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  • Drama: Shinigami-kun
  • Country: Japan
  • Episodes: 9
  • Aired: Apr 18, 2014 - Jun 20, 2014
  • Aired On: Friday
  • Network: TV Asahi
  • Duration: 50 min.
  • Rating: Not Yet Rated

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  • Score: 7.8 (scored by 740 users)
  • Ranked: #1509
  • Popularity: #1583
  • Watchers: 1,957

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Shinigami-kun, alias grim reaper #413, is a rookie who pronounces the death of those scheduled to die and brings souls to the nether world. He would appear with the signature phrase “Congratulations! I’m here to call on you” although it is hard to say how this can be a happy occasion, and watch over the dying. To a grim reaper, persuading people attempting to commit suicide and preventing unforeseen deaths is also an important task. But because #413 is new to this grim reaper work, he has a tendency to lean towards humans in his judgments, break the rules of the nether world and get reprimanded by his superior.

  • Country: Japan
  • Type: Drama
  • Episodes: 9
  • Aired: Apr 18, 2014 - Jun 20, 2014
  • Aired On: Friday
  • Network: TV Asahi
  • Duration: 50 min.
  • Score: 7.8 (scored by 740 users)
  • Ranked: #1509
  • Popularity: #1583
  • Rating: Not Yet Rated

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Completed
DeceptivelyBlonde
7 people found this review helpful
Jan 1, 2016
9 of 9 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 8.0
Story 8.0
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 7.0
Rewatch Value 8.0
Not quite what I was expecting. The description I read gave me the impression that Shinigami-Kun somehow saved his charges or rescued the good guys. But that isn't really his job here. Instead he helps them accomplish their final wishes, protect or prepare their loved ones for the future, and generally set things to right. He is kind of like a gentle companion, walking them through the difficult moments and easing the stress of death. I must admit, the thought that someone is there with you at your final moments is comforting.

This show is partly a tear-jerker (people die obviously) and partly humor (poor Shinigami-Kun's confusion about human habits makes for some amusing situations). It helps that there are a couple nods to Soul Eater in the special effects and set design. The music and Shinigami-kun's bow tie also lend a perky, peppy touch to the storyline. Personally, I think they find a great balance between enjoying the funny parts of life and the strangeness of humans versus the solemnity deserved by its topic.

Sweet story. Unique in plot, excellent theme, and well done altogether. It did sometimes randomly drop off a plot point (or character), but we had fun making up stories to explain away the answers, so I can forgive it that sin. There is also the question of why the Shinigami does or does not know the things he knows ~ he understands human behavior, but not what "piss you off" means. He knows the concept of death, but not crabs for dinner. It's a little strange, but mostly just funny.


The star (and his immediate supervisor) were amazing, and I loved the akuma (devil) character (particularly his outfit). Although the speed with which the characters were willing to sell off their souls to a known akuma (devil) requires some suspension of disbelief. But, as Shinigami-Kun says, "He's a surprisingly nice guy!:"

The supernatural elements were surprisingly, well not realistic, but very well-staged overall. I was very impressed. They've come a long way from the early dramas. The supernatural-earth scenes flowed really well, better than I see in most Japanese shows. The guards chasing after the flying suitcase ~ AWESOME! Perhaps not the most suave, sophisticated, or smooth show, but that doesn't detract. It is based on a teenager's manga, and this is reflected in the show's audience. Great for young adults!

BTW--the two guys are HOT! :)

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TouchoftheWind
4 people found this review helpful
Jul 8, 2014
9 of 9 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 7.5
Story 7.0
Acting/Cast 10
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 6.0
This was a lovely series which despite being themed around Death wasn't overly heavy with the subject- while at times I did get teary eyed I also laughed at the comedy that the cast brought. The stories weren't overly dramatic but that cast (including the guests) acted it superbly and I couldn't fault them. Ohno Satoshi was just lovely as Shinigami No.413- his comedy and facialy expressions made me smile. I also really like the guest cast member Hayashi Kento from episodes 1&2. Suda Masaki, playing Akuma, was just delicious! He played the part very well and despite him being the villain of sorts I was always wanting him to come into the episode in one way- I also really like the hair- Lol! The main theme (by Arashi) was great but I really liked the opening music since it really fit the show.

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