Moriarty the Patriot follows the tale of mathematician turned crime sleuth William James Moriarty and follows his exploits as he tries to change the world all while solving cases that come across his way. Moriarty might seem like a hero but underneath his charismatic smile lies a burning desire to alter the very world we know. As Moriarty begins to dive further into the world of crime he will soon cross paths with the world-famous Sherlock Holmes who is destined to be his arch-enemy. Will Moriarty prove his way of life is the truth or will he fall victim to letting his own ego corrupt his soul?
Strangely enough, if you told us that Moriarty the Patriot would end up being one of our favorite anime of fall 2020 we would have chuckled. There were an absurd amount of shows to air this fall that truly blew our expectations out of the water but strangely enough, Moriarty the Patriot went above and beyond. We fell in love with this mystery/psychological thriller based on the original characters seen in the novels from Sir Author Conan Doyle and we’re sure we aren’t the only ones. Let’s discuss what we loved about Moriarty the Patriot—and the few issues we had—in our review!
A New Take on a Beloved Classic
Sherlock Holmes’ arch-enemy Moriarty has always been a staple of the classic story we know and love. Moriarty the Patriot takes the original design and throws a completely new twist into the system by making Moriarty both likable and equally egotistical. Instead of always rooting for Holmes you find the rivalry between the two—when it does appear—to be less in favor of the beloved detective and more towards the known villain. This set up makes the entirety of Moriarty the Patriot to feel less like a retread of familiar grounds and almost like a remake of the well-known story.
Moriarty the Patriot isn’t just one giant narrative but instead various cases that have an underlining plot in the background. We loved the numerous stories provided in Moriarty the Patriot and constantly felt ourselves immersed in the detective work happening on screen. Any mystery anime that can capture our attention like that is a truly solid series and should be praised.
Loving the Destined Villain
Seriously, one element that we gushed over constantly in Moriarty the Patriot was the fact that Production I.G was able to take a character known to be a villain and turn him into a pretty boy anti-hero. If you know what the original design is for Moriarty you know he’s far from the word “handsome” and looks like an evil man who wants to rule the world. In Moriarty the Patriot, Moriarty is quite debonair and has an air of class to him that makes him likeable, intriguing and slightly cynical. Moriarty might go down in history as one of our favorite anti-heroes and he kind of deserves that title.
Not Enough Sherlock Holmes
While not a huge issue, if you’re a die-hard fan of the classic literature of Sherlock Homes then you might have issue with the titular character’s lack of screen time. Sherlock Holmes takes a back seat to Moriarty—which makes sense as this series is focusing on the latter—and only truly starts appearing in the story near the end of the first cour. Try to go into Moriarty the Patriot with an open mind if you’re a super fan of all things Holmes.
Weirdly enough, Moriarty the Patriot is only 11 episodes and while there has been a confirmation of another season coming soon, this makes the finale feel quite rushed. The last episode was thought-provoking and impactful as Moriarty clashed with Holmes to solve a dubious murder but then the series wraps up with a sudden appearance from a new possible threat and a cliffhanger. In our minds, we would have liked Moriarty the Patriot to be at least 12-13 episodes but again this only a minor issue.
Moriarty the Patriot was one of the best fall 2020 anime hands down. Not only was each arc exciting and beautifully animated but the way Moriarty was altered for a modern audience was truly a work of art. We really loved each episode and can’t wait for the next cour to start up soon! What did you fellow otaku out there think of Moriarty the Patriot? Comment below to sound off on your thoughts! For more anime reviews be sure to keep stuck to our brilliant hive here at Honey’s Anime!