Yuukoku no Moriarty

Title:Yuukoku no Moriarty
Moriarty the Patriot
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Notables: Animation - Production I.G.
James Moriarty is an orphan who assumes the name William James Moriarty when he and his younger brother are adopted into the Moriarty family. As a young man, he seeks to remove the ills caused by England's strict class system.
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TV anime that premieres on October 11, 2020.
Animated by Production IG.
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Unevaluated Stretch [series:4203#628]
(One episode watched):

OK, how will an anime twist the Sherlock Holmes/Dr. Moriarty rivalry? Surely a famous villain can't be the hero, can he? I figured that this polite blond man with a servant named William must be the animetized Sherlock Holmes, and Holmes would be part of the story after all. But no, it turned out that that was in fact Moriarty, and he really will be the protagonist here. Apparently he gets his kicks engineering 'perfect crimes', but these are acts of revenge against people who have done things even worse, and therefore they are arguably justified. Episode one didn't make it clear but Moriarty seems to have a grudge against the privledged upper class and enjoys taking members of it down. There is one aristocrat, the 'Earl', who seems to cooperate with him, however. The problem, as is often the case in mystery anime, was that since we have only 23 minutes to solve the crime it wasn't all that complex or intriguing. Only one witness is needed to put Moriarty on track to identify the culprit, and there is only one suspect. Every deduction Moriarty makes is spot-on, and there was never really any doubt that he would get his man. In the end I didn't feel that I got much in exchange for my time and the modestly disturbing murder I had to sit through. At least it was not particularly graphic. But I don't feel any urge to watch any more of this series; there was never really any need for us to evaluate any evidence or draw any conclusions ourselves, and as a result it was actually kind of boring.

Last updated Sunday, October 11 2020. Created Sunday, October 11 2020.

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