Hmmm, hello there. Today I have an anime I actively followed in Summer 2018. I most of the time follow 1 or 2 series per season, since I have school and don’t want to spend too much time watching anime. When I read the synopsis, it sounded pretty interesting, since I like mystery and I watched some modern Sherlock Holmes movies, so I wondered what I would expect.
In the middle of the series airing, I decided to do a little search on what the origin is of this anime and it’s from a novel. Although it was really only a little search, since I didn’t want to search in JP to find the novel itself. It’s not displayed on MAl, so whatever. It has a manga, but it’s I think exactly the same as the anime. Well, and that was my small search for information. Let’s continue.
Based on mystery novels written by Mochizuki Mai.
There is an antique shop in Kyoto’s Teramachi Sanjou shopping district. High school girl Mashiro Aoi unexpectedly runs into Yagashira Kiyotaka, the son of the shop’s owner, and ends up working part-time at the shop. Kiyotaka is called the “Holmes at Teramachi Sanjou,” and he and Aoi solve odd cases brought to them by various clients.
The concept. I thought it was interesting. Antiques, Holmes and just a random helper. Although using Sherlock Holmes as a nickname and stuff is not uncommon, the combination with antique is. Antique shops are often not told in anime. When they do, it’s often more like background story and nothing in-depth. Now it is, which is interesting to those who like random facts, but not to those who don’t want a lecture on antiques. Of course, you can always just nod and listen blindly towards it without understanding a single thing.
The story itself isn’t really difficult. Very episodic, which I felt almost no common thread hanging, besides it being mostly chronologically told and very little character development. It’s episodic, because they’re like short stories of a manga or something. In general, there’s nothing really wrong with the story. It’s just for me a bit bland. There’s some ‘tension’ but that’s like, there and disappears after a few seconds or something. And even when there’s ‘tension’, there’s nothing really spectacular and predictable with lots of stuff. Like, “the owner is the one who did it!!” kind of thing. Which may be surprising for people, but it’s not really all that of a surprise then. It’s still an ok story and original cases I guess.
The characters. Well, our heroine is super sharp with her eyes, but she can’t use her brian very well, is how I feel about it. Maybe her intuition is sharp, but she herself, off too dumb often. Just following a bit and obvioulsy in love, but not saying. Like, the only genre is ‘mystery’, but there’s obviously further in the novel a romantic plot, since this kind of thing was SO obvious for me. Ok, so Kiyotaka. Really mean person, but for some reaosn Aoi only sees it as teasing. He’s obviously flirting and seeing how she feels, but lol, it’s not a romance anime so of course, he won’t mention a thing. Also, his character is kind of bland. He’s the kind of person who’s supposed to be unreadable, but actually very easy to see through in my eyes. I don’t know, but I could guess easily what he was thinking if he were to exist in real life.
Character development was bland. Super little. Aoi, our heroine, obviously fell in lvoe and got more knowledge about antiques. That’s it really. Kiyotaka, he got to trust Aoi a bit more I guess. And maybe love her kind of, sort of, maybe? Whatever.
In general, it’s not bad. It’s just very bland, which makes it not the best one and not amusing enough for me. I like the concept though, if the characters were more round, I guess I would have liked it more. Romance is not there, but like, shipping is obvious later on in the manga and novels. I feel like it won’t even come in the manga and novels and the writer trying to leave it up to our imagination. I’ll give it a 6/10. It’s not BAD but it’s absolutely not called good either. The author did a lot of research in antique, which I feel like is good effort.
And that’s it for this week. Hope you enjoyed it and until next time.