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Misaki (right) and Ai (left).
Ghost Talker's Daydream (original title 低俗霊 Daydream, or Vulgar Ghost's Daydream) is a Shōnen horror manga with Ecchi overtones written by Saki Okuse and illustrated by Sankichi Meguro, which was serialized in Shonen Ace from 2000 to 2007 and collected into 10 volumes. It was adapted into a four-episode OVA 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.


This manga provides examples of:

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Misaki is neither flattered nor 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.
  • Accidental Pervert: Kadotake, with both Misaki and Ai.
  • 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 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.
  • All Men Are Perverts:
  • 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. She tests him, 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. It's also implied multiple times that her clients are into some very rough trade.
  • Dramatic Wind: When Misaki summons ghosts.
  • Driven to Suicide: There are numerous cases throughout the series:
    • 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. This was explained in the suicide note he left behind at his office.
    • Chapter 6 has a double suicide between Arisa and Naori, whom Shizue had met at a bar in Ikebukuro the night before. This leaves Shizue to blame herself for ignoring the warning signs that Arisa was troubled about coming to terms with her sexual identity.
    • In chapter 8, a cabbie named Shigeura hangs himself out of remorse, after he picked up a female passenger with the intent to rape her, but couldn't go through with it. He called his friend, Muraoka, for advice, but 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. What's particularly notable about this instance is, one of them was Mitsuru's mentally ill younger sister-in-law.
    • Chapter 12 features multiple Yuo suicide victims, beginning with Isanami and her friends, who're later found dead in the lake.
    • Misaki sensed the stench of death on Koshigaya, before he was also found dead along with Isanami's group.
    • A flashback shows that Gada's older brother was also a suicide victim.
    • Near the end of chapter 17, Detective Gada arranges for Haru to meet with Yuo, face-to-face. During the meeting, she collapses in mental exhaustion. She recovers soon afterward, but says she feels ill and asks to go to the women's room.... where she leaps to her death.
  • Dude Magnet: Misaki has three guys crushing on her. She's also one of the most frequently requested doms at the Roppongi S&M Club...not that she cares for any of the attention.
  • Foot Focus: Misaki is frequently barefoot, especially whe she's lounging around her apartment. At one point, she causes Kadotake to nearly swerve off the road by extending her bare foot past his face and flexing it.
  • Forced Orgasm: Considering Misaki's line of work it was inevitable. Mr. Shimamura takes her by surprise and goes down on her. She's visibly struggling and begging him to stop only to end up arched back and screaming to the heavens moments later.
  • 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". The manga essentially covers the same story in chapter 11.
  • Gay Best Friend: Misaki's closest friend is her co-worker, Shizue, who's a lesbian. The subject only comes up once, in chapter 5, when Misaki asks her why she went public with it but changes her mind and drops it before Shizue can answer her.
  • Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: Invoked by Shizue in chapter 5 when she arranges to do a photo shoot for a lesbian magazine, featuring herself and Misaki doing S&M play. The photographers were snapping so many shots that they were running out of film.
  • Going Commando: Invoked when Misaki had to honor her agreement to give her panties to a magazine editor as the first place prize for one of their contests, leaving her in nothing but her jean skirt.
  • Hermaphrodite: Haru is revealed to be one as part of her backstory, which led to being ridiculed and bullied at school. This also caused problems in her relationship with Gada and eventually caused Haru to develop a deep-seated hatred of other women.
  • Hidden Eyes: When Misaki channels Ichinose, a deceased murderer, her eyes aren't visible.
  • Immodest Orgasm: It was inevitable, considering her line of work, but Misaki experienced her first one on the job when Shimamura took her by surprise and went down on her. Judging from the montage of images, including a close-up of Misaki's fingers entwined in the straps on the back of Shimamura's mask, and another with her back arching while screaming to the heavens... it was a good one. She even thanked his ghost for it, at the end of the chapter.
  • I See Dead People:
    • Misaki has seen spirits since childhood and eventually learned she was a mediumnote . As such, spirits have always been drawn to her, when all she wants is for them to leave her alone.
    • Ai begins to see spirits after helping Misaki unravel the events that led 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. However, Misaki believes Ai's better off ignoring spirits. During the events of chapter 12, Misaki finally accepts her as her backup.
  • Jailbait Wait: Misaki promises to punish Mitsuru once he's turned 18.
  • Jerkass: Detective Gada. There's no level he won't stoop to for the sake of his investigation, from bullying Ai into making her perform a necromancy session against her will, to beating Mitsuru for interrupting the session, and even going as far as to use Haru to lure Misaki into a trap, so he could drug her in an attempt to use her as well.
  • Kick the Dog: Detective Gada forces Ai to conduct a necromancy session, even though she told him she didn't know how to do it.
  • Killed Off for Real: Haru, shortly after meeting Yuo.
  • Kill the Cutie: Done unintentionally to Miku, though it doesn't make it any easier to watch. The flashback depicting it cuts away just before it happens.
  • Kissing Cousins: As revealed in a letter given to Kadotake shortly before committing suicide, Totsuka and his lover Kika (who had committed suicide earlier) were cousins in addition to being half-siblings.
  • 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. Thus, the only way she can find a moment's peace is to help them find theirs.
  • Lipstick 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.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Misaki had already become one for Kadotake, from the story's outset. Mitsuru is also emotionally dependent on her, albeit for different reasons. And by the time of vol.8, he needs Ai as well.
  • The Loins Sleep Tonight: Chapter 7 reveals that Misaki nearly lost her virginity at age 16, but her lack of pubic hair reminded him too much of his younger sister, putting an end to their activities.
  • 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 is a gifted medium, due to having been trained since childhood by her grandmother. As such, spirits are naturally drawn to her.
  • Male Frontal Nudity: Unlike the ladies, if a male spirit is in the nude, his genitals will be drawn, although not in full detail.
  • Male Gaze: Both Misaki and Ai are subjected to this at different points. In some cases, one panel focuses on Ai's legs and the main panel is centered squarely on her thighs and panties.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Yuo manipulated dozens of people into committing suicide (often group suicide) and many of them, before or even after their deaths, were helping him with dragging others into this because they saw him as their Messiah.
  • Missing Mom: All Misaki knows is that her parents split up, though she neither knows what caused the split, or what became of her mother afterwards. The final chapter reveals that she's in a hospital suffering from some sort of mental illness.
  • Modesty Bedsheet: The anime version uses both this and Modesty Towel to censor certain scenes where Misaki is 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 both 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.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: Hijiri's ghost refuses to be parted from Mitsuru and was responsible for the deaths of Toudou Satomi and housing department consultant, Futaba, for examining her apartment in an attempt to exorcise her. She was also responsible for the death of Kubota Ryouji, and nearly succeeds in killing Misaki and Mitsuru's father, for also attempting to exorcise her spirit. She makes makes another attempt in chapter 15, when Misaki revisits the apartment to exorcise the spirits of Hijiri's other victims, even going so far as to turn Kinui against her.
    • A flashback in the following chapter reveals Lisa's boyfriend, Shibasaki, was murdered by her ex out of jealousy, after they broke up.
  • "Not So Different" Remark: Yuo tries to invoke this with Misaki, believing they were the same as both grew up being expected to conform to the norms of society, despite feeling isolated from it (albeit for different reasons). This also leads him to believe she's the only one fit to judge him since, in his eyes, the morals of the world don't apply to her. Misaki disagrees.
  • Occult Detective: Misaki is a freelance medium who occasionally works with Kadotake, a liaisons officer from the Livelihood Preservation Groupnote .
  • 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.
  • Oh, Crap!: Mitsuru damn near shits 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 of legal age.
  • Only in It for the Money: The reason Misaki works both her jobs, even though she doesn't care for either profession. Her attitude towards necromancy changes during chapter 12; see the You Can't Fight Fate entry down below.
  • Onsen Episode: Misaki is worried about her lack of pubic hair and visits several onsens that are rumored to remedy the problem.
  • Out with a Bang: Played with in ch.3. Misaki is questioned by the police about Shimamura's death and made to describe their session, so she gives them all the lurid details, including how it ended with him giving her oral sex then defecating and ejaculating. She channels his spirit just enough to reveal the location of the suicide note he left, and the chapter concludes with her saying a prayer for his spirit and thanking him for giving her her first on-the-job orgasm.
  • Paranormal Investigation: Misaki and Kadotake investigate murder and suicide cases, to uncover the circumstances that led to the victims' deaths. Afterwards, Misaki exorcises them by helping them find closure so they can move on to the afterlife.
  • Parental Abandonment: Misaki's parents left her to the care of her grandparents so she could develop her paranormal abilities.
  • Parental Incest: Mitsuru finds out his father used to sexually molest his younger sister-in-law, when she lets him see for himself, during the necromancy session in chapter 9. 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 genuinely 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 uncovering Yuo's true objective. Vol. 9 shows various precincts canvassing each of the known BBS-heavy prefectures to try determine the location of "The Flame of Lament"note  to prevent it from taking place.
  • Product Placement: It crops up here and there in the manga version.
    • The first page of chapter 5 shows Misaki playing F-Zero on a Gameboy Advance. She says she likes it and thinks about getting a link cable for it.
    • The same chapter shows Ai eating an Egg McMuffin from McDonald's.
    • Chapter 12 shows that Kadotake smokes Malboro Lights brand cigarettes.
  • Rape as Drama:
    • In the first episode, Ai is nearly raped by Koga while making a return visit to her sister's abandoned apartment. Fortunately, Misaki had been led there by her sister's spirit, which unnerves Koga, causing him to run off.
    • 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 with 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 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.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Delivered to Mitsuru from his sister-in-law's ghost, when she taunts him about whether he stole the panties off her corpse and what he probably did with them, then tells him that their father was getting the "real thing" from her.
  • Reluctant Hero: 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.
  • Saying Sound Effects Out Loud: Done by Ai, when she "yoinks" the cigarette from Kadotake's mouth, at the beginning of chapter 12.
  • Scenery Porn: We could easily say the manga in its entirety, due to the painstaking attention to detail in each scene, but two scenes from chapter 12 is where it really shows.
  • Self-Harm: Mitsuru cuts his arm to snap himself out of the shock of a Catapult Nightmare combined with seeing Hijiri's ghost lying next to him.
  • She's Got Legs: Misaki's definitely got legs. This is the other reason Kadotake almost had that car accident, since he couldn't help looking past her foot to admire the rest of it. So does the camera.
  • Silent Conversation: Takes place in chapter 17, when Misaki finally meets with Yuo. To Gada and the others, it appeared they were sitting in silence, when they were conversing within their minds, where Yuo explains the circumstances that led to the eventual suicides of Satomi, Ryouji, Hijiri and Haru
  • Stalker with a Crush: Played Straight and for laughs with Mitsuru.
    • 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 the Roppongi Club as a client, but Misaki refused because he was only 17.
    • 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.
    • The guy even has recordings of her using the bathroom and even lets Kadotake have one, as a sign of appreciation for taking him along to find Misaki. Kadotake is deeply moved.
  • Stocking Filler: Considering Misaki's line of work, this one's a given and, like her bare feet, you'll be seeing plenty of them, especially when she's pulling them on.
  • Strictly Professional Relationship: As much as Kadotake might wish otherwise, that's the long and short of their partnership, as far as Misaki's concerned.
  • 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 worse an exorcism tends to go.
  • Suicide by Cop: How Koga chooses to die, because he couldn't forgive himself for having killed Miku. 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.
  • Technical Virgin: At least, that how Misaki sees it, since she's never "done the deed" with anyone. Still, there was that one time Shimamura got her off pretty good, by eating her out.
  • 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.
  • Took a Level in Badass: While Misaki is on vacation, Ai is press-ganged into helping with medium work. While she doesn't do as great a job as Misaki, she eventually reaches Plucky Girl status, enough to become a Morality Pet to Mitsuru.
  • Undying Loyalty: Ms. Kuraki's guard dog, Meri. If anyone tries to harm her, he'll know... and he'll find you. Even if he has to do it from beyond the grave.
  • Wardrobe Malfunction: Kadotake trips and grabs Misaki's dress while falling down, causing it to rip off and reveal her sexy lingerie underwear.
  • Whip It Good: Naturally, Misaki has one. Its name is "Kinui"note  and it's alive. It also feeds on flesh, as seen at the end of the first book, when Misaki allows Kinui to eat Koga. Kinui is eventually revealed to have been made using Misaki's mother's hair. She burns Kinui, but later has a new version made using her own hair.
  • 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 later part of the manga.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: Misaki gets told this while she's on vacation and meets Hiratsuka, who's a retired medium. 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 this world.
  • Younger Than They Look: Most of the time Misaki looks, acts, and is treated like someone way older than 19. It also overlaps with her being Wise Beyond Her Years


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