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Review: Agatha Christie’s Great Detectives Poirot and Marple

Meet Hercule Poirot with his "little grey cells"and the kindly but shrewd Miss Marple.
Mabel West, daughter of mystery writer Raymond West, longs to be a great detective. When her father forbids her from leaving school, she rebels by moving to London to become the assistant of Hercule Poirot, a famous Belgian detective. Reluctantly, her father allows her to study with Poirot but only under the condition that she occasionally visits her great-aunt, Miss Jane Marple.

While each of the cases are mostly episodic in nature, it is still a pretty good detective series. The anime stays very close to Agatha Christie’s classic novels. (As a side note, the first novel featuring Poirot was published in 1920 and the last novel featuring Miss Marple was published in 1976.) Poirot tends to solve his cases through deductive reasonings and Miss Marple’s cases tend to focus on human nature. Fifteen episodes into the series, we still haven’t learned much about the characters themselves. Instead the episodes focus solely on solving the case. Once in awhile, a small fact about a character slips out but it is usually something mentioned in passing.

Overall, I really like the show. It doesn’t require tons of thought, unless you want to attempt to solve the mysteries, and it’s entertaining. However, it may not be everyone’s cup of tea. There is no character development, which may annoy some people. We don’t know anything more about the characters at episode 15 than we did at episode 1. There is also no real plotline. Some of the cases span two or three episodes but then it’s back to one case per episode. Of course, this forces the viewer to focus on the cases individually instead of looking for something deeper. Detective Academy Q may be a better fit for most anime fans but if you really like mysteries, this one won’t fail either.

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