In Shinjuku ward's east side lies Kabukichou, a vibrant city of chaos that glows brilliantly with neon lights but also hides unseen darkness. Employed at a university hospital on the west side, John H. Watson is looking for someone who can assist him with an odd case. His search leads him to the Pipe Cat, an underground bar that serves as a meetup venue and job board for some of the best detectives in Shinjuku, the most prominent among them being Sherlock Holmes.
Upon finding the bar and meeting the peculiar investigators, John learns that they are pursuing a case involving Jack the Ripper, an infamous serial killer. Due to subsequent events, John ends up driving Sherlock to the crime scene of a murder supposedly carried out by Jack the Ripper. Even though John is only there to enlist Sherlock's help with his case, he witnesses Sherlock brilliantly uncover the truth behind the crime scene. However, he begins to realize that Sherlock is not only a genius detective but also an eccentric character.
As John continues to request Sherlock to assist him with his case, he finds himself spiraling into the detective lifestyle of solving cases beyond the minds of ordinary civilians. Through this work, John begins to see the true colors of the chaotic city that is Kabukichou and starts to unravel the unsettling mystery behind his own case.
Whenever a Sherlock themed work is announced, it generates a set of unrealistic expectations from fans-
1. Will the adaptation be faithful to the book?
2. Will the characters be in "character" as Doyle intended it to be?
3. Will it be a procedural police/detective drama involving analytical breakdown of crime scene?
Quite a number of adaptations we have seen ever since television became mainstream in the second half of 20th century. From the classic British TV to Hollywood remake starring Downey Jr. to inspired works like Case Closed in Japan and back to British TV......the list goes on and on.
One of the best thing about this
magnum opus by Doyle is that the entire Sherlock franchise is super versatile- you don't have to reproduce the classic page-by-page and it will still do fine (or amazing) as demonstrated by Steven Moffat and Guy Ritchie's adaptation; something which Production IG also did. With this, we start Kabukichou Sherlock!
Kabukichou Sherlock is modern interpretation of Sherlock series set in the famous Kabukichou district of Shinjuku popularly known as red-light district. While the series had a bumpy start, subsequent episodes covered up for it pretty well though nothing much to the central plot has been revealed yet. The book adaptations have been neat with hilarious spin. Keep an eye out for easter eggs.
Note- A 23 min. episode can only have enough space for deduction and explanation so keep your expectations low.
Holmes and Watson aren't the only detectives in this show. We are introduced to a colorful cast with their unique traits and behaviour. Sherlock is neither too eccentric nor too ordinary to be called boring. Sherlock aside, this show has some of the most wackiest character of this season which makes it even more interesting. Mrs. Hudson is one interesting character to look out for. In my opinion. she is definitely the highlight of any episode despite being supporting character.
"CAPTURE" by EGO-WRAPPIN' is really good. The jazz/blues piece is really music to the ears and in some way reminds me of Cowboy Bebop OP. Definitely fits the theme of the show.
Possibly one of the best part of this series. From the back alleys to streets and Bar Pipecat, Kabukichou looks super lively and Production IG deserves commendation for that.
Overall don't be deterred by the ratings to enjoy this show. It is definitely not the best Sherlock but for a modern Japanese interpretation, it is doing its job perfectly. Kabukichou Sherlock show is definitely not meant for everyone, especially if you are expecting it to be like those 1-1.5hr episodes starring Cumberbatch.
Six episodes in and I am enjoying this series. Try to cast your Doyle-purist lens aside and watch this show. You will not regret it. Looking forward to more episodes in future.
Okay, i never write a review before because my english was so bad, but i'll try this.
REVIEW WITHOUT SPOILERS:
Let's start whit the premise of the show, Kabukichou Sherlock is a Investigation Show set in the modern days, Watson goes with a group of privates investigators for some reason, there he meet Sherlock and he decides do anything to work with him, Sherlock is a weirdo wo only cares more for the case and less for the money. If Watson wants Sherlock's help him with his problem he have to gain Sherlock's interest.
Like the name say there we have te classical characters from Sherlock Holmes,
i really like investigation series and this one has a really good potential but in five episodes i get nothing more than a generic investigation series, i think this series try to emulate those shows with episode stories but in 20 minutes that's makes stories really simple or mediocre, the characters are so one-dimensional. i know it is gonna be an anime of 24 episodes but there's is nothing that that make me to continue watching the show, in five episodes there's no an argumental arc.
We have the classical Sherlock Holmes characters like Sherlock, Watson, Moriarty, I think their personalities are so generic, but not in good generic way, if the show was little more interesting i would pass of that, i feel all of them one dimensional and they not bring nothing to the show.
All the detectives are generic, the cute girl, the guy what believe he's a genius, the comic one.
Sherlock: His personality is the typical extravagant and singular individual what is secretly a genius.
Watson: The typical humble, gentle and helpful good guy.
Moriarty: This is what i like most of them, because his personality change in the concret situations, i feel fresh air when i saw him, sadly that is in one episode.
The art is really good, i like the design of the series i think IG Productions makes a really good work in this type of animes (technically speaking), the animation is correct, there no had actions secuences or persecution scenes, only people talking each other, so i can't judge the show's animation.
The music is okay, it feels sometimes really generic jazz / blues vibes but i don't care so much about it, in order of what this series shows is okay ... The opening and the ending are pretty good.
No much, i will continue watching it but there's not a really good reason for doing it, i don't enjoy the show so much but i will keep watching it for a few more episodes to see if the show have a story to tell me , but i think it's not going to be like that.