Shikabane Hime (Anime) (2008-2009) AKA Corpse Princess
Season Aka (Red) and Season Kuro (Black)
Based on the Manga Shikabane Hime
Doing reviews on anime for me is hard. These amazing shows don’t have a singular anything, so trying to explain to you a series is as easy as herding raptors. It looks dangerous and fun, but I’m sure as shit am not Chris Pratt.
SH/CP is a very well done anime. Of course my beloved J. Michael Tatum is one of the many amazing voice actors on cast for the dubbed version. This, however, was my first anime before I began to fall in love with voice actors at all. I have no idea why I chose this one to start, something about the name jumped out at me and I don’t regret it for a second. It just expanded my love of horror into a new form, anime.
So, what is it actually about? A young woman (Makina Hoshimura) is murdered and asked to be brought back as a corpse princess so that she can fight other Shikabane (corpses) to keep humanity safe. Shikabane Hime have to kill 108 Shikabane to win their rightful place in heaven. They are paired with Contracted Monks. Contracted Monks are there to be protected, help kill Shikabane and ensure their Hime make it into heaven. Fast forward to Ouri Kagami, our protagonist. He is a child in an orphanage. There is a Contracted Monk (Keisei Tagami) that checks on him and calls him little brother. Kagami moves out, meets Hoshimura by accident, becomes a little obsessed and way down the road becomes a Contracted Monk like his big brother.
I love this series. It was an exciting way to start my anime adventure. It is full of secrets and lore, mystery, impossible love and blood. Lots of blood, and death. However, I only had to watch it the once. This isn’t a series I see myself watching over and over again like Soul Eater or Black Butler.