Also known as Yakushiji Ryouko no Kaiki Jikenbo.
Synopsis: The series revolves around Ryōko Yakushiji, a 27-year-old multilingual investigator who graduated from Tokyo University’s elite Department of Law, and Junichiro Izumida (her subordinate), and the supernatural and bizarre cases they face while working for the Tokyo Metropolitan Police. Ryōko works with her colleagues and subordinates, including Yukiko Muromachi, alongside JACES security forces personnel and her personal maids, Lucienne and Marianne, to resolve the cases before they go out of hand. (from: Manga Updates and Wikipedia)
Genre: – Action, mystery, supernatural
Status: Anime – Completed, 13 episodes (July to September 2008.)
Light novels – Ongoing (8 novels as of 03/2009)
Manga – Ongoing (10 volumes as of 03/2009)
Thoughts / Review: The OP [“Thème Principal” by KATSU] is a nice and jazzy theme. The ED [“La Vie en Rose” by KATSU] is less jazzy than the OP, but also nice and easy to listen to. I thought both themes were quite fitting for the series.
ON A SIDE NOTE… Ryoko’s Case File is a series that consist of TV anime, mangas and light novels created by Yoshiki Tanaka and illustrated by Narumi Kakinouchi. As the light novels, manga, drama CDs and anime adaptation have different plots and paranormal events/creatures, their central plots are most of the time different from each other.
AND THE CHARACTERS ARE… Yakushiji Ryoko – a 27-year-old Superintendent officer in the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department who had graduated from Tokyo University’s Law Faculty. She can speak several languages, including French. Her family owns the multinational security company, JACES. She is quite an adept fighter, be it with firearms or bare hands. She is called Oryo by Yukiko and Akira. Izumida Junichiro – Ryoko’s subordinate. He is a 33-year-old non-career police officer with the rank of Assistant Inspector. Unbeknownst to him, Ryoko has feelings for him. He can also fight with either firearms or with bare hands. Muromachi Yukiko – Ryoko’s rival since since their college days. She is also a superintendent in the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department based at the Public Security Bureau. Ryoko calls her Oyuki. Kishimoto Akira – Yukiko’s subordinate. Lucienne and Marianne – Ryoko’s French maids. Lucienne is the blonde one who is an expert in hacking and can also handle firearms. Marianne is black-haired one who is an expert in handling all kinds of firearms. JACES – a security company that ex-police officers both enlisted and high-ranking are employed into after their retirement. JACES is well-known as one of Asia’s best security companies. It is owned by the Yakushiji family. Its origins are traced back to the end of World War II when the Japanese Empire Security Service was established before it became JACES.
MY IMPRESSION… According to Izumida, Ryoko is his superior officer who, aside from her personality, is perfectly flawless. I couldn’t agree more. She is capable, confident, smart, elegant, beautiful, but can be quite a bossy, stuck-up rich kid and a know-it-all (Ryoko’s attitude sort of reminded me of Naoki from Itazura na Kiss). Izumida is her subordinate and is definitely being treated like one. From solving cases to choosing bathing suits and carrying shopping bags. Poor guy. According to him, whenever he’s around Ryoko, supernatural cases seem to occur. She names her cases too. ~Lol (like “the case of [insert bizaare event here]” or something to that effect). Oh, and she sure can kick some a$$. She runs around and fights bad guys while wearing classy outfits and a fashionable pair of (very) high heels. Despite letting Ryoko push him around, Izumida is actually quite the gentleman and also a smart and capable guy. He takes his job seriously and looks after Ryoko. He turned out to be actually pretty good with defending himself and has some cool fighting skills too.
Moving on to my fangirl side… Ryoko x Izumida FTW!!! I think they look so good together. They’re a good combo, and I simply love their banters! Cute and funny. Why do you think I managed to complete watching this? ~Lol. ;P In Izumida’s defense, I don’t think he’s that slow or dense, he’s most likely just oblivious to Ryoko’s feelings for him. I mean, who wouldn’t be with a boss like Ryoko? Heh. More often than not, you can’t tell when she’s actually serious, and she does have quite an odd way of showing her affections (BTW, Izumida is voiced by Kiuchi Hidenobu, who voiced my precious Hei from Darker than Black).
With all the supernatural and weird stuff going on, the series kinda reminded me of the X-files (I’ve seen the movie version but I never really watched the TV series). Anyway, I think the art is pretty good and I like the character design. The animation is okay too and the voice actors are quite alright and fit the characters. Honestly, though, I just continued watching this series because (1) I think Ryoko is a pretty cool female lead. She is smart, looks good, fights well, etc. If only she were nicer… ah, but then, the series would have a different story and it just won’t be as entertaining. So, I guess her attitude is part of the charm? ;P (2) Izumida x Ryoko!!! I really hope they’d eventually get together in the light novels/manga when it comes to an end, whenever that may be. (The light novels/manga are in need of English translation too… been looking for ages but still haven’t found any T_T). (3) I also like it when Ryoko and Izumida go to combat mode and kick some bad guy a$$es!
So be forewarned, Ryoko’s Case File often (if not always) has strange, sometimes just plain weird, sometimes just plain ridiculous and totally unlikely events. There are some “WTF?” moments and they fight giant mutated reptiles, killer mangroves, cloned beings, and what-not. It does have a central plot, although I don’t think much was resolved in the final episode. It’s nothing epic, and I can’t really say I thoroughly enjoyed this series, but I gotta admit that I did kinda like it. So if they ever decide to do another season, I’d most probably be watching it too. ^_^
If you don’t mind much of what I just said, then why not give it a shot? You might end up enjoying this series.