Always nice to find some surprise win in anime you almost never see anyone talk about. Also the case with this one.
It's basically a crime investigation show with a little twist: the brains of deceased people are used to look into their memories to find out who the killer was. It starts out being quite enjoyable, but not much special, with a couple of episodic stories about solving cases. However, as the story goes on, the different cases start to intertwine, plottwists that influence the entire main cast happen and most importantly, they more or less keep it from being repetitive by introducing very different crimes all the way until the end. The majority of the main cast is likable in one way or another, and most of the characters that are more in the background in the beginning get their moment later in the series.
The animation is, while not being top-notch, passable 2008 quality. The character-designs range from bishies and bishoujo’s to regular people and manage give the show a natural look. It lacks the incredibly smooth and detailed look we know from some of the better animated pieces from that year, but stands above quite a few if it comes to the designs and style.
Sound is done pretty well in Himitsu. Most of the soundtrack is very fitting and of good quality, although it is repeated a lot (with slight variations of the same piece often used). Out of the OP and ED, I liked both, but only found the OP worth listening more than once.
I’d recommend Himitsu – The Revelation to quite a lot of people. It’s something most people will enjoy. There are a couple of more gruesome scenes, but come on, that is to be expected in a 26-episode crime show ABOUT BRAINS. It’s not gory to the level of other popular shows like Elfen Lied or Higurashi anyway. Basically, if you can stomach the amount of blood in shows like CSI, you can take this without any problems. All in all, a very enjoyable ride and one of the better crime investigation shows I’ve seen (I’m usually not a big fan of these kind of shows). Think of it as Minority Report meets CSI, but with a wee bit more suspense as it goes on to get a decent idea what to expect from this.