Iida stares down right at your soul.Jiraishin
is an ultra dark detective manga by TsutomuTakahashi. The title literally means "Landmine Quake". The manga ran on Kodansha's Monthly Afternoon
manga anthology from 1992 to 1999. A sequel series by the same author, Jiraishin Diablo
, begun serialization in 2008 and ended in 2011 with 3 volumes. There was also a short-lived English adaptation that was published during the late 90's by Mixx Zine (the predecessor of Tokyopop
) under the title of Ice Blade
. 19 Volumes were published in Japan with 10 Bunko/Aizobans published subsequently. It has been published in French, German, Italian, Korean and Mandarin Chinese. Jiraishin won the General Category Award under the 23rd Kodansha Manga Awards in 1999Jiraishin
follows a case-of-the-week
format (it has no ongoing storyline and only a few recurring characters), where the culprits are usually extraordinarily horrible criminal. Kyoya Ida is a detective and a really, really sinister guy
. The world is not a happy place, but he deals with it...and, by "deals with it", he ensures that justice is served no matter how morally wrong he appears to be
. In Jiraishin Diablo
, Ida has left the force while suffering from Keratoconus before he met with a police detective and a grown up Aya Koike in investigating what really happening in Amakura Island after most of its inhabitants were killed by an unknown disease. As the three work to investigate the mysterious deaths, they learn that that the Japanese government has covered up the deaths due to the possible use of a WMD against the island's inhabitants.
The series has ended as Takahashi is now pursuing a new manga called Hito Hitori Futari
Jiraishin! contains the following tropes::
- Action Girl: Eriko could be considered one, considering her line of work.
- Anyone Can Die: Well played.
- Read: turned into a freaking art form.
- Arm Cannon: Anything is a cannon in Kyoya's hands.
- Art Evolution: Near the middle of the series.
- Author Appeal:
- Back-to-Back Badasses: In the photography arc the photographer and the lone hitman make a pretty good team.
- Bad Ass: Kyouya and many of the chapter specific characters.
- Badass Bystander: A very good one. A woman and her baby are kidnapped by a depressed homicidal nurse. After failing to talk the kidnapper out of her actions, said woman hits the nurse, jumps out of the moving car WITH the baby in her arms, rolls across the ground and survives (with the baby 100% ok). Take that, wimpy hostages.
- Bizarrchitecture: Every single dream sequence.
- Body Horror
- Boom, Headshot: Kyouya is a really a good shot.
- Cool Guns: The Glock with the Tokarev. Not too many otherwise.
- Cop Killer: A lot of cops are killed by determined criminals and assassins. The following are examples of police officers being targeted directly as the main plot in various story arcs.
- Kyoya Iida's first partner, Tsuyoshi Yamaki, is shot to death by an illegal immigrant from China as he tried to stop an assassination attempt at a local bar.
- Lin Fei, the wife on Taiwanese criminal Fan Tiamin, recruits a Taiwanese hitman to assassinate police officers throughout the Greater Tokyo Area until the Tokyo Metropolitan Police agrees to send the corpse of her sister back to Taipei instead of having it buried in Tokyo since it's against their Taoist beliefs.
- Narita was gunned down by a hired assassin named Kei Amami near the end of the manga after she received a heart transplant from his deceased daughter. This began to conflict with her mental health that Kei decided to kill those who were close to her to end the "mental torment".
- Creepy Child: The "Real-kun" girl.
- Dull Surprise: Nothing...... Absolutely nothing can surprise Kyouya.
- The Determinator: Lots of chapter specific characters.
- Elevator Action Sequence: Once.
- Face Framed in Shadow
- Faceless Goons: Averted.
- Fair Cop: Both Kyoya and Eriko.
- Feel No Pain
- Ineffectual Loner: He gets a partner named Tsuyoshi Yamaki. After he's gunned down, he's partnered with Eriko Aizawa.
- Instant Death Bullet: See Anyone Can Die.
- Mind Screw: All the weird imagery.
- Mysterious Past: Very little is know about Kyoya: his mother died at childbirth, his father (a cop) committed suicide after accidentally killing a bystander, and somehow he's wealthy enough to afford Ferrari.
- Not Quite Dead: Averted. Most deaths are final.
- Not So Different: The antagonists and Kyoya are always kindred spirits in some regard (i.e. they are both morbid).
- One-Man Army: Kyoya. Period.
- Only a Flesh Wound: Kyouya still goes into combat with a broken arm twice in the series.
- Only Six Faces: Many men with short black hair, many women with long black hair.
- Perpetual Frowner: Averted a few times.
- The Rival: No consistent rival.
- Slasher Smile
- Start of Darkness: Odds are the chapter will have a flashback to one, or the chapter itself will be one.
- The Stoic: Kyoya doesn't talk much, except to a few people he knows.
- Storming the Castle: Most of the time with Kyoya.
- Tall, Dark and Snarky: Kyoya.
- Tranquil Fury: When Kyoya is angry, he doesn't show it by screaming to the villains, he just keep his calm face and shoots them to death.
- When All You Have Is a Hammer: Most of the detectives including Tsuyoshi and Eriko. Includes most of the bad guys/gals too.
- World Half Empty: Kyoya's view of the world as a police officer.
- Yandere: Eriko's stalker after he killed several people including her supposed husband. Kyoya hates the man's guts for what he did.
Jiraishin Diablo! contains the following tropes:
- Abandoned Area: Specifically the Amakura Island in Japan's Ishikawa Prefecture. It's said that a disease is responsible for killing all of the inhabitants, except for a few who abandoned it.
- Cool Guns: Park's got a Beretta 92F when he covertly came into Japan.
- Kyoya got a Glock 17 from an underground informant he personally knows from his detective days.
- Et Tu, Brute?: Park does this after killing off the diplomat and his bodyguard escorts in Tokyo due to his disgust of people being left by their governments without helping them like the Amakura survivors.
- Straw Traitor: Park falling under this after a North Korean diplomat in Japan accuses him of being involved in a revolt when he shot a Japanese official in the left temple.