Anime Review: Case Closed Episode 118

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Compared to when I was covering the first few episodes of FUNimation fifth season, it seems like I have been pretty consistent in covering the final 17 (18, according to FUNimation’s count) episodes that FUNimation has dubbed.

So far, I have covered 5 episodes and only a few more remain until the final 10 (11, according to FUNimation’s count) is reached.

Today, I will be reviewing Case Closed episode 118 (Detective Conan episode 112).

As I have given a series synopsis in an earlier post, I will not go over it again.

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There are a lot of rumors going around about how Teitan Elementary is haunted, but Jimmy is skeptical about the claims.

However, when people start acting strangely when Jimmy and the Junior Detective League ask about the disappearance of the vice principal, they decide to find out what is really going on at their school.

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I kind of liked this case. With all of the murder cases that crop up in Detective Conan, and there are a ton featured in the more than 700 episodes that have aired in Japan and the more than 850 chapters of the manga that have been published in Weekly Shonen Sunday, it is nice to have a break once in a while. After all, as interesting as murder cases can be, it can become boring, as I mentioned in my review of episodes 100 and 101 (Japanese count). The case seemed be setup much better than the other episodes in the season so far, and there was much less obvious. In fact, even with my memory of what happens during this case, I thought that something very strange was going on. Just when everything seems to have been answered, more questions arise. I sure wish the cases in Detective Conan were more like this, because it is something that fans of the detective, mystery, and crime fiction genres all want to see. Unfortunately, the only cases after this one where this does occur, as far as I can remember, is the serial arson case of manga volume 39, which corresponds to episodes 325-327 (Japanese count), according to Detective Conan World, and the Osaka case of manga volume 19, which will be reviewed in the near-future. I also liked how this case was fairly faithful to its manga counterpart, which is the last case before Jimmy Kudo and Kaito Kuroba match wits for the first time, at least after Jimmy was given APTX 4869, since Magic Kaito also features a battle of wits between the two that seems to take place before the events of episode 76 (Japanese count), with few, if any, changes or omissions. Pretty much everything that I saw in this episode also happened also happened in the manga. Now, this case is not as important to the series as episodes 5 and 13 (Japanese count on both), but seeing as the teacher introduces Haibara in episode 129 (Japanese count) is the same one introduced in this episode, I guess this episode does have some importance, but not too much, because I do not remember Haibara having as much interaction with the teacher after that point. Still, that does not mean that I am any less satisfied with how the Japanese are being faithful to the manga, even with cases that hardly have any importance to finding Black Org and/or the antidote to APTX 4869. Another nice thing is that like the previous two cases, the correct next episode preview was shown. In the Japanese version, which I had to look up fansubs for, because I do not think that I can trust FUNimation’s Japanese track, the next episode preview said that the next episode was Recipe for Murder (Part 1). However, according to Detective Conan World’s episode list, MagicBox’s episode list, and my episode list, the next episode is actually Prescription For Murder. Yet again, in the footage released by FUNimation, that is what the next episode preview says that that episode is the next one. This is thrice now and I want to say that FUNimation’s fifth season is better than Japan’s fifth season, but seeing as Haibara is at least introduced in Japan’s fifth season, according to the link to Detective Conan World provided earlier, whereas she only exists in the manga and movies in the US, I could not do that. The things that I liked the most though were the funny scenes. Unlike other cases, where something stood out as, all the scenes that I found funny stood equally, because the Junior Detective League actually thought their school was haunted and going after the staff, like a security guard, who was really just as drunk as Richard was, when Jimmy called him. I was chuckling quite bit about the whole thing, which is something I could not say for quite a while about any of the cases featured in Detective Conan. The fact that this is another break from the usual murder cases and things turned out to not be completely resolved, when it seemed to be, as well as the fact that there were more things that were actually funny than usual, made this very entertaining.

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Although I did like the case, there are some issues. However, aside from the issues from season 4 that continues to plague episodes, nothing comes to mind. As a result, I have to say that there is nothing worth mentioning.

Considering that the case had a lot of questions and lot to laugh about, this was 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, I recommend this to you guys too, because this is probably one of the better cases to see as an introduction to series, though not as good as episodes in previous seasons and one that is airs not long after this one, as well as the the detective, mystery, and crime fiction genres in general.

What are your thoughts on Case Closed episode 118? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.

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