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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.

Review

Story

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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.

Audio

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.

Graphics

Check out our gallery of Beautiful Bones below…

Overall

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.

Random Trivia

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.

8 responses

  1. Humm I really think this anime could have been more interesting than it seems to be in the end :-/

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    October 17, 2015 at 11:11 pm

    • I’ve only seen the first two episodes. The premise I like, especially since I’ve never seen a good detective anime in the past (Although I’ve seen some good crossovers). I’ll be curious to follow it – I’ve heard the manga starts slow and picks riiiight up! :)

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      October 18, 2015 at 3:20 pm

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  3. I watched Sakurako’s Investigation, and while I enjoyed the first 5 episodes, it really dragged on through the middle.

    The ending really felt like it would end the series on a high note, but instead we got a flashback episode as opposed to an actual closure of the series. Sure, we got a creepy and unsettling scene of the main villian, but that wasn’t satisfying enough. I actually enjoyed the idea of the main villian, as they hyped him up over the series by making him a bit of an enigma…but in the end, it feels like a forced sequal or No Game No Life ending, where they did it to boost the sales of the Light Novels/Manga.

    This series had so much potential, and it was really squandered.

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    March 30, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    • Certainly seems to be the common thought on this series – Having seen more, the initial episodes absolutely showed such promise (hence the above, favourable review). It was quite unique for when it came out and was graphically pleasing!

      The characters all seemed well thought out, but as time goes on, as you say, it sort of dragged. This being said, I’d say it is still possibly worth a watch, though not as much as when I originally wrote this article.

      Thanks for the comment! I’ll be sure to check out your site! :)

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      March 31, 2016 at 12:30 am

      • The first episode was a little disappointing, due to there not really being the biggest payoff. The second episode, in my opinion, was the best in the series. Not only was it horrifyingly shocking at each reveal, but the end was so intense. The third episode was…weak, but not terrible. The 4-5 episodes were perfectly paced, with a satisfying ending…plus we were introduced to Hanabusa. Episode 6 was where the series fell apart, but episodes 10 and 11 brought it back a bit…then episode 12 happened and I walked away with bad feelings.

        One problem that irked me throughout the whole show was the dynamic between Shoutaro and Sakurako. I know they were following the socipathic detective and down to earth assistant formula, and they…sort of defined what Shoutaro is to Sakurako, but I didn’t know what to think. Is there a romantic spark between them, like they hint throughout the entire series and never follow up on? Is Sakurako using Shoutaro to fill the void of her dead brother? (Likely choice, and would be the best answer in my opinion…but they don’t hint at it as well as they should’ve. It goes unmentioned until Shoutaro is in danger and during the final episodes)

        Beautiful Bones is, when you get down to it’s bones, beautifully animated and sounds amazing, and some of the concepts for episodes are quite engrossing, actually. However, branching off of the bones that these things set, there’s no real meat or soul to this anime.

        And thank you :3! Hope you like what you see.

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        March 31, 2016 at 2:13 pm

      • I think in terms of developing the two characters, Shoutaro and Sakurako, I was quite happy with how they left that open; Although I believe it is pretty poor character building, I like being able to piece that together myself.

        Wholely agreed on the beautifully animated front: It might be one of the prettiest animes I have seen in a while. Last truly pretty anime I saw was Patema Inverted :)

        Speaking of anime – We’re at an anime convention for 3 days now :D response maaay be slow haha ^_^

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        April 1, 2016 at 5:45 am

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