I randomly started watching this anime after seeing a rather funny clip from it. I was expecting to see a funny episodic series with no major story to speak of but, I was surprised when it actually had a story in the second half. Not only that, the story itself was pretty decent as well. I have to say, I was not expecting that at all and it made me like this anime even more.
You have read the title; you know we are talking about Millionaire Detective: Balance Unlimited this week. This anime genuinely managed to surprise me and I love how this anime doesn’t stick with the usual clichés when it comes to the characters. So let’s get into all the juicy details.
Millionaire Detective anime is based on an actual novel (not LN) by Yasutaka Tsutsui. The novel also had 2 live-action adaptations made all the way back in 2006. This anime came out during the peak time of the pandemic last year so, its first episode aired, and then it was delayed. It finally started airing again (with the first episode) on 17th July 2020. Millionaire Detective has 11 episodes, making it just a bit short of a full cour.
Millionaire Detective appears as your average OP protagonist anime at first only here the protagonist has money rather than IQ or strength. But, I assure you the second half of the series is really good and is not as episodic and random as the first half. It is amazing how much character development they achieved in just 11 episodes. The first half serves to build the background for the second half of the story.
Millionaire Detective follows Kanbe Daisuke who joins the Modern Crime Prevention HQ as a detective. He is paired up with Katou Haru who is the complete opposite to Kanbe in matters and he believes in ideal justice. Hence, he doesn’t like Kanbe’s “throw money at people’s face first, ask questions later” attitude. Even though they have this difference in thinking, they both work really well together.
The first half of Millionaire Detective has episodic cases it introduces us to all characters and gives us their backgrounds before slowly luring us into the second half. The second half of the story focuses on Kanbe trying to solve the mystery of his mother’s death and what his family is plotting. It gets much more complicated than that and at the end, there is a rather unexpected plot twist waiting for you.
Out of the 2 main characters in Millionaire Detective Haru and Kanbe; I like Kanbe more. He is so cool all the time even when he is close to death, his throwing money attitude never changes throughout the series. That is what makes him different from your usual protagonists. Earlier in the story, he seems distant and it feels like he joined the agency just for some fun but, slowly he warms up and his true intentions are revealed.
I like how Kanbe is not your usual shonen protagonist and the series does not force us to see him as one either. The other main character in Millionaire Detective, Katou Haru is really well written as well. He suffers from PTSD due to past incidents, he slowly overcomes that throughout the series and he also grows to like Kanbe despite hating him at first.
Millionaire Detective has slightly above-average animations. It is made by Clover Works so you can kind of guess what sort of animations quality you are getting. The opening and ending themes are really, really good though that is for sure.
Why you should watch Millionaire Detective
Quick pointers on why you should check out this anime
- Really good plot despite seeming like a comedy at first
- Some really cool plot twists
- Easy to get into
- Really short
- Awesome opening and ending themes
That is it for now. I really suggest you check out Millionaire Detective, if nothing it is really fun to watch. The dynamic between Haru and Kanbe is really well done. Well, with that said, I will take my leave here. See ya!!