"Mystery of the Necronomicon" (1999), also known as "Necronomicon," is a Japanese adult horror anime OVA series. The title is a nod to the fictional grimoire from the works of H.P. Lovecraft, and the series does indeed draw inspiration from the Cthulhu Mythos, combining it with detective noir elements. The story follows private investigator Satoshi Suzuhara as he becomes embroiled in a series of gruesome and supernatural murders while on vacation with his daughter in a snowy region.
The OVA is recognized for its attempt to weave a complex narrative involving occultism, Lovecraftian horror, and murder mystery. It is structured around an intriguing plot that is rich with gothic atmosphere and intrigue. The animation reflects the typical style of the late '90s anime, with a strong emphasis on creating a dark and moody setting that complements the storyline.
"Mystery of the Necronomicon" is divided into episodes that gradually unravel the mystery, allowing viewers to piece together the clues alongside the protagonist. The OVA's pacing and storytelling have been both praised for their depth and critiqued for their convoluted nature, which some viewers found difficult to follow.
The series is quite graphic, not only in its horror elements but also in its explicit adult scenes, which is characteristic of certain anime OVAs of the time. This content makes it suitable for a mature audience who appreciates a combination of horror, erotica, and mystery.
Overall, "Mystery of the Necronomicon" offers a distinctive experience for fans of horror anime, especially those who have an interest in the lore of H.P. Lovecraft. It stands out for its ambitious crossover of genres, though its appeal may be limited to those who have a penchant for both horror and adult content.