Have to admit, I had a bit of misconception going into this show. I thought it was going to be an episodic whoddunit murder mystery, based on the works of one of the most decorated Japanese mystery novelists ever. Well, technically that’s not really wrong, but Game of Laplace production team isn’t content to be a straightforward mystery show or a direct adaptation. Instead, it executed an impressive range of stuff during the course of its mere 11 episodes; murder mystery, yes, but it also wanted to be a genre satire, a contemporary social commentary on crime and justice, an outright absurd comedy, and an overarching suspense melodrama revolving around radical re-invention and modern updates on Ranpo Edogawa’s iconic characters and plot devices. Complemented with a bevvy of visual metaphors and heavy themes, the show has ambition and reach that extended beyond my expectation.
Too bad the writing’s a complete trainwreck.