Wednesday, September 28, 2011

[Ended] Kamisama no Memochou: The Darker Side of Student Detective

The series started off feeling like just another Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakamatachi or Sket Dance where a group of amature student detective/freelancer helps out other people however they can. But soon, you'd realize that Kamisama no Memochou is not nearly as simple or, more importantly, as innocent as the previous two.

While the moral it tries present doesn't have a particular negative ring to it, the presentation it chose, however, is somewhat perturbingly dark and twisted. I think the author actually intended to use this story to indirectly reflect upon the problems exists in the current society, in a very clear and blatant manner. That's something I can always appreciate.

The whole NEET concept Alice was trying to pass to the audience towards the end was interesting, but I just don't think it's likely that majority of NEETs fall under that description. But again, I never lived in Japan, and completely unaware of current situation of their social environment, so I could be completely wrong about that.

Final scoreboard:

Drama: 91 (Very dramatic)
Comedy: 85 (For the little it had, it was pretty good)
Action: N/A
Art/Animation: 84 (Typical)
Sound/Music: 88 (Average)
Character: 92 (The main ones are well done, but sidekicks are still 2-D)
Plot: 94 (Dark and twisted)
Ending: 93 (Well built climax)

Re-watch value: 60 (Could still be interesting)

Overall: 91 -  Perturbingly Blatant

Recommendation: Personally, I really like this blatantly straightforward approach this story took. But I'm not sure other people would see it the same way. But if you like a darker version of slice of life anime, you definitely don't want to miss this. It's a bit stretch, but I think I'll hand it

Drama of the season for July 2011 Season

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