It’s a warm detective story with wide-ranging and random stories that fill the soul.
This review of the Netflix anime series Case Closed: Zero’s Tea Time season 1 does not contain spoilers.
Netflix really does enjoy the anime market, and while it isn’t a Crunchyroll-level of library depth, platforming the spin-off to Detective Conan, Japan’s longest-running anime franchise, is undoubtedly a dub if I’ve ever seen one. Coming to Netflix with a bite-sized six chapters, I looked forward to zoning out and seeing some adventures after tea time.
Oh, and did I enjoy it! While the story is not the most grabbing (I’ve watched a lot of anime), Case Closed: Zero’s Tea Time is charming and fun and managed to capture my imagination. The premise follows Rei Furuya (aka Tooru Amuro), who works at a cafe during the day and is a triple agent detective at night — he’s mentored under Mouri and enjoys working under the detective agency. Season 1 is split into six different stories as Rei figures out a range of small-time missions while engaging in some wholesome personal developments. He’s a character of spinning plates — an easy engageable workaholic.
Of course, bite-sized is all audiences will get. The anime series is short, sweet, and harmless. For material that is so popular, I did wonder when Netflix will announce further parts, but for now, we get this, and I am not complaining.
Rei Furuya is a character with plenty of pleasures; simple at heart but is able to kickstart into action mode when he pleases. One minute he can be enjoying waiting tables, the next, he’s running down the street after a fugitive. I think that’s what makes the anime series so heartfelt; it’s not too dark, but it is not too light either. It’s a warm detective story with wide-ranging and random stories that fill the soul.
Until next time Case Closed: Zero’s Tea Time.
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