Not exactly exciting, but then, I don’t really get the impression it’s trying to be.
It’s a little odd that while Housekishou Richard-shi no Nazo Kantei/The Case Files of Jeweler Richard is quite unique in terms of plot (at least, I don’t know any other anime about mystery-solving foreign jewelry appraisers, or about professional jewelry appraisers at all for that matter), the show plays out more like a quiet slice-of-life series, giving the impression that you’ve seen something like it plenty of times before. This doesn’t exactly do the show any favours, since it means it comes across as rather dull despite the noteworthy premise. In fact, based on the premiere, I’d hesitate to call it a mystery show at all, especially given the (relatively) harmless crime and low stakes involved; as I said, it’s really more of a slice-of-life affair dealing not primarily with crime but rather longstanding family issues, recent grief and a few puns about justice. These things in themselves are by no means bad, but the execution was mediocre enough that I found myself growing bored quite quickly.
This is a shame, especially since anime doesn’t have a strong track record when dealing with foreigners in a realistic Japanese setting – off the top of my head, most that come to mind for me are either extremely cutesy European children or dumb Americans with zero cultural awareness/Japanese language skills. Housekishou Richard-shi also doesn’t look half-bad – or at least, it’s putting its budget where it matters most, and I have to admit that I’m curious to see where it’s going to go from here. It’s earned another episode or so while I wait for it to reveal what more, if anything, it has up its sleeve.