Manga Title: Shinrei Tantei Yakumo – Psychic Detective Yakumo – 心靈偵探八雲
Based on a novel by Kaminaga Manabu, Shinrei Tantei Yakumo (aka Psychic Detective Yakumo) follows the story of a university student named Yakumo Saito, who was born with two different colored eyes. His red left eye gave him a special ability to see ghosts and spirits. He believes ghosts and spirits are bound to earth because of a certain ’cause’ and simply by eliminating that ’cause’ will those spirits rest in peace. He uses his unusual ability to solve murder cases which is how he met Ozawa Haruka, a female student who asked for his help. Together, they embark on their investigation which will lead them down a path of many more strange incidences.
~Excerpt from ‘Baka-Updates Manga’, modified and edited by Ayu
Author(s): Kaminaga Manabu
Artist(s): Oda Suzuka
Genre(s): Horror, Mystery, Seinen, Shoujo, Supernatural
Published by: Kadokawa
Serialized in: Gekkan Asuka
::Volumes Released To Date::
Volume 1 (25-Oct-2009)
Volume 2 (26-Mar-2010)
Volume 3 (26-Sep-2010)
Volume 4 *to be released on 25-Dec-2010
For info on translated chapters: See this site
There are two manga adaptations from the novel by Kaminaga Manabu. The first one ‘Shinrei Tantei Yakumo ~Akai Hitomi wa Shitteiru’ is by Miyako Ritsu. Only two volumes of Ritsu’s version has been released. The second and most recent one is by Oda Suzuka which is currently being published in Gekkan Asuka with the latest installment being File 3, Case 3. Three collected volumes of Oda’s version had been released to date. I personally preferred Oda’s version of the manga in that the story and art are grittier, edgier and grungier, less shoujo-ish. The character designs also attest to that aspect…well, except perhaps for Haruka’s.😆
There’s also the anime adaptation which airs every Sunday on NHK in Japan. I gotta say the 1st episode didn’t really impress me all that much because of the way the first case was edited with parts of the story being changed. It felt a little rushed. However, it gets better as the episodes progresses. I still follow the ongoing anime and the manga in Gekkan Asuka of which I subscribed to.
::Loose Chapter Preview [JPN]::
Save to say that the anime has covered these 4 chapters in the most recent episode (5) and they’re not considered spoilers any longer. However, one can evidently make out the differences between the anime and the manga if you see the chapters.🙂
Yakumo: File 2 – Case 6 (Asuka Issue #6)
Yakumo: File 2 – Case 7 (Asuka Issue #7)
Yakumo: File 2 – Case 9 (Asuka Issue #8)
Note: I reckon Asuka mislabeled the chapter as Case 9 instead of 8 but I’ll just stick to what was printed.😛
Yakumo: File 2 – Case 10 (Asuka Issue #9)
Previews of newer chapters will be added later in separate posts.
To preview the individual chapters, just click on the covers. However, I have a policy in place and that’s ‘Ask and you shall receive’ if you want to see the chapters. Please do not claim the scans as your own and a little credit to their original source is much appreciated, should you decide to use them for translations and the likes. Enjoy!
::SNIPPETS from ASUKA Issue 12 Special::
Needless to say, click on the images for a bigger reso. Enjoy!