Katrielle “Kat” Layton is the daughter of famed sleuth Professor Hershel Layton. Along with her talking dog, Sherl, Kat has to solves mysterious cases around London, while at the same time, searching for whereabout of her missing father.


Just like the game series, Layton Mystery Tanteisha: Katori no Nazotoki File presents a simple, yet intriguing case. The first episode tells the story of a family that suddenly went missing in a mysterious house. Viewers don’t need to think that hard to solve the case, because the case itself is simple and fun.

It may bore some viewers who expect more mature cases, but the simple yet imaginative nature of the cases are actually one of the uniqueness of Layton series. The cases are lighthearted, even more lighthearted than in series like Hyouka or HaruChika. It makes the series feel more relaxing than other mystery series. Fortunately, there is still room for viewers who wants to solve the case, and the anime makes sure that little details that are important for the case are presented. The clues are visible and easy to spot. The answers, however, probably will feel more imaginative than what the viewers thought at first.

With simple cases, cute character designs like in the game series, and music that will remind fans of some of the original score from the game, this anime is recommended for fans of the Layton game series or for mystery fans who looking for more simple, relaxing cases, instead of the more serious ones.

Facts and Figures

Alternate Title レイトン ミステリー探偵社~カトリーのナゾトキファイル~
Source material Game by Level-5
Casts Juurouta Kosugi as Sherl
Kana Hanazawa as Katrielle “Kat” Layton
Kyousuke Ikeda as Noah Montoir
Youhei Tadano as Darjeeling Aspoirot
Director Susumu Mitsunaka (Haikyu!!, Cuticle Detective Inaba)
Scenario Akihiro Hino (Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva)
Character Design Yoko Takada
Opening Song “Change!” by Kana Adachi
Ending Song “Daijoubu” by Kana Hanazawa
Official Site
Broadcast Date 7 April 2018 (2330 GMT), 8 April 2018 (0630 WIT, 0930 JST)

Screenshots and Trailer

© LEVEL – 5 / Layton Mystery Tanteisha
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© LEVEL – 5 / Layton Mystery Tanteisha
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