The time period is the 2030s. Before the mysterious detective Kogorou Akechi, the Boys' Detective Team is assembled. Their actions have led to the resolution of various small and large incidents. One day, team member Kensuke Hanasaki meets a mysterious boy named Yoshio Kobayashi. Kobayashi, who has an undying body because of an "unidentified fog," wishes his own death and refuses contact with others. Hanasaki takes an interest in Kobayashi and invites him to join the Boys' Detective Team. The encounter eventually leads them to the connection between the criminal nicknamed the "Fiend with Twenty Faces" and Kogorou Akechi. The fate of the two begins to move...
I went into this show with a lot of hope. There have been other recent anime influenced by the work of Edogawa Ranpo that have been pretty enjoyable, namely Rampo Kitan: Game of Laplace and my favorite dumb anime from the 90s Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbo, so I was really pulling for this one to at least be fun. It didn't even have to be good, just in some small way enjoyable and then I would've been IN.
Then I watched the first episode of the show, and at the end I said to myself, "Well that was kinda boring and lackluster, but I bet the next one will be better." Upon the next one being pretty much the same, the writing on the wall was becoming pretty clear. It has, unfortunately, been chugging along at the same level of bland for the past 7 episodes. Until this point, nothing had been unforgivable, I simply couldn't bring myself to care about it. And then episode 8, when I said, "F this show for REAL."
I don't know if they knew they had a stinker on their hands and pulled the entire animation budget, or if they simply didn't give any more of a crap than I did at that point, but all of a sudden what was once simply disappointing suddenly became catastrophic. Without exaggerating in the slightest, it looks like they couldn't even be bothered to finish. There are a few moments that look like they just colored the story boards and skipped everything else.
I would review the characters and story and all the rest, but there are none. They didn't bother. You shouldn't either. If you want something dark and mysterious in the vein of Agatha Christie or Conan Doyle, or more to the point Edogawa Ranpo, watch either Ranpo Kitan for a more direct adaptation or Kindaichi for some dumb fun. Plenty of other mysteries like The Perfect Insider, Erased, Higurashi, or literally anything else with the "Mystery" tag will be more entertaining than this.
I'm not mad at this show, it just makes me sad. Which is kind of the worst. read more
I didn't really come in watching this show with a lot of hope. I didn't except it to be much and it wasn't I simplie watched because I had nothing else to watch. I like the dark and action packed kind of anime, don't get be wrong I did start to get a feel of that at first and got a little excited, but soon I just felt like I was torturing myself in order to watch 1 episode, it just got boring and dull and it seemed like they didn't give a crap about the script anymore. They tried to make the anime funny but failed miserably it just started to get depressing.read more