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April 6, 2012

Anime Review: Kamisama no Memochou

With many similarities to Gosick, Kamisama no Memochou aims to capture the audience's attention by using a cute detective along with a independent care-free boy with a task to solve mysteries. Yet, Gosick executes the story much better than this.

Synopsis:
Narumi Fujishima is a plain high school boy, who has been isolated in class. His classmate, Ayaka Shinozaki, invites Narumi to the gardening club and introduces a hikikomori detective named Alice to him.

Alice hires Narumi as an assistant to solve mysterious cases.

Review:
If you have watched Gosick before, then this has many similarities in character profiling and mysterious cases set in a modern world rather than an early 1900s one.  Hence, the 'magic' experienced in Gosick is pretty much lost here. Rather, we get a lonely guy that somehow manages to find himself stuck in a group of 'NEETs' with weird personalities that solves mysterious cases. The main detective work obviously is done by Narumi himself whilst Alice just stays in her room all day giving orders and solving cases. Since the anime is relatively short, not many cases are presented. Although some cases are quite intriguing most cases presented were either predictable or rather generic. In the end, it really comes down to how naive you are and if you are the analytical viewer type.

The art was well illustrated similar to Gosick but less bright and with less texture to the environments. I am comparing this to Gosick because I felt it was necessary to point out the major differences between the two anime. Gosick had better art and more locations but somehow Kamisama no Memochou gave an entirely different feel. Oh wait, maybe I was impressed by Alice's room full of monitors. Now THAT is cool. (Watch it and find out!)

Voice acting was perfect like your AAA title anime. No complaints here. The background music complemented the anime well with the use of nice dramatic opening and closing theme songs. I liked it very much that I also downloaded them onto my Android and that doesn't happen often.

Characters were pretty average looking with the exception of Alice obviously. Why is she always in cute clothes with long hair and chibi smiles? Oh wait. Is this a loli anime? Anyhow, the other characters were rather generic like your everyday slice of life anime. Moving on from the NEET group, the 'Fourth' has some nice hair and a cool attitude though. Ok, so overall rather not generic, but you understand what I'm trying to say. So in the end, I did not feel that much of a strong connection with any of the characters. Although, I did get emotional at one time when -- happened.

Overall, I can't say I loved this anime or that I hated it. It was decently entertaining with some nice mysterious and interesting characters. If you loved Gosick you will enjoy this anime. Of course, you will definitely think Gosick is way better. Otherwise, if you are interested in the detective, thriller genre then this is one anime you should not miss.

STORY: 6
Decent with some nice cases to solve. Should have been much longer for better character development.

ART: 7
The environment was nice as always with pretty much all recently released anime. The characters lacked a bit of 'depth' however the fights did look good.

SOUND: 7
Catchy theme songs that you should definitely listen to. Voice acting was of high standard. Loved the jokes though.

CHARACTER:6
Some characters were generic others were cool and the rest was hilarious.

ENJOYMENT: 6
I was slightly disappointed at the lack of detailed development of the characters. Otherwise, the story was entertaining and the mysteries were good.

OVERALL: 6
I think it wasn't too bad of a story. However, I felt much detail was lacking and the characters were not developed enough. It was just all a rush right from the start.