(12 episodes, available from CrunchyRoll, subtitled)
This show is based on Japanese mystery light novel series, although I’m not familiar with the original content. I’ll be honest, I started watching it because the title was so ridiculous that it caught my curiosity. Plus the attractively drawn characters (and two male leads….hmm).
In some ways this show feels very ’90s in that the premise is a bit ridiculous to get these two guys involved in one another’s lives, and it feels queer-baity as hell. Or is it? I don’t know.
(I also thought I wrote up this review immediately after finishing the series and then found it languishing in my drafts, so my memory is not as clear as it once was!)
The basis of the story is Richard is hassled by some drunks on the street and Seigi (a college student) stops them. He learns Richard is a jeweler who just opened a shop, and ends up getting a part-time job there. Each episode involves a customer with jewelry to be appraised or else looking to buy and the story that revolves around that piece or the meaning behind it.
If you like slice-of-life shows that are very chill, I’d recommend it, as long as you have a strong ability to suspend disbelief. Sometimes events are eye-rolling worthy, but I enjoyed a wild ride. I will warn that the pacing feels a little off, as the Big Dramatic Arc seems to happen 2-3 episodes before the end, so there are a few episodes that happen after. They are relevant, but feel a little tagged on (IMO).
POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD
Queer-baiting? So…the thing that makes it feel very ’90s and queer-baity is that there are a ton of moments that, in a romance, would be Clearly Showing Interest. They go out to eat together at a fancy restaurant (Richard orders a parfait), Seigi flies to London to find/rescue Richard, there’s a Fake Engagement, they exchange expensive/meaningful jewelry, and Seigi compliments Richard’s beauty in a way most straight men don’t (IME) and while it’s played as “how unobservant” Seigi is because of a customer, it also hints that Richard feels flirted with and Seigi doesn’t get it.
But nothing concrete seems to come of their odd interactions (thus the baiting), although I realize the genre conventions kind of determine that. Also it’s not really meant as a romance. Seigi has a crush on a girl, which is established so fast it feels No-Homo, but she also ends up being…aromantic/asexual (or as close as I’ve seen discussed in mainstream anime)? She’s betrothed to someone else but even when that falls through, she and Seigi don’t become an item.
Having said all that…although it’s not for everyone, it’s definitely enjoyable for what it is.