The Detective Is Already Lifeless aka Tantei wa Mou Shindeiru (Tanmoshi) is a vastly fashionable franchise in Japan. With 5 mild novels printed and a sixth book set to be released in November, Tanmoshi earned a powerful sufficient fan following in Japan to justify each a manga and anime adaptation inside two years of the primary guide popping out. An audiobook version of the first novel is even set to be launched in Japan in October, with Tanmoshi anime lead actors Saki Miyashita (Siesta) and Arata Nagai (Kimihiko Kimizuka) reprising their roles.
With all that Tanmoshi has going for it in Japan, it’s no shock each Funimation and Yen Press introduced the collection over to the US. Funimation licensed the anime adaption for streaming whereas Yen Press licensed each the unique mild novels and manga adaptation. So why isn’t the franchise attaining the identical stage of speedy success within the US because it did in Japan? There are a number of doable causes for this, however all of them appear to converge on two central issues: accessibility and poor timing.
Tanmoshi Has New Sequence Syndrome
Each new collection has the unenviable job of needing to make a powerful first impression. Past that, the collection wants to have the ability to maintain an viewers via considerate storytelling and powerful character growth. Within the case of Tanmoshi, it fell on the anime adaption to make that first impression on the American viewers, as a lot of the supply materials isn’t but out there in English. It additionally fell on Funimation to closely promote the collection to succeed in the widest viewers doable. A mixture of the anime adaptation being many followers’ introduction to the franchise and an absence of enough promotion might have contributed to its languishing within the US.
The Tanmoshi Gentle Novels Weren’t Launched First
Associated to the primary level, a major issue which will have harm Tanmoshi’s success within the US is the very fact the unique mild novels weren’t launched in English previous to the anime adaptation. Whereas the recognition of sunshine novels within the US remains to be in its infancy and can take time to attain the identical stage of profitability manga acquired over the course of three many years, it nonetheless has a little bit of a fan following amongst US readers. In American publishers not licensing the sunshine novels throughout the two years Tanmoshi gained traction in Japan, the collection missed a possibility to capitalize on a rising market within the US.
A means Tanmoshi might’ve began constructing an viewers is that if the manga adaptation that started in Japan in Might 2020 had been licensed within the US in late 2020 and launched in early 2021. If something, the manga adaptation would’ve given Tanmoshi the best shot at attracting a bigger fanbase, since many American anime followers are inclined to grow to be invested in new collection by way of manga. Not solely are manga collection simply present in guide shops and at main retailers like Amazon, however they’re additionally out there digitally by way of apps like Comixology for an reasonably priced worth. The actual fact the Tanmoshi manga follows the sunshine novels intently would’ve given American followers an analogous studying expertise as the unique supply materials.
Sadly for American followers, solely the primary quantity of the sunshine novel collection is out there in English with the second quantity not set to be launched till the final week of October. The primary quantity of the manga is equally not set to be launched till both late October or late November. For American followers who watched the anime and need to take a look at both the sunshine novels or manga to know the story higher, they’re caught ready, and that is assuming they do not lose curiosity by the point the autumn anime season begins in October.
The Tanmoshi Anime Is Solely Obtainable On Funimation
One other important issue which will have harm Tanmoshi’s success within the US is the truth that the anime adaptation is barely out there for streaming on Funimation, which does not have the broader attain of main streaming providers like Hulu, Netflix and HBO Max. Had Funimation struck a take care of not less than one of many different three main streaming platforms, this will have helped make the collection extra accessible to a wider viewers.
One different factor that might’ve helped Tanmoshi attain a wider viewers is that if the anime had additionally been broadcast on tv like on Grownup Swim’s Toonami block. This, in fact, would’ve meant giving the collection an English dub, which it at the moment does not have. Whereas some followers might choose to observe anime within the unique Japanese with subtitles for a extra genuine expertise, the identical isn’t essentially true of a mainstream American viewers, who might choose to expertise the collection in English over studying subtitles.
The Tanmoshi Anime Is Structurally Flawed
The very last thing which will have harm Tanmoshi’s success with the US viewers is the flawed construction of the anime itself. To be honest to the animators at ENGI, Tanmoshi was at all times going to be a difficult story to adapt right into a 12-episode anime, because of the sunshine novel’s personal unconventional story construction. Not solely does the story swap forwards and backwards between previous and current timelines, but it surely additionally doesn’t go to previous occasions in chronological order. This model of storytelling naturally compelled the ENGI animators to determine a method to streamline the story in order that it’d match the format of 12 half-hour episodes.
A technique the animators tried to streamline the story was by dropping minor episodes from each Vols. 1 and a pair of of the sunshine novels to mix the core storylines of each books right into a cohesive story. The issue, nonetheless, was that the minor episodes contained essential data that is later referenced within the current timeline. The anime adaptation saved the references however dropped their sources, which naturally made viewers really feel like they missed one thing.
One other factor that did not assist was how sure features of the story had been rearranged for the anime adaptation. This took the type of combining two of the Siesta-centric episodes right into a one-hour pilot episode and inserting the primary story arc of Vol. 2 proper smack in the midst of the primary story arc of Vol. 1. This unusual story rearrangement was certain to really feel a bit disjointed for American viewers. This truly might have contributed to the third drawback that harm American followers’ expertise with the anime: they discovered Siesta — who was meant to have a minor function within the story — far more compelling as a personality than the primary solid of characters.
When examined as an entire, too many components constructed as much as set Tanmoshi as much as fail with American followers in a means that by no means occurred with Japanese followers. The very first thing that set it off to a nasty begin was not releasing the sunshine novels or manga adaptation forward of the anime, which had structural flaws that made it tough to construct an viewers. The second factor that set it off to a nasty begin was not making the anime out there on different platforms to extend its chance of success. As such, Tanmoshi fell sufferer to each poor timing and poor accessibility within the US.