The story follows a rookie cop named Taketora Shibata who, despite his childish looks of a middle-schooler, fights against juvenile crime and has the ability to see anything at a crime scene. Nevertheless, it's still a struggle to rise out of the ranks and become a real detective.
Summary: Good series with feel-good elements. If you want realistic reactions then it all goes downhill in the final arc. -2 points for the final arc. Worth reading but prepare for disappointment towards the end.
Edit: The ending arc ticked me off which affected my review, so here is an updated review.
If you are a fan of good-hearted naive main characters then this is for you. If you are more realistic and is not a fan of soft hearted and naive MCs (to the detriment of other people) then this is not for you. If you are a believer in that people can change for the better and getting a second chance, then you will enjoy this series. The series was enjoyable up until probably around chapter 100, until the final arc took place.
What ruined the story was essentially the soft and naive main character. While he is actually quite sharp, there is a limit to how much you can forgive. He is quite powerful and is able to beat people up despite his looks. Throughout the series, they hinted at a dark past that he had as "atonement". What was actually revealed was actually quite disappointing and extremely brief. There is a very small supernatural aspect to this series related to the MC, where the MC has a ability to tell if someone is going to get murdered.
The last arc is what ruined the series. It focused more heavily on drama and left a bitter taste in my mouth, in a bad way. A criminal mastermind that controls the underlings through digital means causes rampant crime, from arson, assault, and even multiple homicides. Of course our MC detective manages to solve the case, and acts with naive a bleeding heart. Even though his friends were victims of this criminal group, just when you think the perpetrator behind the incidents gets his just desserts, the MC takes a bullet for him (literally).
All is forgiven by our benevolent MC and they all live happily ever after. Our MC believes in people no matter what and will defend them even if they kill him or his friends, as long as they are juveniles of course. There is a limit to what can be forgiven, and this series just does not believe that some people are already evil even as juveniles. The final arc approached this limit and the characters did not have realistic reactions at all. In fact, I think it stresses more on having sympathy for the perpetrators (as long as they are juveniles) rather than the victims or their families no matter how heinous the crime. Throughout the series I started to respect the MC, but that all went out the window in the final arc.
What could've been a pretty good series is ruined by the final arc, where the characters seem to be missing the brain processes required for realistic reactions to wrongdoings. The ending also does not tie up loose ends. Other than the main culprit, the other murderers and criminals are never shown to be caught. The other arcs were pretty entertaining, and it had me hooked until the finish.
This is about a detective in youth department who looks like a middle schooler.
The story is great. Its as good as other mystery stories but not only some serious mystery about solving murder cases. Its about helping teenagers.
Art is also great. Characters are good. Only rarely, they're disappointing. Also it can be enjoyed by all. Wether you're a romance fan, mystery fan or action fan, this manga will entertain you until the end (its still ongoing by translators :P)
Overall, its an OUTSTANDING manga. Totally worth reading.
I always was curious what this manga was about and i have to say after hours of reading it i absolutely love it. It's unique and it's something you rarely see.Definitely unlike any other manga/anime i have ever seen. It shows the realism in life and it has motivated me to also help my fellow teens in my generation and the next. I feel like going out there. I love the humor and the romance, i just wish it was longer or still on going. I guess i have grown attach to these characters that i am not ready to say good bye lol
Shibatora is a great story that has a lot of comedy, great mystery, smart solving and a amazing sense to protect the youths. If you are a fan of detective stories or mysteries in general, Shibatora is a must read for sure.