I am going to be a total spoiled sport for this series, even though I have told many people about my opinion of the show after I watched this show. This is perhaps one of the most hilarious shows that I have watched for this fall season. However, this is not a good thing at all, simply because I am laughing at really strange things. When you are overly stressed due to work and cannot think straight to save your life.
Anyway, Majin Tantei Nogami Neuro is a supernatural mystery show, with Yako as the special high school girl who is a detective that managed to solve many crimes. However, she is not the true detective but it is her assistant (or more accurately her master), Neuro who is pulling all the strings.
From a different world, Neuro said he wanted to look to Earth for the memories he required. In Earth, Yako was eating with her friend and she had a lot of attention as she was a famous young detective. Yako soon was literally dragged through her mobile for a job offer. Neuro then dragged her for a job, leaving Godai with some dog food behind. They reached a restaurant, and met up with two officers. One of the officer, Eishi, wondered why Yako became a detective after a rather tragic incident seen from a flashback of the past. The four were introduced to the owner and the main chef of the restaurant, Tatao and the vice chef Uno.
Shiro then explained in his office that he was receiving threats. While chatting, Uno was found to be killed, with the hot tomato soup all over him. The mystery hence appeared, but Tato was acting suspicious. As Tato’s specially famous dish was laying on the table, the glutton Yako had a taste but felt that it did not make her happy even though the food tasted good. Tato was angered, and said Yako was being insolent. Yako told Neuro that food should give joy, but she felt that there was no love in the food.
Neuro then started to conjure his hell powers, and checked the food for its contents. After releasing his power, Yako’s hand determined the culprit and pointed to Tato. Neuro describes how Tato used the screen of smoke, and placed a tomato after killing Uno. Uno was the one sending the threats as Uno felt that Tato was doing something wrong with his cooking. Tato then killed him, hanging him and when the steam of the tomato melted, the rope went loose and his body fell. Tato started to turn silent and injected some of the steroid infused soup he prepared. As he tried to attack the group after transforming, Neuro simply batted him aside and consumed him. After that, Yako had a recollection of how she met Neuro after her father suicided.
I am not impressed. I find the whole solving of the mystery case to be underwhelming. I personally find that the start is not that interesting at all, even though the premise is in fact quite good. I do like the point in which they have something to do with monsterous powers of Neuro, the strong queer character of Yako, and the unknown character Godai. However, it just does not seem to work that well in this episode for me. For some reason, there is this strange cognitive dissonance that overwhelms me when I watched this.
I cannot explain it, but I guess there is just something missing with the catch of the show that does not hit me. There are definitely some signs why I do not really enjoy the show. Firstly, I find the sudden powers of Neuro, and his deus ex machina feel to be rather repulsive. In a way, he feels like he is a hack character with the powers to overwhelm anything that comes in his way. That is not the thing I like in a detective show, where the detective is omnipresent. It makes me feel I am watching a shounen detective show, and people who know me know my attitude toward shounen stuff.
Another thing that disturbs me is that the case is only 1 episode long. There is little time for any huge plot to deliver for a mystery series, and I hope that this is perhaps an one-off thing. I do not usually like it when mystery shows take too little time to unravel itself, and the mystery only gives like a few minutes. There is no time for true anticipation, and I am somewhat annoyed at the comical expressions during the serious moments. However, I think that it is perhaps my own high expectations of mystery shows, and the resounding success of Ghost Hunt that made me this way.
The graphics for this series is decent, and there is hardly anything to complain about it. The OP and ED are not exactly insanely great, but it is definitely ok for a series like this. I also liked Yako, with her supposedly airy character with a rather disturbing and painful past to couple with it. To be honest, I am not sure if I am going to hold on to this show just as yet, but I am still willing to give it a second episode before giving it up.