Amazing Detective Labyrinth #01 — Loki Ragnarok 2.0

October 2nd, 2007

$.25 a day, plus expenses.


So, I have to admit that I was all geared up and ready to mock this, but it actually turned out kind of decent. It’s a far cry from being as amazing as the title would suggest, but I don’t think it’s worthy of my disdain anymore either. The basic premise is pretty much the same as Loki Ragnarok… boy detective, magical powers, people come to him for help on strange mysteries plus some kids randomly stumble in there who I’m sure will be his assistants by the end of the next episode.

The real treat was Horie Yui as a villain. It boggles my mind too, but Princess Leia Horie is apparently a bad guy, at least for now. It’s an unspoken rule of anime that any villain introduced in the first episode is not the real villain and will either eventually die or switch sides for the uber-megaoverlord to take over.

Anyway, production values were alright. The fights used some clever direction to make up for a relative lack of choregraphy and animation. Most of the rest of the episode was just people walking around and talking, so there really wasn’t much else to show, which can be taken as a good or a bad thing depending on your tastes. Music was fine… no OP this week. There were a few moments that made me cringe, like when the clumsy maid walked in and rolled into the fireplace, but for the most part, it was surprisingly… well… I hesitate to say enjoyable, but it was a pleasant surprise. I’m not really certain what else to say. I was all ready to be full of vitriol and spite, and then it put me off guard by not being bad. I’m definitely interested in seeing where they go with this one.

No summaries for the first episodes. I write as I watch, and I don’t know if I’ll care about a show until after the first episode.

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4 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • Totali says:

    Yui Horie…..a villain? PREPOSTEROUS!

  • Aroduc says:

    Not just a bad guy… some sort of Chinese assassin. I am so confused by this.

  • sage says:

    Are those twinfags?

  • Anonymous says:

    I loved this serie :)