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There’s something about a good mystery detective anime that gets the viewer’s heart racing while watching it! Numerous suspenseful hand-gripping whodunit that put us into thinking about how we would’ve solved it. Though one must say that detective anime have grasped the world in the variety as the nature of this genre as a whole is pretty invigorating. The way detectives cunningly reveal unexpected plot twists and investigate in a very satisfying way as the story’s situations unfold. Usually, Detectives in anime are sometimes just a curious individual with a desire to solve a mystery or case as the narrative of the story demands.
Nothing comes close to the greatest thrills of watching some of the best detectives in anime using their mystique to unearths shocking cases of the lecherous crime. Whether it’s a simple mystery, supernatural death crime or suspense thrillers. Anime has dazzled us with plenty of compelling crime mysteries from many of its detective subgenres. With the fact that there’s a case that needs to be solved, some of its subgenres have you eagerly binge-watch these crime mysteries.
When it comes to detective anime, there is a set standard to make it stand out in the mystery genre of anime. It can be hard to find an anime with a main character who loves solving crimes, as most mystery anime often revolves around story-driven themes over character first approach. If you are looking for good character-driven crime mysteries in anime, then you have come to the right place. Here is a list of best detective anime that you should watch right now
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Best Detective Anime
In a fictional European country, Sauville, Kazuya Kujou, a transfer student from Japan, has just started his school year at St. Marguerite Academy. Urban legends and horror stories are the topics of discussion among students. It has led to students varying about Kujou due to his black hair, which is an urban myth of a traveller who brings death in the spring.
One day, while looking for some ghost stories in the school library, Kujou meets Victorique de Blois, a beautiful doll-like girl with long golden hair. Victorique is a mysterious girl who spends her time reading books instead of attending classes. One situation leads to another, and Kujou discovers Victorique’s ability to solve mysteries that even a detective cannot explain.
Houtarou Oreki lives a simple life where he avoids doing tasks that he deems as a waste of energy. However, Houtarou’s elder sister forces him to join the Classic Literature Club to stop its abolition. Unbeknownst to him, the club already has a member, Eru Chitanda, whose passionate gaze of curiosity strangely makes Oreki stay in the club.
Houtarou’s best friend Satoshi Fukube and Mayaka Ibara also join the club as they get curious about a 45-year-old mystery regarding the club. Soon the group of friends dives into other mysterious in school, which only Houtarou can answer. With no other option, Houtarou often uses his hidden talent to save energy and pleases his friend’s curiosity, mainly Chitanda’s.
03. Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru (Beautiful Bones: Sakurako’s Investigation)
Sakurako Kujou is a beautiful woman in her twenties who only cares about bone specimens. She has a massive collection of reconstructed animal bones, but she wishes she had a human sample aswell. Kujou often spends her time in her study as she has little to no tolerance for irrational behavior and usually has a hard time socializing.
If it were not for her assistant, Shoutarou Tatewaki, a high school student, she would have never left her room. Shoutarou has a strange crush on Kujou as he often witnesses her solving criminal cases that involve human bones. Whenever they both go out, they frequently stumble into human skeletons or corpses enticing Sakurako to solve the reason behind its death.
04. Kamisama no Memochou (Heaven’s Memo Pad)
Narumi Fujishima is an average high school student who avoids making friends due to his father constantly transferring to different cities. One day due to certain circumstances, he ends up joining the gardening club by classmate Ayaka Shinozaki. Through Ayaka, he meets Alice, an extreme shut-in who also runs a private detective agency using her hacking skills.
Narumi also joins Alice’s team of professional associates called NEETS to solve a criminal case for a personal reason. Alice, who sits in a room filled with monitors and toys, orders her assistants through cell phones and cameras as they solve crimes that involve murders and illegal drugs.
05. Death Note
Ryuk is a shinigami, a god of death. Out of boredom, one day, he drops his Death Note into the human world to observe how a human would use it. The Death Note is capable of killing any person if their name gets written in it. Light Yagami, a high school prodigy, stumbles upon the Death Note and witnesses its power after writing a criminal’s name in it.
Now with the power of God, Light proceeds to kill all criminals to build a better world. However, the police soon notice a link between a serial killer who is only targeting criminals, but they have a hard time finding the culprit. The Japanese investigators soon take the help of the legendary detective called L. From here begins the battle of wit, deception, and logic between L and Light.
06. Shinrei Tantei Yakumo (Psychic Detective Yakumo)
Yakumo Saitou is a university student who has a red left eye since he was born. The left eye gives him extraordinary power to communicate with ghosts and spirits. Yakumo believes that specific causes is keeping spirits bound to earth. Eliminating the issue may let the souls rest in peace and move on to the afterlife.
One day, Haruka Ozawa, a fellow university student, ask for his help. Haruka thinks a spirit possesses her friend, and enigmatic Yakumo is the only one who can help her. Yakumo, without any hesitation, accepts to help her. It leads the newly formed dua into a spiral of supernatural related mysteries, which may end up deadly for them.
07. Subete ga F ni Naru (The Perfect Insider)
Souhei Saikawa is an associate professor of architectural engineering and member of the Saikawa Research Lab. Souhei is on vacation with Moe Nishinosono, the daughter of his mentor at a private island, which also has a research facility. But their arrival leads to troubling start as they find themselves caught up in a locked-room murder mystery.
At first glance, the research facility seems like an ordinary place, but digging deeper, it reveals many hidden secrets. The prime suspect for the murder is Shiki Magata, a genius programmer. Shiki has been living on the island to isolate herself from a shrouded past. Now Souhei and Moe must work together to untangle the mysterious murder of a prominent artificial intelligence researcher.
In a war-torn Japan, detective Shinjuurou Yuuki and his odd assistant Inga solve criminal cases throughout Tokyo. Shinjuurou can solve various challenging cases, particularly homicides with his superior deductive powers. However, no one knows much about Inga other than that he is a smart and good looking guy. Also why he sticks with Shinjuurou is as of yet unknown.
Kaishou Rinroku holds a monopoly on the communication infrastructure and its technology in postwar Tokyo. Whenever Shinjuurou solves a crime mystery, Kaishou takes the credit for it which led to Shinjuurou known as the Defeated Detective. But that doesn’t stop Shinjuurou to keep working with Inga to hunt for the truth when it comes to solving mysteries.
09. Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro (Neuro: Supernatural Detective)
After solving every mystery in the demon world, Neuro Nougami decides to go to the human world for more mysteries. Neuro is a demon who feasts on mysteries. He is in search of the ultimate riddle capable of satisfying his unsatisfied hunger. On his arrival on earth, he meets Katsuragi Yako, who is solving her father’s murder case. The police came to the conclusion that the case was a suicide, but Yako is not content with that answer.
Neuro makes Yako as his proxy in the human world to avoid his presence getting public. They establish a detective agency and solve case after case to satisfy Neuro’s voracious appetite. The duo works together solving different crimes while Yako desperately searches the truth of her father’s death.
10. Umineko no Naku Koro ni (Umineko: When They Cry)
Ushiromiya Kinzou, the head of the wealthy Ushiromiya family, is nearing to death. The entire family gathers on the private island of Rokkenjima to discuss the distribution of his assets. Upon their arrival, a typhoon traps the family on the island. However, this is their least of concern as mysteriously murders are happening on the island.
Rumour has that Kinzou use to perform dark magic. He even once took help from a witch to restore his wealth in the past. After hearing about his near closing death, Kinzou once gain tried summoning enchanting Golden Witch, Beatrice. The arrival of witch may be the reason behind mysterious murders. But Kinzo’s grandson Battler doesn’t believe in magic and has his theories behind the deaths occurring on the island.
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