I love mystery stories. Since young, I had been exposed to these stories cuz I find them really intriguing and exciting to read (I read all of the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew’s collection in my school library). Heh. This is also the reason why I adore and love love love love Detective Conan.
Anyway, we are not talking about DC here, but an anime from last season, Kyoto Teramachi Sanjou no Holmes. I got intrigued by its title and the synopsis seemed interesting, that’s why I gave this one a try.
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. (MAL)
I actually enjoyed watching this series.
Kyoto Teramachi Sanjou no Holmes was an anime I didn’t expect I would like. Compared to the other animes released last summer season, I was on the verge of dropping this series. It’s first episode was quite underwhelming and its mystery wasn’t living up to my expectations. But I still gave this another try, and by the 2rd episode, I pretty much say I’m hooked by this series.
Story-wise, it is simple and easy to follow. Just like in DC, the cases seemed to follow the characters around. Not that I’m complaining, heh. The anime didn’t just focused on the mystery and the characters, but we also get alot of info dumping about the history and the background of the antiques and its city, Kyoto. Those were the selling points for me to stick around until the very end. It made me become alot more interested with the history and culture of Kyoto and Japan. It makes me want to visit the place and learn more.
Oh wait! Maybe that might be the main reason why this series was produced. It’s a promotion for the city of Kyoto. Ha!
I really dunno if I’m right, but they sure convinced me to go there. Heh.
The characters were quite interesting. Even though most of them are generic and quite common in some animes, I still find them easy and entertaining to watch. I also do wanna point out the not-so-subtle romance between the 2 main leads. Sigh, even until the very end, they couldn’t even confess of get together. I so wanna hit their heads and make them kiss already. What’s with the prolong agony of the viewers? It made the series anti-climactic. WTF!
For the visual, it wasn’t perfect and stable as I want it to be. It was too stiff and the faces of the characters looked weird at times. I could tell that they budgeted the hell out of this series. But they sure put alot of details on the background. At least, they made it really appealing and mesmerizing. Ooohohohohoh.
Overall, the series is quite enjoyable to watch. It delivers the mystery element well, but don’t expect it to be really heavy on it. It balances well with the slice-of-life elements of the series. As much as the romance was a total disappointment, it actually fired up my feels in hoping that this series would get a season 2. Which I think is impossible.
I would recommend this to the people who likes simple mystery animes. And also, to people who likes to know more about Japan, the info dumping was really intriguing and interesting to a point that you want to know more. Ooohohohohooh.
Anyway, that is all.
Thanks for reading.