I admit I picked this anime only cuz it’s a detective series and was reluctant to drop it also cuz it’s a detective series. I’m a huge fan of detective series and was looking forward to a mystery filled season with Kami-sama no Memo-chou. Perhaps deep down I chose to watch this series to fill in the gap left by Gosick. Unfortunately, it didn’t live up to my expectations.
Before I begin my rant of some sort, I shall briefly tell you what the anime is all about. It’s an anime that tells a story about not an ordinary detective, but a NEET detective, speaker for the dead. Yeah. That.
Kami-sama no Memo-chou had a strong start. The first episode – 40 minutes long – was, by all means, a great episode. It was promising and I was looking forward to the great things that may come out of it. Nevertheless, I was only to be disappointed over and over again in the later episodes.
There are a few reasons why I didn’t like the series as much as I thought I would.
- They talk a lot. There were so much conversations going on and most of the time, I found myself lost amidst of all the information that was shoved right at my face. There were number of times I had to rewind just to make sure I understood the right thing. I can’t remember Gosick, Detective Conan or Death Note being so tiring in this aspect. Frankly, I’m kind of annoyed by Alice’s manner of speech too. I did get used to all of these at the end though. Practice makes perfect!
- The cases are unimpressive. I thought the first case was pretty good; however the same cannot be said for other cases. More often than not, the cases were built up adequately but it’s the way the cases were solved that bugged me. There are times I thought “hey, maybe there are still a few clues missing” but before I know it, the case has abruptly ended. And there are times the opposite happened. I don’t know, maybe I don’t operate on the same wavelength or something. It’s kind of frustrating.
- Narumi. I don’t usually find fault with a single character but Narumi is a special case. I’m quite “impressed” (double quote to denote sarcasm) how Narumi suddenly turned from someone with weak presence into a sworn brother of two gang leaders. The series introduced Narumi as someone who doesn’t really care about anything that’s going around him and without much warning, he became someone who cares about everything that’s going around him. I don’t know, but I find this development kind of weak and even a little strange. From a person who is reserved to a busybody? That’s not very convincing.
At the end, I can’t think of anything commendable about the series. I’ve been trying really hard to find things I like about Kami-sama no Memo-chou. Seriously! I know there were many people watching this series for Alice but I didn’t. She’s cute alright, but not cute enough. Am I being a devil here? Haha. I don’t know what I’m watching this for. It’s a miracle that I was able to complete the series at all!