Title: The Detective is Already Dead
Genre: Mystery, Romance
Synopsis: Kimizuka Kimihiko is a crisis-magnet. From getting caught up in a crime scene to accidentally witnessing a drug deal, trouble seems to find him around every corner. So it is no surprise when his rather mundane flight suddenly enters a state of emergency with a dire need of a detective onboard. Unfortunately, his attempt at avoiding trouble is foiled by a beautiful girl with silver hair who goes by the codename Siesta. Declaring herself a detective, she unceremoniously drags Kimizuka into the case as her assistant.
That incident spelled the beginning of an adventure around the globe that went beyond his wildest imagination. Putting their lives on the line, the two took down criminal organizations, prevented disasters, and saved thousands. But the curtain closed to their epic journey with Siesta’s untimely death three years later.
Resolving to live an ordinary high school life this time, Kimizuka spends a year maintaining a low profile. However, as fate would have it, a girl with an uncanny resemblance to Siesta comes crashing into his life, threatening to throw his peaceful days into disarray. (CREDIT: https://myanimelist.net/anime/46471/Tantei_wa_Mou_Shindeiru)
I was initially on the fence about this anime, but was quickly sucked into its plot.
**POTENTIAL SPOILERS. PROCEED WITH CAUTION.**
We are introduced to our protagonist, Kimi, who is a danger magnet. So much so that local police always have an eye on him because of how often they see him at a crime scene. In a random turn of events, Kimi is forced to carry a suspicious briefcase onto a plane. He hears, “Is there a detective on board?”
At first, he thinks he heard incorrectly. After all, why would they call for a detective. A doctor, perhaps, but not a detective.
That’s when the beautiful silver-haired girl seated next to him raises her hand and says, “I’m a detective.”
Just as quickly as she raised her hand, she declares Kimi as her sidekick. In shock, Kimi proceeds with her. The plane has been hijacked and the flight attendant is leading them to the cockpit.
That’s when things take a sudden turn. As they speak to the hijacker in the cockpit, Siesta goes into a impressive deducing rant just like they do in any mystery anime. The hijacker is concerned as to what clues he gave away that led her to her deductions. This is where we discover that there are epic crime rings and intricate conspiracies. Among these are the existence of androids with superhuman intellect that terrorize the world. The hijacker is only a partial android, extremities growing out of the right ear, but also providing him super-human hearing. In an epic battle to stay alive, Kimi remembers the briefcase. For some unknown reason, he retrieves the briefcase and throws it at Siesta. There, a weapon within it allowing Siesta to defeat the android. The technology within the bullet made it so that particular android could never attack Siesta again. This is very important.
After the incident, we find out Siesta was responsible for the kidnapping of Kimi and she had planned the weapon from the get-go. She then pesters Kimi into becoming her sidekick despite his adamant refusal. They spend three years going on adventures and building memories together. But, as quickly as we’re introduced to this story, Kimi tells us that the detective is already dead.
We pick up Kimi in his final year of high school living the mundane life he always wanted, except it isn’t what he thought it would be. Not after all of the things he went through with Siesta. Suddenly a stranger approaches him and asks if the legendary detective could help her find someone she didn’t really know she was looking for. He decides to take on the case after the girl tells me she received the heart in a transplant. He deduces that she has a case of memory transference. They visit his contact at the police who secretly gives them access to the android he helped catch. Kimi hopes that the android has heard the heart before. The android has and to prove it, he attacks the girl, only to find out he can’t. His android ear/arm disintegrates and it is in that moment that Kimi realizes that the heart belonged to Siesta. In a tearful moment, he hugs the girl and tells Siesta how much he missed her.
The mystery was solved. However, as he tells the girl to live her life and walks away, another younger girl grabs his coat. Could it be that she also has a part of Siesta?
So far, I really like this show. It went in a direction I wasn’t expecting. If you like mystery/supernatural content, I think you’d enjoy this one. It also seems like there will be a romantic element which I look forward to.