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Mikeneko Holmes no Suiri Ep 11 Review

Posted on: June 24th, 2012 by tylerraiz 2 Comments

This is the final episode of Mikeneko Holmes no Suiri (三毛猫ホームズの推理), and continues the story that began in the previous episode. If you haven’t seen episode 10 yet, this review contains significant spoilers. Otherwise, I will, as usual, keep the spoilers to a minimum.

Mikeneko Holmes Title

When we last left our hero, Katayama Yoshitaro (Aiba Masaki), he had just saved the life of convicted killer Kaneda (Jinnai Takanori) who had just escaped from prison, blocking the aim of a police sniper. This was the downside to what, up to that point, had been exceptional police work from him.


Mikeneko Holmes no Suiri Ep 10 Review

Posted on: June 19th, 2012 by tylerraiz No Comments

Mikeneko Holmes no Suiri (三毛猫ホームズの推理) is a detective drama featuring Aiba Masaki as a cop who’s afraid of blood, heights, and women. In other words, he’s hopeless as a homicide detective – at least, he is until he meets a cat named Holmes. I’m sure you knew all that, since we’re almost at the end of the series, but it’s amazing how little this series has deviated from its premise. It’s true that Aiba-kun’s character, Katayama Yoshitaro, has gained some confidence over the course of the series, and looks like he wants to remain a detective, but has he really earned the right to be confident?

Mikeneko Holmes Opening

Well, let’s take a fresh look at that question with this episode. Let’s ask ourselves, is Yoshitaro a detective, or is he entirely reliant on the abilities of others?

We begin with a prison break:

Prison Break

Then we jump to the Katayama household, where Yoshitaro is trying hard to get over the absence of Holmes, and is nearly brought to tears at the sight of a cat on TV.


Mikeneko Holmes no Suiri Ep 09 Review

Posted on: June 12th, 2012 by tylerraiz No Comments

This is the second episode in a two-part mystery with three murders in the first part.

Murder 2Murder 3

Thankfully, there are still plenty of suspects, not the least of which is the one that the police have actually arrested – Tomomi (Okamoto Rei):


She has deliberately tried to get friendly with Katayama Yoshitaro (Aiba Masaki), our hapless detective, but he has valiantly kept her at arm’s length, even when she pleaded for him to believe in her as she was being hauled away:


Mikeneko Holmes no Suiri Ep 08 Review

Posted on: June 11th, 2012 by tylerraiz No Comments

Somehow, I managed to miss reviewing this episode last week, so I’ll be following with episode 9 close on the heels of this article. I think I started to watch it, but got discouraged, because Katayama Yoshitaro (Aiba Masaki) got off to a totally sad start this time, and I’ve spent the whole series hoping we’d get some growth out of him.

What are we going to do with him?

I guess the setting for the beginning didn’t really help. He’s accompanying the chief, who has to do a presentation at a all-girl university and . . . I think you see where this is going. Naturally, the chief trips up . . . .

Chief Takes a Spill

. . .  and Katayama has to give the presentation in his place. Paralyzed from fear at being in front of so many girls at once (I swear, I thought he was over this), he trips, too – except he does it on stage:


Mikeneko Holmes no Suiri Ep 07 Review

Posted on: June 2nd, 2012 by tylerraiz No Comments

Wow, I’m really late with this review. Sorry about that – I’m sort of involved with the stock market and it’s been really interesting the past few days. If you see me taking longer times to get episode reviews up, you can be pretty sure that stocks are moving very quickly (which usually means they’re moving down).

Mikeneko Holmes Title

When we last left Katayama Yoshitaro (played by Aiba Masaki), he was still insufferably hapless and was still soft-heartedly trusting the woman everyone else recognized as the prime suspect. His innate kindness keeps him from actually getting killed by the suspect, and in the previous case led her to surrender, but it makes it hard for us to appreciate him as a detective rather than a, say, psychiatrist.

Aiba Thinking

At the same time, all the characters around Katayama – especially his family members, but also the police chief – are developing smoothly and taking on more serious roles. So, while he’s standing still, everyone else is moving forward, making it appear like he’s falling behind.

I like the show overall, but in every episode I watch to see if Katayama will really improve and get disappointed. How will it turn out this time?


Mikeneko Holmes no Suiri Ep 06 Review

Posted on: May 22nd, 2012 by tylerraiz No Comments

This episode continues the case from Episode 5.

When we last left the most inept detective on the planet, he was on his last case, with his resignation letter already accepted. We had also discovered right at the end of the episode that, as expected, Tsugawa Junko (played by Kichise Michiko) was not to be trusted. We had already guessed that because she was hitting on Katayama Yoshitaro (played by Aiba Masaki) rather forcefully and, of course, any character played by Kichise-san is automatically suspect. In any case, she knocked out Katayama’s sister Harumi, so at the beginning of this episode, we find the main characters waiting in a hospital:

At the Hospital

Though Harumi seems to be all right, if a bit pissed:

Harumi Walks Out

The family leaves the hapless Yoshitaro behind – presenting their thoughts directly to the chief:


Mikeneko Holmes no Suiri Ep 05 Review

Posted on: May 16th, 2012 by tylerraiz No Comments

We get a bit of a surprise at the start of this episode – the chief finally accepts Katayama Yoshitaro’s resignation letter!

Accepting the Resignation

If you haven’t been keeping track of this show, shame on you, but let me explain: our main character is the most incompetent police detective that has ever walked the beat, and he’s been trying to resign since the first episode. His brother and sister have so far maneuvered to prevent it, going so far as giving him help with his cases, but the real reason he’s been able to hold on was the help of a cat named Holmes who has pointed out the vital piece of the puzzle in every case.

Holmes is in Charge

Have Katayama’s recent successes given him the confidence to rescind his resignation? Well, frankly, after the fiasco of the last case, where people got murdered left and right while he blubbered, it’s hard to believe his confidence is all that high.

Well, events contrive to complicate matters (of course):