Ghost Sweeper Mikami
Ghost Sweeper Mikami: The Great Paradise Battle!! (Japanese: GS美神 極楽大作戦!! Hepburn: Gōsuto Suīpā Mikami Gokuraku Daisakusen!!) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Takashi Shiina. It was published in Shogakukan's Weekly Shōnen Sunday from 1991 to 1999. In 1993, it won the Shogakukan Manga Award for best shōnen manga. The series explores some folk religion themes such as possession, exorcism, shamanism, Yurei, and Yōkai.
|Ghost Sweeper Mikami|
Cover of Ghost Sweeper Mikami DVD.
(Gōsuto Suīpā Mikami Gokuraku Daisakusen!!)
|Genre||Action, comedy, supernatural|
|Written by||Takashi Shiina|
|Imprint||Shōnen Sunday Comics|
|Magazine||Weekly Shōnen Sunday|
|Original run||1991 – 1999|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Atsutoshi Umezawa|
|Music by||Toshihiko Sahashi|
|Original network||TV Asahi|
|Original run||11 April 1993 – 6 March 1994|
|Directed by||Atsutoshi Umezawa|
|Released||24 August 1994|
The series was adapted as a 45-episode anime television series by Toei Animation called Ghost Sweeper Mikami (GS美神 Gōsuto Suīpā Mikami) which ran on TV Asahi and the Asahi Broadcasting Corporation from 1993–1994, covering most parts of the first nine volumes of the Manga (total 39 volumes). The anime lead to the release of a movie, which had been the only existence of Mikami in the United States (released by Manga Video). The TV series has been licensed by Sentai Filmworks. In November 2013, Toei Animation released all of the episodes with English subtitles to YouTube.
Overdevelopment and crowding in Japan has forced many of its indigenous spirits and ghosts to lose their homes. Due to problems caused by the homeless spirits, a new profession was created, the Ghost Sweepers (GS). Private exorcists for hire, they serve only the highest bidder to survive in the cutthroat corporate world. Among this, the Mikami GS Company, led by 20-year-old Reiko Mikami and her two assistants, the 17-year-old boy Tadao Yokoshima and the ghost girl Okinu, is said to be the best.
The manga setup is scenario-to-scenario, with many plots intertwining classic Japanese culture and modern day realities, with occasional references to Western influences. In between these plots are some longer story arcs where new characters are introduced and the existing characters are further developed. There is no one ongoing storyline, therefore the plots are character-driven and serve to gradually develop characters, especially the main protagonists.
There are 45 episodes that aired from April 11, 1993 to March 6, 1994.
|1||"Here Comes the Super Sexy Exorcist!"||April 11, 1993|
|The series starts with men asking a ghost to leave the building and rest in peace, but he refuses. Then Tadao Yokoshima appears and says the ghost is causing trouble, but the ghost interrupts him and Yokoshima runs away scared. Reiko Mikami appears and says the same as Yokoshima, completing the line. The ghost tries to attack, but he is captured by an Absorbing Talisman that brings him to peace.|
|2||"Armed Robbers Have No Tomorrow!"||April 18, 1993|
|Two thieves died when trying to steal a bank, but they died before starting the assault and now haunt the bank. Reiko Mikami is called to get rid of the ghost of the thieves.|
|3||"The Empire of Haunted Dolls!!"||April 25, 1993|
|A girl called Aya-chan asks Reiko Mikami to help her find her Moga-chan, which was taken away by a ghost.|
|4||"Ghost Sweeper in Space!!"||May 2, 1993|
|A Gremlin is causing problems and Reiko Mikami is called to solve the problem. Mikami sends Tadao Yokoshima's soul to space to take care of the Gremlin.|
|5||"The Howling of the Haunted Mansion!"||May 9, 1993|
|A man is trying to destroy an old house to create a building in its place, but a ghost dog is causing trouble and he asks Reiko Mikami to take care of it, and also leaves his little dog with her for a while. The dog spirit is strong and gives a lot of trouble, but in the end it is revealed it was the man's dog Kojirou, which protected the house he lived even after his death.|
|6||"The Princess Exorcist!"||May 16, 1993|
|Meiko Rokudou and Reiko Mikami work together to get rid of a horde of ghosts in a building.|
|7||"Dr. Chaos' Challenge!"||May 23, 1993|
|Doctor Chaos and Maria capture Tadao Yokoshima and Dr. Chaos switch his body with Yokoshima, taking his place to capture Reiko Mikami and obtain her body as it possess great spiritual powers.|
|8||"Love Overcomes the Test of Time!"||May 30, 1993|
|Doctor Chaos uses a potion in a cake and asks Maria to give to Reiko Mikami. When the cake is eaten, it will completely erase Mikami's existence from the world. Mikami notices something is wrong with the cake, but Tadao Yokoshima eats it and Mikami searches for a cure before something happens to him.|
|9||"Please Kiss Me!!"||June 6, 1993|
|10||"Find the Shikigami!!"||June 13, 1993|
|11||"Let's Take the Ghost Train!!"||June 20, 1993|
|12||"Beware of Yakuchin-do!?"||June 27, 1993|
|13||"Rival Emi Ogasawara!"||July 4, 1993|
|14||"Summer! Pool! Monsters!"||July 11, 1993|
|15||"Assemble at the Mediterranean Sea!"||July 18, 1993|
|16||"Put The Vampire To Sleep!"||July 25, 1993|
|17||"Temptations on the Summer Beach"||August 1, 1993|
|18||"Shrinking Mikami!!"||August 15, 1993|
|19||"Chase the Ghost Submarine!"||August 22, 1993|
|20||"Heavenly Smash!"||August 29, 1993|
|21||"Everyone, Turn Into A Kid!! (Part 1 of 2)"||September 5, 1993|
|22||"Devil Piper's Revenge (Part 2 of 2)"||September 12, 1993|
|23||"The Path to the Dragon!! (Part 1 of 2)"||September 19, 1993|
|24||"Runaway Dragon in a Rage (Part 2 of 2)"||September 26, 1993|
|25||"Himiko of the Yamatai Kingdom"||October 3, 1993|
|26||"The Adventure of Heroine Mikami"||October 10, 1993|
|27||"Pure-Hearted Maria in Love!"||October 17, 1993|
|28||"Dragon Prince!! (Part 1 of 2)"||October 24, 1993|
|29||"Dragon in Imminent Danger!! (Part 2 of 2)"||October 31, 1993|
|The dragon god, Shoryuki battles Medusa.|
|30||"Here Comes the Devilish Sword Shimesaba-Maru!"||November 14, 1993|
|31||"Flying Magic Broom"||November 21, 1993|
|32||"I, Reiko, Will Marry You!?"||November 28, 1993|
|33||"Mannequins Are Calling You"||December 5, 1993|
|34||"Ghostly High School"||December 12, 1993|
|35||"The Santa Clause's Gift!"||December 19, 1993|
|36||"Okinu's Christmas"||December 26, 1993|
|37||"The Battle of the New Year!!"||January 9, 1994|
|38||"The College Examinee's Blues"||January 16, 1994|
|39||"Maria's Sister (Part 1 of 2)"||January 23, 1994|
|40||"Maria and Teresa (Part 2 of 2)"||January 30, 1994|
|41||"The Fierce Battle with The Snow Queen!"||February 6, 1994|
|42||"Here's My Chocolate!!"||February 13, 1994|
|43||"Into The Dream! (Part 1 of 2)"||February 20, 1994|
|44||"The Hellish Nightmare (Part 2 of 2)"||February 27, 1994|
|45||"With Love From Ghost Sweepers"||March 6, 1994|
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A 1994 anime film was produced by Toei. It acts as a sequel to the TV series.
|Ghost Sweeper Mikami: Joreishi wa Nice Body|
Cover art of Ghost Sweeper Mikami: Joreishi wa Nice Body
|Composer(s)||Kinuyo Yamashita |
Two video games based on the manga and anime were spawned. In 1993 a video game entitled Ghost Sweeper Mikami: Joreishi wa Nice Body (ゴーストスイーパー GS美神 〜除霊師はナイスバディ〜) was released for the Super Famicom. In 1994 GS Mikami was published by Banpresto for the PC Engine. Ghost Sweeper Mikami: Joreishi wa Nice Body is a Japan-exclusive action video game based on the manga and anime Ghost Sweeper Mikami. It was developed by Natsume and published by Banalex, which was released in 1993.
Ghost Sweeper Mikami: Joreishi wa Nice Body is a side-scrolling platformer where the player controls Reiko through multiple stages. Reiko is armed with a magic baton that can be used to perform several types of melee attacks. The baton can be powered up to shoot various types of projectiles, though these powerups are lost if Reiko takes any damage. It can also be used as a type of grappling hook to access certain platforms. There are also limited uses of magic attacks that hit all enemies on the screen.
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- "Soundtrack Information". SNESmusic.org.
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- Ghost Sweeper Mikami: Joreishi wa Nice Body at MobyGames
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- Ha'nts and Critters, a review of Ghost Sweeper Mikami, Vampire Wars, and Psychic Wars.
- Animerica review
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