For those who have kept up with my anime reviews, you’ll know that I enjoy a good mystery series that the genre rarely touches on. Ones such as Black Butler and the more recent The Perfect Insider are great examples of how they can be done and done well when given the chance. The latest show to roll the bones and take a chance is Beautiful Bones: Sakurako’s Investigation Complete Collection from Sentai Filmworks, which collects all twelve episodes on two discs that will send chills and thrills down your spine.
Sakurako Kujo is a young lady that has it all, intelligence, beautiful looks, a comfortable amount of money, and a love for dead bodies and bones. Almost like a female, modern day Sherlock Holmes, she uses this to her advantage to solve murders while also being a recluse. Enter Shotaro Tatewaki, a high school boy that Sakurako takes a liking to and hires to be her assistant who helps keep her eccentric tendencies and antisocial behavior in check. Much like other murder mystery shows out there, a dead body shows up wherever the two should happen to go, and it’s up to them to solve the crime and bring justice to the dead.
Being a huge Sherlock Holmes fan, I took an immediate liking to this series right away. While it isn’t perfect by any means, as the series could’ve been a little longer to flesh out the characters, and Shotaro doesn’t do much outside of being a witness to Sakurako’s skills, it does enough right to keep you watching until the end. I have to admit I really enjoyed how things start to pick up during some of the multi-episode arcs and especially with the introduction to a nemesis-like character that seems to always be one step ahead of our heroes.
With this being on Blu-ray, everything looks and sounds great thanks to being in high definition, as the artwork, animation, and Japanese audio come off without a hitch. There’s not a lot in the way of extras outside of the textless opening and closing scenes, but the series itself is where the real special parts are anyway.
If you’re looking for a short but interesting anime ride into the murder mystery world, then you’ll want to grab your trench coat and pick up a copy of the Beautiful Bones: Sakurako’s Investigation Complete Collection Blu-ray set. It can use some work in some places and it would’ve been nice to have a few more extras, but the chills and thrills you’ll get from watching Sakurako solve one twisted case after another is well worth rolling the bones for.