20 Sep 2021 12:55 PM +00:00 UTC

Will There Be a Season 2 of The Detective Is Already Dead? Here's What We Expect to Happen After Season 1 Ends

The Detective Is Already Dead started off as one of the most hyped anime of the Summer 2021 anime season – and rightly so, as the light novel that it's based on won the 15th MF Bunko J newcomer award when it first commenced publication in 2019. The 12-episode anime adaptation has been received less favorably, with fans proclaiming that the hype died before we got the chance to find out how the titular detective did. So, could there be a Season 2 of The Detective Is Already Dead?

The newest Studio ENGI project follows the notoriously unlucky Kimizuka Kimihiko, who witnesses events he should not wherever he goes. When a mysterious white-haired girl named Siesta drags him on a mission to save the plane where they're both passengers from being hijacked, Kimizuka is dragged on a 3-year journey as the legendary detective's sidekick.

The anime is interesting in its attempt to combine mystery with sci-fi and body horrors, often bordering towards the new weird genre. However, it doesn't do an equally good job at convincing us that we should care. The Detective Is Already Dead would have us believe that the underage Kimizuka and Siesta are both allowed to gallivant around the globe solving sci-fi mysteries and no one ever bats an eyelid.

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Given the nature of many speculative works with young main characters, disbelief can be suspended in that regard, if we at least had an adequate reason to believe that Kimi and Siesta have good motivation for what they're doing. Siesta does have her own aspiration to be a detective before she even meets Kimizuka, but, as we see the story through his own eyes, she does feel like a manic pixie dream girl type who makes the male protagonist's life more interesting and colorful.

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Making matters worse is, of course, the fact that Siesta isn't even the only girl who has this effect on Kimizuka. Nagisa pretty easily drags him back into his former life (for reasons that make sense in-universe, but still) and Alicia becomes too much of a morality pet for him to stand on her own.

Kimizuka himself is a very generic protagonist that gives off the same feel like many, many others before him, and the girls surrounding him aren't much more interesting with only a couple of standard personality traits each. The finale might yet surprise us, but too many things here feel like a lost opportunity.

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Does this tell anything about The Detective Is Already Dead Season 2? Not much, as no Season 2 has been announced yet, but if we were to make an informed guess, the anime feels like an invitation to read the manga and light novel, rather than something that can be sustainable in the long process.

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With only 6.84/10 on MyAnimeList at the time of writing, we think that other, more popular anime will be prioritized for expansion, though, of course, things might change in the future. Should any new content is announced, we'll be sure to let you know!

Meanwhile, To Your Eternity Season 2 has been confirmed.