The Case Files of Jeweler Richard – Anime Preview
Synopsis: One night, a college student with a strong sense of justice, Seigi Nakata, saved a gorgeous foreigner, Richard, who was being harassed by some drunks. When Seigi found out that Richard was a jeweler, he asked for an appraisal on a ring with a shady history; one which his grandmother had kept secret until she died. The appraisal had revealed her past, truth, and desire. It led Seigi to work as a part-time employee for Richard’s jewelry store, the “Jewelry Etranger” in Ginza. While solving various “mysteries”, the relationship between Richard and Seigi gradually changes. (Official Crunchyroll Synopsis)
1st Episode Review (Warning: Minor Spoilers to Follow):
Linny: The Case Files of Jeweler Richard is one of those uncommon shows every season or so that offers a wider appeal stretching far beyond the typical teens to early 20s demographic. Specifically Jeweler Richard is a mystery series that feels constructed with the older anime fan in mind, thanks in part to its modern sensibilities and vaguely progressive themes that refer to subjects and morals that would ring deep with an older audience. Jeweler Richard may be billed as a mystery but its premiere focuses on heartfelt drama exploring the circumstances that connects two women, complete strangers, and how it has affected the rest of their lives. It has a heartwarming, albeit slightly tragic message about forgiveness and the position of women in mid-1900s Japanese society, delivered it in a well paced and meaningful manner.
Tom: Since the mystery is more of a personal, character driven nature, rather than any kind of active, modern day crime, The Case Files of Jeweler Richard comes off fairly lowkey. Like quite a few anime this season, Jeweler keeps itself restrained, allowing the character drama driven mystery to sit front and center. It’s largely a successful way to introduce both Richard and his new found friend, Seigi. We’d almost have a Holmes and Watson dynamic going if both characters weren’t a tad dry. Richard is low energy and while Seigi is billed as a justice driven youth, he’s perhaps a bit too grounded and mundane a lead to really suck us in. The show tries to entice us by offering contrived coincidence that points to a fated, destiny like explanation for the two meeting, but the less said about that the better. It’s also easily overlooked thanks to how tight the pacing is, allowing the mystery and eventual backstory reveal to hold the audience’s attention.
Linny: While Seigi may not be all that lively, there are aspects to this more grounded, less bombastic type of lead. Namely Seigi is shown to be a sincere and kind person when saving Richard in our opening minutes. Instead of rushing in and single handedly beating up a gang of thugs, as would feel usual in anime, he pretends to have called the police to scare them off. This makes him feel grounded, and gives the story a more down to earth feel. If you’re tired of the more teen aimed content in anime or simply want to watch a more restrained and somewhat more realistic show with heart and mystery, The Case Files of Jeweler Richard might be a great fit for you this season.
Tom: The Case Files of Jeweler Richard definitely catches attention with its premiere. My one fear might be that Richard and Seigi remain too reserved as characters, lacking more overt, endearing and memorable personality traits. But if the series can gradually flesh these two out, and offer interesting, half-hour character driven mysteries week to week then I think Jeweler Richard might have a place this season as one of the Winter’s more ‘mature’ offerings.
The Case Files of Jeweler Richard is available for streaming via Crunchyroll.