Shiki

Need an amazing mystery/supernatural series to read? Look no further!

Brief Summary

The series starts out with a whiny girl who can’t wait to get out of the village. Tired of the local life, Megumi yearns to escape into the city where she’ll somehow rise to stardom.

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Seeing the broken shrine on her walk, Megumi scoffed it as a mere “fallen stones”, turning her gaze onto something more important. In the distance loomed a stone castle, vacant for many years. Despite how the villagers want to demolish it, she thinks of it as cool… wishing to meet the owners, should any move in.

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Meanwhile, at another place, the local priest and doctor discuss the latest death, slightly disturbed by the high number for this summer.

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Back to Megumi, she gets to the edge of town, finding a fellow escapist. Though Yuuki actually hates her, their common wish binds them together.

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Then, during midnight, several vehicles moved into the area, signaling the arrival of the castle’s new residents. Though the villagers began to gossip, most of them carried on with their normal lives.

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As for Megumi, she was elated by the news. Wanting to meet the new people, she daydreamed about them on her way there.

Ignoring the fact that she was being watched, Megumi moved forward and winded up inside.

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As the day passed, the villagers started to notice that she was missing. Searching the area, they found her crumpled form in the woods near the castle, bruised but alive.

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Rescued, Megumi spent the rest of the day in bed, muttering about how the people in the mansion were so beautiful…

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And those were her last moments before passing away. Her death sparked the beginning of a mystery that would consume many more lives…

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Impressions

At first, I thought this was going to be a regular mystery series that would go nowhere. The antagonists were heavily hinted to be the new residents and while the deaths continue, the doctor and priest struggled to find the cause. The idea of a lethal virus was introduced and everything would slowly be resolved shortly after. But then, Yuuki stayed at a friend’s house and during the night, Megumi reappeared. Though nothing happened to him, the friend he was staying with was left with two pointed bite marks… and later died. Then, the series really got good, developing the same surreal yet horrifying atmosphere just like the best of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni.

The artwork is very sketchy and reminds me of the CLAMP team’s famed character designs. However, it gets very detailed at the important scenes. Sometimes, the plot reminds me of Uzumaki, a very (literally) twisted manga, but with better pacing and without the episodic nature.

Overall, an excellent series to pick up and tease your brain with…

3 Responses

  1. So much hate… Some of the art is interesting though.

  2. Hmm CLAMP Art should be pleasant to look at. Okay then, I’ll probably give this a try since I lack series in the mysterious cum supernatural arena. XD Thanks for the recommendation buddy!

  3. @Kitsune
    This reaffirms my dislike for red/pink haired demons.

    @Hynavian
    No problem! :)

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