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''Detective School Q'' or ''Tantei Gakuen Q'' is a 22 volume manga by Seimaru Amagi that ran from 2001 to 2005. It was adapted into television in 2003, albeit incompletely, spanning a mere forty-five episodes covering only the beginning of the manga, leaving out most of the plot. Later, the series was also adapted into a live action drama.

This story involves a group of students called the Q class of Dan Detective School, founded by RetiredBadass Detective Morihiko Dan, the best detective in Japan. These students, led by Kyū Renjō, form a FiveManBand and are task to solve seemingly unsolvable mysteries, as well as to battle a criminal organization led by Pluto who had a past with Morihiko Dan and a mysterious connection with one of the students...

Now has a character sheet that could ''really'' use some love.

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* ACupAngst: Sakurako Yukihira is lacking in the mammary department, much to her displeasure.
* ActionGirl: Shino and Yukihira, though each gets hit with the DistressBall at least once.
* AdrenalineMakeover: Subverted. [[spoiler: Kuniko]] drastically changed her looks between a ''very'' traumatic incident and her arrival to Class A, but it takes her ''much'' more than that to fully blossom.
* AffablyEvil: Anubis
* BecomingTheMask: [[spoiler: Ryu]] was supposed to be TheMole, but [[spoiler: he grew fond of Kyuu, Megu, Kazuma and Kinta for real]]. as time passed.
* BerserkButton: Please don't comment on Megu's panties.
** And in the case of her older sister Akane, '''don't''' mess up with anything in the Minami household.
* BreakTheCutie: More than once case is a painful, slow, tear-jerking breaking process for either victims, {{Sympathetic Murderer}}s or witnesses, the top examples being [[spoiler: Miyo Fuuma, the three Ichinose siblings, Kuniko Tooya, Mitsuru Hoshou and both her boyfriend Manabu and her half-sister Arisa, Midori Tachikawa, and Yuri Hitsuji]]. And in-story, [[spoiler: Ryu]] gets progressively broken as he develops more.
* BrownNote: The "Banquet of Evil" violin solo drives a violinist into increasing insanity as soon as he hears it, and it's mentioned that a mysterious person is forcing three other people to hear it as well through cellphone calls. The reason? [[spoiler: It was the favorite musical piece of a brilliant player who was handicapped [[DrivenToSuicide and killed herself]]... after an horrible trap staged by the other four (it was actually three, because her boyfriend has never considered that this could lead to tragedy). [[LoveMakesYouEvil Who end up murdered]] [[SympatheticMurderer by the girl's fellow violinist and the aforementioned boyfriend]]. And had he not done it, they would've died at the hands of the girl's half-sister.]]
* TheCameo: You can find a cameo of [[TheKindaichiCaseFiles Kindaichi Hajime]] among the wave of people taking the exam in the first chapter.
* ChickMagnet: Ryu. Older women, young girls and ''little girls'' blush at the sight of him.
** If you count the HoYay with Kyuu and the FoeYay with [[spoiler: Anubis]], he falls squarely into EvenTheGuysWantHim.
* TheChikan: A whole episode centers on this type of delinquent. One of them attacks Kuniko in a train, and once she recovers from the incoming HeroicBSOD, Yukihira and Megu help her catch him.
* CutShort: The anime faithfully followed the manga and was on track towards greatness when it was cancelled at a point in the manga where the ''real story'' was hardly beginning to unfold, and we mean ''almost 2/3rd of the plot'', leaving virtually [[LeftHanging everything in the air]], and throwing in a GainaxEnding on top of that.
* CuteBruiser: Kuniko, when she stops cowering after someone else's back.
* DarkActionGirl: [[spoiler: Kaori, a rather skilled knife fighter and MasterOfDisguise]]
* TheDogWasTheMastermind: There's an epic "Whaaaat!?" moment when the high priest behind ''five murder cases'' in the Kamaikakushi village is revealed to be [[spoiler:the cute and innocent Fuuma Mio, who later turns out to be another AntiVillain as a result of MoreThanMindControl that [[BreakTheCutie Broke the Cutie]].]]
* {{Expy}}: Kintaro to [[TheKindaichiCaseFiles Kindaichi Hajime]]; he even has a similar CatchPhrase.
* FakingTheDead: [[spoiler: The businesswoman Hanayo Ichinose tried this to save her enterprise. She got plastic surgery and returned under a disguise to stop her SmugSnake sister's machinations and check on her three children... and ended up dead because the two eldest didn't recognize her and thought she was the Smugsnake's accomplice, so they killed her to protect their baby sister.]]
* ForcedToWatch: In the BoardingSchool case, [[PhotographicMemory Megumi]] is kidnapped and then BoundAndGagged, having to helplessly watch as [[spoiler: her masked kidnapper (and the culprit) murders the StudentCouncilPresident.]]
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Hongou-sensei not only has a huge scar on his face, but his hands and arms are covered with knife marks.
* GuileHero: All of them, in their own ways. Ryu and Kyu handle the big deductions, Megumi gives emotional support and uses her PhotographicMemory, Kazuma examines stuff and details, Kintarou is StreetSmart.
* HandicappedBadass: Dan is a GuileHero who's wheelchair-bound and is still a pretty good shot.
* HeirToTheDojo: Kuniko, whose family has an Aikido dojo.
* HotSpringsEpisode: Two murders happen in onsens. Only one of these mini-arcs has fanservice, as Kyuu and Kinta first fail to get Ryu naked in the springs and then try to peep on a SexySecretary bathing on the other side... and end up beaten by Megu, whom they get to see in the nude. [[spoiler: The incident is actually plot-relevant, as it drops hints about the murderer - said SexySecretary.]]
* HypercompetentSidekick: Kerberos.
* ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies: [[spoiler: Satoru had to leave Kyuu and his mom when he started investigating Meiousei/Pluto, only watching them from a distance. The single time he attempted to approach little Kyu directly, he was kidnapped by Meiousei, and Satoru went all PapaWolf on them and singlehandedly got his kid back. Few later, though, he was killed.]]
* ManchurianAgent: [[spoiler: [[TheSyndicate Pluto]] ]] does this all the time to its clients and its own agents as a failsafe. [[spoiler: On the trigger, they'll kill witnesses, or themselves, or go insane...]] it's not pretty.
* KarmaHoudini: Kerberos. As if being MagnificentBastard wasn't enough, he escapes the heroes at the end too.
* MasterOfDisguise: Nanami, and pretty much [[spoiler: every member of Meiousei, specially Kaori.]]
* MadnessMantra: [[spoiler: Kaori]]'s "Tartarus... Tartarus... Tartarus..."
* {{Meitantei}}: The main genre.
* MoreThanMindControl: Apparently, what made [[spoiler: Miyo Fuuma]] a murderer.
** Also applied on several culprits, courtesy of [[spoiler: Meiuosei itself]]. Basically, [[spoiler: they give you the means to carry your revenge and keep an agent close as a monitor, but when said revenge is foiled, they force you to either kill yourself or murder the person who blows your cover. And if a Meiousei agent is captured by the police, another will activate some sort of {{trigger}} that will make them kill themselves as well.]]
* MurderDotCom: Basically, what [[spoiler: the Meiousei goup]] does.
* NamesToKnowInAnime: MegumiOgata (Kyu), KoichiTochika (Ryu), Creator/HideoIshikawa (Kintaro), Creator/TomokoKawakami (Kazuma), Creator/HoukoKuwashima (Megu), Creator/HideyukiTanaka (Morihiko Dan), Creator/AyaHisakawa (Shino Katagiri), Creator/ShinichiroMiki (Kotarou Nanami), Creator/HikaruMidorikawa (Anubis), Creator/NobuoTobita (Saburomaru), TomokoKaneda (Kuniko), Creator/SatsukiYukino (Sakurako Yukihira), Creator/AkiraIshida (Masami), Creator/MarikoKouda (Mitsuru - she's also PlayingAgainstType)
* OpenMindedParent: Kyuu's [[NoNameGiven mother]].
* PantyShot: Kyuu ending up seeing up Megu's skirt and blurting out what kind of pattern is on her underwear is a RunningGag. The audience does not get to see.
* PhotographicMemory -Megu's main ability. [[spoiler: Also, Shino's deceased UnluckyChildhoodFriend Masami, whose murder is resolved by Class Q.]]
* PluckyGirl: Megu, Yukihira, Shino Katagiri. Kuniko wants to become one, but she still has a long way to go.
* RedOniBlueOni: Nanami and Tatsumi.
* SelfMadeOrphan: [[spoiler: Akihiko and Kunihiko Ichinose thought [[KnightTemplarBigBrother they were protecting their little sister Kaoru]] from their SmugSnake aunt Sachiyo by killing her accomplice. Said accomplice was their mom, Hanayo, under a disguise. Whoopsie.]]
* SexySecretary: Yuri Hitsuji. [[spoiler: Who also happens to be the SympatheticMurderer of the case she's in.]]
** Shino Katagiri can be considered as Morihiko Dan's sexy secretary too.
* ShipperOnDeck: Megu's CoolBigSis Akane ships Kyuu/Megu.
* ShrinkingViolet: Kuniko is very, VERY shy and traumatized.
* SmugSnake: Many culprits, but specially Sachiyo Ichinose.
* TeamDad: Morihiko Dan, and Tatsumi Hongou is a sterner version. Nanami counts more as BigBrotherMentor due to his closer approach.
* TeamMom -- Shino Katagiri is a responsible and beautiful woman who helps out the kids more than once.
* TitleOfTheDead - Episode 22 "Dinner of the Dead", that deals with the murder of a food connoisseur.
* {{Tsundere}} -- The Type B Megu is all sweet and light and gentleness, until Kyuu comments on her panties or flirts with other girls. Yukihira is a Type A, quite more competitive and tsuntsun.
* WoundedGazelleGambit -- [[spoiler: Midori Tachikawa, Kazuma's favorite teacher at his elementary school, did this to get money from life insurance. Which wasn't even for herself, but for [[LittlestCancerPatient her seriously ill baby]]'s [[HealthcareMotivation treatment]]. Kazuma unmasks her, but also makes sure she gets a lighter sentence and the money she needs for her child.]]
* ZettaiRyouiki -- For a ShrinkingViolet, Kuniko manages to hit a nice Grade B.
** Sakurako Yukihira also qualifies for a Grade A.
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