Tamako Scythe

Shinigami (死神) is a reaper, who has for duty to guide spirits of the deceased, to the Wheel of Reincarnation so that they may be reborn.


The Shinigamis live in Kyoukai, a border world which is between the living world and the next, and use a portal to reach the living world.

Shinigami and Black Cat
They all carry a Scythe, which mainly serves to purify evilness. And as some spirits can be restless with regrets that bind them to the living world, they have for duty to listen to a spirit’s rant and must make use of other Shinigami Tools to help them rest in peace.

Since ancient times, Black Cats have been in partnership with them, supporting them in all sorts of ways, from the day a contract is formed.

They are invisible to living beings, but can render themselves visible by wearing a special item on their head.

They have a longer lifespan than humans, but they don’t look any different from them, and they learn in schools, which has the same system of the living world (elementary, middle, high).

License Ranks

Each holds a license which indicate their level depending on how much spirits they helped rest.

  • Platinum (10000 spirits)
  • Gold (2000 Spirits)
  • Silver (200 Spirits)
  • Bronze (Beginner)

The higher the rank, the higher the price for purifying a spirit (if it is done in a proper and fair way).[1]

Young Shinigamis in a group called the Shinigami Youth Squad are assigned for some tasks by the Shirushigamis.[2]



  • There are other types of Shinigamis called Shirushigami and Damashigami, which are original names of the story, based on the word Shinigami.
  • There has been no mention of Sabato, Otome, Bijin and Anju having a black cat contractor.
  • While Shinigamis must wear a special item to be visible to living beings, not full-blooded Shinigamis must find a way to be invisible to them and fly.


  1. Chapters 242-244 (Episode 51), 301-303, 313-317 (Episode 63-Episode 64)
  2. Chapters 189 (Episode 53), 200 (Episode 62), 207 (Episode 61), 233 (Episode 55), 256 (Episode 67), 291, 322, 379-380, 394-395