After some advice from Hattori and some stalking, Ashirogi Muto comes up with a brilliant new idea

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KTM’s setting was too complicated for shounen which is half the reason why Hattori wanted them to do a simple fantasy. The other reason is because there was no humour in KTM, not the silly kind of humour, but rather serious humour. In that it’s something funny that happens seriously that isn’t intentionally trying to make the audience laugh. It would be amazing to do it deliberately, and Hattori believes Takagi can. And coupled with Mashiro’s serious art, it’ll work extremely well together.

This is all the advice Hattori gives. He says he looks forward to it and takes his leave.

With Otters 11’s anime release Hiramaru wants to take a break, but Yoshida gets him back on track by offering to tell him bits of information about Aoki if he draws. For this week, he tells him that she likes Earl Grey. And just with that Hiramaru agrees to continue drawing.

One night at Takagi’s house he suddenly thinks of something and the next day he calls Mashiro out and the two decide to follow Hattori around all day, sneakily. Takagi’s not sure why, but he thinks if he does this he’ll be able to come up with an idea.

They follow Hattori to work at the editorial department and see familiar faces coming in and out of the building. Hattori comes out later and they follow him to a book store where he buys some book about women and relationships. He then goes to a café where he meets Iwase for a meeting.

A few minutes into the meeting Iwase suddenly stands up and asks if Hattori thinks she looks pretty. Unable to hold their laughter, Takagi and Mashiro leave. He then heads to a bar with Yujiro and Miura where the three talk about how great they think Ashirogi Muto is.

After all that tailing, Takagi has an idea for their next story, a perfect crime manga.

The story goes, that a boy is interested in perfect crimes, but not actual crimes, the example Takagi gives is that the boy observes the pencil case of the person sitting next to him, what type of pencil case, the condition it’s in, the pencils in it, the condition of the rubber etc and he creates a perfect replica and is satisfied when the person doesn’t notice the change. He’ll then notice others doing the same thing and form a club, a perfect crime club. Mashiro likes the idea.

After coming home exhausted, Kaya tells him that she’s going to Azuki’s house in a few days for her birthday and she’s bought her a one piece dress. That gives Takagi an idea for a perfect crime and so he calls Mashiro out. They sneak in whilst Kaya’s sleeping later that night and Mashiro’s phone suddenly starts to ring, but luckily Kaya doesn’t wake up.

Their perfect crime was making a replica of the box that Kaya used for her present to store Mashiro’s present to Azuki and replace it with the box that Kaya’s giving to Azuki and deliver Kaya’s present separately. Azuki calls Mashiro and is very happy with her present.

Thoughts

A perfect crime manga, that’s interesting, kids do always want to do things like that and it is a rather ‘satisfying’ thing to do for perfectionists too. It’s something that plays on children’s mentality to do ‘cool’ things, y’know being detectives, being infamous criminals that sort of thing. It also encourages the ‘hardwork gives success’ concept that a lot of children lack these days, although probably best not to go there as it’s only a manga. But yes, I personally would read it, although my reason would be for what ‘perfect crimes’ Takagi comes up with. In that way it also appeals to the older generation because of the cleverness of plots. Reminds me very much of detective conan/case closed, I started watching that very young and watched it because I thought that young group of detectives, don’t know the name in English or Japanese as I watched it in Mandarin Chinese, but you know who I mean, the one with Conan, the skinny guy, the big guy and the girl. I enjoyed watching their group because I thought it’d be fun to set up something like that at my school, that never happened… but I still watch it now because of the thought and cleverness of the murder plots, although I have to admit a few are becoming a little repetitive. However my point is, this sort of manga appeals to all ages, is nicely done and fits shounen well.

That’s my analysis of Perfect Crime Club. I’m certain that it’ll be serialised. If they don’t there’s not much of a story left… I think they’ll end this season when this new manga is serialised.

Again I’m impressed with Hattori’s insight. Serious humour is indeed good, they’re the humour that always catches you off guard as Hattori pointed out Hiramaru probably never intended that scene to be funny, so when it is it’s even funnier, i.e. something funny that is unexpected is funnier because a part of humour is the unexpected nature of it.

Ashirogi Muto didn’t disappoint Hattori’s expectations this time. Surely this one will take the manga world by storm. Well by shounen manga standards it more than likely will do, or at least to a slightly lesser extent.

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