Perhaps this ought to be an anime review of Perfect Crime Party?
The anime staff did an excellent job at brining to life the manga, PCP. The voice actors they chose and its colored scenes really worked well. In fact, this was a perfect adaptation of the source that was actually more enhanced here. Sure, it wasn’t animated like the Detective Trap, Crow, or the +Natural anime scene of this season, but it still was very pleasing.
The ending showed just how much love and care Shujin and Saiko give to PCP every week. The quality of this arc in relation to other scenes we’ve seen of PCP has never been better. It may have taken him several days and many sleepless nights to think of the plot, but meeting his rival and wanting to solve a mystery himself was a good lesson to leave with viewers. I really enjoyed how the ending worked and how the PCP shouted their name and then quickly left. What other mysteries will we see from PCP later on?
The ratings showed that they did in fact improve and beat out +Natural with a few votes. Unfortunately, they came up two votes short of Crow; however; it was still an accomplishment worth celebrating. Fortunately, editor in chief Sasaki saw that they managed to create a good series and rewarded them by not cancelling. Overall, this was a great closing to this arc with them getting a new and popular manga that they themselves thought of. It brings them one step closer to their dreams.
Great things happened all around for Ashirogi Muto and it just made me feel good. Animation and novel proposals came up, they were able too choose the VA of their heroine in PCP for the drama CD, and they had good ratings. Life was good for them this episode. For us watchers, it was equivalent to one of those cool-down periods after a battle-intense arc in any popular shonen battle series. It was worth it and necessary.
One issue I had was with Hattori and how he handled the aspect of Ashirogi Muto’s plan to get an anime. I do not think he needed to be all that harsh about it. It is even more shocking of a statement for him to make considering that PCP has actually been getting proposals; however, Sasaki seemed to be keeping them under the rug and away from everyone else. It really showed just how much in control these people are and how limited the information they bring to Ashirogi Muto can be. What reason is there to even deny them of an anime at this point in time? Or is it an impossibility; something that would never happen in real life? If we take that line of thinking, then it is kind of a vain and artificial way to prolong this series.
Overall, it was an enjoyable episode. It may not have had much of a suspenseful or dramatic take on the things happening in the lives of Ashirogi Muto, however, it was fun. The new arc introduced at the end of the episode seems like it has potential to cause a rift in Ashirogi Muto. It does look to appear as if it may cause Saiko to evolve his skills, so it is an arc the is worth watching.
GO Rating: 4/5