I'll tell you a story
About Jack a Nory...
Surprisingly, for something already quite established as a light novel and manga series, Ghost Hunt 「ゴーストハント」 possesses under two handfuls of fanlistings; only a newer entry to the collective anime consciousness would have as many (or as few) to offer.
As at original publication, excepting the homage to the series, all the fanlistings were for the guys. Nothing wrong with that; after all, the ultimate ghost hunter of the series is Naru-chan and as such, deserves a fanlisting post haste. Additionally, which bonafide fangirl is going to object to a Lin-san or Bou-san FL? Certainly not this one, not when these same FLs are eudemonic, to say the least.
But the marked absence of the female contingent is just that. Marked. Don't tell me the female charas have no fans? Fortunately, the mysterious lack of female character FLs did not remain an outstanding SPR case for long—the Taniyama Mai fanlisting, squirrelled after the cut, is already live.
And now my story's begun—
Ghost Hunt fanlistings (updated 2007.08.06)
NEW FLs per 2007.08.06
FILE.3 Taniyama Mai
FILE.7 Lin x Naru
FILE.8 The music of Ghost Hunt
I have other GH stuff I want to fanlist, but instead of getting into another list, let's just talk about Ghost Hunt.
I'll tell you another about Jack and his brother...
note | This and the omake information have been culled from the Animonster March 2007 article Special Onstage: Ghost Hunt by Ryuu 'Dhieta' Nagareboshi, with additions from Wikipedia's Ghost Hunt entry).
Adapted by J.C. STAFF from the Kodansha shoujo manga series by Inada Shiho-sensei and Ono Fuyumi-sensei (Juuni Kokki), in turn based on the latter's Akuryou novels, the Ghost Hunt anime started its TV run on 3 October 2006 and aired its 25th episode on 27 March 2007. The first Akuryou ga Ippai!? novel was released in 1989, followed by Akuryou ga Hontou ni Ippai!?; Akuryou ga Hontou ni Ippai de Nemurenai!?; Akuryou wa Hitoribocchi; Akuryou ni Naritakunai!; Akuryou to Yobanaide; and two volumes of Akuryou Datte Heiki!
A two-volume Ghost Hunt Series sequel, Akumu no Sumu Ie, was also released.
The Akuryou series tracks the paranormal investigations of Shibuya Psychic Research, headed by the brilliant but aloof Shibuya Kazuya—nicknamed Naru-chan for his overwhelming love of self. Why the still-teenaged, narcissistic Naru owns and CEOes a thriving PI business and his reason for setting up shop in Japan is one of the series' most closely-guarded secrets.
At the outset, Naru is assisted by the enigmatic diviner Lin Koujo who has other less pragmatic reasons for helping out Naru. In Akuryou ga Ippai!?, SPR's first case, the people in Naru's official employ increases by one with the addition of a first year high school student Taniyama Mai. Mai was co-opted into assisting Naru after causing the accident that temporarily incapacitated Lin-san. Naru is also not averse to tapping the talents and skills of other helpers, especially in the province of exorcisms (the Buddhist monk Bou-san, the self-proclaimed miko Matsuzaki Ayako, the spirit medium Hara Masako, and the very young Catholic priest John Brown) and information-gathering (former client Yasuhara Osamu).
Mai turns out to be an asset for SPR, given that she's actually gifted and not just in grunt work and tea preparation. A number of cases are solved largely because of what Naru calls her
latent ESP sensitivity: her dreams are pre-cognitive (though the hints come from a dream!Naru).
If Naru is the pivot of Ghost Hunt, Mai is the force that makes the story revolve (and fly off in all directions). The Akuryou series unfolds from Mai's perspective (the second two volume Ghost Hunt Series of novels is reportedly told from the POV of another character, Hirota Seigi). Mai also provides the perfect foil to the socially-challenged Naru.
And now my story's done
The glaring omission that bedazzled to the point of mabushii has been addressed, but it still strikes me as weird that Hara Masako has no fanlisting yet (I know quite a number of people fanboying/fangirling her).
The Akuryou novels are already so rare as to make you think endangered, if not extinct. Extant copies sell between six to ten thousand yen in online bookstores. There doesn't seem to be any word of whether they will be re-released.
A four-volume drama CD was released in 1997. The seiyuus are different from the actors in the anime, although drama CD Naru, Okano Kousuke-san, was also cast in the TV series (as Yasuhara Osamu). For some strange reason, five of the seven Ghost Hunt seiyuus also appear in a non-JC STAFF production, Le Chevalier D'Eon (Production I.G), with Tai Yuuki-san top-billing both series. I'm noting the D'Eon connection because there seems to be some surreal coincidence thing going on.
Naru (Shibuya Kazuya)
drama CD: Okano Kousuke (Hanabishi Recca, Flame of Recca)
anime: Tai Yuuki (D'Eon de Beaumont, Le Chevalier D'Eon)
drama CD: Miyamura Yuuko (Souryuu Asuka, Neon Genesis Evangelion)
anime: Nazuka Kaori (Nunnally Lamperouge, Code Geass ~Hangyaku no Lelouch~; Lorentza Feliciani, Le Chevalier D'Eon)
drama CD: Matsumoto Yasunori (Raven, Kyou Kara Maoh!)
anime: Hamada Kenji (Koizumi George, Paradise Kiss; Bernis, Le Chevalier D'Eon)
drama CD: N/A
anime: Narita Ken (Jinnai Shougo, Black Blood Brothers; Durand, Le Chevalier D'Eon)
drama CD: Kanai Mika
anime: Kugimiya Rie (Shana "Enpatsu Shakugan no Uchite," Shakugan no Shana movie)
drama CD: Niiyama Shiho
anime: Suzuki Masami (Dauphin Auguste, Le Chevalier D'Eon)
drama CD: Yamaguchi Kappei (L, Death Note)
anime: Okamoto Nobuhiko (Morimiya Yorito, sola)
drama CD: Miki Shinichirou (Edo Genbatsu, Tenpou Ibun Ayakashi Ayashi)
anime: Okano Kousuke
The original manga serialization of Ghost Hunt started in the magazine AMIE before moving to Kodansha's Nakayoshi. Nine volumes (yes, they are available here from Elex Media) have been printed. Inada-sensei's health determines the speed at which the manga comes out. Between volumes eight and nine, there was a gap of three years.
~nik who's waiting patiently (albeit with halo lopsided) for manga volume 10
- The Anime Fanlistings Network
- Anime News Network
- Animonster VOL96 March 2007 » Special Onstage: Ghost Hunt (Text by Ryuu 'Dhieta' Nagareboshi)
- offical Ghost Hunt site (Japanese) for the images
end note(s) and other weirdness
part headings come from the Mother Goose nursery rhyme I'll tell you a story about Jack a Nory:
I'll tell you a story
About Jack a Nory,
And now my story's begun;
I'll tell you another
About Jack and his brother,
And now my story's done.
Little Jack Nory
Told me a story
How he tried
Cock-horse to ride,
Sword and scabbard by his side,
Saddle, leaden spurs and switches,
His pocket tight
With cents all bright,
Marbles, tops, puzzles, props,
Now he's put in jacket and breeches.