Toys: miracle blossoms flowering in the hearts of the chosen. Some bloom into flowers of purity, others into flowers of poison. It is the age of the Great Detectives. These two flowers wage war to see which is the most beautiful: the Great Detectives or the Gentlemen Thieves.
When I first picked up this series, I was told to throw every expectation that I for this show away. And I just brushed off my friend’s warning
whom I want to apologise thinking I knew what I was getting myself into. Cute little detectives solving mysteries and fighting against gentlemen thieves with their supernatural abilities. So I was expecting it to be like a detective conan + precure kind of show. However after watching the entire show…I was wrong…so darn wrong…
Set in the near future in the Great Era of Detectives, chosen people are born with supernatural abilities known as Toys. Those who use these Toys for evil are responsible for a wave of crimes and necessitate employing Toy-using detectives to help solve them. Sherlock, Nero, Hercule and Cordelia, are the most popular students at Holmes Detective Academy, because of the many cases they’ve solved with their Toys and teamwork. The students and the people of the Detective City Yokohama all look up to the members of “Milky Holmes”, as they’re called. But end up losing their Toys during an encounter with the Thieves’ Empire. Taken away from their rich lifestyle and thrown into an attic, the girls must try and regain use of their Toys or else face expulsion from Holmes Detective Academy.
Thus their search for their missing Toys begins…sort of, landing our characters into hilarious and absurd situations one after another.
First things first, this is NOT a kids show. Although the art style may look like it but trust me the contents in this show are definitely not kiddy.
This anime is just a huge parody of almost everything. The dynamics between the detectives, police and thieves, the amount of anime, video games shout outs and the characters themselves. The jokes are just amazingly hilarious and some of them were even kind of dark. For example, the characters were pretty happy to be thrown into jail just for free food. Thinking back of the situation that they are in, if you put yourself in their shoes, you would not complain about being thrown into jail. Some of the jokes were also pretty…crude as well.
Just forget about the plot in this show, cause there would hardly be any. And their serious moments can’t be serious for more than 10 seconds. So to those were hoping for any plot, this anime is not for you.
The plot may not be to your liking, but the characters are by far the beauty of this series. The cast are mostly messed up in the head in their own “special” way.
Lets start off with our four heroine whom are parodied after famous fictional detectives.
Sherlock, happy-go-lucky, optimistic and airheaded leader of Milky Holmes. Nero, energetic, tomboyish hacker with a serious hefty appetite. Hercule, the passive and shy voice of reason of the team with…an “amazing” imagination. Lastly Cordelia, the “mature” elderly sister of the team who happens to have frequent delusions of her team and have the tendency to burst into random singing.
These four are on their way to becoming great detectives, but when they lost their Toys, they become completely useless. I’m not kidding they turn a 180 degree to becoming an incompetent, simple-minded, brain dead, mentally unstable (Cordelia) and spoiled group. The way they dealt with their problems and the ideas that they usually have are so face palming and cringe worthy that it was hilarious.
Next we have the Gentlemen Thieves also named after fictional and non fictional thieves. Arsene, the beautiful, intelligent leader of the Gentlemen Thieves empire with a large bosom which is always emphasized. River Stone the hot blooded, stoic swordsman. Rat the youngest of the team and bomber whose name is sadly always not remembered. And lastly, Twenty the narcissistic master of disguise who likes to expose himself…he has some serious issues.
Though they are Milky Holmes greatest rival, they are indirectly helping the detectives to gain back their Toys so that they can battle each other again by posing as students and teachers in the detective academy watching their every moves. But they are also hilarious in their own way. They are also a lot brighter compared to our detectives that is for sure.
Lastly G4, the police unit who are constantly pulled into the fight between Milky Holmes and the Gentlemen Thieves. All characters are named after fictional Japanese detectives. However, unlike the other groups, Kokoro makes the most appearance in G4. Kokoro is a self proclaimed genius with an IQ of >3000 and weirdly it increases as the episodes go on. Unlike her teammates, she seems to look down on the Milky Holmes and loves to sadistically manipulate the clueless detectives that leads to either hilarious or depressing results.
There are a few things that comes into my mind when I see the art style and animation. Random is definitely one of them. This show has a weird habit of changing the art and animation drastically due to their over the top reactions and poses.
Soundtrack is not really much of the anime’s forte considering there isn’t really much soundtrack to begin with….but the opening song is excellent as it pretty much sums up what the audience was getting into with that chaotic intro.
Seiyuu: Excellent cast in bringing the characters randomness to life. And oh my goodness Cordelia’s voice actress definitely did portrayed the deranged mentally unstable character that she was brilliantly. I just couldn’t stop laughing at it. Overall, it was an amazing cast.
Sherlock Shellingford—-> Mimori Suzuko
Yuzurizaki Nero————> Tokui Sora
Hercule Barton————-> Sasaki Mikoi
Cordelia Glauca————> Kitta Izumi
Arsene————————> Akesaka Satomi
Stone River—————–> Terashima Takuma
Twenty———————–> Kishio Daisuke
Rat—————————-> Shimono Hiro
Akechi Kokoro————> Nanjou Yoshino