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Agatha Christie's Great Detectives Poirot and Marple (アガサ·クリスティーの名探偵ポワロとマープル Agasa Kurisutī no Meitantei Powaro to Māpuru) is an anime television series that adapted several Agatha Christie stories about Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. A new character named Mabel West, Miss Marple's great-niece, who becomes Poirot's junior assistant, is used to connect the two detectives.

The anime was produced by Oriental Light and Magic for NHK. The series was directed by Naohito Takahashi with music by Toshiyuki Watanabe and character designs by Sayuri Ichiishi. The opening theme is "Lucky Girl ni Hanataba wo" and the ending theme is "Wasurenaide," both performed by Tatsuro Yamashita. The 39 episodes broadcast were initially broadcast from 4 July 2004 to 15 May 2005 on NHK, and continues to be shown in re-runs on NHK and other networks in Japan. The series was adapted as manga under the same title, which was released in 2004 and 2005.

Adaptation Edit

The TV series is a generally faithful adaptation of the original stories given the time constraints (typically one 25 minute episode for a short story, four episodes for a novel). Despite being a modern Japanese adaptation, the original (mainly English) locations and time period are retained. The most obvious story change is the addition of Mabel West and her pet duck, Oliver. However apart from her soliloquies, most of her lines are taken from the incidental dialogue of other characters in the original stories, so her presence does not materially alter the plot development.

Other changes are generally of a minor nature, for instance Inspector Japp becomes "Inspector Sharpe", possibly due to the derogatory implications attached to the word "jap". The significance of some details which rely on English idioms is changed, for example when a dying uncle taps his eye in Strange Jest, this was originally a reference to the saying All my eye and Betty Martin, but in the anime it becomes a reference to a stamp in which an angel appears to be winking (however the clue still achieves the same end).

Although the characters in the adaptation are English, they sometimes adopt Japanese behaviours. They sometimes bow to each other in greeting, and when kneel on the floor when contrite.

Characters Edit

EpisodesEdit

Main article: List of Agatha Christie's Great Detectives Poirot and Marple episodes

Stories adapted for the series were:

Manga Edit

The series was adapted into three volumes of manga in 2004 and 2005 by NHK Publishing. The adaptations were written by Yukiyoshi Oohashi (大橋志吉) (volumes 1 and 3) and Syouji Yonemura (米村正二) (volume 2), and illustrated by Morihiko Ishikawa (石川森彦).

Title Release date ISBN
The ABC Murders

Ēbīshī Satsujin Jiken (ABC殺人事件)

24 August 2004 ISBN 4-14-454084-7
4:50 from Paddington

Padinton Hatsu Yonjigojūbun (パディントン発4時50分)

25 December 2004 ISBN 4-14-454085-5
Death in the Clouds

Kumo no Naka no Shi (雲の中の死)

30 May 2005 ISBN 4-14-454086-3


DVD releases Edit

The series was released on seven DVDs.

Region 2, NTSC, Language: Japanese, subtitle: No

Title Release date ISBN
Agatha Christie's Great Detectives Poirot and Marple vol.1:"The ABC Murders" and Other Stories

アガサ・クリスティーの名探偵ポワロとマープル Vol.1 ABC殺人事件

22 April 2005 ISBN 4-7786-0100-9
("The Jewel Robbery at the Grand Metropolitan","The Adventure of the Cheap Flat")
Agatha Christie's Great Detectives Poirot and Marple vol.2:"4:50 from Paddington" and Other Stories

アガサ・クリスティーの名探偵ポワロとマープル Vol.2 パディントン発4時50分

22 April 2005 ISBN 4-7786-0101-7
("Strange Jest","The Case of the Perfect Maid")
Agatha Christie's Great Detectives Poirot and Marple vol.3:"The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb" and Other Stories

アガサ・クリスティーの名探偵ポワロとマープル Vol.3 エジプト墳墓の謎

22 April 2005 ISBN 4-7786-0102-5
("The Kidnapped Prime Minister","The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding")
Agatha Christie's Great Detectives Poirot and Marple vol.4:"Peril at End House" and Other Stories

アガサ・クリスティーの名探偵ポワロとマープル Vol.4 エンド・ハウス怪事件

22 April 2005 ISBN 4-7786-0103-3
("The Tape-Measure Murder","Ingots of Gold","The Blue Geranium")
Agatha Christie's Great Detectives Poirot and Marple vol.5:"The Plymouth Express" and Other Stories

アガサ・クリスティーの名探偵ポワロとマープル Vol.5 プリマス行き急行列車

27 May 2005 ISBN 4-7786-0104-1
("The Adventure of the Clapham Cook","Four-and-Twenty Blackbirds")
Agatha Christie's Great Detectives Poirot and Marple vol.6:"Sleeping Murder" and Other Story

アガサ・クリスティーの名探偵ポワロとマープル Vol.6 スリーピング・マーダー

27 May 2005 ISBN 4-7786-0105-X
("Motive versus Opportunity")
Agatha Christie's Great Detectives Poirot and Marple vol.7:"Death in the Clouds" and Other Story

アガサ・クリスティーの名探偵ポワロとマープル Vol.7 雲の中の死

27 May 2005 ISBN 4-7786-0106-8
("The Disappearance of Mr. Davenheim")
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