The BEST Episodes of Beautiful Bones: Sakurako's Investigation
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Jun 15, 2020
Network: Tokyo MX
Kujou Sakurako is a beautiful and talented osteologist, or bone specialist, whose life is centered around bones only. Sakurako has little tolerance for illogical behavior and a lot of trouble understanding other people; she would be isolated in her study full of skeletons if not for her assistant, high school boy Tatewaki Shoutarou, who does his best to drag her out and make her interact with others. And yet, whenever they go out, the dead seem to be around the corner, because the two of them often stumble upon human skeletons or corpses.
#1 - The Butterfly Vanished in November, Part 2
Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 17, 2015
Minami leads Sakurako and the others to a wooden lodge where Hitoe is believed to be hiding. There, they find not only Hitoe, who is still alive following a failed suicide attempt, but also the bones of Hitoe and Minami's friend, Futaba Nishizawa, who Minami reveals was buried there after she allegedly hung herself. Uncovering Futaba's skull, Sakurako reveals that Futaba didn't hang herself, but was in fact strangled to death by Hitoe, who felt she was going to be killed by her. As Sakurako discovers the sphenoid bone removed from the skull, deducing it to be the work of Hanabusa, Minami, angered by her words, attempts to stab Sakurako, but Shoutarou steps in to take the hit for her. Although Shoutarou makes it out okay, Sakurako, deducing that Hanabusa is the man behind many of their recent incidents, tells him to break off all contact with her so as to not get into further danger.
#2 - Under Sakurako-san's Feet...
Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 24, 2015
Having been told by Sakurako that he mustn't stay by her side anymore, Shoutarou reminisces about their first case, back when they'd initially met.
#3 - The Butterfly Vanished in November, Part 1
Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 10, 2015
The year's final bone gathering expedition is cut short when Isozaki informs Sakurako and Shoutarou that one of his former students, Hitoe, has gone missing. In the past, Hitoe's friend, Futaba, had similarly gone missing on Isozaki's watch as their homeroom teacher...
#4 - Where Is Your House?
Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 15, 2015
Shoutarou finds a little girl at a convenience store in the dead of night. Other than her nickname, Ii-chan, no one can figure out her real name and address. Finding a bloody handprint on her backpack, Shoutarou asks Sakurako for help. But their inquiries only lead them to a shocking realization... ▽ Anata no ouchi wa doko desuka [Japan: original Romaji title] ▽ Where Do You Live? [Int'l: renamed English title] ▽ Where is Your House? [Japan: literal English translation]
#5 - The Cursed Man, Part 1
Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 29, 2015
Sakurako and Shoutarou are asked by Utsumi to help his friend Takeshi Fujioka, who believes himself to be cursed, as all the men in his family live short lives, and also possesses a supposedly cursed dog, whose owners had all died. As the three meet up with Takeshi and his family, including his pet dog Hector, Fujioka remains insistent that what happened to his predecessors will happen to him as well. While Takeshi goes out to meet with a mysterious person, his wife Miyuki tells the others about a cursed painting he also inherited. After looking over Takeshi's family history herself, Sakurako deduces that his curse has something to do with the supposed cursed painting.
#6 - The Princess Who Loves Bones
Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 8, 2015
Tatewaki Shoutarou is an average high school student in Asahikawa City, Hokkaido Prefecture. However, hh has an unusual acquaintance by the name of Kujou Sakurako, who loves bones more than life itself. One day, on a bone gathering expedition along the shores of Mashike, they find a human skull... ▽ Hone mezuru himegimi [Japan: original Romaji title] ▽ The Princess Who Loves Bones [Japan: literal English translation]
#7 - Grandmother's Pudding
Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 3, 2015
Before her death, Shotaro's grandmother would often ask him to bring her pudding. One rainy day, they find out why.
#8 - The Bones Sleeping in Summer
Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 22, 2015
While on a bone-hunting expedition in the mountains, Sakurako and Shoutarou again find the skeletal remains of a human being. Later, Shoutarou finds out that the body belonged to Kougami's grandmother, whose death the police have written off as a suicide. In disbelief, Kougami asks Sakurako for help… ▽ Natsu ni nemuru hone [Japan: original Romaji title] ▽ The Bones Sleeping in Summer [Japan: literal English translation] ▽ The Bones that Slumber in Summer [Int'l: renamed English title]
#9 - The Cursed Man, Part 2
Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 5, 2015
Sakurako discovers the painting Takeshi had kept in his study was painted with a pigment containing arsenic which, when combined with the mold that had grown from being kept in storage, had been releasing a deadly gas. She further deduces that the death of the other men in Takeshi's family was due to stress causing an abnormality in their coronary arteries. Just as the others seem to breathe a sigh of relief, Sakurako senses something is amiss about why Takeshi chose now to contact Utsumi. Finding Takeshi outside with his leg cut by an axe, Sakurako deduces that he had tried to commit suicide in a way that would look like an accident in order to escape his debt, though Miyuki yells at him that money is less important than family. With the ambulance delayed by an illegally parked vehicle, Utsumi carries Takeshi the rest of the way, allowing him to make it safely. Afterwards, as Sakurako takes Hector in with her, she becomes curious about the mysterious person who appraised Takeshi's painting.
#10 - The Entrusted Bones, Part 1
Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 19, 2015
Sakurako comes to Shoutarou's school for their culture festival, with Shoutarou's class running a maid café. After voicing some complaints about the animal skeletons set up in the lab, Sakurako is asked by Isozaki to sort through some bones in the science prep room. While doing so, Sakurako explains how she made her first specimen from her dead cat, her indifference to which doesn't settle well with Shoutarou. They soon come across a chest containing cremated human bones, belonging to a girl named Natsuko Sono who was close to the old science teacher Atsurou Sasaki. The next day, after the police go through the discovered bones, Shoutarou discovers a bunch of cat bones have gone missing, suspecting Sakurako. Meanwhile, Sakurako visits a hospitalized professor named Shitara Masamichi and decides to investigate an unsolved case.
#11 - The Entrusted Bones, Part 2
Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 26, 2015
Shoutarou and Sakurako deliver Sasaki's belongings to his sister, Sayuki Haruma, who explains how Natsuko was her caregiver and close friend to her and Sasaki. After Natsuko had a premature birth, resulting in the death of her child, she left the household and passed away a few years later, with her bones accepted by Sayuki. As Shoutarou hides a photograph, Sakurako follows clues leading her to where the baby's bones were buried, which also contains one of Natsuko's bones that Sasaki had put in with them. Returning the bones to Sayuki, Sakurako deduces from the shape of the toe bones that Sayuki is the baby's actual mother. After understanding the full story, Shoutarou goes back to return the photo ti Sayuki, who deduces the poem on the back was a farewell message from Natsuko. The next day, Shoutarou confronts Sakurako about the stolen cat bones, deducing they were from another cat she owned and was a former alumni at his school. Sakurako confirms this, explaining how she brought both her cats, who died of poisoning, to Sasaki, who made them into skeletons and taught her all about osteology.
#12 - Asahi Bridge Irregulars
Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 12, 2015
On her way to a summer festival, Yuriko spots a mysterious woman on a bridge who suddenly disappears, leaving behind an envelope containing a diamond ring and what looks like a suicide note. After going over the contents with her teacher, Isozaki, Yuriko, fearing for the woman's safety, decides to search for her with help from Utsumi and a reluctant Isozaki. She soon comes across Sakurako, who deduces that the woman's ring is mourning jewellery made from her late husband's bones, which she sought to send off to the afterlife after finding a new partner.