The autumn season of anime is well underway with most shows now either two or three episodes. Of all the shows I’ve started this season, the one that has intrigued the most is the psychological mystery The Perfect Insider.
The show is an adaptation of Hishori Mori’s 1996 mystery novel and has reached the anime medium after adaptations into a manga, visual novel and live action drama.
It’s difficult to write a first impressions review of this show because things are still unraveling even at the end of episode 3. Essentially the story goes something like this: a teacher and his student (who are both very clever) have a bit of a fascination with a doctor who as well as being widely viewed as the cleverest person alive, killed her parents. The teacher takes his seminar group on a trip to the island where the mysterious doctor has been in seclusion for the past 15 years only to bear witness to the aftermath of a murder.
As with any good mystery, at this early stage there are still lots of questions that need answering but the combination of our two main characters attempting to puzzle out the murder as well as some really good building of backstory in every episode have for a very promising start.
For a show that seems to have limited coverage (in the West at least), it has some relatively high production values with good art, a catchy opening and slick, if so far uneventful, animation. So far, the voice acting as very good as well and all seem to fit very well with the respective characters – in particular I felt Dr Magata’s VA was especially good.
So, so far, so interesting. With a show like The Perfect Insider, it’s entirely possible it could end being overly ambitious or just fading out never to be heard off again. That said, I don’t think either of those things will happen – there’s a solid basis for the show to move on from in first three episodes and I can’t wait to see where it goes next.