Shikabane Hime

Shikabane Hime / Corpse Princess / 屍姫 赫
This series started on the “monster-of-the-week” formula, so it may be very misleading. Even the sypnosis that a Shikabane Hime must kill 108 corpses to go to Heaven is misleading. The real plot and story has really nothing to do with it. The truth is, this series does provide a reasonable and interesting plot development in the SECOND half of the season only. And the last four episodes or so does have enough plot to build up decent cliffhangers that forced me to watch the raws and chinese subs (instead of waiting for the english subs because of my impatience). The main thing that the story gives is uniqueness. After being murdered, Makina Hoshimura turns into a “living corpse”. Armed with dual sub-machine guns, she must kill 108 other corpses in order to gain entry into heaven. She is assisted in this task by Keisei Tagami, a Buddhist priest with links to an anti-corpse group known as the Kougun Cult. The setup of the storyline is rather unusual, and there have not been many anime that look at a living corpse working together with a living person to try to destroy other living copses. The animatioin was very decent. Each character had their own distinguishable look. The background was very well done and the action scenes are pretty good as well. Gainax is known for creating some of the greatest animation in the industry, but in this anime the art didn’t deliver what it could have. Something the animators did very well was creating the mood with the dark animation. You couldn’t help but feel scared in some scenes because of the dark backgrounds. Gainax did very well in creating atmosphere.

Opening Theme: “Beautiful fighter” by angela
Ending Theme
#1: “My story” by angela
#2: Hikari, Sagase Naku tomo” by angela
Ep #4: “Nemureru Hoshi no Aoi Piano” by Mayumi Iizuka (in OST AKA)
Ep #13: “Beginning” by angela
[12/11/2008] OP & ED: Beautiful Fighter / My story
[26/11/2008] Shikabane Hime Kuro Original Soundtrack
[13/05/2009] Shikabane Hime Aka Original Soundtrack
[09/09/2009] ED: Angela – Hikari, Sagase Naku tomo / Beginning

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