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Shirushigami

A Shirushigami (記死神) is a Shinigami acting as bookkeeper, who keeps track of the lifespan of humans, making sure they have lived out their given time, so that the Shinigami know when and where they may be needed in order to help the souls of the recently deceased reach the Wheel of Reincarnation.

Every Shirushigami holds a different looking Shinigami scythe, which might as well be called Shirushigami scythe, and are dressed alike (an ivory jacket and a hakama in pine green color for most of the part, except at the bottom being moss green under featured golden diamond shapes).

Their department is the Mortal Census Bureau, where they also manage payment to Shinigamis and cleanse evil spirits with washing machines. They also give tasks to the Shinigami Youth Squad and supervise many activities such as:

  • Shinigami Cooperative Union Membership Payment[1]
  • Ghost Motel Disposal[2]
  • Sanzu River Clean Up[3]
  • Mushroom Hunting[4]
  • Wheel of Reincarnation Cleaning[5]
  • Bamboo Shoot Search[6]
  • Saury Festival[7]

They are known to be negligent in terms of security.

Only Kain is a prominent member.

Trivia

  • No female Shirushigami was featured, which might mean that only male Shinigamis can become Shirushigami.

References

  1. Chapters 94-95, Episode 28
  2. Chapter 97, Episode 57
  3. Chapter 154, Episode 59
  4. Chapter 169, Episode 40
  5. Chapter 189, Episode 53
  6. Chapter 233, Episode 55
  7. Chapter 256, Episode 67