Official summary: Genius investigator Keith Flick aka Genie rejoins the Royal Police Force of the Kingdom of Cremona just as serial killer ” B” emerges. Mysterious young man Koku maybe an ally , or a target.
B: The Beginning is an ” authentic” Netflix Original series whose original title is Perfect Bones. ( unlike other Netflix originals like FullMetal Alchemist , Brotherhood, which Netflix touts as ” original” , but it isn’t , we all know that. ) But I like that Netflix is introducing animes worldwide to people who don’t even know what animes are, or , that animes are not all about jiggly boobs and panty shots. I consider B : The Beginning as one of these few gateway animes that one can introduce to a friend who is not an anime fan.
B: The Beginning is a Netflix original produced by Production IG , and directed by Kazuto Nakazawa and Yoshiki Yamakawa. It is the company that produced Haikyu!!, Attack on Titan, Psycho-Pass, Ghost in the Shell, Evangelion , and many more.
And now the story….. please check out now if you do not want to read Spoilers ! !
The main protagonists are Keith Flick or Genie, Kuko, and Lily. Keith is a veteran police investigator, a genius, who has retired from the service when his young sister is murdered 10 years past, and is now brought back to help in the investigation of a series of killings in the city. ( By the way, it does not reveal right away the murdered girl is Keith’s sister….. I thought she was his wife or girlfriend , so, that’s a spoiler ) . The city is now full of psychopaths that randomly murder people but for some reason, there is another ” killer ” whom the police force call Killer B but think this one is a ” misguided ” friend who only kills psychopaths. The letter B ( with 4 slashes ) is a mark left by the ” friendly ” killer after a kill. ( check out the image above ) Kuko is a very nice, kindly young violin repairman who works for Lily’s father. Lily works for the RIS. ( Royal Investigation Service . )
Now what the police do not know ( but Keith knows ) is that these killer psychos, called Reggies,( the police do not know this term ) are being manipulated by a group of people called the Market Maker. Market Maker has a website , but the police think that is just urban legend and is run by conspiracy theorists. Keith knows otherwise.
It is obviously clear early on that Kuko is Killer B. ( Episode 1 ) But he is the good guy, and he is the protagonist that represents the sci-fy /supernatural element of this anime.
There are actually 2 story lines in his anime….. one is the supernatural element represented by Kuko and a group of Reggies ( demihumans, the bad guys )led by Minatsuki……
and the human group , led by Keith , Lily ,and important side characters who are police officers,( such as Kaele, the computer genius….. I like this character ), Boris, Eric, Mario, Brandon.
While the police led by Keith is solving the seemingly random mystery killings, Kuko’s killings are related to his search for his childhood friend, Yuna, ( I suspect his fated bride/lover ) whom he now knows is with Minatsuki’s group. The two mysteries or story lines will blend together and be cohesive by middle of the 12 episode series.
I am really tempted to post some big spoilers here because there are so many twists and turns and revelations . Without spoilers , this post doesn’t make sense at all, unfortunately.
I urge you to watch this awesome original Netflix anime. Netflix is showing these animes to millions and millions of its subscribers worldwide , and paying anime producers so much more than , say, Crunchyroll , whose subscribers are limited to anime fans.
I hope they will give us a second season of B. The ending leaves us with a cliffhanger ( a teaser will appear after the ending credits ) with the appearance of another of Kuko’s childhood friend ( a boy, I’ve forgotten his name, aaaaargh ! ) ) who has sworn to protect Kuko , and whom we see on Kuko’s flashback to have died trying to protect him and who has given Kuko his left arm, the one that turns into a blue blade that can easily kill reggies, the rogue demihumans.
So, please, watch this anime. My next post will be the story of B: The Beginning. and you will be truly spoiled ! Sorry !
Thank you for reading. Bye !
2 thoughts on “B : The Beginning, 9.5 /10”
It’s cool that Netflix is hosting anime. Non-anime fans are unlikely to subscribe to something like Crunchyroll, but they may give a cartoon that has good ratings a chance if it is on a service they already own.
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That’s true. Also, it’s not from a manga or a light novel.
Although it’s implied there maybe a second season ( the teaser at the end, plus it doesn’t reveal who in the government are involved in these nefarious activities ) , it ‘s a stand alone story. The ending of the story has Keith now working for the RIS more or less permanently.
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