Sherlock Hound Season 1 (1984)
名探偵ホームズ (Meitantei Hōmuzu)


Loosely based on the “Sherlock Holmes” series by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Hound turns all the classic characters into dogs. The canine Sherlock Holmes, his assistant Watson, and housemaid Mrs. Hudson work together to solve mysteries. The culprit is usually Professor Moriarty and his gang, who use all kinds of wacky contraptions to steal what they want.
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Sherlock Hound featured regular appearances of Jules Verne-steampunk style technology, adding a 19th-century science-fiction atmosphere to the series. It consists of 26 episodes aired between 1984 and 1985. The series was never renewed for a second season.

Alternative title

– Detective Holmes
– Die Abenteuer des Sherlock Holmes
– Famous Detective Holmes
– Il fiuto di Sherlock Holmes
– Meitantei Holmes
– Sherlock Holmes
– Sơ_lốc_Hao
– شارلوك هولمز
– 名探偵ホームズ
– Sherlock Hound
– El Famoso Detective Holmes
– Les aventures de Sherlock Holmes
– Sherlock Holmes, a mesterkopó
– Sherlock Koira
– Slovutný detektiv Holmes
– Meitantei Houmuzu

TL;DR Review

Sherlock Hound (名探偵ホームズ Meitantei Hōmuzu, lit. “Famous Detective Holmes”[1]) is an Italian-Japanese animated television series based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes series where almost all the characters are depicted as anthropomorphic dogs.

The animation is good for the time (1984) and reminds me of the PBS cartoon style. The style is a bit goofy, as this was common for that era. Its style and cartoon physic are similar to that of Lupin III, which is to say anything can defy gravity if the joke needed it.

Two pieces of theme music are used for the Japanese version: The opening theme is “Sora Kara Koboreta Story” (lit. “Story Spilled From the Sky”) and the ending theme is “Thames Gawa no Dance” (lit. “Dance of the Thames River”), both performed by the Japanese duo, Da Capo. I especially love the opening song, it brings about that early Miyazaki nostalgic feeling.

Make no mistake, the show is squarely aimed at children. You may not find this very enjoyable to watch unless you are a child, a parent watching with a child, or a child at heart. The story, crime, and solution can be very basic at times. The villains of the show tend to be the maniacal laughing mustache-twirling kind.

I would only recommend this show to people who enjoy anime like Case Closed, but wanted something even more wholesome. Sherlock Hound is appropriate for everyone but intended for children.

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Opening Theme

– “Sora Kara Koboreta Story” by Da Capo

Closing Theme

– “Thames Gawa no Dance” by Da Capo



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