Yakushiji Ryōko no Kaiki Jikenbo
|Yakushiji Ryōko no Kaiki Jikenbo|
Yakushiji Ryōko no Kaiki Jikenbo title
|Genre||Action, Crime, Detective Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Science Fiction|
|Written by||Yoshiki Tanaka|
|Illustrated by||Narumi Kakinouchi|
|Original run||October 5, 1998 – December 12, 2007|
|Written by||Yoshiki Tanaka|
|Illustrated by||Narumi Kakinouchi|
|Magazine||Magazine Z (Former)|
|Original run||July 23, 2004 – January 23, 2009|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Tarō Iwasaki|
|Original network||tvk, Chiba TV, TV Saitama, Sun TV, Tokyo MX, TV Aichi, KBS, BS11, Kids Station|
|Original run||July 5, 2008 – September 27, 2008|
Yakushiji Ryōko no Kaiki Jikenbo (Japanese: 薬師寺涼子の怪奇事件簿, lit. "Ryōko Yakushiji's Strange Case Files") is a series that consist of the anime television series, manga and light novels created by Yoshiki Tanaka and illustrated by Narumi Kakinouchi. Two Drama CDs had also been released prior to the anime adaptation with different voice actors from the CD and the TV version.
- 1 Plot
- 2 Characters
- 3 Media
- 4 Development
- 5 Reception
- 6 References
- 7 External links
The series is centered on an elite police officer named Ryōko Yakushiji. A graduate of Tokyo University's Law Faculty, she is currently among the youngest Superintendent in the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department. With the assistance of her subordinate Junichirō Izumida, Ryōko works with her colleagues including her rival and fellow Superintendent Yukiko Muromachi, alongside JACES security forces personnel and her personal maids Lucienne and Marianne to investigate and resolve seemingly paranormal, supernatural or bizarre events that become involved in criminal cases - particularly when police procedures or modern science cannot be applied - before they go out of hand.
Because the light novels, manga and the anime adaptations have different stories, paranormal events and creatures involved, their central plots are most of the time different from each other.Note 1
Owned by the Yakushiji family, it's a security company that ex-police officers both enlisted and high-ranking are employed into after their retirement. JACES is well known as one of Asia's best security companies, with its main headquarters located in Akasaka. The company's official slogan is "Safety". Its personnel use gray for their uniform color.
In combat operations, they use PASGT ballistic helmets, gray BDUs, tactical vests and light to medium body armor. JACES personnel are armed with expandable baton sticks when they encounter unarmed people.
Its origins are traced back to the end of World War II when the Japanese Empire Security Service was established before it became JACES, which was supposed to be used for the basis of a restructured Japanese military before Ruriko went to create the JPP instead.
Japan Private Police
Known as the Nippon Private Police (日本私用警察 Nihonshiyokeisatsu),Note 2 it was founded by ex-Diet member Ryojin Tadomura and heavily funded by the Government of Japan to counter the influence of JACES in the domestic and international security market. They are known to be hired in war-torn countries after military forces are pulled back, conducting police duties in their place. JPP personnel are also hired as private security guards. JPP uses green as its color as evident in their uniforms. Unlike JACES, where most of its manpower comes from ex-law enforcement personnel, JPP recruits its personnel mostly from ex-SDF personnel.
During combat operations, JPP personnel are identified with green heavy body armor, anti-riot helmets and are armed with mostly Howa Type 89 assault rifles, Heckler & Koch MP5 and Minebea PM-9 submachine guns with expandable baton sticks. In normal operations, JPP personnel operate as private guards and sometimes, deploy robot droids to help them conduct searches and patrols with/for them.
The JPP are not mentioned in the light novel/manga adaptation.
It takes its name from the Shiba district of Tokyo's Minato ward.
Ryōko Yakushiji (薬師寺 涼子 Yakushiji Ryōko)
- A 27-year old officer, holding the rank of Superintendent, in the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department's Criminal Investigation Bureau, she graduated from Tokyo University's Law Faculty. She is quite skilled in armed and unarmed combat and tends to attack head-on, with or without backup. Attractive, haughty, and fashionable, she has never been seen wearing the same clothes twice. She can also speak in several languages, most notably French, which made her the primary candidate for an assignment in France.
- She has a romantic interest in her subordinate, Assistant Inspector Junichiro Izumida, and often shows it through her actions such as taking him along with her wherever she goes, finding ways to spend time with him even during his day off and sometimes asking him to spend the night at her place. But he is generally too naive to notice it.
- Her grandfather, Masamoto Yakushiji, was the founder of the Japanese Empire Security Service, which was the predecessor to JACES - now a multinational security company - currently headed by her father, Hiroki Yakushiji. As his successor, Ryōko does not hesitate to use its assets if necessary to help her in her work. She has an older sister named Kinuko Yakushiji.
- Because police officers go to JACES after they retire, her colleagues in the police force do not dare oppose her in fear that they will have no job after they leave the police. To top it all, Ryoko knows the dirty secrets of high-ranking government officials and so they are afraid to cross her. Most of the police officers, high-ranking government officials and media practitioners fear not only her influence and power but her personality as well.
- Her rival, and fellow Superintendent, Yukiko Muromachi calls her Oryo.
Junichirō Izumida (泉田 準一郎 Izumida Junichirō)
- A 33-year old non-career officer, holding the rank of Assistant Inspector, in the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department's Criminal Investigation Bureau. After graduating from what he considers an average university, he started out as a uniformed police officer. He was previously with the 1st division of the Criminal Investigation Bureau prior to his reassignment to Superintendent Ryōko Yakushiji. He is very submissive, perhaps as a result of always being around Ryoko, but can also be assertive and aggressive when the situation calls for it. Junichiro is often caring and kind to the people close to him, always watching over his superior Ryōko and her rival Yukiko. He is quite oblivious to Ryōko's infatuation and her efforts to get his attention. Like his superior, Izumida is also quite skilled in armed and unarmed combat. Though he is usually on the receiving end of Ryoko's oppressive personality, he remains loyal to her and tries his best to protect her.
- He is also the narrator of the entire series.
Yukiko Muromachi (室町 由紀子 Muromachi Yukiko)
- A 27-year old officer, holding the rank of Superintendent, in the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department's Security Bureau. Ryōko calls her Oyuki. Equally attractive and intelligent, their rivalry goes all the way back to their days in college and they never miss an opportunity to verbally antagonize each other. An epitome of decorum, Ryōko usually leaves her in charge of diffusing tense situations as well as press interviews. Although she is the daughter of an influential former police officer, her sense of justice prevents her from using her family ties in carrying out her duties. Her subordinate is Akira Kishimoto.
Akira Kishimoto (岸本 明 Kishimoto Akira)
- A 23-year old career officer, holding the rank of Assistant Inspector under Muromachi, he is an anime and manga otaku who looks up to Ryōko.
Satomi Kaizuka (貝塚 さとみ Kaizuka Satomi)
- Voiced by: Misato Fukuen
- A uniformed officer in the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department, she is responsible for mostly handling clerical works under Ryōko. She is 21 years old.
Mario Abe (阿部 真理夫 Abe Mario)
- Voiced by: Otoya Kawano
- A colleague of Ryōko and Izumida's and a uniformed officer alongside Satomi. He is 29 years old.
- An old man who is a detective under Ryoko with the rank of Inspector. He is 50 years old.
- One of Ryōko's maids from France. A blonde-haired girl, she is an expert in hacking though she can handle firearms.
- Another of Ryōko's maids from France. A short black-haired girl, she is an expert in handling all kinds of small arms.
Kinuko Yakushiji (薬師寺 絹子 Yakushiji Kinuko)
- Voiced by: Mie Sonozaki
- An older sister of Ryoko's. Ryōko calls her Okinu. She's 29 years old.
Hiroki Yakushiji (薬師寺 弘毅 Yakushiji Hiroki)
- Father of Ryoko and Kinuko. Nothing is known about him, except that he is the head of the JACES security company and an ex-MPD high-ranking officer. He is 60 years old.
Masamoto Yakushiji (薬師寺 正基 Yakushiji Masamoto)
- Voiced by: Atsushi Ono
- The main founder of the Japanese Empire Security Service, known as JACES in modern times, and grandfather of Kinuko and Ryoko Yakushiji.
Ruriko Isurugi (石動 瑠璃子 Isurugi Ruriko)
- Voiced by: Sumi Shimamoto
- A woman who has influence within Shiba. She appears to know Ryoko on a personal basis. She is also the true head of the Japan Private Police. Ruriko is seemingly ageless, having been alive after through World War II and was a co-founder of the Japanese Empire Security Service with Ryoko's grandfather Masamoto Yakushiji before she diverged and created JPP originally with the intent of reestablishing a "true" Japanese military using a security company as a cover.
- Ruriko does not appear in the light novel/manga adaptation.
Kazuma Nonagase (野長瀬 一馬 Nonagase Kazuma)
- Voiced by: Daisuke Hirakawa
- An aide to Ryoko in JACES, he is also a double agent working on behalf of JPP. He does not appear in the light novel/manga adaptation.
- Voiced by: Hitomi Nabatame
- A perfect and successful result of the third attempt to clone Ryōko Yakushiji, using her DNA, by employing Hangon and modern cloning procedures. Ruriko tried to use her in the scheme to take control of JACES away from the entire Yakushiji family by capitalizing on her feelings for Junichirō. Over time, she decides to switch over to Ryōko's side because of those feelings. Her name, which means "My friend" in (French: mon ami), is given by Ryōko after Junichiro misunderstands Marianne and Lucienne's pronunciation. She is known to the JPP as R-9.
- At the end of the anime series, she is found to be under Ryōko's custody and even has Marianne and Lucienne keep an eye on her while going to a school in France.
- Monami does not appear in the light novel/manga adaptation.
The following are rogues monsters/creatures that have appeared in the anime:
- Giant Snake
- Making its appearance in the Babylon building in Ginza, its great size was achieved by having it ingest various growth hormones. It died when the building was destroyed in an explosion.
- It's not known how they first appeared, but they showed up in the digital copies of the journalists' pictures of Yakushiji and Izumida.
- Unknown Alpha Human
- Created in an illegal experiment by combining human cells with DNA of an unknown prehistoric human. The monster that killed several yakuza assassins before it died of rapid cell degeneration.
- Centipede Robot
- A counter-terrorist robot created by the JPP, it went berserk after its defense systems, that recognizes anyone with a dangerous object as an enemy, was altered in a traffic accident. Ryoko defeats it by shooting its main sensor. It was later used by the JPP in trying to eliminate Ryoko and Junichiro.
- Mutant Mangrove Seeds
- Said to have been created through secret experiments of JPP scientists, they were able to possess and control Ryojin Tadomura and a faction of the JPP before Marianne destroys the mutant mangrove tree with napalm grenades. They were later used again in the attempt to take Yakushiji down.
- Unknown Cricket
- Discovered by an unknown person, this species has the ability to resonate sound waves that are equal or greater than the sound waves on cellphones. The sound evokes terrible memories in the target, making them commit suicide.
The light novel series had first started in 1996 with 8 volumes in circulation. Kodansha has the publication rights on the series and published all bunko editions, but other publishers also published some volumes borrowing the rights by Kodansha.
|Japanese Title||English Title||Year||First publisher||ISBN|
|魔天楼 (Matenrō)||Demon Skyscraper||1996||Kodansha Bunko||ISBN 4-06-263346-9|
|東京ナイトメア (Tokyo Nightmare)||Tokyo Nightmare||1999||Kodansha Novels||ISBN 4-06-182042-7|
|巴里・妖都変 (Paris Yōto-hen)||Paris, The Strange Attractive Capital||2000||Kobunsha Kappa Novels||ISBN 4-334-07371-9|
|クレオパトラの葬送 (Cleopatra no Sōsō)||Funeral of the Cleopatra||2001||Kodansha Novels||ISBN 4-06-182197-0|
|黒蜘蛛島 (Kuro Kumo Shima)||Black Spider Island||2003||Kobunsha Kappa Novels||ISBN 4-334-07541-X|
|夜光曲 (Yakōkyoku)||Luminous Song||2005||Shodensha Non-Novels||ISBN 4-396-20793-X|
|霧の訪問者 (Kiri no Hōmonsha)||Visitor's Fog||2006||Kodansha Novels||ISBN 4-06-182499-6|
|水妖日にご用心 (Suiyō-bi ni Goyōjin)||Be Careful on Wednesday||2007||Shodensha Non-Novels||ISBN 4-396-20840-5|
The manga first started on July 23, 2004 under Kodansha's seinen manga magazine Magazine Z. It had been printed with 11 volumes released. Following the dissolution of Magazine Z, the serialization of Yakushiji Ryōko no Kaiki Jikenbo was continued by Afternoon. It is serialized in Japan under Kodansha. In Taiwan, it is published by Sharp Point Press as 藥師寺涼子怪奇事件簿.
Three spin-off manga were also created by Yoshiki Tanaka and Narumi Kakinouchi. The first was SP - Yakushiji Ryōko no Kaiki Jikenbo Tanpenshuu (SP 薬師寺涼子の怪奇事件簿 短編集), published in one volume on June 17, 2008 by Kodansha for 600 yen with another volume released on May 23, 2011 with the final volume released on November 22, 2011. Two volumes of Yakushiji Ryōko no Kaiki Jikenbo - Kiri no Houmonsha (薬師寺涼子の怪奇事件簿 霧の訪問者) soon followed, published on September 23, 2009 and January 22, 2010 for 590 yen. Another spin-off was called Yakushiji Ryōko no Kaiki Jikenbo - Suiyobi ni Goyojin (薬師寺涼子の怪奇事件簿 水妖日にご用心) with volumes released on June 23, 2010 and November 22, 2011 for 590 yen.
An artbook released with drawings related to the manga series called Flawless Yakushiji Ryōko no Kaiki Jikenbo Irasuto-shū (Flawless 薬師寺涼子の怪奇事件簿イラスト集 Flawless Ryōko Yakushiji's Strange Case Files Illustrations) was released by Kodansha on August 28, 2006 for 2,100 yen.
An anime version of Yakushiji Ryōko no Kaiki Jikenbo had aired on July 5, 2008 with 13 episodes broadcast, with animation done by Dogakobo. A DVD version is scheduled for release on September 26, 2008 with 3 episodes each. Other releases include October 22, December 25 of 2008 and January 21, 2009.
The opening theme is Thème principal by KATSU (angela). The ending themes are various through series: À demain sur la lune (#1,3), Ryoko 2 (#2,6), Songe d'une nuit d'été (#4,7,9,10,12), La Vie en rose (#5), Le combat (#8,11) by KATSU (angela), and Thème principal La chanson d'atsuko (#13) by atsuko (voice) and KATSU (music).
Yakushiji Ryōko no Kaiki Jikenbo is also available via broadband access streaming. However, it is only accessible if the user is based from Japan.
A BGM OST, Volume 1 with music from the show was released on June 4, 2008 with 8 tracks. The second volume had been released on August 6, 2008 with 17 tracks with a third OST on September 10, 2008 with 13 tracks. All three OSTs have the title Le recueil des faits improbables de Ryōko Yakushiji, which is the show's title in French, and the most of composition are also named in French.
Announcements regarding the animation of Yakushiji Ryōko no Kaiki Jikenbo came in 2007 regarding its adaptation for television for 2008.
Events was held on July 26, 2008 in Nagoya, July 27, 2008 and August 3, 2008 in Tokyo to promote the show, starring the main cast including Hitomi Nabatama and Hidenobu Kiuchi with Yoshiki Tanaka. They held screenings of Yakushiji Ryōko no Kaiki Jikenbo for those who won passes by submitting their postcards with draws held on July 4, 2008.
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- ^ Some of the storylines in the manga serialization are based on the light novels such as the Black Spider story arc
- ^ The JPP is also known as the Japanese Private Police as mentioned by Ryoko in the episode "Okinawa, Kounoshima".