Psychic Detective Yakumo

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Psychic Detective Yakumo
心霊探偵 八雲
(Shinrei Tantei Yakumo)
Genre Mystery, Romance, Psychological, Detective fiction, Drama
Novel series
Written by Manabu Kaminaga
Illustrated by Katoh Akatsuki
Published by Nihon Bungeisha
Original run 2004 – ongoing
Volumes 8
Television drama
Directed by Kiyoshi Yamamoto, Koutarou Terauchi
Network TV Tokyo
Original run March 3, 2006June 26, 2006
Episodes 13
Novel
SECRET FILES Kizuna
Written by Manabu Kaminaga
Illustrated by Katoh Akatsuki
Published by Nihon Bungeisha
Published 2007
Novel series
Written by Manabu Kaminaga
Illustrated by Yasushi Suzuki
Published by Kadokawa Bunko
Original run 2008 – ongoing
Volumes 5
Novel
SECRET FILES Kizuna
Written by Manabu Kaminaga
Illustrated by Yasushi Suzuki
Published by Kadokawa Bunko
Published 2009
Manga
Written by Manabu Kaminaga
Illustrated by Ritsu Miyako
Demographic Shōjo
Magazine Hana to Yume
Original run 20072008
Volumes 2
Manga
Written by Manabu Kaminaga
Illustrated by Suzuka Oda
Demographic Shōjo
Magazine Asuka Magazine
Original run 2009 – ongoing
Volumes 8
Anime television series
Directed by Tomoyuki Kurokawa
Written by Hiroyuki Kawasaki
Music by R・O・N
Studio Bee Train
Licensed by
Network NHK-BS2, Anime Network
Original run October 3, 2010December 26, 2010
Episodes 13 (List of episodes)
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Psychic Detective Yakumo (心霊探偵 八雲 Shinrei Tantei Yakumo?) is a novel by Manabu Kaminaga published in Nihon Bungeisha with illustrations by Katoh Akatsuki and later in Kadokawa Bunko with cover illustrations by Yasushi Suzuki. The book has been adapted into two manga series, an anime, a live-action drama series and a stage play.

Plot summary[edit]

Yakumo Saitou, a reserved College student, was born with a red left eye. This eye, which he usually hides behind a contact lens, gives him the ability to see ghosts and spirits and has brought him many hardships throughout his life. Even though this special vision could easily scare anyone, it doesn't scare Yakumo. He strongly believes ghosts and spirits have feelings left behind, bound to earth because of a certain 'cause'. It is his opinion that by talking with them, he can eliminate that 'cause' and release them, allowing them to rest in peace. One day, a fellow College student named Haruka Ozawa knocks on his door, asking for help to save her friend, who she believes to be possessed. Reluctantly, he accepts, and thus begins a story full of unsolved supernatural events, bound to be deciphered by the two, and Yakumo's journey to release his heart from his painful past.[1]

Characters[edit]

Yakumo Saito (斉藤 八雲 Saito Yakumo?)
Voiced by: Daisuke Ono
Yakumo is the main protagonist, a college student who lives at the filming club room in school. He acts like a stranger and is not good with other people. He was born with heterochromia, his right eye black (green in the anime) while his left eye is bright red, which he can see ghosts with. He believes ghosts and spirits are bound to earth because of a certain "cause" and simply eliminating that cause will allow those spirits rest in peace. He meets Haruka Ozawa when she comes to him asking for help, her friend Miki having been possessed by a spirit.
Yakumo is blunt, sarcastic, and often comes off as cold or condescending. He also cares little about what others think. However, he has a kind heart and will help whomever comes to ask him for help. He often uses tricks and traps to gain what he wants; for example, he tricked a teacher, whose classes Yakumo often skipped, into believing that he was cursed with a supernatural affliction and demanded full class credits as payment for the "exorcism". He often teases Gotou and Haruka about their relationships and intelligence. He has a surprisingly strong sweet tooth, as he often eats parfaits. Yakumo is also very ticklish; he automatically crashes in to the nearest wall from shock when somebody (namely Haruka) pokes him in the hip. Yakumo is shown to be highly intelligent, observant, and logical, often solving mysteries before the police. Yakumo is sensitive about only being able to see and speak to spirits and not being able to exorcise them. He often feels helpless at his own powerlessness. Yakumo is exceptionally guarded with his feelings and is close to very few people: Haruka, Gotou, his uncle Isshin, and his younger cousin Nao. He will go at great lengths for these people and risk his life to save them. Many think that Yakumo changed significantly after meeting Haruka and appears to have developed feelings for her.
Haruka Ozawa (小沢 晴香 Ozawa Haruka?)
Voiced by: Ayumi Fujimura
She is a second-year student who approaches Yakumo asking him to save her friend Miki from possession. She is the first person who is not frightened of Yakumo's different-colored eyes or his ability to see ghosts. She even says they are beautiful, as Yakumo's uncle once predicted. Because of Yakumo, she is able to see her twin sister who died in an car accident when she was seven years old. She was always blaming herself for this, seeing as her sister was chasing a ball she threw onto the road. Later, Yakumo reassures her that it wasn't her fault and shows her an image of her sister smiling.
Haruka seems to have some feelings toward Yakumo, which develop into some kind of crush.
Kazutoshi Gotou (後藤 和利 Gotou Kazutoshi?)
Voiced by: Hiroki Touchi
Gotou is a middle aged detecive who is a bit of a workaholic. He has known Yakumo for a long time and always calls him if there's a paranormal involvement in the case he's investigating in. Yakumo often toys with him, asking if his wife has left him or telling him that his assistant Ishii is romantically interested in him (which is proven false by Ishii's crush on Haruka). Ten years ago he saved Yakumo from his mother when she attempted to kill him. After Isshin passes away, Goto and his wife, Atsuko, adopt Nao as their daughter.
Yuutarou Ishii (石井 雄太郎 Ishii Yuutarou?)
Voiced by: Tokuyoshi Kawashima
Detective who works under Detective Gotou and admires him as the "Occult Detective". He used to love supernatural aspects, but after experiencing them firsthand he becomes more frightened of it. Gotou suspected him of being gay for a short period of time, though this turns out to be a false interpretation of Ishii's infatuation and, as it turns out, Ishii has developed a crush on Haruka.
Makoto Hijikata (土方 真琴 Hijikata Makoto?)
Voiced by: Megumi Toyoguchi
She is a reporter who helps Yakumo and his team for investigation. Her father is a high-standing person in the police. She was at one point possessed by the ghost of a necrophobic whose desire to live caused him to manifest in her body, with both souls struggling to keep the body for quite some time, but was later saved by Yakumo. She has feelings for Ishii.
Nao Saito (斉藤 奈緒 Saito Nao?)
Voiced by: Ami Koshimizu
Younger cousin of Yakumo, Nao has been deaf since birth and lives with Isshin Saito in a Buddhist temple. She is unable to hear but is able to sense the feelings of those around her very clearly. After Isshin passes away, Nao is adopted by Gotou and his wife.
Isshin Saito (斉藤 一心 Saito Isshin?)
Voiced by: Toshihiko Seki
He is Yakumo's uncle and father of Nao. He is a father-figure for Yakumo and lives in a Buddhist temple. In order to make Yakumo feel more comfortable about his own eyes, he wears red contacts himself. Isshin was also the one who named Yakumo. At the end of the series, Isshin passes away, and Yakumo consents for his organs to be donated to save the life of a young girl.
Miyuki Nanase (七瀬 美雪 Nanase Miyuki?)
Voiced by: Ryoka Yuzuki
Assistant in evil to Yakumo's biological father. Miyuki is shown as being physically strong, mentally twisted and very loyal to Yakumo's father.

Anime adaptation[edit]

An anime adaptation produced by Bee Train, written by Hiroyuki Kawasaki, and directed by Tomoyuki Kurokawa began airing in Japan on October 3, 2010.[2] Minako Shiba designed the characters and Daisuke Ono and Ayumi Fujimura were cast as the lead roles, with the opening theme songs also performed by Ono. The songs, "Key," "Key Phase 2," and "Key Phase 3," were released on November 17, 2010. The series has been licensed for digital and home video release by Sentai Filmworks.[3]

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