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Mai Taniyama Voiced by: Kaori Nazuka (Japanese), Cherami Leigh (English)
A 16 year-old first-year high school student who becomes involved with the Shibuya Psychic Research (SPR) after she accidentally breaks an expensive video camera that was being used by the SPR in an investigation of an old building at her school. In the same incident, she is saved from a falling bookcase by Lin Koujo, who is injured instead; to repay her debt, she fills in for Lin to assist SPR's manager Kazuya Shibuya. After the conclusion of the first case, she is offered a paycheck for her work and a part-time position at the SPR. As the series progresses, it is revealed that Mai has ESP abilities, which include astral projection, psychic dreams and clairvoyance.
- Action Survivor : She’s not a fighter, but she gets on the field and lives to tell the tale.
- Badass Adorable : A spunky young woman who you should still beware of.
- Empowered Badass Normal : As it turns out, she’s not so ordinary.
- Badass Unintentional : Her powers often give her key information, even when she's not trying to.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension : Mai and Naru often bicker with each other so easily and familiarly much to the ire of Masako who eventually calls Mai out on this .
- Catapult Nightmare : Expect this to happen a lot in the series.
- Conveniently an Orphan : Her parents died when she was young.
- Curtains Match the Windows : Both her hair and eyes are brown.
- Cute Clumsy Girl : Not so much emphasized, but she has her clumsy moments. The most clear example is when she breaks Lin's camera in the first arc.
- Damsel in Distress : Nearly every arc will have Mai in major trouble of some sort, often more than once. Unlike many other examples of this trope, this is NOT a case of Too Dumb to Live ; Mai just has really shitty luck. In the few times it is a direct result of her bad decisions, she's generally acting on incomplete information or is in a situation where all the options are bad.
- It happens again in the Bloody Labyrinth arc, when she gets possessed by the spirit of one of the maids that was killed in the mansion. The spirit makes her experience her death in what's probably one of the most terrifying moments of the anime. The spirit possesses her again later but Masako notices and effortlessly exorcises the spirit out of Mai's body and lays it to rest.
- Determinator : She’ll keep moving forward even if the odds are stacked against her.
- Dreaming of Things to Come : Where her powers kick in.
- Genki Girl : She can be excitable, especially when off-mission.
- Fire-Forged Friends : With Masako. The pair initially couldn’t stand each other, but grew to.
- Furo Scene : Very brief and not very revealing (due to the nature of the anime), but still counts.
- I See Dead People : Gains this ability as the series progresses.
- Let's Get Dangerous! : If something is really bad, she’ll get to here.
- The McCoy : She doesn’t listen to logic too much.
- Muggle Best Friend : Subverted after she gains her medium powers, but still acts like a layman on most occasions.
- My Parents Are Dead : She even mentions it word by word once.
- And later in that same arc, when she goes to rescue Masako. She's saved by Lin just in time, though.
- Nice Girl : She can be stubborn, but she’s a very kind young woman who will help you should you need it.
- Ordinary High-School Student : What she seems like at first.
- Plucky Girl : She doesn’t back down.
- Psychic Powers : It is revealed that she has these at the end of the third arc.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni : The red to Naru's (and Lin's) blue.
- Rewatch Bonus : If you re-watch the early episodes, particularly the first arc, in the knowledge that Mai has psychic powers herself, including clairvoyance (true seeing) and claircognizance (true knowing), pay close attention to what she says and the voiceover of her thoughts. Several of the remarks she thinks is exactly what someone else is about to say out loud, and most of the things she says randomly turn out to be Foreshadowing (like when she comes up with the nickname 'Naru' - the Japanese pronunciation of his actual nickname) or clues to the mystery (when discussing poltergeists, she all but spells out Kuroda's motivation for powering the poltergeist).
- Ship Tease : With Naru. The pair bicker a lot, but it’s clear there’s love there.
- Supporting Protagonist : She’s the protagonist, but it’s Naru who gets a lot of the things done.
- Tareme Eyes : She has round, innocent eyes.
- Tempting Fate : Near the end of episode 10, Mai muses about how it would kind of suck to have psychic powers , and that she's glad she's just an ordinary high school student. Guess what we eventually learn she has?
- Took a Level in Badass : After discovering her latent Psychic Powers , which grow stronger in every arc.
- Tsundere : Shows some aspects of it, especially around Naru. She acts like she hates him, but it’s clear she loves him.
- Unresolved Sexual Tension : Wordof God confirms that this is the basis of their relationship as Naru and Mai would get jealous if anyone of the opposite sex tries to get the other's attention but in the end everything is "resolved" and they go back to square one.
- What the Hell, Hero? : Mai is not pleased to discover that Naru is willing to turn a death curse onto six hundred relatively innocent students (hoping that the curse would dilute itself and "merely" severely injure them rather than kill them. Maybe ) just to guarantee the life of one Jerkass teacher — his justification being that, unwittingly or not, they still invoked a powerful death curse. Naru instead takes a third option and diverts the death curse to six hundred hitogatas of innocent students, leaving everyone unharmed.
- Work Off the Debt : How she becomes Naru's assistant.
- You, Get Me Coffee : She is often on the receiving end of this joke, particularly from Naru.
Kazuya "Naru" Shibuya/ Oliver "Noll" Davis Voiced by: Yuuki Tai (Japanese), Todd Haberkorn (English)
A 17-year-old paranormal researcher and the manager of the Shibuya Psychic Research center. Mai nicknames him "Naru" for his narcissistic (narushisuto) attitude; this nickname generally comes to be adopted by their colleagues. Though appearing cold and critical in front of his friends, he does care for them deeply and earns their trust and respect. Eventually, it is revealed that Naru is actually the famed paranormal researcher and psychic, Oliver Davis, and that he has very strong psychokinetic abilities.
- All There in the Manual : There are several things about Naru that are either vaguely hinted at or not brought up at all in the anime but are explained fully elsewhere.
- Badass Bookworm : Comes with being a paranormal researcher.
- Empowered Badass Normal : As it turns out late in the series, he’s this.
- Angsty Surviving Twin : What he turns out to be.
- Battle Aura : He shows this in episode 25.
- Beware the Quiet Ones : He’s a man of few words, but he still gets the job done.
- Brainy Brunette : A smart young man who will use his tactics to get the job done, no matter how brutal.
- Brutal Honesty : Oh, so much. He won’t waste time stating how he feels about some people.
- Cast from Hit Points : Use of his psychokinetic abilities severely taxes his body. The one time he does use it in the series, he collapses and is hospitalized afterwards.
- The Chessmaster : He plans out pretty much everything without telling anyone. Lin is too used to it to care at this point and the others never get what's going on until it's over.
- A Child Shall Lead Them : He’s among the youngest of the group, but he’s still a professional ghost hunter.
- "Why don't you keep her company for a while, Dad."
- Demonic Possession : In the eighth arc. Fortunately, he gets out of this.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette : He’s a bit aloof and not someone you’d talk to.
- First-Name Basis : Towards Mai and Lin.
- Genius Bruiser : Easily the smartest in the group and the most powerful psychic of them all.
- Gratuitous English : Actually justifiable given that he is actually Oliver Davis, a young paranormal professor from Britain.
- Hates Being Touched : As Gene states,in a small short about the daily life of Gene and Naru by the author, Naru wasn't comfortable with physical contact which is why he and Madako and the rest of Naru's family (exception of Lin) like to get physical with Naru to tease him.
- In-Series Nickname : Naru, nicknamed by Mai on the very first episode from the Japanese word narushisuto, or narcissist.
- Insufferable Genius : Yes, oh yes. He’s a genius and isn’t afraid to rub it in your face.
- Jerkass : Due to his cases of Brutal Honesty , he may come by as this, but deep down is truly a Jerk with a Heart of Gold . A particularly bad case occurred after his Demonic Possession , where he and the team confronted Okubu-sama and seemingly scoffs at the team's failed attempts to exorcise it, but it turns out he actually is strong enough to end it in one blow and was itching to do it, but he has to maintain his cover and doing it is dangerous for his body, so he may be justified after all.
- Know When to Fold 'Em : When he realizes Urado has transformed from a mere ghost into something far far worse , he instantly tries to get the team out of there, as they have no experience in dealing with demons and Urado has proven himself extremely powerful and dangerous.
- The Leader : Doubles as this and The Smart Guy .
- Lightning Bruiser : He’s quick on his feet and doesn’t waste time.
- The Fighting Narcissist : While not a straightforward example, he shows shades of this.
- Naru goes on a long rant about his dissatisfaction with the Japanese investigation team to Hirota, a government officer. He sounds like a rightfully angry brother about their incompetence in handling that case up until he snapped at Monk, who tried to placate him, that what he was most angry about was the loss of valuable research of his brother's remains. Mai, Masako and Monk are horrified and dread what Naru would do if any of them died in his vicinity.
- Non-Action Guy : Until the end of the eighth arc, at least.
- Not a Morning Person : Makes sense when you work inside a lot.
- Not So Stoic : The end of the seventh arc suggests this, as he is seen holding Masako's comb and using his psychic abilities to see if she was okay after she went missing, showing that he does care about the others.
- And in the final volume of the manga, SPR discovers that "Shibuya Kazuya" is apparently only an alias for Oliver Davis, a famous British parapsychologist. Apparently, his twin and family nearly always called him Noll - the traditional British nickname for Oliver.
- Power Incontinence : It's revealed that this is why he was forbidden from using his psychokinetic powers.
- Psychic Powers : At the end of the eighth arc, Lin reveals to Mai that Naru has an outstanding amount of psychic powers, too much for his body to control, and that it was what caused him to pass out after briefly using said powers.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni : The blue to Mai's red. Naru calculates accordingly while Mai will rush.
- Ship Tease : With Mai
- The Spock : He’s cold and thinks very straight.
- The Smart Guy : Easily the smartest of the group.
- The Stoic : Not a lot fazes him, all things considered.
- Tall, Dark, and Handsome : He’s a tall and very beautiful young man.
- Tall, Dark, and Snarky : While he is beautiful, he’s also rather snarky.
- Teen Genius : 17 and the leader of a ghost hunting group.
- Unspoken Plan Guarantee : He may tell Lin his plans, but that's only because he needs his abilities . Except for that, he rarely reveals his plan, and Mai and the others have to figure it out on their own.
- Wise Beyond His Years : Sometimes it's hard to remember he's just seventeen...
- Workaholic : Played with. He actually only takes cases that truly interests him, but works his ass off on those he took and is always busy.
Lin/Rin Koujo Voiced by: Ken Narita (Japanese), J. Michael Tatum (English)
A Hong Kong-born practitioner of Onmyodo, Lin acts as part-bodyguard, part assistant to Naru before the investigation of Mai's school. A skilled spiritualist with a knowledge of Chinese and Japanese spiritualism and occultism, Lin also brings five bound spirits with him to act as his means of dealing with dangerous threats.
- Badass in a Nice Suit : He's a powerful spiritualist with psychic powers and is typically seen in a suit and tie.
- Beware the Quiet Ones : He’s a man of a few words, but he can be very dangerous.
- The Comically Serious : Particularly in the "Silent Christmas" arc, where possessed Mai clings onto him, much to his chagrin.
- Empowered Badass Normal : He has Psychic Powers , after all.
- Expy : Possibly, of Hatori Sohma in both appearance and their The Stoic personality.
- Hidden Depths : An interesting negative example: Lin is revealed to be racist against the Japanese due to Japanese atrocities during World War II. He even admits that he knows it was long in the past and it's illogical to hold a grudge like that, but that he can't forget his own heritage.
- The Lancer : Naru’s second-in-command.
- Out of Focus : In the first arc. Justified since he was in the hospital.
- Promotion to Parent : In the Silent Christmas arc. Not that he enjoys it.
- Psychic Powers : Revealed in the third arc.
- The Quiet One : Is far more silent than Naru himself.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni : Can be seen as the blue to Mai's red. He’s every bit as calculating as Naru while Mai rushes headfirst.
- Sharp-Dressed Man : Never seen without a suit.
- Sneeze Cut : Twice on episode 11 of the anime.
- Stock Foreign Name : Which is quickly identified by the client in the Bloody Labyrinth arc.
- The Stoic : There isn’t a lot that fazes him.
- Tall, Dark, and Handsome : Just like Naru, he’s very pretty.
- Undying Loyalty : Towards Naru.
- Workaholic : He works a lot.
Ayako Matsuzaki Voiced by: Masami Suzuki (Japanese), Colleen Clinkenbeard (English)
An outspoken 23-year-old self-styled shrine maiden whose powers and knowledge often come up short compared to the other practitioners in the earlier arcs. This is due to her powers deriving from tree spirits and SPR's earlier cases being in urban areas. She is also a licensed doctor at hospital, a talented cook and quite wealthy.
- Action Girl : While the series isn’t action based, she’s the closest to one. Especially when she can get her abilities to work.
- Awesome, but Impractical : Her ritual requires ancient, living, healthy trees in order to truly work, and one location can only be used once every half a year. That said, when conditions are met, she can easily purify evil spirits en masse.
- The Chew Toy : She is often the object of teasing (mainly from Naru and Monk ) due to her rituals not being very effective in the first few arcs.
- Conditional Powers : Her power stems from her connection to tree spirits and is stronger when in rural areas. Unfortunately until the final arcs all the investigations occur in urban areas, so her powers are greatly limited until then.
- Cool Big Sis : Towards Mai in the later arcs.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass : It seems her powers don’t work. But if given the right setting, it’ll work and it will show.
- Determinator : Despite how ineffective her powers are at times, she still focuses on getting the job done.
- Fiery Redhead : She’s pretty easy to get a rise out of.
- Get a Hold of Yourself, Woman! : She has to slap Mai in order to calm her down after she wakes up from a nightmare.
- Hidden Depths : She was perceived as an incompetent miko by the group for her many unsuccessful rituals, but it turns out she just needed the right conditions, and never made excuses because she knows the others won't believe her. Also, despite her arrogance, she genuinely cares for the team.
- Hot-Blooded : She’s quick to get to work.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold : She’s arrogant and her powers don’t work unless given the right setting. But she does care about her comrades.
- Know-Nothing Know-It-All : Loudly proclaims the earlier arcs' hauntings are "Obviously the result of an earth spirit!" They never are.
- The Medic : She usually takes up this role whenever one of the team gets injured.
- Nature Spirits : The true source of her powers.
- Non-Idle Rich : A shrine maiden that works against the supernatural.
- Plucky Girl : Just like Mai, she doesn’t back down until she’s done.
- Psychic Powers : Her exorcisms, among others.
- Rich Bitch : A mild example. She’s from a rich family and while she is a bit arrogant, she’s overall a good person.
- Team Mom : Labeled as such by Mai. Checks out since Masako is roughly her age.
Houshou Takigawa Voiced by: Kenji Hamada (Japanese), Travis Willingham (English)
An apostate Buddhist monk with a family history of being monks, "Monk" acts as the bedrock of SPR's cases when the cause is finally revealed and an exorcism or purification is necessary.
- Asian Rune Chant : He’s a monk, so this has to be the case.
- Big Brother Mentor : To Mai. He can also be considered her Parental Substitute .
- There are also various moments in which he saves the day with his Asian Rune Chant .
- The Big Guy : Among the team, his exorcism method is probably the most direct: blow the spirits away with spells. Personality wise, he's also the most lively of the crew. Also, he's physically the tallest of the group, a trait he shares with Rin, and likely the fittest.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer : He's actually a rock bassist, so yeah, he's not your traditional Japanese monk, but he still gets the job done.
- Curtains Match the Windows : Both his hair and eyes are a light brown.
- Hidden Badass : Naru even notes that he may have underestimated him at one point.
- In-Series Nickname : "Monk", by nearly everyone else. He also has a nickname when he's performing with his band, as revealed in the third arc. It's probably an audio pun, since his name (Houshou) only needs one syllable change to make it sound like monk (Bou-san).
- The Lancer : When Naru was incapacitated, he took up the leadership mantle. Naru also seems to value his input.
- Lead Bassist : Type D.
- Nice Guy : Probably the second nicest of the group. He’s a sort of father figure towards Mai and is generally good with children.
- Psychic Powers : He's a monk, after all. He mentioned that he used to be able to see spirits until an accident during an exorcism made that ability disappear.
- Shipper on Deck : For Naru/Mai. In episode 11 of the anime, when Masako suggests that they should divide in couples to attract the spirit, he whispers to Mai that it was her chance to get a date with Naru.
- Team Dad : Labeled as this by Mai. Makes sense since Naru and Lin are both too aloof and focused on their jobs.
John Brown Voiced by: Nobuhiko Okamoto (Japanese), Jason Liebrecht (English)
An Australian Catholic exorcist, John backs up the team with his abilities learned from the Catholic Church to aid in exorcisms of human beings.
- Anime Catholicism : He’s an Australian Catholic.
- Badass Adorable : He’s fairly young, but he’s capable of kicking all sorts of ass.
- Badass Bookworm : Well, he’s an exorcist.
- Badass Preacher : He’s an exorcist and just as capable of helping the team.
- Celibate Hero : Due to being a Catholic priest and all...
- Demonic Possession : Being an exorcist, he specializes in handling this. It's stated that while Takigawa and Rin are much better at driving away and exterminating evil spirits, they still need John because they can't exorcise a spirit or entity inhabiting an object or person without harming the host, which John can easily do.
- Funny Foreigner : Treated as funny mainly due to his accent.
- To elaborate, he spoke with Kansai dialect, which is usually spoken by The Idiot from Osaka , not a caucasian foreigner like him.
- Takigawa actually notes this, saying that John can't be an official exorcist since he's way too young.
- Jesus Taboo : Subverted in episode 24, when John mentions Jesus during an exorcism early in the episode.
- Near-Death Experience : In the very first arc. The roof was falling down on the room he was practicing an exorcism, and it would've ended him had Mai not warned him and gotten him out of there just in time.
- Older Than He Looks : He is nineteen, but on their first meeting everyone (particularly Mai) thought he was way younger.
Masako Hara Voiced by: Rie Kugimiya (Japanese), Jad Saxton (English)
A moderately famous TV psychic with actual psychic abilities, Masako is able to see the spirits and entities surrounding a case location, and is able to channel the dead in order to effectively communicate with them.
- Demonic Possession : In episode 11, although it's more or a comic relief situation. It is more serious on the eighth arc, when she summons the ghost of a person who was recently killed in order to find out who killed her, and of course, said ghost takes full control of Masako's body to talk to the group.
- Dreaming of Things to Come : It's implied that she has this ability.
- First-Name Basis : She is upset when she realizes Naru refuses to call her (or Ayako) by their first name, but talks to Mai on First-Name Basis .
- Friendship Denial : As regards her relationship with Mai. She completely changes her mind after the seventh arc, though.
- Hopeless Suitor : So far, it doesn't look like Naru reciprocates her feelings. Then again, it is Naru who we're talking about, he may not even have noticed she has a crush on him. Made harsher when the truth about Glen was revealed and it turns out that, like Mai, it may not have been Naru she actually fell in love with.
- I See Dead People : Due to being a medium and all...
- Kimono Is Traditional : Somewhat made fun of when Mai imagines her going to school in pre-WW2 kimono uniform.
- Not to mention when she's abducted near the end of the seventh arc. Mai finds her and attempts to free them, but is captured too, and both are almost killed by the Big Bad (in a quite horrific way , might be added), but they're saved just in time by Lin.
- Psychic Powers : Seeing and sensing spirits, among other medium powers.
- The Empath : She's the most sensitive to spiritual presence among the team, and her exorcism method works by communing with the dead and convincing them to depart. Compare this to Monk, whose method causes direct harm to evil spirits.
Osamu Yasuhara Voiced by: Kosuke Okano (Japanese), Eric Vale (English)
Yasuhara first approaches SPR as the student representative of a haunted high school, before joining the team as a researcher.
- Ascended Extra : He had already been a main character in the light novels, but manga readers may have been surprised to find Yasuhara included on the front/back covers of volumes 4 and 5, an honor that no other "client" character had received and a hint that he was going to stick around for longer.
- Badass Bookworm : His main asset is his research skills. At least once per case he will leave the haunted building and return with a huge stack of files cataloguing any tragedy that might be associated with the area.
- Badass Normal : The only member of the team with no psychic abilities whatsoever.
- Mellow Fellow : Not a lot fazes him.
- Non-Action Guy : Spends time on the sidelines.
- Rage Breaking Point : Generally has a very mild temper, especially compared to Mai, Takigawa, and Ayako, and doesn't take offence to Naru's abruptness. However, he is genuinely upset in the Cursed House case when Naru fails to respect his research skills, probably because he had not only done the research, but left his summer job and helped the team fight off a horde of zombies while Naru was in a coma .
- Student Council President : Mai and Takigawa are very impressed that he manages to serve as class president in his senior year, when most students would be too busy with college entrance exams.
- The Trickster : He likes to poke fun at people, especially Takigawa and Mai. In the Bloody Labyrinth case, when his age is mocked by an annoying rival investigator, he claims to be several hundred years old and doesn't stop talking about historical events from his "youth" until the man leaves the room.
- Those Two Guys : Shades of this with Takigawa. They are the most light-hearted members of the team and frequently joke together, and occasionally talk about serious things before bringing in the rest of the group, such as when Naru is knocked unconscious on a case, or when they begin to have suspicions of his true identity .
- Wise Beyond Their Years : His nickname in high school is translated as "Old Man" in English.
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Ghost Hunt Characters
The following is a full list of characters and their Japanese voice actors for the anime Ghost Hunt
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Mai Taniyama is the main protagonist of Ghost Hunt and is the assistant to Kazuya Shibuya whom she nicknames 'Naru' (short for narcissist). At the end of Volume 1, she was hired to work part-time at Shibuya Psychic Research.
- 1 Appearance
- 2 Personality
- 3 Background
- 4.1 Volumes 1-6
- 4.2 Volumes 7-12
- 5 Other Media
- 6 Relationships
- 7 Abilities
- 9 References
- 10 Navigation
Appearance [ ]
Mai is a petite teenage girl with short brown hair, chocolate brown eyes and thick lashes. She often dresses comfortably, preferring to leave her hair down most of the time. In later volumes, it's hinted that she has trouble clothes shopping due to high-prices. Through the course of the manga, her hair grows from a pixie cut to a short bob. In the anime, Mai's hair is a short bob.
When wearing her school uniform, she wears a pleated skirt ending at her thighs with over the knee black socks.
Personality [ ]
Mai often believes the best in people; when Naoko Kuroda and Chiaki Kasai are suspected, she sticks up for both of them, despite knowing neither very well. She is also very compassionate, as demonstrated in Volume 2, when she forms a close bond with the child involved in the case, and Volume 7, when she comforts a kidnapped Masako Hara , despite the two not getting along. Mai is easily annoyed and quite jealous.
Starting with the very first volume, Mai expresses enjoyment of her work with SPR because it is exciting, as she tends to be an adventurous-romantic. This attitude is prevalent in all the cases she takes, but only when no one is being harmed. She is very brave, and asks Houshou Takigawa and Ayako Matsuzaki to teach her spells and counter-curses in order to feel more useful. She is also quite impulsive; deciding to exorcise a multitude of spirits last-minute, despite her lack of skill.
Although not dumb, Mai is the least experienced of the group, and appears not to take schoolwork too seriously. She is very intuitive and good with people, rather than traditionally intelligent, something Naru likes to poke fun at. Her sympathetic nature leads her to be a big target for spirits. Mai is shown to be very stubborn in her beliefs. She isn't afraid of expressing her reasoning, regardless of authority. Mai is hinted at to be very lonely, which is why she so eagerly accepts SPR as a family.
Background [ ]
When Mai is first introduced, she and her school friends Keiko and Michiru are telling ghost stories. She then meets Kazuya Shibuya (Naru) , who claims to be a student at their school. Mai doesn't trust him, due to his perceived insincerity, although her friends admire his good looks.
While walking to school the next day, Mai approaches the supposedly, haunted school a friend of hers discussed. While investigating the building, she accidentally injured Lin Koujo (Naru's assistant) and took his place.
In the course of the case, Mai and Naru meet spiritualists: Houshou Takigawa (Monk/Bou- san ), Ayako Matsuzaki , John Brown and Masako Hara . In the beginning, Mai seems to have no problem working with these other experts; however, she does berate them for not admitting their mistakes and doubting Naru's abilities. It is at this time that Mai also has her first dream about Naru, and begins to harbor romantic feelings towards him.
Over the next few volumes, Mai begins to demonstrate psychic power, often dealing with her dreams. Naru determines that Mai has latent sensitivity. She often has post-cognitive visions during cases, which help the SPR team locate and determine the motive of spirits.
It is revealed in Volume 6 that Mai is an orphan; her father died when she was very young, and her mother died when she was in junior high. Before working at SPR (where she is unusually well paid), she lived with a teacher, but now she is able to afford a place of her own.
Plot Overview [ ]
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Relationships [ ]
- Kazuya Shibuya (Naru) :
From the beginning of their relationship, Mai dislikes Naru's lying and condescending attitude, which leads her to dub him "Naru-chan" (narcissist), a nickname quickly picked up by the rest of the SPR group. He, in turn, looks down on her for her naiveté, poor English, and lack of intelligence in the paranormal field. However, they develop a functional working relationship over the course of the manga, with Naru relying on her post-cognitive powers and Mai trusting his professional opinion.
Mai begins to develop feelings for Naru when she has a dream of him smiling at her; This dream-Naru continues to guide her during nearly every case. Her romantic emotions never stop her from criticizing him when she objects to his behavior, however. Naru seemingly never notices Mai's romantic desires, although they are obvious to the rest of the characters and often leads to conflict with Masako, who also wishes to be in a relationship with Naru.
Naru's feelings towards Mai are more complicated. In Volume 6, it is revealed that the camera Mai damaged had actually been insured, which explains her payment after their first case. Naru states he originally just used her as free-labor, however, he claims the reason he hired Mai was because a past employee quit. Later on in the novels, it is revealed by Ayako that no such employe ever existed. Naru trusts her on personal matters; as shown when he asks Mai to keep his spoon-bending activity a secret, early on in the series. Naru also has comforted her whenever they are alone together in a dangerous situation, going as far as to hold her hand or perform magic tricks for her.
Furthermore, Mai is the only member of the team whom he addresses by her first name, without any honorifics, (although this is addressed later on: Naru believed the pet-name "Naru" was Mai attempting to say his nickname "Noll", leading to Naru address her casually as he felt she did him). Mai is also the only character the audience has seen Naru smile and laugh towards. Naru has a tendency to flick or tap her forehead gently, which is odd, as physical contact makes him uncomfortable.
In the light novel series, Naru is made aware of Mai's feelings. However, he questions whether she really likes him, or if she likes the figure she saw in her dreams--his twin brother, Gene. According to the author of the series, she considered Naru and Mai to be canon and expected them to be together as a couple eventually. However, she did not want to write that story because it doesn't interest her as a writer.
When assigning SPR familial roles, Mai titles Naru as the "Spoiled Younger Brother".
- Houshou Takigawa :
Monk and Mai have a very close, friendly relationship, and they are often compared to brother and sister. Monk appears to be very protective of Mai. When she attempted to exorcise powerful spirits by herself in Volume 5, it was he who came running to save her, and then gave her a stern lecture about safety. (Earlier, he had been the one to teach her the incantations, although only for self-defense.) In fact, Monk is usually the one who explains complex terms and theories to Mai when Naru doesn't want to be bothered.
When Monk finds out that Mai is an orphan, he (jokingly) offered to marry her, although Mai replies with a good-natured insult. Monk made a similar offer earlier in the series; Mai was upset when she found out that Masako and Naru saw each other outside of work, so Monk took her on a "double date" with Ayako and John, to cheer her up. Both instances were used by Monk to lighten Mai's mood with platonic intentions. In Volume 10, Mai assigns Monk the role of "Father," when contemplating how SPR is like a family.
- Masako Hara :
Masako and Mai are often at odds throughout the series. They have very different personalities (Masako is quiet and elegant while Mai is expressive and simple), and are both competing for Naru's affections. This causes occasional disputes between the two. Their relationship begins to improve in Volume 7, when Masako finally vocalizes her jealousy; ironically, at that time she also says "Because I hate you," when she asks Mai to give her a moment alone. When Masako is kidnapped in The Bloodstained Labyrinth, Mai has an out-of-body experience, and gives Masako the key to Mai's old house, in order to lift her spirits and to help Masako know that they will find her.
Although there is occasional jealousy between the two after that, they are able to work closely together and begin to behave in a more friendly manner. They both declare their intentions to keep pursuing Naru, but the difficulty of doing so actually serves as a factor in their friendship. When Mai thinks about how SPR is a family, she assigns herself and Masako the position of "Daughters".
- Ayako Matsuzaki :
In direct contrast to Masako, Ayako and Mai have very similar personalities, in that they are both loud and opinionated. The two often bicker, with Mai teasing Ayako about her age and lack of talent, and Ayako mocking Mai for her inexperience and coarse behavior. Mai comes to look up to Ayako as an older sister or mother figure, similar to how she views Bou-san. Ayako also teaches her how to defend herself, in the form of the Nine cuts. She is often shown taking care of Mai after Mai goes though incidents.
While assigning familial roles to the SPR crew, Mai assigns the role of the Mother to Ayako.
- Lin Koujo :
Mai and Lin have very little interaction in the first several volumes, and they generally don't speak. Lin appears to harbor some animosity towards her, probably in response to the fact that she injured him during their first meeting, but it isn't until the sixth volume that this animosity is addressed. Lin reveals that he doesn't like Japanese people because of Japan's past injustices towards China. Mai responds by telling Lin that he shouldn't hate her because she is Japanese, or because she is an orphan; this makes Lin laugh, as someone (revealed in the novels to be Eugene Davis) once told him the same thing. Their relationship thaws somewhat after that, and the two become respectful, if not particularly close. Lin offers to guard Mai in the Bloodstained Labyrinth case, until he realizes that doing so would leave Naru unprotected. Mai assigns him the role of "Grumpy Grandpa" when analyzing the SPR family.
- John Brown :
John, who has a very genial personality, gets on well with the entire SPR team, including Mai. They work well together on their very first case, and on several occasions afterward. Mai respects John's talent as an exorcist. John is one of the few who does not tease her about her latent sensitivity, and instead trusts her intuition almost instantaneously. It is possible he has a crush on Mai, which is shown when he collapses after Yasuhara implies he himself likes her. John's possible feelings are also implied by the fact that Mai catches him looking at her frequently.
- Osamu Yasuhara :
As the two youngest members of SPR, Yasuhara and Mai get along very well. Yasuhara is extremely helpful towards Mai during Volumes 4 and 5, where he often helps her with administrative or equipment duties. His respect and friendliness is a welcome change to Mai, who had previously been the least experienced and often belittled, however jokingly, by her coworkers. In return, Mai is very impressed with Yasuhara's research skills and intelligence.
- Eugene Davis :
Throughout the series Eugene acts as Mai's spiritual guide and helps her through her psychic visions. Mai confuses Gene with Naru, which leads to Naru later questioning Mai if she's in love with him or Gene. Eugene is very warm towards Mai (smiling at her and holding her hand), and seems to have her best intentions at heart. In the light novels, Madoka Mori states Mai and Eugene are very similar, despite Gene being much quieter. In Akumu no Sumu Ie , Mai admits that she loves Gene in Chapter 9, when she is reunited with him. She says "I dreamt about you because I love you," and "I guess I am lost in love?".
Since according to the author of the series, she considered Naru and Mai to be canon and expected them to be together as a couple eventually, it would seem that the only conclusion is that Mai's feelings towards Eugene is platonic. It is unknown how Eugene views Mai.
Abilities [ ]
Mai has latent ESP. She has extremely good intuition. When sleeping, she also demonstrates an ability to receive visions and have out-of-body experiences, (Astral Projection). Mai demonstrates this when she gives Masako Hara her key to comfort her, after she is kidnapped by Urado , in episode 21.
However due to her psychic abilities, she has telepathic visions, often experiencing what the victims did during a case. This happened during The Bloodstained Labyrinth case, where Mai experienced how a victim was killed by Urado. This was also shown in The Nightmare Dwelling : she had experienced the last moment of a child, who was killed by someone who broke into the house at night and killed the whole family. Because of this experience, Kazuya Shibuya (Naru) had to make sure she was under 'over protection'. Her dreams are often categorized as post or retro-cognitive.
- Her name Mai (麻衣) means "linen robe".
- Mai's surname Taniyama means "valley" (谷) ( tani ) and "mountain, hill" (山) ( yama ).
- Mai is older than Masako Hara by several days.
- Out of all the members, Mai has been attacked the most by spirits.
- Mai was able to perform exorcisms and a cleansing after being taught by Eugene Davis , Houshou Takigawa and Ayako Matsuzaki . Although her psychic level was not too strong in the beginning, Takigawa had warned her not to aim it on people.
- Mai keeps her old family's house-key as a good luck charm.
- Mai has an affinity to kotatsus , and by The Blood-Stained Labyrinth case, is ecstatic that she was able to afford one.
- Naru gave a photo of him with his twin brother to Mai in the novels.
- Mai's favorite drink is Green Tea.
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Ghost Hunt ( ゴーストハント , Gōsuto Hanto ? ) es una serie manga y de anime , basada en la serie de novelas ligeras llamada la serie de Akuryō ( 悪霊シリーズ, Akuryou Series , Akuryō ? ) creada por Fuyumi Ono . En 1997 se hizo un radio drama , y después se convirtió en una serie manga shōjo del mangaka Shiho Inada.
Actualmente el manga se está publicando en la revista para chicas Nakayoshi , publicada por Kōdansha . Un anime basado en el manga hecho por J.C.Staff apareció en televisión el 3 de octubre de 2006 . La serie de anime consiste en 25 episodios de aproximadamente 24 minutos cada uno.
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How to Get Started With the Ghost Hunt Anime, Manga and Light Novels
Shojo and horror don't really go together. But Ghost Hunt blends the two genres perfectly. Here's how to get started with the series.
Horror and shojo are two unlikely genres many anime fans don’t expect to see coupled together. But when they are mashed together, the end result can be incredible. Ghost Hunt is one of the lesser-known gems in the horror and shojo scene.
Ghost Hunt is recognizable in the west through the 2006 anime series. For those who have only experienced the anime adaption, there is plenty of content cut from both the manga and light novels.
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What is Ghost Hunt About?
The Ghost Hunt series follows the story of Mai Taniyama, an orphaned high school freshman with a keen interest in the paranormal. Mai soon meets teenage supernatural investigator, Shibuya Kazuya, who just happens to be the director of Shibuya Psychic Research (SPR). When she breaks an expensive camera, injuring Kazuya’s assistant in the process, Mai becomes Kazuya's new assistant.
Kazuya shows his true colors and earns the nickname “Naru” for his narcissistic behavior. Along the way, they meet fellow paranormal investigators who will soon make up the remaining members of SPR. The other members include Ayako Matsuzaki, a self-proclaimed shinto shrine maiden; Houshou Takigawa, an ex-monk; an Australian Catholic priest named John Brown and Masako Hara, a celebrity medium.
Accompanying ghosts and other paranormal phenomena, the characters have great supernatural abilities which the story explores as it goes on. Mai is described to have “latent psychic abilities” by Naru. The series heavily focuses on Mai's ability to see relevant scenarios and clues pertaining to SPR’s current cases while she sleeps. In her dreams, Mai is guided by a spirit who looks a lot like her handsome boss, Naru. Despite Naru's prickly and sarcastic personality, Mai still develops a crush on him because of the kindness he shows her in her dreams.
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Where to Read the Ghost Hunt Light Novels
The Ghost Hunt novel series was written by Fuyumi Ono, first published in 1989 and ending in 1992. The series was originally titled Akuryo Series . A two-volume series, under the new name, Ghost Hunt , was created in March 1994, ending a month later.
The Ghost Hunt novel series is quite difficult to find online and in stores. Since the novels were originally written in Japanese, there are multiple fan translations online -- but it’s important to keep in mind these aren’t official translations. For those who know how to read Japanese, volumes one to seven can be found second hand through websites like eBay .
Where to Read the Ghost Hunt Manga
The Ghost Hunt manga was illustrated by Shiho Inada in July 1998, ending on Sept. 30, 2010, with twelve volumes. A sequel manga under the name Akumu no Sumu Ie: Ghost Hunt was created in 2012, ending four years later in 2016. Multiple copies of the manga online on Amazon and eBay .
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Where to Watch the Anime
The Ghost Hunt anime was written by Tsutomu Kamishiro and directed by Akira Mano. The anime aired from October 3, 2006, to March 27, 2007, with one season made up of twenty-five episodes. The anime leaves out the final arc of the story. Some fans would say the Ghost Hunt manga is better than the anime because of this.
This is a major criticism among fans of the series, and it's unknown if Ghost Hunt will receive a reboot anytime soon. Due to its unpopularity among general anime and manga fans, it's unfortunate to say Ghost Hunt may never get a reboot . Although some manga fans are unhappy with the anime ending before the final arc, many fans who have only watched the anime have enjoyed its content and give the series praise.
Unlike the manga and the light novel series, the anime is a lot easier to find online. You can find the English dub and subbed versions of Ghost Hunt on the official Funimation website. The complete anime series can be found second hand on eBay .