Kitsutsuki Tanteidokoro

Title:Kitsutsuki Tanteidokoro
Kitsutsuki Tantei-Dokoro
Woodpecker Detective's Office
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Notables: ASANUMA Shintaro
Animation - LIDEN FILMS
SAKURAI Takahiro
Since he can't make much of a living as a poet, Takuboku Ishikawa decides to go into business as a private detective. His friend Kyosuke Kindaichi recalls the adventures they experienced as private investigators in early 20th century Japan.

12 episodes
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Unevaluated Stretch [series:3844#628]
(One episode watched):

Well, one thing I can say for this show is that it looks like the cases these two men solve won't be as simplistic as they often are in other anime. But it looks like they will hardly be sophisticated and exciting either. Ishikawa probably solved the first case correctly, but we can't be completely sure (he took the liberty of fabricating a little evidence). Judging from episode one and the preview of episode two, the two will deal with a lot of murders. One interesting touch was the reverence and subservience that everyone, even the police, seemed to feel for the military in pre-WWII Japan, which is evident here. Judging from the police inspector in episode one, the police are not particularly professional and just expect to be obeyed without question. But there was definitely something missing from this show; for one thing, the friendship between the two main characters wasn't laid out all that well. Ishikawa is apparently moved when Kindaichi sells some precious books to help him pay off a debt, but I can't be certain because it wasn't exactly clear. Perhaps the problem is that even after episode one, I still feel that I don't really 'know' either of them. Apparently Ishikawa's style of writing poetry demands keen observation of the world around us, which also comes in handy when investigating crimes, but again I can't be certain because it wasn't made clear. If it's something the viewer absolutely must grasp in order to enjoy the series, sometimes you have to just come right out and make it clear. Judging from the OP sequence and the illustration above, this show will have a large cast eventually, and I pray they don't all come across as largely strangers. I get the feeling that whoever wrote the script for this anime didn't pay close attention to the manga or whatever source it is based on. It feels vaguely rushed and half-hearted.

Last updated Monday, July 06 2020. Created Sunday, April 26 2020.

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