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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.


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,[citation needed] for instance Inspector Japp becomes "Inspector Sharpe". 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 a woman appears to be winking (however the clue still achieves the same end).


  • 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

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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 were initially broadcast in Japan on NHK stations from 4 July 2004 to 15 May 2005.[1] The series was released on seven DVDs.[2]

# Title Original airdate
01 The Jewel Robbery at the Grand Metropolitan
"Gurando-Metoroporitan no Hōseki Tōnan Jiken" (グランド·メトロポリタンの宝石盗難事件)
2004-07-04 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
The Jewel Robbery at the Grand Metropolitan (Poirot Investigates, 1924)
02 The Riddle of the Cheap Apartment
"Yasu Manshon no Nazo" (安マンションの謎)
2004-07-18 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Original title: The Adventure of the Cheap Flat (Poirot Investigates, 1924)
03 Strange Will
"Fūgawari na Yuigon" (風変わりな遺言)
2004-07-25 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Original title: Strange Jest
04 The Faultless Maid
"Mōshibun no nai Meido" (申し分のないメイド)
2004-08-01 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Original title: The Case of the Perfect Maid
05 The ABC Murders, (Part 1) A Written Challenge to H. Poirot
"Ei Bi Shi Satsujin Jiken (sono ichi) Powaro eno Chōsenjō" (ABC殺人事件,(その1)ポワロへの挑戦状)
2004-08-08 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
The ABC Murders (1936)
06 The ABC Murders, (Part2) B's the place, B's the name of the person
"Ei Bi Shi Satsujin Jiken (sono ni) Bi no Machi de, Bi no Na no Hito ga" (ABC殺人事件,(その2)Bの街で、Bの名の人が)
2004-08-15 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
07 The ABC Murders, (Part3) The Culprit Appears
"Ei Bi Shi Satsujin Jiken (sono san) Hannin Arawaru" (ABC殺人事件,(その3)犯人あらわる)
2004-08-22 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
08 The ABC Murders, (Part4) Poirot Solves the Mystery
"Ei Bi Shi Satsujin Jiken (sono yon) Powaro, Nazo o Toku" (ABC殺人事件,(その4)ポワロ、謎を解く)
2004-08-29 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
09 The Prime Minister's Disappearance, Part1
"Sōridaijin no Shissō,(zenpen)Doba-kaikyō no Tsuiseki" (総理大臣の失踪,(前編)ドーバー海峡の追跡)
2004-09-05 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
The Kidnapped Prime Minister (Poirot Investigates, 1924)
10 The Prime Minister's Disappearance, Part2
"Sōridaijin no Shissō,(kōhen) Shinjitsu wa Igirisu ni" (総理大臣の失踪,(後編)真実はイギリスに)
2004-09-12 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
11 The Riddle of the Egyptian Tomb, Part 1
"Ejiputo-funbo no Nazo,(zenpen) Kodai karano Chōsenjō" (エジプト墳墓の謎,(前編)古代からの挑戦状)
2004-09-19 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb (Poirot Investigates, 1924)
12 The Riddle of the Egyptian Tomb, Part 2
"Ejiputo-funbo no Nazo,(kōhen) Menhara-Ō no Noroi" (エジプト墳墓の謎,(後編)メンハーラ王の呪い)
2004-09-26 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
13 Tape-Measure Murder
"Makijaku Satsujin Jiken" (巻尺殺人事件)
2004-10-03 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
The Tape-Measure Murder
14 The Case of the Gold Ingots
"Kinkai Jiken" (金塊事件)
2004-10-10 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Ingots of Gold (The Thirteen Problems, 1932)
15 The Blue Geranium
"Aoi Zeraniumu" (青いゼラニウム)
2004-10-17 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
The Blue Geranium (The Thirteen Problems, 1932)
16 The Mystery of End House, Part1
"Endo Hausu Kai Jiken,(sono ichi)Pātī no Yoru ni" (エンド·ハウス怪事件,(その1)パーティーの夜に)
2004-11-14 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Original title: Peril at End House (1932)
17 The Mystery of End House, Part2
"Endo Hausu Kai Jiken,(sono ni) Himerareta Koi" (エンド·ハウス怪事件,(その2)秘められた恋)
2004-11-21 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
18 The Mystery of End House, Part3
"Endo Hausu Kai Jiken,(sono san) Kanpeki na Shōko" (エンド·ハウス怪事件,(その3)完璧な証拠)
2004-11-28 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
19 The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding, Part1
"Kurisumasu Pudingu no Bōken,(zenpen) Purinsu karano Irai" (クリスマスプディングの冒険,(前編)プリンスからの依頼)
2004-12-05 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding (1960)
20 The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding, Part2
"Kurisumasu Pudingu no Bōken, (kōhen) Ōke ni Tsutawaru Rubī" (クリスマスプディングの冒険,(後編)王家に伝わるルビー)
2004-12-12 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
21 4.50 From Paddington, Part1
"Padeinton Hatsu 4ji 50pun,(sono ichi)Satsujinsha no Noru Ressha" (パディントン発4時50分,(その1)殺人者の乗る列車)
2005-01-09 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
4.50 From Paddington (1957)
22 4.50 From Paddington, Part2
"Padinton Hatsu Yonji Go-jūbun,(sono ni)Shinibiyoru Kage" (パディントン発4時50分,(その2)忍び寄る影)
2005-01-16 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
23 4.50 From Paddington, Part3
"Padinton Hatsu Yonji Go-jūbun,(sono san) Shinpuru na Dōki" (パディントン発4時50分,(その3)シンプルな動機)
2005-01-23 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
24 4.50 From Paddington, Part4
"Padeinton Hatsu Yonji Go=jūbun,(sono yon) Mapuru tai Hannin" (パディントン発4時50分,(その4)マープル対犯人)
2005-01-30 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
25 Plymouth Express, Part1
"Purimasu yuki Kyūkō-ressha,(zenpen)Kyakushitsu naino Shitai" (プリマス行き急行列車,(前編)客室内の死体)
2005-02-06 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Plymouth Express
26 Plymouth Express, Part2
"Purimasu yuki Kyūkō-ressha,(kōhen) Buru no Wanpīsu" (プリマス行き急行列車,(後編)ブルーのワンピース)
2005-02-13 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
27 Motive versus Opportunity
"Dōki to Kikai" (動機と機会)
2005-02-20 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Motive versus Opportunity (The Thirteen Problems,1932)
28 The Disappearing Cook, Part1
"Kieta Ryōrinin,(zenpen)Gōin na Irai" (消えた料理人,(前編)強引な依頼)
2005-02-27 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
The Adventure of the Clapham Cook
29 The Disappearing Cook, Part2
"Kieta Ryōrinin,(kōhen)Toranku no Himitsu" (消えた料理人,(後編)トランクの秘密)
2005-03-06 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
30 Sleeping Murder, Part1
"Suripingu Mada,(sono ichi)Nemureru Satsujin Jiken" (スリーピング·マーダー,(その1)眠れる殺人事件)
2005-03-13 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Sleeping Murder (1976)
31 Sleeping Murder, Part2
"Suripingu Mada,(sono ni)Kioku no Tobira" (スリーピング·マーダー,(その2)記憶の扉)
2005-03-20 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
32 Sleeping Murder, Part3
"Suripingu Mada,(sono san)Heren no Koi" (スリーピング·マーダー,(その3)ヘレンの恋)
2005-03-27 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
33 Sleeping Murder, Part4
"Suripingu Mada,(sono yon)Semarikuru Ma no Te" (スリーピング·マーダー,(その4)迫り来る魔の手)
2005-04-03 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
34 Twenty-Four Black Thrushes
"Niju-Yon Wa no Kuro-Tsugumi" (二十四羽の黒つぐみ)
2005-04-10 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Original title: Four-and-Twenty Blackbirds (1941)
35 The Case of Davenheim's Disappearance
"Dabunhaimu Shissō Jiken" (ダブンハイム失踪事件)
2005-04-17 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
The Disappearance of Mr. Davenheim (Poirot Investigates, 1924)
36 Death in the Clouds, Part1
"Kumo no Naka no Shi,(sono ichi)Sora Tobu Misshitsu" (雲の中の死,(その1)空飛ぶ密室)
2005-04-24 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Death in the Clouds (1935)
37 Death in the Clouds, Part2
"Kumo no Naka no Shi,(sono ni)Pari no Madamu Jizeru" (雲の中の死,(その2)パリのマダムジゼル)
2005-05-01 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
38 Death in the Clouds, Part3
"Kumo no Naka no Shi,(sono san)Hobari-fujin eno Kyōhaku" (雲の中の死,(その3)ホーバリ夫人への脅迫)
2005-05-08 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
39 Death in the Clouds, Part4
"Kumo no Naka no Shi,(sono yon)Bakudai na Isan no Sōzokunin" (雲の中の死,(その4)莫大な遺産の相続人)
2005-05-15 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}


Three volumes of the manga adaptation of the television series were released in 2004 and 2005 by NHK Publishing,[2] the publishing division of NKH. 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?).

No.TitleRelease date ISBN
1The ABC Murders
Ei Bi Shi Satsujin Jiken (ABC殺人事件)
August 24, 2004ISBN 4-14-454084-7
24.50 from Paddington
Padeinton Hatsu 4ji 50pun (パディントン発4時50分)
December 25, 2004ISBN 4-14-454085-5
3Death in the Clouds
Kumo no Naka no Shi (雲の中の死)
May 30, 2005ISBN 4-14-454086-3


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