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Steam Detectives (Japanese:快傑蒸気探偵団, Hepburn: Kaiketsu Jōki Tanteidan) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Kia Asamiya. The manga was originally serialized in Monthly Shōnen Jump and later moved to Ultra Jump at the magazines start. It was later adapted into a 26-episode anime television series which ran from October 1998 to March 1999 on TV Tokyo. In North America, the anime is licensed by ADV Films and the manga by Viz Media.

Steam Detectives
Steam Detectives Japanese volume 2 from Shueisha's Jump Comics line.
快傑蒸気探偵団
(Kaiketsu Jouki Tanteidan)
Manga
Written byKia Asamiya
Published byShueisha
English publisher
Magazine
English magazine
DemographicShōnen, seinen
Original run19942000
Volumes8
Anime television series
Directed byNobuyoshi Habara
StudioXebec
Licensed by
Original networkTV Tokyo
English network
Original run October 7, 1998 March 31, 1999
Episodes26
Light novel
Written bySatoruya Asaso
Illustrated byKia Asamiya
Published byShueisha
ImprintSuper Dash Bunko
DemographicMale
Original runSeptember 2000September 2001
Volumes2
Anime and manga portal

Contents

Steam City is a place where the only fuel source is coal, and the only means to produce energy is the steam engine. As the only source of energy, the steam engine has been the focus of technological advancement to the point where it can be substituted for any other form of power in modern technology. These same advancements also have given rise to Megamatons, large steam-powered robots. With the air of Steam City thick with fog and white smoke, thieves and criminals flourish with Megamatons as a common tool in their nefarious plans. It is here that the reader and/or viewer finds Narutaki, a young detective fighting for the peace of the city.

Narutaki (鳴滝, Narutaki)
Voiced by: Soichiro Hoshi (Japanese); Josh Meyer (English)
Son of the greatest detective in Steam City, Narutaki takes up the mantle after his parents' death. He is considered by some a child genius, but an annoyance by others. He is compassionate, and sometimes naive in his attitude towards both his citizen charges and the villains he pursues. Narutaki loves Steam City and vows to protect it from danger. His investigation style is similar to Sherlock Holmes. He uses a multi-purpose gun and various tools to aid his investigations. Despite his young age, he drinks tea and has an eye for pretty ladies. He also has a passion for toy models, and is described as "precocious" by Ling Ling.
Hsu Ling Ling (周鈴々, Shū Rinrin)
Voiced by: Hiroko Taguchi (Japanese); Meg Bauman (English)
Ling Ling is the youngest daughter of Dr. Hsu and the writer Feifer. A young nurse who owns the Megamaton, Goriki. She and Goriki become assistants of Narutaki after being tricked into helping Night Phantom. Much of her past is a mystery. She helps Narutaki in his investigations and looks after his health. Ling Ling is sensitive and caring to others but she can rise to the occasion. Her overly sentimental nature does put her in danger when she throws herself into things. She volunteers at the local hospitals since they are often understaffed. It is hinted in the manga that she may have feelings for Narutaki.
Kawakubo (川久保, Kawakubo)
Voiced by: Yūichi Nagashima (Japanese); Robert Rudie (English)
The Narutaki family butler and mechanic, he is the primary caretaker of Narutaki. Kawakubo also repairs Goriki. Kawakubo was the butler for Narutaki's father and is familiar with the older cases. He assists Narutaki in his lab work and research. He also manages Narutaki's affairs and looks after the house and its occupants.
Goriki (強力, Gōriki)
Voiced by: Takuma Suzuki (Japanese); Atreidies McNee (English)
The last Megamaton built by Dr. Hsu, Goriki means "great strength". According to the last wishes of the doctor, Dr. Hsu's brain is implanted inside Goriki's body. Unlike most Megamatons, Goriki does not need to be remote controlled. He provides the brunt of Narutaki Detective Agency's strength. He is capable of understanding speech and appears to respond to Ling Ling's emotions. Goriki is always ready to battle despite the reluctance of Ling Ling.
Dr. Guilty (Dr. ギルティ, Dr. Giruti)
Voiced by: Tomomichi Nishimura (Japanese); Edwin Neal (English)
His true identity is Dr. Hart, a rival scientist of Dr. Hsu. He considers Dr. Hsu his enemy, and wishes to prove himself as the best. The pair disagreed on how Megamaton technology should be used. He often attacks Steam City with advanced Megamatons. He aims to rule the world with the aid of his Megamatons.
Onigawara (鬼瓦, Onigawara)
Voiced by: Nobuo Tobita (Japanese); Martin Blacker (English)
A detective with the Steam City Police Department, he is a good detective but can be a little over the top. He resents Narutaki's involvement in the cases. He is also very open about his love for Ling Ling, which is not returned.
Yagami (八神)
Voiced by: Takashi Nagasako
Chief Inspector Yagami is Narutaki’s most trusted friend in the police force. He is not afraid of asking help from Narutaki, he also provides Narutaki with information pertaining to cases. He likes to think things through when solving a case.
Night Phantom (ナイト・オブ・ファンタム, Naito Obu Fantomu)
Voiced by: Akio Ōtsuka (Japanese); Brian Jepson (English)
"Phantom Knight" in the manga. A mysterious villain who has a past and a grudge with Narutaki and Narutaki's father. His father, the previous Phantom Knight, killed Narutaki's parents. He hates Steam City and vows to destroy it so he can avenge his father. Unlike most villains, he often creates elaborate plans to trick and kill Narutaki. His design and personality draw parallels to Batman.
Crimson Scorpion (紅サソリ, Benisasori)
Voiced by: Chisa Yokoyama (Japanese); Laurie Gallardo (English)
A female thief who loves precious gems and jewellery. She often uses trickery and illusion to steal her prizes. She is very adept at disguising herself, which is a useful skill used for cat burglary. She also dislikes being called 'old'.
Machine Baron
Voiced by: Norio Wakamoto
A mechanic otaku, he steals items that are mechanical in nature. He is obsessed with Goriki and comes across more as comic relief or as a sweet loser rather than a true villain. He wears a metal mask with only his left eye exposed and has an army of mechanical henchmen who don’t always follow orders.
Le Bled (ル・ブレッド, Ru Bureddo)
Voiced by: Takeshi Kusao (Japanese); Gray G. Haddock (English)
A criminal mastermind whose intelligence is equal to Narutaki, he often sets up cat-and-mouse games against the young detective and the Steam City police. Le Bled steals priceless and rare items in the belief that he is the only one to appreciate them. It is later revealed that he suffers from an incurable terminal illness and steals to live life to the fullest. Although he is a thief, he has a sense of honor. Le Bled bears a scar from a confrontation with Narutaki. He resides in a castle far away from Steam City and seems to be quite rich.
Hsu Lang Lang (周蘭々, Shū Ranran)
Voiced by: Miki Nagasawa (Japanese); Larissa Wolcott (English)
Ling Ling's older sister, she is the partner and lover of Le Bled. Unlike Ling Ling, she seems to have a disdain for helping the sick. She wears black as a sign of mourning for the patients that she has killed to end their suffering. Lang Lang looks after Le Bled and helps in his thefts. She worries that Le Bled is pushing himself too far and cares for him to the best of her ability. She inherited the design for Dr. Hsu’s last Megamaton Hiroh, which she had built for Le Bled.

Minor Characters

Pasta and Doria
Crimson Scorpion's henchmen, they are more cautious than their boss but follow her orders without question.
Anna Highend
A police officer who transferred from Electrical City so she could meet Narutaki. She is tall and good looking.
Dr. Mayerd
A scientist in energy technology, he repairs and maintains Goriki at his factory.
Soichiro Narutaki
Narutaki's father, and the previous owner of Narutaki Detective Agency. He is Narutaki's role model and was considered the best detective in Steam City. He and his wife lost their lives during an encounter with the original Night Phantom.
Wolf and Carlos
Two criminals from Techland that sometimes appear in Steam City to steal blueprints of new technologies to advance Techland's own power. Their well thought-out plans are generally ruined either by Narutaki or at times by their own carelessness.
Teng Shing
A giant hamster that Ling Ling brought home one day. It understands human speech and is adept at overpowering humans.

Steam Detectives
Steam Detectives Language Watch Edit This article does not cite any sources Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources Unsourced material may be challenged and removed Find sources Steam Detectives news newspapers books scholar JSTOR March 2020 Learn how and when to remove this template message Steam Detectives Japanese 快傑蒸気探偵団 Hepburn Kaiketsu Jōki Tanteidan is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Kia Asamiya The manga was originally serialized in Monthly Shōnen Jump and later moved to Ultra Jump at the magazines start It was later adapted into a 26 episode anime television series which ran from October 1998 to March 1999 on TV Tokyo In North America the anime is licensed by ADV Films and the manga by Viz Media Steam DetectivesSteam Detectives Japanese volume 2 from Shueisha s Jump Comics line 快傑蒸気探偵団 Kaiketsu Jouki Tanteidan MangaWritten byKia AsamiyaPublished byShueishaEnglish publisherNA Viz MediaMagazineMonthly Shōnen Jump 1994 1996 Ultra Jump 1996 2000 English magazineNA Manga Vizion Animerica ExtraDemographicShōnen seinenOriginal run1994 2000Volumes8Anime television seriesDirected byNobuyoshi HabaraStudioXebecLicensed byNA ADV FilmsOriginal networkTV TokyoEnglish networkNA Anime NetworkOriginal runOctober 7 1998 March 31 1999Episodes26Light novelWritten bySatoruya AsasoIllustrated byKia AsamiyaPublished byShueishaImprintSuper Dash BunkoDemographicMaleOriginal runSeptember 2000 September 2001Volumes2 Anime and manga portal Contents 1 Plot 2 Characters 2 1 Minor Characters 3 External linksPlot EditSteam City is a place where the only fuel source is coal and the only means to produce energy is the steam engine As the only source of energy the steam engine has been the focus of technological advancement to the point where it can be substituted for any other form of power in modern technology These same advancements also have given rise to Megamatons large steam powered robots With the air of Steam City thick with fog and white smoke thieves and criminals flourish with Megamatons as a common tool in their nefarious plans It is here that the reader and or viewer finds Narutaki a young detective fighting for the peace of the city Characters EditNarutaki 鳴滝 Narutaki Voiced by Soichiro Hoshi Japanese Josh Meyer English Son of the greatest detective in Steam City Narutaki takes up the mantle after his parents death He is considered by some a child genius but an annoyance by others He is compassionate and sometimes naive in his attitude towards both his citizen charges and the villains he pursues Narutaki loves Steam City and vows to protect it from danger His investigation style is similar to Sherlock Holmes He uses a multi purpose gun and various tools to aid his investigations Despite his young age he drinks tea and has an eye for pretty ladies He also has a passion for toy models and is described as precocious by Ling Ling Hsu Ling Ling 周鈴々 Shu Rinrin Voiced by Hiroko Taguchi Japanese Meg Bauman English Ling Ling is the youngest daughter of Dr Hsu and the writer Feifer A young nurse who owns the Megamaton Goriki She and Goriki become assistants of Narutaki after being tricked into helping Night Phantom Much of her past is a mystery She helps Narutaki in his investigations and looks after his health Ling Ling is sensitive and caring to others but she can rise to the occasion Her overly sentimental nature does put her in danger when she throws herself into things She volunteers at the local hospitals since they are often understaffed It is hinted in the manga that she may have feelings for Narutaki Kawakubo 川久保 Kawakubo Voiced by Yuichi Nagashima Japanese Robert Rudie English The Narutaki family butler and mechanic he is the primary caretaker of Narutaki Kawakubo also repairs Goriki Kawakubo was the butler for Narutaki s father and is familiar with the older cases He assists Narutaki in his lab work and research He also manages Narutaki s affairs and looks after the house and its occupants Goriki 強力 Gōriki Voiced by Takuma Suzuki Japanese Atreidies McNee English The last Megamaton built by Dr Hsu Goriki means great strength According to the last wishes of the doctor Dr Hsu s brain is implanted inside Goriki s body Unlike most Megamatons Goriki does not need to be remote controlled He provides the brunt of Narutaki Detective Agency s strength He is capable of understanding speech and appears to respond to Ling Ling s emotions Goriki is always ready to battle despite the reluctance of Ling Ling Dr Guilty Dr ギルティ Dr Giruti Voiced by Tomomichi Nishimura Japanese Edwin Neal English His true identity is Dr Hart a rival scientist of Dr Hsu He considers Dr Hsu his enemy and wishes to prove himself as the best The pair disagreed on how Megamaton technology should be used He often attacks Steam City with advanced Megamatons He aims to rule the world with the aid of his Megamatons Onigawara 鬼瓦 Onigawara Voiced by Nobuo Tobita Japanese Martin Blacker English A detective with the Steam City Police Department he is a good detective but can be a little over the top He resents Narutaki s involvement in the cases He is also very open about his love for Ling Ling which is not returned Yagami 八神 Voiced by Takashi Nagasako Chief Inspector Yagami is Narutaki s most trusted friend in the police force He is not afraid of asking help from Narutaki he also provides Narutaki with information pertaining to cases He likes to think things through when solving a case Night Phantom ナイト オブ ファンタム Naito Obu Fantomu Voiced by Akio Ōtsuka Japanese Brian Jepson English Phantom Knight in the manga A mysterious villain who has a past and a grudge with Narutaki and Narutaki s father His father the previous Phantom Knight killed Narutaki s parents He hates Steam City and vows to destroy it so he can avenge his father Unlike most villains he often creates elaborate plans to trick and kill Narutaki His design and personality draw parallels to Batman Crimson Scorpion 紅サソリ Benisasori Voiced by Chisa Yokoyama Japanese Laurie Gallardo English A female thief who loves precious gems and jewellery She often uses trickery and illusion to steal her prizes She is very adept at disguising herself which is a useful skill used for cat burglary She also dislikes being called old Machine Baron Voiced by Norio Wakamoto A mechanic otaku he steals items that are mechanical in nature He is obsessed with Goriki and comes across more as comic relief or as a sweet loser rather than a true villain He wears a metal mask with only his left eye exposed and has an army of mechanical henchmen who don t always follow orders Le Bled ル ブレッド Ru Bureddo Voiced by Takeshi Kusao Japanese Gray G Haddock English A criminal mastermind whose intelligence is equal to Narutaki he often sets up cat and mouse games against the young detective and the Steam City police Le Bled steals priceless and rare items in the belief that he is the only one to appreciate them It is later revealed that he suffers from an incurable terminal illness and steals to live life to the fullest Although he is a thief he has a sense of honor Le Bled bears a scar from a confrontation with Narutaki He resides in a castle far away from Steam City and seems to be quite rich Hsu Lang Lang 周蘭々 Shu Ranran Voiced by Miki Nagasawa Japanese Larissa Wolcott English Ling Ling s older sister she is the partner and lover of Le Bled Unlike Ling Ling she seems to have a disdain for helping the sick She wears black as a sign of mourning for the patients that she has killed to end their suffering Lang Lang looks after Le Bled and helps in his thefts She worries that Le Bled is pushing himself too far and cares for him to the best of her ability She inherited the design for Dr Hsu s last Megamaton Hiroh which she had built for Le Bled Minor Characters Edit Pasta and Doria Crimson Scorpion s henchmen they are more cautious than their boss but follow her orders without question Anna Highend A police officer who transferred from Electrical City so she could meet Narutaki She is tall and good looking Dr Mayerd A scientist in energy technology he repairs and maintains Goriki at his factory Soichiro Narutaki Narutaki s father and the previous owner of Narutaki Detective Agency He is Narutaki s role model and was considered the best detective in Steam City He and his wife lost their lives during an encounter with the original Night Phantom Wolf and Carlos Two criminals from Techland that sometimes appear in Steam City to steal blueprints of new technologies to advance Techland s own power Their well thought out plans are generally ruined either by Narutaki or at times by their own carelessness Teng Shing A giant hamster that Ling Ling brought home one day It understands human speech and is adept at overpowering humans External links EditSteam Detectives manga at Anime News Network s encyclopedia Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Steam Detectives amp oldid 1034429982, 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