Shinmei Muroi
Name Kanji 室井 信明 Muroi Shinmei
Race Shiki
Age Approximately 66
Status Deceased
Gender Male
Personal Status
Occupation Head Monk
Seiyū Eiji Maruyama
Voice Actor Grant James
"I-I can die...Now I can die. Thank goodness..."
―Shinmei's last words[src]
Shinmei married Miwako Muroi; a beautiful woman from another town. She eventually had his son and the heir to the shrine, Seishin Muroi.

When he was 65, he collapsed with a stroke. We wanted to walk, just a little and while in rehabilitation. He had a fall, which resulted in a fractured spinal cord and a fracture in both legs. He couldn't even sit anymore, not to mention stand. And to make matters worse, the pain from the fractured spinal cord was unbearable. All he could do was lie in bed suffering from pain.

One day, the realization suddenly hit him that his life was already over. However, even in this condition, the villagers refused to leave him alone. They bought him an expensive bed and, just like before, showered him with respect and affection. He had no choice but to keep performing the duties of a chief priest. His duty was the sole reason why his life had to be prolonged. Not just then, since he was born he had been upholding the duty to become a good upstanding person with strong sense of duty. A good heir, young priest, and chief priest. Only after becoming disable, did he fully realize the emptiness of his life. He wanted to die, but his body wouldn't move.

After seeing people die, he sensed the supernatural thing that came to the village. He didn't warn anyone, as it wouldn't do well for a priest to start spreading panic. He also looked forward to seeing just how far death would spread. The grudge against the whole world for reducing him to his present state.

After seeing Tokujirou Yasumori, he thought that maybe a new life would be possible for him. This is why he invited the Kirishikis to his home. He was brought to the mountain hideout. Shikis can not heal the damage that was there before death. He was still not able to move, but he did't feel pain and his excretion functions stopped too. He was not happy with this either and still felt as much of a burden. The shiki fed him life-support. He felt that if you strip him of his priest title, he would be nothing more that a useless wreck. Not that he realized that being a priest would have been better than this, he regretted that he would have to live like this forever and wished that he had never written that letter.

October 12th


Seishin and Shinmei

Seishin tells Shinmei that Tokujirou Yasumori and Hiroya Tamo have passed away and they discuss what to do as usually someone from the Yasumori family would handle the service. As Seishin is about to leave, Shinmei asks him to mail a letter to Seishirou Kirishiki, welcoming his family to town.

November 3rd

In his room, Seishin Muroi find a letter to Seishirou Kirishiki, asking him to come to his room and his room only. He lost interest in life and is looking forward to his visit. Seishin remembers bringing the letter and thinks that the letter must have been the same. He thinks that it is the same as suicide.

Shinmei plays a very small role in the story. At one point, Shinmei writes a letter, inviting the Shiki into his home, asking them not to go in his wife's room, or his son's room. From there, Seishin theorizes why his father invited them, wondering if his father knew that Shiki were in the village Seishin also wonders if his father felt despair, and trapped in life without freedom. It is later shown that Shinmei became a Shiki, and he gets a stake to the heart by Tomio. Shinmei seemed thankful that he can finally die.

Family Tree


Anime Appearances


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0.1: Yoshie Kurahashi  •  Yasuyo Muramatsu  •  Yasuo Takashima  •  Towada  •  Tatsumi  •  Nao's father  •  Tsuruko Motohashi  •  Kitada  •  Ikebe  •  Cain  •  Akira Saeki  •  Chiyo  •  Ebuchi  •  Elders  •  Fujiyo Takano  •  Yuzuki  •  Mitsuo Tadokoro  •  Oitarou Satou  •  Shiki Girl  •  Yasuyo Hashiguchi  •  Tsurumi  •  Satoko Isaki  •  Sasaki  •  Nao's mother  •  Kiyomi Nagata  •  Katsue Tadokoro  •  Hayami  •  Gohei Takemura  •  Abel  •  Shimoyama  •  Yuki Shiomi  •  Miki Sekiguchi  •  Sumi  •  Mori  •  Setsu Maehara  •  Itoko Hasekura  •  Nara  •  Imaizumi  •  Ogawa  •  Hirotake Tamura  •  Waka Yamazaki  •  Juuzou Taki  •  Tomikou  •  Mikami  •  Takeda  •  Makoto  •  Oozawa  •  Nagata  •  Sasaki  •  Taniguchi  •  Tsuhara
0.2: Azusa Koide  •  Yuuki  •  Natsuno Koide
0.3: Seishirou Kirishiki  •  Chizuru Kirishiki  •  Sunako Kirishiki  •  Mr. and Mrs. Kirishiki
0.4: Tae Yano  •  Kanami Yano
0.5: Toshio Ozaki  •  Kyouko Ozaki  •  Takae Ozaki  •  Ozaki
0.6: Tamotsu Mutou  •  Aoi Mutou  •  Mutou  •  Tooru Mutou  •  Shizuko Mutou
0.7: Yoshikazu Tanaka  •  Sachiko Tanaka  •  Kaori Tanaka  •  Akira Tanaka  •  Love
0.8: Atsushi Ookawa  •  Tomio Ookawa  •  Kazuko Ookawa  •  Gigorou Ookawa  •  Namie Ookawa  •  Mizue Ookawa  •  Yutaka Ookawa  •  Choutarou Ookawa  •  Norie Ookawa  •  Shigeru Ookawa
0.9: Yoshikazu Tanaka  •  Sachiko Tanaka  •  Kaori Tanaka  •  Akira Tanaka  •  Love
0.10: Masaharu Koike  •  Yasuo Koike  •  Touko Koike  •  Ikuo Koike
1.1: Hirosawa  •  Toyoko Hirosawa  •  Takatoshi Hirosawa  •  Mayumi Hirosawa  •  Takeko Hirosawa  •  Takafumi Hirosawa
1.2: Sadaichi Tamo  •  Kiyo Tamo  •  Sadafumi Tamo  •  Hiroya Tamo  •  Sadaji Tamo  •  Satomi Tamo  •  Yuuko Tamo
1.3: Megumi Shimizu  •  Takeo Shimizu  •  Ryuuji Shimizu  •  Hiroko Shimizu  •  Tokurou Shimizu  •  Masaji Shimizu  •  Yumi Shimizu  •  Yuu Shimizu
1.4: Seishin Muroi  •  Miwako Muroi  •  Shinmei Muroi
1.5: Motoko Maeda  •  Shihori Maeda  •  Shigeki Maeda  •  Iwao Maeda  •  Tomiko Maeda  •  Isami Maeda  •  Tokio Maeda  •  Rika Maeda
1.6: Midori Kunihiro  •  Ritsuko Kunihiro  •  Yasue Kunihiro  •  Tarou
1.7: Giichi Yasumori  •  Kazunari Yasumori  •  Atsuko Yasumori  •  Kazuya Yasumori  •  Junko Yasumori  •  Tokujirou Yasumori  •  Setsuko Yasumori  •  Mikiyasu Yasumori  •  Nao Yasumori  •  Susumu Yasumori  •  Seiichirou Yasumori  •  Yoneko Yasumori  •  Kouji Yasumori  •  Hinako Yasumori
1.8: Masaki Tashiro  •  Rumi Tashiro  •  Takashi Tashiro
1.9: Yasuzou Matsumura  •  Yasuyo Matsumura
2.1: Hasegawa  •  Chiyomi Hasegawa
2.2: Itou  •  Ikumi Itou  •  Tamae Itou
2.3: Ishida  •  Chie Ishida
2.4: Seiji Matsuo  •  Yukako Matsuo  •  Yasushi Matsuo  •  Takashi Matsuo  •  Shizuka Matsuo  •  Jun Matsuo
2.5: Yoshihide Katou  •  Sumie Katou  •  Yukie Katou  •  Minoru Katou  •  Yuusuke Katou
2.6: Fuki Gotouda  •  Shuuji Gotouda  •  Kumi Gotouda  •  Kyouko Gotouda
2.7: Masaya Kusunoki  •  Shouji Kusunoki
2.8: Genichi Takemura  •  Michio Takemura  •  Mune Takemura  •  Tatsu Takemura
2.9: Yaeko Ootsuka  •  Kichigorou Ootsuka  •  Takayuki Ootsuka  •  Hiroko Ootsuka  •  Yasuyuki Ootsuka
2.10: Gouzou Oota  •  Kenji Oota  •  Michiyo Oota