35 Best Detective Anime: Ultimate List for Fans of Crime Fiction

Detective anime is a subgenre of anime that typically focuses on crimes and mysteries. These stories can range from light-hearted comedic fare to dark and twisty murder mysteries, but they all have one thing in common: a good detective always gets the bad guy in the end. If you’re looking for some great detective anime to watch, then look no further! We’ve put together a list of the 35 best detective anime out there, so read on and find your next obsession.

Flint: The Time Detective

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Flint: The Time Detective is a Hiroshi Fukutomi detective anime series based on a manga by Hideki Sonoda and Akira Yamauchi.

The series follows Flint Hammerhead, a prehistoric youngster who was awakened from his fossil prison and became a Time Detective. Like Inspector Gadget, Flint’s friends Sarah and Tony Goodman handle a lot of the heavy thinking. Flint fought alongside his father, Rocky Hammerhead, a partially resurrected sentient talking rock with a face. Rocky, Flint’s stone ax, functioned as both a weapon and an advisor, in and out of battle. Flint’s goal as a Time Detective was to travel back in time and persuade Time-Shifters to help him defend the chronology.

He usually battled Petra Fina’s minions, Dino and Mite. The Dark Lord wanted to exploit the Time-Shifters’ talents to invade the animals’ home realm, the Land of Time. They start off as cute little critters that can “shape-shift” into significantly powerful forms for a short time before reverting. This frequently took two forms: an evil form caused by the Petra Stamp, Uglinator’s mark, or Dark Lord’s sorcery, and a good form produced by Flint and his squad. 

Death Note

Death Note is a manga series written and illustrated by Tsugumi Ohba. The Death Note mystery anime adaptation is directed by Tetsuro Araki and animated by Madhouse, premiered in Japan on October 3, 2006, and concluded on June 26, 2007, with 37 twenty-minute episodes. The plot revolves around Light Yagami, an adolescent genius who stumbles into a mysterious notebook: the “Death Note,” which belonged to the Shinigami Ryuk and provides the user the extraordinary ability to kill anybody whose name is written in its pages. The series follows Light’s subsequent attempts to use the Death Note to carry out a worldwide massacre of individuals he considers immoral in order to create a crime-free society under the alias of a god-like vigilante named “Kira,” and the subsequent efforts of an elite Japanese police task force led by enigmatic detective L to apprehend him. 

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In the early 1930s, in Chicago, the fabled Flying Pussyfoot train begins its legendary voyage that will leave a path of blood all over the country. Meanwhile, in New York, the ambitious scientist Szilard and his unhappy sidekick Ennis are on the hunt for bottles of the immortality elixir. Furthermore, a feud between mafia factions is intensifying. Alchemists are set to discover the cost of immortality aboard the Advena Avis in 1711.

Baccano! is based on the award-winning light novels of the same name and chronicles a series of events that appear unrelated at first glance, both in time and place, but are actually part of a much larger story about alchemy, survival, and immortality. The kindhearted would-be robbers, Isaac and Miria, connect numerous people, each with their own hidden aims and intentions, and create lifetime relationships and repercussions for everyone involved. 

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Magic Kaito

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Everyone understands that magic does not exist. On the other hand, magic can astound and amaze its audience when done by a true expert. Kaito Kuroba, the son of world-famous stage magician Touichi Kuroba, is well aware of this. Kaito, who is skilled in the arts of deceit and misdirection, constantly upsets the lives of those around him with spectacular tricks and pranks. However, when Kaito inadvertently discovers a hidden passage in his home, he discovers a mystery that may have been the cause of his father’s death eight years ago—the dove-white clothing of Kid the Phantom Thief. Kaito dons the clothing and looks for the Pandora Gem, which is claimed to provide immortality, in order to learn more about his father. However, he is not alone in his pursuit of the gem—the organization responsible for his father’s death is also on his tail!

Magic Kaito anime series follows the rebirth of Kaitou Kid, the night’s phantom thief. Kaito sets out to steal the world’s most valuable jewels using his dummies, disguises, and signature card pistol, finding the truth about his father’s death and the mythical Pandora Gem along the way. 

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Danganronpa: The Animation

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Hope’s Peak Academy is an elite high school that only takes the most gifted kids. Those who succeed are given titles that reflect their skills and abilities. Makoto Naegi, one of the fifteen kids, admitted that year is just a normal guy who got accepted by pure chance, earning the title “Super High School-Level Luck.”

Naegi and his classmates are first overjoyed to have been picked to study at this prestigious college, but their joy is fleeting. Monokuma, the principal and resident bear, confronts them and confines them within the school. Whether or not they can escape and graduate depends on how well one of them pulls off the murder of a classmate. If the killer is apprehended, he or she will be executed, and the survivors will continue the deathmatch until one comes out on top.

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Fantastic Detective Labyrinth 


In a forgotten town known as Tokyo’s former capital, strange and unexplained crimes are escalating. These otherworldly occurrences are beyond comprehension and fill the populace with fear and terror. Only one individual is unafraid of the evil underlying these occurrences and is eager to confront it: Hyuga Mayuki, a young kid detective with a rare insight power that allows him to find the true truth behind these occurrences.

Moriarty The Patriot

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This is the tale of the man who confounded even the great detective Sherlock Holmes: Professor Moriarty, the Lord of Crime. During the late nineteenth century, Great Britain grew to become the world’s greatest empire. The nation’s rigid economic hierarchy, hidden beneath its success, dictates the value of one’s life entirely on position and riches. As one might expect, the system favors the aristocrats at the top and makes it impossible for the working class to progress through the ranks.

William James Moriarty, the Moriarty household’s second son, lives as a regular aristocrat while simultaneously consulting with the common people to help them with their difficulties. However, deep within him is a yearning to demolish the present framework that rules British society and those who gain from it.

Along with his brothers Albert and Louis, William will do whatever it takes to improve the dirty environment he lives in, even if it means spilling blood. 

Persona 4: The Animation

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Persona 4: The Animation is an anime series based on Atlus’ PlayStation video game. This detective series involves dark magic and other mystical creatures, so it’s a tad different from the others on this list.

Inaba has recently been beset by serial murders, with authorities unable to get any leads. Despite this, Yuu Narukami travels to the little town to live with his uncle for a year because his parents are away on business. He attends Yasogami High School, where he meets and becomes friends with Yousuke Hanamura, Chie Satonaka, and Yukiko Amagi.

After school, the group tells Yuu about the urban legend known as the “Midnight Station”—a secret T.V. channel that only emerges at midnight on rainy days when the viewer is alone. Yuu chooses to tune in that night, curious about the claim, only to see the next victim of the serial murders emerge on the T.V. instead. He also finds himself being dragged into the T.V., which piques the interest of his newfound buddies, prompting them to explore.

Yuu eventually falls into the realm within the T.V., which is shrouded in dense fog and teeming with deadly monsters known as “Shadows.” Recognizing that this world is somehow linked to the murders, the Investigation Team is formed with the purpose of unraveling the mystery underlying the events.

The Great Pretender

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Makoto “Edamame” Edamura has turned to crime as a result of a series of tragic occurrences, pickpocketing, and scamming people for a career. However, after duping a seemingly dumb visitor, Makoto realizes that he was the one duped, and, to make matters worse, the authorities are now looking for him.

While fleeing, he encounters the tourist again, who turns out to be a fellow con man named Laurent Thierry, and follows him to Los Angeles. Makoto confronts his adversary to decide who is the greater scammer in order to preserve his self-proclaimed title of “Japan’s Greatest Swindler.” Accepting the challenge, Laurent drops them off outside a massive estate and declares that their target will be the West Coast’s most powerful mafia boss.

Great Pretender jumps from city to city, following Makoto’s adventures in the world of international high-stakes deception alongside the crafty Laurent and his colorful companions. Makoto soon discovers that he got more than he bargained for as his self-proclaimed abilities are constantly put to the test.

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Detective Conan: Case Closed

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Shinichi Kudou, a high school student with exceptional detective abilities, is well renowned for solving a number of difficult cases. Shinichi unwittingly witnesses a scary illicit activity when he observes two suspicious men and chooses to follow them one day. Unfortunately, he gets caught in the deed, so the men inject him with an experimental drug developed by their criminal organization before abandoning him to die. Shinichi, to his surprise, survives to see another day, albeit in the body of a seven-year-old child.

He conceals his true identity from everyone, even his childhood friend Ran Mouri and her father, famous detective Kogorou Mouri, while perfectly keeping his original brilliance. To that goal, he adopts the pen name Conan Edogawa, after the mystery writers Arthur Conan Doyle and Ranpo Edogawa.

Detective Conan follows Shinichi as Conan, who begins secretly solving the senior Mouri’s cases behind the scenes with his still outstanding investigative skills. He also covertly investigates the organization responsible for his current state in the hopes of one day being able to reverse the drug’s effects.

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Paranoia Agent

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Musashino City’s people are being terrorized by the fearsome Shounen Bat (Lil’ Slugger). The offender appears impossible to catch—much less understand—while flying around on rollerblades and bashing people down with a golden baseball bat. Tsukiko Sagi, a well-known but shy character designer, is suspected of coordinating the attacks. Tsukiko, who is solely believed by her anthropomorphic pink stuffed animal, Maromi, is only one of Shounen Bat’s numerous victims.

As Shounen Bat continues his unrelenting onslaught on the town, detectives Keiichi Ikari and Mitsuhiro Maniwa begin to look into the attacker’s identity. However, when more individuals fall victim to the infamous golden bat, word of the assailant spreads throughout the village. As terrifying stories circulate among adults and children alike, paranoia begins to set in.

Will the two investigators be able to uncover the truth behind Shounen Bat, or will paranoia get the better of them?

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Darker Than Black

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Heaven’s Gate arrived in South America ten years ago, while Hell’s Gate came in Japan ten years ago, obscuring the once-familiar night sky with an unpleasant skyscape. These Gates are spaces where the laws of physics are ignored for unknown reasons. Contractors evolved with the appearance of the Gates, who are granted extraordinary talents in return for their humanity.

Section 4 Chief Misaki Kirihara gets into conflict with a famed Contractor dubbed Hei in the Japanese city bordering Hell’s Gate. In the underground world, Hei is known as “Black Reaper,” and, like his colleagues, he executes tasks for the mysterious Syndicate while peeping into a diabolical conspiracy that could wipe Contractors off the face of the Earth.

Tensai Okamura’s sci-fi thriller takes the guise of a delicate exposé on a war in which political beliefs and justice have no sway—a war fought solely in the shadows.

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In a dystopian future, detective Shinjuurou Yuuki—dubbed the “Defeated Detective” by some—solves mysteries all throughout Tokyo. Shinjuurou’s intellect and inventiveness in cracking crimes, notably homicides, are aided by his eccentric associate Inga, resulting in several riddles being solved and criminals apprehended. On the other hand, his companion appears to have other, more nefarious intentions for the persons they apprehend, and the truth about the assistant’s identity and motivation is buried in mystery.

Top Secret: The Revelation

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The memories of the dead can now be displayed via a newly created technology. It is employed in the investigation of tough murder cases. But at what price? What about the dead’s privacy as outsiders pry into their most personal memories? What about the consequences the images might have on people whose professions compel them to journey through the minds of insane killers and experience whatever sensations and sentiments these murderers felt as they skinned and disemboweled their victims?


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Dr. Kenzou Tenma, an outstanding neurosurgeon who is married to the daughter of the hospital’s director, is on his way to the top of the hierarchy. Until one night when a seemingly minor event alters Dr. Tenma’s life. Right before he operates on a patient, he receives a call from the hospital director instructing him to change patients and instead conduct life-saving brain surgery on a renowned performer. His colleagues, friends, fiancée, and the director celebrates his achievement, but, as a result of the switch, a poor immigrant dies, causing Dr. Tenma to question his morality.

When a similar circumstance arises, Dr. Tenma stands firm and chooses to operate on the boy Johan Liebert rather than the town’s mayor. However, Dr. Tenma’s decision has major consequences, including losing his social position.

Dr. Tenma’s position is restored after the strange deaths of the director and two other doctors. He was not imprisoned because there was no evidence to indict him, and he went on to become the new hospital director.

Dr. Tenma’s past comes back to haunt him nine years later—once again, he comes into contact with the monster he operated on. He must then embark on a voyage of pursuit to atone for the devastation caused by the one he saved.

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Nightwalker: The Midnight Detective

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Ayana Itsuki’s late-night anime T.V. series Nightwalker: The Midnight Detective is based on the P.C. game Mayonaka no Tantei Nightwalker. It’s a vampire narrative “with a twist” that combines aspects of horror, detective story, and vampire genres.

Attacks by nightbreed, lesser demons that control humans and feast on their souls, are rather prevalent in Nightwalker. Nightbreeds are self-serving and stupid, and they drive their human hosts to commit atrocities. Because breed-inspired crimes are often difficult to identify, the N.O.S. was created to investigate and solve them.

Shido, the series’ main character, is a vampire who chose to defend mankind against his demonic brethren to atone for his sins. He has no memory of his life before becoming a vampire, and even his name is a Japanese pseudonym. Shido formed a one-man (plus one secretary) private investigation office in Japan to pursue breeds while hiding his true character. Shido even hides his name from Riho, a high school girl whose parents were slain in a breed assault.

Shido’s workplace is soon disrupted as he is compelled to confess to Riho that he is the same creature that murdered her parents. And Shido’s mighty sire, Cain, is plotting to retake Shido and launch the ‘Golden Dawn,’ a secret with far-reaching ramifications for all night creatures.

The File of Young Kindaichi

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Hajime Kindaichi’s disorganized appearance and laid-back personality may give the impression of a typical high school student, but a book can never be judged by its cover. Hajime is the grandson of Japan’s finest detective, and he is also an exceptional investigator in his own right.

Hajime journeys to lonely islands, frightening villages, abysmal seas, and other dangerous locations with the support of his best friend, Miyuki Nanase, and the strange inspector Isamu Kenmochi. His life’s ambition is to unearth the truth behind some of the world’s most enigmatic, arduous, and terrifying mysteries.

Ghost Hunt

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Taniyama Mai and her classmates enjoy telling ghost stories at school. There appears to be an abandoned school building on their school grounds that has been the subject of numerous ghost stories. They are interrupted by a mysterious man during the story.

Shibuya Kazuya, a 17-year-old president of the Shibuya Psychic Research Company, is the person in question. The principal asked him to look into the stories surrounding the abandoned school building.

The following day, on her way to school, Mai passes by the school building in question. While studying a strange camera she discovered inside, she is startled by Kazuya’s assistant. Mai, unknowingly interfering with the investigation, breaks the camera, injuring Kazuya’s assistant.

Kazuya recruits Mai against her will in order to pay for the camera and replace his injured helper. Mai begins to study about the paranormal realm and the business of ghost hunting from that point on.

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Bungo Stray Dogs

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For weeks now, the orphanage of Atsushi Nakajima has been afflicted by a mystical tiger that only he is aware of. The 18-year-old is suddenly kicked out of the orphanage and left hungry, penniless, and wandering through the city after being suspected of being behind the unusual happenings.

Atsushi rescues a somewhat eccentric man named Osamu Dazai from drowning while starving on the side of a river. Dazai, a wacky suicide enthusiast and supernatural detective, has been investigating the same tiger that has been harassing the youngster. They solve the riddle with Dazai’s companion Doppo Kunikida, but the results put Atsushi in a bind. As strange occurrences occur, Atsushi is persuaded into joining their firm of supernatural investigators, taking on strange cases that the police cannot handle, along with his numerous mysterious coworkers.

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Cuticle Detective Inaba

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There are bound to be a few bad apples in a world where half-human, half-animal chimeras live and work alongside regular humans. Unfortunately, half-human offenders mean non-human clues, which frequently confound the cops. This is where lone wolf detectives such as Hiroshi Inaba come in. He’s half-wolf and has the incredible capacity to extract vital information simply by analyzing or tasting a piece of someone’s hair! Of course, that skill has resulted in Inaba developing a hair fetish, but that doesn’t appear to be an issue for his two assistants. (At least, the cross-dressing one isn’t too upset.) And it pales in comparison to Inaba’s arch-enemy, the omnivorous (and half-goat) criminal boss Don Valentino, who prefers green legal tender to delicate young greens! Inaba has vowed to separate Valentino from the criminal underworld before the Don can gorge himself on more ill-gotten gains, but he’ll have to munch his way through a lot of evidence to do it. Can tenacity in the pursuit of the truth lead to the capture of the evil guys?

Terror In Resonance

The word “VON” in red is all that remains after a terrorist act on a nuclear facility in Japan. The government is devastated by its inability to respond, and the police are urgently looking for ways to crack down on the culprits. The general public is unaware—until, a few months later, a weird film appears on the internet. In it, two teenage lads known only as “Sphinx” openly confront the authorities, threatening to inflict havoc and mayhem throughout Tokyo. The authorities struggle to act effectively against these terrorists, unable to stop the widespread panic that is growing throughout the city and eager for any clues in their investigation, with Detective Kenjirou Shibazaki caught in the heart of it all.

In Terror in Resonance, the stories of Nine and Twelve, the two youths behind the masked figures of Sphinx, is told. They should not exist, yet they persist in a world of lies and deceit, causing the city to crumble around them in the hopes of burying their own terrible truth.

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Tantei Opera Milky Holmes

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“Toys” are powers conferred on individuals chosen to use them, each with unique characteristics to their users. Some of these people are born clean and use their abilities to become investigators. Others bloom poisoned and opt to be phantom thieves. These two conflicting factions resulted in the establishment of several detective academies around the world, which trained detectives to fight and apprehend the phantom thieves.

Sherlock Shellingford, Nero Yuzurizaki, Hercule Burton, and Cordelia Glauca are members of the Yokohama-based Holmes Detective Academy’s “Milky Holmes” team. However, during a battle with the phantom thief Arsene, their Toys mysteriously vanish, rendering them unsuitable to continue as investigators. They have been stripped of their prestigious life and dumped into a shabby attic, and if they do not restore their powers within the next three months, they will be expelled.

Tantei Opera (Tantei Opera) Milky Holmes depicts the story of a once-legendary organization on a quest to reclaim their Toys while also striving to continue their line of work without the powers that once distinguished their profession.

Beautiful Bones: Sakurako’s Investigation

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Shoutarou Tatewaki knows his life will never be the same after meeting Sakurako Kujou for the first time. He initially suspects her of being guilty of disappearance in the area, but he soon discovers her true talent: studying bone fragments. Sakurako has a large collection of reconstructed animal bones, but she wishes she had more human bones, much to the disgust of everyone around her.

Shoutarou soon begins accompanying the eccentric osteologist on the various unresolved cases she encounters—usually in the form of decomposing bodies. But, with so many incidents occurring around them, is there a deeper mystery at work in their lives?

Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru is a narrative about two unusual partners, each demonstrating in their own way that bones can tell you how you died, but only people can tell you how you lived.

Ryoko’s Case File

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Ryoko’s Case File is a Japanese media franchise comprised of an anime television series, manga, and light novels written and illustrated by Yoshiki Tanaka and illustrated by Narumi Kakinouchi. The story revolves around an elite police officer named Ryko Yakushiji. She graduated from Tokyo University’s Law Faculty and is currently one of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department’s youngest superintendents. Ryko works with her colleagues, including her rival and fellow superintendent Yukiko Muromachi, as well as JACES security forces personnel and her personal maids Lucienne and Marianne, to investigate and resolve seemingly paranormal, supernatural, or strange occurrences that become part of criminal cases—particularly when police tactics or modern science cannot be applied—before they get out of hand.

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

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In the not-too-distant future, humanity will have advanced to the point that complete body transplants from flesh to machine will be conceivable. This allows for significant gains in both physical and cybernetic capabilities, blurring the distinction between the two realms. On the other hand, criminals can take full advantage of such technology, leading to new and often extremely hazardous crimes. In response to such inventive new tactics, the Japanese government developed Section 9, a self-contained police unit that deals with such sensitive offenses.

Section 9, led by Daisuke Aramaki and Motoko Kusanagi, deals with such crimes across the whole social spectrum, with varying degrees of success. When confronted with a new A-level hacker dubbed “The Laughing Man,” the team is forced to play a perilous cat and mouse game, following the hacker’s trail as it leaves its mark on Japan.

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Justice and its administration have evolved. Japan implements the Sibyl System in the 22nd century, an objective method of determining each citizen’s threat level by examining their mental state for evidence of criminal intent, known as their Psycho-Pass. Inspectors maintain the law by subjugating, often with lethal force, anyone holding the slightest ill-will; besides them are Enforcers, jaded Inspectors who have turned into latent criminals and are permitted relative freedom in exchange for carrying out the Inspectors’ dirty job.

Akane Tsunemori, a young woman with a genuine passion for protecting justice, enters this universe. However, as she works alongside experienced Enforcer Shinya Kougami, she quickly discovers that the Sibyl System’s judgments are not as faultless as her colleagues believe. With everything she’s ever known turned upside down, Akane mulls over what justice truly is and whether it can be upheld via the employment of a system that may already be corrupt.

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Psychic Detective Yakumo

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Haruka Ozawa’s sophomore year is turning out to be a nightmare. One of her pals has been possessed, another has committed suicide, and Haruka may be the next to fail the still-breathing test. Her only way out of this potentially fatal situation? Yakumo Saito is an enigma of a student who was born with a peculiar red eye that enables him to see and interact with the dead. However, the departed do not always cease to exist, and some killers are more than willing to kill again in order to prevent dead men from telling any more tales. That doesn’t stop Haruka from unearthing long-buried secrets, and there’s further proof of bodies being exhumed by both Yakumo’s police contact and an investigative reporter with a freshly manufactured body in her wardrobe! Will these out-of-the-ordinary paranormal investigators be able to solve the ultimate dead case files, or will they end up in cold storage themselves?


Satoru Fujinuma is sent back seconds before a disaster strikes. The 29-year-old manga artist has harnessed the mysterious “Revival” phenomena to save many lives.

When Satoru is wrongfully accused of murdering someone close to him, he is sent back to 1988, 18 years ago. He soon concludes that the murder may be connected to the kidnapping and murder of one of his childhood classmates, the mysterious Kayo Hinazuki. This is his chance to make amends.

Boku Dake ga ni Inai Machi follows Satoru on his mission to uncover the truth about what happened 18 years ago while simultaneously protecting the people he loves today.

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Karakurizoshi Ayatsuri Sakon

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Karakurizoshi Ayatsuri Sakon is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Masaru Miyazaki (using the pen name Sharakumaro). From May 1995 to January 1996, it was serialized in the Shueisha magazine Weekly Shonen Jump. Four tankobon bound volumes were created from the chapters. Tachibana Sakon, a bunraku puppeteer who solves mysteries with Ukon, a puppet, is the protagonist of the story. Tokyo Movie Shinsha adapted the manga into a 26-episode anime television series, which aired on the satellite network WOWOW from 1999 to 2000.

Sakon Tachibana, a puppeteer, is the one who follows the dark-haired bishounen, while the other is Ukon, his favorite puppet, and best buddy. Sakon is the (unique) grandson of Saemon Tachibana, a Japanese national treasure known for his manipulation of Bunraku puppets. Ukon is a child doll puppet created by the famed female dollmaker Unosuke in the early Meiji era. They run into murders and solve them together.

Ranpo Kitan: Game of Laplace

Yoshio Kobayashi, a middle school kid, wakes up in his classroom to find a horrific discovery: his teacher has been mutilated, and Yoshio happens to be clutching the weapon used to perpetrate the murder.

Despite his initial horror at being in this situation, the curious and detached Yoshio can’t help but be secretly delighted by this attempt to frame him. Souji Hashiba, Yoshio’s beleaguered buddy, is transformed into a willing accomplice, and the two are desperate to prove Yoshio’s innocence. Furthermore, Kogorou Akechi, a brilliant high school investigator, has arrived at the crime scene to investigate the case, and when Kogorou encounters the young man found guilty, an intense mutual interest develops between the two of them. Kobayashi wishes to join Akechi’s world of crime-solving as his assistant, and Akechi is eager to discover if the eager young man is up to the task.

Ranpo Kitan: Game of Laplace is a mystery and horror anime with gruesome and unusual crimes that is partially based on stories written by Ranpo Edogawa, who is well-known for his effect on Japanese literature.

Mythical Detective Loki Ragnarok

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Loki, the Norse god of mischief, has been banished to Earth for what appears to be a poor prank. In addition to being exiled, he is compelled to assume the form of a child. He’s told that the only way he can return to the land of the gods is to collect auras of evil that take over human hearts, therefore he starts a detective service. Loki is soon joined by a human girl named Mayura, who is obsessed with riddles and quickly contributes in her own way. However, other Norse gods soon come, and most of them intend to assassinate Loki for unknown reasons.

B: The Beginning

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A vigilante goes rogue on the Cremona islands. The infamous “Killer B,” celebrated by some and hunted by others, takes justice into his own hands, armed with a sharp sword and superhuman ability. In order to arrest this outlaw, the Royal Investigation Service (R.I.S.) enlists the help of Keith Flick, a seasoned but quirky detective who was demoted to the Archives Department following a personal loss. As crimes in Cremona rise, from covert deaths of wrongdoers to sophisticated assassinations of famous people, it becomes evident that more than one person is to blame.

Keith begins to unravel plans involving secret organizations, domestic terrorism, and human experiments with the help of his impetuous sidekick Lily Hoshina and surprising assistance from the elusive Killer B himself. When the R.I.S.’s involvement goes beyond the bounds of justice, it calls into question the depth of the government’s corruption as well as the reliability of close supporters.

Heaven’s Memo Pad

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Narumi Fujishima may appear to be a typical high school student at first glance, yet he is a pessimistic outsider. Because of his father’s business, he had to shift schools on a regular basis, and as a result, he was never able to integrate into society. When his cheerful classmate Ayaka Shinozaki forces him to join the gardening club, Narumi meets the brilliant hacker Alice, who lives in isolation above Hanamaru, the ramen store where Ayaka works part-time. He then learns that Alice runs a specialized private detective firm and that all of her professional partners refer to themselves as “NEETs,” or Not in Education, Employment, or Training.

Joining the NEET detective agency due to a personal link to a criminal case, Narumi becomes caught in a world of perilous investigations done by the ill-assorted gang of detectives, all while attempting to track down the criminal organization that appears to have unexplained ties to Alice.

Detective School Q

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Kyuu is a typical young man with a talent for logic and thinking. Desiring to become a detective, he learns about the Dan Detective School (D.D.S.), a well-known school where pupils are permitted to carry firearms. Kyuu, along with Megu, a girl with a photographic memory, Kinta, a martial arts master, Kazuma, a smart programmer, and the mysterious Ryuu, solves several well-planned crimes while always seeking the truth.

The Millionaire Detective Balance: Unlimited

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Daisuke Kanbe, a man of immense fortune, is appointed to the Modern Crime Prevention Headquarters as a detective. There, he is partnered with Haru Katou, a humanitarian investigator who prioritizes justice above all else. The two are diametrically opposed, and their morality frequently collides. Haru despises Daisuke for exploiting his financial resources to solve crimes since he believes that money isn’t everything. However, the two will have to work together to uncover the riddles that await them.

And thus, we end this list of 35 detective and mystery anime guaranteed to get any anime fan hooked. But of course, despite our thorough investigation and inspection of the evidence, a.k.a. binge-watching all the detective anime series and movies we could get our hands on, we had a hard time keeping this list down to 35. Did we miss your favorite police detective with or without special abilities that left a mark in the mystery genre? Let us know in the comments why you think it should be on this list.

Written by Charlie

I've watched a lot of anime in my days, but that doesn't stop me from watching more. Whether it be new or old, I'll give it a run-through and tell you what I think about it. We're currently living in the golden age of anime with so many great shows out there to watch.

Some are better than others for sure, but they're all worth checking out at least once. My beautiful daughters also love watching animes...well not as much as their dad does!