Moriarty the Patriot, based on the mystery-shonen manga by Ryousuke Takeuchi and Hikaru Miyoshi, was one of the highlights of the Fall 2020 anime season. The series is a spinoff of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic Sherlock Holmes stories featuring the Holmes' arch-nemesis, James Moriarty, as the series' protagonist. With Part 1 of Season 1 recently wrapped and Part 2 airing in Spring, let's go over all of the classic characters from the Holmes universe that have made an appearance in the anime thus far. It is worth noting that while characters like Count Drebber and Fred Jefferson are from the original stories, they aren't reoccurring characters in the anime, and won't be included on this list. Mathematics professor James Moriarty is the most notable character to rival Sherlock's extraordinary intellect with an equally frightening intuition of his own. Moriarty is usually portrayed as a greedy criminal, but in the anime, his goal is easier to sympathize with. Moriarty vows to end the economic hierarchy of Great Britain which favors the rich and greedy while forcing the people at the bottom of the food chain to suffer horrible tragedies only to survive. As a criminal consultant, he is working towards equality through heinous means and carefully calculated plans by turning all of Britain into his own crime show. The anime explores how he went from an orphan to the world's greatest criminal. One of the most recognizable fictional names in all of history, Sherlock is known as the world's greatest detective and the only existing consulting detective. An eccentric and sometimes selfish character, he's extremely intelligent but lacks understanding of human emotions.
39;s closest friend as well as his impulse control, keeping his wildest behavior in check.
Due to his impressive intellect, Sherlock becomes easily bored with the people around him and actively seeks out complicated crimes that need solving for the thrill of it. This is shown in the anime as Sherlock finally meets a worthy adversary in the form of Moriarty. Being overconfident and eccentric is what makes Sherlock stand out, but little does he know he has become the showman in Moriarty's masterplan. A former doctor in the British army, John is a writer and plays the role of Sherlock's sidekick after the two become flatmates at 221B Baker Street. An extremely brave and capable individual, John assists cases by providing medical insight when necessary. While initially being stunned by Sherlock's mystery-solving skills, John eventually becomes Sherlock's closest friend as well as his impulse control, keeping his wildest behavior in check. John is much more in tune with human emotions, supplying a contrast and balance to Sherlock's brilliant, yet analytical way of thinking, especially when he gets too carried away. Working for the British government and the older brother to Sherlock, Mycroft has observation and deduction capabilities at a level that easily matches his brother's. There have been many interpretations of his character in the Holmes universe, but in the original stories, he lacks the energy and ambition to act on practicality, failing to demonstrate his analyzes despite always being right. In the anime, not much is known about Mycroft except that he is the director of the London Military and superior to Albert James Moriarty, an original character of the anime and James Moriarty's older, adopted brother.
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Based on how Part 1's ending teased his character, he is sure to take on an active role in Part 2, causing problems for both Sherlock and Moriarty. Police Inspector Lestrade of Scotland Yard is a skilled individual highly recognized in his field. Originally skeptical of Sherlock's prowess, Lestrade slowly comes to accept Sherlock and regards him as a great detective, even defending his character to those who misunderstand his nature. Additionally, he is the only person in Scotland Yard to trust Sherlock's deductive capabilities when he encounters a case too complicated for the police to unravel on their own. As such, he is the reason so much of Sherlock's rude behavior is dismissed as Lestrade prioritizes the case at hand over Sherlock's somewhat odd tactics. Known as "Mrs." in the original stories and "Miss" in Moriarty the Patriot, Miss Hudson is Sherlock's landlord. Her patience runs thin with Sherlock's investigative antics that often inconveniences her. While arguing about rent, it is Miss Hudson who suggests that Sherlock get a flatmate to split the rent money, one of whom she approves of. It isn't until she meets John Watson does she approve, thinking him a good and responsible man to balance out Sherlock's chaos. Nevertheless, when Sherlock was accused of committing a murder, Miss Hudson showed great concern, proving that she does care for Sherlock like family despite their squabbles.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle portrays Fred as a petty small-time criminal who works for Moriarty.
Sebastian is an ex-colonel and now an accomplished hitman with the MI6. He possesses exceptional skills worthy of being Moriarty's right-hand man. Even Sherlock and John praised him in the original novels. Moriarty recruited him to be a part of his inner circle due to these skills and his proficiency with a rifle. While the exact circumstances of how they met are unknown, Sebastian agrees with Moriarty's goal of creating an equal and more just country and is thrilled to deal with snobby aristocrats. As such, he has a strong loyalty to Moriarty and takes an active role in his plan of creating crime and stirring up social unrest within Britain. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle portrays Fred as a petty small-time criminal who works for Moriarty. Occasionally, he will sell information to Sherlock, but other than that, his role in the original stories is minuscule. In Moriarty the Patriot, he is given a much larger purpose. Loyal to Moriarty and particularly skilled in the art of disguise, Fred is reserved, yet kind with incredible combat skills as seen when fleeing from Sherlock. He is usually the one gathering information for and reporting to Moriarty which further speaks to his abilities as a spy. Similar to Sebastian, Fred strongly believes in the reality that Moriarty envisions and assists him diligently in turning that vision into a reality.
This is a huge turning point in his life and the beginning of our story.
It's almost Halloween, and what better way to spend October than watching psychological thrillers? If you're looking for an anime filled with suspense, amazing storytelling, and dynamic characters, Naoki Urasawa's 2004 anime series Monster gives us all of these things and more. It focuses on the life of Dr. Tenma, a brilliant Japanese brain surgeon working at Eisler Memorial Hospital in West Germany, 1986. He's the hospital's rising star and engaged to the daughter of the hospital's director when he's suddenly faced with a moral dilemma that shakes his core, forcing him to make life-changing decisions. An innocent man dies because Dr. Tenma followed orders to treat a patient of higher social and political status. He is devastated and horrified as the widow confronts him, realizing what following these orders had entailed. This is a huge turning point in his life and the beginning of our story. This moment leads him to make a decision that alters his life in ways he couldn't even begin to imagine. The dilemma Dr. Tenma had to face is one that is brought up throughout the entire series: is every life equal? Obviously, the answer is "yes," and Dr. Tenma tries to convey this time and time again.
The plot of Monster is imaginative, with a well executed story.
Starting because of the innocent man dying because he wasn't deemed as a priority by the hospital, Tenma performs surgery on a boy with a gun shot wound despite receiving orders to treat the major first. When Dr. Tenma decides to help this boy, he's completely unaware that he's reviving a "monster" and the antagonist of this story. Almost immediately, Dr. Tenma is faced with tragedies and mystery at the hands of this ten-year-old boy. Most of Monster takes place 10-12 years after this point, following a string of murders occurring around Germany. It doesn't take long before Dr. Tenma is standing face to face with the murderer, who then reveals that he was the young boy Tenma brought back to life ten years prior: Johan Liebert. He shoots Dr. Tenma's patient right before his eyes and walks away like a true psychopath: cool, calm, and menacingly slow. Thus begins Dr. Tenma's journey to take Johan down, pulling him out of the shadows and into broad daylight to prevent any more murders from happening. This proves to be no easy task, though, and Dr. Tenma soon discovers there is far more than meets the eye in his journey of rectitude. The plot of Monster is imaginative, with a well executed story. The mysteries, plot, and characters are all woven together so seamlessly, and everything made perfect sense as the story progressed, while also managing to surprise at every turn. The plot is beyond compelling and riddled with depth and intrigue.
Urasawa did a great job making the characters three-dimensional and real. These characters weren't good or bad, or cookie-cutter images of other characters. They were each their own person and brought something unique to the story. They made us reflect, they made us cry, and they made us feel. Every episode brings something new and enthralling. The characters are carefully developed along the way-heroes, villains, and everyone in between. There are a lot of different types of villains in Monster (with the big bad boss being Johan Liebert), which is a big part of what makes this series so great. There's not just one bad guy and a bunch of lackeys, but multiple villains of all calibers, with various levels of evil versus humanity, none of which are the same. Even Johan's followers have their own individuality as villains. Each one brings something different to the table, and we tend to hate each of these villains (or love to hate them) for different reasons.
First and foremost, there's Johan. If you like incredibly eerie, disturbing villains-the calm and collected ones that are secretly serial killers-you've come to the right place. Johan's the main antagonist of this story and Dr. Tenma's worst nightmare come to life. He constantly taunts the doctor and murders anyone in his way-sometimes for no reason at all other than he simply can. As the show progresses, secrets are revealed and more tragedies occur. We realize just how bad Johan really is and how much he seems to hustle as a villain (seriously, where does he find the time)? He is easily one of the creepiest villains in all of anime. Everything he does is meticulous, and he can't interact with anyone without ruining their lives or convincing them they're useless and unworthy of love, or even life itself. He's calculated, intelligent, and has no remorse; he knows exactly what he wants to do and will accomplish it at all costs. He isn't predictable either, which gives the story all the twists and turns it needs to be made even more interesting. While Johan is the calm, creepy evil mastermind, there are others walking adjacent paths, such as the recurring villain Roberto. This man is so easy to hate, which makes him a good villain in its own way. In contrast to Johan's insidiousness, Roberto's more of a brute force/macho man villain that you know can beat the life out of you without breaking a sweat. While Johan uses mind games to win his wars, Roberto uses his inhuman strength and size to barrel through obstacles and demolish his enemies.
He's seditious and lacks no remorse for his actions, much like Johan. However, he still bows down to Johan and does what he's ordered to. He also thinks of his own self-indulging antics as well, as seen through his multiple affairs and his toying with people. Part of what makes Johan more evil than Roberto is that Johan seems detached from being human altogether and doesn't care about following anyone's plans or desires other than his own. There are many other villains in this series with their own twists on evil as well. Some prove to be more human than what first appears, making their stories even more interesting. This series shows us we're all human and that there are blurred lines between good and evil. We are then begged to ask the question, "can truly evil people become good in the end?" Questions like these are threaded into the entire show and addressed in ways that make us stop and think. Where there are mighty villains, there are mightier heroes. No one can watch Monster and not root for Dr.