Madman brings is a very interesting anime from our good friends in the East. Now this is a series I had never heard of; it apparently has a large cult following due to the Magna. Well it's a detective series so let's jump in. Private Investigators Nice and Murasaki each take two job requests from Koneko to investigate the recent kidnapping of college girls and another by Shinji Toyosaki to protect a safe from thieves. With help from Art, Nice deduces that the kidnappers were targeting the girls for information and theorizes that his and Murasaki's cases may be linked. Nice then calls Birthday and Ratio for confirmation just as the pair is attacked by a Gravity Minimum Holder who forces their client, Azuza, to reveal a code. Afterwards, Azuza reveals that she and some of her friends had been in a sexual relationship with the somniloquous Toyosaki patriarch from whom she accidentally learnt the code while he was sleep talking when they were in bed together; Realizing that the kidnappers and thieves are the same group after the safe, Nice, Ratio, and Birthday head over to the Toyosaki mansion just as the thieves make their move.
While Ratio and Birthday take out the thieves, Nice shows up during Murasaki's stare-down with the hired Gravity Holder and defeats the latter with his Holder ability. However, even with his happy-go-lucky attitude, Nice can sometimes act rather opportunistic and seems to lack any sort of heroic ideals. this in turn leads others to distance themselves from him. The series does have these moments of action which do break the routine detective structure.
Being a Minimum Holder, Nice possesses supernatural abilities of "seeing" sound and uses it to travel in the soundwaves itself. Nice is ranked first of all the Minimum Holders to graduate. These elements of supernatural abilities are very cool because they put a nice spin on the series.
Nice is the only known Minimum Holder who possesses two abilities because normally Minimum Holders cannot possess more than one ability or there body cannot withstand it. Sonic Minimum: Nice is able to perceive sound, which allows him to travel in distributed frequencies. However, when Nice snaps his fingers, the snap creates a pitch frequency that travels in circular soundwaves in which Nice can see and travel through. Therefore, one can say Nice can move at the speed of sound by using sound as a medium to transport his body. Noted that when Nice can only travel as far as the sound of his snap can be heard; Also, it seems that Nice can also produce sonic punches and kicks that also travels at the speed of sound in which it makes him stronger. Nice, with his Sonic Minimum, is also able to exceed Moral's "Forbidden Minimum" (a highly classified Minimum protected and hidden from the public by the police) which was regarded as the most powerful until Nice defeats Moral. The deeper the series goes the more we get to learn about Nice, so there is an incredible amount of character development and you behind to become personally connected.
The series has an excellent overall pace and you never feel bored by it all. Murasaki is Nice's empathetic partner at the Hamatora detective agency and also graduated the Facultas Academy with the second highest scores. He possesses an underlying bitterness stemming from being bested at everything by Nice, but he is strong enough to push it aside to have a pleasant existence and positive relationship with Nice. Sometime later, Art summons Nice and Murasaki after discovering the murdered Kitazawa in a burger restaurant and explains the serial murder case to them. Nice also steals Kitazawa's phone from the crime scene and obtains the six photos of Theo's bullies supposedly leaked on the internet. Nice then traces the poster's IP back to Kitazawa's home and deduces that he had been using his Realism Minimum to turn descriptions of the bullies' exploits into pictures which he then used to further his reputation over their exposure.
Afterwards, as the Hamatora PI's establish a link between the photos and the recent serial bombings, Theo stumbles upon his former bully and the serial bomber, Kojima in his latest bombing attempt at the school using his Time Acceleration Minimum. However Nice and Murasaki show up just in time to foil the bombing. Moral explains his warped interest into a world where everyone possesses Minimum abilities and taunts Art on his graduation from Facultas despite not possessing a Minimum. Afterwards, Nice blames Itou for Takahiro's change. Realizing that he was being challenged however, Nice approaches Takahiro while Moral also comes to the same conclusion as Takahiro, that it would be worth challenging Facultas' top graduate—Nice to see if he had surpassed natural Minimum Holders with his abilities. However in the end, Nice makes quick work of Takahiro. Not to give anything away but in the epilogue, Moral burns down his facility and escapes before Gasquet can arrest him. Overall this is a fascinating dark and wonderful little detective series, it was well paced, had two of the most interesting protagonists is seen in a while. Please seek it out.