Well, things seem to be going pretty. To start off the new year, I decided to cover the rest of FUNimation’s fifth season.
So far, two episodes have been covered and there is still much to cover before all 123 (130, according to FUNimation’s count) episodes that have been dubbed by FUNimation.
Today, I will be reviewing Case Closed episode 115 (Detective Conan episode 109).
As I have given a series synopsis in an earlier post, I will not go over it again.
The Junior Detective League has been making a name for themselves by solving various cases, especially their latest capture of a man suspected for robbing many jewelry stores.
However, their fame may not be so great, when Jimmy notices something fishy going on with the pursuit of a car that hit Amy only moments earlier, and his suspicions quickly proven when yet another corpse is discovered.
I kind of liked this case. It seemed to be set up fairly well, and unlike the last case, there was very little that was obvious, except for the only suspect’s guilt and the fact that he tried to use them for his scheme. In fact, I had no idea of what his plan involved, other than having the Junior Detective League be his alibi. Seeing as this is a filler episode, according to Detective Conan World, it looks like I have to give the Japanese some credit for improving a little, though the case was nowhere near as exciting as episodes 61 and 62 (Japanese count on both) were. This is what I want to see in any crime show, not something as obvious as episode 6 was. After all, the obvious can ruin cases, like the aforementioned episode 6 and the Okinawa case of volume 45. Of course, out of those two, episode 6 was probably worse in terms of what was obvious, whereas the case in volume 45 was dumb because the suspect did not hide his guilt very well. As a result, this case was actually a bit interesting, unlike most other filler cases. I also liked how the episode showed that crimes do not go as planned. Yes, there are many cases like that, such as episodes 36 and 31 (Japanese count on both), where something that was part of the plan ended up proving their guilt, but I think this one did a bit better of a job. After all, like the dentist in episode 36 (Japanese count), who did not think that there would be two aces of the same suit in a single deck, the suspect here had no idea that Amy’s badge would be the key to proving his guilt. I guess that this is the second time that something of Amy’s led to revealing a criminal, because her fingerprints on an ace led to her dentist’s arrest. There were also some funny parts that were kind of enjoyable. The funniest of which was when the Junior Detective League gets Richard situated, they give him a beer can and Meguire asks him how many he has drank, when Jimmy does his usual voice change for his deductions. That does not surprise me, because people do make mistakes, some of which cannot be forgiven, when they consume alcohol. What makes it even funnier is that a bit earlier George says that the beer can had water, and not beer. I am not sure about you guys, but I definitely got a chuckle out of that. Another thing that I liked was that the next episode preview was actually correct. Now, FUNimation has not messed up previews as bad as what happened in episode 51 (Japanese count), but that does not mean that everything is perfect. When I took a look at the Japanese version, which I had to find fansubs for, because I do not think I can trust FUNimation’s Japanese track, the next episode preview said that the next episode is School of Ghouls. However, according to Detective Conan World’s episode list, MagicBox’s episode list, and my episode list, the next episode is actually Recipe for Murder (Part 1). In FUNimation’s release, the next episode preview states that that episode is the next one. This kind of took me by surprise, because the only episode that I knew had the wrong next episode preview in Japan was episode 127 (Japanese count), which features Haibara in the next episode preview, even though she does not get introduced until episode 129 (Japanese count), and I just verified by looking up a fansubbed version of that episode. It certainly is nice that the footage being released by FUNimation fixed an issue like this, because like many of you that are reading this, I thought that the next episode previews in the Japanese version were much more correct than the releases made by FUNimation. Hopefully, they do the same if, and when, FUNimation decides to dub episodes 124+ (Japanese count). The thing that I liked the most though is that ending actually featured footage from the episode, instead of an old episode. This makes me glad, because the Japanese footage of all the episodes so far has featured scenes in the endings of episodes just watched. However, while I want to say that it looks like one of the usual issues from the fourth season set has finally been resolved, I cannot because the ending changed from Negai Goto Hitotsu Dake to Kori no Ue ni Tatsu Yo ni and FUNimation’s usual pattern, though it may just be because that is the footage they got from TMS, all the episodes after this will most likely feature the same issue as those in the fourth season set, which will mean all endings after this will feature scenes from this episode, even if FUNimation did release episodes 124+ (Japanese count), since Detective Conan World says that this new ending will be used until episode 131 (Japanese count), which is after Haibara makes her official debut in the television series. If only FUNimation would deliver footage that truly has not been altered by either them or TMS, then this issue would not be as big in sets that are labeled as unedited and uncut, like the fourth season set was. Outside of that, I cannot think of anything else. The fact that the Japanese improving a bit, by making even less obvious than the last case, and the hilarity of the deduction scene, as well as the fact that the ending finally featured the correct footage, even if it might be a one time only occurrence, if past patterns continue, and fixing an issue with the next episode preview featured in the Japanese version, made this a pretty decent.
Although I did like the episode, there are certainly some issues. However, there is only one thing that comes to my mind, aside from the issue from the fourth season set that remains in this episode. When the opening sequence starts up, scenes from episode 101 (Japanese count) are shown instead of scenes from this episode. However, In the Japanese version, the scenes shown were from this episode. As much as I want to chastise FUNimation for this, since it does seem like this is their fault, MagicBox’s notes for the fifth season set say that this only happens in two episodes, so I will just label this as a minor annoyance. While the wrong scenes used in the opening did not affect the case itself, it did do some damage to the quality of the release made by FUNimation.
Considering that the only notable flaw is the fact that the opening sequence shows a preview from the wrong episode, the good, especially the fixing of episode preview that was wrong in the Japanese version, outweighs it enough to make this worth watching. I recommend this to fans of detective, mystery, and crime fiction, as well as fans of Detective Conan (Case Closed), even if you dislike the Junior Detective League, because things were actually done right for once. As for everyone else, this is 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 115? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.
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