Tag Archives: Mystery

Choas; Head

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Those eyes, who’s are they…you may have heard this line before, that’s because Chaos;Head is in a line of shows that all use that line. Stein’s; Gate, Robotics’ Note and I’m sure Stein’s; Gate 0 and Chais; Child will use that line too.

Chaos; Head takes place in 2008 (yes it’s relevant to the 3 shows and where they fall in the timeline). Takumi is a high school student and an extreme otaku who is living in an unconventional way, in a shipping container with a 2D delusion from hs head as his main companion. One day he hears about murders known as “New Gen murders” but he dismisses it because it doesn’t concern him, or so he thought. He is mysteriously pulled into the center of the occurrences which he believes to be delusions but soon his delusions and reality clash and now he has to figure out what’s going on before his world comes to a halt. Continue reading

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The Perfect Insider (Subete ga F ni Naru)

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I always have high hopes when a mystery show comes along but Ranpo Kitan from last year left me wondering if anyone can pull it off anymore. Along comes The Perfect Insider which is adapted from a 1996 novel. It’s already been made into a manga, a visual novel and a drama so why not kick the tires on an anime right?

There is a very simple premise here. Sohei Saikawa, an associate professor of architectural engineering and Moe Nishinosono who is the daughter of his mentor, travel to a remote island to meet an artificial intelligence researcher named Shiki Magata. Shiki was accused of killing her parents but was found innocent because of her mental state at the time. After this incident Shiki locked herself away on this remote island to do her research. When Sohei and Moe get to the island, they meet Shiki Magata but not in the way they expected. When they see her, she is just a torso with her appendages on a dining cart. Since Sohei is a big fan of hers and Moe is the one Shiki was talking to before the trip, they decide that it’s up to them to solve the murder. Continue reading

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Norageki! (Five Numbers!)

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This shows takes place in an isolated prison where there are only 4 prisoners and a cat. One day, the prisoners find themselves released because a power outage unlocks all their cells. There are no guards and there is no way to escape. They stumble upon an old man and this old man is the key to everything that’s happening or at least a major part of it. Continue reading

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Steins;Gate (Shutainzu Gēto)

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Now if I said there was time travelling in an anime, you’d probably look at me and say “so what?” But what if I told you there was one that is based on the actual theory and not just jumping in a time machine? What if I told you that the name John Titor is heavily involved? Interested yet? I know that sci-fi can be over some people’s heads or be too obtuse but here it’s laid out in a way that is easy to follow.

Okabe the “mad scientist”, along with his childhood friend Mayuri and an otaku hacker Daru, have formed a club known as the “Future Gadget Research Laboratory,” and they spend their time hanging out and attempting to invent futuristic gadgets. None of their inventions really does anything much until they make the Phone Microwave which transforms bananas into a green ooze. When one of their tests goes sideways, they discover that thePhone Microwave can send text messages to the past. When they start sending messages and changing events, they are not prepared for the ramifications of messing with timelines. Especially Okabe who seems to be the only one unaffected by the timeline jumping and can remember everything from every timeline.

 

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Darker than Black: The Black Contractor (Dākā Zan Burakku: Kuro no Keiyakusha)

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The story revolves around a phenomenon known as “Hell’s Gate”. Hell’s Gate is a impenetrable field which appeared 10 years ago. At the same time these psychics who wield paranormal powers at the cost of their conscience also emerged. These people are covert agents known as Contractors, they’re assassins, spies and other covert type agents who carry out dirty work and seemingly now lack a human conscience though they are indeed human. They thrive in the underworld and their loyalty is always in question because of their line of work. One of the Contractors is Hei, probably the most powerful and feared Contractor, along with his blind assistant Yin, works for one of the agencies trying to unlock the mystery of the Gate, while also trying to stay alive. Continue reading

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Darker than Black: Gemini of the Meteor (Dākā Zan Burakku: Ryūsei no Jemini)

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So you’ve finished season 1 of Darker than Black and you want more right? Well there’s more show for you to enjoy.

In this 2nd season of Darker, you find Hei and Yin are on the run after being betrayed by the Syndicate. After leaving Japan, Hei ventures to Russia and comes across a young girl who becomes part of a conflict unknowingly, between different factions and Contractors fighting for power. He saves her from the ones fighting over her and she becomes his apprentice. But as we find out, Hei in his current condition is not the best teacher. Continue reading

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Darker than Black: Gaiden (Dākā Zan Burakku: Gaiden)

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Darker than Black: Gaiden is seen as a 3rd season by a lot of people and they have plenty of reason to think that since it came out after the 2nd season. If you’ve watched Darker than Black, these OVAs are essential in the storyline, they aren’t your typical OVAs of recent vintage which are mostly hot springs and beach episodes.

 

These 4 episodes fill in the giant gaping plot hole gap between seasons 1 and 2. Season 2 seems almost as if it’s a different timeline without these 4 episodes. Any questions that were left unanswered with that 2nd season are answered here. The story revolves around Hei and Yin exclusively. They have left Tokyo and are on the run from the Syndicate and others. In these OVAs, you get to learn more about Hei and Yin and their relationship with each other while their on the run from the groups after them. Continue reading

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School Live! (Gakkō Gurashi!)

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I was passing on this show until someone said it had a Higurashi vibe and Higurashi is a show that I liked. I was planning to watch most of the summer season anyway since I had a lot of free time but this might have gotten pushed back if someone didn’t say that.

Yuki Takeya is a bright cheery girl who loves school in every way imaginable. Yuki is part of the School Living Club at her high school with Kurumi, Yuri, Miki and a teacher who is affectionately known as Megu-nee though she repeatedly asks them not to call her that since she is their their and they should be calling her sensei. Yuki seeks out fun things to do at school while they’re ‘living’ there. The other girls work hard to keep her safe because the reality of it all is that they’re seemingly the sole survivors of a zombie outbreak. Continue reading

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Death Parade (Desu Parēdo)

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Death Parade is the full season show made off the Death Billiards OVA. Death Parade continues the same plotline except with more characters and situations.

When a human dies, who decides whether they go to heaven or hell? Well there is a bar known as the Quindecim which has a little to do with that decision. When 2 people die at the same time, they end up there, though they are unaware of heir death. As people learn of their fate, they try to leave Quindecim and that’s when the game begins. Continue reading

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Danganronpa the Animation

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Danganronpa, a name that a lot of people know from visual novels. I have never touched visual novels so I wasn’t familiar with it but 16 people locked in a classroom/school who have to kill each other? What’s not to like, right?

16 students get locked in a school by an anonymous figure with one goal. Survive. The students are told that only one of them gets to survive and everyone else dies. These students aren’t killers and don’t want to kill each other so it makes for a philosophical debate. To kill or not to kill. Continue reading

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