Just the other day I was considering that I haven’t reviewed “visions” on the blog for a while; having recently finished an anime that I really liked, I take this opportunity to talk about it.
The anime in question is Fugou Keiji Balance: Unlimited (in English: The Millionaire Detective – Balance: UNLIMITED), inspired by the novel Fugou Keiji.
Plot: Inspired by Yasutaka Tsutsui’s best-selling investigative novel series Fugou Keiji, the story focuses on millionaire Daisuke Kambe, the heir to one of Japan’s wealthiest families, who is assigned as an investigator to the Modern Crime Prevention Task Force. (aka MCPTF), at the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department. By making the most of his family’s vast fortune, he spares the expense of solving complex crimes and has a tendency to value everything, including the lives of individual humans, in terms of their monetary value. Haru Kato, an investigator with a compassionate heart who believes that money isn’t everything, is chosen as Kambe’s mate but is disgusted by his materialistic attitude. Having diametrically opposite personalities, he watches as the two join forces to face seemingly unsolvable crimes and mysteries!
Now that you all know what we’re talking about, let’s move on to the actual review!
Review: I met this anime through Instagram when, one day, some frames of the episodes appeared among the proposed contents (you know, when you are watching something and suddenly Instagram shows you a similar one that you might like, continuing to scroll down?). It sounded interesting, so I recovered the first two episodes before the summer. Then there was the interruption due to Covid-19, so I had to wait, but now the season is all out, so if you choose to watch it, you won’t be forced to wait.
My first impression was that it reminded me of the television series Lucifer, only in this anime it is the protagonist’s money that contributes to the resolution of the case and not his supernatural ability. Other similarities are found in the elegant attire, the convertible, the dark hair, the air of superiority and his companion, a lighter-haired investigator, fallen from grace after a mistake on a case, who at first can’t stand it. , but then she learns to like it as they both get to know each other and discover that the other is tolerable. All of which is to say that if you enjoyed that series, you should give this anime a chance.
It is important to point out that it is not a “serious” series: many situations are ridiculous, bordering on the absurd, but they make you laugh, as long as you take them as they come without thinking too much (otherwise, if you have to make people series, one wonders why Daisuke has not solved world hunger and does not come out anymore). To make this absurd realistic, however, it was nice to see the count of how much had been spent at the end of each episode; if you want to play “the 4 restaurants”, you can ask yourself ‘how much will you have spent?’ before reaching the end and see if you have guessed right.
Further note of merit to the titles of the episodes: beautiful and very funny. We just had to watch another episode just to find out what it was called.
I don’t want to spoil you about the story (also because it is already short on its own, all things considered), but I can assure you that the twists are not lacking. At the beginning it seems that the anime is composed of detached episodes in which the case is solved and that’s it, however, with episode 5, in the middle of the season, there is a change: the horizontal plot meshes and we arrive at the ending that , personally, I didn’t really expect it, but that, for this reason, I really liked it. Even the secondary characters deserve: some may be found less tolerable than others, but no one is mere outline and all collaborate and contribute to the resolution of cases; a note that I would make concerns Suzue who I find too helpful towards Daisuke, this makes it difficult for me to understand what relationship exists between them.
In the last episode, the anime ends, the great mystery is solved and the circle comes full circle. Nonetheless, in my opinion, there are still some unanswered questions and, therefore, material for (at least) a second season. If they really don’t want to get involved in inventing a new horizontal plot, I would be content with even just seeing these two puppies solve a different case every episode. I mean, just give me more Daisuke in any way to make me happy.
That’s all. I hope I convinced you to watch the anime. I remind you that there are only 11 episodes of about twenty (25 at most?) Of minutes each, for a total of about 4 hours … Not even a quarter of a day and it would be time really well spent, trust me!