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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Score: 7.531 (scored by 23682 users)
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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
This show is about a high school student named Yakumo who has the ability to see spirits with his left red eye and sometimes communicate with them(not a super original premise, but highly entertaining nontheless). He spends his spare time tricking kids out of their money with fake card tricks, or just sleeping about. But, once in a while, he'll take a spirit associated police case that has piqued his interest. But with his troubled family past and issues with humanity, will Yakumo ever be able to live a normal life?
While not an entirely original premise, they definitely utilized it to it's full potential, much more effectively than many other similar shows. The story basically has everything a good anime needs: A complex main character with a troubled background, a helpful and insightful love interest, a devoted detective, and ghosts. Really, that's all they needed here, but they added even more into the mix to give it an added level of depth and enjoyability.
Yakumo's disturbed background piqued my interest in him, and also apparently the interest of those around him. But the best part isn't when they discuss Yakumo, but when Yakumo discusses with the accused how he knows that they are guilty. With pounds of accurate speculation, Yakumo presents his inner monologue better than even Yagami Light of Death Note.
He solves murders, abductions, and even poltergheist possesion, making for an interesting watch.
What can I say, it suits the series. It's dark and forboding when it's supposed to be, and bright and happy when it's supposed to be. Also, although not littered with fight scenes, when they pop up in Shinrei Tantei Yakumo, it looks damn realistic. The character designs aren't the most original I've ever seen, but I suppose that look best suits their personalities.
When it comes to animation, this show did it right.
To be honest, the opening theme represents the show so well I was actually considering making this review simply a link to it on YouTube or something. The opening theme is truly fitting, and the ending just as much so. The voice acting was just as it should be to match the theme of the show, and the background noise/music was never out of place.
Once again, a 2010 show did animation and sound well.
Although sometimes the main love interest (Haruka) can be absent minded occasionally, every other character plays their role perfectly.
Both of Yakumo's parents are dead, and he has always been shunned or even beaten up due to his red left eye.
Later you find out that Yakumo and Haruka's past goes back further then either of them thought, giving their relationship and added level of depth.
What I absolutely love about their relationship though is that there is no stupid blushing, and the girl is simply trying to help the guy, which is a refreshing change of pace seeing as most anime series these days have the protagonist being an emotionally immature nitwit who freaks out at the sight of anything related to women.
In this show, Yakumo doesn't express any feelings for her at all, and instead simply allows her to tag along, while she is trying to help him in dealing with his troubled past. It's obvious they are concerned about eachother and harbor feelings, but the best part is that it's successfully conveyed without either character being awkward or embarassed in any way.
The supporting characters also offer comic relief and intel on future missions, as well as being occasionally super adorable(I just wanna give his deaf little cousin a hug for being so cute read more
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
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.
Involves ghosts, spirits and loads more mystery
Both involve ghosts, spirits, etc. and the solving of crimes/cases related to them. Both involve a gifted young man, a girl who supports him tackling cases, and their personal struggles (the latter seen more in Yakumo than in Ghost Hunt). In both, the main lead and his lady are supported by professionals in the same field. Both are dark but warm and very intriguing. Both are thoroughly enjoyable though I find that in Shinrei Tantei Yakumo, the emotional development of the characters, especially the lead (Yakumo), was more than that in Ghost Hunt. Both are very awesome, and I highly recommend them!
The personality of the main characters is very similar, tho there are very unique and detailed supporting characters in Shinrei Tantei Yakumo. Ghost Hunt is more scary, but Shinrei Tantei Yakumo in my opinion has better soundtracks and conflicts. Also, there was no supporting character in Shinrei Tantei Yakumo who even remotely annyoed me as Masako in Ghost Hunt :D
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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