Shiki (or 屍鬼 – Shikabane Oni or Shiki which means corpse demon) was originally a horror novel by Japanese novelist Fuyumi Ono. It was eventually adapted as a manga series drawn by Ryu Fujisaki and was serialized in the Japanese monthly magazine Jump SQ having 11 volumes and was initially released on December of 2007 until June 2011. It was later adapted into an anime series having 22 episodes plus two bonus episodes and was directed by Tetsurou Amino and animation was done by the animation studio Daume. The first episode aired on the 8th of Kuly 2010 and it ending on the 30th of December 2010.
The story takes place in a particularly hot summer in the 90s, in a small quiet village called Sotoba. A series of mysterious deaths started to spread in the village and became a major concern for the only village hospital’s director Doctor Ozaki Toshio who initially suspects an epidemic.
At the same time, a strange family moves into the long-abandoned Kanemasa mansion. As investigations continue and the number of deaths continues to increase, Doctor Ozaki Toshio starts to suspect that the cause of the villagers’ death may not be due to an epidemic but something far more sinister.
And amidst these gruesome occurrences is a young man named Yuuki Natsuno who eventually gets involved with the trail of death permeating the village.
The two bonus episodes were originally released in OVA format on DVD and actually represent episodes 20.5 and 21.5 and share the same episode title except that the phrase “and Malice” is added to the end of it. And though Aniplex was noted as the one that handled the production for the anime as well as distribution tasks, Daume will be the one to work on the animation production.
As an added trivia, Japanese celebrity Gackt made his first regular cast debut on Shiki, as revealed during Noitamina’s late-night timeslot lineup.