Top 10 Mystery Anime of 2014
1. MUSHI-SHI The Next Passage 2
Second season of Mushishi Zoku Shou.
2. MUSHI-SHI The Next Passage
They existed long before anyone can remember. They are simple and strange in nature, not resembling any other plant or animal in this world. In ancient times, people revered these bizarre creatures and called them "Mushi."
People once again began to believe in the existence of these "Mushi" when they began affecting their lives in inexplicable ways.
The one who connects the world of "Mushi" to the world of humans—they were called the "Mushi-shi."
All life exists not to hinder others in this world.
They are simply there to live as they were meant to.
(Source: Aniplex USA)
3. MUSHI-SHI Special: Hihamukage
New one-hour special which will adapt an upcoming two-chapter manga. When an eclipse occurs, the sun remains dark in one area. The mushi expert Ginko must come and determine how to return the sun to the village before their crops die. The secret seems connected to twin girls who live nearby. (ANN)
4. MUSHI-SHI The Next Passage Specials
Unaired episode of Mushishi Zoku Shou bundled with anime's third Blu-ray/DVD volume.
Adapts "Odoro no Michi" (Path of Thorns) manga chapters.
Final season of the Monogatari Series, part 1/5. Contains the arc Yotsugi Doll from the Tsukimonogatari light novel.
Koyomi Araragi is studying hard for his college entrance exams when he notices something strange: his reflection no longer appears in the mirror, a characteristic of a true vampire. Worried about the state of his body, he enlists the help of the human-like doll Yotsugi Ononoki and her master Yozuru Kagenui. Quickly realizing what the problem is, Kagenui gives Araragi two choices: abstain from using the vampiric abilities he received from Shinobu Oshino, or risk losing his humanity for good.
Second season of the Monogatari Series, part 2/2. Contains the arc Suruga Devil from the Hanamonogatari light novel.
Now that Koyomi Araragi and Hitagi Senjougahara have graduated, few familiar faces remain at Naoetsu Private High School. One of them is Suruga Kanbaru, holder of the Monkey's Paw. When she begins to hear talk of a mysterious being known as the "Devil," who will magically solve any problem, she immediately thinks these rumors are about her and decides to investigate.
Kanbaru discovers the Devil is actually Rouka Numachi, a former rival who provides free advice to those who seek her out now that she can no longer play basketball due to a leg injury. As a collector of misfortune, Numachi enjoys relieving her clients' stress by giving them false hope. Though Kanbaru sees no real harm being done, she reprimands Rouka for lying and heads home, relieved she is not the cause of the rumors. But the next morning, when she finds that her left hand has reverted back to its original form, she may have a reason to worry after all.
7. When Marnie Was There
Suffering from frequent asthma attacks, young Anna Sasaki is quiet, unsociable, and isolated from her peers, causing her foster parent endless worry. Upon recommendation by the doctor, Anna is sent to the countryside, in hope the cleaner air and more relaxing lifestyle will improve her health and help clear her mind. Engaging in her passion for sketching, Anna spends her summer days living with her aunt and uncle in a small town near the sea. One day while wandering outside, Anna discovers an abandoned mansion known as the Marsh House. However, she soon finds that the residence isn't as vacant as it appears to be, running into a mysterious girl named Marnie. Marnie's bubbly demeanor slowly begins to draw Anna out of her shell as she returns night after night to meet with her new friend. But it seems there is more to the strange girl than meets the eye—as her time in the town nears its end, Anna begins to discover the truth behind the walls of the Marsh House. Omoide no Marnie tells the touching story of a young girl's journey through self-discovery and friendship, and the summer that she will remember for the rest of her life. [Written by MAL Rewrite]
8. Terror in Resonance
On a summer day…
A massive terrorist bombing suddenly strikes Tokyo.
The culprits behind the act that woke up this complacent nation from its slumber, were just two young boys.
Now, the culprits known as "Sphinx" begin a grandiose game that encompasses the entire nation.
9. Case Closed Movie 18: The Sniper from Another Dimension
Shuichi Akai is targeted by a mysterious sniper and Masumi Sera is shot. Tokyo is in panic, citizens are taken in the shooting of a sniper. Nothing is known about him. Why was Sera targeted? Will Akai survive from this? Jodie Starling and Subaru Okiya are also in this one. Will Conan be able to find and apprehend the culprit?
10. Magic Kaito 1412
Kaito Kuroba, a normal teenage student whose father is often absent. When his father dies under mysterious circumstances, he is made aware of his father's secret identity; a famous international criminal known as International Criminal 1412: the Phantom Thief, and that he was murdered by a mysterious organization for refusing to aid them in retrieving the "Pandora Gem"; a mystical stone said to shed a "tear" during the passing of a particular comet (often called the 'Volley Comet'), the consumption of which bestows immortality.
He vows to prevent the organization from gaining immortality, and assumes his father's identity as he begins his quest for the gem. His only clues as to the gem's location are that it glows red under the full moon and that it is a doublet: a gem hidden within a larger gem. Thus, it would have to be a relatively large one with a bizarre history, and always stored in a place that never receives moonlight. He thus researches and steals famous priceless gems with odd histories from incredibly well-defended areas, and always returns them after the very next full moon.