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Neuro: Supernatural Detective
Majin Tantei Nōgami Neuro Volume 1.jpg
Japanese cover of Majin Tantei Nōgami Neuro volume 1 published by Shueisha on July 4, 2005
魔人探偵脳噛ネウロ
Genre Occult detective, Horror
Manga
Written by Yūsei Matsui
Published by Shueisha
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump
Original run February 21, 2005April 20, 2009
Volumes 23 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed by Hiroshi Kōjina
Music by Tomoki Hasegawa
Studio Madhouse
Licensed by
Network Nippon Television
Original run October 2, 2007March 25, 2008
Episodes 25 (List of episodes)
Light novel
Majin Tantei Nōgami Neuro: Sekai no Hate Niha Chou ga Mau
Written by Akira Higashiyama
Published by Shueisha
Demographic Shōnen
Published July 20, 2007
Volumes 1
Portal icon Anime and Manga portal

Neuro: Supernatural Detective, known in Japan as Majin Tantei Nōgami Neuro (Japanese: 魔人探偵 脳噛ネウロ?, lit. "Demon Detective Neuro Nōgami"), is a Japanese supernatural detective manga series written and illustrated by Yūsei Matsui. The series follows Neuro Nōgami, a demon who depends on mysteries for sustenance. Having consumed all the mysteries in the demon world, Neuro travels to the human world in search of more. There, Neuro recruits high school student Yako Katsuragi as a facade for a detective agency. The supernatural-themed manga was created because Matsui cannot draw humans.

The manga was originally serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump from February 2005 to April 2009. The individual chapters were collected and released in 23 tankōbon (collected volumes) by Shueisha. A 25-episode anime series directed by Hiroshi Kōjina and animated by Madhouse was originally aired between 2007 and 2008 on Nippon Television. In 2011, the anime series was licensed by Viz Media and uploaded to the company's website. Majin Tantei Nōgami Neuro has spawned a light novel, two audio albums, two video games, and other merchandise.

Majin Tantei Nōgami Neuro's manga has been popular in Japan, frequently ranking in the weekly Top Ten list of best-selling manga. It has sold over four million volumes as of April 2009 in Japan. The anime, however, has been criticized by fans because it deviates from Matsui's work, and received a low viewership. Critics of anime and manga often compared it to Case Closed, noting supernatural themes as the only difference between them.

Plot[edit]

The series' central character is Neuro Nōgami, a demon who eats mysteries. Because he has eaten every mystery in the demon world, he comes to the human world to feast on the mysteries offered by humans. Because he is a demon, he does not want to make his presence in the human world widely known. He makes an arrangement with a 16-year-old high school girl Yako Katsuragi—who wants to solve the mystery of her father's murder, which was declared a suicide by the police. They establish a detective agency and, together with former criminal Shinobu Godai and a sentient braid of hair called Akane, solve crimes to feed Neuro's appetite.

Production[edit]

Before the series' regular serialization in Weekly Shōnen Jump, Yūsei Matsui published two one-shots. The first one was published in the summer issue of Akamaru Jump; it won the Jump Jūni Ketsu Shinjin Manga Award in the horror mystery category.[1] After the first was "extremely well received" according to Shueisha, the second one-shot was released on September 6, 2004, in issue 41 of Weekly Shōnen Jump.[2]

Yūsei Matsui stated he was not good at drawing humans or real life things, and he was about to lose his self-confidence when he "threw things in at random" to create the series.[3] Matsui said he mixed his creation with real things to make his style original. To create the atmosphere of the series, Matsui used reference paintings by Rei Kamoi, a Japanese artist he saw on television, and Gōjin Ishihara, the illustrator of Edogawa Ranpo's Shōnen Tantei Dan. Matsui's creative process of art is to begin drawing erotic and grotesque images, and at the same time humorous and cute scenes. Matsui did not wish to create "terrifying characters" but "funny-terrifying" and "terrifying-cute". He also tried to avoid men's idealized image of heroines and women's idealized images of heroes. He decided to create characters that could exist in the real world and to make their acts and reactions realistic.[3]

Matsui did not want to create a detective's reasoning manga because he does not like to read or draw it.[3] He said that reasoning scenes are superfluous, so he placed some jokes in these scenes. Prior to the start of the series, he was not sure whether it would be a detective manga or a romantic one. He finally decided to write a detective story because he needed Neuro to be able to eat mysteries. During the creation of Neuro, Matsui followed a work schedule; he worked on the sketches on Mondays and Tuesdays, and he began the outline on Tuesdays. On Wednesdays, with the help of his assistants he finalized the art, drawing the more complex backgrounds and leaving the rest in his assistants' charge; he talked with the editor about the next chapter on Thursdays and wrote the plot between Fridays and Sundays.[3]

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

Written and illustrated by Yūsei Matsui, the manga was originally serialized by Shueisha in the Japanese magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump from February 21, 2005, to April 20, 2009.[4][5] Shueisha compiled the 202 chapters into 23 tankōbon (collected volumes) released from July 4, 2005, to August 4, 2009.[6][7] It has also been published as part of the Shueisha Jump Remix series of magazine-style books. Five volumes were released between January 7, 2011, and March 7, 2011.[8][9][10][11][12] Between October 12, 2012, and October 16, 2012, the 23 volumes of Majin Tantei Nōgami Neuro were re-published in Amazon Kindle format under the Jump Comics Digital line.[13][14] The series started to be released on bunkoban format by Shueisha on January 18, 2013, and it lasted twelve volumes, the last of which was published on June 18, 2013.[15][16] Volumes 11 and 12 of the bunkoban edition included the two one-shots that preceded its serialization.[16][17] Outside Japan, it has also been licensed in some countries such as in France by Glénat,[18] in Hong Kong by Culturecom,[19] in Italy and Spain by Planeta DeAgostini,[20][21] in South Korea by Seoul Media Group,[22] and in Taiwan by Tong Li Publishing.[23]

Anime[edit]

The production of an anime series was announced in 33rd issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump released on July 14, 2007.[24] The Majin Tantei Nōgami Neuro anime adaptation was directed by Hiroshi Kōjina and co-produced by Madhouse, Nippon Television (NTV), Shueisha, D.N. Dream Partners and VAP.[25] The series, consisting of 25 television episodes, originally aired from October 2, 2007 to March 25, 2008 on NTV in Japan;[26][27] it was later broadcast by four NTV's affiliated stations.[28] VAP distributed the anime in DVD format; nine volumes were released between December 21, 2007, and August 27, 2008,[29][30] and a DVD box set was released on September 30, 2008.[31] The series was acquired by Viz Media, which renamed it Neuro: Supernatural Detective and streamed it from February 18, 2011, to July 1, 2011 on its website VizAnime.com, and on Hulu.[32][33]

Video games[edit]

A Nintendo DS game titled Majin Tantei Nōgami Neuro: Neuro to Yako no Bishoku Sanmai Suiritsuki Gourmet and Mystery[Jp 1] was produced by Audio and released by Marvelous Entertainment on June 12, 2008.[34] Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro: Battle Da Yo! Hannin Shūgō![Jp 2], a PlayStation 2 game, was also released in August 28, 2008.[34] Neuro Nōgami appeared in the Nintendo DS game Jump Ultimate Stars as a battle character, using Yako for some of his attacks. Akane, X and Sasazuka appeared as help characters.[35] Neuro appears as a support character in the crossover fighting game J-Stars Victory Vs.[36]

Other merchandise[edit]

An official soundtrack composed by Tomoki Hasegawa was released in December 21, 2007 by VAP.[25][37] Two audio dramas were released on November 6, 2006, and April 25, 2007, by Shueisha.[38][39] A light novel titled Majin Tantei Nōgami Neuro: Sekai no Hate ni wa Chō ga Mau[Jp 3] was written by Akira Higashiyama and published by Shueisha on July 20, 2007.[40] On November 21, 2007, Data House released a book written by the Neuro Study Group titled Majin Tantei Nōgami Neuro no Himitsu.[Jp 4][41] On March 6, 2008, Majin Tantei Nōgami Neuro: Kanzen Shinri Kaiseki-sho[Jp 5] written by Kōichi Mizuide was released by Kazan.[42] In Japan, action figures, bags, chawan, t-shirts, mouse pads, fridge magnets, and other products were sold as merchandise for the series.[34]

Reception[edit]

The Majin Tantei Nōgami Neuro manga has sold 4.4 million units in Japan as of April 2009;[43] individual volumes frequently appeared on the lists of best-selling manga there.[44][45][46] Fans of the manga series responded negatively to its anime adaptation, criticizing the alterations made to the characterizations and stories. Japanese website New Akiba, hosted a petition intended to show fans' dissatisfaction and to ask Madhouse and Nippon Television to be more faithful to the original work.[47] Viz Media's representative Amy Mar said the show is of low priority since it has not been among the most-watched on VizAnime.[48]

Manga Sanctuary praised the protagonist for being original and unique. It criticized the fact that the reader does not have access to some facts that could help to solve the mysteries. The reviewer said it is unfortunate because the readers feels passive, which is not desirable in a crime series.[49] However, Manga News said that this impassivity is good because it is what differentiates Neuro from Case Closed. Its design, setting, the "interesting and well-constructed characters", and the development of the relationship between Neuro and Yako which were also praised by the reviewer, who said the series is "completely apart in the world of manga, Neuro is a genre unto itself which is between several styles and therefore appeal to a wider audience."[50] Animeland's critic also compared it to Case Closed, but said its black humor, cruel and deadpan laughs were "quite caustic."[51]

Anime News Network's Carlo Santos said that the series walks "the line between serious sleuth drama and supernatural spell-fest", "balancing all that with the occasional joke". He said the graphic violence is the best part of the series, praised the Madhouse animation and described it as "Case Closed with spirit powers".[52] Serdar Yegulalp from About.com said it has "[a]n interesting concept", is "competent enough", and "has a few fun twists", but that apart from the supernatural elements it does not bring anything that has not already been done in Case Closed.[53] Writing for Mania.com, Chris Beveridge said the anime operates principally around the two main characters; he said that it is "more interesting to watch how Neuro and Yako operate, to understand methods and personalities, more than the actual event. And that weakens the episode because it never feels like we're really drawn into the mystery itself." Beveridge added it "has some good production values", but criticized Neuro's appearance, "which is bordering on comical" as it makes it difficult for the series "to go a darker route".[54]

Notes[edit]

Japanese
  1. ^ 魔人探偵脳噛ネウロ ネウロと弥子の美食三昧 推理つき グルメ&ミステリー Majin Tantei Nōgami Neuro: Neuro to Yako no Bishoku Sanmai Suiritsuki Gurume to Misuterī?
  2. ^ 魔人探偵脳噛ネウロ バトルだヨ! 犯人集合! Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro Batoru Da Yo! Hannin Shūgō!?
  3. ^ 魔人探偵脳噛ネウロ 世界の果てには蝶が舞う?, lit. "Majin Tantei Nōgami Neuro: The Butterfly that Dances at the End of the World"
  4. ^ 魔人探偵脳噛ネウロの秘密?, lit. "Majin Tantei Nōgami Neuro Secrets"
  5. ^ 魔人探偵脳噛ネウロ完全心理解析書?, lit. "Majin Tantei Nōgami Neuro: Full Psychological Analysis Document"

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