The episodes of the anime series Shikabane Hime are based on the manga series Shikabane Hime by Yoshiichi Akahito. Produced by Feel and Gainax, the first season, also known as Shikabane Hime: Aka, premiered in Japan on AT-X on October 2, 2008 and ran until December 25, 2008.[1] The episodes also air on BS11, Chiba TV, KBS Kyoto, Sun TV, Tokyo MX TV, TV Aichi, TV Kanagawa and TV Saitama.[2] A second season, subtitled Shikabane Hime: Kuro, has been announced and began airing in Japan in January 2009.[3] A series of Japanese DVDs, with each of them containing 4 episodes, will start being released on January 7, 2009.[4]

The series is licensed for North American distribution and release by Funimation Entertainment. On October 24, 2008, the first thirteen episodes began airing online with English subtitles through Funimation's official YouTube, Joost, and channels, with higher end downloadable versions released on the company's own website.[5] Funimation noted that they hope this relatively quick release through online means will help prevent piracy. Traditionally, according to the president of Funimation Entertainment Gen Fukunaga, "by the time a licensing deal is signed to bring a series from Japan to the U.S. the episodes are already available as illegal downloads."[6]

Episode listing

Season 1: Aka

# Title Original airdate
01 The Dead Dance
"Shi ga Mau" (死が舞う)
October 2, 2008 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Makina Hoshimura, a deceased teenager reanimated as a Shikabane-Hime (Corpse Princess) under control of a secretive sect of Buddhist Monks, is introduced as she continues her mission to eliminate other undead Shikabane on Earth using her fists, feet or dual-wielded MAC-10 submachine pistols. Her target is Hagino, a charismatic psychopath with a penchant for serial-killing women, who rose from the dead as a Shikabane. Local high school student and orphan Ouri Kagami's world is shaken when he encounters Makina after she is knocked out during an early encounter with the monstrous Hagino. Unbeknownst to Ouri, his older brother-figure, Keisei Tagami, is somehow involved with Makina as well.
02 The Game Continues
"Yūgi no Tsuzuki" (遊戯のつづき)
October 16, 2008 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
After several children killed in a highway accident come back to life as Shikabane, Makina is dispatched to kill them. However, Ouri Kagami unwittingly interferes when he helps one of the Shikabane escape, mistaking her for a normal child, and irritating Makina. Makina's counterpart, contracted monk Keisei Tagami, and his fellow anti-Shikabane monks at the Shouhouha Kougon Sect assist Makina in taking down the child Shikabane.
03 Voice of Night
"Yoru no Koe" (夜の声)
October 19, 2008 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Makina is tasked with hunting down an unknown Shikabane responsible for killing young women. Keisei learns that someone familiar with Shikabane is conducting illegal experiments on inanimate dead bodies in order to turn them into monstrous Shikabane.
04 Hymn of Tragedy
"Sanbika" (惨美歌)
October 23, 2008 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Makina is dispatched to destroy Kun Osaki, a J-pop singer with ties to organized Yakuza mobsters, who became a Shikabane after refusing to accept her death. The job is made more difficult because of the presence of organized Yakuza mobsters who interfere with the first assassination attempt after being tipped off by a mysterious monk. A mysterious but beautiful transfer student named Itsuki Yamagami arrives in Ouri's class. Ouri continues to dig for information about the mysterious events he's been witness to, and Keisei tries to warn the young man off. After regrouping, Keisei gives Makina a hand in destroying Osaki.
05 Traitor Monk
"Haishinsō" (背信僧)
October 30, 2008 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
A Shikabane that has taken the form of an SUV lurks in the Greater Tokyo Area, killing all who dare to ride in it. Keisei tells Ouri the true nature of his job, which results in his suspension from duty, leaving Makina on her own to track down the SUV Shikabane. A new Corpse Princess team is revealed, led by contractor priest Takamasa Sougi, to deal with a traitor Kougon Sect priest.
06 At the End of the Dangerous Run
"Yōsō no Hate" (妖走の果て)
November 6, 2008 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Makina defeats the SUV Shikabane after being assisted by Keisei, who violated his suspension in doing so. The traitor priest is revealed to be Akasha Shishidou, a member of the Kougon Sect who went rogue due to his radical views regarding Corpse Princesses (most notably, his own). In desperation, Keisei turns a dark artifact being used by Akasha against him, temporarily routing the rogue priest, but at great cost to his own health. Ouri narrowly avoids a sniper's bullet from a heretofore unseen third Corpse Princess team observing the battle from above. The entire Kougun cult is shocked to learn that Akasha has resurfaced. Keisei is reinstated but is recovering from the psychic backlash of using the dark artifact.
07 The False Power of Words
"Nisegotodama" (偽言魂)
November 13, 2008 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Ouri encounters an ex-classmate named Mitsuyoshi, who had earlier dropped out of school and somehow later turned into a Shikabane with telekinetic abilities. A new Corpse Princess team is revealed: brawler Minai Ruo and her cold, cruel handler Shuji Isaki. Despite Makina and Minai's intervention in trying to kill him, Mitsuyoshi's abilities and his fighting strength resist their efforts to subdue him.
08 Serenity
"Yasuragi" (安らぎ)
November 20, 2008 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Ouri, trying to help protect the valiant but overmatched Minai, uses a voice from the past to stun the formidable Shikabane, Mitsuyoshi. Spurred by her need to protect Ouri and redeem herself, Minai defeats Mitsuyoshi. Minai confiscates Ouri's cell phone as evidence. Later, in order to spend some alone time with Ouri, Minai takes him to buy a replacement cell phone, turning off her own phone so they aren't interrupted. Minai's contract priest Shuji, now unable to contact his Corpse Princess, is killed by a group of thugs that Shuji offended earlier. Upon the death of her contract priest, Minai begins reverting to a regular, evil Shikabane driven solely by its regret. She is hunted down by other Corpse Princesses, including the recently introduced Saki Amase wielding a giant hammer. Taking advantage of the hesitation of the other Corpse Princesses, Minai and Ouri flee. Ouri secrets Minai away at his part time job at a bar while he tries to improvise a way for her to escape the city. Unknown to Ouri, his boss is a contract priest; however, sympathetic to Minai's plight, Minai is told that if she makes a new contract with Ouri as her monk, she will be able to return to being a Corpse Princess. Unwilling to subject Ouri to such a fate, Minai allows herself to be destroyed instead.
09 Set Your Heart Aflutter
"Sono Mune ni Tokimeki wo" (その胸にトキメキを)
November 27, 2008 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Makina saves a group of students exploring a haunted building from a Shikabane named Bandit. Nozomi Kazuka (nicknamed Omune-sama), becomes infatuated with Makina and obssessed with death. Later, Ouri questions an uncommunicative Makina about what happened Minai. Curious about Ouri's compassion for Corpse Princesses and sensitivity to Shikabane, Makina approaches Keisei. Keisei describes Ouri's first appearance at the orphanage at the age of three: Ouri was disaffected and detached from the world until he rescued a kitten crying by the riverbed. Shortly afterwards, the kitten was tragically run over by a car. Ouri, deeply affected by this incident, became keenly aware of death. Meanwhile, Kazuka, obsessed with Makina, tracks her down and makes a bid for her favor, bad-mouthing Ouri and suggesting he could never know Makina like she does. Makina rejects Kazuka and retorts by stating Ouri knows more about her than Kazuka ever will.
10 Stars on the Ground
"Chi ni Hoshi" (地に星)
December 04, 2008 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Keisei learns that Minai was destroyed by a member of the sect, which is strange to him since Ouri had last hidden her in a supposedly safe place. He rushes out of the hospital to his superior, Bishop Gon, to confront him. Afterward, Ouri is called out by Kazuka to look at a magazine featuring a cult with followers that regenerate after being burned alive. Under the belief that it is related to the Shikabane, Ouri visits this cult only to discover it to be a hoax instead. Upon Ouri's departure, the cult leader is visited by seven extremely powerful Shikabane calling themselves the Shichisei Hokuto (Seven Stars) who then kill him. The traitor monk Akasha allies himself with the Seven Stars to plot the total destruction of his former comrades at the Kougon Sect (responsible for overseeing the Corpse Princess teams). Meanwhile, Keisei identifies the Kougon monk who destroyed Minai as Ouri's boss at the bar. Their cover blown, Sadahiro and Akira abandon the bar, leaving Ouri unemployed. Makina has flashbacks of the Seven Stars, suggesting she was killed by them.
11 One Night
"Aru Yoru" (ある夜)
December 11, 2008 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
The Kougan discover from surveillance videos that Hokuto, leader of the Seven Stars, is in the area. Aragami gives the intel to Keisei, while Makina struggles to keep her excitement and anger under control at the prospect of achieving her vengeance against the Seven Stars. Ouri returns to living at the orphanage for the time being since he is unemployed. Keisei reveals more to Ouri about his bond with Makina: he was raised by Makina's father; Keisei elaborates about why he made the pact to be Makina's contracted priest. Meanwhile, the plan to destroy the Kougon Sect advances when Ena, one of the Seven Stars, makes his move and possesses Ouri. Kowaku, another of the Seven Stars, and the traitor monk Akasha attack Keisei and Makina at the temple grounds. Akasha reveals that this frontal assault was a ruse, and retreats, with Keisei in hot pursuit and Makina left at the temple grounds to engage Kowaku. While checking on the safety of the orphans, Keisei is stabbed by the possessed Ouri.
12 Dawn
"Yoake" (夜明け)
December 18, 2008 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Having survived the surprise attack by the possessed Ouri, Keisei later suffers mortal wounds and dies after transferring his contract with Makina to Ouri. Makina defeats Kowaku while fending off Ouri.
13 Funeral Program for a Contracted Monk
"Keiyakusō Kokubetsushiki Shidai" (契約僧告別式次第)
December 25, 2008 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Keisei's funeral is held and Ouri decides to become a contract monk to honor him and look after Makina's welfare. He understands that Keisei's death has changed his life forever...

Season 2: Kuro

# Title Original airdate
01 Path of Light
"Hikari no Michisuji" (光の道筋)
January 1, 2009 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
A priest wants Makina to be killed. Makina is currently imprisoned and spirits are eating her rune. Ouri undergoes priest training but gets cut off because of an incident at Makina's prison.
02 My Enemy
"Waga Teki" (我が敵)
January 8, 2009 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
The shichisei make their grand entrance and a minor fight is held but quickly cut short. Major characters assemble and are re-introduced.
03 Beloved Aberration
"Itoshiki Igyō" (愛しき異形)
January 15, 2009 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Makina completed an Enkiri to get rid of the rotten rune. Meanwhile, Ouri is continuing training but Makina interrupts Ouri in the hot springs and demands to be released from the contract. She is then captured and put in prison. "Genpaku" Takamasa takes Ouri to observe one of his missions to kill a corpse.
04 Itsuki's Form
"Itsuki no Katachi" (異月の貌)
January 22, 2009 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
A bit of history about Itsuki and "Genpaku" Takamasa's early days as a team. Genpaku has to face a friend from four years ago, one that he could not kill back then.
05 Nature and Regrets
"Saga to Miren" (性と未練)
January 29, 2009 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Itsuki fights a corpse and Ouri is shown a side of the shikabane hime he doesn't know. Rumours are heard that Keisei's body has turned into a corpse, and Sadahiro is sent to destroy it. Later on, Makina meets with "Keisei's corpse" but it turns out that it was the shichisei Ena. Ouri and Makina meet with Sadahiro and his shikabane hime in the forest; they all face the body controlling shichisei.
06 Monster Named Happiness
"Kōfuku to Iu Kaibutsu" (幸福という怪物)
February 5, 2009 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Ouri and Makina fight Ena, one of the Shichisei. Ouri is shown to have a bit of Zadan Jutsu power, having entered the Kougonshuu. Meanwhile, Kagusa gets controlled by Touya, the "balloon monster" shichisei. Ouri and Makina confirm their contract but afterwards, the controlled Kasuga goes into Ouri's apartment and pushes him down onto the floor.
07 Mundane Wish
"Arifureta Nozomi" (ありふれた望み)
February 12, 2009 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Inuhiko[?], Ouri's classmate smacks Kasuga in hopes of getting her back to normal, but Kagusa escapes and Inuhiko tells Ouri that Kasuga loves him. Makina hears of the incidents at school and runs there, and meets Kasuga who manages to trap Makina with the balloon curse and runs away. Ouri catches up with Kasuga who is about to get eaten by her "happiness". Makina defeats a shichisei but is knocked unconscious by another. Ouri makes an attempt to destroy the happiness monster with a Zadan Jutsu but fails. It is revealed that Ouri is believed to be the child of a corpse.
08 My Mother Is Immoral
"Waga Haha wa Kegare Tamaishi" (我が母は穢れたまいし)
February 26, 2009 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Kasuga Nozomi dies completely because she did not fulfill the requirements needed to become a shikabane hime. Only girls of a certain age group and under special circumstances can become Shikabane Hime. Makina wakes up in the Shichisei Headquarters and fights Hokuto excitedly. The shichisei reveals some plans and the kougonshuu reveals to Ouri that they believe that he is the child of a corpse. He loses control when he remembers his childhood, and the high priest Gon kicks him out of kougonshuu to relieve him of his job as a contractor priest. A small scuffle over Ouri's priest friends allows him to escape back to the orphanage. One of the shichisei, Huzuchi, is revealed to be killed by Ouri's "mother" and has a grudge against Ouri for being the only one left alive.
09 The Value of the Living
"Shōja no Kachi" (生者の価値)
March 5, 2009 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Ouri learns of his mother being a corpse and more of his past. The Kougon Sect regroups as the Seven Stars commence the final action of their plan as Planes all over the city crash into buildings creating Countless Shikabane.
10 To the Other Side of Hell
"Jigoku no Saki e" (地獄の先へ)
March 12, 2009 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
The true agenda of the Seven Stars and the Traitor Monks is revealed as the Catastrophe of the city creates Numerous Shikabane and The Corpse Princesses Fight the hordes. Only to collapse when their Contract bond is broken as Hokuto destroys a mysterious Casket.
11 One Hundred and Eight Lies
"Hyakuhachi no Uso" (一〇八の嘘)
March 19, 2009 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
The secret to the Shikabane Hime's power is Revealed as it is the corpse of the first Shikabane Hime. The truth behind The Traitor Monk is told. The Shikabane Hime who collapsed Continue to fight. Hokuto Becomes a Shikabane Hime herself as Ouri and Makina find New power to continue the fight.
12 Beyond the Dead
"Kabane no Hate" (屍の果て)
March 26, 2009 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
As the battle between Hokuto and Makina Continues it is revealed that Corpse Princess' Choose to Bond with their Monks and all the Princess' regain their power. Another of The Seven Stars is defeated and one gives up. The last Seven Stars escapes with Hokuto. Makina and Ouri decide to make a final decision on their Future.


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