Top 15 Best Detective Anime for Adventure and Mystery

Best Detective Anime
How many can you solve?

Navigating the anime world can be difficult when there are so many shows in different genres to watch. From romance to dark fantasy, every genre is covered. Detective animes, however, have been on the rise the last few years.

This list is perfect for anyone who has a passion for solving mysteries.

15. Ghost Hunt


High school student Taniyama Mai was exploring the abandoned school building that is the center of many ghost stories when she broke Shibuya Kazuya camera and injured his assistant. Shibuya Kazuya, the president of the Shibuya Psychic Research Company on campus, was asked by the principal to investigate the stories about the building. Mai must now replace Kazuya’s injured assistant for the investigation and learn about the paranormal world.

Mai must learn to handle the paranormal world/ghost hunting and all the danger that comes with it.

14. Another

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Kouichi Sakakibara transfers into Yomiyama North and is fascinated by student Mei Misak. The only thing is that no one else seems to pay any attention to Mei. That’s because Mei passed away in 1972. Kouichi must find out the truth about Mei and the tragic events surrounding the campus.

As Kouichi get closer to Mei, he needs to find out the true story behind her death and his class.

13. Death Note

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Light Yagami is a bright high school student that one day finds a Death Note on the ground. The Death Note, from the shinigami Ryuk, has the power to kill the people whose name is written in it. Light starts to use the Death Note to kill off criminals and create a world with no crime. Police start to notice the pattern of dying criminals and hires L, the world's greatest detective.

With the power of the Death Note getting to Light, he must avoid the police and L from catching him.

12. Durarara!!


Unusual but dangerous things happen in Tokyo’s downtown district of Ikebukuro. Ikebukuro biggest myth is of the Black Rider, a headless monster who rides a motorcycle. When Mika Ryugamine moves to this downtown area he is eager to explore a bigger city. Mika along with his best friend, Masaomi, witness the Black Rider when supernatural events begin to occur.

Mika and his friends must find out how many secrets and mysteries Ikebukuro actually holds.

11. Tokyo Ghoul


Tokyo residents live in fear of Ghouls, creatures who look just like humans but want to eat human flesh. After a violent attack Ken Kaneki ends up being turned into the first ever Ghoul-human half blood. He must survive the violent events of the Ghouls groups as a Ghoul-human.

As Kaneki’s new secret life begins as a half-human/half-ghoul hybrid he must navigate both societies and find out the truth.

10. Made in the Abyss

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The Abyss is a giant pit, gaping downwards for hundreds and thousands of feet. The nature of the Abyss is unknown with treasures and terrifying beasts. Riko, the daughter of the missing White Whistle, Lyza the Annihilator, wants to be just like her mother and explore the furthest aspects of the Abyss. Riko doesn’t know about the real existence of the Abyss.

A strong, independent Riko must go to the deepest part of the Abyss to find out the true power it holds.

9. Monster

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Set in 1986, after the fall of Berlin Wall in Germany neurosurgeon, Dr. Kenzou Tenma, was preparing to do surgery on a patient when he got an order from the hospital director telling him to switch patients and instead perform life-saving brain surgery. When a similar situation occurs when Dr. Tenma was support to perform surgery on a patient he is ordered to perform surgery on the town's mayor Dr. Tenma stands his ground.

With kills from a criminal and a doctor who is the real monster?

8. Baccano!

Uzumaki Naruto

A tale of three stories: In the early 1930s, in Chicago, on a transcontinental train, the Flying Pussyfoot, there are 3 different gangs fighting to gain control of the train. At the same time mafias are running secret speakeasies trying to gain power over each other. Additionally, a girl and the mafia are looking for her criminal brother who’s been missing for two years. Who can gain the power they want?

Fate is intertwined in these stories for power and immortality.

7. Gosick


In the 1920s, foreign exchange student Kazuya Kujou enrolls at Saint Marguerite Academy, an extravagant boarding school in the Southern European. Kujou is an outcast at his school with his traditional Japanese features and gets the nickname "Black Reaper," from a popular urban legend. One day Kujou meets genius, Victorique de Blois. Kujou and Victorique team up and start to solve the schools unsolved mysteries.

Kujou and Victorique have no choice, but rely on each other when mysteries quickly form in their school.

6. Psycho-Pass


In the 22nd century, Japan is now a place where just thinking about a crime is enough to make you guilty. Japan now has the Sibyl System, a system that watches everyone and determines their threat level by looking at their mental state for signs of criminal intent. Akane Tsunemori is a new worker for the Sibyl System and while working with a veteran worker, Shinya Kougami, Akane learns that the system is not perfect in its judgments.

True justice must find its way back into a world where just thinking of a crime is punishable.

5. UN-GO

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Tokyo is lucky to have Detective Shinjuurou Yuuki, aka Defeated Detective, who has solved many cases, particularly homicides, that have led to many criminal arrest. Shinjuurou doesn’t solve them all by himself though, he has a strange associate called Inga. Inga doesn’t have the purest intentions like Shinjuurou for the people they catch. But Shinjuurou has no idea about how strange his associate really is.

Shinjuurou can find any criminal, but can he catch one right under his own nose?

4. Detective Conan

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Genius high school student Shinichi Kudou is recognised for solving hard cases. When Shinichi sees two suspicious men, he decides to follow them. However, Shinichi is caught spying on the men and they dose him with an experimental drug formulated by their criminal organization, then leave him to his death. Shockingly, Shinichi lives, but now is in the body of a seven-year-old child.

In his new seven-year-old body Shinichi must now try to get the police to take him seriously as he goes after the criminal organization that did this to him.

3. Psychic Detective Yakumo


Yakumo Saito is not your typical high school student. He was born with a red-eye that allows him to see and talk with the dead. He even takes on paranormal cases and uses his talents to solve mysteries, bringing criminals to justice. But, he soon finds himself the target of a sinister duo that plan to fill his heart with hatred and despair.

Yakumo must use all of his skills to solve the ultimate cold case before he ends up dead like the rest!

2. Erased


Struggling manga artist Satoru Fujinuma has a strange phenomenon occurs when tragedy is about to strike. He can send himself back in time several minutes before the accident occurs. However, when he is wrongfully accused of murdering someone close to him, he sends himself back in time, but ends up in 1988, 18 years in the past. He must now figure out why he was sent back 18 years and solve the events leading up to the murder.

As Satoru’s life unravels he must solve a life or death case.

1. Hyouka

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High Schooler Houtarou Orek is forced by his sister to join the school's Classic Literature Club. There he meets a curious girl by the name by Chitanda Eru. Together they try and solve various mysteries around school. But can they solve the mystery that surrounds the 45-year-old club room?

Mysteries and romance blossom in this manga that solves everyday mysteries.

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