Opening Songs
OP 1 - Speed And Friction (Amazarashi)

Ending Songs
ED 1 - Mikazuki (Sayuri)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Episodes: 11

"Ranpo Kitan: Game Of Laplace" is probably a show you've never heard off. If you haven't, then good on you, because its most definitely not worth your time and you'll probably find similar but better shows out there. Even if you want a mystery/horror themed show, this isn't the place to look for it, I'm highly convinced of that. Its a show that starts off deceptively well, then ends up being overly complicated and pointless at the very end, even almost negating the entire point of the show. If you somehow did end up watching this one to the very end like I did, then you'll feel my pain in more ways than one. One of the worst things a show can do is to set itself up to be promising, then failing to be anything when it matters. "Ranpo Kitan" has its moments, but they are far too few to count in a show that's meant to be somewhat serious.

The only thing this show has going for it is its tier 1 trap protagonist.

The opening song is "Speed And Friction" by Amazarashi. Its quite an uninspired song to be used as an opening theme, but it actually sounds quite catchy. For a show of this caliber, its actually a song I enjoy quite a fair bit, and it sure fits for a mystery/horror show, too bad the show doesn't do both very well. The ending theme is "Mikazuki" by Sayuri, which is actually pretty freaking good as an ending theme. When the first few opening lines kick in, I always feel a bit hyped up. The entire song itself is nice, with a steady flow of strong vocals throughout, there's little to not like about it.

Rating: 6.0/10

Its certainly a show that I won't be recommending. The show itself starts off decently well enough, and introduces itself as quite an odd ball mystery show. The execution was fine for awhile, then it slowly started to get extremely repetitive. Despite one extremely well done episode (which, by the way, was a freaking BACKSTORY episode on a MINOR character), most of the show is dreadfully dull, failing to bring out the most of its "mystery" theme. Even if some of the subplot arcs made sense, the way that they were presented was incredibly unsatisfying. The main characters are quite dull, dreadfully so. The typical badass child detective, horrified best friend and a super cute empty shell of a protagonist aren't exactly interesting as a trio. Sure, there are amusing side characters along the way, but they play such a small part in the overall story that its insignificant. The final arc that summarizes everything is also so full of bullshit that most will just give up right there, inclusive of its incredibly dull, "true villain". 

What did I say? A tier 1 trap!

Kobayashi is a regular middle school boy that's got a problem. A big, BIG problem. The dude is pretty much a psycho path, he thinks his life is boring, and goes as far as to completely blank out anyone that he meets in real life that isn't interesting to him. Living a completely comfortable life is a big no no for this young man, and luckily for him, he was framed for murder. While he was taken to the police station, he was brought in for questioning as the prime suspect. The case was taken by lead investigator Akechi, a 17 year old genius teenager prodigy detective. Upon meeting Akechi, Kobayashi had a spark in him, thinking that his life might get interesting if he followed him. Being determined as all hell, he solved the murder case with the help of Akechi and someone got accepted into being his assistant. Together, they tackle on a series of mysterious murder cases that might shake the world.

"Ranpo Kitan" is just not a show that most people will sit through, myself included, even though I pretty much forced myself through the final few episodes. If you want mystery shows, the anime world has a lot more to offer, so there's no reason to dump yourself into the world of "Ranpo Kitan" by the lure of its incredibly adorable trap protagonist.