What it’s about: Juuzawa Juu is a delinquent high school boy who just wants to be left alone. One day, he is approached by Ochibana Ame, who claims that she knew him in a previous life and now wants to serve him as his “knight.” At first, Juu wants nothing to do with Ame, but after a classmate is murdered, he accepts her help as he looks for the killer.
Why you should watch it: It’s a well-executed mystery/thriller show, which is rare to find in anime, particularly using a school setting. The story moves along steadily, fleshed out by a cast of characters of…variable levels of sanity. The protagonists themselves show a lot of development considering the series’ length (only two OVAs). As with most episodic mysteries, it’s not really that difficult to figure out who the “bad guy” is, just by thinking through the rather limited cast, but the process is still fun to watch. It’s a shame they didn’t pick it up for a full series.
Caveats: The second OVA is stronger than the first, though both are watchable. The animation is on the cusp of starting to look a little dated.
Similar works:Mirai Nikki has a similar (if exaggerated) dynamic between the protagonists.