Mystery (319)

Whether its solving a crime or finding an explanation for a puzzling circumstance, the main cast willingly or reluctantly become investigators who must work to answer the who, what, why, and/or how of the current dilemma. The narrative of mystery stories is always on collecting evidence, identifying suspects, and theorizing possible scenarios for the unexplainable, before finally capturing the perpetrator or resolving the current situation. Almost always, the audience has the same information as the main characters and anticipation is directed towards discovering the explanation, not what will transpire after the answer is found. Contrast with Suspense or Horror where often the audience has more information than the cast, which heightens the tension or fear of what will happen next.

GetBackers

Kibayashi, ShinAyamine, Rando 2022
Blonde, hip, pragmatic and cool, Ginji Amano has the power to generate currents with his body like an electric eel. Brunette, equally hip, bespectacled and rambunctious, Ban Mido has the mystically mysterious 'Evil Eye,' the power to create illusions in the minds of his foes. Together, they are the GetBackers, the best retrieval team in the world. They can get back anything taken from clients, and their success rate is (almost) 100%! However, first they have to get some clients—and soon—or this spry detective duo will starve on the streets!

(Source: TokyoPop)
Mar 24, 1999 to Feb 21, 2007 | 344 chp | Publishing

Yu☆Gi☆Oh!Yu-Gi-Oh!

Takahashi, Kazuki 2022
High school student Yuugi Mutou spends his days being bullied between classes and his nights playing board games and solving puzzles in his bedroom. Yuugi's penchant for gameplay comes from his grandfather, whose game shop also serves as a house for the two.

One night, Yuugi manages to solve the Millennium Puzzle, a seemingly impossible challenge that awakens his inner darkness and converts it into an alternate persona: Yami Yuugi. Transforming into the more bold and dangerous persona against his will in moments of great distress, Yuugi begins to moonlight as a vengeful vigilante, challenging bullies and evil-doers to risky games where failure results in fates worse than death.

Yuugi and his alter ego befriend some of the very students who once bullied him, forming unbreakable companionships with them. But the group must contend with villains far deadlier than the high school punks they originally rallied against, enemies who use games for nefarious purposes and threaten Yuugi and his friends' very lives.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]
Sep 17, 1996 to Mar 8, 2004 | 343 chp | Publishing

13 Nichi wa Kinyoubi?

Enomoto, Chizuru 2022
Ema is obsessed with ghosts, and is even part of her school's occult club. She'll do anything that has to do with some crazy superstition about ghosts or spirits, and make sure that she goes out of her way to do it. Ema is known for this at school, and the series follows her pursues to find ghosts. Ema, unfortunately, cannot see the things that she loves, unlike a few of her friends...
(Source: StarryHeaven)
Included one-shots:
Volume 1: Shuugaku Ryoko no Susume
Volume 3: Time Capsule and Happy End no Tsukurikata
Mar 3, 2003 to Oct 18, 2004 | 15 chp | Publishing

Ayashi no CeresCeres: Celestial Legend

Watase, Yuu 2022
Aya and her twin brother Aki thought they were going to a celebration of their sixteenth birthday at their grandfather's home, but the funeral-like atmosphere tips them off that something's not right. Their "birthday present" turns out to be a mummified hand—the power of which forces an awakening within Aya, and painful wounds all over Aki's body! Grandfather Mikage announces that Aki will be heir to the Mikage fortune, and Aya must die! But Aya has allies in the athletic cook and martial artist Yuuhi, and the attractive, mysterious Touya. But can even two handsome and resourceful guys save Aya when it's her own power that's out of control?

(Source: VIZ Media)
Aug 5, 1996 to Jan 20, 2000 | 83 chp | Publishing

Loveless

Kouga, Yun 2022
Aoyagi Ritsuka is one troubled 6th grader. Two years ago, he mysteriously lost his memory and developed an alternate personality. His mother constantly berates (and occasionally beats) him, asking what happened to the "real" Ritsuka, and his only defender and friend, his older brother Seimei, was recently killed.

Suddenly, Seimei's apparent "friend," Soubi, appears. Soubi tells him that Ritsuka's true name is "Loveless," and that Soubi was assigned by Seimei to take care of Ritsuka and protect him. Ritsuka soon gets sucked into a bizzare underground society where teams of people, a "Fighter Unit," and a "Sacrifice," battle using elaborate and beautifully-phrased spells.

He seeks both acceptance of himself, and the answer to the mystery of who killed his brother and why.

(Source: TokyoPop)
Nov 17, 2001 to ? | chp | Publishing

Gouhou DrugLegal Drug

CLAMP 2022
A drugstore that deals in medicine ... and danger! Kazahaya Kudo has a gift. When he touches a person or an object, he sees visions. With no money and no place to stay, Kazahaya was out of luck until fate brought him to the Green Drug pharmacy. Now, in exchange for working in the store, he gets room and board. But in order to make ends meet there's a catch ... he must take on 'special' assignments from his boss that can only be handled by someone with Kazahaya's gift. With the help of his co-worker and roommate Rikuo, who has unusual powers of his own, Kazahaya finds himself on missions most surreal.

(Source: Tokyopop)
Oct 6, 2000 to Jul 24, 2003 | 18 chp | Publishing

Clamp Gakuen TanteidanClamp School Detectives

CLAMP 2022
Akira, Nokoru, and Suoh are the student council heads in the Elementary department of the CLAMP university. After one encounter with a damsel in distress, Nokoru turns the group into a group of sleuths out to make the world safe for everyone of the female sex.

(Source: ANN)
Jan 1992 to Oct 1993 | 12 chp | Publishing

Bus Gamer: The Pilot Edition

Minekura, Kazuya 2022
Toki Mishiba, Nobuto Nakajo, and Kazuo Saitou are hired to play the Biz Game, a game much like capture the flag, only with company secrets and insane amounts of money involved. At first they think it's a crazy but fun way to get some money, but as the game goes on, they hear stories about mysterious deaths on the news, and recognize the victims as members of the teams they've beaten in the game. When one of the losers of a game dies right in front of them, they realize what is really at stake—their very lives!

(Source: MU)
1999 to Nov 28, 2001 | 11 chp | Publishing

Le Chevalier d'Eon

Ubukata, Tow 2022
A mysterious cult is sacrificing beautiful young women to a demonic force that has promised them the kingdom of France in return for the blood of their victims. Only one man can save Paris from chaos and terror: the Chevalier d’Eon!

(Source: Del Rey)
Jan 26, 2005 to Nov 26, 2008 | 45 chp | Publishing

Ikebukuro West Gate Park

Ishida, Ira 2022
Based on the phenomenally popular live action Japanese television series Ikebukuro West Gate Park is a very hip and urban drama that takes place in Tokyo's trendy district of Ikebukuro. The story focuses around the 21 year old Makoto, a cool and level headed member of the G-boys gang. Makoto, talented with diffusing tense situations and keeping his friends out of harm's way possibly stumbles into more than he can handle. Is Makoto really in over his head? His new girlfriend's just been found murdered and a turf war is escalating between two rival gangs.

(Source: DMP)
Jul 2001 to Nov 25, 2004 | 36 chp | Publishing

R.O.D: Read or DieRead or Die

Kurata, HideyukiYamada, Shutar 2022
Yomiko Readman's love for literature goes far beyond any run-of-the-mill bookworm's! In fact, she has a supernatural ability to manipulate paper in the most amazing ways. From turning a tiny scrap into a lethal throwing dagger to making a single sheet hard enough to block bullets, she's only limited by her imagination. She uses her phenomenal power to seek out legendary books containing secret information that, in the wrong hands, could be dangerous. Backed by a Special Operations Division in England, Yomiko has her hands full battling evildoers, saving the world, and trying to find time to curl up with a good book.

(Source: VIZ Media)
Dec 18, 1999 to May 18, 2002 | 30 chp | Publishing

Chou Shinri Genshou Nouryokusha NanakiPsychic Power Nanaki

Saenagi, Ryou 2022
After being hit by a car, strange things begin to happen around Nanaki Shunsuke. He is eventually approached by another young man named Ao, who tells Nanaki that he has been sending Ao his telepathic "voice," and that the accident seems to have awakened some sort of supernatural powers within Nanaki.
Though less than enthusiastic about the idea, Nanaki eventually agrees to join LOCK, The Paranormal Investigations Agency, and partner up with Ao to investigate various cases dealing with the supernatural. However, Nanaki's powers are rather unstable, and Ao seems to have some reason to carry a great mistrust and annoyance for his new partner, making Nanaki's days in his new position a rather trying ordeal. But as they work alongside one another in their pathetically understaffed branch of LOCK, the two find ways they might manage to keep working together, perhaps even without getting the other killed in the process.
(Source: MU)
Included one-shot:
Volume 3: Divine: Bokura wa Hikari wo Mita
Oct 20, 2003 to Oct 5, 2004 | 17 chp | Publishing

Juunikyuu de TsukamaeteZodiac P.I.

Ando, Natsumi 2022
In recent times, a mysterious private investigator under the name of "Spica" has been solving crimes before the police arrive, leaving only a star mark nearby to indicate her involvement. The true identity of this rising star is Lili Hoshizawa, an energetic 13-year-old girl who enjoys solving mysteries, athletic activities, and running her mother's fortune-telling business, "Fortune Teller Spica." Using her knowledge of astrology, Lili reads clients' horoscopes by day and catches criminals by night!

But Lili soon finds that her carefree, crime-solving adventures will need some more caution when her childhood friend Hiromi Oikawa returns from America and is suspicious of her and Spica. His extensive studies in criminal psychology seems to have helped him in solving mysteries—rivaling Lili's astrology and crime-solving skills. But this zodiac detective has no time to worry about a possible rival, for there are many cases and mysteries out there that she must solve in the name of the star!

[Written by MAL Rewrite]
Mar 3, 2001 to Dec 3, 2002 | 20 chp | Publishing

Kaiketsu Jouki TanteidanSteam Detectives

Asamiya, Kia 2022
A Steampunk mystery from the creator of Silent Mobius! In this tale of a past (or future?) that never was, in the age of Steam, masked dandies, dastardly supervillains, and sentient machines stalk a Japanese Gotham by night. Are the sharp wits and quick reflexes of wunderkind detectives Narutaki and pretty nurse Ling Ling enough to thwart evil and unravel the mysteries of this strange world? All steamed up.... When Narutaki meets Ling Ling, a pretty nurse with a dark secret, he gains both a true-blu friend and two new assistants. He'll certainly need all the help he can get when he is forced to do battle with such nefarious villains as the Phantom Knight, the Machine Baron, and Dr. Guilty!

(Source: VIZ Media)
1994 to 2000 | 52 chp | Publishing

Anne Freaks

Kotegawa, Yua 2022
While trying to bury the body of his mother deep in the woods, high school student Yuri is approached by a strange girl who offers to help him. That is... if he promises to be her "parent killing assistant." Meet Anne Freaks, a bright, attractive teenage girl normal in every way - except that she's on a mission to kill her father, the leader of the dangerous extremist cult: the Kakusei Group. (Source: ADV)
Sep 2000 to Oct 2002 | 24 chp | Publishing

Genjuu no SeizaGenju no Seiza

Akino, Matsuri 2022
Kamishina Fuuto would like to think he's a normal boy, but he is the reincarnation of the High Priest of Darashaal, a tiny Asian country that has just celebrated the inauguration of...its new high priest. Clearly, only one of them is the true priest, and unfortunately for Fuuto, it is he. As the celestial guardians come to dispose of him they discover that he is not, as their leader Naga says, a fake. Fuuto just wants to be normal and live a normal life, but he is constantly drawn into trouble as he has an extremely keen spiritual sense and the ability to soothe ghosts.
(Source: Tokyopop)
Oct 2000 to Aug 28, 2007 | 70 chp | Publishing

Wolf's Rain

Nobumoto, KeikoIida, Toshitsug 2022
Humans thought the wolves died off two centuries ago in this bleak post-apocalyptic wasteland. But some survivors lurk among the humans by mentally cloaking their animal bodies. One white wolf, Kiba, scours the land for the scent of the Lunar Flower that will lead them all to Paradise...but will it lead them to a deadly false legend?

(Source: VIZ Media)
Feb 26, 2003 to Jan 26, 2004 | 11 chp | Publishing

JiraishinIce Blade

Takahashi, Tsutomu 2022
Kyoya Ida is a hard-nosed detective from the Shinjuku Police precient. He is known in the force as an unreasonable type who would use lethal force to solve cases, making him unpopular with the enlisted and high-ranking officers in the National Police Agency. Despite this fact, there are some in the force that admire Ida for his bravery and cleverness in using lethal force to solve criminal cases whenever legal means are met in a dead end.

(Source: MU)
Sep 25, 1992 to Nov 25, 1999 | 72 chp | Publishing

Karin ZouketsukiChibi Vampire: The Novel

Kagesaki, Yuna 2022
Karin Maaka can bite a throat like a proper vampire, but where others of her kind need hot red blood, she has too much of it! Every month, she's compelled to inject blood into her victims the way a snake injects venom. And her handsome classmate Kenta Usui makes her feel like she's is going to spurt blood like a geyser. Talk about embarrassing! When Karin's latest victim turns out to be as rich as he is good looking, it causes hilarious chaos at her school. Will she ever live in peace?

(Source: Tokyopop)
Dec 10, 2003 to May 10, 2007 | 60 chp | Publishing

King of Bandit JingJing: King of Bandits - Twilight Tales

Kumakura, Yuuichi 2022
Take a fantastical, far-out journey in the out-of-this-world adventures of Jing and his feisty, feathered friend Kir. Twilight Tales is an awesome new series with a fresh, original look for our heroes! When Jing sets his sights on a valuable jewel in the coffin of a notorious mafia boss, is he really playing with fire? Will Jing get away with it all, or does la cosa nostra's reach extend beyond the grave?

(Source: Tokyopop)
This series is currently on indefinite hiatus.
1999 to May 26, 2005 | 35 chp | Publishing

Cossette no ShouzouLe Portrait de Petit Cossette

Katsura, Asuka 2022
Eiri Kurahashi is an art school student, with a job at a local antique store. It's there that he develops a strange obsession. He finds himself entranced by a portrait of a Victorian-era girl named Cossette. It's a portrait with a strange history--everyone who has owned it has been murdered in a bizarre fashion. But the story runs much deeper than that. Cossette was savagely murdered by her lover, who also happens to be the artist who painted the portrait. When the new owner of the portrait nearly kills himself, Eiri decides to get involved. And that's when Cossette begins speaking to him...

(Source: Tokyopop)
2004 | 9 chp | Publishing

Lupin IIILupin the 3rd

Monkey Punch 2022
This is the first time Monkey Punch's original, classic series has been published in the U.S. International man of mystery and master thief extraordinaire, Lupin III comes from a long line of high stakes bandits, all committed to stealing from the rich and giving to themselves. Fortunately, Lupin tends to avoid robbing society's virtuous and, instead, targets some pretty shady characters.

Of course, he partners with some pretty shady characters as well: Daisuke Jigen is an ex-mafia hit man who carries himself with a somber demeanor, his trademark black fedora tilted forward to hide his eyes. Goemon Ishikawa is a cipher-like swordsman with samurai-ish overtones who mysteriously fades in and out of Lupin's exploits. Fujiko Mine is the object of Lupin's affections, but, since she is a thief herself, the duo's romance more than occasionally clashes with their competition for big scores.

The global police force, Interpol, and in particular the tenacious Inspector Zenigata, long to capture Lupin and his gang. Zenigata's relationship with the eponymous master thief is a complicated one, characterized by mutual respect laced with utter disdain. The two have even worked together when it's served both their interests, but they understand that when the crisis ends, they must resume their former wariness and animosity toward each other.

(Source: Tokyopop)
Jul 7, 1967 to Apr 1972 | 109 chp | Publishing

Missing: Kamikakushi no Monogatari

Kouda, GakutoMutsuki, Lay 2022
Kyoichi Utsume, a.k.a. "His Majesty, Lord of Darkness," is a dark and compelling mystery, so much so that his fellow Literature Club members would rather discuss him than books! When "His Majesty" vanishes in front of their very eyes, his friends are left with several unanswered questions: what is the source of Kyoichi's long-standing obsession with the "other side"? And just who is Ayame, the eerily ghostlike girl Kyoichi brought to school as his girlfriend the day before he disappeared?

(Source: Tokyopop)
2003 | 12 chp | Publishing

Model

Lee, So Young 2022
Jae is a Korean student who came to Europe to study art. Things aren't going her way, but she's determined to make it. One night, her friend Melissa brings a drunk guy to her apartment and asks if he can stay there for the night. Jae doesn't like it, but agrees. That night she has a dream that the drunk guy drinks her blood...which, of course, turns out NOT to be a dream.

Jae is surprisingly unafraid of the vampire, Michael, and starts to paint his portrait. The two strike an unusual deal: if Jae allows the vampire to feed on her, he will pose for her. His beauty and alluring preternatural energy could be exactly what Jae needs to finally succeed as a painter.

(Source: Tokyopop)
Jun 2000 to Oct 2002 | 10 chp | Publishing