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
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
Written by Manabu Kaminaga
Illustrated by Yasushi Suzuki
Published by Kadokawa Bunko
Published 2009
Written by Manabu Kaminaga
Illustrated by Ritsu Miyako
Demographic Shōjo
Magazine Hana to Yume
Original run 20072008
Volumes 2
Written by Manabu Kaminaga
Illustrated by Suzuka Oda
Demographic Shōjo
Magazine Asuka Magazine
Original run 2009 – ongoing
Volumes 10
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)
Anime and Manga portal

Psychic Detective Yakumo (心霊探偵 八雲 Shinrei Tantei Yakumo?) is a mystery novel series written by Manabu Kaminaga, published by Nihon Bungeisha with illustrations by Katoh Akatsuki and later published by 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]

Reserved college student Yakumo Saitou was born with a red left eye that allows him to see ghosts and spirits. He uses it with the belief that if he can communicate with them and resolve any issue they may have, then the ghost or spirit can move on to the afterlife. A fellow college student named Haruka Ozawa appears one day, asking him for help to save her friend, who she believes is being possessed by a spirit. He reluctantly accepts and afterwards gets involved in other supernatural related mysteries with her helping him.[1]


Yakumo Saito (斉藤 八雲 Saitō Yakumo?)
Voiced by: Daisuke Ono
Yakumo is the main protagonist, a socially withdrawn college student who frequently boards at his school's Filming Club classroom. He was born with heterochromia, with his right eye being black (green in the anime) and his left eye being bright red, which allows him to see ghosts and spirits. He believes ghosts and spirits are bound to earth because of a certain "cause" and simply eliminating that cause will allow those spirits to rest in peace. He meets Haruka Ozawa when she comes to ask for his help in saving her friend being possessed by a spirit.
Yakumo's character is considered blunt, sarcastic, and often comes off as cold or condescending. He also cares little about what others think of him, as he is constantly seen in public wearing baggy clothes and sporting disheveled hair. However, he has a kind heart and will aid whoever comes to ask for it. Due to his remarkably high logic, intellect, and observation skills, he is able to solve mysteries long before the police working on the case do. He often uses tricks and traps to gain what he wants-tricking a teacher, for example, into giving him a passing grade in his class after claiming the teacher was cursed with a supernatural affliction and then 'exorcising' it. Due to people in his childhood being cruel to him thanks to his eye, Yakumo is exceptionally guarded with his feelings and is close to very few people, being 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
The second protagonist, she is a second-year college student who approaches Yakumo asking him to save her friend Miki from spirit possession. After discovering his red eye, she is the first stranger to not be frightened of it nor of his ability to see ghosts. She even complements on how beautiful his eye is, as Yakumo's uncle once predicted. Because of Yakumo, she is able to communicate with her dead twin sister who died in an car accident when they were 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 Gotō Kazutoshi?)
Voiced by: Hiroki Touchi
Gotou is a middle-aged detecive who is a bit of a workaholic and has known Yakumo for a long time, always consulting him if there's a paranormal involvement in the case he's investigating. 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 Yūtarou?)
Voiced by: Tokuyoshi Kawashima
A 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 as he's developed a crush on Haruka.
Makoto Hijikata (土方 真琴 Hijikata Makoto?)
Voiced by: Megumi Toyoguchi
A reporter who helps Yakumo and his team during investigations. Her father has a high-standing position in the police force. She was at one point possessed by the ghost of a necrophobic murderer whose desire to live caused him to manifest in her body, but she was later saved by Yakumo. She has feelings for Ishii.
Nao Saito (斉藤 奈緒 Saitō 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 Saitō 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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