Detectives solve mysteries and walk the thing line towards madness.
Ranpo Kitan is downright disturbing. And this is coming from a guy who wasn’t too bothered by Crime Edge or Mirai Nikki or even Sword Art Online. I had trouble finding time watching Ranpo Kitan, because I refused to watch it before I went to bed or while I was eating.
The disturbing part is not so much the murders (although those are disturbing as well) but mainly the characters. The main character in particular. He is completely psychotic. He absolutely revels in murder mysteries. He enjoys them. He smiles when he looks at corpses that were brutally killed. For him it’s all fun and games. Even his own impending death is all fun and games.
The show is great at building this atmosphere where everyone is a raving lunatic and this seems perfectly believable. It also takes great liberty with the style. Definitely one of the most unique visual presentations I’ve seen recently.
The reason I only gave it a B- is that, despite the excellent characterizations, mood and visuals, I was just never too excited to watch this. It’s superbly made but it’s not the kind of show that you want to watch. You aren’t particularly rooting for the heroes (since they aren’t much better than the villains). Perhaps that’s just not the type of show Ranpo Kitan is intended to be. I also felt that thematically it would have helped to be more focused on a smaller set of ideas. It tried to tackle too much and ended up not getting to delve too deeply into any of it.
- Storytelling – B – Fast paced, intricate stories.
- Voice – A – Excellent unique visual style and mood. Went wild with experimentation.
- Characters – B – Makes characters that are extremely unique seem believable.
- Attention Grab – C – It was intellectually great but I didn’t want to watch it.
- Production – B – Looks good.
- Overall – B-
Recommendations – Ghost Hound, Mouryou no Hako, Hyouka