The story takes place at a certain middle school where several murder cases take place. Kobayashi, a boy who goes to this school, meets genius detective Akechi, who comes to the school to investigate. Kobayashi takes an interest in Akechi and, in spite of his friend Hashiba's worries, he volunteers to be Akechi's assistant.
Ranpo Kitan: Game of Laplace is inspired by the works of author Edogawa Ranpo (Tarō Hirai) and commemorates the 50th anniversary of his death in 1965. He was a Japanese author and critic who played a major role in the development of Japanese mystery fiction. Many of his novels involve the detective hero Kogoro Akechi, who in later books was the leader of a group of boy detectives known as the "Boy Detectives Club". Ranpo was an admirer of Western mystery writers, and especially of Edgar Allan Poe. His pen name is a rendering of Poe's name.
The manga group CLAMP used Edogawa as one of the inspirations for the series Man of Many Faces (1990–1991).
In the manga (1994 onward) and subsequent anime (1996 onward) Detective Conan, the protagonist Shin'ichi Kudō, chooses the pseudonym "Conan Edogawa," taking parts of the names of the British detective novelist Arthur Conan Doyle and Edogawa Ranpo as he frantically attempts to make up a name to cover up his identity after he shrinks into a young boy. He lives with his best friend, whose father is a detective named Kogorō. Conan's mother also occasionally uses the fake name Fumiyo, a reference to the wife of Edogawa's character Kogorō Akechi.
Horror manga artist and author Junji Ito drew his own adaptation of The Human Chair.
As of the year 2015 is an anime commemorating him called Ranpo Kitan: Game of Laplace. The anime is based on an original story with the boy detective.
It's quite sad to say that the best thing about this anime is it's opening and ending songs... I personally like quite a lot mystery genre, so I hoped that this would be good.
The story isn't so bad, it fits well for mystery, but those cases in it wasn't so good. Well, first there was this chair case, which make me believe that this anime is going to be interesting one. However, specially after that first case, the mysteries around the cases aren't really good. There are cases that could have been interesting but it goes maybe too fast and they don't even show you a clues when the characters are solving it... they just kind a throw the answers on your faces and move one to the next episode and to the next cases. Like I said they could have been interesting so I had hope that the end would be good. In the start this was kind a good and it really lift my hopes, but it started to go wrong way really fast and the end was kind a disappointment.
The art isn't bad, but I didn't like it much. It's kind a cool what they did with the people who only where silhouettes and they are representing people that Kobayashi doesn't care at all and only the people that he finds interesting is seen normally. It's good idea and there are other interesting things what they did with the backgrounds and stuff (reminds me a little about Monogatari series simple backgrounds). But because they did kind a simple backgrounds and stuff they would have focused more on the characters animation and the art style of them.
Then there are those characters... I don't say that they are bad but somehow I didn't get myself like them much. Akechi is kind a good main character but I still think that he misses something so I can't say that he is better that just good. He would be more suitable to be cool sidekick or something... or he need someone to be his warm and kind sidekick (that would be good). Then there is Kobayashi, I personally like cute boy characters so I was hoping that Kobayashi would be good character, but Kobayashi only wants some action in his life... aaaaandd.. that's pretty much it. And then Hashiba, who is Kobayashi's friend and he might be gay for Kobayashi (pretty random and kind a unnecessary guy).
Overall I hoped this to be good anime, but well it wasn't... so, sadly this wasn't good anime :/