Ghost Talker's Daydream
, known in Japan as Vulgar Ghost Daydream
(低俗霊DAYDREAM, Teizokurei Daydream
?), is a shōnen manga written by Saki Okuse and illustrated by Sankichi Meguro, set in modern Japan. There are 10 volumes in total, and the series was also adapted as a four episode OVA. The English version released by Geneon changed the title to Ghost Talker's Daydream
, which is not a direct translation of the formal manga title.
This story is centered on a main character named Saiki Misaki who has two jobs, neither of which she is particularly happy with. Officially she is a dominatrix in a BDSM club who writes a column for a sex magazine. Additionally she works for a government agency, The Livelihood Preservation Group
, as a necromancer
. The term necromancer
in this story refers to a person who can speak to and see ghosts, and who sometimes can allow the ghosts to speak with their voice to people who cannot see the ghost. Her government job usually entails helping to remove a troublesome ghost. This is known as exorcising. Misaki considers her government job to be less respectable than her work in the sex industry.
There are many smaller story arcs within the story, although in most cases these stories are important to the main narrative. In some cases they introduce important characters, and in others they are used to explain motivations pertaining to the main characters. In general, these smaller story arcs consist of one or two chapters.
There are three major characters, at least one of which is in every chapter with the exception of chapter 16 "Dead Mans Hand". In order of introduction they are: Saiki Misaki, Mitsuru and Souichirou. Many recurring and often important characters also populate the series.
Several things distinguish Vulgar Ghost Daydream
. One thing is the extensive use of fan service. Nudity and sexual themes are an integral part of the story, as well as the basis for many of the characters' motivations and history. Suicide is another deeply discussed theme and insights into the suicide culture in Japan are common. Many of the story arcs deal directly with the intersection of these two situations. Themes of sexual dysfunction and both sexual and physical abuse are also studied.