Holmes at Kyoto #01 — Antiques Roadshow

July 9th, 2018


Minus most of the antiques.


The most enjoyment I got out of this episode was how the writing was in a knockdown bloody knuckle fight with itself in its opening attempt to show how great the pretty boy protagonist is. "Aha," he says, "This is clearly a forgery due to being wrong in every single way. Such a perfect counterfeit could only have been done by a master forger." And then he continues, describing the man covered in sweat and having a panic attack, "And I can tell by your disheveled clothes that you are an experienced hand at counterfeiting, have preyed upon countless people, and knew all about this place's reputation for having someone young working at it." The master conman then runs screaming in terror from the pawn shop famous across the entire area for having a boy genius working in it, only to be later seen in tears reporting to Some Monk while the master forgery is dashed against the ground as the monk vows that he'll get you next time, Gadget, next time!

That's the kind of mystery we're talking about here. Less like Sherlock Holmes, more like a particularly stupid edition of Antiques Roadshow told through the lens of a starstruck twit whose sole purpose is to ooh and aah over how smart, cool, and dreamy the titular character is. Between the two of them, you might be able to scrape up even personality to form half a character. Not that it makes much difference because there's no story here either. It's possibly the most insubstantial premiere in this season so far, and that's no mean feat.

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  • The Phantom says:

    This has to be THE most boring of the season, every time I see something like this, I always wonder, was there really nothing better to animate?