Fragglepuss Anime Review 125: The Perfect Insider / Subete ga F ni Naru

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The Perfect Insider / Subete ga F ni Naru

Review By: John Fragglepuss Evans

Genre: Drama, Psychological, Murder Mystery

First Aired: Fall 2015, 11 episodes

Summary: Genius programmer Shiki Magata has been living in isolation at a research facility on a solitary island since she was a girl. Nagono University associate professor Souhei Saikawa and Moe Nishinosono wish to meet Shiki in person. They visit the facility and almost instantly get caught up in a murderous game. The two work together to solve the mystery of what appears to be a serial murder case.

I am not completely sure how I feel about The Perfect Insider. There are times that the anime is intriguing and enjoyable, but other times it feels slow and boring. The characters are interesting in how they seem like real people. They have their imperfections and are far from perfect. The first episode introduces Souhei and Moe in a way that makes you understand who they are without having to explain a lot. The characters are explained through their actions. Combining the imperfect characters with the realism of animation makes the series feel more like a live-action show as opposed to an anime.

The plot of The Perfect Insider is geared toward those that enjoy mystery, psychology and philosophy. The ideas presented require full attention to understand and follow. Be prepared to pay attention from start to finish, otherwise you will likely get lost and have to rewind the episode. As I mentioned before, a lot of explanations are seen through non-verbal communication, so watching the entire episode is crucial to its understanding.

You might enjoy this if: You are ready for a complex story with multiple layers, kind of like peeling an onion.

You might not like it if: You do not want to feel like you are watching a book.

Note to the Viewer: If the series feels like a novel, that’s because it is. The Perfect Insider was originally a mystery novel by Hiroshi Mori. It was adopted into a manga, a visual novel, a live-action drama, and then an anime.

The Perfect Insider Opening – Talking by KANA-BOON

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