Fifteen-year-old Megumi Shimizu dreamed of a glamorous life in the big city; however, her unexpected death in the quiet village of Sotoba marks the beginning of what appears to be a ferocious epidemic that turns the hot summer into a season of blood and terror. A young doctor named Toshio Ozaki begins to doubt the nature of the disease and comes to understand that to discover the truth, he must abandon his humanity. Meanwhile, Natsuno Yuuki, an antisocial youth from the city, is haunted by the sudden death of Megumi and must realize the pain of friendship in the face of his own tragedy. Toshio and Natsuno form an unlikely pair as they work together to save Sotoba before it transforms into a ghost town of vampires.
Shiki, adapted from the horror novel written by Fuyumi Ono, goes beyond the average vampire story. It tells the tragic tale of survival in a world where one cannot easily distinguish between good and evil. Abandoned by God, the Shiki, as the vampires call themselves, have only their will to live as they clash with the fear of the paranoid/unbelieving villagers. Shiki explores the boundary that separates man from monster. – My Anime List
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The anime goes to show what humans are capable of in their selfishness and ignorance. At one point, as a community, the villagers start singing while they slaughter vampires. Seeing the fear in the eyes of the shiki while this is happening, some humans hesitate to kill, while others laugh at their sorrow. A fitting soundtrack is added to each episode, giving it more “life” (no pun intended). I could go on for ages on why this anime is so amazing and one of my favorites as of far, but I don’t want to spoil TOO much for you!
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If you’re looking for a compelling horror series, look no further. Have some patience with the first few episodes, the pay off is well worth it. Whether it’ll leave an impact on you or not, I can’t say, but it sure as Hell did for me.
Overall, I can say the series Shiki is a hit for me. This anime title provides suspense, action, drama, and much more. Shiki is a horror story that will keep you interested from start to end. I’ve said the story is slow, but it pulls you in more and keeps you wanting to know what happens next. The acting within the series is superb, and the art style and how the story is told is top-notch as well. I was confused at first, but after a few episodes you’ll be pulled in. Is Shiki well worth the price? Yes! My advice is to purchase the series, and you’ll enjoy this suspense filled anime. This is a one of a kind horror story that you wish would never happen in real life! Are you looking for an anime to give you possible nightmares or are you a fan of suspenseful stories? This is the anime for you!
I cannot recommend this anime enough if you enjoy vampires. Seriously if you love the idea of blood sucking monsters watch this anime. The only real flaw is that there aren’t enough episodes to this anime, and perhaps a few times where there is perhaps too much cleavage, but I can’t really knock that because it only happens with female vampires and for the most part they are trying to use their sex appeal to lure in more victims which works as Dracula also did this with females. If you love a tragic story watch this anime. If you love vampires watch this anime. If you like blood and some twisted violence then watch this anime. If you like horror, then watch this anime, as the psychologically scrambling scenes of actual horror while a little few and far between are still incredibly good. I really like this anime.
Most of the best episodes of Shiki are located at the end so it takes some perseverance to really get to great parts of the series, but the weak moments are very few and far in between. It’s got a haunting soundtrack and a stunning atmosphere. It’s not something you should watch when you can’t stand gore, but it’s a must-watch for anyone even remotely interested in horror.
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As the series progressed, I found myself at the edge of my seat every week. 23 minutes seemed like it hadn’t even passed and when an anime can do that to you, you know that you’ve got something special on your hands.
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Now this is what I look for when I’m interested in a good horror anime. It had all the horror, mystery and vampires I could desire. It kept me interested and on the edge of my seat all the way through. I really can’t go into extreme detail without spoiling, but I will say that this is definitely worth checking out because it’s nothing that you’d expect.
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Overall, this show was absolutely amazing. Great plot, great characters, fantastic art and sound, and tons and tons of satisfying gore and killing. But this anime is not for everyone. I believe most will get bored about 5 episodes in, as not much really happens. You have to invest the time to get to what makes Shiki shine so brightly. If you do, this will be a very eye-opening experience for you. Also, this show can be very tragic. Like, REALLY tragic. If the slow and painful deaths of people makes you uncomfortable, stay clear of this show. For those who don’t, you probably love this show. This definitely won’t be the last horror anime I ever watch!
Shiki deliveries a story with a clenching take on morality, set to animation and an art style which is beautiful as much as it is eerie, further supported by an original soundtrack that matches well with its themes portrayed throughout. The characters of Shiki are also quite great, some unfortunately lacking development, though others rife with development and struggle. Overall, Shiki had me by the neck, and I highly recommend anyone remotely interested in an anime about vampires involving plenty of blood, character deaths, moral struggles, and a fight for survival on both sides to watch and experience it themselves.
Overall, Shiki does a great job at building a dark, tense atmosphere and follows through on this to a suitably terrifying conclusion.
Shiki has the honor of being one of the few animes that has actually scared me. The setting combined with the characters is really a perfect combo.
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Given that this is effectively a throwback to the type of horror that epitomises Bram Stoker’s Dracula (without certain supernatural shenanigans), Shiki is something of an oddity in anime as the general trend leans heavily into romanticism and moe, and in all honesty I haven’t seen a vampire tale this good since Kurozuka, which says a lot more about the anime industry than I can put into words.
Some may consider the story somewhat slow to develop, partially a result of the large cast and some of its distinctly Japanese aesthetic elements, but I certainly don’t hold this against the series. I would easily recommend the anime to all fans of the genre and those interested in a dramatic, plot-heavy show. Higurashi-esque at times and reminiscent of Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend toward the end, Shiki is an intellectually stimulating show that grips its viewers with fantastic animation for the most part, producing a thriller that Studio Doumu can be proud of.
The thing about Shiki is that it really is one piece. It’s a story told in 24 chapters, and the understated and somewhat comically flat opening to the show is deliberately so. It builds on that opening, slowly adds more and more of interest, just enough to make you want to watch the next episode, but not to the point of fannish obsession. It’s a show that gradually gets better and better, and even by the halfway point, it might not have hooked an audience
It is an incomplete anime. I wonder what happen to Sotoba Villagers and does that mean that not all shiki died?It really pissed me off. or maybe i should read the manga to know what exactly happen?or is it just the same?
Now that I have finished watching the series I was surprised to experience that the plot and characters are indeed a lot deeper and more interesting than I would have expected them to be. It’s hard to talk about the series without spoiling a lot so all I will say is: “Shiki” is a well written, creepy and exciting story without any unnecessary fan service or romance (which I really appreciate nowadays…) and worth the watch if you aren’t just looking for a “quick anime fix” but want to be told a gripping tale about which actions are or aren’t morally acceptable when threatened by impending death and misery.
Shiki is a Mystery Thriller with great atmosphere and a totally new aspect of vampires. Personally it would be a 10, but i think i should at least try to be a bit objective. So if you can overlook the shitty hair designs and want something dark and gruesome, go watch it. But please dont expect horror, you´ll be most likely disappointed. If you want real horror go watch shiki and than the two OVA episodes because those are scary as fuck.
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Shiki is a very strong anime title that has a lot to offer you… It’s bold, thought provoking, and very intense. It succeeds at exploring ideas and concepts that cause other shows to flop face down onto the floor, and if you’re looking for a very broad hint at what these ideas are, one of those floppers is my old arch-nemesis Blood C. Unfortunately, with an irritating first episode and a constant assault of distracting and sometimes even inappropriate eyesores, you have to put up with a lot of abuse to appreciate this show, so I really can’t see it reaching the level of quality that it deserves to. It’s still a great show, and I strongly recommend checking it out,
Bottom line, this is another show for edgelords and fujoshis who find euphoria at the sight of gore and pretty boys with sad lives. It is not as bad as Twilight (few things are) but it still has a lot of gaga BS in it that prevent you from really enjoying it. If you happen to rewatch it you will realize it has a very slow build up, shitty pay-off, and constantly shifts to different stuff in very sloppy ways.
Overall, an interestingly devised series with an interesting look at the inhumanity of humanity in the proudest horror tradition but fails to be particularly enjoyable thanks to, achingly, slow plot pacing and a complete lack of truly compelling characters. It certainly doesn’t fail in ambition, its plot might not be original on its surface but its attempts at depth are admirable, but it certainly fails in execution.
Great in concept but a dull, confusing mess in practice.