Anime Review – Beautiful Bones: Sakurako’s Investigation
Murder is a sour subject for even the most hardy of humans, but some peoples jobs are to investigate the scenarios behind murder. What a bleak subject, but if there’s one thing I never thought I’d say, is I’m beginning to appreciate a good murder mystery, all thanks to one anime that is coming out this fall. It’s time to get out your deerstalker and your magnifying glass, because it’s time to investigate Beautiful Bones: Sakurako’s Investigation in depth.
Revolving around the titular character Sakurako, the premise is solely around her and her investigations. She is a highly imaginative and incredibly intelligent young lady who is able to tell you just about anything you need to know about bones, be it fracturing, age or where each bone in a body comes from. With a lot of experience in dealing with bones due to her career in Osteology, as well as having a renowned father in the field, Sakurako is bright and able to think in ways that your average Joe would be unable to. Thinking against the grain of the norm leads her to the first investigation in the series.
Shōtarō is a school boy who is quite down to earth, compared to Sakurako’s weird ways. He ensures that she is always in check and that she doesn’t do anything too crazy, acting as Sakurako’s “crazy-o-meter”. When she hits full crazy, he steps in to calm her down. In the first episode alone, we find her obsession with wanting to take a human skull for herself. Each to their own, I suppose. Shōtarō also serves the purpose of the “Watson” of the duo. He helps her out, but sometimes he does so reluctantly.
I’m not going to lie, the voice actors in the anime are really good. Every character was distinctive and clear in their pronunciation. I find this an important distinction as a lot of voice actors seem to lose their character when they over-pronounce things… But thankfully the expert work of Junya Enoki as Shōtarō and Shizuka Itō (has also voiced in Working!! and Assassination Classroom) as Sakurako.
Other than this, there’s not much to say for the audio. It’s all nice and very clean, but the voice acting is the star of the audio here. The characters emotions are believable which is a huge point for me as often I find anime sounds too exaggerated. This show makes it work. The theme music is pretty nice though.
Check out our gallery of Beautiful Bones below…
Got a Wednesday evening free? Then this is a nice time-filler for sure. It’s nothing too fancy and to be fair, I think the first episode, whilst a lot of fun, left a lot to be desired. I really liked watching it and even told Joel about how good it was when I first saw it, but this could be because this is the first detective anime that felt completely unique to me. However as a lot of people have pointed out, this is basically Bones the anime.
I’d recommend checking this series out, but do note that as of time of writing we’re only up to episode 2 of a 12 part series. If you’ve got a Crunchyroll account, go ahead and check it out as it comes live. Have you seen any of these yet? What do you think of the detective style of the show? Do you think there will be love interests later on, or will this stay purely about the investigations? As always, leave us a comment below, or over on Facebook and Twitter.
Beautiful Bones: Sakurako’s Investigation is published by Kadokawa Shoten, a multimedia publishing house which deals with anime, manga, video games and much more. As well as Beautiful Bones, Kadokawa Shoten has brought us titles such as Cowboy Bebop, Code Geass and even Nichijou. Couple this with the fact this company published the surprisingly amusing game Lollipop Chainsaw and you know you’re looking at a publishing powerhouse.