It's not often that I watch anime series.
I'm always picky about which movies or series to watch - same with anime. The title, the plot, and the rating, all help a lot while I'm scouring through the many titles I see in front of me, but ultimately even that's not enough reason for me to pick something to invest my time into. A series, any of them, takes up quite some time - but I prefer them. If the story continues, all the better for me. But when I come across a series that is relatively short but good, it drives me to the conclusion that there should have been more. Moriarty the Patriot (2020-2022) is one of those.
Moriarty the Patriot (2020-2022)
Although it's not very time-consuming for me to select movies or films, I'm a novice when it comes to anime series. This is why, I'm spending more time only looking at titles and posters of them instead of playing one. With films, I can decide upon one just by titles, directors, or the casts but this is where I fumble with anime series - I have only plots to rely on. For me, plots are the most important element for a movie or series - if it's not an interesting plot, I'd not be watching that film or show (at least not for a while).
There was only one particular reason to choose Moriarty the Patriot - Moriarty himself was the reason. I am a big fan of the British TV series Sherlock and Moriarty the perfect villain. But most of the time we're used to watching their stories through Holmes' point of view. Moriarty has always been portrayed as an antagonist who wants to watch the world burn and then mold it how he sees fit - at least that's what I thought it was. But here in this anime series, Moriarty was the protagonist though still a villain. All of his schemes and wrongdoings had a goal. It's the same goal as before; burning the world down and reshaping it but ultimately has a more profound feeling.
The earlier or other Moriarty portrayals showed the crazy criminal side of his but this anime portrayal of his was somewhat righteous. I don't believe any of his acts were righteous. Being willing to drench his hand for the greater good, and presenting himself as a necessary evil were a good plot basis; he is a strong character from beginning to end. What's more surprising is the fact that Sherlock and William had forged a distant friendship even with the latter using the former as a pawn. Surprisingly, Sherlock had limited screen time, and appearing after episode 6, he still didn't have much dominance over the show until episode 21. But there's some more mystery in the series as well.
The series is short and with only 26 episodes. It didn't take me long enough to finish it. But while I was watching it, it felt somewhat familiar. It reminded me of Black Butler which I watched just a few weeks ago - 19th century England wasn't the only thing common between the two. The artworks in the two series were also noticeably similar. If you have already seen Black Butler then Moriarty the Patriot will strike as a copy perhaps. Though both of them have their great points, I prefer the latter more - it is short. Also, the artwork is quite beautiful. The series is entertaining from the very first episode and has great background music and soundtracks. It was worth the watch.
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