Shinrei Tantei Yakumo

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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.

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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  • 20th November, 2014 - Laute completed Another Files - the coffin of prayer - Afterword. Volume Another Files - the coffin of prayer completed.
  • 20th November, 2014 - All released novels completely translated, other than the side story spin-off.

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The Shinrei Tantei Yakumo series by Manabu Kaminaga

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Volume 9 - The Spirit of Salvation

(Complete at Laute)
Note: This translation is from the hardback edition that doesn't include the Extra File.

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

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The Ukikumo Shinrei Kitan spin-off prequel series by Manabu Kaminaga

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Ukikumo Psychic Mysterious Story - The Logic of the Red Eye

Released: November 26, 2014

"If you exorcise the ghost, it will never come back again."
"A meeting for the sake of getting rid of the strongest possession!"

The red eyes that see the spirits of dead.
The roots of Shinrei Tantei Yakumo are right here!

The elder sister of Yasohachi, who aims to be a painter, started to take a strange behaviour. Seems like it's the work of a ghost, as no words get through to her.
Troubled Yasohachi went to meet a famous exorcist. The skin of that man was unusually white and he wore a red cloth wrapped around his eyes. Attracted to the daring man who says he can see the spirits of dead, Yasohachi continues to get involved with him in a number of cases--.

Dedicated to all the fans of the entertainment, the Bakumatsu mystery's curtain is raised! Kaminaga Manabu's 10th anniversary commemorative work.

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Series Overview

Nihon Bungeisha Edition

Kadokawa Bunko Edition