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Lili is just like any other girl -- except she can foretell the future! This 'Zodiac PI' relies on horoscopes and astrology to help her solve crimes and track down criminals. When there's trouble a'brewing, she transforms herself into the magic Detective Spica and looks to the stars to guide her way. Before long, she is joined by her childhood friend, Hiromi, who dreams of Lili is just like any other girl -- except she can foretell the future! This 'Zodiac PI' relies on horoscopes and astrology to help her solve crimes and track down criminals. When there's trouble a'brewing, she transforms herself into the magic Detective Spica and looks to the stars to guide her way. Before long, she is joined by her childhood friend, Hiromi, who dreams of becoming a detective as skilled as Lili. Soon, no astral investigation is too arduous for this dynamic duo!


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Lili is just like any other girl -- except she can foretell the future! This 'Zodiac PI' relies on horoscopes and astrology to help her solve crimes and track down criminals. When there's trouble a'brewing, she transforms herself into the magic Detective Spica and looks to the stars to guide her way. Before long, she is joined by her childhood friend, Hiromi, who dreams of Lili is just like any other girl -- except she can foretell the future! This 'Zodiac PI' relies on horoscopes and astrology to help her solve crimes and track down criminals. When there's trouble a'brewing, she transforms herself into the magic Detective Spica and looks to the stars to guide her way. Before long, she is joined by her childhood friend, Hiromi, who dreams of becoming a detective as skilled as Lili. Soon, no astral investigation is too arduous for this dynamic duo!

30 review for Zodiac P.I., Vol. 1

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sesana

    I was liking Kitchen Princess so much that I just had to read Zodiac P.I., too. I'm glad that I did. It is, of course, pretty silly. Lili solves improbably convoluted mysteries with the help of the spirits of the zodiac! But Lili is a fun character (I love her free running) and the other characters are also pretty fun to read. I like the art, of course. And unconvincing mysteries aside, I am enjoying reading it, enough to continue the series. I was liking Kitchen Princess so much that I just had to read Zodiac P.I., too. I'm glad that I did. It is, of course, pretty silly. Lili solves improbably convoluted mysteries with the help of the spirits of the zodiac! But Lili is a fun character (I love her free running) and the other characters are also pretty fun to read. I like the art, of course. And unconvincing mysteries aside, I am enjoying reading it, enough to continue the series.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ambear

    I decided to go back and give this miniseries a reread. I remembered really loving them as a teen! I forgot how cute they are - especially the embodiment of the zodiac signs. And got to love a romance based on rivalry! The mysteries themselves are.... well maybe that's not where the joy lies in this series, so much as it does in the character relationships and the humour. If you are thinking of giving Zodiac PI a try, give it until the end of the second case file. Looking forward to rereading Vo I decided to go back and give this miniseries a reread. I remembered really loving them as a teen! I forgot how cute they are - especially the embodiment of the zodiac signs. And got to love a romance based on rivalry! The mysteries themselves are.... well maybe that's not where the joy lies in this series, so much as it does in the character relationships and the humour. If you are thinking of giving Zodiac PI a try, give it until the end of the second case file. Looking forward to rereading Volume 2!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Katriann

    I expected this manga to be a little better than what it was. I loved Kitchen Princess, so I was hoping this would be as good as that one. Well, what can I say, this was not. The premise is promising - a girl who leads a double life. During the day Lili is a school girl known for her fortune telling ability and at night she is a detective called Spica, who solves crimes with the help of zodiac characters she's able summon. I really think the idea has potential. Execution, however, could be bette I expected this manga to be a little better than what it was. I loved Kitchen Princess, so I was hoping this would be as good as that one. Well, what can I say, this was not. The premise is promising - a girl who leads a double life. During the day Lili is a school girl known for her fortune telling ability and at night she is a detective called Spica, who solves crimes with the help of zodiac characters she's able summon. I really think the idea has potential. Execution, however, could be better. SPOILER ALERT! The thing that bothers me the most about this story is that the mysteries are so...boring. Most of the time it's impossible to guess the criminal because not enough clues are revealed for the reader. Or actually it's possible to guess who the criminal is, but it's impossible to figure out how or why the crime was committed. I feel like every mystery follows the same formula. A crime is committed. Lili starts investigating with the help of Hiromi (her childhood friend). Lili's father, who works for the police, appears at the crime scene and gets nothing useful done. Lili finds out the victim's birthday and summons her little zodiac helpers. Hiromi gives Lili some useful clue and - BAM -suddenly Lili knows who the criminal is. She then turns into Spica and reveals what happened and why. Oh, and Hiromi never gets any credit for his discoveries. Spica is always the sole hero. I don't know...for me it just gets a little boring reading this same formula over and over again. I also don't understand, why people always tell Lili the victim's birthday. You would expect people to wonder, why her and Hiromi even are at the crime scene in the first place. I mean, they are kids. Or at least Lili is. In Hiromi's case it's a little hard to tell as he has already studied criminal law at university, yet he is now attending the same classes as Lili. How old is he supposed to be exactly? Anyway, if you can get past all the things that don't work in this story, it is a rather fun read. I'm not the biggest fan, but as there are only four books in this series, I will probably read them all.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rana

    I love when she's trying to keep her identity a secret from this kid and when he;s like "hey can u use your psychic powers to tell me the identity of SPICA, the mysterious detective with psychic powers??" she is like "NO I CANNOT" and jumps out a window (she does this 3 times) I love when she's trying to keep her identity a secret from this kid and when he;s like "hey can u use your psychic powers to tell me the identity of SPICA, the mysterious detective with psychic powers??" she is like "NO I CANNOT" and jumps out a window (she does this 3 times)

  5. 5 out of 5

    ~Cyanide Latte~

    Talk about another blast from my teenage past! I loved Zodiac P.I. when I was in high school, as it combined detective stories with Western astrology, two things I've always loved. I will note that I find it interesting (now that I'm an adult, as I didn't consider it much when I was 15,) that Natsumi Ando wrote a series centered around Western astrology, where most manga would focus on the Chinese zodiac. Either way it's a fun read and there are lots of little blurbs and side notes concerning th Talk about another blast from my teenage past! I loved Zodiac P.I. when I was in high school, as it combined detective stories with Western astrology, two things I've always loved. I will note that I find it interesting (now that I'm an adult, as I didn't consider it much when I was 15,) that Natsumi Ando wrote a series centered around Western astrology, where most manga would focus on the Chinese zodiac. Either way it's a fun read and there are lots of little blurbs and side notes concerning the zodiac signs found in the different mysteries solved by our plucky protagonist, Lili, who moonlights as Spica, the Zodiac P.I. Most of these stories are like fluffier, less morbid cases of mystery told in a similar vein to cases from Detective Conan. Of course, Spica solves cases by interacting with the various spirits of the twelve Zodiac signs that live in her magic ring, as they read the various horoscopes for different people involved in the cases she solves. (Naturally there's a love interest in the form of the token Childhood Guy Friend who's a tsundere with an apparent allergy to females. You didn't think you'd completely escape those tropes, did you?) I think my issues with this manga mainly boil down to two things. The first is mainly just a quibble I have with the creator's art style. Compared to her series Kitchen Princess, both Lili and Hiro (the Childhood Guy Friend) in this series look almost like copy-pastes visually of two characters from Kitchen Princess. Really, it's a stupid nitpick at same face syndrome, which is pretty common in anime and manga; the way the characters are written is what sets them apart. My second issue is with the translation. I hadn't noticed it much as a teen, but after learning how lazy Tokyopop tended to be with translation as an adult, I've noticed a lot of grammatical awkwardness and just plain confusing sentences in dialogue exchanged throughout this first volume. If you're interested in reading this series, be aware that that's a bit more prevalent here than in some other titles originally published by Tokyopop. Beyond that, I enjoyed re-reading this. This is definitely a fluffy title with a slight mystery edge to it, and it's fun to have revisited. (Naturally I hope to finish tracking down and reading the rest of the volumes, because it's worth the read.)

  6. 5 out of 5

    Selena

    This was a manga that, for some reason, I avoided for years. I saw ads for it all the time in the backs of Tokyopop manga and thought it wasn't for me. I don't remember why that was the case, but I should have read this sooner. This is a strange mix of murder mystery and magical girl comedy, and for some reason, that works. See, most of the first volume is light-hearted, with Lili (though I suspect her name's supposed to be Riri from the shirt she wears on the cover) getting into weird trouble wi This was a manga that, for some reason, I avoided for years. I saw ads for it all the time in the backs of Tokyopop manga and thought it wasn't for me. I don't remember why that was the case, but I should have read this sooner. This is a strange mix of murder mystery and magical girl comedy, and for some reason, that works. See, most of the first volume is light-hearted, with Lili (though I suspect her name's supposed to be Riri from the shirt she wears on the cover) getting into weird trouble with disguises and jumping out windows and stuff. Then someone ends up dead, and Lili summons a spirit of the astrological zodiac to help her solve the case. So yeah, magical girl murder mystery. It's such a weird combination, one I haven't seen since I watched Mythical Detective Loki Ragnorak. I liked it then, and I like it now. It's a good start, maybe not a stellar one (see what I did there? :p), but it works pretty well. I had fun reading it.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jake Jeffries

    Overall I enjoyed this manga. I chose it for the Popsugar reading challenge as my choice for a book with Zodiac in the title. One of the most intriguing parts comes towards the end. I plan on reading more of them in the future in order to find out more about where the story goes. It does a great job of character building and introduction. At first I did not think some of the characters reacted strongly enough to some of the deaths going on, but the more I got to thinking about it the more they h Overall I enjoyed this manga. I chose it for the Popsugar reading challenge as my choice for a book with Zodiac in the title. One of the most intriguing parts comes towards the end. I plan on reading more of them in the future in order to find out more about where the story goes. It does a great job of character building and introduction. At first I did not think some of the characters reacted strongly enough to some of the deaths going on, but the more I got to thinking about it the more they have probably been conditioned somewhat to that kind of thing.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Gabriela De La Cruz

    This was a very good manga and it is very interesting!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    I was so obsessed with this series in middle school! Great nostalgic read, but a little too simple now.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ami

    Super cute art. Entertaining but kinda meh and a little bit confusing sometimes. Just ok. I'm good with not reading any more of the series. >.> Super cute art. Entertaining but kinda meh and a little bit confusing sometimes. Just ok. I'm good with not reading any more of the series. >.>

  11. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    This is a cute little mystery series. I figured it would do well since I don’t have anything like it in my classroom.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Westley

    Cute shojo manga.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Arska-täti

    Lili Hoshizawa on 13-vuotias koulutyttö, jolla on kaksi salaista henkilöllisyyttä: Mademoiselle Lili, joka laatii hyvin paikkansapitäviä ennustuksia ja mestarietsivä Spica, joka ratkoo rikoksia mystisten tähtihenkien avustuksella. En osaa oikein arvioida, kenelle tämä on suunnattu. Vaikka meno on enimmäkseen kevyttä ja koomista, ovat jotkin murhakohtaukset hyvinkin raakoja. En siis uskaltaisi aivan varauksetta antaa tätä mangaa pienten alakoululaisten käsiin, vaikka tämä muuten tyyliltään heille Lili Hoshizawa on 13-vuotias koulutyttö, jolla on kaksi salaista henkilöllisyyttä: Mademoiselle Lili, joka laatii hyvin paikkansapitäviä ennustuksia ja mestarietsivä Spica, joka ratkoo rikoksia mystisten tähtihenkien avustuksella. En osaa oikein arvioida, kenelle tämä on suunnattu. Vaikka meno on enimmäkseen kevyttä ja koomista, ovat jotkin murhakohtaukset hyvinkin raakoja. En siis uskaltaisi aivan varauksetta antaa tätä mangaa pienten alakoululaisten käsiin, vaikka tämä muuten tyyliltään heille sopiikin.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jane Rose

    (Stejná recenze u každého dílu) Moc pěkná kresba s roztomilými postavičkami. Lilin převlek za Spicu se nedal nazývat převlekem, jelikož jediné co udělala bylo to, že si změnila oblečení. Ani si neobtěžovala nandat aspoň nějakou masku, která by jí zakryla obličej. Je zajímavé, že i přesto, že udělala jen toto, ji nikdo nepoznal. To měli i v pokémonech lepší kamufláž a to je už co říct. Kéž by to takhle fungovalo i v reálném životě. Oceňuji trochu originální nápad se schopností mluvit s duchy jedno (Stejná recenze u každého dílu) Moc pěkná kresba s roztomilými postavičkami. Lilin převlek za Spicu se nedal nazývat převlekem, jelikož jediné co udělala bylo to, že si změnila oblečení. Ani si neobtěžovala nandat aspoň nějakou masku, která by jí zakryla obličej. Je zajímavé, že i přesto, že udělala jen toto, ji nikdo nepoznal. To měli i v pokémonech lepší kamufláž a to je už co říct. Kéž by to takhle fungovalo i v reálném životě. Oceňuji trochu originální nápad se schopností mluvit s duchy jednotlivých znamení zvěrokruhu. Sice jsem už něco podobného někde viděla, ale jenom párkrát a snaha přinést něco nového se cení. Obálky vypadají celkem hezky. Jediné, co mně na nich vadí je to, že odstín názvu a proužky na kraji má pokaždé jinou barvu. Dávám 73% Jazyk: Aj

  15. 4 out of 5

    Maddy

    I’ve been interested in astrology my whole life so I love it when fictional worlds are based on or have some connection to the zodiac. One of my all time favorite manga series was the family drama, Fruits Basket, which was about the Sohma family who were cursed to be the twelve signs of the Chinese Zodiac. This series is about the western zodiac, of which, I honestly know more about. Lili’s mother was a psychic who went missing and her father is a rather derpy police officer. She uses her mother’ I’ve been interested in astrology my whole life so I love it when fictional worlds are based on or have some connection to the zodiac. One of my all time favorite manga series was the family drama, Fruits Basket, which was about the Sohma family who were cursed to be the twelve signs of the Chinese Zodiac. This series is about the western zodiac, of which, I honestly know more about. Lili’s mother was a psychic who went missing and her father is a rather derpy police officer. She uses her mother’s ring to call upon the zodiac spirits to help her solve crimes. In this volume, she solves two murders for a Virgo and a Scorpio and the Leo story starts at the very end of this volume, likely concluding in volume 2. The only thing I must say is that this book definitely is not for children despite the incredibly cute art style and the heroine being like a typical shojo girl. I would rate this as a teen novel since there are themes of murder and suicide in this story. The reason that I say that, is someone thought to rate this book 7+ for age of the reader. I’m not a parent or a teacher, but it still seems rather inappropriate to give this book to a seven or eight year old. I think a more appropriate age for this would be 12 or 13+ which is why I tagged this book as teen lit rather than children’s lit. In spite of that, this was an interesting book that I’d definitely like to read the rest of the series for (there are only four books in this series). I liked the dynamic between Lili and Hiro and I thought they made a pretty funny pair of rivals. I rated this book 4 stars! I’d suggest this story if you like manga, anime, mystery, YA, or astrology. Trigger warnings: Murder and Suicide

  16. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    This is a good example of what I often find difficult about reading manga. The artwork, which is supposed to be an aid to the story and to make the experience richer, can actually get in the way for me. In this book, for example, I had to work hard to tell the male characters apart. Lili's father really didn't seem any older than her friend from school. I knew who he was only because of his blond hair. The mysteries were short, but rather good, and it was interesting to watch Lili and Oikawa fig This is a good example of what I often find difficult about reading manga. The artwork, which is supposed to be an aid to the story and to make the experience richer, can actually get in the way for me. In this book, for example, I had to work hard to tell the male characters apart. Lili's father really didn't seem any older than her friend from school. I knew who he was only because of his blond hair. The mysteries were short, but rather good, and it was interesting to watch Lili and Oikawa figure them out together. But I'm mystified how Lili managed to keep him from seeing her face when she was acting as SPICA, "the mysterious private investigator" - and, again, the artwork didn't help me much. Altogether, I considered this "OK" only because it was a quick read which didn't cost me much time.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Starbubbles

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. terribly cute! more stories should be this cute and entertaining. honestly, who kills themselves by stabbing the back of their neck? i think if you were going that way, you would pick the side without bones. plus, i think most people would just break-up with a girlfriend who tries to kill you. 'she wants me dead, so i'll kill myself.' wow, so how does it feel to have had two boyfriends kill themselves? you can't exactly avenge suicide, idiot. a more appropriate revenge would have been to break h terribly cute! more stories should be this cute and entertaining. honestly, who kills themselves by stabbing the back of their neck? i think if you were going that way, you would pick the side without bones. plus, i think most people would just break-up with a girlfriend who tries to kill you. 'she wants me dead, so i'll kill myself.' wow, so how does it feel to have had two boyfriends kill themselves? you can't exactly avenge suicide, idiot. a more appropriate revenge would have been to break his fingers. since tha's what happened in the accident.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ran

    I was in 5th/6th grade when my father bought this manga for me. He knew I loved detective stories and when he saw "P.I." in the cover he immediately thought I would love it. Well, guess what? He was right! I absolutely loved this manga, even up to now. As a young girl I could relate to Lili very well, with her feelings and concerns. Most 13-15 year olds would probably enjoy it too, especially the funny and romantic scenes between her and Hiromi! I was in 5th/6th grade when my father bought this manga for me. He knew I loved detective stories and when he saw "P.I." in the cover he immediately thought I would love it. Well, guess what? He was right! I absolutely loved this manga, even up to now. As a young girl I could relate to Lili very well, with her feelings and concerns. Most 13-15 year olds would probably enjoy it too, especially the funny and romantic scenes between her and Hiromi!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Nix

    Eh. Maybe I'm not a manga person. I just found this extremely confusing. Rather interesting premises, but Hiro was OP mentally. Very OP. And the girl character (who . . . I can't remember the name of) was OP as to disguises. Or else everyone was extremely gullible. And the star thing was totally overrated. No. Just no. Eh. Maybe I'm not a manga person. I just found this extremely confusing. Rather interesting premises, but Hiro was OP mentally. Very OP. And the girl character (who . . . I can't remember the name of) was OP as to disguises. Or else everyone was extremely gullible. And the star thing was totally overrated. No. Just no.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    *Note: For the entire series* I was finally pulled into reading this by my sister. I guess there finally is a good reason for her to exist. (JK, luv ya Jess!!) AAAAHHHHHH I love HIRO!!!!!! So adorable.......enough said. I recommend this for anyone who has a bit of room for fluff in their diet. Because this is the cutest manga I think I've ever read. Yayayayay for Z.P.I.! *Note: For the entire series* I was finally pulled into reading this by my sister. I guess there finally is a good reason for her to exist. (JK, luv ya Jess!!) AAAAHHHHHH I love HIRO!!!!!! So adorable.......enough said. I recommend this for anyone who has a bit of room for fluff in their diet. Because this is the cutest manga I think I've ever read. Yayayayay for Z.P.I.!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Pa Houa

    I liked this book and I also watched the anime. I liked it but I didn't love it. I was a book where if you read the first volume and then just skip one or two volume it would still make sense which I didn't like much. To me this meanings that there isn't much of a strong story line. I liked this book and I also watched the anime. I liked it but I didn't love it. I was a book where if you read the first volume and then just skip one or two volume it would still make sense which I didn't like much. To me this meanings that there isn't much of a strong story line.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Annie

    A girl uses her knowledge of astrology and the stars to solve two mysterious murders. I really enjoyed this book!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Magi

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book is filled with many mysteries of crimes. Personally, in my opinion, it is good because I like different kinds of genres.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea

    This series looks really interesting and I really like all the characters.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Esther

    good

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ella

    Lili that lucky girl! She gets to see her old childhood friend. I love how Lili actually solves crimes and cases and has her alibi as Spica P.I. Awesome!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Brianna

    This is my third time reading this managa and i have to say that i still love the story line and the drawing in there. i will probably re-reading this series over and over again.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jay

    Extremely predictable.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Chantell Petrell

    I give it 3 stars because a light-year is a measure of distance, not time. -.- Silly manga, trying to dumb people down..

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Sammis

    A hanging at a tree and a stabbing at a piano lesson school.

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