Tantei Opera Milky Holmes (探偵オペラ ミルキィホームズ Tantei Opera Mirukii Hōmuzu ) is a media franchise owned by the Japanese trading card game company Bushiroad. It consists of an Internet radio drama, released in December 2009; an anime adaptation by J.C.Staff, the first season of which aired between October 7, 2010 and December 23, 2010; a manga adaptation serialized in Comp Ace from 2010; a visual novel PlayStation Portable game, released in Japan on December 16, 2010; a trading card game tie-in with Bushiroad's Weiß Schwarz; and a light novel series published by ASCII Media Works under their Dengeki Bunko label. A second anime season was announced by Bushiroad via Twitter to begin airing in January 2012.
Set in a futuristic world, there exist "Toys" which grant people superhuman abilities. This is responsible for a wave of crimes and necessitates employing Toy-using detectives to help solve them. Opera Kobayashi runs a detective agency, Milky Holmes, staffed by four aspiring young girl detectives who attend the Holmes Detective Academy, and each girl possesses their own unique Toy.
In the anime series, the four girls, Sherlock, Nero, Hercule and Cordelia, lose the ability to use their Toys during an encounter with the phantom thieves. Taken away from their rich lifestyle and thrown into an attic, the girls must try and regain use of their Toys or else face expulsion from Holmes Detective Academy.
- Sherlock Shellinford (シャーロック・シェリンフォード Shārokku Sherinfōdo )
- Voiced by: Suzuko Mimori
- The leader of Milky Holmes, named after Sherlock Holmes. She's known to be particularly clumsy but is always caring. Her Toy gives her telekinesis.
- Nero Yuzurizaki (譲崎 ネロ Yuzurizaki Nero )
- Voiced by: Sora Tokui
- An obnoxious girl with a hefty appetite, named after Nero Wolfe. She speaks with the masculine term 'boku'. Her Toy allows her to control machines.
- Hercule "Elly" Barton (エルキュール・バートン Erukyūru Bāton )
- Voiced by: Mikoi Sasaki
- A very shy girl, named after Hercule Poirot, who is easily embarrassed. Her Toy gives her superhuman strength.
- Cordelia Glauca (コーデリア・グラウカ Kōderia Gurauka )
- Voiced by: Izumi Kitta
- A blonde girl who often gets delusional concerning the relationship within the group, named after Cordelia Gray. She tends to get rather delusional whenever she is scared. Her Toy allows her to see and hear things others cannot.
- Kamaboko (かまぼこ lit. Fish Paste )
- Voiced by: Hiro Shimono
- A stray cat the girls find and keep inside the attic.
- Opera Kobayashi (小林 オペラ Kobayashi Opera )
- Voiced by: Shūta Morishima
- The protagonist of the PSP games who is said to be the person who trained Milky Holmes. His name is based after Yoshio Kobayashi. In the PSP game, he lost his Toy much the same as the Milky Holmes.
- Henriette Mystere (アンリエット・ミステール Anrietto Misutēru ) / Arséne (アルセーヌ Arusēnu )
- Voiced by: Satomi Akesaka
- The leader of the Gentlemen Thieves whose Toys can cast illusions. She is currently undercover as the Student Council President at Holme's Academy. She craves strong opponents such as Sherlock to fight against, so when Milky Holmes lose their Toys, she strives to help them to return to their most powerful states so they can satisfy her. Named after Arsène Lupin.
- Souseki Ishinagare (石流 漱石 Ishinagare Sōseki ) / Stone River (ストーンリバー Sutōn Ribā )
- Voiced by: Takuma Terashima
- A stern man who battles with a katana. His Toys allow him to immobilize an opponent. Undercover as a school janitor. Named after Ishikawa Goemon.
- Kai Nijuuri (二十里 海 Nijuuri Kai ) / Twenty (トゥエンティ Tuenti )
- Voiced by: Daisuke Kishio
- A crafty magician who uses various English words and attacks using cards. He is wildly perverted and constantly shows off his erect nipples to the chagrin of the students. His Toys allows him to disguise himself perfectly. Undercover as a teacher. His name is based after Edogawa Rampo's Fiend of Twenty Faces.
- Jiro Nezu (根津 次郎 Nezu Jiro ) / Rat (ラット Ratto )
- Voiced by: Hiro Shimono
- A young boy with a Flame Toy used for lighting various explosives. Undercover as a classmate. Named after Nezumi Kozō.
- Kokoro Akechi (明智 小衣 Akechi Kokoro )
- Voiced by: Yoshino Nanjō
- The leader of Genius 4 (known as G4 for short), a police investigation unit. She is a bossy girl who looks down on Milky Holmes since they lost their toys. She smacks Sherlock with a golden mask whenever she calls her "Kokoro-chan". Her name is based on Edogawa Rampo's Kogoro Akechi.
- Tsugiko Zenigata (銭形 次子 Zenigata Tsugiko )
- Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro
- A spunky green haired girl. Her name is based on Zenigata Heiji
- Hirano Hasegawa (長谷川 平乃 Hasegawa Hirano )
- Voiced by: Ryōko Shintani
- A polite girl who can deal a sleep-inducing karate chop. Her name is based on Hasegawa Heizō.
- Saku Tooyama (遠山 咲 Tōyama Saku )
- Voiced by: Yukari Tamura
- A soft spoken girl who wears headphones. She appears to have a thing for retro technology. Her name is based on Tōyama Kagemoto.
- Rei Kamitsu (神津 玲 Kamitsu Rei )
- Voiced by: Susumu Chiba
- The head of G4. His name is based on Kyōsuke Kamitsu.
An anime adaptation of Tantei Opera Milky Holmes by J.C. Staff aired between October 7, 2010 and December 23, 2010 and was also streamed by Crunchyroll. A special episode aired in August 2011. The opening theme is "The Answer Is One! Not!!" (正解はひとつ!じゃない!! Seikai wa Hitotsu! Janai!! ) by Suzuko Mimori, Sora Tokui, Mikoi Sasaki and Izumi Kitta, while the ending theme is "Instinct Doubt" (本能のDOUBT Honnou no DOUBT ) by Faylan. The ending theme for the TV special is "Party Party!" (パーティーパーティー! Pātī Pātī! ) by Mimori, Tokui, Sasaki and Kitta. A second anime season, titled Tantei Opera Milky Holmes: Act 2 (探偵オペラ ミルキィホームズ 第2幕 Tantei Opera Miruki Hōmuzu Dai-ni Maku ) began airing from January 5, 2012 and will be streamed by Nico Nico. The opening theme is "Mystery! Mystery? Happiness!!" (ナゾ!ナゾ?Happiness!! Nazo! Nazo? Happiness!! ) by Mimori, Tokui, Sasaki and Kitta whilst the ending theme is "Lovely Girls Anthem" by Natsuko Aso.
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