Shinrei Tantei Yakumo

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Volume 1 Nihon Bungeisha Cover

Shinrei Tantei Yakumo (心霊探偵 八雲 / Psychic Detective Yakumo) is a light novel series written by author Manabu Kaminaga with illustrations done by Katoh Akatsuki in Nihon Bungeisha publication and later in the Kadokawa Bunko publication with cover arts done by Yasushi Suzuki. Currently there are 9 volumes published, as well as 3 volumes containing side stories.

Also a spin-off prequel series titled Ukikumo Shinrei Kitan (浮雲心霊奇譚 / Ukikumo Psychic Mysterious Story), with illustrations by ZUNKO, lauched as the author's 10th anniversary project. With one volume already released, it is also currently being serialized in Shousetsu Subaru.

Story Synopsis

...Three friends from university, drunken, decided for a test of courage in the abandoned "haunted" building behind their university. They didn't wish for it, but they encountered a ghost??? Or?...

For the sake of a friend possessed by a ghost, a young college student Ozawa Haruka visits her university's Movie Research Club. Haruka finds inside a young man - Saitou Yakumo, who is believed to have psychic powers. The two of them begin to investigate the weird occurrences that are happening around Haruka's friends together, as Haruka is convinced that Yakumo is just a fake psychic. Will they be able to find the culpit who murdered the person possessing Haruka's friend before he kills all of the friends who visited the abandoned building and Haruka as well? All in all, Haruka finds out that this young man is the real deal! Yakumo's red left eye can see what others cannot - the spirits of the dead. With this power and mostly Yakumo's great people perception they're solving this confusing, un-earthly case.

This case is just the start of the string of incidents happening around them. And Haruka is unlucky enough to get involved and then she always brings new cases to Yakumo, just to his annoyance!


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  • 21st March, 2015 - Laute completed Ukikumo 1 - The Way of the Red Eye.
  • 25th March, 2015 - Laute completed Ukikumo 1 - The Way of Love.
  • 2nd April, 2015 - Laute completed Ukikumo 1 - The Way of a Curse. Volume Ukikumo Shinrei Kitan 1 - The Way of the Red Eye completed.
  • 17th April, 2015 - Laute completed Yakumo 9 - Extra File.
  • Translation caught up with the published volumes.

Past updates can be found on the old updates page.

The Shinrei Tantei Yakumo / Psychic Detective Yakumo series by Manabu Kaminaga

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The Shinrei Tantei Yakumo - Another Files side stories series by Manabu Kaminaga

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The Ukikumo Shinrei Kitan / Ukikumo Psychic Mysterious Story spin-off prequel series by Manabu Kaminaga

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Series Overview

Nihon Bungeisha Edition

Kadokawa Bunko Edition

Ukikumo Shinrei Kitan, published by Shueisha