Twin detectives Xiaotu and Xiaohu set up a business that specializes in dealing with supernatural occurrences. However, when they investigate what seems to be an ordinary “Supernatural” case, a series of bizarre events unfold. To that end, Xiaotu and Xiaohu conquer hardships with every step they take, to clear the hazy path towards the truth.
As someone who has finished reading the original comic version, I think the animation studio did a pretty good job of the animated version. Not too much of the plot and characters were changed compared to a lot of other Chinese shows. The story is interesting and different, with cool and funny twin brothers being the main characters who are solving mysteries. It was nice to watch as the story is unique. There could be some improvements but it's pretty decent in my opinion. I'd recommend for others to give it a go too if they are interested in genres like supernatural and mystery.
This anime, called Twin spirit Detectives in english, caught my attention for a very simple reason: The main Characters' appereance resembled one of an anime I really enjoyed, and thus my interest was piqued
It was worth it.
I can give this anime an overall score of 8/10.
This series did a good job of giving a solid plot without any of it's other components taking away from it.
While following the story of our two twin main characters, you will be confused, you will be interested and you will most likely be a detective yourself.
The story revolves around two brothers born as identical twins and following
the profession of spirit detectives, taking up bizarre cases their clients present to them.
Starting this series though, you will realize the story is not as simple as it might appear at first.
You are presented with a huge question right off the bat, and this question will keep you on this series long enough, for you to start liking the entire setup and their characters. Slowly, the story unfolds upon that very question. And every sidestory will be a piece of a big jigsaw, once solved, giving you the answer you wished to get.
There will be questions, riddles and things to ponder about. But most importantly they will be answered with believeable and realistic (albeit still fictional) answers.
Build upon it's story is the world our Protagonists live or exist in. Locations differ and are recognizeable and distinct. They give off atmospheric feelings fitting their situation. A big church-like library as Headquarters for a Spirit detective? Even to my standards, this was fairly interesting and comfortable to look at.
Each setup and location has it's unique feel and reason to be. The art and character style was fitting to the whole image, at least to my eyes.
It was not too colorful, it was horrific at points. This anime's style is a bit closer to realism than others, which makes the supernatural part so much more immersive.
But as anything in the world, even this piece has flaws, or things which are questionable.
I do not pay special attention to parts of animes in order to write reviews, and thus I can only say this much:
The sound of this anime is lacking. I do not remember a single second where I thought or felt the music enhanced the situation. I don't even remember if it had background music at all..
In some cases more subtle bgm is the best, but in this anime, it felt lacky. Various scenes could've been much more impactful if only it had better bgm. I did like the opening song, but that's about it.
Another thing that I realized at a certain point of the anime was that our beloved twin main characters are lacking in something essential: Pulling our heartstrings effectively.
I loved the both of them, but I had some sort of unsatisfied feeling throughout the whole series.
Although this anime is supposed to play around twins, which should have equal attention because it's the point of the whole anime, one of them was neglected for no reason. It felt as if the younger twin was that much more important, while the older twin only provided a few interesting pieces to the main story.
I felt a bit frustrated that the older twin's existence was not really that important.
He did have a few roles, but all of them felt rather weak and forced. His connection to his brother was questionable and hardly relateable.
It felt as if his only important trait was him being his younger brother's "twin".
Furthermore lacking any solid characteristics. Even until the end it was not clear what exactly his older twin brother could do. It is not clear how he can or can't do certain things. To some extent, the secretive behaviour was necessary for the series development and it's momentum. However, it was way too secretive even after all questions were answered. His behaviour and presence was lacking. You might find yourself thinking "What is he doing, where is he?" often enough in regards to the older twin. But be prepard, you won't get clear answers. You will only get one answer, from which you could derive your answers yourself. Although it is still very unclear.
Nonetheless, their shared story and suffering was very interesting!
I think the whole idea and setup was well developed and still keeps me interested in another season.
I recommend watching this anime. It's episodes are around 14 minutes (Including 2 min opening), and they are thus rather short and easy to binge. These short episodes really did me in for some reason. Nothing felt too strongly stretched just to hit that episode time.
The first thing I will say about Twin Spirit Detectives is that it held a lot of promise.
Story: The show is about Xiaotu, a kind of detective for hire, who works with his brother solving mysteries. The plot was interesting at first, with everything supernatural having a natural explanation somehow, but quickly leaves the original plot behind in favor of increasingly paranormal and strange events that just didn't make sense. In the end, it was all because of some doctor who had found the physical manifestation of the "human spirit" as a small, insect shaped piece of tissue in
the brain. The doctor was experimenting with transplanting it, working on twins like the main characters. The plot started out interesting, but had problems with pacing and lot's of plot holes, especially considering science and physics ( the spirit was in the brain, but some how a specially made crossbow bolt to the neck extracted it without damaging the person etc.)
Art & Sound: The art and sound was probably the best parts of this show, showcasing possibly the best voice acting I've ever seen in a Chinese anime. The art was also solid. I did enjoy the instrumental part of the OP, but not the singing (preferences, you know).
Overall: This show had a lot of promise, but failed to deliver when it came to story and character building. There might be more seasons coming, but I'm not sure I will be bothering to revisit it. This might be different for others though, so I suggest trying it if you fancy some light detective work with a ambiguous and strange main story.
Let's start off with saying I was really tempted to give these series a 10.
"Is there any evidence to prove your existence?"
It was something that was briefly mentioned earlier in the series, yet it wraps up the feeling I get from this series. Saying a series is confusing, can be positive and negative, as it can point out to a badly written plot or something with a lot of surprises. In the case of Shuangsheng Lingtan, I'm talking about the last one of course. I just couldn't predict where the series was going. It feels really refreshing, yet not too complicated.
But first let's wrap
up the story a lil' (there will be some spoilers of the first episodes).
So the story is about the twin detectives Xiao Tu and Xiao Hu, who hold a business that specializes in supernatural events. What makes this series interesting, is that Xiao Hu died a while ago. However, Xiao Tu is still able to see and communicate with his dead brother and they're always together. As a viewer, you start to get questions about the situation, as the series drops hints that there's more to it than just a guy that happened to see the ghost of his dead brother. As Youzi said: "Since you don't believe you have any psychological issues, how do you view your current situation?"
What if there aren't any ghosts but this series is about hallucinating and PTSD's?
These are all questions fired at the viewer in only the first half hour.
The series hasn't finished airing yet, but as where we are now in the story, I can confirm a lot of questions get a satisfying ending. The individual stories tie together nicely, without becoming predictable and a few jumpscares every now and then (that creepy baby... just... that baby...).
Yes, it's by far the most tightly written series I have ever seen, with obvious clues and kind of simplistic interrogations, but nevertheless it's enjoyable and good when it has to be. The best way to call this series is: 'Refreshing', even though I can't really tell you why.
Hmm, maybe I was slightly too generous with my points over here, but I just really love this art-style? Yes, you could say the character designs are too plain, but the animation and art-style itself is really beautiful. I might be biased because it slightly (just SLIGHTLY) reminds me of the art in Kakumeiki Valvrave (mainly the eyes). Shout-out to Bing btw, she's gorgeous without being your average my-boobs-don't-understand-gravity-Miss-Fanservice.
The opening is beautiful and really reminds me of the typical detective series I used to watch on TV. Other than that I can't say a lot about the sound. It wasn't outstanding, but not disturbing either.
Compared to some other Chinese anime (including some done by Haoliners) the voice acting is better, by the way. A lot of people often shit on the Chinese voice cast, but I think they sound good in Shuangshen Lingtan.
Nothing too special or unique, yet it doesn't feel like they lack character development. They're simple, likable and nice.
When I watch a show, all I want is to be surprised. Shuangshen Lingtan didn't fail on me on this one. I couldn't predict where the story was going for, yet it didn't follow some kind of illogical path in order to be unique or creative. It was just fine.
Thanks for surviving my bad English, and I hope you give this series a shot!