Synonyms: Psychic Detective Yakumo
Japanese: 心霊探偵 八雲
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 3, 2010 to Dec 26, 2010
24 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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SynopsisHaruka Ozawa's sophomore year is getting seriously scary. One of her friends is possessed, another has committed suicide and Haruka could be the next one to flunk the still-breathing test. Her only way out of this potentially lethal dead end? Yakumo Saito, an enigmatic student born with a mysterious red eye that allows him to see and communicate with the dead. But the deceased don't always desist and some killers are more than ready to kill again to keep dead men from telling any more tales. That doesn't stop Haruka's knack for digging up buried secrets, and there's even more evidence of bodies being exhumed by both Yakumo's police contact and an investigative journalist with a newly made corpse in her closet! Can this pair of anything but normal paranormal detectives solve the ultimate dead case files or will they end up in cold storage themselves?
(Source: Sentai Filmworks)
Related AnimeAdaptation: Shinrei Tantei Yakumo, Shinrei Tantei Yakumo
Characters & Voice Actors
Shinrei Tantei Yakumo revolves around a strange college student with a cursed red left eye. Through his eye, Yakumo is able to see and communicate with spirits of the dead, helping them move on from their earthly dwelling.
The events unfold in an episodic format familiar to detective series fans, giving STY the double effect of being easy to follow while having a tendency to be repetitive. Personally, though, I liked the format. Despite the mini-cases, the plot still followed the main conflict, which is big and complex and absolutely mind-boggling. Technically, the art is so-so, but the sound is fantastic. BGM is perfectly timed and gives just the right feeling.
I love this show for its complex plot, and its excellent script. (You know those cheesy lines you only get out of detective stories with psychological drama tendencies?) I hate it for what I feel is its lack of attention on character development, given we only ever hear about Yakumo's life and nobody else's. Oh yes, and the stories aren't scary at all.
Shinrei Tantei Yakumo is recommended for lovers of old-style detective mysteries and ghost stories. Although there's admittedly less of the latter than the title implies. It's really just a police story with a paranormal flavor. read more
'Shinrei Tantei Yakumo' ('Psychic Detective Yakumo') is about Yakumo, an university student and private detective, who has a red left eye that lets him see ghosts and spirits.
The premise and atmosphere of this show is very similar to 'Ghost Hunt', just that the good guys have no offensive super powers, and the ghosts and spirits are directly harmless. The basic format of the show begins with Haruka asking Yakumo to investigate on a case, he takes a look at the scene, ask for help from allies (police detectives, journalist, priest etc), and puts the spirits at ease after a showdown. At the same time, there is another parallel story of a group of villains watching Yakumo's move and plotting a evil scheme.
The introduction was done very well, the characters seemed very interesting, but it seemed to be downhill from there instead of picking up in pace and intensity.
One thing I liked about the story was that it focuses on human beings despite being a show about ghosts. Instead of senseless showcase of super powers, Yakumo and company actually trace back the problems like a real detective, and also focuses on the issue of discrimination he faces for being different. The problem was that none of the cases were particularly interesting nor memorable, and the showdowns are rather anticlimatic. Even the main and final case was severely underdeveloped, as we still don't know the reason "red eyed man" became a spirit, why he had the ghost-seeing red eyes, or his relationship with Yakumo and his mother other than the obvious. Painfully slow pacing certainly did not help.
Of course, we're left with an open ending that explains nothing, and starved for another season.
Yakumo was an interesting character though, with a complex and painful past that's gradually revealed to us as we follow the cases he was assigned by Haruka. I particularly liked how his antisocial personality was explained by his past and ghost-seeing eye that enabled him to see things others can't. Unfortunately, Haruka existed mostly to set up the case and an attempt to add a little romance to the story. Their chemistry was rather poor, and she rarely play any significant role in solving the cases or development of the protagonist. She was also portrayed as an extremely dumb girl just to demonstrate how smart Yakumo is compared to an ordinary person.
Art style was very generic, but the backgrounds had a nice atmosphere. The characters seemed disturbingly flat though. I can't quite put my finger to why it is so, but if I had to guess, it was either awkward shading or lack of detail despite realistic design.
The presentation was also very boring, standard still camera or slowly moving screens.
BGM was rather good for this series. Sets the creepy mood well, and some sound really touching or melancholic. Unfortunately, the story was nowhere near engaging, and could not take advantage of the music. It also lacked variety, as if every scary scenes had the same song, one for touching scenes, and another mysterious theme.
No complaints for voicing, everyone sound they should and performed average or better in my opinion.
OP is rather original with the song that sets the mysterious mood for the show, ED was rather ordinary.
I hate to use this word to describe a series, but there's no other way... dull. 'Shinrei Tantei Yakumo' had a strong introduction and all the ingredients to make it a great show, but it just didn't live up to its potential. There's no eye candy since action was very limited, the story lacked suspense despite being a mystery, and the presentation was boring.
It turned out to be yet another bland forgettable mystery anime.
Yakumo is, in essence, a more rushed and poorly written version of Ghost Hunt. The two leads and their relationship is the same in both, though in Ghost Hunt the heroine's thoughts are expressed internally frequently, which makes her have far more depth and spunk than the hollow shell of a character that is Haruka. And the episodic stories themselves are far more involving and, at times, creepy than the average predictably on show in the first few Yakumo episodes.
Same type of cast - a male psychic that solves supernatural mysteries, with a cute female side kick. A bit of suspense, a bit of puzzle solving, a bit of romantic tension between the two protagonists. The two shows are simply very similar, even if Ghost Hunt feels like the better show.
They hunt down supernatural disturbances in order to try and get rid of the chaos that has followed them their entire lives.
Both have people that hunt ghosts, with a "cool headed" guy as the main character and a worrying main girl.
Both are interesting and haunting!
The main guy character are cool and kidna cold... and the main girl character are pretty cute too... the story re scary (to me) but both are pretty good anime~ if you like one of them you should like other one too.
When I watched the first few episodes of Yakumo, Ghost Hunt just popped into my head. The characters are really similar; Naru and Yakumo, Mai and Haruka. Both contain investigations that deals with the paranormal, and teensy hints of romance between the main characters.
The main character seems to be cold at first but in reality is good natured.
Both series are based around ghosts and super natural things as well as detective scenary.
A man working as a psychic together with other people in order to investigate supernatural occurrences. The group is often called to discover mysteries involving ghosts.
both have similar themes such as supernatural, detective work, mystery, shoujo and horror. both main characters are male detectives.
supernatural, ghosts, similar main chracter
Both stories are connected to ghosts and cases which share detective content.
I have personally watched and finished Ghost Hunt, and am right now watching Shinrei Tantei Yakumo, an I just can't help but pick out many similarites. For example, Mai, from Ghost Hunt, and Haruka, from Shinrei Tantei Yakumo, have similar, if not same, person.'s. The same goes for Yakumo and Naru-Naru(as i call him). Also, both GH and STY have the same "hunt ghosts" theme, in which the female lead is often discribed as helpless.
Both have ghost hunting , mistery and an amazing story.
Both of these happen to have a dark side to the story line, both deal with the supernatural and have a majorly gothic style to the drawings.
Atmosphere is pretty much the same, with a lot of mystery. In Death Note, the main character Light is able to see the shinigami, while in Shinrei Tantei Yakumo, the main character is able to see the souls of the dead. In both, the police is also involved.
Both characters are also accompanied by naive girls.
both deal in investigation, shinigami, mystery and ability to see the dead
Both animes are suspenseful in similar ways and both are thrilling mystery/detective genre themes with a similar feel in many scenes.
Both series feature detectives. They both have that level of mystery and it's a dark mystery. One is psychic and involved with ghosts while the other is involved in with a death god. Both are interesting to watch.
Mysteries and intelligence are deeply related and it's fun for us to watch the main heroine being puzzled in solving the cases. Both anime requires brainstorming to be comprehended for some viewers, while more experienced viewers may find it interesting to pay attention to the plot. Yakumo is shorter in term of episodes and provides lighter storyline but it's still enjoyable.
Opening Theme#1: "Key -Phase 1-" by Jangled Cat (Daisuke Ono) (eps 1-3)
#2: "Key -Phase 2-" by Jangled Cat (Daisuke Ono) (eps 4-6)
#3: "Key -Phase 3-" by Jangled Cat (Daisuke Ono) (eps 7-13)
Ending Theme"Missing You" by Lisa Komine
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