Any difference between the original light novels of the files of the case of the Jeweler Richard and their adaptations in the manga and anime is that Richard’s books are much more human. Certainly we saw flashes in both adaptive formats, with the vocal representation of Richard by Takahiro Sakurai, which is closest to what the novel brings us, but in the source text Nanako Tsujimura we find clear evidence that the supernaturally wonderful exterior of Richard is only a mask For a real man underneath. This is usually achieved thanks to the descriptive markers applied to its line; He says, sulking thoughts, tries to suppress laughter, complains, sighs heavily. Although all these things can be conveyed in the manga and anime, both can downplay them based on the views of the adapter or director to the character. In the novel we are dealing with Richard, whom Tsujimura intended, and is someone who is frustrated with relative ease and who clearly shows a bit as a calm, wonderful man whom everyone can see.
Although this is simply interesting from the perspective of comparing three different versions of the same story, it is also worth noting who most often prompts Richard to abandon his actions: Seigi. He is the second year of the university that tells this story, and we see Richard through his eyes. At first, Seigi is very delighted with Richard’s attractiveness, but he is able to put it aside to a large extent when he meets a second man, and if Richard’s beautiful beauty is still very aware, he does not take this into account during their interactions after the first story in the book. In fact, it can be argued that Seigi uses Richard at first just like Richard from him when he employs him; Grandma Seigi’s commemorative ring is the basis for his early interaction with Richard and although he is certainly not a fraudster to which his grandmother was [forced], she certainly has some of her ability to use what she has to meet her own needs. The way Seigi deliberately hides the origin of the ring, when he first presents him to Richard for assessment, allows us to know that there is more than just what Richard calls “aggressive honesty”, which should lead us to some extent Picking up if Seigi really has what my roommate with college calls “a disease of pimples” or if he is more aware of what he says when he says things that annoy Richard.
This is one of the most interesting lines in this book. Seigi rarely allows us to forget that he considers Richard attractive, although he thinks that others (mainly women) do it too. He also quickly remembers that he fell in love with a girl from school, but his ordinary inability to follow her must make you wonder if he is hiding something from him, not to mention the reader. It should also be noted that virtually all “matters” in which he and Richard are involved in the jewelry store relate to love. Seigi’s story with his grandmother’s ring includes a stolen engagement ring, which ultimately leads to true love – and was taken by a woman who resorted to theft to keep her child. The story with Amethyst pendant tells about the restless love of a man to the hostess and his fears that they cannot be together, and a diamond heel for a tie concerns lost love and regret, as well as how we deal with it. The most eloquent for the potential side thread is the case of a ruby brooch who follows a woman who desperately tries to deny her own quirks in favor of “normal” – as in “heteronormative” – life until he tries to deny the woman she loves only To reflect on her physical and mental health.
The latter story (actually the second chapter of the book) is striking not only because the topics of queer love return in the chapter about diamonds, but also because it is so honest with the internalized homophobia and harvest that it can bear. Seigi is only vaguely aware of the problems of LGBTQia + (he once saw the pride parade), but his feeling of sympathy leads him to support Mami, a committed woman, without full understanding, and he passes. While Richard is constantly concerned that Seigi’s tendency to speak, before he thinks that things will bring more harm than good, it was this impulsiveness that prompted him to save Richard first, and the same kind of caring nature is also broken in the history of Mami . Seigi does not judge at all, no matter how reckless some of his words may sound, and watching how he is growing in his understanding of people who come to Richard’s store is one of the cornerstone stones of the book. This apparently can be seen in both chapters about rubies and diamonds, but it is present all the time and we can slowly see how it works on Richard as the book develops.
There are several small problems with the publication of the book by Seven Seas (at least in the initial digital publication), mainly due to the fact that it does not give us sufficient visual tips when the stage changes significantly through an additional space or central image.There are also a few small typos, mainly the size of letters and punctuation, but they are mostly noticeable because there are so few of them.Chapters jump over time, with jumps, which can be a bit misleading, but in general it is well written and translated, with many information provided in a way that does not seem to be information.If you are torn between the manga and the novel for this story, I would definitely choose the novel to get an additional dose of humanity that Richard gets, but whatever you choose, this is an interesting story.