- Mangaka : Takeuchi, Ryousuke (Story) and Miyoshi, Hikaru (Art)
- Publisher : Viz Media
- Genre : Mystery, Shounen, Psychological
- Published : October 2020 - Ongoing
Yuukoku no Moriarty (Moriarty the Patriot) Introduction (No Spoilers)
In the late 19th century, the British Empire has colonized almost the entire world. Due to the strict hierarchical system, people from the lower class have difficulty in rising up to the top, where corrupted nobles rule over them.
William James Moriarty, the second son of the Moriarty household, is a young mathematics professor who displayed vast intellect ever since he was a child. He lives in a countryside manor along with his brothers Albert and Louis. Unlike any other nobles, William and his brothers have an objective to rebuild the world from the destruction of the corrupted system they are living in. Thus, outside of the academy, William works as a private consultant to solve anyone’s problems.
Yuukoku no Moriarty (Moriarty the Patriot) is a spinoff of Arthur Conan Doyle’s original work by focusing on William James Moriarty as the main antagonist.
If you’re a fan of Arthur Conan Doyle, or not, then you might be familiar with a fictional character called Sherlock Holmes. No, no, we’re not going to focus on Sherlock Holmes much… maybe. But this time, we’re going to read and experience the mind of an antagonist, William James Moriarty, which will be explained in the next section. The artwork of the manga is standard where you can normally find them in any other manga, and leads us to the story. Let’s get into it!
1. The Role of an Antagonist
Surely, some of you will be thinking, why should we read a manga that focuses on a villain? Take a seat, with a cup of tea and a few biscuits on the side, and read us out. Sounds good? Okay.
The story begins with William and Louis got adopted into a noble family thanks to Albert. But due to the hierarchical, Albert’s mother and blood-related brother didn’t take them so kindly and they want them out. Day by day, William and Louis receive unnecessary punishments from Albert’s mother and those moments, including the experiences Albert had acquired in the past as a noble, led Albert to be willing to support William. And that is to destroy the corrupted nobles and rebuild the world where everyone is treated equally. See where the story is going from this? Nowadays, we usually get to use not the protagonist, which is the hero of a story and one of the common objectives is to protect the weak. However, that also applies to the antagonists, which is William and his allies and the main difference is that they are ruthless and wouldn’t mind getting their hand dirty in a smart way. That is what makes this story interesting and allows us to understand why they are going through with this.
The character designs are standard, but the personalities and skill sets each possessed makes you feel like all right, we have a team that can execute a plan without looking like it is done by us which makes them likable in some ways. Based on the early pages, there will be more characters introduced in William’s side and get ready, because, this will give a lot of options to the readers of who is the best husbandos in this series because not only they are hot but their skills are not something to laugh about.
Sometimes, there are scenes where the characters give their most intense and horrifying expression as if they were about to cast a curse upon you. They are shivering experiences but they did a good job on that. Also, looks can be deceiving, so watch yourself.
3. The Perfect Crime
When we read to a point where William says his objective, we were like there’s no way he is going to kill someone… right? Until they found Albert’s mother and his blood-related brother who sneaks into their room to place silverwares as a way to frame them and kicked them out of the house. This is convenient because that is the time where William just shanks Albert’s brother with a plank and Albert strangled his mother. Both were alive and we thought if they’re still alive, wouldn’t they be able to tell the others about this? But nope. They included everyone who deems as their targets by executing their grand plan.
William made use of this vast knowledge to plan out ways to kill them that wouldn’t lead the police to them. Each chapter has unique cases and their perfect crime, but please don’t do this in real life. Such a fine and minor detail of a plan could create such a destructive result.
Chapter 2 and 3 are repetitive, William meets the victims of the corrupted nobles, investigate the issue, prepare the plans, and makes their death look like an accident. We’re hoping for a slight or more different approach in terms of structure, but if you don’t mind about that then this shouldn’t be an issue for you.
Yuukoku no Moriarty (Moriarty the Patriot) depicts how a commoner views to the higher rankings of the hierarchal system of the society with solid reasons of their own. The story became semi-dark in the first chapter and the executions of their crimes are perfect and tailored to mask their footprints from the officials. William, you are one merciless character, but we love it, in a fictional world, so please don’t do this kind of thing in real life. If you’re interested in getting to know the arch-enemy of Sherlock Holmes and experience what William and his group have been through, give this manga a try. Also, to those who have read this series, which character is your husbando?