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WO Examines: Kamisama no Memouchou

Being an eccentric detective is nothing new in the world of entertainment. In fact, it's almost a staple of the mystery genre; and as it stands, socially awkward and reclusive detectives are likewise nothing new—a-la, Death Note.

What is a breath of fresh air is the unique marriage of kawaii and crime in the mystery detective anime, Kamisama no Memochou (Heaven's Note Pad). It's a show that features a young N.E.E.T detective, who solves crimes from her own personal shut-in world, and while being surrounded by her personal army of the unemployed.

The show stars main protagonist, Narumi Fujishima; a high school student who's life gets upended when he inadvertently becomes the assistant to the reclusive N.E.E.T. detective Alice, and begins to take on assignments that involve, prostitution, organized crime, and thievery. It may be a show that features an amazingly cute girl as a detective, but it manages to undertake some pretty mature themes as well, with a fine blend.

I'm not going to say that the show is the easiest to follow along as it does seem to place a lot of information at the audience from time to time, and doesn't waste much time making sure we are all caught up and on the same page before moving on. This is either a good thing, which will force us to watch it multiple times, or an overlooked irritation to the viewers, that will leave them indifferent to it.

One thing is for sure, Sentai Filmworks is not off their game in the least as far as dubs go. This title sports all the typical post-ADV roster of usual suspects, Blake Shepherd, Hillary Haag, Shelly Calene-Black, and Cynthia Martinez.

The Blu-ray edition is pretty cut and dry though. There isn't much in the way of bonus features, unless you're FUNiation, and you consider "Clean OP & ED" and "Trailers" to constitute bonus content. Still, the main menus on the discs are easy to navigate, and the picture quality is damn good. I'd recommend this to any of my fellow otaku that are looking for an entertaining and solid anime.