Anime Review: Case Closed Episode 119

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Oh boy, I have been dreading the coming of this day.

A while back, when I was covering FUNimation’s fourth season set, I encountered a terrible case that was adapted from the Detective Conan Special volumes that made me want to avoid them entirely.

Unfortunately, like I admitted in my review of that case, I have yet another case that comes from the same source.

Today, I will be reviewing Case Closed episode 119 (Detective Conan episode 113).

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

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Jimmy, Richard, and Rachel have decided to go on a trip, but instead of arriving at their destination, they come to a small beach town.

However, their relaxing stay is interrupted when Jimmy and Rachel find a corpse while snorkeling the next day.

Everyone agrees that it is drowning and two experts agree that it was suicide, but Jimmy and Richard, upon finding out that the victim and one of the experts knew each other well, suspect it was murder.

Now, Jimmy must crack the only suspect’s perfect alibi, before the death is officially ruled suicide.

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I am not too sure about this case. Even if I were to put aside my disgust of the previous case from Eiichi Yamagishi, I still cannot say that I liked this case too much. The case was a bit better set up than episode 86 (Japanese count), and, except for suspect’s guilt and the cause of death, there was not a whole lot that was obvious. I liked how Jimmy and Richard were on the same page in this case. Most of the time, Richard is portrayed as an idiot who keeps changing his mind on suspects and even accuses people without really doing any investigation of his own. Then again, Richard is supposed to be that way, otherwise there would be no reason for Jimmy knock him case after case. The moment that it comes to light that the suspect was in a relationship with the victim, they both suspect that the doctor who did the initial examination could have killed her and made it look like suicide. After all, the two best positions for a criminal to be in for a criminal case would be either a coroner or a judge. Unfortunately, the judge would probably be caught in real life before they could preside over a murder case they were responsible for. Otherwise, we could probably see something like the following:

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“Has the jury reached a verdict?”
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“We have, your Honor. We, the jury, find you guilty of all the defendant’s charges.”

Of course, even if the presiding judge were the true culprit in the case being heard, the jury can only determine guilt of the person being tried, according to a PDF on the United States Courts website, though individual States may have different rules, so an attorney would be the only person who can confirm or deny this, especially because I have never studied law. Either way, both a coroner and a judge would know what kind of evidence investigators look for. I also liked how the case was actually interesting this time. As I mentioned earlier in this post, this case comes from the same volume that featured the manga counterpart of episode 86 (Japanese count), and it looks like Yamagishi may have improved, but I cannot say for sure because Viz has never released any of the special volumes. Another thing that I liked is that FUNimation still seems to be fixing issues that the Japanese version has. In recent episodes, the Japanese version has been featuring the wrong next episode preview and FUNimation’s footage featured the correct one each time. This one is no different. In the Japan version of this case, which I had to look up fansubs for because I cannot trust FUNimation’s Japanese track, the preview says that the next episode is The Masked Yaiba Murder Mystery. However, according to Detective Conan World’s episode list, MagicBox’s episode list, and my episode list, the next episode is actually Scuba Dying (Part 1), which is exactly what the footage released by FUNimation said was the next episode. I am not sure what is going on the Japanese side, but this makes me glad that I do not watch Detective Conan subbed anymore, at least outside these reviews. Outside of that, I cannot think of anything else that I particularly liked. The fact that the case was actually interesting, compared to the other case from Eiichi Yamagishi, and only two things were obvious, made the case tolerable.

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Although there were things that I liked about the case, there are some issues. However, aside from the continuing issues from the fourth season set and my still present disgust with Eiichi Yamagishi’s work, nothing comes to my mind. Because of that fact, I will say that there is nothing worth mentioning.

Considering that Eiichi Yamagishi may have improved a bit, because the case was better than his last one, this episode is good enough to kill time. I hesitantly recommend this to fans of detective, mystery, and crime fiction, as well as fans of Detective Conan (Case Closed), because I do not know if Yamagishi improved enough to make cases like some of Gosho Aoyama’s best. As for everyone, this may serve as a nice introduction to the series, as well as the detective, mystery, and crime fiction genres in general, but I think there are cases that could serve that purpose better than this one.

What are your thoughts on Case Closed episode 119? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.

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