A one hour long special detailing the antics of a hikikomori detective and her eclectic cohorts. Sounds like fun right?
As with most anime, the story begins with a transfer student. In this case it would be Fujishima Narumi (Matsuoka Yoshitsugu) who flutters listlessly from town to town due to his father’s work. He finds himself at the scene of what could only be described as bizarre as a high school prostitute leaps from a window; luckily landing on a pile of garbage below. There, he meets Tetsu (Matsukaze Masaya), “Major” (Miyata Kouki), and Hiro (Sakurai Takahiro). As it so happens, his classmate Shinozaki Ayaka (Kayano Ai) is in cahoots with these ruffians and he soon becomes entangled as well.
Of course, the main star of the show is Yuuko “Alice” Shionji voiced by Ogura Yui. She’s a self declared NEET detective bent on searching for the truths of the world while performing deeds as “messengers of the dead”. She happens to be cut from the same mold as Victorique of GOSICK. Small and cute, she has a dominating personality until her teddy bear rips a seam. It’s been seen before and it has definitely been a hit. The dynamic between Alice and her new assistant Narumi is somewhat refreshing as Narumi does possess some form of intelligence.
So far it’s enjoyable. The inclusion of a high school prostitute is quite intriguing and despite the goofy cast of characters, the tone remains on the darker side. In comparison to J.C. Staff’s prior works of the same genre, Ookami-san coming to mind immediately, Kamimemo focuses much more on the urban underground and societies hardships. Unlike GOSICK and its abrupt solving of mysteries, Kamimemo has a steady arc of progression which benefits the flow greatly. Clues are found and pieces are put together to form a whole. It keeps you guessing as to what is truly happening. Less subtle touches, such as a train obscuring vision and hearing, are also there for added effect.
Being a full one hour pilot, the episode encompasses an entire case. The characters are introduced in a nonchalant manner owing to the absurdity of their personalities and there is ample fan service for all those who are interested. The opening theme is most surprising as it is performed by the famous NicoNicoDouga singer Choucho. The reference to Dr. Pepper made me snigger. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the visuals, it’s not particularly staggering but more than serviceable.
All in all, it’s a very nice way to start off the season. I only hope that the mystery and scripts will last the duration.