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5.20.2008

The Akuryou/Ghost Hunt novels by Ono Fuyumi (backlist)

悪霊はひとりぼっち

Fellow NaruMai shipper Kai-san asking does anyone know where you can get the original novels? led me to "revisit" as it were, Ono Fuyumi-sensei's Akuryou or Evil Spirits series, the basis of the Ghost Hunt manga illustrated by Inada Shiho-sensei.

And in reply, I have to say that not much has changed since I last checked (Q1 2007): the novels are still very rare. They're either out of print and/or the possibility of reprint is dim. You can try Amazon Japan for used and new versions which can range from ¥ 2,700 to as much as ¥ 10,000 per novel—that price range is for 悪霊がいっぱい!? Akuryou ga Ippai!? (Filled with Evil Spirits!?), the first Akuryou novel listed at 494 yen, tax included, here.

As a result of Kai-san's query, I ended up with a new backlist. I owe a debt of gratitude to the Japanese Wiki Ghost Hunt entry and 7&Y, as well as the March 2007 Animonster Special Onstage: Ghost Hunt article by Ryuu 'Dhieta' Nagareboshi-san, for helping me put it together. Although hoping the results of this Yasuhara-type investigation are SPR-worthy, please note that some information were deduced only from Google translations of Japanese pages. I apologize in advance for mistakes, misinterpretations, and weasel words used to cover my a*se.

The Akuryou and Ghost Hunt series by Ono Fuyumi
(Part of huamulan03's backlist series)

List links are peekaboo or hide/unhide (just try clicking)

The Akuryou novels

  1. 悪霊がいっぱい!? (Akuryou ga Ippai!?)
  2. 悪霊がいっぱい!?

    悪霊がいっぱい!? (Akuryou ga Ippai!?)
    Kodansha X Teen's heart paperback
    ISBN 4-06-190311-X
    Released August 1989
    Status Out of print or reprint undetermined

  3. 悪霊がホントにいっぱい! (Akuryou ga Hontou ni Ippai!?)
  4. 悪霊がホントにいっぱい!

    悪霊がホントにいっぱい! (Akuryou ga Hontou ni Ippai!?)
    Kodansha X Teen's heart paperback
    ISBN 4-06-190365-9
    Released November 1989
    Status Out of print or reprint undetermined

  5. 悪霊がいっぱいで眠れない (Akuryou ga Hontou ni Ippai de Nemurenai!?)
  6. 悪霊がいっぱいで眠れない

    悪霊がいっぱいで眠れない
    (Akuryou ga Hontou ni Ippai de Nemurenai!?)
    Kodansha X Teen's heart paperback
    ISBN 4-06-190417-5
    Released March 1990
    Status Out of print or reprint undetermined

  7. 悪霊はひとりぼっち (Akuryou wa Hitoribocchi)
  8. 悪霊はひとりぼっち

    悪霊はひとりぼっち (Akuryou wa Hitoribocchi)
    Kodansha X Teen's heart paperback
    ISBN 4-06-190485-X
    Released September 1990
    Status Out of print or reprint undetermined

  9. 悪霊になりたくない! (Akuryou ni Naritakunai!)
  10. 悪霊になりたくない!

    悪霊になりたくない! (Akuryou ni Naritakunai!)
    Kodansha X Teen's heart paperback
    ISBN 4-06-190594-5
    Released March 1991
    Status Out of print or reprint undetermined

  11. 悪霊と呼ばないで (Akuryou to Yobanaide)
  12. 悪霊と呼ばないで (Akuryou to Yobanaide)
    No information available but was reportedly released in 1991. Below is the Japanese Wikipedia summary of this volume:

    舞台は石川県能登半島にある会員制料亭。代替わりのときに必ず変事が起きるという呪いに挑む。

    If I read Google's translation right, this volume, which took place in the Ishikawa Prefecture, covers the Cursed House arc (manga volume eight and nine).

  13. Akuryou Datte Heiki! 悪霊だってヘイキ! 上 (1) and 悪霊だってヘイキ! 下 (2)
  14. This two-parter reportedly covers the Forgotten Children arc that begins in Ghost Hunt manga volume 10 (cover below) released last 11 April 2008 in Japan.

    ゴーストハント 10
    悪霊だってヘイキ! 上

    悪霊だってヘイキ! 上 (Akuryou Datte Heiki! volume 1)
    Kodansha X Teen's heart paperback
    ISBN 4-06-198696-1
    Released September 1992
    Status Out of print or reprint undetermined

    悪霊だってヘイキ! 下

    悪霊だってヘイキ! 下 (Akuryou Datte Heiki! volume 2)
    Kodansha X Teen's heart paperback
    ISBN 4-06-198697-X
    Released October 1992
    Status Out of print or reprint undetermined

The Akuryou sequel: The Ghost Hunt series

Not to be confused with the Ghost Hunt manga series, Akumu no Sumu Ie, a two-volume sequel subtitled the Ghost Hunt series came out in 1994. It is known alternatively as the White Heart series.

Again, here is the Japanese Wiki write-up:

ゴースト・ハントシリーズ(GHシリーズ)は悪霊シリーズの続編。悪霊シリーズ最終作「悪霊だってヘイキ!」でイギリスに帰国した渋谷一也(ナル)が日本に戻ってきてからを描く。講談社X文庫ホワイトハートより発売。挿絵は小林瑞代。

現在、GHシリーズは第1作「悪夢の棲む家」で中断されている。著者は1994年に自身の情報ペーパーで、シリーズ中断の主な要因として、「GHシリーズが前作・悪霊シリーズのファンの望む物語と違っていたこと」、「ファンの望む物語は書けないこと」を挙げている。

Once more, if I'm reading the Google translation correctly, this was shelved due to fan pressure. While the Akuryou series is told from the first person perspective of Mai, the Ghost Hunt sequel series reportedly uses a third person point of view. It is also in this series that the new character Hirota Seigi is introduced.

  1. 悪夢の棲む家 ゴースト・ハント 上 (Ghost Hunt series V1)
  2. 悪夢の棲む家 ゴースト・ハント 上

    悪夢の棲む家 ゴースト・ハント 上 (Akumu no Sumu Ie 1)
    Kodansha X White heart paperback
    ISBN 4-06-255156-X
    Released March 1994
    Status Out of print or reprint undetermined

  3. 悪夢の棲む家 ゴースト・ハント 下 (Ghost Hunt series V2)
  4. 悪夢の棲む家 ゴースト・ハント 下

    悪夢の棲む家 ゴースト・ハント 下 (Akumu no Sumu Ie 2)
    Kodansha X White heart paperback
    ISBN 4-06-255164-0
    Released April 1994
    Status Out of print or reprint undetermined

copyright information
The Akuryou and Ghost Hunt series are © Ono Fuyumi/Kodansha. No infringement intended.

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invaluable resource(s)

  1. Animonster March 2007 edition: Special Onstage: Ghost Hunt article by Ryuu 'Dhieta' Nagareboshi (offline source)
  2. Ghost Hunt (Japanese Wikipedia)
  3. 7&Y » Search 小野 不由美 (Ono Fuyumi)
  4. Amazon Japan

5 comments:

Kai said...

Thankyou so much! this really helps, I still hope to find a copy/copies some day and I know someone whos friend can most likely translate them. Wishful thinking I'm sure so don't hold your breath but your investigating sure is worthy of SPR!
Domo Arigato!
I can't thank you enough and should have done so sooner, very very very sorry!!!

huamulan03 said...

@Kai-san,
No worries, hun, and douitashimashite ^^

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Anonymous said...

Thanks for the post this really helped clear some questions for me
I just finished watching the show and I wanted to read the novel
By the way do you know if the novel is translated into english? I don't know how to read japanese
thanks again

P.S my computer is being wierd and i cant' put in my name and url so I have to use anonymous....but you can call me momo

huamulan03 said...

@momo-san,
As far as I know, the Akuryou/Ghost Hunt novels have yet to be licensed for English distribution. (If anyone reading this knows otherwise, kindly join in the discussion ^^)

Baka-Tsuki through sinmay-san, however, is translating it to English.

Hope that helped!

Thanks for the comment,
~niki

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When commenting, kindly leave a name, make one up, whatever. I would like to call you something other than "anonymous-san" ^^

Arigatou gozaimuchness,
Niki

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