I will be sharing more of my thoughts about the animes from the previous season. Today, I will be talking about an underrated show called, Housekishou Richard-shi no Nazo Kantei, or in English, The Case Files of Jeweler Richard.
To be honest, I really had no plans on checking out this series. If I remember right, I got interested in this after seeing some screenshots on Twitter. I thought the series looked interesting.
Infairness, I enjoyed watching this one.
Possessing a deep knowledge of mineralogy, Richard Ranashinha de Vulpian is a young and handsome British jewelry appraiser who owns a small shop in Japan. One fateful night, Seigi Nakata, a righteous college student, saves him from drunks who were harassing him due to his good looks. Upon learning of Richard’s identity, Seigi hires him to appraise a pink sapphire ring that was left behind by his deceased grandmother.
Before long, Seigi becomes a trusted part-timer at Richard’s shop. Together, the duo solve various jewel-related requests from diverse clients of different backgrounds. Step by step, they unravel the hidden motives and feelings that lie within the gems in order to understand and empathize with the little stories behind each piece of jewelry. (MAL)
Watching Housekishou Richard-shi no Nazo Kantei was an interesting experience. I didn’t expect I would enjoy it.
The story is not really appealing to a lot of people, so I kind of understand why people are sleeping on this. Still, I had a good time watching this anime.
If I were to summarize the whole anime, Housekishou Richard-shi no Nazo Kantei is an anime about a Jeweler and his assistant helping people with their problems through jewels. It shows us that Jewels we have shares connection to what we feel and what we think. This concept is actually fascinating and it’s one of the reasons why I continued watching this.
In the early episodes, the anime followed the typical episodic flow. It wasn’t bad, by all means, but as the series went on, I kinda feel like it would be stagnant if it continues. Good thing, the anime then shifted focus to the main characters, Richard and Seigi.
Their arcs were really interesting, especially Richard’s. We were able to get to know them better and better. In Richard’s arcs, we got to know more about his family, his inheritance and his own issues. While with Seigi, I had been curious as to why his personality is like that. His backstory and his issues definitely made me understand him more, and in some ways, like him.
Yeah, I like Richard better.
Now for the other characters, the only notable one would be Seigi’s “friend”, Shouko, who was voiced by my favorite VA, Hanazawa Kana ( I am very biased, you know). Other than she’s voiced by my favorite VA, her personality was quite charming, I am a bit bummed that her screen time on the show is really short for my liking. And I don’t understand her relationship with Seigi. Are they? Or aren’t they? Uuugghhh.
Not only that, I know that this series is not BL, but it gives a lot of BL vibes. Not that I have any problem with that, but it would have been nice if everything was clear from the get go.
Anyway, I don’t think I have anymore problems with the series.
Before I forget, the art and animation of the series were okay. It wasn’t amazing or anything, but at least, it was consistent. The color palette was a bit dull but within my liking so that’s okay. The character designs are nice too, especially Richard’s. You can really tell that he is a beautiful man. Hahah.
Overall, Housekishou Richard-shi no Nazo Kantei was an enjoyable series to watch. It wasn’t a standout last season, but I had fun watching it.
The concept was quite refeshing and a bit similar to a series I watched before, Kyoto Holmes, but this series had its own charms. it would be nice if you guys would give this one a chance.
I heard that it’s source material is a novel. I dunno where I could get my hands of that source material, but if ever I do, I would glad to read it.
That would be all for now.
This has been Will Sirius and thanks for reading!!