7 Anime Like Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru (Beautiful Bones: Sakurako's Investigation)

Updated on August 15, 2019
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Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru (Beautiful Bones: Sakurako's Investigation)
Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru (Beautiful Bones: Sakurako's Investigation) | Source

One look at Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru (Beautiful Bones: Sakurako’s Investigation) and you’re in trance with creatures made only of bones marching the background, seemingly trying to make you utter the words “Let’s solve this mystery!” Yes, that’s the same trance Sakurako-san experiences whenever she’s in the mood to investigate and solve the unknown. And accurately, this feeling/experience says a lot about how great of a show this is!

Pretty visuals, mind-tickling immersion to the plot, casual yet baffling atmosphere, and superb characterization and development - these are all in the main arsenal of Beautiful Bones, and there’s more of them! That just means it’s decently good and worthy of a watch!

Thus, for the followers of the show who just can’t get enough, I have oodles of shows to share with you that possesses some degree of sameness and likeness. Here they come – the anime similar to Beautiful Bones! Let’s all solve some mystery!

Plot summary of Beautiful Bones:

In a city where time flows slowly as if it is stagnating, there lives a lady who loves bones. People are walking through time towards the future, but this bone-loving lady cares deeply about the past, which manifests in her love and preservation of bones. Her name is Sakurako Kujou, and she is a genius intellectual who's good at deduction and is also a forensics expert. She is followed around by a student named Shotarou Tatewaki, and together, they solve mysteries and cases of which ties are strong with the past, the present, and the future.

Anime Similar to 'Beautiful Bones: Sakurako's Investigation'
1. Subete ga F ni Naru: The Perfect Insider
2. Ranpo Kitan: Game of Laplace
3. Detective Conan
4. Hyouka
5. Kamisama no Memochou
6. GoSick
7. Danganronpa: The Animation

1. Subete ga F ni Naru: The Perfect Insider

Subete ga F ni Naru: The Perfect Insider
Subete ga F ni Naru: The Perfect Insider | Source

You say mystery, I say Subete ga F ni Naru!

Not only does this anime share the same theme and genre as Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru, it also shares the same season it came out, that is – Fall 2015 Anime Season.

So they’re both about mysteries. They’re also about solving cases and obscurities. Most of all, they’re both about using the power of the mind to the utmost limits, which leads to a “MYSTERY SOLVED!”

Ultimately, if you want a show that is much more philosophical (to a certain degree) and inclined to a darker scheme, watch Subete ga F ni Naru next!

2. Ranpo Kitan: Game of Laplace

Ranpo Kitan: Game of Laplace
Ranpo Kitan: Game of Laplace | Source

While “Ranpo Kitan: Game of Laplace” is actually a not-so-great anime show of the mystery genre, it does share some similarities with Beautiful Bones. And for that reason, I’m putting it here.

First of all, the theme! Both have visually similar themes as they both unfold before the viewer’s eyes. The butterflies for Ranpo Kitan and the bones for Beautiful Bones – they’re screaming in unison and likeness!

Second, the characters. Akechi is the real-deal of a super-smart detective while Sakurako is a highly intellectual forensics expert. And did I mention they both have subpar sidekicks following them around all the time?

Lastly, the execution of mystery. Everything’s about solving things and getting down to truth. Beautiful Bones have done this good so far, but as for Ranpo Kitan, it ended in a wreck! Well, let’s just hope Beautiful Bones doesn’t end the same (let the similarities end only with just the superficial qualities).

3. Detective Conan

Detective Conan
Detective Conan | Source

In the entirety of the crime-busting and detective genre, Detective Conan probably is the best of the best and is the show standing at the very top! Why would I say that? Just look at how many episode it has and how many fan it has (and oh, how many viewers it ever had). Many will surely agree that it’s the best of its genre (or at least, one of the best) that merits even becoming a classic!

Just as Conan Edogawa never seems to get old, the show itself never does too. And that means – more cases and mysteries for everyone! It’s simply not just cases though, but cases that would actually make you think and use some brain cells (that’s if you just want too).

But overall, I think everyone does know this show and most will agree with me putting this here. It has proven its worth, and I know it will continue to do so for a very long time.

4. Hyouka

Hyouka | Source

If there’s something similar with Hyouka and Beautiful Bones, it’s that home-y and casual feel. Maybe it’s there’s a bit of school and home setting with Beautiful Bones, but nothing still beats Hyouka in terms of that.

Hyouka is a perfect mystery series to pass time for everyone. It feels very lazy (just like its main character, Houtarou Oreki), and yet, it unexpectedly excites and fascinates. It must be the quirks of each of its characters and the way they are all laid out.

Honestly, this show is one of those shows you wouldn’t expect to be great. As for Hyouka – it’s refreshing, it’s warm, it’s smart, and it’s mystifying! It’s a stimulating take for anyone who wants to go mystery-cracking but just wants to do it from the couch while lazing-off.

5. Kamisama no Memochou

Kamisama no Memochou
Kamisama no Memochou | Source

Another conundrum show worthy of namedropping is Kamisama no Memochou.

Just like Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru, this one’s brimming with detective and investigative work. Both have a genius girl deduction master and skeptical assistants who reluctantly joins the investigations. To say the least, that just sound really REALLY familiar, right?

Kamisama no Memochou tickles the mind just as much as it tickles the fancy. It enables viewers to utilize their own deductive and reasoning skills whilst the characters of the show figures things out. It’s like being part of the show itself. And that’s what make this show particularly good.

6. GoSick

GoSick | Source

There’s a lot of hype surrounding GoSick with it being a decent puzzle-thriller anime and all, but truly, it does live up to the hype. And that’s why it’s here for matching and comparison.

Just like many of this type of Japanese Animation nowadays, GoSick is a detective series with lots of mysteries to solve. That means lots of thinking and deductions to be done! Also, the characters share the same likeness (like many other shows again), that is – a brilliant girl paired with a subpar boy combination! Sakurako is a bit of the mature side though while Victorique seems to be a gothic loli.

Despite of all that’s been said, GoSick is (or was) on a roll. Who knows what fate awaits Beautiful Bones but, it surely does have an impressive start. And oh, the visuals – absolutely stunning! GoSick is decent in terms of visuals too so watch it next if you want.

7. Danganronpa: The Animation

Danganronpa: The Animation
Danganronpa: The Animation | Source

One school, fifteen students, and a crazy-dangerous scenario. They’re all trapped inside the school. The only way to get out is to graduate. But graduating??? Yeah, it never was that easy. As for Danganronpa, to graduate is to commit the perfect crime - kill a classmate and never let anyone know.

So, given what has been said – “Danganronpa: The Animation” is a mystery series focused on deductive reasoning and using that same reasoning to figure out who committed the murder. To add insult to injury, all the students except the murderer dies if they don’t find out whodunit. It’s either everyone dies or the murderer dies. But killing or remaining alone is the only way out, which makes it even harder.

So at the end, brain cells are put to the test, stretching and burning to the utmost limits, determined to survive and escape from the deadly ordeal. Let the investigation and trial begin!

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      Fred Heiser 

      2 years ago

      Very sad! Whatever happened to Beautiful Bones? The big arc is just getting warmed up and I never saw another season!


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