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Anime Recommendation of the Day: Yakushiji Ryoko no Kaiki Jikenbo (aka Ryoko Yakushiji’s Unusual/Strange Case Files)

August 28, 2015


So yesterday I recommended Read or Die (OVA) as a viewer’s first anime. Ryoko Yakushiji’s Unusual Case Files would be my follow up recommendation.

Where ROD(OVA) was a fun adventure-y romp, Ryoko’s Case Files is literally anime X-Files. As in the first 2 or 3 seasons of X-Files, before Gillian Anderson got knocked up and they had to write around her pregnancy and then things just spiraled into a convoluted pile of messy stupidity. I’d recommend this one as a follow up to ROD(OVA) ’cause it showcases the other end of the anime spectrum but without being full of itself like some other titles.

First broadcasted in 2008, it’s not OVERLY old. Not like ROD(OVA). But it seems to have had less exposure to the Western market, so unlike ROD(OVA), you might not have actually seen this show. So even if you’re a long time watcher of anime, pick it up if you haven’t.

Anyway, like X-Files, the main characters are a skeptic and a believer… aaaand I’ll just leave it at that so as not to ruin any surprises.

One last point to make is that interestingly, the main characters are relatively old. Ryoko herself is 27, which is rather unusual in anime, since in anime, someone of her age (or even a few years younger) should already be married with a 13 ~ 15 year old kid after getting married and knocked up after highschool. While her aide is… if my memory serves me correctly, over 30 AND spoiler alert: He’s not a loser hikikomori otaku salary man.

I mean, they’re not OLD old but it was such a refreshing thing to see characters who were of a mature age. Moreso nowadays because the whole thing where some 15 ~ 17 year old kid could have spent their entire lives (20 years) in some uber training facility or whatnot over the past 2 years, is just getting silly.

In conclusion, if you wanna introduce people to anime and ensure they have “good taste” due to their first exposure, have them watch Ryoko’s Case Files after Read or Die (OVA). It’s an excellent follow up which showcases the breadth of anime. The show itself isn’t necessarily a masterpiece but these recommendations are to foster “good taste (through wide exposure of various genres)”.

I mean, I’m not trying to be a snob here. I just mean that a lotta peeps seem to have only watched one genre and therefore think that any variation to said genres represent groundbreaking innovation, thereby elevating said shows to masterpiece-status. So yeah, watch more variety of anime and expand your mind.

Edit: Whoops, forgot the link. Here you go:

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Kenshin permalink
    August 29, 2015 12:16 AM

    Boy was it hard to find a torrent for this series. Turns out half the time it’s written as “Ryouko” instead. Should have guessed that.

    I actually ended up rewatching Read of Die last night, so I figured I’d give this one a shot, since I’ve never heard of it.


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