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Mysterious Stories of Ranpo: Game of Laplace Anticipation and Discussion
Posted 7/2/15


I stopped the episode just to make this screenshot and now I see that somebody has ninja'd me. Damn you!

I was hyped for this show and the first episode certainly doesn't disappoint. Liked some of the artistic descisions, not quite that sure on the dialogue, but the second half got me pretty excited, I've got to admit. Kobayashi also seems like a potentially interesting character, so I'm looking forward to seeing more of him and the themes that the show has so far hinted at. Definitely keeping this one.

I am also almost sure that I read a book like this once ... Which wouldn't be surprising, I gotta check out some of Ranpo's original works to see where all of the inspiration comes from.
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Yep, this looks like a good series. Definitely keeping this one around for a bit.

I really liked how they had people being shadow silhouettes until the MC paid attention to them. Shows that he really doesn't care about people unless they are directly involved with him and reinforces the point the young detective makes later about Japanese people not noticing or making a big deal about things unless it's instigated by someone. Interesting that the two women on the roof weren't shadow people at any point.

This'll be a fun show. Sort of sociopathic MC and teenage detective along with the more obviously moral and empathic class president. There's definitely going to be some clashing of ideals going on. Already saw the start of it in today's episode.

Curious what's up with the young detectives persistent headaches.
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Well that was interesting.

We start out with our main character waking up in the classroom with a hacksaw in his hand and his dead teacher (sans head) in what i'd guess is a buddha position ? of the more grotesque kind. Which quickly evolves into an arrest by the police. We're also quickly introduced to the Student council president and good friend of the MC, some police detectives and then the licensed detective.

After a quick trip to the station we're back to school with students nervous, we are then introduced to an additional character. A very energetic teacher with a particular outfit, cat ears and gothc loli dress... oh and marks after slit wrists indicating that she most likely tried to kill herself. She also tells the students she doesn't have a lot of friends, combine with that highly energetic behavior and she's clearly struggling with some issues. Who knows. She could be the murderer !

But we also get to know more about the MC in that same scene as he thinks back to the murder and makes a few deductions. Thus indicating that our main character is a rather sharp little (effiminate) kid.

Off to the licensed detective we go where we learn a bit more. Our detective friend likes sim city and pain killers and solving abnormal crimes.MC wants to join in as quickly as possible, finally having some excitement in his life, not caring about the consequences. And he gets a chance to be an assistant IF he can win at some game. But then the police comes to arrest him again because...

Turns out the teacher was a murderer too, a Tim the Homicidal Toolman. And that there were finger prints from the MC. I'll guess the hacksaw he started out with came from there as well.

So the plot thickens quite a bit already.

I like the detail with the silhouetting of characters until they have any relevance. It adds a certain stylistic flair to it. And overall i quite like the visual direction.

And overall the episode was pretty interesting. So i'll continue watching. Really had hoped CR would have nabbed it.
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Well this was quite interesting. Like everyone else I love the style decision of making everyone a silhouette until the MC gives enough fucks to notice them.

That being said it seems like this series will be doing EXTREMELY loose adaptations of Edogawa Ranpo's works, as his story The Human Chair is absolutely nothing like this episode. Like it didn't even have anything to do with hacking people up or turning people into chairs. Akechi did make a little wink, wink, nudge, nudge reference to the source story, though, but it is something that wouldn't be picked up by anyone that didn't know the original tale.


ImperialDane wrote:

Well that was interesting.

We start out with our main character waking up in the classroom with a hacksaw in his hand and his dead teacher (sans head) in what i'd guess is a buddha position ? of the more grotesque kind. Which quickly evolves into an arrest by the police. We're also quickly introduced to the Student council president and good friend of the MC, some police detectives and then the licensed detective.

After a quick trip to the station we're back to school with students nervous, we are then introduced to an additional character. A very energetic teacher with a particular outfit, cat ears and gothc loli dress... oh and marks after slit wrists indicating that she most likely tried to kill herself. She also tells the students she doesn't have a lot of friends, combine with that highly energetic behavior and she's clearly struggling with some issues. Who knows. She could be the murderer !

But we also get to know more about the MC in that same scene as he thinks back to the murder and makes a few deductions. Thus indicating that our main character is a rather sharp little (effiminate) kid.

Off to the licensed detective we go where we learn a bit more. Our detective friend likes sim city and pain killers and solving abnormal crimes.MC wants to join in as quickly as possible, finally having some excitement in his life, not caring about the consequences. And he gets a chance to be an assistant IF he can win at some game. But then the police comes to arrest him again because...

Turns out the teacher was a murderer too, a Tim the Homicidal Toolman. And that there were finger prints from the MC. I'll guess the hacksaw he started out with came from there as well.

So the plot thickens quite a bit already.

I like the detail with the silhouetting of characters until they have any relevance. It adds a certain stylistic flair to it. And overall i quite like the visual direction.

And overall the episode was pretty interesting. So i'll continue watching. Really had hoped CR would have nabbed it.


Well do remember that FUNi has/had a deal in place to get the non-Aniplex noitaminA shows, which is what this is. Punch Line last season was one of the rare exceptions to this for whatever reason.
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Episode 1

Omg,the OP is by amazarashi,talk about a pleasant surprise.

Kobayashi a trap,ohh well he can stay a girl in my mind.

So far not as bad as I was expecting but not particularly good.
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Episode 1: The Human Chair

That was fairly interesting. During the opening sequence when he was following the butterfly, I was kind of perplexed as to what is going on. And then the next scene after the OP song (which is pretty nice) just creeped me out.

This Kobayashi guy is pretty messed up in the head if he thinks being a murder suspect is fun. Not to mention that trap. I was kind of expecting it after hearing his voice but he looks too feminine.

The premise is pretty unique with the murder case and the suspected murderer trying to solve the case because he is bored with life. Also the animation was pretty creative by only giving silhouettes of the characters until properly introduced.

I don't know how to feel about this series yet but it has my attention so I'll keep going with it.
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The first episode has me on board for this series.

Really interesting series by Lerche again.
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Wasn't exceptional by any means but it was interesting enough to grab my attention. That murder scene though.
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Awesome first episode, this is going to be a really fun series to watch. Already calling that she has a split-personality and she both committed the murders and is going to solve them to escape the boring normal world. It's likely she changes at night as the opening scene did state: "The world we live in is a dream. The dream we have at night is, in fact, the true world" Also ties in heavily with what Akechi was saying about his ability to manipulate the world with his "special privileges" Further highlighting how the world most people live in is set and controlled with larger bodies pulling the strings.
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Anyone interested in this anime should read Edogawa Rampo's Japanese Tales of Mystery and Imagination. This book is the basis of the anime. If you like E.A. Poe, you'll like Rampo since he wrote in a style similar to Poe's. That's how he came up with the 'Rampo' part of his pseudonym.

It's a great book. I bought it three or four years ago and have re-read it numerous times since then.

Human Chair, Human Caterpillar, Hell of Mirrors, Psychological Test, Red Chamber, a story about a bad twin killing his brother, and some other tales I can't remember off the top of my head. I let a friend borrow the book. Everyone who I lent it to has liked it.
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I'm definitely interested in this series. As a future Detective and lover of Anime, I can't miss out on this! Looking forward to more!
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I recommend reading Edogawa Rampo: The Early Cases of Akechi Kogoro. It main lead is the detective that Akechi is based on.
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IS THIS IT?! Is this the mystery anime I've been waiting for! Is the void left by Hyouka and Psychic Detective Yakumo finally gonna be filled?!
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Morbidhanson wrote:

Anyone interested in this anime should read Edogawa Rampo's Japanese Tales of Mystery and Imagination. This book is the basis of the anime. If you like E.A. Poe, you'll like Rampo since he wrote in a style similar to Poe's. That's how he came up with the 'Rampo' part of his pseudonym.

It's a great book. I bought it three or four years ago and have re-read it numerous times since then.

Human Chair, Human Caterpillar, Hell of Mirrors, Psychological Test, Red Chamber, a story about a bad twin killing his brother, and some other tales I can't remember off the top of my head. I let a friend borrow the book. Everyone who I lent it to has liked it.


Small correction, his entire pen name is a spin off of Edgar Allan Poe.

Edgar Allan Poe. Edgara Llanpo. Edogawa Ranpo.
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The game starts now.
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