Ryoko Yakushiji is the gifted and beautiful Superintendent of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police; no matter what the problem – science gone wrong or supernatural monsters – it seems there is nothing she cannot solve. With her new partner, the mild mannered Junichiro Izumida, she sets about tackling some of Tokyo's most terrible crimes. However, as Izumida quickly discovers, Ryoko's talent comes with a big ego and some strange personal baggage; cleaning up the streets of Tokyo becomes not just a matter of finding the bad guys, but trying to survive Ryoko's attitude problem as well!
Rin is a private investigator with an advantage: near immortality. Thanks to the spores of the Yggdrasill tree, both she and her assistant Mimi have lived many years longer than the average person. That isn’t to say that being immortal doesn't have its problems. With 'angels' wanting to devour them, the being Apos sending wave after wave of professional assassins to kill them, and constant hangovers from long nights of drinking, being immortal still has its downsides. With Apos' attempts at removing them from the picture increasing, can Rin and Mimi figure out what he is after so they can return to their morning shots of Vodka?
I can't quite say exactly why Mnemosyne and Ryoko's Case File seem similar. Sure they both involve investigation, and there is the supernatural nature of both of them, but it goes beyond that.
It was while watching the later half of Ryoko's case files that I most felt the similarity, specifically regarding the type of plot and the overall story arc.
I'm fairly certain if you enjoyed one, you will probably enjoy the other.
As strong female characters in Mnemosyne and Ryoko’s Case File investigate bizarre and supernatural events they are also trying to find love along the way. While Mnemosyne involves more explicit content the stories are quite similar in attitude and feel.
Rokuro Okajima is a small-time salaryman who is carrying documents for his company, when the ship he's traveling on is attacked by pirates. Kidnapped, he discovers to his dismay that his employers' main concern is to ensure the documents don't get into the wrong hands, even if it means sending the carrier to the bottom of the sea. Now, with his former life ruined and his kidnappers seeming comparatively friendly, "Rock" decides to join their merry band of mercenaries, and sets out with a new career to the shadier corners of the South China Sea.
Ryo Saeba and Kaori Makumura are private detectives who make up the City Hunter team -- problem solvers who can be hired by writing 'xyz' in a certain train station. Ryo's uncanny accuracy with a gun is surpassed only by his lecherous tendencies, while Kaori provides the sideline support -- usually in the form of a 50,000 kg mallet to keep Ryo's ecchiness under control!
The early episodes of Ryoko's Case Files reminds me a lot of City Hunter. A lot of the episodes have the same formula. Additionally, the main characters are somewhat similar (though their roles reversed and the context of their business is quite different).
City Hunter is more comedic that Ryoko's Case Files, but if you enjoyed Ryoko's Case Files, I would recommend trying out a few episodes of City Hunter.
Kagura and Yomi are two girls who have a bond that cannot be broken. While once they fought side by side against the supernatural forces that threaten the planet, fate had something different in store for these star-crossed companions. Yet to understand the present, one must first experience the past – a time before Kagura’s involvement with the Supernatural Disaster Prevention Agency. Always cheery and good-natured to a fault, the young Kagura first meets Yomi when she is invited into her home. Over time, the two battle malicious spirits and grow closer together – but soon, more terrifying foes begin to reveal themselves. A swarm of glowing blue butterflies and a mysterious stone are harbingers of darker things to come, and one thing’s for sure: Kagura and Yomi will never be the same.
First, be warned that Ryoko's Case File and Ga-Rei -Zero- aren't exactly the same kind of shows, the first one being a slightly episodic series about law and order, while Ga-Rei -Zero- is more of an intense horror thriller. Still, they do share a lot of similarities in terms of settings. Both are set in modern Japan, but with a slight twist, supernatural cases pop up every now and then, and it's the main characters job to solve those. Weird mosters, mysterious apparitions, paranormal phenomenons, you'll find those in both series.
Like I said, those two shows are still quite different. You'll laugh during Ryoko's Case File, and you'll cry during Ga-Rei Zero. The storylines may not have anything in common, these two series are extremely similar in terms of style and setting. If you liked any of them, I'm positive you'll also like the other!
28-year-old Hiroko Matsukata is the definition of a workaholic. On top of smoking too much, rarely having sex and having lousy luck nurturing her romantic life, she works excessively to get the job done. Alongside many co-workers at the weekly news magazine Jidai, Hiroko tirelessly works on countless stories – thus negating any chance of a social life. Can Hiroko balance her home and work life, or is she doomed to be a 'working man' forever?
Hataraki Man and Ryoko's Case Files have different types of plot, but both feature a very strong female lead who is fighting for her career. If you like capable, sophisticated, red-head lead ladies in an office setting, you may want to check out these two titles.