Kitsutsuki Tanteidokoro

Woodpecker Detective's Office

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Synonyms: Kitsutsuki Tantei-Dokoro
Japanese: 啄木鳥探偵處
English: Woodpecker Detective's Office
German: Woodpecker Detective's Office
Spanish: Woodpecker Detective's Office
French: Woodpecker Detective's Office
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Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 13, 2020 to Jun 29, 2020
Premiered: Spring 2020
Broadcast: Mondays at 23:00 (JST)
Licensors: None found, add some
Source: Novel
Genre: MysteryMystery
Themes: Adult CastAdult Cast, DetectiveDetective, HistoricalHistorical
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 6.121 (scored by 82128,212 users)
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Ranked: #88682
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Popularity: #4227
Members: 27,803
Favorites: 53

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Preliminary Spoiler
Jun 29, 2020
I'll just cut to the chase here: if you're looking for a good historical mystery show, this isn't it. In the same season where Yesterday wo Utatte airs to old nostalgia (and immediately getting a bad rap for its obscene adaptation), this series created in the late 90s (1999 to be exact) and falling into obscurity is honestly not a surprise.

Fast forward 20 years later, and Liden Films' anime adaptation...will quickly fall into obscurity as well (not to mention the obviously low amount of people watching this).

Think with me like this: We have seen detective shows and played detective games before, but historical ones are ...
May 20, 2020
Preliminary (6/12 eps)
STORY: Based on fictionalized versions of a poet/private investigator and a linguistic professor, during the 19th century of Japan. This series is your typical crime/mystery anime where each episode the characters solve a crime. However, it differs from other animes for its abstract writing, poems dialogue, off-centre storyline and unconventional art.

The characters are OK. There isn't much information on them, so there's not much depth on their personalities. There are like around 6-8 recurring characters each episode, yet they are there just to say "hi" or "yes". What's the point ?
The story looks unconnected. I don't know if it's because they are rushing ...
May 4, 2020
Mixed Feelings
Preliminary (4/12 eps)
I feel like this show started off with a good first episode, but then really went random the next two episodes. Which is not good, and in my view, hurt the anime a little. But it's not a complete and utter mess. It's not a bad show at all, just I'm not sure what to say about it.

The story follows one of our mains past. Seeing how his relationship with his 'best friend' is, and how they do as detectives. They have quite the chemistry. That does push the show forward in some cases. So do the characters and cases in a way. Both contribute ...
Jul 16, 2020
In fiction, a MacGuffin is an object, device, or event that is necessary to the plot and the motivation of the characters, but insignificant, unimportant, or irrelevant in itself.

What is the MacGuffin here? The murders, the conspiracy, the ensuing detective work. If these are insignificant, unimportant, or irrelevant in themselves, what matters?

1. Friendship. Real friendship. Until about episode 9, Ishikawa lives a life of total self-indulgence. While his Epicurean lifestyle creates genius-level poetry, it comes at a cost. This cost is burdened by Kindaichi.

Is Ishikawa a bad friend for consciously using Kindaichi? Is Kindaichi a little groveling bitch for deluding himself that Ishikawa is going ...
Jul 16, 2020
Mixed Feelings
I have very mixed feelings about this.
Never read the original story before, so I can’t say if this is a decent adaptation of the source material or not.
The first episode was really intriguing and I loved the art style. The Meiji-era is also especially interesting I think, although you won’t notice it much in terms of politics etc., you’ll notice it in the way they speak and obviously what they wear and so on. But personally, I love this period where Japanese and „western“ style first came together like this.
The story itself wasn’t really interesting to me, halfway through the show I didn’t even pay ...
May 27, 2020
Preliminary (4/12 eps)
Very intriguing anime series in the beginning which quickly deteriorates into obscurity. I was drawn in by the beautiful art and great soundtrack but the story just falls apart very quickly and the enjoyment with it. The visuals alone just can't hold everything on their own and I was forcing myself into watching the fourth episode. I refuse to watch more.

First episode was promising and showed some interestig characters, but after the second ends it betrays everything it had built in an unexplainable turn of events which is never properly discussed afterwards. It almost seems like these people don't know how to tell a story.

Big ...
Dec 9, 2020
Mixed Feelings
I really wanted to like this, truly. I love poetry, I enjoy slower paced shows, and the concept of adding a detective/mystery element sounded intriguing.

However, I really just do not care. The animation is beautiful, subdued but as is the tone of the show. The actual poetry that is read is quite pretty, probably because the main character is based off of a real poet. But every other character doesn't really have much to add.

The sound design is fine, nothing incredibly special, but not bad either.

The story just meanders and goes nowhere until it wraps up. Similar to how the main character behaves. I ...
Mar 21, 2023
Preliminary (3/12 eps)
I was hoping this was going to be a good detective series with lots of hot dudes in it. However by episode 2 they are in the sex work district and the whole of episodes 2 and 3 are making a joke of sex workers death. I guess we can't have a detective series without murdering a sex worker. Their lives are so worthless aren't they? We spend 2 episodes here doing a "but what if..." with all the characters. One even mentioning the murder might have been committed by a cat. As if her death was jsut some game for a bunch of men ...
May 26, 2021
A story like life:
Impossibly long, and yet...
So painfully short.

The episodes of this detective story had always an engrossing tinge of sadness to them that I couldn't quite put my finger on for the longest time. After merely twenty minutes, I felt as though my heart had been immersed in the stories of these poets for hours. Every time, without fail, this time distortion only grew, and after a while, I began to enjoy it.

I put off watching the final episode for almost a year, precisely because a part of me couldn't believe all these hours of serene storytelling could, or rather should, come to ...
Oct 12, 2021
*May contain spoilers*

Okay, first of all, I have been watching anime for about 2 and a half years and have used MAL as my reference for which ones I should be watching and usually it hasn't let me down, but the score for this one really did not sit right with me. I'm honestly surprised it's so low. I guess to each their own and that it's probably not everyone's cup of tea, but I still don't understand why it only has 6 stars. I took a dive into this anime because my favourite seiyuus play the main roles and I honestly couldn't understand the ...
Dec 9, 2020
Woodpecker Detective's Office is pretty okay.

Production-wise, the artwork is beautiful. The animation may be static in most places, but the camera work and the tone of the story makes up for it. The OST suits the mood, though unremarkable.

For a story about a poet being a detective, it doesn't feel like a detective story. There's rarely a battle of wits or the tension that occurs when solving a mystery. That being said, I think the anime itself is more interested to how we as the audience solve the mystery. The characters' dialogue and routines, the way the camera shoots the scenes would often become ...
Jan 22, 2021
Mixed Feelings
Preliminary (6/12 eps)
Kitsutsuki Tanteidokoro is overall, a pretty forgettable anime with some pretty decent art. The show really fails to deliver any impact due to the structure of the story arcs that get presented.
This show is essentially, an episodic detective mystery show. Yet, it doesn't fully commit to this idea. The murders are the focal points of each arc, yet a lot of the content of the episode is focused on the main characters' feelings, or side characters' feeling, and rarely is there a murder case that's thought provoking. You generally get to know the gist of the murderer's backstory, and the case gets closed pretty ...
Jun 8, 2022
Preliminary (5/12 eps)
You know the anime is great when on episode 5, gruesomely murdered women outnumber alive and plot relevant women 3:1.
(4:1 if the ending of episode 5 implies that another woman has died a horrble bloody death. I do not care to find out)
It’s not a spoiler, by the way, the dead women are irrelevant, half of the time nameless and their sole purpose is to be murdered and have their deaths investigated by the uninterested leads. As you can guess, it doesn’t make the situation better.

Do you like detective stories? Do you like the ones where most of the case is spent discovering and ...
Aug 23, 2020
Mixed Feelings
Preliminary (4/12 eps)
I really want to like this show. The art is gorgeous, the Meiji-era setting is super interesting (and not one I see terribly often)... however.

While the characters have so much potential, each episode reuses the same conflict. Kindaichi is terrible with money and Ishikawa pays Kindaichi's debts to his own detriment. They're supposed to be great friends, but they're at each other's throats and just a few episodes in--


Kindaichi accuses Ishikawa of murder, with apparently very little thought, despite being a "detective."


Now, I'm a huge fan of found family, and full disclosure, I want to ship them. But the repeated cheap conflict just ruins ...