Composed of two parts: "shin" and "ma." The word "shin" in Japanese refers to any god or godlike being; the suffix "ma" gives the word connotations of a monster or daemon. Thus the compound "shinma" would be any sort of evil god or "dark lord."

The actual word "shinma" exists only in the realm of Kyuuketsuki Miyu, a magnificent yet obscure anime. In this four-part OAV, the Shinma are immortal predators that feed on human souls. The Watcher, Miyu, is a vampire who finds stray Shinma and binds them to the darkness using her magic flame. The names of some Shinma are taken from Roman Mythology. Two very important Shinma are Larva and Lemules; these names refer to the frightful spirits of the wicked Roman dead.

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