In a forgotten town known as the old capital of Tokyo, strange and mysterious crimes are progressively occuring. These supernatural occurances are beyond comprehension and bring fear and terror to the people. Only one person is not intimidated by the evil underlying these occurances and is willing to challenge them: Hyuga Mayuki, a young boy detective who holds a special insight power that allows him to uncover the real truth behind these occurances.
I really like this anime because for me its something knew. It is unlike an other detective anime which on revolves around crimes and such. The characters have different kinds of past and it was very interesting.
When we talk about the supernatural the first thing that will come into our minds will be ghosts and monsters. This anime has defined supernatural on another level which is a bit interesting. Well if you like something new watch this anime
Just finished watching Suteki Tantei Labyrinth and since there is only one review written of this anime so far (in MAL), I decided to write one myself. I want to give another point of view of STL for those who are considering to start watching it. I have not read the manga, so this review is solely based on the anime.
I will just get straight to the point. STL has much promise, but it tries to run too many things at once, which unfortunately ends up backfiring. The show is mixed bag of slice-of-life, romance, mystery, fighting dolls, fan-service, family-secrets, supernatural elements, murder cases and "let's go to pool" -fun moments. Truly confusing. Because STL tries to desperately work with and balance all of these components, it fails to properly follow and support the main story. What is left for watchers is a confusing show where everything is done pretty much halfheartedly.
Since STL wants to convey so many things, the overall development of the story is weak and slow. First we get episodes that consist of off-topic mystery/murder-cases, which have close to nothing to do with the main story. These episodes also play the role of a platform for the characters to bond with each other and deepen their friendship. Then suddenly the characters from previous episodes are completely cast aside and Mayuki (the main protagonist) solves some more off-topic cases with his friends utterly gone. After few episodes his friends return to screen accompanied by unnecessary fan-service. After heart-warming fun at the pool, the show finally decides to dive into the main plot a little bit more, but then pops up to the surface again with some more fan-service. So basically STL constantly changes its direction and decides to pull back at critical moments. When bonding with friends is getting interesting the show throws in some mystery-event. When the mystery is almost solved, the show decides to pull back again and present some fan-service again. I hope you understand what I mean. The order of all the events and episodes is a little bit confusing and due to this unbalanced rhythm the show loses its momentum.
On top of the weird pacing of the story, even the characters are poorly developed and almost lack meaning completely. The characters are puppets that act in the story, without really doing anything at all. The main protagonist Mayuki is cute and manages to accomplish something, but he doesn't have that extra something that would make him shine among the other characters. Despite his sweetness his not impressive enough to be the hero of the story. The flashbacks shown from the past offer the background stories of the Ayas and Shinano brothers, who are not even main characters. STL seemed to concentrate more to its supporting characters than the main ones.
Animation and the art in the show are one of its stronger aspects. Character designs are simple but charming and the animation is nice to look at and well-done for the most part. The fighting-scenes however are poorly made, utterly lame and lack every bit of excitement. Fortunately the fighting scenes are limited and usually quickly over, so they are easy to overlook. Sound is okay. The opening and ending songs are nice and the music box melody that is frequently played during the anime is beautiful. Apart from those the sound consists of just somewhat fuzzy background music that doesn't stand out.
After STL constantly teases its watchers with tragic flashbacks from the past and hints of the main plot, one starts to really look forward to some huge reveal and conclusion of everything. That however, never comes. The anime ends with boring climax, leaving many questions unanswered and many important factors, such as the concept of Aya, unexplained. Failing at balancing and presenting everything it wants to offer, Suteki Tantei Labyrinth ends up being potential, but overreaching failure.
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