Ranpo Kitan: Game of Laplace - Reviews

Alt title: Rampo Kitan: Game of Laplace

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IssydoraK's avatar
Aug 16, 2015

For me, this is one of the worst anime I have ever watched.
I find characters absolutely unlikeble, but the story itself and whole anime composition is what makes this anime one of the worst. Only thing which I like about it is obscurity.

It jumps from being funny to trying to be scary or sad in an instant. For me it does not do any of those: it is not funny, nor scary or sad. Mysteries are very badly written and almost episodic, and they use name of Edogawa Ranpo just to gain popularity. When mystery is solved you don't feel anything, you don't get attached to anything or anyone. They try to make you sad with some cheap and overused tricks that just don't work anymore. 

It has some of redeeming qualities (well, kind of), like music and animation, but the story and characters are so bad it hurts. Voice acting is okay, not bad, but not especially good either.

I think I will finish this anime, it is not the kind I drop (It is so bad it is good), but there is not even a slight chance my opinion of it will get better.

2/10 story
5/10 animation
6/10 sound
2/10 characters
2/10 overall
Noriko's avatar
Jul 6, 2015

Haiiii~ (~^▽^)~♥

Are you a fan of the mystery genre? Do you love detective anime? Well say no more, this anime is for you!

Despite the fact that this anime is definitely NOT a typical mystery/detective anime, I sort of like the way it is presented. This anime has it all, interest for death/crimes, crossdressing, ''mature'' themes that are not taken seriously, the show has homo moments which are liked by some fans, etc.

However, for some reason I am really enjoying this anime so far! So, let's get into details!

STORY

The story focuses on a small ''VIP'' detective group. The three of the main characters are often found in very unusual situations involved in crime. It's on to them how to solve those mysterious crimes.

Watching episode by episode each week, I noticed there's not much mystery going on, which was sort of disappointing.

The way they develop the story in each episode is sort of unusual, but it all makes sense in the end. The whole process of solving crimes is kind of... blunt? However I don't think it makes the show less interesting. There is humor and some bits and moments that make the show more fun to watch.

I do like the fact that this anime is briefly based on mystery novels written by Edogawa Ranpo, the most famous being the ''human chair'' that is featured in episodes 1-2. And considering the style of this anime, I can say I'm impressed that it's based on novels.

Now thinking, the whole story was fun and interesting for me, but I do see where a lot of people are annoyed. Pointless crossdressing and fan service. Story going in many directions etc.

Therefore, in conclusion, I did like the story but I see why people have issues with it. I'll give it a 6/10

ANIMATION

The style is somewhat cold, dark and cute in a way. The way characters are animated is okay, BUT I do see where they ran out of money. 

The relevant characters are drawn well, but those who aren't relevant are just grey figures. I've seen this before (f.e. Durarara!!) but those shows have done it much better. So I do mind that.

I can't deny that some parts of certain episodes were REALLY well animated with a lot of detail and effort (f.e. episode 11)

There are a lot of cute-ish moments and bubbly animation and such, but dark elements of the show are presented well. I would even say that the show focuses on ''shock value'' to some point, at least when it comes to murder cases.

So basically, I like the style and it's definitely not badly animated, but I don't like the partial minimalism. 7/10

SOUND

I LOVE the OP song, very catchy which I didn't really expect. 

Sound is... okay. My perfectionism is noticing some bits and pieces that weren't done well but I'm not going to go into details this time since I had complains about it haha

I do like the voice acting and the music is fine. 8/10

CHARACTERS

So I did a little research (don't be so shocked...) and it appears some of these characters are characters from the before mentioned novels. I'm not sure about the shota lord Kobayashi, but Kogoro Akechi is a characher in many mystery novels.

Back to the anime, the main character is a dude, surprisingly enough. Glad to see the ''trap main character surrounded by death'' trend is still active in the anime industry.

Jokes aside I do think that the main character is adorable despite being mental and having an extreme death fetish, and his friend who is overly protective for some ''unknown'' reason is cool as well. There wasn't that much development when it comes to some characters but I'm content with how it all turned out in the end.

I must point out that all of the main characters are SO YOUNG. When I was 14 I was watching pokemon and playing online games while these guys are trying to find out who makes chairs out of human flesh... *sigh*

I love all the characters, there is a lot of difference between them and that is a good thing. It does miss some development, so I will give it a 8/10 rating.

OVERALL

I like this anime! It doesn't have a nice overall rating, but all the fans of detective/mystery anime should enjoy it to some degree.

The story is... watchable, animation is decent, sound and characters are well done, so this anime is not really bad! Soo, I will give this show a 7/10

That's it! Thanks for reading my review! I'd recommend this anime to everyone who likes a twisted, murder filled detective anime!

Rate if you found this review helpful, funny, or just like it. I have more anime reviews so check them out if you want!

Thanks and have a nice day ^^

6/10 story
7/10 animation
8/10 sound
8/10 characters
7/10 overall
ThatAnimeSnob's avatar
Oct 1, 2015

IDENTITY CRISIS

Ranpo Kitan is supposed to be a detective / horror anime that ends up being more of an unintended satire than a psychological thriller. And you cannot blame the source material for that, but rather the era it was adapted in, as well as the stylistic choices made by the animators. You see, the author of the books lived in a time when Japan was losing its identity and the traditional lifestyle of centuries was rapidly being westernized. His stories and artstyles were meant to show the chaos that comes with such sudden changes, by making all the characters suffering from an identity crisis, and doing lots of bizarre things in their search for a new identity. They were supposed to show how experimentation can seem completely alien, and horrifying when driving people to unspeakable acts.

The adaptation fails completely to transmit that feeling. Not only it came out at a time when Japan doesn’t give that much damn about its identity anymore, but it also makes it seem like it takes place in modern times, when everything is over-stylized and ostentatious to the point they don’t have an identity. The protagonist for example looks, sounds, acts and dresses like a girl, when is otherwise a boy. What used to be an identity crisis in the original books, over here is just something done for laughs. It doesn’t add anything to his characters, and on top of that it gives the show a yaoi aspect that is constantly not letting you focus on the so called detective cases he takes part in.

MISLEADING PRESENTATION

It also suffers greatly from not knowing how to present itself to the audience. It constantly tells you it is about detective mysteries and body horror, yet when you watch it you feel like you are watching a parody of gay porn with trippy animation. The animators want you to think this way it stands out and keeps you interested, but fail completely at that since they treat the characters as a patchwork of colorful objects instead of people the audience can care about.

Although studio SHAFT is doing the exact same thing in its own series, it flavors the shows with crafty inner monologues, perky dialogues, and lots of pseudo-artistic fan service. It mesmerizes you through your carnal desires, something that studio Lerche does not. Its characters are also defined by sexual fetishes and nothing else, making them one-note and easily forgettable. They don’t even make sense within the boundaries of the story. Why is there a gothic lolita teacher, a guy with a paper bag on his head who stalks little girls, and a slapstick comedy morgue doctor? Saying they have an identity crisis is not excusing these out of place roles.

RETARDED CASES

Even the mystery cases fail to be good since aside from being episodic, meaning you will never see the secondary characters ever again, they also don’t feel like there is actual detective work done in them. They don’t gather clues, and reach to conclusions in a logical manner, as much as they guess the answer by reading the script. There is no way to make sense of anything either, since the show is constantly shoehorning events at the last moment, and pretend they were always there, even if you never knew about them. So here is the explanation you would never be able to piece together yourself, because we never told you about it. Heck, let’s not even bother to have the heroes reaching to conclusions, let’s just have the guilty guy revealing everything out of nowhere. And since every case ends in less than half an hour, there is no build up.

The result is a rushed succession of events, where you see horrible things happening to characters you barely know of, will never see again, and which the show treats as monochromatic paper cutouts to make it even harder for the viewer to sympathize with. Meaning, there is a lot of shock effect which means nothing besides being shocking, since you don’t give a dime about the victims suffering from it, or the fucked up psychopaths who perform these acts.

TONAL SHIFTS

And as usual, Japanese animators keep thinking that it’s cool to have gore and tragedy being immediately replaced by yaoi fan service and slapstick comedy. Because that’s going to impress the audience, instead of presenting it seriously, right? … Wrong, it makes it an abomination of mood whiplash that constantly breaks immersion. And until animation studios realize that you cannot treat your characters are paper cutouts that exist to monologue and then be shred to pieces for the amusement through destruction, modern anime will remain dead.

2/10 story
8/10 animation
6/10 sound
2/10 characters
3.5/10 overall
PurplePeopleEater's avatar
Aug 6, 2015

Sadly, this is not one of the better animes this summer. The characters are odd and not easily likable, it's not written or directed well, the voice for one of the supposed main characters is weird, speaking of which, I'm not entirely sure who the main character is, and the animation is weird and kind of turned me off.

The first character could almost be decent, except it's a guy with the most girlish guys voice ever who is awkward and weird and has no interest in anything until he is framed for a crime. The class rep who sticks by him the whole time is a half way decent character, but he isn't the focus. The high school age special detective isn't exactly original and neither is the guys personality. Not to mention, it's five episodes in and we don't really know any more about the characters than we did at episode one. Character development is lacking.

The animation doesn't help matters. Often times characters are just these silver human shapes especially if they aren't important. At least the blood isn't super fake looking like some animes, but between the beginning of the story and the animation style, I found my self distracted playing games on my phone quite often instead of actually watching. Eventually something interesting would happen for a few minutes every episode, but it never lasted very long. 

The opening song was rather annoying at first. Then it went back and forth between annoying and slightly catchy. The boys voice is way to girly. I mean there is this whole thing about he can pass for a girl and people think he is a girl (which is about as unoriginal as it gets people) but the voice is still too girlish. I'm just waiting for it to turn out he is a she.

Finally the story. There is no mystery. The mystery is solved before you even have half a clue what is going on and they don't solve it in very interesting ways either. There isn't enough action to actually say it has action good or bad. There isn't really any drama or romance or thrill or horror or anything. There just isn't really a story. Did it ever have much potential? No, not very much and it sure didn't make use of what little it did have. I'm afraid this one isn't worth your valuable summer vacation hours...or any other hours.

4/10 story
5/10 animation
5/10 sound
5/10 characters
5/10 overall
Instantanime's avatar
Jun 30, 2020

Personally I liked it, the story kept getting more and more interesting enough for me to want to bingewatch the whole anime. I read some reviews and some said it was horrible and some said it was just okay. You have to watch this anime with how the characters feel overall. It's okay if you don't understand the concept of this anime but for those who really enjoyed it and understood it, you'll know what I'm talking about. Anyway, pretty good, pretty refreshing for not watching anime in a long time, this really got me in the mood for some more. :) #20faces 

10/10 story
7/10 animation
10/10 sound
10/10 characters
8.9/10 overall