka's defining trait, although his family has already fallen on hard times.
  • Polyamory: Touka is cool with it.
  • Resurrective Immortality: This is why people want to die on the island. Wakanae achieved this under curious circumstances.
  • Sadly Mythtaken: In-Universe, the general public isn't entirely clear on the intricacies of the Hahane-Sama myth.
  • Sailor Fuku: Wakanae and her female classmates wear white and blue ones, while Nishigami and the guys wear gray and dark blue blazer uniforms.
  • Serial Killer: There's one on the island, and Nishigami finds himself as a suspect. Although the "serial killer" only ever kills Wakanae, and that hardly even counts!
  • Staircase Tumble: Wakanae survives this!
  • Sour Outside, Sad Inside: Nishigami's defining trait.
  • Suicide, Not Murder
  • Tag Team Suicide: Touka tag-teams with herself in an oddly constructive variation of this trope. Oh, and she drowns a baby.
  • Town with a Dark Secret
  • Tragic Villain: The desperate couple trying to revive their dead baby.
  • Tsundere: Wakanae is anything but a natural Tsundere, but Nishigami's abrasiveness towards other people often forces her to be a Type B.
    • Nishigami himself is a rare male Type A.
  • The Unsmile: Nishigami tries to follow advice on what to do on a date. Unfortunately, that advice includes "smile."
  • Unwanted Spouse: Touka marries Nishigami so they can hold a conversation. Neither of them are particularly thrilled with the situation, but it would be to inconvenient to call it off.
  • Willing Suspension
  • Whodunnit to Me?
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Wakanae has blue hair, while other characters have more 'realistic' colors.

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