|Occupation|| Middle-Class Citizen (Formerly)|
Leader of the Shiki (Formerly)
Nomadic Traveler (Currently)
|Anime Debut||Episode 3|
|Voice Actor||Cherami Leigh|
- "I think death is equally terrible for everyone. Young people, old people, the good, the bad; it's always the same. It's rather fair in its treatment. There's no such thing as a particularly terrible death, that's why it's frightening. Your behaviour and age, your personality, your wealth, beauty, your personal beliefs; all the things that add up to make us who we are, they only matter while we're alive. Death makes every last one of them null and void. So any death is terrible."
- ―Sunako Kirishiki
Sunako Kirishiki is one of the shiki, meaning "corpse demon". She is one of the main characters.
Sunako is a mysterious young girl who seems to be quite childlike and playful when first introduced. She enjoys reading books as she read many of them when she was confined by her family and mentions how she enjoyed reading Seishin's books. She, however, displays knowledge that a child her age shouldn't have and exhibits some levels of religious affliation, especially about the topic of death, something which warned Seishin of her true nature.
In truth, she is the leader of the Shikis, and as the leader, she is more mature and understanding, as she was a mother-figure to Chizuru since she is actually more mature than the latter. And she told Tooru her story when he was suffering from guilt over killing Natsuno.
Despite everything she had done, she is one of the Shikis who does not kill out of malice but survivial and honestly wanted to created a safe place for the Shikis, so that they would no longer need to hide and could be accepted. She also cares for her fellow Shikis, her adopted family and Seishin as she shows a level of concern for them. For example, she mourned Chizuru's death and was worried about Seishirou when he didn't come back and feared that if she fell asleep, it would be the last time she would see Tatsumi and Seishin.
Sunako has the appearance of a young girl with dark purple hair(almost light brown), pale skin and hollow black eyes with a tint of red. She mostly wears different kinds of Victorian clothing. When she was first introduced, she wore a lavender dress with black laces and red Mary-Jane like shoes. When she was alive, her eyes were brown.
Sunako was originally a beloved daughter of a well-off family with a younger sister. One day, her father's friend brought a guest to visit. He was a foreigner, so he ended up staying for a while. Back then, foreigners were rare and unusual, so her siblings were scared, but she was
overjoyed. They became friends, even though they couldn't understand each other and had to speak with gestures, she thought it was fun. He was a Jinrou, so he could be out in day and she didn't think there was anything strange about him. Soon after he came, though, people started dying and the villagers forced him out because they assumed it was his fault. He had some connections in the Kansai region, so he was headed there. She was devastated that he was going, so she decided to help him pack, but while she was he bit her, and that was all she can remember.
Later she woke up in her coffin. She didn't know what happened and she was terrified. She'd been buried with a ceremonial knife, and she used it to claw out of her
coffin. Someone heard her crying and screaming and came to rescue her. He took her home and sent word back to town. But she was starving and attacked him. Then she went home and into one of the closets. She remembers burning and feeling very hungry, and her father yelling and her mother crying.
After that she was taken to her family's second estate in a storage shed. Her family didn't visit her, but they sent servants for her to kill. There were also plenty of books for her to read. She felt like an animal and escaped to return home but when she got there, her family was gone and new people were living there. She searched for them, but eventually realized that her family had died and a long time had passed.
She lives many years alone but slowly creates and adopts a family and that must keep moving on or be hunted. Thus, when she finds Muroi Seishin's essays describing a village secluded and surrounded by death, she becomes a fan and decides to make that her base - Sotoba. She plans to convert the picturesque town into a Shiki village, so that her family can live in relative safety, away from fear.
A 13 year old girl who moves into the Kanemasa mansion atop the hill with her family. She hides the fact that she is a Shiki by telling others that she has a rare genetic disorder known as SLE, which leads her to stay inside her home during the day and only come out at night. She and her family are fans of the essays and novels written by Seishin Muroi, and is the reason they moved to Sotoba. Sunako dislikes people calling her name with the honorific "chan" ("Miss" in the English dub).
She later bites Muroi Seishin. When Tatsumi informs her of Chizuru's death and the villagers' plot to eradicate the Shiki, she orders him to start an all-out war.
While thinking about the village Sunako calls out to him. She asks if he is Seishin Muroi. She says that she likes his books. He is slightly suprised because she's so young. She tells him that she loves books and reading and that her father has his books on his shelves, so she borrowed them. There are six long novels and two collections of short stories. Last time he wrote about Sotoba. She was able to find the village and where he lived. She says the village is like a big shrine and that it feels wonderful. After the essay she decided to move there.
He says that she must be dissapointed as he must be different than her imagination. She agrees and says that he's more ordinary than she thought. She thought that he'd have horns and a tail because in everything he's written he sounds like a man who's been abandoned by God. But even though he doesn't have those, he has a scar.
He is shocked that she knows this and moves his hand over his wrist. He asks who she is and she replies Sunako. He starts to call her Sunako-chan, but she becomes angry as she hates "chan."
She tells him that a person won't die from a simple cut on the wrist and walks away.
Later, Sunako Kirishiki is shown to have fed on him.
- Sunako's clothes are inspired by the Japanese Lolita Fashion. Many Lolita fashion brands have had collab works with Shiki to recreate Sunako's dresses.
- Her dress in her seventh appearance seems to be heavily inspired from Alice's Adventure in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. It has card themed probably a reference to the card soldier and her horizontal stripped stocking is probably based on Tenniel's description of Alice in Through the Looking Glass. Since Alice and her stories is pretty popular in Japan, there are a lot of Lolita designers who design dresses that are based on her.
- Sunako admits that she feels forsaken by God.
- Sunako enjoys reading books.
- Since Sunako looks small and cute to others, usually people call her 'Miss' (or -chan in the Japanese dub), which she hates.
- She was able to enter the abandoned church because it "didn't feel like one", and therefore, she wasn't afraid of it.