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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 series was 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).

Characters Edit

  • Hercule Poirot : Voiced by: Satomi Kōtarō
  • Jane Marple : Voiced by: Kaoru Yachigusa
  • Mabel West: Voiced by: Fumiko Orikasa
  • Miss Lemon : Voiced by: Atsuko Tanaka
  • Hastings : Voiced by: Hirofumi Nojima
  • Oliver: Voiced by: Masako Jou
  • Inspector Sharpe: Voiced by: Yuusaku Yara

Adapted StoriesEdit

Stories adapted for the series were:

  • The Jewel Robbery at the Grand Metropolitan
  • The Riddle of the Cheap Flat (Original title The Adventure of the Cheap Flat)
  • Strange Will (original title Strange Jest)
  • The Faultless Maid (original title The Case Of The Perfect Maid)
  • The ABC Murders
  • The Kidnapped Prime Minister
  • The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb
  • Tape-Measure Murder
  • The Case of the Gold Ingots (Ingots of Gold (The Thirteen Problems, 1932))
  • The Blue Geranium
  • Peril At End House
  • The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding
  • 4.50 From Paddington
  • Plymouth Express
  • Motive versus Opportunity (The Thirteen Problems,1932)
  • The Adventure of the Clapham Cook
  • Sleeping Murder
  • Four-and-Twenty Blackbirds
  • Death in the Clouds

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