Well, it has been a somewhat good run, but the end of my coverage of the Detective Conan (Case Closed) anime is drawing nearer.
Back in 2012, after finding the 42nd volume on bookstore shelves, I started covering the anime, planning only to cover the first 123 (130, according to FUNimation's count) episodes out of the now more than 720 that have aired in Japan.
One by one, I have covered each case across 100 or so posts until only one case remains.
Today, I will be reviewing the last case dubbed by FUNimation, which is Case Closed episode 130 (Detective Conan episode 123).
As I have given a series synopsis in an earlier post, I will not go over it again.
While home unsupervised, Jimmy and the Junior Detective League find a message for Richard from a reporter.
However, only moments after talking with her, the reporter goes missing and Jimmy keeps receiving weird messages on his pager that he thinks are from their new acquaintance.
Now, Jimmy and the gang must figure out how to decode the messages, in order to rescue her.
I am not too sure about this one. While it is not as bad as episode 120 (Japanese count) was, it could have been better. The case was setup fairly well and not very much, not even the code itself, was obvious. Considering that this is filler case, because the next case adapted from the manga does not occur until Haibara makes her debut in episode 129 (Japanese count), according to Detective Conan World's episode list, it looks like the Japanese have improved. Yes, I know that the link I provided says that episode 128 (Japanese count) has a manga counterpart, but I am not counting it because it is fixing something that should have been done right the first time, since both that episode and episode 13 (Japanese count) share the same manga counterpart. I liked how the code used numerical codes not that the average person would not be familiar with. This made the code much harder to figure out, thus making me actually want to solve the case myself. This is something that I think fans of the detective, mystery, and crime fiction genres would like as well, because there is nothing like a mystery that has some interesting aspect. There were also some funny scenes, mostly when the kids go exploring the town. Outside of that, I cannot really think of much else that I liked. The fact that very little was obvious and the fact that the code was something the average person would not be familiar with made this a pretty decent case.
Although the case does not seem to be that bad, there are some issues. However, aside from the continuing issues from the fourth season set, I can only think of two. First, there is no next episode preview. The last time FUNimation released episode before rereleasing the same content, which was after episode 80 (Japanese count), they featured a preview for the next episode, thereby getting hopes up for a season six that never came, instead starting to put new episodes in the fourth season set and onwards. However, this time FUNimation did no such thing. Taking into account the fact that this is the last case FUNimation dubbed, this understandable, though I am sure that there are people that are still disappointed that FUNimation made Haibara a movie exclusive character, thereby not giving her the proper introduction that the manga followers got from Viz, so I am just going to label this a minor annoyance. The thing that most annoys me though is that yet another old problem rears its head. During the course of the episode, the clues that I was hearing did not match what I saw on the screen making many clues too difficult to decipher. This is because, like episode 14 (Japanese count), FUNimation seemed to have been dubbing this for footage other than the Japanese footage that they are supposedly using in the season sets. Honestly, FUNimation should be making their dubs fit the footage they use, even if it means doing a redub. Doing this lazy job just makes it harder for those who do not understand Japanese, because we do not see what is supposed to be there. Does FUNimation really think that this will bring any new viewers or even please the people they already got from the days of releasing singles and Adult Swim broadcasts? If they do, then they are not really pleasing anyone. Maybe, they will do a better job in the sixth season set, if it ever comes, but right now, the old Adult Swim broadcasts seem to be much better quality than this. While the lack of a next episode preview is understandable, the fact that the dub does not much the footage ruins an otherwise decent case.
Despite the interesting case, the mismatched dub makes this a somewhat waste of time. I recommend that to fans of detective, mystery, and crime fiction, as well as Detective Conan (Case Closed), to avoid this dub and instead watch it subbed. As for everyone else, because this was the last episode FUNimation dubbed, I think that it might be better to watch a different case to get a good introduction to the series.
What are your thoughts on Case Closed episode 130? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.
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