Undead Murder Farce

Alt title: Undead Girl Murder Farce

TV (13 eps)
3.998 out of 5 from 2,173 votes
Rank #1,014

The 19th century — a world inhabited by vampires, golems, werewolves and other paranormal creatures. Immortal beauty and disembodied head Aya Rindo, along with half-human-half-demon "Demon Killer" Tsugaru Shunichi and her loyal maid Shizuku Hasei, travels through Europe as supernatural detective "The Cage User," solving supernatural mysteries while she searches for her lost body.

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TL;DR - A solid watch (reviewed @ 8 episodes in) Story & Characters - 7/10 Most of the characters are interesting and not overly tropey. I like the main character, Tsugaru, a lot - he's a bit whimsical, goofy, and sort of a clown. But at key moments, he reveals he's actually pretty clever and quick on his feet, so as a viewer you're sitting and wondering what he's really hiding underneath the informal exterior. It keeps me interested. I'm kinda hoping we see him just snap and absolutely lose his shit, it'll probably be badass. Aya is also interesting - we've been given tidbits about her past and what she is, and part of me is intrigued because she acts fairly regal (like a high-born noble, basically) despite enduring cruel treatment and experiments due to her supernaturality. If they do this well, then I think she could be an awesome character. The weaker character for me is Shizuku - I like her, but we know so little about her that she's just another battlemaid with a cold personality, which we've seen plenty of times before across many anime. As of now, she just provides comic relief by being mean to Tsugaru so I hope that changes soon. The mysteries themselves aren't elaborate or clever, so don't expect anything on the level of e.g. Death Note or Summer Time Rendering. But at minimum, each story or "case" in Undead Murder Farce at least makes some sense and doesn't try too hard to be complicated. Most of the current season has just been mystery-of-the-week, but each "mystery" is just the right length - long enough to tell a proper story, and short enough that it doesn't drag on. And, each mystery actually has a proper conclusion. All in all, it's not bad. I'm just glad it's not another cringy isekai weeb power trip story. The plot and characters at least make sense. Rather whimsical, really. Not a drama, just good old mystery, fantasy, and action. And we've also been introduced to what seem like proper overarching antagonists. They've built a solid foundation so far, so I just hope they go somewhere with all of this and don't screw it up. Animation & Sound - 7.5/10 The voice acting is very good, really breathes life into the characters and helps build their personalities. The fight scenes were animated well, and I didn't see anything obviously distracting or troublesome. Overall, a solid show. Guess we'll see what the rest of this first season has to offer!

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