Shin: The Truth of Mankind (真: 人類の真実, Shin: Jinrui No Shinjitsu) which is also stylized simply as [SHIN] is an original anime series. Its primary genres are Horror, Psychological, Mystery, Supernatural, Science Fiction, Romance, and Tragedy. A series which is intentionally written to be controversial, topical, and scandalous, Shin is an unapologetically full-frontal production which subliminially tackles and addresses numerous real world subject matters which effect the lives of people on a daily basis which the author wishes to convey to the general public.
On the surface, Shin is a science fiction/occultic horror story of tragedy & betrayal, but underneath the underneath, Shin specifically addresses several political and social anomalies that exist primarily within japan, conveying the consequence of extended xenophobia, racism, radical conservative behavior, as well as tackling the direct consequences of allowing organized crime to proliferate, and the low standards of decency and morale which exist in certain parts of japan, practices which continuously claim the lives of innocent people. Because of this, Shin is a production which brutally and shamelessly depicts acts of bullying, severe physical & verbal abuse, torture, and very obviously demonstrates acts the likes of which are considered taboo to cover in any form of mainstream anime production, pushing the limits so as to have the viewer walk away with a life lesson as a result of partaking in this emotional rollercoaster.
Shin is an extremely cerebral, pathological and downright frightening anomaly which the author; Hate Aesthetic actually prefers not to talk about at length, or even acknowledge. The initial production of the entity which later evolved into Shin has been called an extremely cerebral, profound and deeply unpleasant experience by the series writer and creator. When creating Shin, the author expressly states that he wanted to build something vile and nightmarish enough to make him, as well as others vomit in their own mouth at the mere mention of it, he felt that if he could successfully do that, then the true value of art in Shin would be realized, and he would be able to convey what he was trying to express in a way that would make an impact on the observer. At its core, Shin is an extremely passionate commentary on the modern state of affairs regarding how humans interact, and the growing chasm between people, as well as one which illustrates the effects which abuse and traumatic experiences which can occur as a result of such behavior, expressing the effects of physical and mental scarring in an extremely full-frontal, brutal, and supernatural way, which can only be achieved by an anime production.
Several miles off the coast of Japan, there exists a particularly secluded island known as Shosekishima. On the surface, this rather larger portion of land appears to the naked eye as a slice of heaven on earth. An idyllic, boderline tropical paradise filled with architecture both modern and historical. Truly, Shosekishima is a place that can be considered a world unto its own, sustained by its own bustling society and lucrative economy in relation to the mainland of japan, and for the next three years, Fujio Nishida will be calling this place his home. Disadvantaged at birth by poverty & discrimination due to the fact that he was conceived out of forced and totally unreciprocated coitus on behalf of his father, Fujio was left abandoned shortly after his birth by parents who didn't desire him, leaving him an orphan. Because of this, Fujio has worked himself almost into the grave, struggling against society itself to integrate as a capable member of society, something that he believes he has finally achieved after being accepted into the Rogoku Institute, a high school which exists only on Shosekishima, and a place which has produced some of the finest lawyers, servicepersons, politicians, and other people of note ever to appear in japanese society, where Fujio hopes to maximize his brilliant potential in biological science, finally earning himself the opportunity at 16 years old to demonstrate what he can offer to the world of modern science, and with his arrival on Shosekishima, it seems that Fujio's turbulent life has finally taken the much needed upturn he has worked towards. However, things are not at all as they seem, and the dark truth that awaits Fujio on the outer island is something more horrific and cruel than anything he could've possibly dared to imagine prior to arriving on the living horror story of Shosekishima.
Almost immediately after arriving, Fujio finds himself subject to an extremely ominous, vile atmosphere which betrays the beauty of Shosekishima. He quickly becomes the focus of abuse, violence, degradation, alienation, discrimination and racism the likes of which is more severe than anything else he possibly could have imagined or experienced back on the mainland. Organized crime courses through the veins of Shosekishima, causing him to bare witness to some of the most hellish crime scenes, murders, and events of abuse and extortion, the likes of which scar him with boundless trauma and terror, and soon enough, the dark and nightmarish truth that lies beneath this unassuming island soon becomes all too clear to Fujio as he is continuously terrorized at the expense of the native people of Shosekishima, his life become a living hell of continuous, daily torture as he struggles to survive with the hope of one day escaping the horrid place that is Shosekishima.
Fujin (負人, Literally meaning; "Inferior Person") is the extremely offensive, derogatory term which the japanese people of Shosekishima use to abuse, alienate, and harass people who land on the island. It is considered one of the most offensive terms that can be spoken in the japanese language, one that is used en masse among the extremely volatile, racist people of Shosekishima.
Naojin (尚人, Literally meaning; "Superior Person") on the other hand, is the term which natives of Shosekisima use in reference to themselves. Not only this, but they address all japanese under this title, believing themselves to be the superior race and the master people of the human species, lifting themselves up while simultaneously breaking down anyone who is not completely japanese.
Taguchi Family (田口家族, Taguchi Kazoku) is the tyrannical clan of prestigious, wealthy, and powerful people who reign in dominance and power over the workings and events which transpire on Shosekishima in their totality. They are a noble family who have existed for centuries and have descended from a noble clan of samurai who were prominent figures in the ancient history of japan. The taguchi family are largey considered the leaders and prime masterminds of the horrors which transpire on Shosekishima.
Shura Company (修羅会社, Shura Kaisha) is a largely unseen third party which is observed as having a profound relationship towards the taguchi family In reality, the shura company is some kind of highly powerful black operations government agency which has existed since the era of the second world war, a unit likely tasked with biological warfare. They are the true antagonists of the series and control the taguchi family by supplying them with weapons and diplomatic advantages. They are also the prime distributors of the mysterious substance known as the Hensoku Serum, and have been developing it for decades.
Fujio Nishida (藤尾西田, Nishida Fujio) is the main protagonist of Shin. He is a child who was conceived out of statutory offense, and because of his foreign genes, he has been alienated, looked down upon and been made the subject of discrimination for his entire life up until the start of the series. He is a brilliant genius in the field of biology and science related to the practice, and has studied tirelessly to prove himself capable of being a functional member of japanese society, being a brilliant student with exceptional grades all throughout his life, work which he believes to have finally paid off once he receives the letter stating that he has been accepted into the Rogoku Institute, a school which has been his goal for years.
Komaki Morizuka (小牧森塚, Morizuka Komaki) is another new student of the Rogoku Institute who quickly attaches himself to Fujio, forging a friendship with him. Like Fujio, Komaki is a "half" japanese, and doesn't know the identity of his parents at all. His father is an american, and Komaki inherited his intense, bright red hair which causes him to stand out and subsequently become the subject of discrimination and criticism throughout his short lifetime. As a result of his extended hard studying, Komaki has managed to earn himself a spot enrolled in the rogoku institute, which he has made the move to with his girlfriend.
Touko Ikari (怒り島弧, Ikari Touko) is the aforementioned girl who is romantically involved with Komaki. Being a full japanese, Touko's parents had greatly disapproved of her being involved with an individual who wasn't fully japanese as she was. Once touko learned that komaki had been accepted into the rogoku institute, she totally threw away her life as a resident of the mainland and decided to move out to Shosekishima with komaki. Even in spite of her status as a fullblooded japanese, the murderous people of the island still consider her fair game, having long dismissed anyone involved with the fujin as traitors to japan.
Ranka Togami (外神ランカ, Togami Ranka) is considered to be the female protagonist of Shin. She is a female student of the Rogoku Institute who is 1/2 Korean and 1/2 Japanese. She is lonesome and solitary, particularly alienated due to her gothic fashion sense and the fact she practices the occult. Particularly, she is always seen clinging to a black book, which she reads through on a continuous basis obsessively. She becomes involved with the group once the people of Shosekishima begin hunting all halfs and foreigners, and later becomes romantically involved with Fujio as they continue to try and escape the island.
Mikio Taguchi (田口みきお, Taguchi Mikio)
Shin (真, Literally meaning; "The Truth") is a character in the book which is constantly carried in Ranka's hands. He is the protagonist of an ancient legend of japanese folklore which has been passed down from generation to generation among the people of Shosekishima, which has become an urban legend. As the hero character in the legend called "The Nemesis of Injustice", the story goes that Shin is an Oni who haunts the wilderness of Shosekishima. When the barbarian samurai of ancient times would pillage and seize women from other villages, Shin would appear and slaughter them for their abuse against the women and innocent people that they had killed. The people of the island have long forgotten the story of The Nemesis of Injustice, and have dismissed the existence of Shin as nothing more than another work of mindless fantasy created in the times of ancient, but Ranka is obsessed with the character in the legend and believes him to be real, idolizing him as a hero and even believing that he will come to rescue her if anything truly bad happens to her or anyone else as a result of the extended terrorizing conducted on behalf of the people of Shosekishima.
Hensoku Serum (変則血清, Hensoku Kessei)
The Nemesis of Injustice (不正の宿敵, Fusei No Shukuteki)
Shosekishima (硝石島, Shoseki-Shima; lit. "Shoseki Island") is the place where the events of the series take place. A rather large island off the coast of japan, Shosekishima is revered as a beautiful, sacred piece of japanese land which is ripe with economical value, beauty, historical locations and culture. It is considered a splendid getaway and a slice of heavenly paradise on earth by the people of japan, and is frequently used as a holiday destination for japanese citizens. However, the truth of Shosekishima is one of a terror and macabre which not even the most terrible of horror stories could evoke. While Shosekishima is indeed a place of splendour and fun for the japanese, it is a place of extreme racist practices, barbarous in nature. Foreigners and "Halfs" are sent to Shosekishima with the promise of being exposed to one of the purest and most enjoyable places of japanese heritage. They are never seen again. Shosekishima is a place where the darkest and most horrible hate crimes are practiced in full by all pure japanese who call the island their home, including the authorities, politicians, and religious people. This place is a nightmarish hell from which there is no escape or hope of survival for anyone other than pure japanese. Somehow, the protagonists must find a way to escape this horrible place, which continues to break their bodies and spirits.
Rogoku Institute (牢獄学院, Rougoku Gakuin) is an extremely prestigious, wealthy, and exclusive school which is advertised all over the japan. Many mainlanders who have attended this school have gone on to be extremely successful in their respective fields of expertise as a result of the extensive training they have received under the education of the rogoku institute. However, just like Shosekishima, the rogoku institute is a place which holds dark, terrible secrets, and if anything, is a main chokepoint of the brutality and savagery which unfolds on the landmass itself. Initially, it seems to foreign or half students that the place is extremely xenophobic and racist or discriminatory in nature against those who aren't pure japanese. Fullblooded japanese are treated as royalty and are generally above the code of conduct in the school, while those who aren't are treated as garbage, slaves, and are the subject or severe bullying and abuse. However, this doesn't even scratch the surface of what truly goes on in the rogoku institute. The massive school serves as a primary gathering place for the unholy rituals and rites of passage that the people of shosekishima perform continuously. Brutal acts of murder and torture continuously unfold on campus grounds, and it is the prime burial place of foreign students.