Mystery (351)

Whether its solving a crime or finding an explanation for a puzzling circumstance, the main cast willingly or reluctantly become investigators who must work to answer the who, what, why, and/or how of the current dilemma. The narrative of mystery stories is always on collecting evidence, identifying suspects, and theorizing possible scenarios for the unexplainable, before finally capturing the perpetrator or resolving the current situation. Almost always, the audience has the same information as the main characters and anticipation is directed towards discovering the explanation, not what will transpire after the answer is found. Contrast with Suspense or Horror where often the audience has more information than the cast, which heightens the tension or fear of what will happen next.

AR∀GO: London Shikei Tokushu Hanzai Sousakan

Arai, Takahiro 2023
The story centers around two twins, Arago and Yuan, whose parents were slaughtered by monsters. Years later, the vengeful Arago crosses paths with Yuan, who has since become a police officer, just as blood begins to flow again in the streets of London.

(Source: ANN)
Dec 22, 2009 to Sep 21, 2011 | 85 chp | Publishing

Shinigami-sama ni Saigo no Onegai wo

2023
Aida Shizuka is three days from being executed for cruelly murdering his family when a shinigami comes to visit him. It's his little sister Hibiki, who has come to make sure his soul goes to hell! Hibiki has another job on this trip as well, granting the final wish of a girl with heart disease, and she drags her condemned brother along with her. Soon, it becomes apparent that people are not as simple as they may seem, and even Shizuka's guilt is uncertain. Hibiki and Shizuka promise to search together for the truth about their family's death, and they won't let life, death, or trouble in the afterlife get in their way!

(Source: MangaHelpers)
Oct 22, 2009 to Mar 22, 2011 | 18 chp | Publishing

Shinrei Tantei Yakumo

Kaminaga, ManabuOda, Suzuka 2023
Shinrei Tantei Yakumo tells a story of a college student, Saitou Yakumo, who was born with different eye colors. His red left eye gives him the special ability to see ghosts and spirits. He believes ghosts and spirits are bound to earth because of a certain 'cause' and simply eliminating that 'cause' will let those spirits will rest in peace. Being asked for help by Ozawa Haruka, they begin the investigation together.

(Source: Fateful Encounters)
Jun 24, 2009 to Jun 24, 2016 | 65 chp | Publishing

Ookamikakushi: Keshimurasaki no Shou

Yabuguchi, Kuroko 2023
A 16-year-old boy, Hiroshi Kuzumi, has recently moved into a new town in the mountains. The town is separated into new and old streets by the river, and many mysterious local cultures still remain. Although confused and enjoying his new life, one person kept her distance from him: class committee member Kushinada Nemura. In their few encounters she gave him a word of advice: "Stay away from the old streets.

(Source: Wikipedia)
Dec 28, 2009 to Nov 4, 2010 | 11 chp | Publishing

Judge

Tonogai, Yoshiki 2023
Hiroyuki "Hiro" Sakurai is jealous that his brother Atsuya is dating his childhood crush, Hikari. However, his envious ways lead to the unintentional killing of his brother. Two years later, Hiro finds himself handcuffed in a pitch-black room, wearing a rabbit mask, and unsure of his captor's identity. Suddenly, eight other people in animal masks enter the room, and "Judge" commences: a twisted game where nine participants must judge each other's sins and decide who will be spared from death—and only four can leave. Aside from his own survival, Hiro needs to figure out who he can trust, why he was chosen to participate, and how his actions impact those around him.

[Written by Animeranku Rewrite]
Jan 12, 2010 to Aug 11, 2012 | 32 chp | Publishing

Shin Jigoku ShoujoNew Hell Girl

Etou, Miyuki 2023
Oct 3, 2008 to Jul 3, 2009 | 10 chp | Publishing

Denpa-teki na Kanojo

Katayama, KentarouYamamoto, Ya 2023
Juuzawa Juu is a delinquent high school boy who just wants to be left alone. One day, he is approached by Ochibana Ame, who claims that she knew him in a previous life, and now wants to serve him as his "knight". At first Juu wants nothing to do with Ame, but after a classmate is murdered, he accepts her help as he looks for the killer.
(Source: ANN)
Sep 22, 2004 to Jul 22, 2005 | 21 chp | Publishing

Paradox Blue

Nakanishi, Tatsurounini 2023
"What is the boundary between game and reality."

The world is in danger. Strange juggernauts called "Angels" have started to appear all around the planet, presenting riddles called "Angel Paradox" to whoever happens to be in the near vicinity. Answer right and your land will receive God's blessing. However, fail to solve the paradox and the whole place will be literally nuked with divine punishment...
Oct 30, 2008 to Nov 30, 2010 | 27 chp | Publishing

Monochrome Myst

2023
"Can you see the cat?" It was with these words that the sad schoolgirl, Angelica North, first met the young man, who was an eccentric occult fiction writer. The cat in question had been following Angelica ever since her parents had burned to death a month ago, but no one else besides her seemed able to see it.

The question took him off guard, but he found that he actually was able to see the mystical cat. The cat came to him to ask for help, to protect the grieving Angelica from allowing herself to be pulled into the world of darkness.

(Source: MangaHelpers)
Jan 19, 2010 to Mar 10, 2014 | 21 chp | Publishing

Shinrei Chousa Shitsu: Office ReiOffice Rei

2023
Yuta Miyagi, an orphan, is stunned when three beautiful strangers, who reveals to be his half-sisters, to occupy the house organizing their activities of "paranormal investigator".

The approach to the paranormal is partly scientific. The three will use their knowledge of science and mysticism in order to control ghosts, attendance and more without using always strange technical or magical qualities / mediumship.
Oct 11, 1995 to Jun 20, 1999 | chp | Publishing

Tokarev no Ayaui Shiro

Tsukiji, ToshihikoUguisu, Kagu 2023
Suzuhara Ayaka deeply idolized her best friend, Shiroyama Hiroko. But when they were in high school together, Hiroko dropped out and vanished, telling Ayaka only that it was for something very important. Now, a letter from Hiroko to Ayaka has washed ashore with the corpse of a girl, asking for help.
Chasing after Hiroko, Ayaka goes to visit a strangely isolated high school for girls, which seems creepily eager to accept Ayaka as a student. Will Ayaka be able to uncover the school's secrets and rescue Hiroko before it is too late?
(Source: MangaHelpers)
2010 to 2012 | 8 chp | Publishing

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai: Minagoroshi-hen

Ryukishi07 2023
In her young life, Rika Furude has witnessed unspeakable tragedy in her hometown of Hinamizawa; she has repeated the month of June in 1983 over and over again, each time ending in disaster. But in each world, the variables leading to tragedy are always different. As the summer resets again, Rika finds herself back in June of 1983 with even less time than usual to set things right.
Minagoroshi-hen follows Rika's journey into yet another world, as she tries to fight against her own impending doom as well as that of her friends. However, as she and her friends solve one problem, another pops up in its place, as they inch ever closer towards the true identity of the mastermind behind the countless tragedies in Hinamizawa.

[Written by Animeranku Rewrite]
Jun 18, 2008 to Jun 18, 2010 | 25 chp | Publishing

Death Note Another Note: Los Angeles BB Renzoku Satsujin Jik...

Obata, TakeshiNISIO, ISIN 2023
A serial killer terrorizes the streets of Los Angeles. This brilliant psychopath commits seemingly perfect murders, brazenly challenging the police with cryptic riddles. The enigmatic and world-famous detective L has been hired to crack the case. However, to keep himself out of the public eye, L seeks out FBI agent Naomi Misora to carry out the investigation for him.

Misora agrees to aid L's endeavors, but soon finds herself caught up in an intense battle of wits between L and the culprit. Who is this mysterious killer, and why do they leave clues for the LAPD to decipher? Death Note Another Note: Los Angeles BB Renzoku Satsujin Jiken follows Misora on her journey to solve these mysteries and bring the indiscriminate murders to an end once and for all.

[Written by Animeranku Rewrite]
Aug 1, 2006 | 7 chp | Publishing

C-blossom: Case 729

Fukui, HarutoshiShimotsuki, Ka 2023
Matsumiya Kana's world is turned upside down when her father is arrested on charges of embezzling from the Ministry of Defense. She decides to escape the trauma by transferring to a private boarding school, but trouble follows...

Megane bishounen Kisaragi Kou gets Kana to open up to him, but what's this?! He isn't really who he says he is? And who's the dude in the trucker's cap lurking outside her window? Welcome to C-blossom -case729- a series with action, intrigue, and well...a plot.

(Source: Condensation)
Apr 28, 2005 to Oct 28, 2005 | 4 chp | Publishing

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Nitroplus 2023
The series is set in the year of 2008 in Shibuya and is centered around Takumi Nishijou, a high school student at the private Suimei Academy, and some strange events that have occurred recently in the Shibuya area. Two events have occurred so far and is being referenced by the media and the public at large as being New Generation events. The first event named "Group Dive" occurred on September 7th with five high school students jumping to their deaths off of a high tower. The second event occurred on September 19th wherein a male was found dead with a thirty-two week old fetus incised within his abdomen.

The story begins on September 28th with Takumi talking to an online friend named Grim. Grim has to provide Takumi with the background about the recent New Generation events since Takumi is not interested local or international news. A person named Shōgun joins the chatroom though he does not say a word until Grim has left the chatroom. Shōgun confronts Takumi and presents him with a barrage of image links that depicts a very gruesome murder.

The next day, as Takumi was heading home after spending the afternoon at an Internet cafe, he comes across the same scene that he witnessed yesterday in Shōgun's pictures. He runs away from the crime scene screaming, but not before meeting a pink-haired girl there covered in blood and wearing Suimei Academy's uniform.

The story progresses from here with Takumi trying to avoid getting involved with Shōgun and other New Generation events as he is slowly caught in a grander scheme's wheels of motion.
Aug 28, 2008 to May 21, 2009 | 11 chp | Publishing

Drug-On

Saitou, Misaki 2023
It's said that on a prohibited island called "Dragon's Beak" the "power of the gods" resides. Anyone who obtains the power will have all their wishes fulfilled.

(Source: Storm in Heaven)
Oct 30, 2006 to Jan 30, 2009 | 31 chp | Publishing

Replicant no Kiss

Fujii, Sakuya 2023
Tsutsumu Shisui is brought up by his grandfather, Dr. Yuujirou after his father, Dr. Hiromu died. But now Yuujirou also died with a lot of debt. At Yuujirou's funeral, Tsutsumu's cousin, Sou Takigawa suddenly appears and declares that he wants to take care of Tsutsumu.
(Source: MU)
2002 | 6 chp | Publishing

Shissou Holiday

OtsuichiKiyohara, Hiro 2023
Ever since her mother passed away, Nao Sugawara feels like she does not belong in her affluent stepfather's life. She shares no blood relation to him and lives in a constant state of anxiety that she will be sent away one day. Adding to the growing tensions is Kyouko—her stepfather's new wife—whom Nao detests with a burning passion. Desiring vengeance, Nao hatches a plan to fake her own kidnapping in order to oust Kyouko from her life.

However, couch surfing at her friends' houses proves fruitless, and Nao returns home to check if anyone noticed her absence. Angered that life seemed to continue on without her, the middle school student decides to drag Kuniko Kusonoki—a clumsy maid of the Sugawara residence—into her elaborate scheme. With a bit of coercion, Kuniko allows Nao to stay in her tiny room while they fabricate their soon-to-be complicated web of lies: all for the sake of revenge.

[Written by Animeranku Rewrite]
Jan 13, 2006 to Jul 7, 2006 | 5 chp | Publishing

L Change the WorLd

Obata, Takeshi 2023
L Change the WorLd is a sequel to the Death Note movie based on the popular anime. This movie is entirely dedicated to L, and his last 23 days on Earth after having caught Kira. This is a novel version of that movie and contains many events that do not take place in the film.
Dec 25, 2007 | 38 chp | Publishing

Code:BreakerCØDE:BREAKER

Kamijyo, Akimine 2023
Sakura Sakurakouji witnesses a large group of people being mercilessly burned alive in blue flames as a boy watches with cruel eyes. Moved by her unwavering sense of justice, she returns to the scene the next day. However, neither she nor the police is able to find any bodies or evidence that could suggest such a crime had taken place.

At school, she meets new transfer student Rei Oogami, a charismatic boy that quickly wins over the class. Sakura recognizes him as the murderer and quickly learns that Rei is someone who exists outside the law: a "Code:Breaker." Despite him justifying his actions with the phrase "an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, and evil for evil," Sakura is convinced that what Rei is doing is wrong and aims to stop him before anyone else gets hurt.

[Written by Animeranku Rewrite]
Jun 9, 2008 to Jul 20, 2013 | 230 chp | Publishing

Matantei Loki RagnarokThe Mythical Detective Loki Ragnarok

Kinoshita, Sakura 2023
Private Investigator Loki is certainly an extraordinary fellow with an incredibly demanding profession. While his boyish good looks disguise his true nature, no challenge is too tough for Loki. Not only is it Loki's job to solve mysteries, but he must also protect his own interests, namely his family, especially when those who want him rubbed-out enter the picture. Loki must dig up evidence surrounding kidnappings, murders, suicides, and the like. When old adversaries strike too close to home, Loki must prepare, not only to solve the crime, but to survive the vicious attacks! If the action's hot, you can count on Loki being there!
(Source: ADV)
Mar 29, 2002 to Aug 30, 2004 | 26 chp | Publishing

IkigamiIkigami: The Ultimate Limit

Mase, Motoro 2023
In a dystopian nation, a public prosperity law like no other is in effect: The National Welfare Act, in which citizens between the ages of 18-24 are selected to die for their country. Twenty-four hours before a nanocapsule carries out their death, the chosen receive notifications called "Ikigami" from government messengers. The government gives only one ostensible reason for the act’s purpose—to spread the value of life.

Kengo Fujimoto is a newly instated Ikigami messenger who is indecisive on his stance of the act. Curbing his hesitation to avoid the watchful eye of the national police, Kengo decides that delivering the Ikigami will help shape his opinion.
Ikigami follows how people act knowing that their final hours are upon them. Whether committing acts of kindness or crimes of passion, the chosen's actions have profound impacts on those around them, and it will ultimately lead Kengo to his decision.

[Written by Animeranku Rewrite]
Jan 27, 2005 to Feb 6, 2012 | 60 chp | Publishing

Hanako to Guuwa no TellerHanako and the Terror of Allegory

Esuno, Sakae 2023
Folklore detective Asou Daisuke would rather deal with normal, everyday, things like cheating spouses, embezzling partners and the like. Because whenever he deals with the supernatural, he gets the hiccups.

But no matter, an endless stream of desperate people come to him troubled by what he calls allegories. Those are stories, usually urban legends, that one believes to be true and if one believes strong enough can cause them to become true. His first case involves "The Man Under The Bed." Can he stop this creepy man with an axe before he chops up Hiranuma Kanae? Why does Asou count his hiccups and just who is that strange girl in his bathroom?

(Source: MU)
Dec 26, 2003 to Sep 26, 2005 | 19 chp | Publishing

Nijuu Mensou no Musume

Ohara, Shinji 2023
One night the Phantom Thief (the Gentleman Thief with Twenty Faces) steals a little girl. Her name is Chizuko. Until then, she had been a lonely girl. But that night, she embarks on a great adventure. Experiencing freedom for the very first time, surrounded by friends, finding a place where she can be herself, Chizuko starts changing gradually. A string of bizarre events start happening, centering around the tremendous mystery called the Legacy of the Phantom Thief and involving people with pathetic motives. Chizuko has to move on nevertheless... no matter how chequered her life will be.

(Source: AniDB)
Included one-shot:
Volume 1: Nijuu Mensou no Musume (pilot)
Apr 5, 2003 to Jan 5, 2007 | 48 chp | Publishing