Renxkyoko Iglesias here, Hello ! !
I watched Beautiful Bones, finally. I’ve read good reviews of this anime , but for some reason, the synopsis has not fully convinced me to watch it until @Rocco B suggested that I should because of its relevance to my college degree , which is Forensics Biology.
So what is Beautiful Bones about ? It’s about a beautiful, eccentric, middle twenty-ish Sakurako Kujo , an osteologist,who has a rather abnormal, unhealthy and obsessive fascination for bones, and her de facto assistant, ( more like her digger ) a high school boy named Shotaro Tatewaki. Sakurako has a hobby of collecting animal bones and reconstructing them.
What else can I say ? I suspect the author wrote this for entertainment, and not to be taken seriously. I’ll tell you why. Warning: Spoilers ahead !
a) At the beach, we see Shotaro digging, it seems randomly , because we don’t see any part of the beach that has been dug up previously, but lo and behold, he finds a human skull at that one specific point. Shotaro calls the police, a policeman ( Itsuki ) comes and tells them the skull should be turned over to the authorities. Sakurako tells Itsuki it’s useless because the skull is 100 years old anyway. It’s finders’ keepers. Now how the heck does she know it’s 100 years old ? The author seems to want the readers to believe that Sakurako is that good and that from hereon , any pronouncements from Sakurako should be taken as the truth.
b) Itsumi does not agree and drives them to the police station . On the way, they see an on-going crime investigation at the beach . Sakurako orders the cop to stop driving so she can check out what’s going on. The detective present at the crime scene tells her it’s a double suicide ( after asking her “who the hell are you?” )….the man surprisingly allows her to interfere and thru mere eyeballing, she concludes it’s murder. Why so ? It’s the way the knots are tied on both the dead couple’s wrists. In other words, Sakurako is also an expert on knot – tying. But that’s not what is wrong in this scene. Why has she been allowed to interfere in the first place ?
c) One episode has Itsuki asking both Shotaro and Sakurako to help his middle school classmate who fears that he is going to die just like his relatives because of a curse. Sakurako concludes there’s no such curse. She concludes that his relatives died from stress ( the family is affluent and heavily into business ) and then, she tells them the paint in an ancient painting that has been in the man’s family’s possession for generations contains arsenic ( the one hanging on the wall ), and the mold and fungus that have accumulated at the back of the painting have caused the paint to release arsenic gas. ( that’s why the man is coughing ) In other words, Sakurako is not only a plant, painting, and chemistry expert, she is also a behavioral psychologist.
d) She does not have a job. She learned Forensic Anthroplogy extensively from her deceased uncle who was a forensic scientist, which makes me wonder why she doesn’t know basic police procedurals.
e) The relationship between Sakurako and Shotaro is very vague and ambiguous, and makes me a bit uncomfortable. However, Sakurako calls her shonen. ( Boy ) Come here, boy.
f) Maybe the author has forgotten that Shotaro is a student. Doesn’t he have school works to do, instead of tagging along with Sakurako wherever she goes, digging for bones and trying to solve mysteries. ?
g) Sakurako is very intelligent, and rich , but I think there would be less plot problems if she just gets herself employed as Forensics anthropologist, and Shotaro should be older and in college , studying Criminal Justice or Forensics. Hanging around with Sakurako should then make more sense.
The anime ends at Episode 12, but there are still quite a number of unresolved issues , like, Sakurako has a) a fiancé in the police force, but he has never once appeared in the anime b) there’s a serial killer who is involved in most of the killings, c) who is that little boy in Sakurako’s flashbacks… he’s her little brother, I know, but what happened to him?
My other problem with this anime is Sakurako herself. She can be so rude and insensitive it borders on cruelty. Hence, she’s unlikable.
Beautiful Bones reminds me of Sherlock Holmes. Sakurako is Sherlock, Shotaro is Dr. Watson, and that serial killer is Moriarty.
If I had to rate this , I’d give it a 6/10 for entertainment value. Do I like it ? Despite my numerous eye-rolling, yes, I do. The theme is , after all, right up my alley.