Looking for some sweet mysteries or just plain cool main characters wearing detective uniforms? Whether it’s for one or the other, here are some shows which might appeal to you in some way or another if you’re looking for some good detective/police related shows. True detective stories are unfortunately coming relatively short nowadays, but we still get many variations of the genre which can satisfy us in the weeks when Detective Conan simply isn’t enough to satisfy us. The genre comes off in many different ways: sometimes as a parody, sometimes as an action show, sometimes as a mystery. Here, you can find all those genres, and I certainly hope to help you find the type you like the most. Enjoy!
P.S.: As my knowledge of old shows is limited, I have tried to focus mainly on shows that I know/have heard of; unfortunately, most conventional detective shows are rather outdated, which is why they do not feature in this list.
Synopsis: The series takes place in the near future, when it is possible to instantaneously measure and quantify a person’s state of mind and personality. This information is recorded and processed, and the term “Psycho-Pass” refers to a standard used to measure an individual’s being. The story centers around the “enforcement officer” Shinya Kougami, who is tasked with managing crime in such a world.
In the future, it is possible to quantitatively measure a person’s emotions, desires, and every inclination. In this way, it is also possible to measure a person’s criminal tendency factor, which is used to judge criminals.
This is the story of a team of policemen dedicated to maintaining public order. Some of them work in the Enforcement Division, responsible for the apprehension of criminals, while others belong to the Supervisory Division which oversees their colleagues in Enforcement.
With a second season on the way and its first anime already licensed in North America, Psycho-Pass is sure to impress all the police action loving fans, in more ways than one. To begin with, Psycho-Pass starts off with a very strong concept – Utopia. The world of Psycho-Pass is another, more modern version of how Utopia could be achieved within a society, and the moral implications that come with it. This concept turns the show into a very strong Seinen, with heavy themes and a storyline which is certain to captivate the more mature audience.
Moving outside of this frame, however, Psycho-Pass also possesses many characteristics of being a bad ass anime that doesn’t require all that subplot for it to be awesome. With strong characters, a very good antagonist and an anti hero which is sure to catch your eye, the show is not only intellectually challenging but also very entertaining to watch. The action scenes are great, the storyline is packed with awesome cliffhangers, and the end of the season will leave you hanging like no tomorrow. Thankfully, the second season is about to come out in Fall, so new viewers won’t have to wait long for it to come out.
Synopsis: Haruka Ozawa’s sophomore year is getting seriously scary. One of her friends is possessed, another has committed suicide and Haruka could be the next one to flunk the still-breathing test. Her only way out of this potentially lethal dead end? Yakumo Saito, an enigmatic student born with a mysterious red eye that allows him to see and communicate with the dead. But the deceased don’t always desist and some killers are more than ready to kill again to keep dead men from telling any more tales. That doesn’t stop Haruka’s knack for digging up buried secrets, and there’s even more evidence of bodies being exhumed by both Yakumo’s police contact and an investigative journalist with a newly made corpse in her closet! Can this pair of anything but normal paranormal detectives solve the ultimate dead case files or will they end up in cold storage themselves?
As a show that did not get as much attention as it should have, Psychic Detective Yakumo seems to be rather underground, and yet stands out pretty well as a detective show, especially considering it came out in a time when detective anime was not at its most popular. The show’s main strong point relies on its intricate and confusing storyline, which requires to pay attention to everything that is going on all at once and to not miss a beat in order to follow. Although it asks for a lot of attention to watch, Psychic Detective Yakumo is a mystery that is sure to captivate you to the max,
**Thanks to MAL for the summaries and info!**