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Ghost Talker's Daydream (2004)
Teizokurei Daydream / 低俗霊 Daydream
- Synonyms: Vulgar Ghost Daydream
- Supernatural Drama
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Ghost Talker's Daydream , known in Japan as Vulgar Ghost Daydream ( 低俗霊DAYDREAM Teizokurei Daydream ? ) , is a shōnen manga written by Saki Okuse and illustrated by Sankichi Meguro , set in modern Japan . There are 10 volumes in total, and the series was also adapted as a four episode OVA . The English version released by Geneon changed the title to Ghost Talker's Daydream , which is not a direct translation of the formal manga title.
The protagonist is the virgin albino woman Saiki Misaki holding down two jobs, neither of which she finds herself particularly happy with, one as a dominatrix in a BDSM club and writer of a column for a porno magazine and the other as a civil servant in the employ of The Livelihood Preservation Group as a necromancer able to perceive and to communicate with ghosts, sometimes allowing them to speak through her with the living. Her government job usually entails exorcisism . Misaki considers her shamanic civil service position even more tawdry and less respectable than her sex work.
Subplots, often of one or two chapters in length, include such as introduce important characters, and others to help develop motivations of leading characters.
There are three major characters, at least one of whom appears in every chapter with the exception of chapter 16 "Dead Man's Hand". In order of introduction they are: Saiki Misaki, Mitsuru and Souichirou. Various recurring and often important characters also populate the series.
Fan service , nudity and sexual themes are all integral to motivation and backstory, along with insight into Japanese suicide culture and sexual dysfunction with sexual and physical abuse , such carnal troubles of the soul from which even death may guarantee no release.
The Japanese title translates as teizoku = vulgar + rei = ghost . However there is a pun on the word rei, which can also refer to a companion . In other words it can be said either Vulgar Ghost or Vulgar Companion , for Misaki Saiki is indeed a vulgar companion in contending with vulgar apparitions.
- 1 A note on names
- 2 Character Descriptions
- 3.1.1 Chapter 1 Hanging Mansion
- 3.1.2 Chapter 2 Po the Bear
- 3.2.1 Chapter 3 Orgasmus
- 3.2.2 Chapter 4 Daydream
- 3.2.3 Chapter 5 Damn Ghost
- 3.3.1 Chapter 6 Coming Out
- 3.3.2 Chapter 7 Convulvus
- 3.3.3 Chapter 8 Ghost Taxi
- 3.4.1 Chapter 9 Hallucination
- 3.4.2 Chapter 10 Ghost on a Bridge
- 3.4.3 Chapter 11 Fog (part 1)
- 3.5.1 Chapter 12 Fog (part 2)
- 3.6.1 Chapter 13 Hige (Beard)
- 3.6.2 Chapter 14 Womb Ghost
- 3.7.1 Chapter 15 Womb Ghost (Continued)
- 3.7.2 Chapter 16 Dead Man's Hand
- 3.7.3 Chapter 17 Werther
- 3.8.1 Chapter 18 Werther
- 3.8.2 Chapter 19 Dog God
- 4.2 Plot synopsis
- 4.3 Anime Voices
- 5 External links
A note on names [ ]
For the purposes of this article, names will follow the Japanese convention with the family name first and personal name second when both names are used. However, following the format of the English translation, personal names are often used when a family name would be more appropriate. In general this only applies to the focal characters, and persons outside the story proper are usually referred to in the more polite form by family name. See Character Descriptions when in doubt.
Character Descriptions [ ]
Saiki Misaki - Misaki is an albino woman with the distinctive lack of pigmentation that accompanies that condition. Her pink eyes and white hair are also accompanied by a complete lack of pubic hair which causes her some embarrassment. These attributes together put her in high demand for her line of work as a professional Dominatrix for the Roppongi Myure Mule S&M club and contributor to the porno magazine Honey Chop . Misaki is also a necromancer able to see, hear, and speak to ghosts, a talent of which she is most self-deprecating, despite extreme proficiency in both vocations. And Misaki's background and character is even further complicated by her somewhat incongruous virginity.
Kadotake Souichirou - Misaki's partner within and regular liaison to the Livelihood Preservation Group. He is excitable and fascinated by Misaki's erotic vocation. Little is he self aware how he yearns to be dominated. A proficient martial artist mostly in Judo, Souichirou is still not a master. He has many contacts and proficient at compiling information, but deathly afraid of ghosts which makes him an odd partner for a necromancer.
Fujiwara Mitsuru - A high school student still drawn to but wary of domination because of a past relationship with a much older woman, and infatuated with Misaki who rebuffs him as a pest, a stalker . All in all, nevertheless, seemingly a good person, Mitsuru is the son of a Shinto priest to whom he has become somewhat estranged.
Kunugi Ai - A quiet middle school girl whose sister committed suicide which Misaki helped her investigate and understand, along with the unintentional death of her niece. Ai is a novice necromancer who looks up to Misaki as her mentor ( senpai ). Friendly and remarkably brave.
Kinue - Misaki's mysterious demonic familiar and guardian, taking the form of a rope or cord twisted out from a braind of hair. Misaki often wears him as a garment, and he must occasionally feed off of humans in some unexplained manner.
Shizue Mikuriya - An editor and model at the porno magazine Honey Chop . Openly lesbian and friend to Misaki.
Saiki Shigeyuki - Misaki's father and the chief administrator of the Livelihood Preservation Group. Divorced from Misaki's mother whose whereabouts are unknown. Somewhat estranged from his daughter.
Detective Gada - A police detective with unexplained issues relating to necromancy. Has a relationship with the necromancer Isa Haru. Is prone to use somewhat unethical means to achieve his goals.
Isa Haru - Detective Gada's domestic partner and also a necromancer. Known to be a true hermaphrodite though living as a woman. Seemingly maladjusted and in poor physical health.
Yujima Hijiri - Mitsuru's middle aged lover who killed herself who continues to haunt him as a ghost.
Iogi Yuo - A mysterious youth apparently behind many of the suicides that Misaki is called upon to exorcise . Uses the internet to target the suicidal according to his insidious master plan.
Lisa - A very good Mahjong player and possible necromancer.
Funakoshi - Another necromancer employed by the Livelihood Preservation Group.
Volume and Chapter Summaries [ ]
The following are complete summaries of each volume and chapter. They outline the plot on a chapter by chapter basis, with more general descriptions about the themes in each volume. They are based on the English Translations by the scanslation group Mangatranslation .
Volume 1 [ ]
It isn't easy when you hate your day job, even when the money's good. Working as an S&M Queen isn't the most dignified profession, but is being a government employed Necromancer any better? Both professions are on the fringes of acceptability, and being a Necromancer just isn't a reliable living. Misaki Saiki knows all the ins and outs of both. Her Necromancy partner is afraid of Ghosts, and her S&M activities have attracted a particularly adept stalker . Necromancy is often dangerous, and S&M is often icky, but those are her choices.
Chapter 1 Hanging Mansion [ ]
(Volume 1 Chapter 1) Note: A "Mansion" in the Japanese sense refers to a one-room apartment and has nothing to do with a large fancy home.
A suicide by a middle school boy has earned a particular apartment a reputation as a good place to kill yourself. Things get so bad that all the other tenants move away, and the owner just wants to tear the place down. The presence of the boy's ghost and the continuing suicides that accompany it are making things difficult, so the owners contact the Livelihood Preservation Group to take care of the problem.
Misaki and Souichirou investigate the matter, and determine that the boy's suicide may have been instigated by another boy. Securing the other boy's participation in the exorcism is difficult, but accomplished. The real surprise is the true reasons behind the suicide and why the ghost has stayed behind. Learning that the other boy wasn't the reason for the suicide , Misaki convinces the ghost to move on.
And yet, it turns out that the continuing suicides were not associated with the first suicide after all. An internet bulletin board is directing suicidal people to this apartment, dubbing it "Hanging Mansion." Why is for later chapters.
Chapter 2 Po the Bear [ ]
(Volume 1 Chapter 2)
Ai Kunugi is sure that the death of her sister and her niece was no accident, and she's right. Something strange is going on in her sister's apartment so the Livelihood Preservation Group is call to take care of the problem, but the police have determined that the baby's death was abuse and the sister's death a suicide . No one believes her, so Ai returns to her sister's apartment and finds Po, the toy bear.
Someone else is looking for the toy though, and the man who killed her niece surprises Ai in the apartment. He's only looking for the bear, but is the kind of person who won't pass up an opportunity for a little rape. Luckily, Misaki-san isn't the kind of person to let a little rape continue when she happens upon the scene. Interrupted, the rapist runs away and beats up Souichirou in the hallway. He leaves the bear though, and that's the evidence that proves his guilt.
Mitsuru is the one to save the day. Misaki's stalker manages to follow the rapist and relay his location to Misaki and Souichirou. They trace him to a Yakuza facility, and manage to force him to admit his culpability. This admission and his death by lightning bolt allow the ghosts to depart, giving Ai some closure and linking her to Misaki.
Volume 2 [ ]
Day in and day out, Misaki Saiki's life just isn't much fun. When she's not being questioned by police about one of her S&M client's suicide , she's dealing with the ghosts of serial killers and Mitsuru, her friendly neighborhood stalker . It's funny though, that her dead client turns out to be her friend, the serial killer's victims are almost as bad as the killer, and Mitsuru even saves lives.
Chapter 3 Orgasmus [ ]
(Volume 2 Chapter 1)
Mistress Misaki of the Roppongi S&M club doesn't usually do scatology, but sometimes she gets talked into it. When she returns from cleaning herself up from her current client, she's startled to discover that he's killed himself. This is a complicating scene for an experienced S&M Queen, and the police don't seem to believe that she wasn't involved.
Forced to detail the events that led to his death, Misaki reveals that the dead man had performed oral sex on her, something that she normally doesn't engage in. Privately, she reveals that this is the first time she has climaxed while performing her job. Still, the police seem to suspect that the death occurred during their "play", and press her for more details.
Unexpectedly, her former client's ghost appears, unseen to the police. Through Misaki, he tells everyone where he left his suicide note, and it is quickly found. The police are apologetic and inform her that they were pretty sure from the circumstances that it really was a suicide , but that they were obliged to look at all possibilities. Misaki accepts this and is thankful to her client for saving her, and also for the joy he unexpectedly gave to her.
Chapter 4 Daydream [ ]
(Volume 2 Chapter 2)
Souichirou is in trouble, and his fear is only going to make it worse. After investigating a girl's suicide out in the forest where a serial killer dumped his victims, Souichirou is being driven mad by their ghosts. Misaki knows it's a very bad place, but why? And why did her father the Director of the Livelihood Preservation Group send her there?
Part of what's going on is a bank that wants to build a golf course on the site, but it's going to take a trip to a transsexual hermaphrodite club to get to the truth. The bank is the real client, but the danger is real too! The ghosts and the suicides are congregating here in the forest because it's the gate to the world of the dead, or so they've been told. Who told them, and why?
Misaki-san has her work cut out for her. She needs to convince the ghosts that their killer has met justice, save Souichirou and the bank representatives, and stop the ghost of a suicide from sending more suicides out into the forest. All without being sucked into the world of the dead herself! Not bad for a days work in the life of a Necromancer.
Chapter 5 Damn Ghost [ ]
(Volume 2 Chapter 3)
Misaki doesn't really want to get involved with Ai again, but when they have a chance meeting on a train, it's hard to avoid the little girl. She doesn't know it yet but Ai has begun to see the dead too, and in her sweet way, Misaki wants to be like her mentor. But Mitsuru has taken an interest in Ai Kunugi, mostly due to her connection to Misaki-san. It's a good thing too.
While Misaki goes about her daily sex-related work life, Ai passes a ghost every day on a bridge. The ghost looks lonely and sad, so one day the kindly Ai offers to help. Luckily Mitsuru is watching, because this particular ghost isn't as benevolent as it seems. This ghost holds a dark secret, and a dark desire.
Trouble has found Ai, and now it's found Mitsuru as well. It's time for Misaki-san to save them from a ghost who needs someone to join with him in death, just as he died with another. Once again, a stuffed bear is the real hero, saving both Ai and Misaki by absorbing the ghost before being destroyed. It's the end of Po-Po the bear, but not the end of Po in the story.
Volume 3 [ ]
Usually, Misaki Saiki's job as a Necromancer involves helping ghosts find their way to the afterlife. These ghosts often have stayed because of some kind of pain or restlessness born of irresolution. There can be a satisfaction in helping the innocent, or removing the guilty to their final rest. Other times, it is the ghost that helps Misaki-san. Three times in this volume, there is a ghost who is the real hero, and the help is always appreciated. Who would have known that sometimes there are friendly ghosts?
Chapter 6 Coming Out [ ]
(Volume 3 Chapter 1)
Naori is not your typical lesbian . She often falls for straight girls, and in reality wishes she were a man. She's been trying to use drugs to seduce the young girl Arisa, when Shizue intervenes. Shizue is a model and part of the editorial staff for a S&M magazine where Misaki writes a column. Ostensibly a lesbian , it's not unusual for Shizue to hang out at gay bars in her off time. Tonight she's brought home a confused young girl who was nearly caught in the clutches of the notoriously predatory Naori.
Arisa and Naori are both women confused and in pain, and when Shizue leaves for work, the two meet again. This time they commit suicide together, leaping to their combined death from Shizue's apartment. Naturally enough, Shizue feels responsible for not being able to save Arisa, and imposes on Misaki as her friend to find out why they committed suicide .
The truth is far from Shizue's assumptions, and during the investigation, it is Arisa's ghost that tries to get Shizue to kill herself. All along it was the girl who wanted a companion to share her suicide . It takes the combined strength of Misaki, Souichirou, and even the ghost of Naori to save Shizue. In the end Naori really liked and even respected Shizue, who was mistaken about the whole situation.
Addendum: So It's Low
This chapter ends with Souichirou's Cow Nightmare. Souichirou is eating at a Beef Bowl Restaurant when cows begin to come in and sit down next to him, also ordering Beef Bowl. Misaki is the waiter behind the counter, and she remarks that Souichirou should have a Human Bowl to complete the Metaphor. She even offers to add a finger to Souichirou's dish. Oh, the irony.
Chapter 7 Convulvus [ ]
(Volume 3 Chapter 2)
Nothing good can come from waking up hung over on a park bench. Misaki-san has been out drinking a few too many times lately, and waking up in the park just brought up the contents of her stomach and a few sad memories. Her first love and their first attempt at sex was such a failure. Misaki's lack of pubic hair just reminded her boyfriend of his little sister, rendering him incapable of continuing. Thus the relationship ended before it really began.
Being sick in the park isn't the most private of activities, and it draws attention from all around. Although many people are staring, a kindly old man offers to take her to his nearby home to collect herself over some iced tea. Reluctantly but thankfully Misaki agrees, and follows the old man home to meet his elderly wife. They are waiting for their son to come by with their granddaughter, so they find an extra guest welcome during the wait.
In Misaki's world nothing is simple, and when the child arrives everything becomes clear. The Granddaughter is a ghost who had died ten years earlier and the grandparents were ghosts as well, having recently died. In the end it was the ghost of the girl who wished for Misaki to exorcise her Grandparents. Already in a nostalgic mood, Misaki is touched by the situation and thinks back to her childhood living with her own Grandmother.
Chapter 8 Ghost Taxi [ ]
(Volume 3 Chapter 3)
A retelling of an ancient urban ghost story, the Taxi that picks up a girl on a dark and stormy night only to find that there was no girl but the seat was still wet. However, this time there's an element of truth to the story and Misaki's father is the one to find the evidence.
What happened that night only becomes less clear when Misaki investigates and finds out that the driver has committed suicide the following day. There doesn't seem to be any answers, although it's clear there was some supernatural phenomenon. When the body of a murdered girl is found where the Taxi driver said he took the ghost, something of the truth surfaces and Misaki's father suspects the driver of some involvement.
Misaki-san suspects another driver at the taxi company, and she has a plan to expose him. The plan involves letting him try to rape her, and counting on the spirit of the dead driver to save her. During the course of his attempted rape, the other driver confesses to the murder but is unable to continue when the ghost appears. Luckily, Misaki jumps out of the Taxi just before the ghost, or possibly the other driver's guilt, causes it to crash off the road and explode. Later, Misaki muses that this was the first time she had killed someone.
Volume 4 [ ]
There's so much going on, with more suicides and the slow realization that there's something more sinister behind them. Mitsuru and Ai are being targeted by the mysterious YUO, and Souichirou is having his own problems having to use his backup necromancer. Both Ai and Souichirou needs Misaki-san, but she's unavailable. With her own internal demons she's taken a break off at a remote onsen . Even if they find her, it won't be the end to their troubles.
Chapter 9 Hallucination [ ]
(Volume 4 Chapter 1)
Dealing with ghosts isn't getting any easier for Ai, particularly when some of them aren't dead yet. Having Misaki-san out of town doesn't help much either. When Mitsuru appears to her as a ghost in her class, Ai knows that something is wrong. Her efforts to find him are justified, but it seems Mitsuru doesn't really want to be found.
Mitsuru himself has been scheduled to succeed his father in a temple, and when Ai finally finds him there the trouble begins. Two girls, one of them Mitsuru's sister-in-law, have committed suicide on the temple grounds. Their suicide was instigated by the Rock N Roll suicide BBS, and finally we have a name to go with the situation: YUO. Both Ai and Mitsuru received text messages from YUO right when the suicides occurred. Knowing that Ai is a necromancer, Detective Gada is recruiting Ai to help him find out the truth behind YUO.
The truth is even more perplexing, as Detective Gada uses drugs to help Ai speak to the dead girls. Mitsuru's sister-in-law apparently has been sexually abused by his father, and blames Mitsuru himself. There may be some justification in this as some of Mitsuru's past fantasy life is revealed, and perhaps some clues to his actual past. It's unfortunate that Misaki isn't available to help Ai, and Souichirou is helpless as well. Only more questions surface throughout this chapter.
Chapter 10 Ghost on a Bridge [ ]
(Volume 4 Chapter 2)
Misaki-san is on vacation, and nobody knows where she is. This isn't good for Souichirou, who is forced to use another necromancer in his line of work. Funakoshi may be a necromancer, but he doesn't have Misaki-san's way with the dead. He manages to get the point across, but it's up to Souichirou to sort out the situation.
A young woman has thrown herself off a bridge one year earlier, and her ghost still waits on the bridge. Funakoshi determines that she's lonely, and some creative detective work leads Souichirou to two men. Both of these men have worked with and dated the deceased girl, but neither one will take steps to calm her spirits. Of the two, only one loved her deeply and was broken hearted in her death.
It is not Souichirou's negotiating skills, nor is it Funakoshi's necromancy that resolves the case. Without a viable resolution to his pain, the dead girl's true lover throws himself off the same bridge. It is a solution to the problem, but not one that Souichirou is happy with. The dead girl's ghost and her dead lover cross over, but the Lifestyle Preservation Group needs Misaki back and Souichirou is dispatched to find her at once!
Chapter 11 Fog (part 1) [ ]
(Volume 4 Chapter 3)
Things are getting out of hand, and Souichirou and Ai need to find Misaki-san. Unfortunately, she hasn't left any word about where she was going and she's left her phone at home. It's up to Mitsuru to show them the way, but he says he's stopped following her around. At some level this is true but he does have an idea where to look, and the three of them head out to bring her back.
Misaki herself has checked into an onsen (hot spring) to somehow try to forget her responsibility in the death of a cab driver. Unexpectedly, and apparently by accident, she meets a former necromancer late at night in the baths. Their lives are not that similar, and Misaki begins to wonder if her life can calm down to where she can have a normal existence like this woman. She wants to quit, but it's apparent that the ghosts and the evil won't leave her alone. Somehow, she needs to come to terms with that.
There's so much to come to terms with. The three people that are searching for her, each for their own reasons. YUO, the unexplained youth directing the current string of suicides . Even her own responsibility in the lives and deaths of the people she comes in contact with. There's even more yet to come, and Misaki-san is oblivious to its implications.
Volume 5 [ ]
Misaki-san has tried so hard to take her little vacation and forget about her troubles, but somehow things keep getting drawn to her wherever she is. An obsessed detective, an unstable necromancer, and the friends who need her all converge with different purposes. It's her fate to deliver her rival from oblivion, and her fortune to be saved by her friends when things turn bleak. In the process, much of their history becomes clear.
Chapter 12 Fog (part 2) [ ]
(Volume 5 complete)
Everything is coming to a stop, and the nexus is the lake by the onsen where Misaki is staying. Souichirou is in a sorry state, possibly hallucinating, and in his madness to find Misaki-san takes tries to row a boat across the lake to find her. However, this lake has a history of suicides , and halfway across they come across the bodies of a group who made a suicide pact. Contacting the police, they find that the detective Gada is in the area investigating. This isn't the best of news. In the course of things, the history behind Mitsuru and his relationship with a middle aged woman is revealed, and why her ghost continues to haunt him.
Detective Gada has brought with him an unstable necromancer. Haru is also his lover, but there are far more difficulties between them and the rest of the world. In tracing down the uneasy dead in the area Haru becomes a catalyst, (or possibly uses Misaki as a catalyst) drawing Misaki into her attempt at necromancy. Only Souichirou's efforts manage to draw Misaki-san back to the world of the living, but Gada and Haru slip away to the lake.
Haru isn't capable of handling the masses of the dead that are centered in the lake, and Misaki with her friends are needed to help. She has become lost in the world of the dead, and to the world of the living she appears dead. Placing her trust fully on Ai, Misaki-san enters the world of the dead to retrieve Haru. In the process she learns of Haru's hermaphroditic secret and her sad past, as well as making a direct confrontation with YUO. Nothing is resolved but in the end it is Ai, with the help of Po the bear, who brings Misaki back. Haru is saved, but the consequences of the situation are not clear.
Volume 6 [ ]
There seems to be no escape for Misaki, even when she tries to take a vacation. When she returns to necromancy the situation is rapidly becoming worse for Mitsuru and the apartment where he lived with his middle aged mistress. Something evil is there, and it's causing a lot of death. Misaki is going to need a lot of help to sort this one out, but in the end it's going to be her strength alone that supports her. The real solution will have to wait for the next chapter.
Chapter 13 Hige (Beard) [ ]
(Volume 6 chapter 1)
Misaki and Shizue are taking a much deserved vacation, but it seems it's doomed from the start. They almost don't make it to the train they have chosen, and then there is an accident. Somehow a person has been struck by the train, which causes a delay, and then there are electrical problems.
The Police believe it to be a suicide , and without being asked Misaki looks into it as best she can from the train. The ghost of the woman who died is there, but doesn't really seem like a suicide . The ghost tells Misaki to look for Hige to find the answer. Hige, it turns out, is the old woman's cat, and it's up to Misaki and Shizue to find the animal.
Finally it becomes clear that the cat was the old woman's only companion and had escaped her. She had only been trying to recapture the cat when she fell in front of the train. It was not a suicide . Of course, by this time Misaki and Shizue have missed their plane, so they end up going fishing.
Chapter 14 Womb Ghost [ ]
(Volume 6 chapter 2)
Mitsuru has a past that continues to haunt him, and apparently continues to haunt other people. The ghost of his middle aged lover was deeply affected by a malevolent soul bound to the apartment that they shared. The same malevolent soul that has been causing a series of suicides and deaths for some time, including a necromancer with a very good reputation.
At the same time Mitsuru is being taunted by YUO and his dead mistress, or possibly his dead sister in law. He is unsure if YUO is real or imaginary, or if anything that is happening to him is true. He has been spending all his time trying to track the illusive adversary through the remnants that are scattered around the internet. Only his infatuation with Misaki saves him when pushed to the brink by his delusions.
In order to save Mitsuru, Misaki-san is doing her best to exorcise the evil from the apartment, with help from Mitsuru's father and the spirit of the dead necromancer Futaba sensei. Mitsuru's father is of little help and is nearly caught and killed by the evil that permeates the place, but Futaba sensei was a necromancer and he knows what needs to be done. Misaki confronts and is nearly destroyed by the true evil, but the reasons behind the spirit's despair will be known in part two.
Volume 7 [ ]
A transition volume, where one episode is competed and another story line is complicated. In the middle we have a short interlude that is not (apparently) part of the story line at all. It's time to interject a little real humor, if for no other reason than to break the tension. Things are coming to a head, and answers may be right around the corner.
Chapter 15 Womb Ghost (Continued) [ ]
(Volume 7 chapter 1)
Things are heating up for Misaki in the terrible apartment where so many suicides have occurred. All the sad ghosts are collected there in the unhappiness caused by the original tragedy. The ghosts are helpful, without knowing it, in showing her the original trouble caused by the accidental drowning of two children. They are there, but it is the mother who is the underlying evil of the place. She is powerful, and perhaps beyond Misaki-san's ability to control.
Even Kinue is under the control of the bereaved ghost, and is no protection to his mistress. Only her understanding of the situation can stop the sadness and clean the room. However, Souichirou is in danger from a more real threat. YUO and his followers have found him and are doing everything to stop him from supporting Misaki-san's efforts. He is beaten and unconscious, and having hallucinating visions of Misaki, but in the end is saved by a man and his dog who were living in the park.
It is the man in the park that draws all the strings together. The first deaths was a mother and daughter committing suicide when the mother's husband left them. The next death was the horrible accident of the two children dying in the bathtub. Finally, there were many more deaths including Mitsuru's mistress, the Necromancer sent to investigate, the maintenance worker whose son had fallen to his death, and possibly others. There's something behind it all, but the only thing that is sure is that YUO is involved. His motives are still unclear.
Chapter 16 Dead Man's Hand [ ]
(Volume 7 chapter 2)
The infamous Mahjong chapter. We are introduced to a new character as three employees of Misaki's magazine play a game of Mahjong in a local parlor. Only Shizue is a regular character, but her colleagues Morisawa Kinako and Kobayashi Fumiaki have been in the background. The newest character is a regular Mahjong player in the parlor named Lisa, who is asked to sit in as a fourth player because one other person from the magazine is going to be late.
Kinako, a freelance writer for the magazine, suggests playing by "The True Tile Taker" rules. This turns out to be a form of strip-mahjong where the tile-taker has to remove two pieces of clothing. Shizue, as a model and editor for the magazine, is quick to agree, but Fumiaki is a fat man as well as an editor and agrees only because of his fantasies concerning his coworkers. Lisa agrees because she correctly believes she's a better player than the others.
Lisa's past is important here as we learn of the murder of her boyfriend, and very good mahjong player, by her former boyfriend. The game continues until a critical point for Lisa, where her boyfriend's ghost appears to help her. This shows us that Lisa may be a necromancer herself, perhaps with some foreshadowing. However, the advice from the ghost is ultimately useless, as a cat jumps up on the table, interrupting the tension and causing general laughter.
Chapter 17 Werther [ ]
(Volume 7 chapter 3)
Detective Gada has uncovered YUO, and identified him as a boy named Iogi Yuo . In order to interrogate him, Gada took his necromancer partner Haru to the boy. Unfortunately, Yuo gets into her mind and causes her to commit suicide by jumping out the bathroom window.
Now Gada needs Misaki's help. He searches her out, but due to their history, she's disinclined to help him. Here Gada shows an unexpected amount of humility and accepts responsibility for Haru's death. Misaki-san agrees to help him but only under her own conditions.
Misaki-san is upset for another reason. Mitsuru is missing and she's been unable to find any trace of him. This is a mixed blessing at best, because Misaki has developed some appreciation of the former stalker . He's helped out on several occasions. Also, he's also a link to Yuo that Misaki doesn't want to lose.
Volume 8 [ ]
Continues the story from volume 7, and a short side-story not related to the "Flame of Lament" arc.
Chapter 18 Werther [ ]
(Volume 8 Chapter 1)
As this chapter opens up, we learn that Iogi Yuo has been taken in by the police, caught under suspicion of promoting and encouraging suicides through his "Rock 'N Roll Suicide" BBS. There has been a rather extensive investigation which links the BBS to Yuo very indirectly, but since it has been hosted overseas, they have not been able to get concrete evidence linking the BBS to Yuo . As part of the investigation, they have uncovered information about the much-talked-about "Flame of Lament", which they trace back to stories from the Japanese ancient mythos in the Kojiki. Yuo has been organizing people who want to commit suicide into a mass suicide by self-immolation, planned to take place in about a day.
Misaki has been asked to find out where and when exactly the "Flame of Lament" is supposed to take place. Yuo has been unsuccessfully questioned before, and in fact, caused his state-appointed lawyer to kill himself, ostensibly by intimidation from the many ghosts that are with him. While Misaki interrogates Yuo , Souichirou investigates Iogi Yuo 's past.
The investigation turns up lots of information about Yuo . His father, Iogi Minoru, was born into a wealthy family, and apparently never had to work a day in his life. He aspired to being an author, and wrote a book called "The Vestiges of the Beast", about suicide. Yuo 's mother liked classical music, and did not pay much attention to him as a child. When he was five years old, his father planned a double suicide with his mother, and their house was burned down. At the time, the police attributed the fire to an accident. Yuo knew differently, and kept quiet to hide his shame of the suicide.
After many years, even though the police report at the time of the fire called Iogi Minoru's book a worthless piece of literature, it had since been included in an influential magazine's list of important books on suicide, and had become a cult classic with suicide cults. Yuo himself has been active in the suicide area ever since the suicide as well.
While "interrogating" Yuo , which meant just staring at him silently, Misaki runs into Haru in the spirit world, and is told that Yuo actually died when he was 5 years old in the fire... Misaki and Souichirou determine to go to the place of Yuo 's original death and perform an exorcism there. They have to rush though, because they are running out of time before the "Flame of Lament"!
On the way to the country villa where Yuo died, they think that they are being followed by someone with the same type of motorcycle as Yuo ...
While all of that is happening, Kunugi Ai has been taken by Fujiwara Mitsuru to a gathering place of people that will take place in the "Flame of Lament". The ringleader there, Imibiyame, a young woman who apparently has a very painful disease, is worried about the plans since Yuo has been captured and will not be able to perform Necromancy in order to show them all to the other side. Fujiwara MItsuru says that Kunugi Ai is also a Necromancer, and will be able to help them. Imibiyame does not trust Kunugi Ai though, and brings her to an old condemned apartment building filled with ghosts. While Kunugi Ai performs Necromancy and allows the ghosts to speak, Imibiyame is convinced, and handcuffs Kunugi Ai in a room to wait for the Flame of Lament.
While Kunugi Ai is waiting for the others to return, who have left to gather more participants for the "Flame of Lament", two men come into the room, and are about to rape her. Fujiwara Mitsuru comes in at the last minute to prevent the rape. As Kunugi Ai and Mitsuru talk, he explains his reasons for wanting to commit suicide, mainly his guilt over his half-sister. Kunugi Ai herself also professes a desire to kill herself because she is "impure". However, it seems that Fujiwara himself is unsure about committing suicide. When Kunugi Ai tells him that they should stop trying to live anymore, Fujiwara does not answer. Instead, he hands her a reminder of life; the teddy bear key chain.
Chapter 19 Dog God [ ]
(Volume 8 Chapter 2)
In a short side-story from the main "Flame of Lament" arc, we are introduced to Mukousaka, a new female trainee in the Lifestyle Preservation Department. On her first day of work, even though she hasn't gone through her practical training, Saiki Shigeyuki says that she should take on the case of a man who seems particularly agitated about a dog as her practical training.
During the interview with Yokozeki, a man who demanded to see someone from the Lifestyle Preservation Group, she finds out that he was bit by a dog, and over the past four days, the small wound has become worse and worse, and he is troubled in his dreams by a vicious Dog that attacks him. He's starting to go crazy with fear.
Despite saying that he was bitten by the dog when he tried to pet it at a supermarket, Yokozeki has a flashback when they drive to the supermarket that shows the truth: he has been taking part in a scheme to sell unneeded household repairs to an old lady (a real problem in Japan.) The first time he went there, he was bitten by the dog. In order to continue the charade and dupe the old lady, he and his boss kidnap and kill the dog, Meri, leading to his problems with the ghost dog. Funakoshi is called in to perform an exorcism, and says that the dog has only been protecting its master.
In the end, Yokozeki goes mad, kills his boss and possibly himself, and Mukousaka takes Meri to a cemetery where she can rest in peace. The old lady, Kuraki, sees the ghost of Meri one last time, and bids her to wish "Grandpa" well on his journey to the afterlife.
Other media [ ]
Vulgar Ghost Daydream has also been produced as a short run OVA Anime of four episodes. In Japanese the title is still Teizokurei Daydream but United States distributor, Geneon Animation has re-titled the release Ghost Talker's Daydream . Of the four episodes, two follows the chapters from the manga closely, but the other two have very little relationship to the manga.
Plot synopsis [ ]
Episodes one and two of Ghost Talker’s Daydream, “Ghost Talker” and “Bindweed”, closely follow the events in volume one, chapter 2 (Ghost Talker) and volume two, chapter two (Bindweed) of the manga respectively. Episodes three and four, “Mad Bones” and “Water Spirit”, however, are original episodes that do not follow the manga.
Misaki is on vacation in the Hakoda region (mostly to visit sacred hair-growing shrines in hopes to grow pubic hair) when she is pulled into an unsolved child disappearance case. At a construction site of a planned hotel, the skeletons of twelve children were found by the construction crew, as well as evidence which leads an obsessed and haunted police detective to believe that – and what Misaki confirmed – the skeletons were the missing children. However, a rash of unexplained incidents – the deaths of a motorist and the greedy hotel contractor, and an accident with a cruise boat, soon lead them to believe that the spirit of the killer of the children, a disturbed woman named Ichinose, is responsible.
Anime Voices [ ]
Voiced by: Masumi Asano (Japanese), Karen Thompson (English)
Voiced by: Tomokazu Sugita (Japanese), Sam Riegal (English)
Voiced by: Yukari Tamura (Japanese), Carrie Savage (English)
Voiced by: Daisuke Kishio (Japanese), Yuri Lowenthal (English)
Voiced by: Kaori Mizuhashi (Japanese), Stephanie Sheh (English)
Voiced by: Tetsuo Kaneo (Japanese), Michael McConnohie (English)
Voiced by: Michico Neya (Japanese), Rita Stephens (English)
Voiced by: Mai Ito (Japanese), Stephanie Sheh (English)
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Manga / Ghost Talker's Daydream
Misaki Saiki is a special young woman. Not because of her day jobs, though those are respectively as a columnist for a porn magazine and as a dominatrix for a BDSM club, but because she can see ghosts . As such she is covertly employed as an exorcist by a government organization, the Livelihood Preservation Group.
Her liaison with the organization is Souichirou Kadotake, a Non-Action Guy type who, despite a surprising proficiency in martial arts, is clearly in the wrong line of work, since he's scared of ghosts. She is also assisted by Mitsuru Fujiwara, a teenager with stalkerish tendencies, and Ai Kunugi, a shy high school girl with budding necromantic abilities of her own.
This manga provides examples of:
- Abhorrent Admirer : Misaki is neither flattered nor amused by Mitsuru's attention and has even threatened to call the police. Not that it's done any good, since he continues to stalk her anyway, including bugging her apartment after stealing all her panties .
- Accidental Pervert : Kadotake, with both Misaki and Ai.
- Action Girl : Misaki would rather avoid direct physical confrontations but when she has to, she delivers a beatdown.
- Adaptational Heroism : The anime paints Mitsuru in a better light by toning down his stalking so all he does is take photos of her while she's out in public. Plus, it's made humorous , since he usually catches her in various states on undress, thanks to Kadotake's clumsiness . Aside from that, he's cast as one of Misaki's contacts and even helps save Ai, near the climax of the second episode.
- All for Nothing : Despite all the risks and sacrifices and dog kicking Detective Ganda went through, including losing Haru to suicide , ultimately, Ganda is unable to stop Yuo's plan . The same goes for Misaki and her friends, as well, as their own intervention ultimately amounts to nothing as well.
- Kadotake has a one-sided crush on Misaki, but knows that nothing's ever gonna happen between them . Not that it stops him from perving on her every chance he gets.
- Mitsuru's been stalking her ever since she turned him down as a client, because he was still in high school. He follows her around with his camera, looking for chances to snap candid photos of her.
- In chapter 16, Kobayashi fantasizes about Shizue , Kinako, and Lisa all becoming his Sex Slaves , by beating them at Mahjong . Naturally, he loses .
- Ambiguously Bi : A very unusual example. For almost the entire series, Misaki was portrayed to be nothing else other than straight. She nearly lost her virginity as a teenage to her first love, who was a boy, and got her first orgasm on her job from a male client eating her out , and clearly enjoyed it after the fact. She also primarily works as Dominatrix on male clients, and clearly enjoys it on some level, despite her protestations to the contrary. However, suddenly in the last chapter, she allows herself to be seduced by Luna, Hiratsuka's daughter, and has a one night stand with her. She even consents to living with the woman afterward. She has never shown any interest in women before this, and even seemed somewhat perplexed by her best friend's lesbianism, wondering why she outed herself. In fact, Misaki hasn't been shown to pursue romantic relationships at all throughout the story up to this point. A Watsonian explanation would look at a statement Misaki made to Kadotake after Luna's death , which seems to indicate that she was just looking for some kind of escape from her old life, and may have latched on to Luna for that. A Doylist explanation would be that the story needed a final dramatic conflict, and having Misaki be in a relationship with the final victim would give her a dramatic, personal reason to be involved. And their sex scene added fanservice. The audience is simply left to wonder.
- Backseat Changing Room : One early scene has Misaki changing in the backseat while Kadotake is driving. When she accuses him of peeking, he turns to face her and vehemently denies it, which causes him to almost crash the car since he wasn't watching the road.
- The Bad Guy Wins : Ultimately, Yuo gets everything that he wants in the end, and the main cast are unable to even really hinder his plans at all.
- Barbie Doll Anatomy : Partially averted, for women AND men. Men's penis's are drawn in some scenes, but never distinct. Women's breasts are drawn in detail, but female genitalia is never drawn, even in scenes where it should clearly be present. The most you see is some pubic hair.
- Barehanded Blade Block : Hilariously averted by the Yakuza thug Misaki clocks near the end of chapter 2.
- The Beard : A tragic nonconsensual example sets up the final storyline. Its revealed that Luna had a boyfriend before she met Misaki named Ryota Yabusaki. However, Luna was just using the man to keep up social appearances and hide her sexuality. The man was unaware of this however, and believed that they were in a real relationship. Luna broke up with the man after several months of dating, revealing the truth to him. The man felt so betrayed and distraught by this, that he lost his ability to trust people. He sought psychiatric treatment, but he only got worse. Luna never apologized or offered recompense to the man, and practically cut all contact with him. The man eventually became so filled with anger towards her regarding the situation that he decided that he had to get back at her no matter what, even if it meant committing suicide so that he could curse her from beyond the grave with his grudge.
- Best Her to Bed Her : Played for Laughs (and fanservice ) in chapter 16, when Kobayashi fantasizes about his co-worker, Shizue , her girlfriend, Kinako, and Lisa all throwing themselves at him after beating them at a game of Mahjong. But it's hilariously subverted when he plays his final tile and sees it's a losing hand.
- Birds of a Feather : Kadotake and Mitsuru are stalkers-in-arms.
- Blessed with Suck : This is Misaki's general attitude toward her abilities as a medium , since all it's ever done is alienate the people around her. As a child, it made her an outcast. As an adult, the only ones who'll have anything to do with her, aside from her clients at the Roppongi S&M Club, are Kadotake, Ai, and Shizue. Still, if nothing else, at least it pays well.
- Brother–Sister Incest : Implied by Mitsuru's sister-in-law's spirit in chapter 9.
- Clingy Jealous Girl : Yujima Hijiri was so attached to Mitsuru that, after her death, her spirit becomes frighteningly possessive of him . She's almost always near him, and Heaven help anyone she perceives as trying to come between them, especially if they're trying to exorcise her.
- Cluster F-Bomb : Haru delivers one when she senses Misaki's presence drawing near, causing her to go off on a tangent about how much she hates women , due to her own sexual inadequacy, as a hermaphrodite .
- Comedic Underwear Exposure : Misaki's dress gets pulled down (by accident) in Episode 1.
- Cowardly Lion : Kadotake is utterly terrified of spirits and spends much of his time on assignments trying not to have a heart attack. But, if it's just some hoods trying to pick a fight with him, or if they're trying to harm Misaki... that's different . That's 'cuz he knows martial arts and can give as good as he gets.
- Ai's 2 year old niece, Miku, who is the most precious thing in the story, which makes her death all the more tragic .
- Ai counts as this, herself, particularly after the events of the first case, involving the deaths of her niece and her older sister.
- Distracted by the Sexy : It happens to Kadotake, while he's driving, due to trying to sneak peeks at Misaki, who was stark naked in the backseat and changing into her S&M attire . She catches him in the act and calls him on it, but he denies it . She tests him, causing him to sideswipe a parked truck.
- Dominatrix : It's Misaki's day job at the Roppongi S&M Club, though she doesn't enjoy it . Despite this, or perhaps because of her disdain for her profession, she's become very popular with the clientele and is one of their most frequently requested doms. It's also implied multiple times that her clients are into some very rough trade.
- Downer Ending : And a very bitter one at that. To wit: Misaki and her allies are completely unable to stop Yuo's plans, resulting in the mass suicide he orchestrated succeeding, leading to the deaths of over 30 people. This makes all the sacrifices and effort that she and Gada put in pointless. Ai is saved by Mitsuru's quick thinking, but is unable to stop the ritual from happening, leaving her traumatized as a result. Mitsuru goes through with the ritual, and while he is saved at the last moment, he left horribly burned all over his body, so much so that the audience doesn't even see his appearance after the ritual is over. Even worse, his father is driven to accidentally kill himself by the ghosts of his sister and her friend, effectively leaving Mitsuru alone. Misaki is left emotionally devastated by the incident. So much so that she once again leaves Tokyo to get away from the job like she did when she committed murder for the first time. Ai is thus forced to take up her role as necromancer to compensate, which, to her credit, she appears to be a natural at. Misaki returns to Tokyo to finally get information on her mother from Hiratsuka, only to find out that she's a mental health patient, apparently having mentally broken from her line of work. She can't even see her mother properly because she has an episode, leaving her further shaken. She seeks Sex for Solace with Luna, Hiratsuka's daughter, and even seems to be willing to move in with her to escape her past as a necromancer, only for Luna to be killed by a Grudge Transfer Specialist carrying out an act of revenge on behalf a man Luna betrayed. Misaki retakes up her mantle of necromancer to hunt down the Specialist, only to end up accidentally getting him killed when she interferes with his job, finding out too late that he was familiar with her mother. The only possible bright spot in all this is that she may begin a relationship with Kadotake. Damn.
- Dramatic Wind : When Misaki summons ghosts.
- In chapter 3, one of Misaki's regulars hangs himself because the manga artist that worked for their company's publishing office suddenly quit his job. In the month that followed, their ratings steadily declined, causing Shimamura to become depressed. This was explained in the suicide note he left behind at his office.
- Chapter 6 has a double suicide between Arisa and Naori, whom Shizue had met at a bar in Ikebukuro the night before. This leaves Shizue to blame herself for ignoring the warning signs that Arisa was troubled about coming to terms with her sexual identity.
- In chapter 8, a cabbie named Shigeura hangs himself out of remorse, after he picked up a female passenger with the intent to rape her, but couldn't go through with it . He called his friend, Muraoka, for advice, but Muraoka raped her himself in the backseat of Shigeura's cab, and strangled her afterward . Shigeura fled the scene in panic and committed suicide, later that night.
- The 9th chapter begins with another double suicide. What's particularly notable about this instance is, one of them was Mitsuru's mentally ill younger sister-in-law .
- Chapter 12 features multiple Yuo suicide victims, beginning with Isanami and her friends, who're later found dead in the lake.
- Misaki sensed the stench of death on Koshigaya, before he was also found dead along with Isanami's group.
- A flashback shows that Gada's older brother was also a suicide victim.
- Near the end of chapter 17, Detective Gada arranges for Haru to meet with Yuo, face-to-face . During the meeting, she collapses in mental exhaustion. She recovers soon afterward, but says she feels ill and asks to go to the women's room.... where she leaps to her death .
- Dude Magnet : Misaki has three guys crushing on her. She's also one of the most frequently requested doms at the Roppongi S&M Club...not that she cares for any of the attention.
- Fanservice : Everywhere in this manga. There are multiple nude scenes, and even multiple sex scenes, particularly lesbian sex scenes, and the main character is constantly shown in lingerie style dominatrix outfits. For a shounen series, it is surprisingly graphic.
- Foot Focus : Misaki is frequently barefoot, especially whe she's lounging around her apartment. At one point, she causes Kadotake to nearly swerve off the road by extending her bare foot past his face and flexing it.
- Forced Orgasm : Considering Misaki's line of work it was inevitable. Mr. Shimamura takes her by surprise and goes down on her. She's shown visibly struggling and begging him to stop, only to end up with her back arched and screaming in pleasure moments later. She even thanks his ghost for it at the end of the chapter!
- Furo Scene : Episodes 3 and 4 of the anime features Misaki visiting different onsens and hotsprings that're rumored to stimulate hair growth "down there". The manga essentially covers the same story in chapter 11.
- Gay Best Friend : Misaki's closest friend is her co-worker, Shizue, who's a lesbian . The subject only comes up once, in chapter 5, when Misaki asks her why she went public with it but changes her mind and drops it before Shizue can answer her.
- Girl on Girl Is Hot : Invoked by Shizue in chapter 5 when she arranges to do a photo shoot for a lesbian magazine, featuring herself and Misaki doing S&M play. The photographers were snapping so many shots that they were running out of film.
- Going Commando : Invoked when Misaki had to honor her agreement to give her panties to a magazine editor as the first place prize for one of their contests, leaving her in nothing but her jean skirt.
- Hermaphrodite : Haru is revealed to be one as part of her backstory, which led to being ridiculed and bullied at school. This also caused problems in her relationship with Gada and eventually caused Haru to develop a deep-seated hatred of other women .
- Hidden Eyes : When Misaki channels Ichinose, a deceased murderer, her eyes aren't visible.
- Immodest Orgasm : Misaki experiences her first one on the job when Shimamura takes her by surprise by going down on her .
- Misaki has seen spirits since childhood and eventually learned she was a medium note a spiritual conduit by which the deceased can communicate with the living . As such, spirits have always been drawn to her, when all she wants is for them to leave her alone .
- Ai begins to see spirits after helping Misaki unravel the events that led to the murder of Ai's older sister and the accidental death of her niece . From then on, Ai begins to look up to Misaki and hopes to become just like her. However, Misaki believes Ai's better off ignoring spirits . During the events of chapter 12, Misaki finally accepts her as her backup.
- Jailbait Wait : Misaki promises to punish Mitsuru once he's turned 18.
- Jerkass : Detective Gada. There's no level he won't stoop to for the sake of his investigation, from bullying Ai into making her perform a necromancy session against her will, to beating Mitsuru for interrupting the session, and even going as far as to use Haru to lure Misaki into a trap, so he could drug her in an attempt to use her as well.
- Kick the Dog : Detective Gada forces Ai to conduct a necromancy session, even though she told him she didn't know how to do it.
- Killed Off for Real : Haru , shortly after meeting Yuo .
- Kissing Cousins : As revealed in a letter given to Kadotake shortly before committing suicide, Totsuka and his lover Kika (who had committed suicide earlier) were cousins in addition to being half-siblings .
- Knight in Sour Armor : It isn't that Misaki doesn't care about helping the departed move on, she's just tired of being bothered with it, but also realizes they're not gonna leave her alone until she does, because they're naturally drawn to her . Thus, the only way she can find a moment's peace is to help them find theirs .
- Leg Focus : Misaki's definitely got legs. This is the other reason Kadotake almost had that car accident, since he couldn't help looking past her foot to admire the rest of it. So does the camera.
- Lipstick Lesbian : Shizue doesn't fit either extreme, making her a straight example. Her hair's short and she tends to dress casually, but she's still feminine. Notably, however, this seems to change as the story goes one. After her introductory chapter, she cuts her hair even shorter and starts wearing straight up boyish clothing, seemingly becoming more butch as the story goes on. It maybe that the dramatic events she went through earlier in the story induced a change.
- Living Emotional Crutch : Misaki had already become one for Kadotake, from the story's outset. Mitsuru is also emotionally dependent on her, albeit for different reasons. And by the time of vol.8, he needs Ai as well.
- The Loins Sleep Tonight : Chapter 7 reveals that Misaki nearly lost her virginity at age 16, but her lack of pubic hair reminded him too much of his younger sister, putting an end to their activities.
- Loners Are Freaks : Misaki was shunned by her classmates as a child because her ability to see spirits frightened them, while others thought she was weird.
- Magnetic Medium : Misaki is a gifted medium , due to having been trained since childhood by her grandmother. As such, spirits are naturally drawn to her.
- Male Frontal Nudity : Unlike the ladies, if a male spirit is in the nude, his genitals will be drawn, although not in full detail.
- Male Gaze : Both Misaki and Ai are subjected to this at different points. In some cases, one panel focuses on Ai's legs and the main panel is centered squarely on her thighs and panties.
- Manipulative Bastard : Yuo manipulated dozens of people into committing suicide (often group suicide) and many of them, before or even after their deaths, were helping him with dragging others into this because they saw him as their Messiah.
- Missing Mom : All Misaki knows is that her parents split up, though she neither knows what caused the split, or what became of her mother afterwards. The final chapter reveals that she's in a hospital suffering from some sort of mental illness.
- Modesty Bedsheet : The anime version uses both this and Modesty Towel to censor certain scenes where Misaki is either sleeping in the nude or bathing. It gets subverted in the final scene of the last episode, when her towel comes undone and falls off, exposing her breasts.
- Mood Whiplash : This applies mainly to the manga version, which can be lighthearted and humorous one moment, and downright creepy and unsettling the next, along with copious amounts of both fanservice and Fan Disservice , depending on on how you feel about S&M, realistic depictions of rape , and nude spirits .
- Ms. Fanservice : Misaki provides the vast majority of the T&A in the series, if not all of it.
- Murder-Suicide : The truth of what really happened to Yuo's parents . In the final chapter, it is revealed that this is also functionally how Grudge Transfer Specialists work. They take a dead person's grudge, generally someone who commits suicide for that very purpose, turn it into a curse, and transfer it over to a specific target so that the target can be killed by the grudge that the previously deceased person created, effectively making it a suicide induced murder from beyond the grave. The specialists don't particularly care whether or not the person holding the grudge has a legitimate grievance or not, though many times they do. They merely carry out their job and curse someone to death. This is what ends up happening to Luna .
- A flashback in the following chapter reveals Lisa's boyfriend, Shibasaki, was murdered by her ex out of jealousy, after they broke up.
- "Not So Different" Remark : Yuo tries to invoke this with Misaki, believing they were the same as both grew up being expected to conform to the norms of society, despite feeling isolated from it (albeit for different reasons). This also leads him to believe she's the only one fit to judge him since, in his eyes , the morals of the world don't apply to her . Misaki disagrees.
- Occult Detective : Misaki is a freelance medium who occasionally works with Kadotake, a liaisons officer from the Livelihood Preservation Group note a government agency that investigates paranormal activity and performs exorcisms, in the interest of public safety .
- Of Corsets Sexy : Misaki almost always wears her S&M attire under her street clothes, which leads to public embarrassment in the first episode, when Kadotake trips and pulls down her dress, exposing her lingerie for all to see . This is also the reason Mitsuru follows her around.
- Oh, Crap! : Mitsuru damn near shits himself when Misaki finally meets him again in chapter 12. Thankfully, Ai tells Misaki that Mitsuru is no longer stalking her and asks Misaki to forgive him. Misaki agrees to let it drop and even promises Mitsuru that she'll service him once he's of legal age.
- Only in It for the Money : The reason Misaki works both her jobs, even though she doesn't care for either profession. Her attitude towards necromancy changes during chapter 12; see the You Can't Fight Fate entry down below.
- Onsen Episode : Misaki is worried about her lack of pubic hair and visits several onsens that are rumored to remedy the problem.
- Out with a Bang : Played with in ch.3. Misaki is questioned by the police about Shimamura's death and made to describe their session, so she gives them all the lurid details, including how it ended with him giving her oral sex then defecating and ejaculating. She channels his spirit just enough to reveal the location of the suicide note he left, and the chapter concludes with her saying a prayer for his spirit and thanking him for giving her her first on-the-job orgasm.
- Paranormal Investigation : Misaki and Kadotake investigate murder and suicide cases, to uncover the circumstances that led to the victims' deaths. Afterwards, Misaki exorcises them by helping them find closure so they can move on to the afterlife.
- Parental Abandonment : Misaki's parents left her to the care of her grandparents so she could develop her paranormal abilities.
- Parental Incest : Mitsuru finds out his father used to sexually molest his younger sister-in-law, when she lets him see for himself, during the necromancy session in chapter 9. A later chapter reveals that she had a previous step-father, implying that Mitsuru 's father wasn't the molester, but just gets dumped with the unhappiness of her spirit.
- Perpetual Frowner : This is Misaki's default expression for much of the manga. Instances where she's genuinely smiling, or happy, are rare.
- Phone Call from the Dead : Inspector Gada overhears a literal phone conversation between Isanami and Koshigaya, after their deaths, while he's in the realm of the dead .
- Police Are Useless : Averted , as the series shows the Livelihood Preservation Group and the Tokyo Metropolitan Police working toward solving various suicide and murder cases. Much of vol. 8, in particular, is spent detailing what they've learned over the course of their investigation concerning Yuo and the Rock 'n Roll Suicide BBS website and also uncovering Yuo's true objective. Vol. 9 shows various precincts canvassing each of the known BBS-heavy prefectures to try determine the location of "The Flame of Lament" note the reenactment of a protest by a group of Shinto and Buddhist priests who committed suicide at an abandoned temple, by way of immolation to prevent it from taking place.
- The first page of chapter 5 shows Misaki playing F-Zero on a Gameboy Advance . She says she likes it and thinks about getting a link cable for it.
- The same chapter shows Ai eating an Egg McMuffin from McDonald's .
- Chapter 12 shows that Kadotake smokes Malboro Lights brand cigarettes.
- In the first episode, Ai is nearly raped by Koga while making a return visit to her sister's abandoned apartment. Fortunately, Misaki had been led there by her sister's spirit, which unnerves Koga, causing him to run off.
- The murder victim in chapter 4, who fell prey to a serial killer who pretended to offer her a ride home. Instead, he took her to a deserted ally where he raped and beat her. What came after can be seen here.
- During Mitsuru's backstory, it's implied that he was raped by Hijiri , whom he met through the internet. One scene shows them in bed together during the time he was living with her, but makes it unclear whether it was consensual, as he appeared to be unresponsive.
- Rape and Revenge : As a result of Muraoka raping and killing a female passenger, when his friend Shigeura got cold feet and came to him for advice about what to do with her. Misaki eventually realizes what happened and uses herself as bait to lure Muraoka back to Inbanuma so their deceased spirits could exact karmic justice.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech : Delivered to Mitsuru from his sister-in-law's ghost, when she taunts him about whether he stole the panties off her corpse and what he probably did with them, then tells him that their father was getting the "real thing" from her .
- Reluctant Hero : Truth be told, Misaki would really rather not be bothered with spirits, since all it's ever done is cause problems for her. As a kid, other children steered clear of her because her ability to see spirits alienated them, and her adulthood isn't much better in that regard.
- Salary Man : Mr. Shimamura, who used to work at a manga magazine publishing company and was also one of Misaki's regulars, before committing suicide .
- Saying Sound Effects Out Loud : Done by Ai, when she "yoinks" the cigarette from Kadotake's mouth, at the beginning of chapter 12.
- Scenery Porn : We could easily say the manga in its entirety, due to the painstaking attention to detail in each scene, but two scenes from chapter 12 is where it really shows.
- Self-Harm : Mitsuru cuts his arm to snap himself out of the shock of a Catapult Nightmare combined with seeing Hijiri's ghost lying next to him .
- Sex for Solace : One way to look at Misaki having sex with Luna in the final chapter, despite having shown no interest in women up to that point, is that she was simply looking for some form of physical comfort or emotional support after the disastrous end to the previous chapter.
- Shrinking Violet : Ai is a quiet, sweet, submissive girl for most of the story, and not really the type to be proactive. She grows out of this by the end of the story.
- Silent Conversation : Takes place in chapter 17, when Misaki finally meets with Yuo . To Gada and the others, it appeared they were sitting in silence, when they were conversing within their minds, where Yuo explains the circumstances that led to the eventual suicides of Satomi, Ryouji, Hijiri and Haru
- According to Shizue, he became a fan of Misaki's back when she first started publishing her "Mistress" column and frequently sent her love letters. At one point, he even showed up at the Roppongi Club as a client, but Misaki refused because he was only 17.
- Mitsuru has even gone so far as to bug her apartment and stole a drawer full of her panties, but left $1,000 so she could buy new ones .
- The guy even has recordings of her using the bathroom and even lets Kadotake have one, as a sign of appreciation for taking him along to find Misaki . Kadotake is deeply moved.
- Stocking Filler : Considering Misaki's line of work , this one's a given and, like her bare feet, you'll be seeing plenty of them, especially when she's pulling them on.
- The last chapter, however, ends on a very ambiguous note, with Misaki finding herself in the exact same situation she was in earlier in the chapter when Luna came on to her , except with Misaki in Luna's position where she was standing over and watching the object of her affection peeing , with Kadotake now in Misaki's position doing the peeing. The story leaves it ambiguous however if this new situation ends the exact same way as the first situation, with Misaki coming on to Kadotake the same way Luna came on to her .
- Stripperific : Though she dislikes her job as a dominatrix, Misaki tends to dress as one when working as an exorcist (complete with Combat Stilettos ), even though such clothing is hardly sensible in dangerous situations. It's heavily implied she does it for atmosphere, since the more afraid a medium is, the worse an exorcism tends to go.
- Suicide by Cop : How Koga chooses to die, because he couldn't forgive himself for having killed Miku . He entices Misaki to kill him by pretending to have no remorse for what he'd done. She sees through it, but still grants him what he wants.
- Misaki later brings this up to Luna when the latter brings the former to a hotel for sex, maybe to dissuade her from penetration . The latter's response is to simply tell Misaki that she has other way of making her feel good.
- Tempting Fate : The building superintendent asks Kadotake to check Ai's sister's apartment for ghosts. Which he agreed to only because the superintendent said he hadn't seen any around, leading Kadotake to believe it was safe to go in alone. Boy, was he wrong.
- Took a Level in Badass : While Misaki is on vacation, Ai is press-ganged into helping with medium work. While she doesn't do as great a job as Misaki, she eventually reaches Plucky Girl status, enough to become a Morality Pet to Mitsuru .
- Undying Loyalty : Ms. Kuraki's guard dog, Meri. If anyone tries to harm her, he'll know... and he'll find you. Even if he has to do it from beyond the grave.
- Wardrobe Malfunction : Kadotake trips and grabs Misaki's dress while falling down, causing it to rip off and reveal her sexy lingerie underwear.
- Weapon Specialization : Naturally , Misaki has a whip. Its name is " Kinui " note "Demon Thread" and it's alive . It also feeds on flesh , as seen at the end of the first book, when Misaki allows Kinui to eat Koga. Kinui is eventually revealed to have been made using Misaki's mother's hair. She burns Kinui, but later has a new version made using her own hair.
- Willing Channeler : The only way for Misaki to communicate with the deceased is to allow them to temporarily possess her body and speak through her. Ai also begins to develop this ability in the later part of the manga.
- You Can't Fight Fate : Misaki gets told this while she's on vacation and meets Hiratsuka, who's a retired medium. She tells Misaki that even if she tried to quit being a necromancer, the spirits would still be drawn to her anyway because she's got the gift and she's their only hope of tying up any loose ends that're binding them to this world.
- Younger Than They Look : Most of the time Misaki looks, acts, and is treated like someone way older than 19. It also overlaps with her being Wise Beyond Her Years
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Misaki's dress accidentally gets ripped off by some dude.
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