Okuse, Saki and Meguro Sankichi. Ghost Talker's Daydream. Vol. 1. Trans. Matthew Johnson. Milwaukie, OR: Dark Horse, 2008. Summary
: Saiki Misaki splits her time between working as an S/M dominatrix and a ghost talker, a medium who works for the Japanese government and specializes in putting unquiet spirits to rest. In this volume: "Hanging Mansion" and "Bear Po." Comments
: A manga that talks about Nair for "down there"? My life is complete! *sigh* It's rather disappointing that Okuse Saki did not illustrate this tale of sexualized horror herself, but I guess the publisher decided that the manga needed a "redeeming" cute factor that she just wasn't going to provide. Anyway, Ghost Talker's Daydream
definitely gets originality points for most unusual manga heroine, but I must say that neither of the actual story scenarios, with their pop profundity, did anything for me. In both cases, the reveal was not particularly interesting. A guy kills his daughter by accident and then tries to cover it up because he doesn't feel sufficiently remorseful? A boy whose suicide is blamed on the boy who was bullying him--but really he *ahem* chose
to hang himself? Yeah, whatevah
. You'd think, from the manga's premise, that this one would evoke strong feelings of either devotion or hatred...but nope. Its thorough mediocrity thoroughly forecloses fannish passion. Rating
- Fans of supernatural seinen manga will want to check this one out, but it is not a must read by any means.