Creator/Studio: Kazuki Sabara/Bones
Distributor: Streams online on http:www/crunchyroll.com. This title has just been licensed by Bandai.
No. of episodes: 24
Age Rating: 13+
Summary: The year is 1924, the place, Sauville, a small European country neatly tucked beside the Alps…
Kazuya Kujo has been studying abroad at the prestigious Saint Marguerite Academy, where urban legends and horror stories are all the rage. Most Kazuya ignores but the story of the Queen Berry, a mysterious ghost ship, really gets to him. Of course, his brainy friend Victorique is much more intrigued by true stories, and she uses her unrivaled logic to solve mysteries even the town’s famous detective can’t.
Review: This was certainly a surprise for me. It is a very beautifully drawn story with a splendid Victorian backdrop. The pacing of the story is slow, but I didn’t mind because the characters developed with it. As their friendship grows, you start to learn about both Victorique and Kujo’s pasts and the country itself. It seems as though everyone has his/her own story and enjoyed finding out the secrets of each character. My main beef, however, is that Victorique solves the mystery via deus ex machina–you never actually get a chance to see how all the puzzle’s pieces fit. I like to play detective when I watch a mystery, so it kind of frustrated me. Other than that, I think this is one of Bones’s best titles, right up there with Rahxephon, Full Metal Alchemist, and Eureka Seven.
Sub/Dub: No dub has been released.
Music/Score: All of the music is great to listen to and sets the mood well. I especially like the second ending theme.
Violence: 6/10 Since this is a mystery anime, there are some rather grisly murder scenes.
Language: 2/10: Mild to almost nonexistent.
Sexuality: 1/10: SPOILER: We learn that Victorique’s mother was raped. The rape is never shown, but we do see how Victorique was born.
Nudity: 1/10: Only during the birth scene mentioned above.
Drugs/Tobacco: (1/10): Victorique is almost never seen without her pipe, but we’re never shown if it has tobacco. For all we know, it might be one of those toy bubble pipes.
Religion: (3/10) A convent uses drugs to induce hallucination.
Related Media: This is based on a series of light novels. There is also a manga and a drama CD. Only the first two volumes of the novels are available in the US.