Long time anime fans will be more than aware of the talents of NISIOISIN, author of not only the Death Note novels, Another Note: Tales of the BB Murder Case and L: Change the World, but also his own famously popular Monogatari series. When I first heard of this series through the trailer for the brand new anime, I grew even more excited to know it was based on a new series from NISIOISIN.
Book one of the Pretty Boy Detective Club is titled The Dark Star That Shines For You Alone and follows narrator, Dojima Mayumi, as she takes to her middle school’s mysterious Pretty Boy Detective Club to help find a star she has not been able to locate for 10-years. The stakes for this aspiring astronaut are high as she has promised her parents that she would give up her space travelling dreams by her 14th birthday. The boys determine her case is a beautiful one and agree to take it on… only to be caught up in a much bigger plot than any of them expected with far more danger than anyone signed on for.
Right off the bat I fell in love with every single one of the characters. The boys themselves are entirely original combinations of shojo boy tropes and a female lead that is equal parts ditzy and observant. From the get-go, the way the cast interacted with each other reminded me of Ouran High School Host Club and as things got going, it was absolutely The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya levels of chaotic. It made me laugh so much while also making me relate wholeheartedly to the dejected, self-depreciating Mayumi.
I wanted something light to read, I wanted someone fun. And that’s exactly what I got. I wish nothing but the best for the anime adaptation (which has a theme song by the incredibly sumika and has given us all a goofy new dance to learn that seriously only intensifies the comparison to Haruhi Suzumiya since the dance makes me think of the Hare Hare Yukai) as it continues on.
If you’re new to light novels and want some slice-of-life shenanigans, I highly recommend picking up this one. If you’ve been around for a while and want some nostalgia, I highly recommend picking up this one. The Pretty Boy Detective Club is absolutely a read for everyone.
Three cheers for NISIOISIN’s continued success.