Top 10 Mystery Anime of 2009
First season of the Monogatari Series, part 1/6. Contains the arcs Hitagi Crab, Mayoi Snail, Suruga Monkey, Nadeko Snake, and Tsubasa Cat from the Bakemonogatari light novels.
Koyomi Araragi, a third-year high school student, just experienced a hellish spring break where he was attacked by and turned into a vampire. Although he regained his humanity with the help of Meme Oshino, a specialist in supernatural entities, some vampiric traits still linger. Now, Araragi tries to live a normal school life with the help of his friend, class president Tsubasa Hanekawa.
When classmate Hitagi Senjougahara falls down the stairs and is caught by Araragi, he realizes that the girl is unnaturally light. Despite Senjougahara's protests, Araragi insists on helping her, enlisting the aid of Oshino once more. Through several story arcs involving various mythical creatures, Bakemonogatari follows Araragi's attempts to help those who suffer from supernatural maladies reconcile with their past.
2. the Garden of sinners Chapter 7: ……not nothing heart. (Murder Speculation Part B)
February, 1999: Shiki awakes from her coma and starts to live a new life. Meanwhile, a series of murders are occurring after four years of silence. The incidents remind her of a murderous impulse hidden inside her soul. While Shiki searches for a suspect, Mikiya also starts an investigation of his own.
(Source: Aniplex USA)
3. Case Closed Movie 13: The Jet Black Chaser
Kudou Shinichi is living his life as Edogawa Conan, but those days seem to might end pretty soon. The Black Syndicate is coming dangerously close to learning the truth about Shinichi having survived. Conan and everybody around him may end up dead if he doesn't manage to find Irish - a member of the Black Organisation who has infiltrated the police forces, currently investigating a big serial murders case.
4. Tsubasa: Spring Thunder Chronicles
A 4 part OVA released with the limited editions of the Tsubasa and xxxHOLiC volumes.
There are two OVAs for each series, with plots linked together.
They cover the Nihon Country Arc and scarcely some of the Celes Country Arc.
(Source: Official Project Website)
5. xxxHOLiC Shunmuki
A 4 part OVA consisting of two OVAs for each series, with plots linked together. Direct sequel to the events on xxxHOLiC - Kei, with special guests.
6. Eden of The East
On November 22, 2010 ten missiles strike Japan. However, this unprecedented terrorist act, later to be known as "Careless Monday," does not result in any apparent victims, and is soon forgotten by almost everyone. Then, 3 months later... Saki Morimi is a young woman currently in the United States of America on her graduation trip. But just when she is in front of the White House, Washington DC, she gets into trouble, and only the unexpected intervention of one of her fellow countrymen saves her. However, this man, who introduces himself as Akira Takizawa, is a complete mystery. He appears to have lost his memory, is stark naked, except for the gun he holds in one hand, and the mobile phone he's holding in the other. A phone that is charged with 8,200,000,000 yen in digital cash.
(Source: Production I.G website)
7. Lupin III vs. Detective Conan
In a country called Vesparand, a new mineral with super stealth properties has been discovered which attracts Lupin's attention. At the same time the untimely deaths of Queen Sakura and her son, Prince Gill, leave Princess Mira next in succession to the throne. During a trip to Japan, Princess Mira finds her double in Ran and takes the opportunity to trade places, which ends with Ran being spirited away to Vesparand with Conan, Zenigata, Kogoro Mouri, Lupin and Fujiko in tow. There they meet a waiting Jigen and solve the mystery of the deaths of the Queen and Prince.
8. Case Closed OVA 09: The Stranger in 10 Years...
This OVA takes place ten years in the future and chronicles the possible events if Conan Edogawa and Ai Haibara do not take the antidote to APTX 4869 and grow up alongside their friends Genta, Mitsuhiko, and Ayumi, while still maintaining their detective endeavors.
9. Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva
Layton receives a letter from the famed opera singer, Jenis Quatlane, inviting them to see her newest performance. She also asks Layton, Luke and Remi for assistance in a mystery, saying her friend Melina died one year ago, but returned later as a seven year old girl saying she had found the secret of eternal life, and she also knew all the secrets that only the true Melina could know. Naturally, the case fascinates Layton and his apprentice, so they head to the Crown Petone opera house, but Remi stays in London, searching for some girls that went missing in there.
The opera was about a lost kingdom, The Kingdom of Immortals; once, there was a beautiful queen that loved music. She was beloved by everyone in the kingdom. But one day, the queen became very ill. The people of the kingdom toiled to find a cure, but medicine couldn’t help. The queen finally passed away, and right after, the cure was completed: A potion for immortality. The people of the kingdom deeply lamented for the death of their queen. In order to the meet reincarnated queen again, they decided to become immortal, using the just-completed immortality nostrum. Abrosia's Kingdom is still somewhere in this world, waiting for its queen to return, and then, she will sing forever.
After the spectacle finishes, a masked man appears, and proposes something to the audience: "Let's play a game"- he says- "The winner, will have eternal life. The losers, will have to die." It's up to Layton and Luke to enter in the game, and discover the secret of Eternal Life.
Takes place between the events of the video games Professor Layton and the Last Specter and Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask.
10. Eden of The East the Movie I: The King of Eden
The intrigue goes international in The King of Eden, a feature-length conspiracy thriller that continues the action of Eden of the East. The deadly game that began in Japan now intensifies on the streets of New York City. The rules are the same: do whatever it takes to win. Die if you lose.
Takizawa prevented Japan's destruction - and then he vanished. Six months later, clues lead Saki to the Big Apple in search of her missing friend. Meanwhile, the remaining Selecao are plotting their final move. Some of them would prefer Takizawa dead and out of the way. Some might even be willing to help him achieve his goals. Unfortunately, some are prepared to destroy everything if it means claiming checkmate in Mr. Outside's puzzling game.
(Source: Funimation Entertainment)