Anime Review: Case Closed Episode 13

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One by one, the episodes of Detective Conan (Case Closed) have been covered. Now, we are at the halfway point of FUNimation's first season of Case Closed. Today, I will be reviewing Case Closed episode 13 (Detective Conan episode 12).

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

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While playing hide and go seek in the park, Amy decides to hide in the trunk of a car. However, when the game is over, Jimmy and the remaining members of the Junior Detective League worry that Amy has been taken away by the same kidnappers that the news reported were on the loose. Now, Jimmy and the Junior Detective League must rescue her before the kidnappers have a chance to kill her.

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I am not too sure about this episode, but there were things that I liked. For example, people in our society seem to think that experience is a good thing. However, that is not necessarily the case. In fact, I have warned about it, to my knowledge, more than once already on this blog. While experience does help out a lot, there is a risk. In computers, it may lead to the wrong diagnosis. In the case of this episode though, it can lead to a wrong deduction. Now, you guys may be saying that this is not a good point about this episode, but I do not count it as one. After all, it does show that Jimmy is human, instead of that mister perfect that he seems to be in many of the previous and yet to come cases. I think it does a nice job of illustrating where too much experience is bad. Although Jimmy started his life as a detective the year prior to the start of Detective Conan (Case Closed), which is stated in volumes 21 and 35 of the manga, I doubt he would received the nickname of the contemporary Sherlock from just his first two or three cases. On the other hand, it is not exactly known how many cases he has solved before the start of the series, especially since the case presented in The Time Bombed Skyscraper is not canon, and Detective Conan World's page does not state how exactly how many either. I also liked how even though Jimmy was wrong much of the time, he was able to identify sounds. That does not seem too different from what people in the field of IT need to do. After all, the beep codes do help diagnosis issues in computers, but according to PCWorld they vary between systems. Outside of those, I cannot really think of anything else that I liked. The fact that Jimmy was presented more as a human than other episodes, as well as the fact that he could identify sounds made this episode somewhat good.

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Although the episode was somewhat good there were things that are kind of annoying. First, this was not an actual case. Then again, the Junior Detective League tends to get very few real cases. While this may not be so bad, considering that this series was meant targeted towards children in Japan, it may turn off people that have come to series for the mystery aspect. Another thing is that the badges, which are introduced this episode, originally had a range of 20 kilometers, according to its manga counterpart in volume 9. However, in the dub, it has a 20-mile radius, as confirmed by MagicBox, who states the radius was the same as its manga counterpart in the Japanese version of this episode. If this were to be translated accurately, the radius would be less than fifteen miles. Being more powerful is not necessarily bad, but technologies tend to have the same limitations worldwide, so a device with a 20-kilometer radius in Japan is going to have that same limit in America. However, this is not really going bug people much, unless they want an accurate translation, which few, outside of the sub zealots, care about. Another thing that I noticed was something was removed when this was adapted into an anime episode. In the manga, Jimmy not only has the solar-powered skateboard but also the criminal tracking glasses. This is not really a major issue though. Unlike episode 5, where a plot hole was created due to changes made by the Japanese, it was not that important to the case. After all, the cases are not presented in the same order in the anime as they are in the manga. Except for the fact that there really was no case presented here, there are not really any major issues that hurt this episode, unless one wants to be nitpicky about an approximately 7.6-mile difference and lack of gadgets present in the manga.

Considering that most of the issues are minor, I think this episode was certainly a good. I recommend this to fans of Detective Conan (Case Closed). As for fans of detective, mystery, and crime fiction, I recommend skipping this episode because there really is not much of a case to be found here. As for everyone else, I would recommend this if one wants a break from the numerous murder and kidnapping cases, since there is not really any case to be seen.

What are your thoughts on Case Closed episode 13? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.

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