Ghost Talkers Daydream (original title 低俗霊 Daydream) is a Shōnen horror manga with Ecchi overtones written by Saki Okuse and illustrated by Sankichi Meguro, of which 10 volumes were published between 2001 and 2006. It was adapted into an anime mini-series in 2004. The first six volumes have been released by Dark Horse Comics with more still to come.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.
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Abhorrent Admirer: Misaki is neither flattered, or 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.
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 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.
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.
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. So she tests him, as seen in the Foot Focus entry, 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.
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. Which was explained in the suicide note he left behind at his office.
In chapter 8, a cabbie named Shigeura hangs himself out of remorse, after picking up a female passenger with the intent to rape her, but he couldn't go through with it. So he called his friend, Muraoka, for advice. Instead, 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. this time, with the girls seen here. What's particularly notable about this instance is, one of them was Mitsuru's mentally ill younger sister-in-law.
Dude Magnet: As seen in the All Men Are Perverts entries, Misaki has three guys crushing on her. Plus, she's one of the most frequently requested Doms at the Roppongi S&M Club; not that she cares for any of the attention.
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". While the manga essentially covers the same story in chapter 11.
Ai begins to see spirits after helping Misaki unravel the events that lead 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. But Misaki believes Ai's better off ignoring spirits. During the events of chapter 12, Misaki finally accepts her as her backup.
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. So the only way she can find a moment's peace, is to help them find theirs.
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.
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 latter part of the manga.
Male Gaze: Both Misaki and Ai are subjected to this at different points, such as the top panel, here, and in these panels as well. While, on this page, the top-right panel focuses on Ai's legs and the main panel is centered squarely on her thighs and panties.
Manipulative Bastard: Yuo all the way - he manipulated dozens of people into commiting suicide (often group suicide) and many of them before or even after their death were helping him with dragging others into this because they saw him as their Messiah.
Modesty Bedsheet/Towel: The anime version uses both tropes to censor certain scenes where Misaki's 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 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.
Going Commando: Invoked when she had to honor her agreement to give her panties to a magazine editor as the first place prize for one of their contests. So she had to take 'em off and hand 'em over, leaving her in nothing but her jean skirt.
Hello, Nurse!: If the anime disc's cover art doesn't make it obvious enough, Misaki's got a smokin' bod. Which you'll see plenty of, since she routinely sleeps in the nude. Plus, she gets a Shower Scene and several furo scenes.
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. See the Stalker with a Crush entry further down.
Occult Detective: Misaki is a freelance medium, who occasionally works with Kadotake, a liasons officer from the Livelihood Preservation Groupnote a government agency that investigates paranormal activity and performs exorcisms, in the interest of public safety.
Paranormal Investigation: She and Kadotake investigate murder and suicide cases, to uncover the circumstances that lead to the victims' deaths. After which, Misaki exorcises them, by helping them find closure so they can move on to the afterlife.
Oh Crap: Mitsuru damn nearshits 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 legal age.
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 geniunely 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 uncover Yuo'strue objective. While 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 reinactment 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.
Chapter 12 shows that Kadotake smokes Malboro Lights brand cigarettes.
Rape as Drama: Invoked the first episode, when Ai is nearly raped, by Koga, while making a return visit her sister's abandoned apartment. Fortunately, Misaki had been lead there by her sister's spirit, which unnerves Koga, causing him to run off.
Also 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 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 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.
Reluctant Heroine: 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.
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 worst an exorcism tends to go.
Suicide by Cop: How Koga chooses to die, because of he couldn't forgive himself for having killed Miku. So 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.
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.