• Titles: The Millionaire Detective – Balance: UNLIMITED
  • Genre: Action, comedy, mystery, science fiction
  • Episodes: 11
  • Studio: CloverWorks

Money can open a lot of doors. Enough money might be able to open any door in fact. But you still can’t buy what truly matters in life. Like integrity or friendship. Daisuke Kambe might have been able to get everything he wants up until now. Even went as far as to secure a place for himself at the Modern Crime Prevention Task Force of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department despite not having any prior training or experience. But can his vast resources get him any further than that? Will he be able to secure the cooperation of the other agents and solve the crime that has been haunting him all his life? After all, these aren’t things you can simply throw money at. Or maybe they are…

I remember when this was airing. Quite a few of my fellow bloggers were fairly entertained by the season and I was rather jealous that I didn’t have FUNimation at the time. Let’s just say, it was one of the first titles I added to my watch list when I expanded my streaming services.

I can’t resist a sweet guy…

Production

CloverWorks have been putting out some visually pleasing anime lately. Well, visually pleasing for me at least. I looked it up and their 2021 releases that I have watched are the second season of TPN, Horimiya, Shadows House and Wonder Egg priority. I really liked the look of all of those. Maybe I should keep an eye on the studio more!

I have to say, Millionnaire Detective is no exception. It’s the type of character design that I really like and both the animation and art consistency were really good. The only nitpick I have is that some of the CG effects didn’t mesh very well and might have looked a bit cheap in comparison with the rest. Otherwise, it was a good production.

This said it wasn’t exactly an interesting production. I did quite like the candy colours of the first episode but that palette didn’t get used for the rest of the season. So it’s more of a solid production but if you don’t like the designs, you’ll probably forget about it pretty quickly.

maybe it was just the pink hair that made an impression on me

Story & Characters

And that’s sort of what I would have to say about the show as a whole. I found it very fun but also forgettable. I don’t have any actual complaints. I thought the characters were endearing enough, properly developed and their progression and arcs made sense. I thought the individual cases were entertaining and the comedy mostly landed for me. Sure, by the latter episodes when we finally get into Kambe’s past, it gets pretty convoluted. However, as The Millionnaire Detective clearly wasn’t taking itself seriously up until then, the convoluted aspects come off more as wacky fun than anything else.

However, I would also say it’s a show that’s likely to be very much up to personal taste. The cases are fun. They are told with humour and very good pacing and most of them include a lot of action. But that mystery label may be a bit misleading. The show inst written in a way that urges you to figure out for yourself what’s going on. It’s not littered with clues for you to follow. And so, it’s not likely to hook viewers because they want to find out the answers.

Also, the characters are somewhat archetypes with straightforward personalities. Not a ton of nuance. If you like those archetypes, then great! If you don’t, it’s going to be tedious. I have a feeling that someone who’s annoyed by either Kambe or Katou, the two leads, will quickly come to hate everything about the series. It’s two-focused and straightforward for a viewer to find something else to concentrate on.

but why wouldn’t you like them? – wait don’t answer that

Although, The Millionaire Detect has a 76% rating on AniList. AniList tends to be a bit harsher with the ratings usually so 76% is pretty good. And for a show with an overwhelmingly male cast that’s actually kind of great. I’m not saying this to say the show was good because it got a decent rating. Personally, I find the aggregator ratings baffling most of the time and I really don’t think they are much of an indicator for individuals to go by. But they do give me a general idea of how the wider audience felt about an anime. And it seems most people enjoyed it just like I did.

All in all, I would call The Millionaire Detective, fun but forgettable. The conceit of unlimited resources is entertaining and allows the writers to add in all these bonkers gadgets and wacky concepts but it doesn’t really stand up to any scrutiny. And generally speaking, it’s the sort of show you just have to go along with in order to enjoy. However, if you don’t mind suspending disbelief, it’s a fun ride.

You might like this anime if:

You like the character designs! You want a light crime comedy that’s not too demanding.

My favourite character:

Suzue! Who else wants a Suzue lead spinoff???

Suggested drink:

what else? A Millionaire

  • Every time we hear Kambe’s theme – be impressed
  • Every time the Modern Crime Prevention Task Force gets left out – take a sip
  • Every time Katou gets angry – call him Tsundere
  • Every time someone says “balance unlimited” – raise your glass
  • Every time we see Kambe’s grandmother – take a sip
  • Every time there’s an earring close-up – take a sip
  • Every time the division 1 guys are being rude – huff!
  • Every time Kambe loses his cool – gasp!
  • Every time Saeki offers snacks – get a snack
  • Every time Katou has a drink – join him
  • Every time the police doesn’t seem to particular about following due process – shake your head
  • Every time there’s a flashback to Katou’s trauma – take a sip
  • Every time Katou is into Suzuke – agree

I save all my screencaps on my Pinterest and you can find more there if you are interested. But I still like to show you a few in the post. If you’re like me, screencaps are something that really helps you decide to watch an anime or not.

4 thoughts

  1. I liked this fine enough while it was airing, but a lot of the fanbase, I remember, was in it for Kambe and Kato shipping, if not just Kambe himself…

    “Millionaire” is a quirk of the English version only – the Japanese version refers to him as the “wealthy detective”. If you do wanna get technical about it though, being a millionaire means Kambe’s net worth must be a million Japanese yen or more (although at least one definition I saw had it in USD instead).

    1. Even if it was in USD, a million wouldn’t be enough to get him through the first episode, let alone a million yen. This guy has a large national budget at his disposal.

  2. I remember watching a few episodes of this series last year, and I wasn’t a huge fan. The rich guy was just annoying to me, and he seemed to have a lot more money than just being a millionaire. Just about everyone in the show seemed to be easily bought, even random bystanders that will evidently allow their sports car to be stolen for the right price. I know it’s not a popular opinion, but no matter how I tried to just laugh off the antics of the rich guy, he still annoyed me. I didn’t bother finishing the series.

    1. That proves my hunch that if you don’t like the main characters, there’s not much else to go on! It’s nice to finally have confirmation because I just go on wild guesses

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