Holmes in Kyoto
We enter the world of antiquities and mystery when a college boy and young girl cross paths in none other than an old antiquity shop. Kiyotaka Yagashira is a college boy that helps run his grandfathers shop while he attends Kyoto University. While gentle in voice and kind, he does have a dark side to those that counterfeit art and despises those that do so. Aoi Mashiro is a young girl that stumbles into the antiquity shop, looking to sell her families scrolls only to be turned down because of her age. Instead, he ends up hiring her and together they both enter the world of solving mysteries together and allow their friendship grow from there.
The anime is a lovely insight of art that we didn’t even know would exist, especially, if you are not really looking closer into the vases in your homes. While it isn’t a Holmes and Watson version of what we are expecting, it is an anime to watch if you enjoy the mystery of cases being solved. While these cases are small ones and do have to deal with art more than anything, it is a funny anime to see. We learn more about the art that people put forward and their lives that surround them. We dip further into whole Kiyotaka is and his keen eye for art as he brings Aoi along with him during his cases. Slowly, Aoi starts to learn herself from the art that’s presented to her and the world around her starts to change because of Kiyotaka. While the anime is very new and still starting out, we get a sense that this isn’t just something out of the Sherlock Holmes books, but something very different. While lovely and the art in this anime is something to look at and the stories behind them is something to research. It still has more room to grow as it continues, the stories on those lives are somewhat short lived. And we tend to search for more during the ongoing episodes, it is a slow pace anime and while you can enjoy the trend of art. It does get a little bit too much when they explain why something is rare or why something is counterfeit.
The opening song, “Koi ni Saku Nazo, Harahara to” by A?P is a fast pace as it shows the lives of Kiyotaka and Aoi as the colors and art stand out as Aoi tries to follow a cherry blossom. A hint from the first episode of when both Aoi and Kiyotaka met. The ending song “Sasameyuki” by Wagakki Band is much different as it is also fast pace, but it is a touch of old-world music and modern music meshed together. While the ending is very different as we see the snow falling all around them, we also notice that it must deal more with the relationship between Kiyotaka and Aoi. Maybe another hint that is given to us about how they are slowly becoming closer to one another other than friendship. Again, this anime is a different taste and different spin on Sherlock Holmes, but it is still one to look out for.
Holmes in Kyoto can currently be found on Crunchyroll, only in subbed, as the anime is new it is still yet to be dubbed. While the anime is fast pace and the episodes seem to be concluded rather quickly, it is still something to watch to pass the time. The anime comes out every Monday on Crunchyroll at noon, while the spin on it is rather different and if you are someone that enjoys art. This is an anime is just for you, so enjoy my Sherlockians.
Holmes in Kyoto: Holmes in Antiquities
Writing - 8/108/10
Plot - 7/107/10
Character Development - 8/108/10
Production - 8/108/10
Music - 7/107/10
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