Detective Conan-demon style? Well, it’s something like that. Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro was interesting enough for me to finish all of its 25 episodes, and I think that already says a lot.
This anime is about a demon named Nougami Neuro who ate all of hell’s mystery. In order to sate his hunger, he ascends to Earth to hunt for the ultimate mystery. Neuro employs Yoko as a cover since he can’t make it obvious that he is a demon. Yoko is a high school girl who agrees to work with Neuro because of the promise that he will help solve her father’s brutal murder. So as Yoko becomes more famous with each case they solve, the more delicious and complex cases they encounter, including clues to Yoko’s mystery.
I started this series thinking that I will probably quit on the first episode, but low and behold, I ended up completing all twenty-five of them. What’s odd about it is that this anime wasn’t crazy interesting, nor did it really stimulate me to guess who the murder for each crime was. In actuality, the perpetrators were pretty obvious—to the point where some episodes would just blatantly show 90% of their face during their murderer act. Rather, the anime would focus on how the criminals executed their crime and their motivations. So what kept me watching? Honestly, I think it was because of how easy it was to understand what was going on. Also, I really liked the Neuro-Yoko combo, they provided great comic relief to balance the brutality that happens during every episode. Likewise, Neuro by himself was such a great character to watch; not to mention that he was pretty attractive…his human form anyways. And as usual, I would look forward to any sign of a romantic spark between Neuro and Yoko—if there was any.
I can’t say that I rate this anime high up in my list though. If anything, it’s a pretty mediocre series. There were some dull cases here and there, and I thought that Yoko’s mystery would have more presence during the show, but it wasn’t really until the last four episodes that it was addressed. Also, I found it a bit inane and repetitive that a lot of the suspects would start laughing as a soon as they were named the criminal and then they would show their true colours which would usually be in a demonic-looking form of their motivation. I guess it was a way to show a juxtaposition between the actual demon who was solving crimes and humans who gives in to their demons and commit the crimes.
Overall, I don’t know if I would recommend this series, but maybe if a pretty cool demon detective interests you, I think this might be worth the watch.