Psychic Detective Yakumo Saitou

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In the world of “Psychic Detective Yakumo,” author Manabu Kaminaga invites readers on a captivating journey into the realm of the supernatural, where ghosts, mysteries, and the unexplained converge. The story is about Yakumo Saitou, a college student with a unique gift: the ability to see spirits with his left eye. Yakumo’s character described as a sarcastic and cold-hearted young man. He doesn’t care about what others think of him and not a sociable fellow, but his character will change along with time. With his capabilities and great analytical skills, he is willing -with the help of others-  to solve the unresolved case related to the spirits. Yakumo believes that ghosts or spirits can move on to the afterlife if they can resolve the problems they had.  

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The story unfolds with Haruka, a fellow student who seeks Yakumo’s help in saving her possessed friend. Rumors of Yakumo’s psychic abilities lead Haruka to believe that he can cast out the spirit plaguing her friend, setting the stage for a series of gripping ghostly encounters. With each case, Yakumo’s analytical skills and determination are put to the test as he goes deeper into the mysteries surrounding the restless spirits.

But “Psychic Detective Yakumo” is more than just a series of ghost stories. Over the course of 12 volumes, readers are drawn into Yakumo’s world, where secrets from his past and family background are gradually revealed. From the origins of his red left eye to his complex relationship with his uncle Isshin Saitou, the series offers a rich array of character development and intrigue.

You can also find other interesting characters in this series:

  • Haruka Ozawa a fellow student – who develops a crush on Yakumo, 
  • Kazutoshi Gotou – detective  from Special Investigation Division of Unsolved Cased,
  • Isshin Saitou – Yakumo’s uncle, 
  • Yutarou Ishii – Gotou’s subordinate, 
  • Makoto Hijikata – a reporter who helps Yakumo and the team’s investigation 
  • Miyuki Nanase – the villain in this story


Actually, I am not really fond of ghost stories. It made my heart rate sky-high and scared me to go the bathroom at night. I was initially hesitant to read “Psychic Detective Yakumo.” But the Yakumo story is different, it is very exciting that I cannot stop reading it even though I was terrified. Usually because indirectly my brain was visualizing it ( ex. a ghost behind you, pale and bloody face, blank stare, strange sounds, etc).

But after reading the first book, the story is so captivating and makes me want to read the next one. In the end, I ended up collecting all the books in the series. What sets this series apart is its ability to blend elements of mystery, suspense, and the supernatural into a cohesive and engaging narrative that keeps readers eagerly turning the pages. Overall, there are 12 volumes of the main series, 3 volumes of other files (stories that not related to the main series), 1 volume of a secret file (it is about Yakumo’s childhood). 

The other reason why I love this book is every story ends in one book, they don’t leave you hanging. Whether you prefer novels, comics, or anime adaptations, “Psychic Detective Yakumo” offers something for everyone. Its gripping storytelling, well-developed characters, and seamless blend of genres make it a standout series that is sure to leave a lasting impression.

Yakumo is the second title after Harry Potter that I read non-stop to finish it. It is simply fantastic!

Book Rating 

5 from 5 stars

Writer : Manabu Kaminaga

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