Everyone loves beautiful woman! But how if the woman has strange hobbies? For example, collecting bones and skeleton from dead bodies and displaying them at her own house. Apart from there, she’s very intelligent and can tell cause of someone’s death by looking at their skeleton. Would you still want to be friend with her, or falling in love with her?
Tatewaki Shoutarou, a high school student will answer ‘yes’ and decides to stay with her and becomes an assistant to help her resolves some mysteries around them.
Her name is not Sherlock Holmes but that doesn’t mean she can’t solve mysteries. The main female character is a beauty named Sakurako Kujo with an intelligence and fascination for bones. She specializes her amount of time in mastering bones and examines them like some sort of art. Behind these bones commonly lies a hidden knowledge whether it’d be the remains of an animal or human.
This anime is kind of Mystery genre with a little of drama touch, but you won’t find romance and humor that would make you laugh in tears. So, what is this…
Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru
Known as Beautiful Bones: Sakurako’s Investigation in English, this anime is based on the Japanese novel series written by Shiori Oota. The anime is produced by Troyca and licensed by Sentai Filmworks with 12 episodes in total. Those episode were aired in Japan starting from October to December 2015.
Sentai Filmworks released the anime on DVD and Blu-ray on January 10, 2016 in North America and it can currently be purchased for $34,49 on Amazon.
Synopsis: Sakurako Kujou is a prodigy beauty in her mid-twenties whose life is centered around one thing only, bones. With small tolerance for people, she would be entirely isolated in her study filled with skeletons if it weren’t for high school student Shoutarou, her new assistant and persistent companion. Whenever the two go out together, the chances are high that they will discover a human corpse.
Story: The series can be described as mystery adventure. Just about every episode opens up to a story and reads like a book where we find the introduction of a case, clues, the problem, and answer. During the entire show, family has become a main factor as we quite often see how cases connect with deceased relatives and their effects on loved ones. Overall, the show works on the composition of an episodic style.
Artwork: Even though being a mystery genre, the colors were unusually bright, I think it didn’t meet the criteria except you looking for some out-of-the-box-mystery-anime series. But the artwork is still fantastic, despite not fitting the whole tone of the show. The colors also detract from the atmosphere of the show, until you just like the beautiful colors.
Character: Here again, I saw characters’ personality who aren’t matched with their age. For example, Sakurako is more intelligent than professor. But it’s okay, she is a prodigy and devotes herself to bones. But not for Shoutarou, a high school “Shounen” student who looks more mature than can-do-nothing-police-officer that just doesn’t do anything on his own. When it comes to the characters, this show just like certain Shounen series where the high school students are more useful than adults, with portrayed that the adults are only a mere slacker.
Sound: The opening theme song (“Dear Answer” by TRUE) is pretty nice, nothing memorable just nice. The original soundtrack can be pretty forgettable considering that it doesn’t stick out it is just more of a background thing.
Overall: This not a good or bad anime. I think this is an average mystery show that should have more characters development.