And so the summer season begins. This series centers around a boy, Kobayashi, who wakes up to find his homeroom teacher dead and himself holding the murder weapon. During the investigation, he is introduced to Akechi, a renowned detective, and takes an interest in him. The style of the show is very interesting in that it keeps most characters as silhouettes until they become relevant to the case. I wonder if one of the reasons for this is to suggest that the culprit is already among the cast and remains obscured to avoid suspicion.
Another interpretation is that the show is trying to treat itself as a detective case by introducing only the key players and suspects. This conclusion does make a certain scene in the episode curious, though. When Kobayashi is arriving at Akechi’s office, there are two women talking to each other that do not appear as silhouettes. Does that imply that they are somehow relevant to the case? It’s oddly uncharacteristic of the show.
So far, this show is interesting to me. The detective Akechi is reminiscent of House, with a similar pain killer addiction and interest in abnormal cases (he’s missing the same sarcasm, though), and Kobayashi has a strange amusement to the whole situation. Given the horror tag on the show, I’m inclined to believe that this single mystery is going to be the focus of the show, but I’m curious whether the show will become a set of mini-arcs with mysteries investigated by Akechi and Kobayashi instead. I’m usually not convinced when a single mystery gets drawn out (like in Persona 4) because eventually you just run out of suspects.
Final music note: both opening and ending are decent, but I personally think that the vocals for the opening deteriorates as the song goes on…music-wise, it’s pretty solid, though.