9 Amazing Anime Like The Detective is Already Dead

Anime Like The Detective Is Already Dead

Tantei wa mou, Shindeiru(The Detective is Already Dead) is a Comedy, Mystery animated TV series animated by Studio ENGI who is surprisingly also the creator of Uzaki Chan Just Wants to Hangout which is just an amazing comedic series.

It is a light novel series which is written by Nigojū and illustrated by Umibōzu. It is actually the only written work by Nigoju, I’d recommend reading it.


Kimihiko is a young highschooler who has a knack for always getting himself in trouble, all he wishes to do is live a normal and uneventful life.

He one day is roped into a flight with a suspicious-looking briefcase to deliver, while on the flight, their plane is Hijacked. A Detective by the code name Siesta gets up to solve the mystery while bringing him along as a sidekick.

My Thoughts

At first, this show did feel really awesome. I’m not gonna lie, The detective girl is definitely your average anime girl cliche which is just plain annoying to me.

However, the male lead seems very promising, he is smart and he thinks before he has to make a decision, not like many other dumb protagonists we have seen lately.

But, you gotta admit there is a certain feel to the show which makes it very entertaining and no matter how much I say it’s average at best, I’m still going to be in line waiting for the next episode.

I’ve found some anime like The detective is already dead which will give you quite a similar vibes.

Here are my 9 favorite anime similar to The Detective is Already Dead

9. Gosick

  • Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance
  • Episodes: 24 Episodes

The story of Gosick is very carefully crafted, captivating mysteries, wholesome story and the slight hint of friendship and romance makes this show really worth watching.

Why it’s similar

  • Characters have a similar relationship where the female protagonist takes the lead.
  • Both shows tackle different mysteries and stories.

The overall plot and vibe are almost the same between these two shows.


Kazuya Kojo is a curious young lad who is studying abroad at the prestigious Saint Marguerite Academy where rumors and horror mysteries are all the rage but he doesn’t care about that, he’s interested in the mystery of Queens Berry and a mysterious ghost ship.

He meets his friend Victoria who is much more intrigued by this story, the two of them begin to the mystery of the mysterious ghost ship.

8. Heaven’s Memo pad

Heaven’s Memo pad
  • Genre: Mystery
  • Episodes: 12

There is so much more to this anime than just funny comedy, a loli mastermind hacker, I certainly enjoyed how it took its time to create a realistic and fantastic environment.

Why it’s similar

There is a very similar character dynamic between the main characters, we have a female super detective in her teen years and a guy who is not a very social guy who ends up being her sidekick


Narumi is a normal highschool student who doesn’t really fit in anywhere due to his father’s work, they have to constantly move and change schools.

He ends up joining the garden club because of a cheerful classmate Ayaka, later he is introduced to a mastermind hacker loli who lives above a ramen shop.

7. Your Lie in April

Your Lie in April
  • Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
  • Episodes: 22

My first romance musical anime which I still remember to this day and if I could forget and watch it again I would. The story and plot between the two main characters are really amazing.

Why it’s similar

The dynamic between the two characters is very similar to an over-energetic and beautiful girl who wants to connect with the male lead and try to be involved in everything that happens around him.


Kousei Arima is a child prodigy who plays the piano and is quite amazing at it but after his mother passed away he went into despair which made him unable to hear his own sound of playing and started to avoid the Piano.

He leaves behind his admirers and rivals, he lives a colorless life as a normal highschool student but soon everything will change a beautiful violinist approach him.

6. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
  • Genre: Comedy, Mystery, Sci-fi
  • Episodes: 20+

Words won’t describe how happy I was when I finally got around to watching Haruhi Suzumiya. We have an adorable cast and uh crazy plot on every turn which keeps the show really exciting.

Why it’s similar

The two main characters have a very similar dynamic and plot, the female lead is an eccentric and enigmatic girl who is always up for some fun and drags the poor male lead along with her.

There is a similar plot where they go around having fun and solving different mysteries which are somehow or somewhat related to the female lead.


Kyon is your normal high school student who has given up on supernatural things for quite a while, that is until he meets Haruhi Suzumiya, an eccentric and enigmatic young girl who believes in all supernatural beings such as time travelers, lizard people, and espers.

Surprisingly Kyon joins their highschool club the SOS brigade, a club that specializes in all things that are supernatural.

5. Charlotte

  • Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
  • Episodes: 13

Many people have different opinions regarding this amazing show, Charlotte was amazing to me. The overall plot of the show and the likable characters made the show very entertaining.

Why it’s similar

We have a somewhat peculiar male lead who is unique in his own way, they both come in contact with a young girl and invite him to work together.

The female leads are quite eccentric and amazing, also a somewhat annoying girl who follows around the MC and controls his actions.


Yuu Otosaka is your average highschool teenager who isn’t as normal as you may think, he has the ability to move his consciousness to someone’s head for 5 seconds and control their body in any way he can.

His worry-less life comes to an end when Nao Tomori catches him, bringing him and his sister to an academy which is helps dealing with kids who have special powers.

4. Beyond the Boundary

Beyond the Boundary
  • Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy
  • Episodes: 12

There is something about Kyoto Animation and their amazing style of art which is so amazing it will bring joy to you and make you smile.

Beyond the Boundary was an absolute blast of emotions. I enjoyed it very much.

Why it’s similar

We have a much similar character dynamic between the two main leads where we have a normal guy who somewhat has a knack for getting into sticky situations.

He meets an eccentric and somewhat annoying girl who takes an interest in his life and begins to stick around against his will.


Mirai Kuriyama is the sole survivor of the warrior clan who uses blood weapon technique to kill yomu which are manifestations of negative human emotions.

She one day comes in contact with Akihito Kanbara, a half-bred yomu in human form who is immortal and therefore can not die.

Mirai Kuriyama is a klutz when it comes to killing monsters and hasn’t even killed one so she suggests practicing killing Akihito before she takes on an actual Yomu.

3. In/Spectre

  • Genre: Comedy, Mystery
  • Episodes: 12

I absolutely adore this series and would love to rewatch it again if I have the time, you’re definitely going to fall in love with these amazing characters and how they are overall.

Why it’s similar

The whole plot revolves around mysteries where a pair go around solving them.

The character dynamic between the main characters is very much similar and in one or many ways.

There is a slight hint of romance which is always refreshing.


Kotoko Iwanaga is a young 11 years old girl who was once abducted by Yokai spirits and made to be their queen (God of Wisdom) who serves as a mediator between the two planes but at the cost of the right eye and left leg.

Kurou Sakuragawa is your normal university student who is recently dumped by his girlfriend, they both meet when they first encounter a Kappa.

2. Hyouka

  • Genre: Mystery, Slice of life
  • Episodes: 22

Hyouka might be the most relatable show on the entire list which is similar to The detective is already dead. I really love the overall vibe I got from this show and how relaxing it was to watch.

Why it’s similar

Both shows are quite similar in terms of character dynamic and the overall plot where the main male lead meets a young lady who is quite peculiar and takes a liking to our male lead.

Both pairs do their best and try to enjoy while solving mysteries around the school and local rumors, but both steer a little more towards romance.


Our male lead Oreki is an intelligent young lad with quite the deduction skills to solve puzzles and mysteries but he prefers not to do such tasks and save his energy for good use or just live a lazy life.

He one day meets a young curious girl Eru Chitanda inside the literature clubroom while the door was locked from the outside, Chitanda was most surprised by this because she thought somebody tried to lock her inside. 

1. Rascal Does not Dream Of a Bunny Girl Senpai

Rascal Does not Dream Of a Bunny Girl Senpai
  • Genre: Comedy, Drama, Mystery
  • Episodes: 12

I am absolutely in love with this show, and I’m sure a lot of you will feel the same about it. The overall plot and character development are much better than your regular high school romance comedy.

Why it’s similar

Both shows have somewhat similar plots where the paired-up male and female characters solve mysteries together.

Both these shows feel like they are more shounen romance than mystery.

The female lead takes a liking to our reliable male lead and starts a similar relationship with him.


Mai Sakurajima used to be a popular TV star who is affected by the adolescence syndrome where she becomes invisible to people around her that is until she meets Sakuta, a calm and intelligent problem solver who fell for the bunny girl dressed Mai Sakurajima and tried to help with the adolescence syndrome.

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