Agatha Christie's Great Detectives Poirot and Marple

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Agatha Christie's Great Detectives Poirot and Marple
(Agasa Kurisutī no Meitantei Powaro to Māpuru)
Genre Detective fiction
Anime television series
Directed by Naohito Takahashi
Studio Oriental Light and Magic
Network NHK
Original run 4 July 200415 May 2005
Episodes 39
Written by Yukiyoshi Oohashi
Syouji Yonemura
Illustrated by Morihiko Ishikawa
Published by NHK Publishing
Original run August 2004May 2005
Volumes 3
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Agatha Christie's Great Detectives Poirot and Marple (アガサ·クリスティーの名探偵ポワロとマープル Agasa Kurisutī no Meitantei Powaro to Māpuru?) is an anime television series that adapted several Agatha Christie stories about Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. A new character named Mabel West, Miss Marple's great-niece, who becomes Poirot's junior assistant, is used to connect the two detectives.

The series was broadcast from 4 July 2004 to 15 May 2005 on NHK, and continues to be shown in re-runs on NHK and other networks in Japan. The series was adapted as manga under the same title, which was released in 2004 and 2005.


The TV series is a generally faithful adaptation of the original stories given the time constraints (typically one 25-minute episode for a short story, four episodes for a novel). Despite being a modern Japanese adaptation, the original (mainly English) locations and time period are retained. The most obvious story change is the addition of Mabel West and her pet duck, Oliver. However apart from her soliloquies, most of her lines are taken from the incidental dialogue of other characters in the original stories, so her presence does not materially alter the plot development. Other changes are generally of a minor nature,[citation needed] for instance Inspector Japp becomes "Inspector Sharpe", possibly due to the derogatory implications attached to the word "jap". The significance of some details which rely on English idioms is changed, for example when a dying uncle taps his eye in Strange Jest, this was originally a reference to the saying All my eye and Betty Martin, but in the anime it becomes a reference to a stamp in which an angel appears to be winking (however the clue still achieves the same end).




The anime was produced by Oriental Light and Magic for NHK. The series was directed by Naohito Takahashi with music by Toshiyuki Watanabe and character designs by Sayuri Ichiishi. The opening theme is "Lucky Girl ni Hanataba wo" and the ending theme is "Wasurenaide," both performed by Tatsuro Yamashita. The 39 episodes were initially broadcast in Japan on NHK stations from 4 July 2004 to 15 May 2005. The series was released on seven DVDs.[1]

# Title Original airdate
01 "The Jewel Robbery at the Grand Metropolitan"
(グランド·メトロポリタンの宝石盗難事件 Gurando-Metoroporitan no Hōseki Tōnan Jiken
4 July 2004
The Jewel Robbery at the Grand Metropolitan (Poirot Investigates, 1924) 
02 "The Riddle of the Cheap Flat"
(安マンションの謎 Yasu Manshon no Nazo
18 July 2004
Original title: The Adventure of the Cheap Flat (Poirot Investigates, 1924) 
03 "Strange Will"
(風変わりな遺言 Fūgawari na Yuigon
25 July 2004
Original title: Strange Jest 
04 "The Faultless Maid"
(申し分のないメイド Mōshibun no nai Meido
1 August 2004
Original title: The Case of the Perfect Maid 
05 "The ABC Murders, Part 1: A Written Challenge to Poirot"
(ABC殺人事件,(その1)ポワロへの挑戦状 Ēbīshī Satsujin Jiken (sono ichi) Powaro e no Chōsenjō
8 August 2004
06 "The ABC Murders, Part 2: B's the place, B's the name of the person"
(ABC殺人事件,(その2)Bの街で、Bの名の人が Ēbīshī Satsujin Jiken (sono ni) Bī no Machi de, Bī no Na no Hito ga
15 August 2004
07 "The ABC Murders, Part 3: The Culprit Appears"
(ABC殺人事件,(その3)犯人あらわる Ēbīshī Satsujin Jiken (sono san) Hannin Arawaru
22 August 2004
08 "The ABC Murders, Part 4: Poirot Solves the Mystery"
(ABC殺人事件,(その4)ポワロ、謎を解く Ēbīshī Satsujin Jiken (sono yon) Powaro, Nazo o Toku
29 August 2004
The ABC Murders (1936) 
09 "The Prime Minister's Disappearance, Part 1: Pursuit in the Dover Strait"
(総理大臣の失踪,(前編)ドーバー海峡の追跡 Sōridaijin no Shissō (zenpen) Dōbā-kaikyō no Tsuiseki
5 September 2004
10 "The Prime Minister's Disappearance, Part 2: The Truth is in England"
(総理大臣の失踪,(後編)真実はイギリスに Sōridaijin no Shissō (kōhen) Shinjitsu wa Igirisu ni
12 September 2004
The Kidnapped Prime Minister (Poirot Investigates, 1924) 
11 "The Riddle of the Egyptian Tomb, Part 1: A Written Challenge from Ancient Times"
(エジプト墳墓の謎,(前編)古代からの挑戦状 Ejiputo-funbo no Nazo (zenpen) Kodai kara no Chōsenjō
19 September 2004
12 "The Riddle of the Egyptian Tomb, Part 2: The Curse of Pharaoh Men-her-Ra"
(エジプト墳墓の謎,(後編)メンハーラ王の呪い Ejiputo-funbo no Nazo (kōhen) Menhāra-Ō no Noroi
26 September 2004
The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb (Poirot Investigates, 1924) 
13 "Tape-Measure Murder"
(巻尺殺人事件 Makijaku Satsujin Jiken
3 October 2004
The Tape-Measure Murder 
14 "The Case of the Gold Ingots"
(金塊事件 Kinkai Jiken
10 October 2004
Ingots of Gold (The Thirteen Problems, 1932) 
15 "The Blue Geranium"
(青いゼラニウム Aoi Zeraniumu
17 October 2004
The Blue Geranium (The Thirteen Problems, 1932) 
16 "The Mystery of End House, Part 1: The Night of the Party"
(エンド·ハウス怪事件,(その1)パーティーの夜に Endo Hausu Kai Jiken (sono ichi) Pātī no Yoru ni
14 November 2004
17 "The Mystery of End House, Part 2: Concealed Love"
(エンド·ハウス怪事件,(その2)秘められた恋 Endo Hausu Kai Jiken (sono ni) Himerareta Koi
21 November 2004
18 "The Mystery of End House, Part 3: Perfect Evidence"
(エンド·ハウス怪事件,(その3)完璧な証拠 Endo Hausu Kai Jiken (sono san) Kanpeki na Shōko
28 November 2004
Original title: Peril at End House (1932) 
19 "The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding, Part 1: The Request from the Prince"
(クリスマスプディングの冒険,(前編)プリンスからの依頼 Kurisumasu Pudingu no Bōken (zenpen) Purinsu kara no Irai
5 December 2004
20 "The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding, Part 2: The Ruby passed down through the Royal Family"
(クリスマスプディングの冒険,(後編)王家に伝わるルビー Kurisumasu Pudingu no Bōken (kōhen) Ōke ni Tsutawaru Rubī
12 December 2004
The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding (1960) 
21 "4:50 from Paddington, Part 1: The Train Rode By the Killer"
(パディントン発4時50分,(その1)殺人者の乗る列車 Padinton Hatsu Yonjigojūbun (sono ichi) Satsujinsha no Noru Ressha
9 January 2005
22 "4:50 from Paddington, Part 2: The Creeping Shadow"
(パディントン発4時50分,(その2)忍び寄る影 Padinton Hatsu Yonjigojūbun (sono ni) Shinobiyoru Kage
16 January 2005
23 "4:50 from Paddington, Part 3: A Simple Motive"
(パディントン発4時50分,(その3)シンプルな動機 Padinton Hatsu Yonjigojūbun (sono san) Shinpuru na Dōki
23 January 2005
24 "4:50 from Paddington, Part 4: Marple vs. the Culprit"
(パディントン発4時50分,(その4)マープル対犯人 Padinton Hatsu Yonjigojūbun (sono yon) Māpuru tai Hannin
30 January 2005
4.50 From Paddington (1957) 
25 "The Plymouth Express, Part 1: The Corpse in the Drawing Room"
(プリマス行き急行列車,(前編)客室内の死体 Purimasu-yuki Kyūkō-ressha (zenpen) Kyakushitsunai no Shitai
6 February 2005
26 "The Plymouth Express, Part 2: The Blue Dress"
(プリマス行き急行列車,(後編)ブルーのワンピース Purimasu yuki Kyūkō-ressha (kōhen) Burū no Wanpīsu
13 February 2005
Plymouth Express 
27 "Motive versus Opportunity"
(動機と機会 Dōki to Kikai
20 February 2005
Motive versus Opportunity (The Thirteen Problems,1932) 
28 "The Disappearing Cook, Part 1: An Aggressive Request"
(消えた料理人,(前編)強引な依頼 Kieta Ryōrinin (zenpen) Gōin na Irai
27 February 2005
29 "The Disappearing Cook, Part 2: The Secret of the Trunk"
(消えた料理人,(後編)トランクの秘密 Kieta Ryōrinin (kōhen) Toranku no Himitsu
6 March 2005
The Adventure of the Clapham Cook 
30 "Sleeping Murder, Part 1: Sleeping Murder"
(スリーピング·マーダー,(その1)眠れる殺人事件 Surīpingu Mādā (sono ichi) Nemureru Satsujin Jiken
13 March 2005
31 "Sleeping Murder, Part 2: The Door of Memory"
(スリーピング·マーダー,(その2)記憶の扉 Surīpingu Mādā (sono ni) Kioku no Tobira
20 March 2005
32 "Sleeping Murder, Part 3: Helen's Love"
(スリーピング·マーダー,(その3)ヘレンの恋 Surīpingu Mādā (sono san) Heren no Koi
27 March 2005
33 "Sleeping Murder, Part 4: The Evil Influence Nears"
(スリーピング·マーダー,(その4)迫り来る魔の手 Surīpingu Mādā (sono yon) Semarikuru Ma no Te
3 April 2005
Sleeping Murder (1976) 
34 "Twenty-Four Japanese Thrushes"
(二十四羽の黒つぐみ Nijūyon-wa no Kuro-Tsugumi
10 April 2005
Original title: Four-and-Twenty Blackbirds (1941) 
35 "The Case of Davenheim's Disappearance"
(ダブンハイム失踪事件 Dabunhaimu Shissō Jiken
17 April 2005
The Disappearance of Mr. Davenheim (Poirot Investigates, 1924) 
36 "Death in the Clouds, Part 1: The Flying Locked Room"
(雲の中の死,(その1)空飛ぶ密室 Kumo no Naka no Shi (sono ichi) Sora Tobu Misshitsu
24 April 2005
37 "Death in the Clouds, Part 2: Madame Giselle of Paris"
(雲の中の死,(その2)パリのマダムジゼル Kumo no Naka no Shi (sono ni) Pari no Madamu Jizeru
1 May 2005
38 "Death in the Clouds, Part 3: The Threat to Lady Horbury"
(雲の中の死,(その3)ホーバリ夫人への脅迫 Kumo no Naka no Shi (sono san) Hōbari-fujin e no Kyōhaku
8 May 2005
39 "Death in the Clouds, Part 4: The Heir to the Vast Inheritance"
(雲の中の死,(その4)莫大な遺産の相続人 Kumo no Naka no Shi (sono yon) Bakudai na Isan no Sōzokunin
15 May 2005
Death in the Clouds (1935) 


Region 2,NTSC, Language:Japanese, subtitle:No

No. Title Release date ISBN
1 Agatha Christie's Great Detectives Poirot and Marple vol.1:"The ABC Murders" and Other Stories
アガサ・クリスティーの名探偵ポワロとマープル Vol.1 ABC殺人事件
22 April 2005 ISBN 4-7786-0100-9
("The Jewel Robbery at the Grand Metropolitan","The Adventure of the Cheap Flat")
2 Agatha Christie's Great Detectives Poirot and Marple vol.2:"4:50 from Paddington" and Other Stories
アガサ・クリスティーの名探偵ポワロとマープル Vol.2 パディントン発4時50分
22 April 2005 ISBN 4-7786-0101-7
("Strange Jest","The Case of the Perfect Maid")
3 Agatha Christie's Great Detectives Poirot and Marple vol.3:"The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb" and Other Stories
アガサ・クリスティーの名探偵ポワロとマープル Vol.3 エジプト墳墓の謎
22 April 2005 ISBN 4-7786-0102-5
("The Kidnapped Prime Minister","The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding")
4 Agatha Christie's Great Detectives Poirot and Marple vol.4:"Peril at End House" and Other Stories
アガサ・クリスティーの名探偵ポワロとマープル Vol.4 エンド・ハウス怪事件
22 April 2005 ISBN 4-7786-0103-3
("The Tape-Measure Murder","Ingots of Gold","The Blue Geranium")
5 Agatha Christie's Great Detectives Poirot and Marple vol.5:"The Plymouth Express" and Other Stories
アガサ・クリスティーの名探偵ポワロとマープル Vol.5 プリマス行き急行列車
27 May 2005 ISBN 4-7786-0104-1
("The Adventure of the Clapham Cook","Four-and-Twenty Blackbirds")
6 Agatha Christie's Great Detectives Poirot and Marple vol.6:"Sleeping Murder" and Other Story
アガサ・クリスティーの名探偵ポワロとマープル Vol.6 スリーピング・マーダー
27 May 2005 ISBN 4-7786-0105-X
("Motive versus Opportunity")
7 Agatha Christie's Great Detectives Poirot and Marple vol.7:"Death in the Clouds" and Other Story
アガサ・クリスティーの名探偵ポワロとマープル Vol.7 雲の中の死
27 May 2005 ISBN 4-7786-0106-8
("The Disappearance of Mr. Davenheim")


Three volumes of the manga adaptation of the television series were released in 2004 and 2005 by NHK Publishing,[1] the publishing division of NHK. The adaptations were written by Yukiyoshi Oohashi (大橋志吉?) (volumes 1 and 3) and Syouji Yonemura (米村正二?) (volume 2), and illustrated by Morihiko Ishikawa (石川森彦?).

No. Title Release date ISBN
1 The ABC Murders
Ēbīshī Satsujin Jiken (ABC殺人事件)
24 August 2004 ISBN 4-14-454084-7
2 4:50 from Paddington
Padinton Hatsu Yonjigojūbun (パディントン発4時50分)
25 December 2004 ISBN 4-14-454085-5
3 Death in the Clouds
Kumo no Naka no Shi (雲の中の死)
30 May 2005 ISBN 4-14-454086-3


  1. ^ a b "アガサ·クリスティーの名探偵ポワロとマープル" (in Japanese). NHK. Archived from the original on 24 September 2008. Retrieved 5 November 2008. 

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