Jinbē (じんべえ?) is a romance manga by Mitsuru Adachi. It appeared irregularly in the manga magazine Big Comic Original from 1992 through 1997, and was republished in one tankōbon volume in May 1997. In 1998, it was adapted as an 11-episode television drama series by Fuji TV.
Jinbē is the story of the relationship between Jinpei and his stepdaughter, Miku. Miku's mother died after being married to Jinpei for a little over a year, when she was 13 years old, and Jinpei has been raising Miku alone since then. The series has a very delicate touch with the romantic issues. Adachi dealt with a similar situation, a brother and sister who are not related by blood, in his earlier series Miyuki.
The information in the "Portrayed by" line is for the live action drama. Additional cast members are listed below in that section.
- Jinpei Takanashi (高梨陣平 Takanashi Jinpei?)
- Portrayed by: Masakazu Tamura
- Jinpei, also known as Jinbē (meaning whale shark), lives with his step-daughter Miku. His wife, Rikako, died three years prior to the beginning of the story after being married to him for just over a year. Jinpei works at Sansun Aquarium. While in college, he was a famous goalkeeper for his university's soccer team.
- Miku Takanashi (高梨美久 Takanashi Miku?)
- Portrayed by: Takako Matsu
- Miku is Jinpei's 17-year-old step-daughter, and the daughter of Rikako and Yukio Miyage. Her parents divorced nine years prior to the story's start, and her mother married Jinpei about five years later. She is in the photography club in high school, and is pursued romantically by Jinishi.