That’s right, the my fellow obsessive on the subject of locked room murders and impossible crimes is going to be joining me for the tenth Spoiler Warning post, to go up here on The invisible Event in April, and so of course we’ve plumped for something in the seemingly-impossible realm of things. And rather than something obscure and difficult to find — oh, I know it sounds it from the title, but bear with me — TC has picked something freely available and easy to access: everyone can join in! All you need it 2½ spare hours between now and April and an internet connection.
M’learned friend has suggested we plump for episodes 16 to 21 of the anime Tantei Gakuen Q/Detective School Q, which deal with an apparent raft of impossible crimes and, best of all, are freely available to watch on YouTube (other video-sharing sites are, I’m sure, available). I have literally no idea what we’re about to be faced with, but TC calls this run “the legendary Kamikakushi Village Murder Case” and that’s good enough for me.
Based on the manga from Seimaru Amagi and Fumiya Sato, creators of the highly-regarded Kindaichi Case Files manga, Detective School Q is…well, look, you’re going to do what I did and look it up on Wikipedia, so here’s the synopsis:
Detective School Q is the story of a group of young students from Class Q of Dan Detective School (DDS), a prestigious and renowned detective academy founded by Morihiko Dan, the most famous detective in Japan, and the adventures and mysteries they unfold and solve together. They eventually work against Pluto, a mysterious organization which creates almost fool-proof plans that only a handful of detectives can solve.
There’s an increasing excitement around the output of Eastern detective fiction — Locked Room International have brought us some fabulous translations in recent years, Ho-Ling seems determined to taunt those of us not versed in any linguisitc acquisition with delightful-sounding mystery after mystery from China, Japan, and surrounds, and the first 16 volumes of Gosho Aoyama’s Case Closed/Detective Conan manga are from my personal experience somewhat wonderful. My sole experience of Japanese mystery on the screen comes in the form of the first six episodes of The PerfectInsider, an ingenious if agonisingly-paced show, and so these six 20-minute episodes will be something of a eye-opener for me whatever happens.