Things seem to be going rather well, huh? After covering 20 episodes (23, according to FUNimation's count) of FUNimation's fourth season of Detective Conan (Case Closed), four of which were covered before I officially started covering the season, I have now reached the final three episodes (no matter whether one uses FUNimation's numbering or Japan's). Today, I will be reviewing Case Closed episode 103 (Detective Conan episode 97).
As I have given a series synopsis in an earlier post, I will not go over it again.
Jimmy, Richard, and Rachel go to visit a client who wants to hire Richard for his services for ¥1,000,000.
The gig is to keep an eye on his daughters, because he suspects that one of them will kill him.
However, before the culprit could be revealed, Richard's client dies and Jimmy has more questions than answers.
I kind of liked this case. The case was set up very well, and not much was obvious, outside of how strange things were. I also liked how this case was a murder in plain sight. Yes, there were cases like that in previous episodes, such as episodes 48 & 49 (Japanese count) and episode 67 (Japanese count), but these are the kinds of cases that do not come up a lot, not even in the manga, as far as I can remember. Seeing as this is a filler episode, according to Detective Conan World, it is good to see that the Japanese are still able to come with some interesting cases. After all, there have been quite a few cases from them that I just did not care about. I also liked how one of the daughters ended up getting something worse than she thought. In this world, there are many people that do not get what they deserve. For example, a guilty man can escape punishment in many countries. On the other hand, I find it much better than an innocent person being put to death, because I know that not one of us is perfect, as much as I would like to see the scum of our society suffer a terrible fate. Another nice thing was the fact that the investigation was not immediately closed once the prime suspect was taken into custody. While Jimmy is responsible for keeping the investigation open until the truth is revealed, it is nice that the police themselves kept it open. Then again, they were not so certain about that the prime suspect was guilty of anything more than attempted murder. Besides, even the obvious can be the wrong answer, even though it is something that we should not do. Outside of that, I cannot think of anything without repeating myself. The fact that this is one of the rare occasions where a murder happens in plain sight and that people got what they deserved, as well as the fact that the police did not try to close the investigation, did make this entertaining.
Although I liked the case, there are some issues. However, outside of the issues plaguing other episodes, which I believe allows me to confirm one of MagicBox's bullet points, I have only a few things that bugged me. First, the person we thought was a doctor admits to pretending to be one. Now, I cannot say how easy it is to make people think somebody is a doctor, but this one bugged me because in the Japanese version, which I had to look up a fansub for, since I do not think I can trust FUNimation's Japanese track, the guy really is a doctor. I do not know exactly why FUNimation decided to make this changed, but considering that this is not as bad the dub error they made in episode 49 (Japanese count) or the fact that the previous episode was literally split into four episodes, I can overlook this issue. The thing that bugs me the most though is that FUNimation did not seem to do currency conversion correctly. When Richard was given a check in advance, Richard was, at first, unimpressed, because it was supposedly 100 thousand dollars. A short time later, Jimmy corrects him saying that there were six zeroes. Now, I am not too sure how comparable the US dollar and the Japanese yen were in 2009, since that is how far back the Amazon reviews for this season set goes, but when I looked at it recently, ¥1 is worth about 1¢ USD. Because of that fact, ¥1,000,000 would turn into somewhere around $10,000 USD. For ¥1,000,000 to equal $1,000,000 USD, the yen would have would to be roughly 1 US dollar. I guess that I should just be glad that they are off by about 100, because even FUNimation's stream of this episode features this same issue and MagicBox stated that they did not redo the dub for episode 14 (Japanese count) either in his comparison of that episode. While FUNimation does make some changes and probably did their currency conversion incorrectly, neither one was enough to hurt the case.
Despite my annoyances, the good outweighed it enough to make this definitely worth watching. I recommend this to fans of detective, mystery, and crime fiction, as well as fans of Detective Conan (Case Closed). As for everyone else, this would probably serve as a good introduction to the series, as well as the detective, mystery, and crime fiction genres in general.
What are your thoughts on Case Closed episode 103? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.
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