Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru is a new anime mystery series that pleasantly surprised me in the first two episodes. I found that I’d become a lot pickier with the new anime series releases this season and Sakurako-san was engaging enough to keep me hot on the episode count. The pilot was much slower than I anticipated, beginning with a pretty slow paced slice of life introduction from Shoutarou Tatewaki.
“Real death gives people pause. As it should…” – Shoutarou
Shoutarou seems like a pretty regular high school student but he strangely spends a lot of his time around an osteopathologist named Sakurako who has an overly enthusiastic interest in bones. Sakurako and Shoutarou always seem to stumble upon the most unlikely mysteries… from a discarded human skull by the beach (as seen in episode one), to a wandering child around the convenience store who ends up being part of a murder case. Sakurako almost has some sort of sixth sense to the way she perceives and reads bones. Her enthusiasm for riddles and mysteries reminds me just a little bit of Victorique from the popular light novel and anime Gosick. Rather than using some supernatural sixth sense like the gothic-loli heroine in Gosick, Sakurako is actually immensely logical when it comes to approaching murder. Her knowledge in bones are only part of her genius. Not only is she quick-witted and observant, her uncle was a forensics professor which gives her additional weight in that field.
Sakurako herself is a most intriguing character while Shoutarou on the other hand is pretty generic. Sakurako’s fondness for Shoutarou, as hinted in episode two, comes from her younger brother. Most likely this back story will be revealed throughout the series. Shoutarou is a pretty great character prompt for revealing bits and pieces about Sakurako’s blunt observations and conclusions.
While the series might be a bit too straight forward for some hard-core mystery fans, it does a pretty great job of piecing together evidence in a step by step process. In episode two, we clearly see new developments and facts in the story change Sakurako’s stream of thought and following her process is one of the most intriguing aspects of the series.
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What are you pondering today?