Professor Layton's daughter, Katrielle Layton, runs the Layton Detective Agency together with the talking dog Sherl and her assistant Ernest, and solves strange cases that happen everyday in London. Originally, she started the job with the purpose of finding her father, Hershel Layton, who had disappeared suddenly, but her incredible ability to solve puzzles made her well-known and she receives numerous requests.
I have a great mystery for miss Layton as well. How come when a full cycle series (50x23min) casted by no one less than Hanazawa Kana, the most favorited #1 person on MAL and the most well known seiyuu in both Japan and in the West, starts airing, only like 200 people end up watching it by episode 10?
Layton Mystery Tanteisha is yet another overlooked kids anime with wonderful atmosphere and more maturity to offer than any popular shonen anime from current season. From its core, the series is an episodic mystery-comedy. The tales center around our detective, Katri, who meets new clients and
takes a peek into their life and problems with her talking dog and an assistant.
The settings for the series are really not much more than an excuse for the episodic slice of life drama where Katri, more than solves a mystery, helps the clients to discover something important related to family, friends and love. Overall, the mysteries and puzzles are life lessons. Heavy subjects, such as the death of a lover, approached with light and calming manner.
There are quite a few differences between Katri and typical detective leads. For one, she is not an autistic mastermind who is uber smart and arrogant. She is practically a kid, and most conclusions she ends up making are comedic, and the reasons behind mysteries nothing less than cute and heart-warming. Katri's overwhelming positivity and outgoing personality make the series rather charming.
The production is kids friendly, but also detailed and uncommon for today's industry. The comedy is often executed with small background animation, the art itself is simplistic yet doesn't feel like it is missing anything specifically. The BGM serves the series. There are lots of chill music presented and the team uses their tracks a lot. Especially the most dramatic conclusions for dramas are filled with uplifting music rather than the nauseating sad piano shite you hear everywhere today. The music choices make it clear that the series is not looking for you to pity the characters, rather to see how they overcome the personal challenges in their life.
As a conclusion, Layton Mystery Tanteisha is a very happy and lights series which is suitable for people of all ages. It's worth of watching for several different reasons, and I have personally been enjoying the life lessons, as well as the characters, drama, comedy and most of all the atmosphere of the show. Most episodic shows suffer from quality differences. Here they are mild. Overall, a great kids anime which I can recommend for viewing.