Psychometrer Eiji

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Psychometrer Eiji
Psychometrer eiji 01-2.jpg
Cover to the French edition of Psychometrer Eiji volume 1, published by Kana
サイコメトラーEIJI
(Saikometorā Eiji)
Genre Detective fiction
Manga
Written by Shin Kibayashi
Illustrated by Masashi Asaki
Published by Kodansha
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Weekly Shōnen Magazine
Original run 19962000
Volumes 25
Manga
Psychometrer
Written by Shin Kibayashi
Illustrated by Masashi Asaki
Published by Kodansha
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Weekly Young Magazine
Original run April 25, 2011 – ongoing
Volumes 15
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Psychometrer Eiji (Japanese: サイコメトラーEIJI Hepburn: Saikometorā Eiji?) is a mystery manga series written by Masashi Asaki and illustrated by Yuma Ando. The manga series is composed of 25 tankōbon and was serialized by Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine. A sequel written by Ando and illustrated by Asaki is currently being serialized on Weekly Young Magazine.

Summary[edit]

Asuma Eiji is a normal high school student, with a reputation for being violent and involved in gangs. But he has the psychometry ability, which is discovered by Shima Ryoko, a police investigator when his little sister Emi gets involved in a serial murder case. And so, Shima uses her charm to get the boy to help her, and Eiji obliges, getting more and more involved in the murders, his powers proving to be quite powerful.

Characters[edit]

Eiji Asuma (明日真映児 Asuma Eiji?)
A troublemaker, loud and outspoken high school student with the power of psychometry, which is hidden from all except his sister Emi, his childhood friend Yusuke, policewoman Shima and criminal mastermind Sawaki. He is well known as a strong and unbeatable fighter, and often gets into fights.
Emi Asuma (明日真恵美 Asuma Emi?)
Eiji's little sister. Cute, she appears to have feelings for her brother (they aren't blood siblings), and is the object of affection of Yusuke, and object of lust of a neighborhood pervert. She gets involved in the police cases her brothers helps in a few times along the series.
Ryoko Shima (志摩亮子 Shima Ryoko?)
A seductive and beautiful, young policewoman. An elite "Career" detective on fast track. She's single, independent and is always wearing sexy underwear and revealing clothes. She believes in Eiji's powers and that they can make a difference in the cases she's involved in, but the rest of the police work is done in great part by her, a very smart and quick woman. It is suggested throughout the series that she and Eiji have developed feelings for each other.

Yuusuke Kasai (葛西 裕介 Kasai Yuusuke?)

Having known and understood Eiji's psychometry for years, he became Eiji's the best friend whom Eiji trusts. For being a psychologist, helps Eiji and Ryoko's investigation. With Eiji, made a band-Natsumikan then be in charge of composing and playing the keyboard. Intelligent and marks the highest scores in school. Cute boy with looking-young attracts girls, but he is into Emi. Later, in 'Kunimitsu's politics', he enters the Tokyo University at once, so works as Emi's tutor in 'Psychometrer'. In the 2nd season of live action version, he is a student of Tokyo University. Special episode makes him a pre-diplomat.

Toru Egawa (江川 透流 Egawa Toru?)

Eiji's friend and classmate, he's the leader of a large gang and is well known for his fighting ability. However, he has a strong sense of justice and will defend what's right, even if it means defying his friends. His mother is the mistress of an unnamed politician and is a strong-willed woman who works as the head chef at a restaurant.

Akira Sawaki (沢木 晃 Sawaki Akira?)

A classmate of Shima's from college. It's revealed that he's a criminal genius, stated to have an IQ of over 200, and has masterminded many crimes. Despite this, he has offered hints to Shima about cases on multiple occasions, claiming he views her as a potential rival and wishes to help her "cultivate" her abilities until they can truly face each other one last time. However, he has attempted to remove Eiji so she won't be able to depend on his psychometry anymore, having tried to murder him and also use psychological warfare. He has hinted that his interest in Shima may be somewhat romantic, though in his own, twisted way.
Shoukichi Tamiya (田宮 章吉 Tamiya Shoukichi?)
Eiji's friend and too outspoken person. Born with silver spoon, but almost dumped out from home due to his bad acts.

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

The Psychometrer Eiji manga was written by Shin Kibayashi (as Yuma Ando[1]), illustrated by Masashi Asaki, and was originally serialized from 1996 to 2000 in Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine.[2] The manga was compilied into 25 tankōbon volumes, which were published by Kodansha between July 17, 1996, and October 17, 2000.[3][4] It was republished from June 12, to November 12, 2003 into 12 volumes.[5][6] It has also been licensed by Chuangyi in Simplified Chinese,[citation needed] Tong Li Publishing in Traditional Chinese in Taiwan,[7] and by Kana in French.[1]

Through "Yuma Ando"'s Twitter, it was announced in November 2010 that the series would return.[8] On April 25, 2011, the series re-started under the name Psychometer in Kodansha's Weekly Young Magazine,[2] written by Kibayashi and Asaki again.[9] Its first tankōbon was released on October 6, 2011,[10] while the latest, the 15th, was released on December 5, 2014.[11] Tong Li has been publishing it in Taiwan.[12]

In August, Psychometer went on hiatus, and a spin-off series, Debusen (でぶせん?), started to be serialized in Manga Box.[13] After concluding its serialization in Manga Box, Debusen started to be released in Young Magazine in October.[14] The first tankōbon volume of Debusen was published on December 5, 2014.[15]

Other merchandise[edit]

It was adapted into a Japanese television drama series that was aired for ten episodes Nippon Television from January 11, and March 15, 1997.[16] In 1999, a second season was broadcast to an average television viewership rating of 15.4%, a decline from the 17.1% of the first season.[17] They were followed by a special broadcast on September 24, 2000.[18] Masahiro Matsuoka performed the main role in all of the live-action adaptations.[17][18]

A PlayStation 1 game was released on February 18, 1999 by Kodansha.[19]

Reception[edit]

The series has been popular and enjoyed good number of sales. The 25 volumes of Psychometer Eiji have sold over 12 million copies in Japan as of November 2007.[20] The first two volumes of Psychometrer were on the Oricon chart of 30 best-selling manga for two weeks,[21][22] while the third,[23] the fourth,[24] the sixth,[25] the seventh,[26] eighth,[27] eleventh,[28] and twelfth remained on the chart for a week.[29] When a crime involving a man hidden in a drainage sewer to look at women's underwear, it led to several comparison on Twitter to a similar case that happened in the manga.[30]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Psychometer Eiji - Dossier" (in French). Manga News. Retrieved August 2, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Retour daté pour Psychometrer Eiji" (in French). Manga News. April 16, 2011. Retrieved August 2, 2014. 
  3. ^ "サイコメトラーEIJI(1)" (in Japanese). Kodansha. Archived from the original on February 22, 2014. Retrieved August 2, 2014. 
  4. ^ "サイコメトラーEIJI(1)" (in Japanese). Kodansha. Archived from the original on February 22, 2014. Retrieved August 2, 2014. 
  5. ^ "サイコメトラーEIJI(1): 講談社コミックプラス" (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved August 2, 2014. 
  6. ^ "サイコメトラーEIJI(12)<完>: 講談社コミックプラス" (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved August 2, 2014. 
  7. ^ "感應少年EIJI 25(完)" (in Chinese). Books.com.tw. Retrieved August 2, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Retour de Psychometrer Eiji" (in French). Manga News. November 13, 2010. Retrieved August 2, 2014. 
  9. ^ Beveridge, Chris (August 13, 2013). "Kodansha Animates ‘Psychometrer’ Manga Promo". The Fandom Post. Retrieved August 2, 2014. 
  10. ^ サイコメトラー(1) (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved August 2, 2014. 
  11. ^ サイコメトラー(15) (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved December 6, 2014. 
  12. ^ "感應少年EIJI 新章 (第1集)" (in Chinese). Tong Li Publishing. Retrieved August 2, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Psychometrer Manga Goes on Hiatus". Anime News Network. August 13, 2014. Retrieved December 6, 2014. 
  14. ^ 「サイコメトラー」みっちゃん主人公の新連載 (in Japanese). Comic Natalie. October 6, 2014. Retrieved December 6, 2014. 
  15. ^ でぶせん (1) (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved December 6, 2014. 
  16. ^ "サイコメトラーEIJI Psycho-metrer映児(1997)". AllCinema Movie & DVD Database (in Japanese). Stingray. Retrieved August 2, 2014. 
  17. ^ a b "「サイコメトラーEIJI」が復活、週刊ヤングマガジンGW合併号から新連載。" (in Japanese). Excite. Retrieved August 2, 2014. 
  18. ^ a b "サイコメトラーEIJIスペシャル 「殺人シェフ」(2000)". AllCinema Movie & DVD Database (in Japanese). Stingray. Retrieved August 2, 2014. 
  19. ^ "サイコメトラーEIJI" (in Japanese). jp.playstation.com. Retrieved August 2, 2014. 
  20. ^ 「金田一少年」、「神の雫」の原作者が株と家族の小説. book.asahi.com (in Japanes). The Asahi Shimbun Company. November 16, 2007. Retrieved August 2, 2014. 
  21. ^ October 19, 2011. "Japanese Comic Ranking, October 10-16". Anime News Network. Retrieved August 2, 2014. 
  22. ^ November 16, 2011. "Japanese Comic Ranking, November 7-13 (Updated)". Anime News Network. Retrieved August 2, 2014. 
  23. ^ February 15, 2012. "Japanese Comic Ranking, February 6-12". Anime News Network. Retrieved August 2, 2014. 
  24. ^ May 14, 2012. "Japanese Comic Ranking, April 9-15". Anime News Network. Retrieved August 2, 2014. 
  25. ^ September 12, 2012. "Japanese Comic Ranking, September 3-9". Anime News Network. Retrieved August 2, 2014. 
  26. ^ March 13, 2013. "Japanese Comic Ranking, March 4-10". Anime News Network. Retrieved August 2, 2014. 
  27. ^ April 10, 2013. "Japanese Comic Ranking, April 1-7". Anime News Network. Retrieved August 2, 2014. 
  28. ^ November 13, 2013. "Japanese Comic Ranking, November 4-10". Anime News Network. Retrieved August 2, 2014. 
  29. ^ February 12, 2014. "Japanese Comic Ranking, February 3-9". Anime News Network. Retrieved August 2, 2014. 
  30. ^ Ashcraft, Brian (June 21, 2013). "This Creepy Pervert's Mind Was in the Gutter. Literally.". Kotaku. Gawker Media. Retrieved August 2, 2014. 

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