Majin Tantei Nogami Neuro | 01

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Summary

The duo are asked to investigate “threatening letters” sent to an exclusive restaurant famous for blessing its patrons with “miracles” but they end up with a murder on their hands. Neuro gleefully reveals the truth using Yako to point out the culprit.

OP (“DIRTY” by Nightmare)/ED (“Kodoku no Hikari” by Kagami Seira) @Youtube.

– Yako is a student detective whose become a local celebrity for solving high profile cases. What’s really noteworthy is her amazing metabolism. All that food and she’s still stick thin. She does say something interesting about her eating habit. She has no appetite but still craves food because she’s unable to satisfy her hunger. And who said those very words in the intro but the mystery eating demon, Neuro. It can’t be chance the two voracious eaters met. She mutters it maybe due to stress. She’s not very bright because it’s obvious the source of her stress is Neuro.

– The star of the show is the demon Neuro. His skill is unraveling mysteries and employs various demon powers to aide him. This episode he shows off his ability to manipulate electronics (his hands grabs Yako through the cellphone) and analyze matter (collects the data using the Evil Javelin he creates out of his arms). But his true skill is bullying the people who serve him especially Yako, like calling her “lower being” or “worm”. He often combines insults with terrorizing her mentally and physically. His other subject he torments is a blond male, Godai. Not much is revealed about him in the first episode other than he looks like an ill-tempered yakuza (ambigiously characterized, could be demon or human). Comic readers already know Godai is human and he is yakuza, at bottom of the heirarchy as a loan collector. He gets a dramatic middle finger from his demonic boss early on in the episode and classified as less than human when Neuro leaves him dog food to eat.

– The other comedic pair is Inspector Ishigaki and Sasazuka. Ishigaki is an energetic otaku compared to his quiet and dull partner Sasazuka. Their introduction to the show is punctuated by Sasazuka ripping down Ishigaki’s figurine collection from the rear view mirror. The most significant aspect of the introduction is the fact Ishigaki is his new partner. What happened to his old partner? Not to spoil too much, he lost his partner in another case. Viewers will just have wait and see for the specifics.

– When the detective duo and the police pair meet up at Shirota restaurant, it’s plain to see Sasazuka obviously knows Yako. His flashback reveals something tragic happened to her.

– After Neuro solves the case, Yako wonders if she’s being consumed by Neuro. If that’s the case, then the reason she’s eating so much is a side effect of hanging out with a demon or maybe Neuro’s demonic appetite is affecting her.

– Yako’s tragic past is revealed at the end of the episode. Half a year ago, her father was found dead in a locked room. By all appearances it looks like a grisly murder scene but the police label it a suicide. Soon after, she meets Neuro. Actually it’s more like Neuro finds her, the way a predator finds it’s prey.

Notes

– Two familiar seiyuu’s appear in the first episode. The voice actor for Keith Anyan (Terra E) is now Neuro, and the voice actor for Ogata (Saint of Fists, HSD Kenichi) is the blonde chef.

– The producers completely changed the comic’s timeline for the anime and also changed some aspects of the story structure for dramatic effect. Comparing it to the comic, have to say the producers improved the story for the better.

– The story has the feel of old school detetctive stories with the overdramatic acting and expressions. Even the corny SFX synonymous with mystery shows are used (bum bum bum!). The culprit in the Shirota case is easy to figure out but emphasis isn’t about solving the case, the entertainment is watching characters involved with the mystery.

– It seems like Neuro can’t eat a mystery until the culprit is fingered first.

– Yako wonders why Neuro choose her after they solve the Shirota case. The comic alludes to a possible answer but maybe the animation will have a better explanation.

– Notable surreal artwork such as Melancholy and Mystery of a Street by Giorgio de Chirico is featured in the ED to mirror the surreal element in the animation.

– Yako’s hair barrette looks like a red mouth with pointy teeth. Uncute. Thought it was given to her by Neuro to brand her as his slave but according to the comic she had it prior to meeting Neuro. Neuro also wears a kind of hair barrettes too, the triangle design is also used in his outfit. Whether it’s purely ornamental or serves some function remains to be seen.

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