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a.k.a.: Anyamaru Tantei Kiruminzuu, is a 2009 series created by Super Dimension Fortress Macross creator Shoji Kawamori and produced by Satelight, Hal Film Maker and JM Animation. It is basically Sherlock Holmes with huge animal costume motifs and serious comedy.
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Riko and Rimu Mikogami are two twin daughters of a water flea-researching father and a pet caretaking mother. One day, while searching a cat that ran away, they get into the attic of their house and find 5 mysterious machines named "Kirumins". When they do what the Kirumin machines told them, they transform into a catgirl and a bunny-girl (nope, not the sexy type). Later on, they are joined by Nagisa, their older sister that can turn into a dog girl, and Ken and Tamao, two of their friends in school, but while Ken can transform into a mouse boy, Tamao's Kirumin doesn't work, but his kirumin looks like a bird. Regardless, he makes up for it with his intelligence.

Together they form a detective club, in which they solve mysteries mostly revolving around animals, and thanks to their Kirumins, they can turn into animals and use their abilities to solve any case, as well as understanding the feelings of the other animals.

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Meanwhile, a mysterious organization leaded by Misa Hatori and co-leaded by her daughter Kanon and her assistant Pars, is trying to attract other humans and bite them to become animalians; humans that turn into animals, as part of their "World Heritage Project", but what are their true intentions?


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  • Cat Girl. And dog girl. And rabbit girl. And bat girl. And that's only after two episodes.
  • Catchphrase: Ken's "One shot with guts!" with "Guts!" being a shorter variation.
  • Cats Are Mean: Even when she turns into one, Riko has her fair share of incidents with them.
  • Clip Show: Episodes 29 and 41 are clip show episodes where Riko and Rimu talk about the previous things that have happened during those points.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Tamotsu, the Mikogamis' father, oftenly gets lost in himself while thinking of water fleas.
  • Comically Missing the Point: When Ken's dad and Riko's sisters find out that the two of them went inside the cave he was exploring, Nagisa was distracted with how much meat they should buy.
    Rimu: Ken-kun went to follow you with Riko-chan earlier, didn't he...?
    Mr. Inomata: What!? He left the store to follow me!? So that must mean he's inside the cave-
    Rimu: Cave...?
    Mr. Inomata: Oh man, it would've collapsed by now because of that elephant...
    Rimu: Elephant!?
    Mr. Inomata: Eh? I hope they're not trapped...
    Rimu: AAAHHH! Onee-chan!
    Nagisa: You're right, half a kilo might not be enough. Mr. Inomata, please make that three-fifths a kilo!
    Rimu: Who cares about the meat!? Something happened to Riko and Ken-kun!
  • Didn't See That Coming: In Episode 4, Doctor the Turtle was trying to help Tamao kiruminphose by guiding him to a video containing the secret of the Kirumins. However, what he didn't know was that the camera's battery went out before the recording finished, therefore leaving the video unfinished.
  • Egg MacGuffin: Tamao BECOMES this in episode 25 after trying to kiruminphose to save Rimu from falling off a canyon.
  • Evolution Power-Up: At some point, when the Kirumins reach level two of their progress they can turn into a bigger version of their respective animal. It first happens to Riko in episode 18, where she transforms into a serval. This is referred as the "Kirubara effect".
    • At some point they can also turn into a different animal completely, like Rimu turning into a platypus.
  • Five-Man Band:
    • The Leader: Riko, the determined and lively girl who often leads invesigations.
    • The Lancer: Ken, the sporty boy who oftenly argues with Riko.
    • The Smart Guy: Tamao, who is usually involved in using machines like GPS's or thinking strategies.
    • The Big Guy: Nagisa, the oldest in the group and the most calming of them.
    • The Chick: Rimu, the most encouraging of the group.
  • Foreign Language Theme: Opening and ending in Thai, by Neko Jump.
  • Heroic BSoD: Starting episode 38, Ken starts feeling more and more depressed about not getting the Kirubara effect and not transforming into animals other than mice.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: while the initial transformations are simple enough, it takes a few episodes before the girls figure out how to transform completely.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Rimu, in the few instances where her eyes can be seen
  • Large Ham: While she's normally rather reserved, Kanon has her moments, such as her super villain persona.
  • Little Bit Beastly: pretty much the subject of the anime.
  • Lyrical Dissonance: If the subtitles are to be believed, the seemingly upbeat title theme is about someone despairing at a dream they had that supposedly signifies a lifetime of solitude.
  • Magical Girl: Unlike most anime with these, this show's team also has a huge age gap between its members (two kids and a teenager). It's not the first instance in animé history, though (that honor goes to Sailor Moon). The team later add a boy into their team, who arguably becomes the show's protagonist with his drive for detective work, which is what most of the show is about.
  • Magic Pants: Slightly averted. The girls are left without their clothes right after they un-transform, which float down from nowhere soon after.
  • The Mind Is The Plaything Of The Body: Everyone has their moments, though Riko is the most noticeable, ranging from trying to eat Ken when he first turns into a mouse, to unintentional acts of catness even when she isn't transformed.
  • New Job as the Plot Demands: There is an unnamed guy with an orange headband that appears every so often through the show, always with a different job.
  • No, Mr. Bond, I Expect You to Dine: Inverted. In episode 42, Haruka invites herself to Misa's castle to have a little talk with her.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: Nagisa pulls this on Ken when they need his help for something. Bonus points for being part puppy while she does it.
  • Secret Keeper: Haruka, the mother of the three sisters, knows very well about the kirumins since the start, and is willing to give advice to the detective club while keeping their secret.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Riko the extrovert catgirl; Rimu the introvert rabbit-girl.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Kanon is obsessed with Ken, and she always tries turn him into a bat animalion.
  • The Call Put Me on Hold: Despite having his own Transformation Trinket, Tamao is unable to transform during early on the series. He finally gets to kiruminphose by episode 27.

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