Everyone’s loving Fugou Keiji, a great anime where guys can relate to either a rich, handsome, powerful main character or the true-to-his-roots, moral, well-liked main character. Others can enjoy Daisuke and Haru from a romantic aspect, or envision a relationship between the two guys! Fugou Keiji does a lot of circumventing expectations from Daisuke and Suzue’s relationship to any expectation that Daisuke will see that money can’t solve everything. The moral ambiguity with outlandish events and schadenfreude humor make it a lot of fun to watch so here are some other anime with a similar feel!
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1. Housekishou Richard-shi no Nazo Kantei (The Case Files of Jeweler Richard)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: January 2020 – March 2020
A chance meeting with college student Seiji and gem appraiser Richard lead to a lifelong regret finally being settled. Richard provides Seiji not only closure, he offers him part-time work at his store. Seiji slowly learns more about gems and more about the complex relationships people have with them. Together, the two men work to not just sell gems but to provide real lasting hope and direction through their use and knowledge of precious stones.
The Case Files of Jeweler Richard is mostly devoid of humor but shares in the episodic adventures with very different people that culminates in an interconnected plot that further links our two main characters. Seigi (whose name means justice) is committed to going out of his way to help others even if it bothers them, much like Haru. Daisuke and Richard are both rich, upper-class, polished individuals but Richard is a more likable fellow with his steadfast determination to treat everyone equally regardless of nationality, sexual orientation, or gender. Daisuke treats people much the same but in more of a total disinterest type of way. Both shows also have a pretty supporting female character with specific, helpful knowledge that seems super competent at times and super awkward at other times!
Housekishou Richard-shi no Nazo Kantei PV
2. Great Pretender
- Episodes: 23
- Aired: June 2020 – September 2020
Edamura Makoto is a master swindler who has his whole identity wrapped up in being the number one in Japan. His hubris leads him to pick the wrong target one day and ends up getting swindled himself! Thinking he’ll just follow foreigner/fellow swindler Laurent back to America and make him return his money, Makoto realizes he’s only fallen for the biggest scam of his life! Now somehow tied up in a job far bigger than he ever anticipated, Makoto tries to keep up with the Robin Hood of scammers
Makoto and Laurent get along about as well as Daisuke and Haru. Haru and Makoto may be on opposite sides on the law but they are both very set in their ways and are completely blindsided by their domineering new partners they never asked for. The humor is very similar to Fugou Keiji so if you like how crazy and impossible things get in the face of a very uptight guy, you’ll definitely want to check this out. Money and connections make the impossible very possible and you’ll find yourself constantly surprised and delighted with each new episode.
Great Pretender PV
3. Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: January 2018 – March 2018
Hakata is a lively city of extravagant nightlight, delicious food, and also incredibly resourceful hitmen. Several businesses dealing in death and vengeance operate in this area and often find themselves fighting over targets and getting swept up in the schemes of other businesses. This twisted world brings together professional hitman Lin and detective Banba as their survival becomes dependent on each other.
If you love the ‘detectives teaming up with weird choices of partner’ angle, you’ll enjoy the easy-going Banba and short-tempered Lin’s detective/assassin relationship. There are crooked goings-on behind closed doors and a full cast of memorable characters for you to love and worry about losing. The absurdity of some of the situations can make you forget the inherent dark themes of both anime which is a nice break from some depressing topics. Lin and Daisuke both seem a bit removed from normal people, feeling that their assassination abilities and money respectively will allow them to avoid trouble and thus don’t try to blend in or move secretly. Lin’s crossdressing is super convincing until he opens his foul mouth but we dare say that’s part of his charm.
Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen Trailer
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4. Double Decker! Doug & Kirill
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: September 2018 – December 2018
Kirill finds it hard to stick to his meager duties as a lowly cop when he dreams of being a hero the whole city of Lisvalletta knows by name. Enter special investigator of SEVEN-0 Doug that specializes in crimes pertaining to the use of the drug terrorizing the city, Anthem. Special police must be brought in to deal with Anthem users who develop super-human powers and deadly mutations. When a chance meeting brings Doug and Kirill together, they find that together they make a very interesting team. Thus begins Kirill’s rise to hero!
Both Kirill and Haru have a bit of a hero complex, but Kirill is super goofy about it. Both servants of justice are prepared to use unconventional means to get the job done, no matter what the job might be. Like Fugou Keiji, the male pair detectives are the stars of the show but each has their own people that help carry out their justice. With such lively characters, it can be easy to forget that death is lurking just around the corner.
Double Decker! Doug & Kirill PV
5. Kabukichou Sherlock (Case File nº221: Kabukicho)
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: October 2019 – March 2020
Just outside of the bright neon lights that illuminate Kabukichou is a seedy darkness that claims many a victim. The Pipe Cat is an okama bar that also serves as a meeting place for the best detectives around to take on these mysterious and deadly cases attracting the eccentric genius Sherlock Holmes and the troubled John Watson. Despite wanting Holmes to investigate his personal case, Watson ends up accompanying Holmes as he solves cases around Kabukichou thanks to his excellent observational skills and powers of deduction. In doing so, Watson starts to uncover the truth about his own circumstances.
A modern retelling of Holmes and Watson in the dark underworld of Kabukichou, this anime shares the eccentric comedy and unconventional crime-solving that made Fugou Keiji so much fun to watch. Watson has a hard time keeping up with Holmes much like Haru with Daisuke although Daisuke doesn’t break out into a rakugo performance spontaneously. Neither seem to be motivated by justice but still help find justice in their ways. Both sets of partners find themselves mixed up in a huge conspiracy that intersects their work and personal lives so don’t be fooled by the upbeat first few episodes!
Kabukichou Sherlock PV
6. Mo Dao Zu Shi
- Episodes: 15
- Aired: July 2018 – October 2018
Cultivators strive to act piously and hone their spiritual skills to protect the common people and achieve immortality and thus shun the demonic arts. However, Wei Wuxian who takes nothing seriously gets caught up in his quest for power and is killed after causing much death and destruction. After 13 years, a hopeless man sacrifices his life so that a vengeful spirit might take over his body and punish his family which turns into the perfect chance for Wei Wuxian to walk the earth again! He hoped to keep a low profile but it’s not long before he comes face to face with the man who was once his closest friend and his killer.
At first, these anime may seem to be quite opposite, exchanging a modern detective story for a tale of ancient spiritual warriors, but there are some notable similarities. The pairing of the studious, serious Lan Wangji and the chaotic though well-meaning Wei Wuxian provides a similar straight man/funny man pair who are always at odds with each other. Despite being quite funny, they also both bring up morally ambiguous dilemmas and show the pros and cons of doing things by the book and breaking the rules. The romantic undertones between our attractive male leads are also a reason to celebrate for those that were all too happy to learn Suzue and Daisuke were relatives!
Mo Dao Zu Shi Trailer
We love some male bonding, and the ambiguous nature of Millionnaire Detective’s Haru and Daisuke’s relationship is mirrored in many of our suggestions, allowing imaginative minds to run free yet also being a solid enough friendship for those not interested in BL. It’s often fun to take a break from the good vs bad narrative and blur the lines a little so the audience can interpret their own ideas of justice. Of course, lots of laughs to break up some heavy topics can keep us ready to watch more and we’re glad to see that especially in shows like Kabukichou Sherlock and Mo Dao Zu Shi.
Adult professional men working together is a lot more relatable for the older anime fans than high schoolers balancing homework and being heroes! Let us know in the comments if you’ve found similar charms in other detective anime!