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 five 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.
Abusive Parents: The 9th chapter reveals that Mitsuru's father beats him; including when he beats him for ruining the necromancy session.
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.
Mitsuru's been stalking her ever since she turned him down as a client, because he was still in highschool. So he follows her around with his camera, looking for chances to snap candid photos of her.
While Kobayashi isn't as bad as the other two, he isn't above perving on Misaki either. Such as when he found a photo of her that'd been edited, by Mitsuru, to make it appear that she wasn't wearing panties. But she finds it and promptly deletes it.
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.
A cabbie named Shigeura hangs himself out of fear and 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 sped off in a panick 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.
Girl on Girl Is Hot: Invoked by Shizue, in chapter 5, when she gets the idea to do an impromptu lesbian themed photo shoot, featuring herself and Misaki doing S&M play. The photographers were snapping so many shots that they were running out of film!
Kick the Dog: Fujiwara's father does it to Ai, here, by forcing her to conduct a necromancy session, despite telling him she didn't know how to do it. Just look at the panel where she submits.
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.
Lipstick Lesbian: Shizue. Her hair's short and she tends to dress casually, but she's still quite feminine. It's also implied that she might have a mild crush on her friend, Misaki.
Loners Are Freaks: Misaki was shunned by her classmates as a child because her ability to see spirits frightened them, while others thought she was weird.
Magnetic Medium: Misaki isn't simply a medium, she's a gifted one, due to having been trained since childhood by her grandmother. As such, spirits are naturally drawn to her.
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.
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.
Foot Focus: She's frequently barefoot, especially whe she's lounging around her apartment. So expect to see plenty of close-ups of them. At one point, she causes Kadotake to nearly swerve off the road by extending her barefoot past his face and flexing 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.
Onsen Episode: Misaki is worried about her lack of pubic hair and visits several onsens that are rumored to remedy the problem.
Parental Abandonment: Misaki's parents left her to the care of her grandparents so she could develop her paranormal abilities.
Paranormal Investigation: Kadotake is a liason for the Livelihood Preservation Groupnote a government agency that handles investigations of paranormal activity, who contacts Misaki whenever they need her gifts as a medium.
Perpetual Frowner: This is Misaki's default expression for much of the manga. Instances where she's geniunely smiling, or happy, are rare.
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 used for the murder victim in chapter 4, who fell prey to a serial killer, who pretended to offer a ride home. Instead, he took her to a deserted back ally where he raped and beat her. What came after can be seen here.
It's implied that Mitsuru was raped by a woman he met over the internet.
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.
According to Shizue, he became a fan of Misaki's back when she first started publishing her "Mistress" column and frequently sent her love letters. At one point, he even showed up at her S&M club as client, except Misaki wouldn't go along with it, because he was only 17note Shizue thinks it's what made him "go bad" 'cuz he's been stalking Misaki ever since in order to take photos of her. Misaki tried to have the police look into it, but they couldn't open a case since they didn't have enough to go on.
Mitsuru has even gone so far as to bug her apartment and stole a drawer full of her panties, but left $1,000 so she could buy new ones.
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.
You Can't Fight Fate: Misaki is practically told this, during a chance encounter with a retired medium, while she's on vacation. She tells Misaki that even if she tried to quit being a necromancer, the spirits would still be drawn to her anyway because she's got the gift and she's their only hope of tying up any loose ends that're binding them to their world.