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Ghost Hunt  
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Description
The decrepit building was condemned long ago, but every time the owners try to tear it down, "accidents" start to happen-people get hurt, sometimes even killed. Mai Taniyama and her classmates have heard the rumors that the creepy old high school is haunted-possibly by ghosts from the Second World War. So one rainy day they gather at the old school to tell ghost stories, hoping to attract one of the suspected spirits.

No ghosts materialize, but Mai and her friends do meet Kazuya Shibuya, the handsome young owner of Shibuya Psychic Research, who's been hired to investigate paranormal activity at the school. Also at the scene are an exorcist, a Buddhist monk, a woman who can speak with the dead, and an outspoken Shinto priestess. Surely one of them will have the talents to solve this mystery!

Type
Manga

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Associated Names
ゴーストハント
奇幻貴公子
Akuryou ga Ippai
Goosuto Hanto
The Ghost Hunt

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Latest Release(s)
v.12 (end) by Evil Flowers (1235d ago)
v.10 by BYAAAH (2092d ago)
v.9 by BYAAAH (2763d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
12 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1
Ends at Vol 9, As of Season 1

User Reviews
Ghost Hunt by Susaku.Shisori

Forum
5 topics, 21 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.9 / 10.0 (511 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.76 / 10.0
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Last Updated
May 19th 2015, 11:08am PST


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Year
1998

Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Nakayoshi (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Del Rey (11 Volumes - Defunct)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #661 increased(+45)
Monthly Pos #990 increased(+101)
3 Month Pos #1094 increased(+45)
6 Month Pos #1098 increased(+24)

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On 1054 reading lists
On 985 wish lists
On 858 completed lists
On 90 unfinished lists
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Forum Posts
Ghost Hunt Sequel 1017 days, 17 hours, 48 minutes ago
who does mai love?? 1089 days, 22 hours, 28 minutes ago
Volume 12? 1403 days, 16 hours, 40 minutes ago
do you think that naru's twin brother the one appearing in mai's dreams? 1455 days, 3 hours, 20 minutes ago
Kazuya and mai? 1869 days, 22 hours, 16 minutes ago

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If you're here because of the "shoujo" and "romance" tags...   
Rating: 9.1 / 10.0
by calstine
May 14th, 2015, 1:35am
...then walk away right now. The two protagonists and their courtship is shoujo through and through, but pretty much everything else about this manga will appeal more to a horror-mystery fan than to the average shoujo romance fan, which is hardly surprising considering who the original author is.

I'll address a few complaints I've noticed people bring up time and again:

(1) "Too much information/text. I didn't come here to learn so much about Japanese supernatural and horror archetypes!"
This is a typical response from someone who expects the same thing from Ghost Hunt that they do from every other "exorcism" and "spirit-banishing" story: some random horrific occurrences take place, a medium or psychic turns up and guesses the origins of the creepy phenomena in one go, there's a quick exorcism, the spirit is dispelled, and the OC's spend the majority of the story flirting instead of conducting paranormal investigations like they're supposed to. Ghost Hunt, however, decides to tread a different route. Each ghost/spirit/curse comes with a mystery that has to be carefully unravelled, usually with many mishaps and false assumptions along the way. There's a lot of detail on Japanese myths, folklore, customs and rituals that the characters toss back and forth amongst each other in an attempt to pinpoint the nature of the ghost they'll be hunting and the method of banishment they should use. The plot as pertaining to the supernatural always takes centre stage, so if you're the type of person who doesn't like using their brain for manga, do yourself a favour and read Tasogare Otome x Amnesia or something of that ilk instead. Personally, I found the numerous titbits on Japanese superstition enhanced my reading experience and understanding of the plot, especially since I had little prior knowledge on the topic.

(2) "The supporting cast is boring and has no depth. Also, the relationships between them are underdeveloped."
I found the supporting characters immensely entertaining, myself, but there is some truth to this in that none of them (except Kazuya, and he's a main character) have interesting backstories or any particular motivations behind their being in the business. Their motives for helping Mai and Kazuya are usually either "We felt like it, so we did," "Well...we're sorta friends, right?" or "This case is way too interesting/unusual/high-profile to not have a hand in." Imo that's more believable than all of them falling in love with one another or having being tormented by spirits themselves as children, but if you're expecting things like multiple pairings (especially since all the recurring characters are quite attractive), you might find their generalised friendship-cum-teamwork-cum-business partnership boring.

(3) "Mai's an annoying brat and Kazuya's the stereotypical "cold male lead" of mainstream shoujo."
Both true, except that in Ghost Hunt they are the way they are because of their pasts, upbringing and experiences -- all of which are related to the plot in one way or another -- and not merely to create romantic/sexual tension. I have no issue with Mai, because she strikes me as a lot more realistic than your run-of-the-mill shoujo girl in that she's neither an unattractive crass tomboy nor a perpetually-blushing Shrinking Violet, but something in-between: one minute loud and childish, the next moment quiet and considerate, and in yet another moment fangirling over "Naru." I wasn't particularly drawn to Kazuya as a character or as a person, but his intelligence is very consistent (in the sense that he doesn't inexplicably become stupid when the love story or the plot tosses the Idiot Ball at him) and his coldness is relevant to his personal history, abilities and motivations, so no complaints there, either.

(4) "The romance is unresolved, so the entire story was pointless!"
Considering how slowly it was built up and the added complication of "other Naru," I can't understand how anyone could have expected anything different. A rushed HEA would have been unfitting (to both the plot and the two MC's personalities and circumstances) and unnecessary, as they were obviously saving the resolution of the UST for the sequel. Not that I approve of such blatant sequel hooks, but in this case it was quite fitting.

As for whether the lack of an end pairing makes the whole thing pointless or not... While Kazuya/Mai is, in fact, the only serious relationship in the story, Ghost Hunt is unusually plot-centric for a shoujo manga, so if you came here looking for a prominent romance, you're going to be disappointed. Every tag in the genre field gets just as much focus as the love story, so apart from "supernatural horror," no other genre predominates.

(5) "The ending was rushed."
The way I see it, most of the people who complain about this are referring to the unresolved romance/emotional aspect and not to the rest of the plot, which was being built up practically from volume one onwards. The conclusion could, admittedly, have been smoother, but an author struggling with the last volume -- especially when having to pave the way for a continuation -- is nothing new, and not a reason to refrain from reading, imo.


All in all: not a flawless series by any means, but a very entertaining and reasonably intelligent (especially considering its target demographic) read.

... Last updated on May 14th, 2015, 7:24am
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Sad ending   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by kagayaki_kaya
May 9th, 2015, 1:07pm
i dont like the ending because i think this is a sad ending. sad
But i cant hate this manga. The story is good
Love naru so much.
and i feel so bad about mai that fall in love with naru's brother that has died.
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Interesting   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by PZcolo
April 30th, 2014, 11:20pm
Good plot, chars and cases. It's a pity the ending feels a rushed, the hole last volume is just dialog which could have been given in small dosages through-out the cases but are condensed instead.
To be honest I prefer the anime over the manga for this one, I like anime more than manga but in contradiction to that statement, usually mangas are better, this one was an exception.

... Last updated on April 30th, 2014, 11:32pm
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Pretty good   
Rating: 8.9 / 10.0
by moonmystery
March 6th, 2014, 7:52pm
This manga is not for those easily frightened by the supernatural, and definitely not for those with weak hearts. Either way, read this in broad daylight.

For me, the story was pretty interesting, and the plot twist in the end really elevated the manga from "moderate" to "well-done." The lack of romance left the readers hanging, grasping for more---AND GUESS WHAT? there's a SEQUEL!

Anyways, on a more serious note, this manga has its set of flaws, but I believe it redeemed itself with the mysterious main characters and their subtle bonds. They grew closer, and the girl clearly matured... I love stories like this.

... Last updated on June 10th, 2014, 2:01pm
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better and better   
Rating: 9.7 / 10.0
by whitespade
February 8th, 2014, 2:24am
at first, i cant read this thing because the main character is too obnoxious and the male counterpart is too stereotypical cool cold guy. but as i read more and more i understand them more, and i love all the other side characters. the plot is also incredible, you can see until the last chapter everything tied together. its not just monster of the week - some throwaway actions and words you deem inconsequential, at the end you will see it paint a complete picture. the monsters are also quite scary, especially because we feel so invested to the characters we dont want anything bad to happen to them. so read it!

... Last updated on March 25th, 2014, 2:12am
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So boring   
Rating: N/A
by Pacific.Mint
January 16th, 2014, 7:07pm
I had high hopes for this one because of the rating and reviews but it was too dull and boring! I keep thinking "When this is gonna get better?" At one point, I realize that it never will.
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Recommend   
Rating: N/A
by LottieH
December 23rd, 2013, 2:14am
I enjoyed this series immensely due the facts that it had about ghosts and exorcisms. I often find that when I manga is mostly picture with little text or speech I end up speeding through it, but this one kept me hooked.
In my opinion it didn't get truly scary until a certain point, however some people may say that earlier cases freaked them out.
My only complaint would be
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
How does Oliver become Noll?

It was also annoying that the main characters did not get together, but I have read other series by the same author and Ono Fuyumi has a habit of doing that.
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Boring   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Narufan1st
July 16th, 2012, 2:39pm
I borrowed this in the library but I found it super boring
I only read one volume then stopped cause I couldn't read anymore
Maybe I'm just not to romance shoujo type but I'm definitely the horror,tragedy type
Maybe it just because I only read BL anyway it's a good series but just not for me
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Sometimes a Textbook   
Rating: 8.4 / 10.0
by Zina
May 31st, 2012, 8:55pm
I'm not into superstitions or ghosts. However, there were consecutive pages every chapter explaining every single supernatural concept that came along. It was like reading a textbook sometimes. It got to a point where I started skipping those dialogue boxes (about 2/3 through), mostly because the information didn't come into play later, because the solution often (not always) ended up being an entirely new concept.

Secondly, I never really started caring for the support characters, because there were quite a few (not too too many), and none of them shined in any skill/emotional area. Also, they didn't build personal relationships, just a general increase in friendship between them all. (I'm not going to spoilers any romances though, so don't take my previous comment to mean there is no romance)

The art was good. I particularly like the colouring on the covers. Something about it maybe me go "Oooooooooooooh..."

The ending summed up everything well. There was one ending that could have made me rate this higher, and it did not occur. Although, it would have been uncharacteristic for the manga to take the turn I wanted it to take. The actual ending was fitting and memorable.

Basically, this manga is good. It is drawn well and the writing is good. My complaints are with the endless and sometimes useless pages of explanations. Pick it up, read a few volumes, and if you like them then I promise that the rest of it keeps the same sort of tone and style. (Although, it gets slightly darker I guess.)
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argh   
Rating: N/A
by gwkimmy
January 10th, 2012, 9:08pm
i absolutely ADORE this series and love all of the characters to death, plus all the stories were interesting and creepy and compelling as well. i would really recommend this series to any supernatural mystery lover or just anyone looking for a good story.

BUT...that last volume...!! it was entirely disappointing how rushed the story was to conclude everything and try to wrap up all the loose ends and it did a horrible job at it. mai's feelings were given little respect or resolution, the whole mystery surrounding naru was unraveled at a rushed pace and under lame circumstances (ok, so NOW they force him to spill everything?). and then the mystery of the death wasn't even solved completely. i hear the novel is on an indefinite hiatus right now, thus the rushed ending to the manga, but couldn't they just put the manga on hiatus as well? blargh.
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