Kindaichi Shonen no Jikenbo
Reviewed by Jane Nagatomi:
Kindaichi Hajime isn't quite your typical high school student. Barely passing his classes, often sleeping and being utterly bored, you'd think he was quickly on his way to going no where in the world. So how is it that Nanase Miyuki, an honours student can stand the lazy guy, let alone refuse to date other boys because of him? However, Kindaichi isn't quite your typical near failing kid. True, he has no interest in his classes, but not because it's too difficult, quite the opposite. Kindaichi scored higher even than Nanase on his entry exam to the high school in the first place. Simply put, school was just boring and the endless rote memory work was less than interesting.
That's not to say that Kindaichi is without interest however. The how's and whys of crimes interest Kindaichi very much; to the point where he'll stake his grandfather's name and reputation on being able to solve a given crime/mystery.
Parent's Guide Rating:
yellow (parental guidance advised)
Kindaichi is a mystery style anime series meant for mid-teens. Often in the Kindaichi series, we see not just single murders but rather serial killing which is committed by individuals high school aged and up. Also, because of the mystery nature of the show, there is definite blood and violence shown, but it is neither excessive nor gratuitous. Rather it is there as a plot device in order to get the story moving. There is also some minor sexual innuendo from time to time, but it's no worse than what one would see in a high school or from a teenager with hormones. Generally the language is fairly clean. Mostly what will push the age limit up on this series, more than the actual violence etc., is that each episode is usually only one quarter of the actual story thus being very demanding on viewer patience. Also, the nature of revelation of various clues usually isn't sufficient for viewers to be able to solve the mystery fully of their own accord, but instead need to watch the wrap-up for a full explanation to the story. While mystery buffs will enjoy the complex nature of the stories involved, young children will find that there is not enough action to keep their attention, as well as the scenes of death and violence being too disturbing.
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