Agatha Christie's Great Detectives Poirot and Marple

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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)
GenreDetective fiction
Anime television series
Directed byNaohito Takahashi
StudioOriental Light and Magic
Original networkNHK
Original run 4 July 2004 15 May 2005
Episodes39
Manga
Written byYukiyoshi Oohashi
Syouji Yonemura
Illustrated byMorihiko Ishikawa
Published byNHK Publishing
Original runAugust 2004May 2005
Volumes3
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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.

Adaptation

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 include Inspector Japp becoming "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).

Characters

Media

Anime

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]

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DVD

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

No.TitleRelease date ISBN
1Agatha 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 2005ISBN 4-7786-0100-9
("The Jewel Robbery at the Grand Metropolitan","The Adventure of the Cheap Flat")
2Agatha 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 2005ISBN 4-7786-0101-7
("Strange Jest","The Case of the Perfect Maid")
3Agatha 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 2005ISBN 4-7786-0102-5
("The Kidnapped Prime Minister","The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding")
4Agatha 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 2005ISBN 4-7786-0103-3
("The Tape-Measure Murder","Ingots of Gold","The Blue Geranium")
5Agatha 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 2005ISBN 4-7786-0104-1
("The Adventure of the Clapham Cook","Four-and-Twenty Blackbirds")
6Agatha 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 2005ISBN 4-7786-0105-X
("Motive versus Opportunity")
7Agatha 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 2005ISBN 4-7786-0106-8
("The Disappearance of Mr. Davenheim")

Manga

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

References

  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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