Akumu no Sumu Ie: Ghost Hunt, Oyasumi Jack the Ripper Manga End
posted on by Alex Mateo
The September issue of Kodansha's ARIA magazine revealed on Thursday that Ai Ninomiya, Ikuhiro Nao, and Kinako's Oyasumi Jack the Ripper manga is ending in next month's issue, which ships on August 27. Shiho Inada and Fuyumi Ono's Akumu no Sumu Ie: Ghost Hunt manga also ended in the September issue. The third and final volume of Akumu no Sumu Ie: Ghost Hunt will ship on October 7.
Oyasumi Jack the Ripper's original announcement had teased the story as follows:
One day young Monsieur de Paris (executioner) Edward wakes up and finds himself in hell... Among the various monsters that are running rampant, Ed meets "that man" who once disturbed the surface world!?
The trio launched the manga in ARIA in June 2015. The manga's announcement had originally listed the series under the tentative title Salon de Jack the Ripper. The second volume shipped on April 7. A stage play adaptation ran from April 20-24 in Tokyo.
Akumu no Sumu Ie: Ghost Hunt adapts Ono's 1994 novel Akumu no Sumu Ie; this novel serves as a followup to the original Akuryō novels that inspired the first Ghost Hunt series. Due to its rarity, the Akumu no Sumu Ie novel is known as the "elusive sequel" among fans.
In the original Ghost Hunt series, high school girl Mai Taniyama encounters Shibuya Psychic Research, a paranormal investigation agency led by a tall, dark, handsome — and, naturally, aloof — teenager (who Mai nicknames "Naru" after the English word "narcissist"). Before long, Mai joins the ranks of the agency, whose associates include a Chinese occultist, a world-famous psychic, a self-proclaimed Shinto shrine maiden, a former Buddhist monk, and a Catholic exorcist.
In Akumu no Sumu Ie, Mai, "Naru," and the rest of Shibuya Psychic Research investigate the paranormal phenomena transpiring in the home of the character Midori's mother. ARIA published new chapters every other month. The second volume shipped in April 2014.
Inada ended the first Ghost Hunt series in 2010, and Del Rey published 11 of the 12 volumes from the first series in North America. Funimation licensed and released the 25-episode television anime version of the manga on DVD in 2008.