Man, 25 posts being converted to valid XHTML without any useless extras is a pain. Fortunately, I got through it rather quickly and got the ebook archive updated. Anyway, here we are at the start of another new month. With half of FUNimation’s first season of Detective Conan (Case Closed) having been covered, 110 remain (116 according to FUNimation’s count). Today, I am going to review Case Closed episode 14 (Detective Conan episode 13).
As I have already given a series synopsis in an earlier post, I will not go over it again.
While visiting Dr. Agasa’s, Jimmy gets a new gadget that can track things or people that have a transmitter placed on them. Later, while Jimmy is back at Rachel’s, a client comes to have Richard look for her estranged brother. However, when the person they were looking for turns up dead soon after being found by Richard, they find out that another detective was hired to find the same person. Now, Jimmy and the gang must find out what is going on before nothing remains to determine the truth.
I have to say that I quite liked this episode. The case was interesting from the get go. Very little was obvious, if anything. The pacing was good. The best parts were the funny scenes though. Like when Rachel went after the other private detective. Jimmy’s tracking glasses were certainly quite useful in this case, unlike they would have had the previous episode been faithful adapted from the manga. I also liked how, once again, experience is shown to not be everything. Jimmy Richard, who have dealt with numerous cases, think that it would not be so easy to find somebody in a crowd, which is pretty much true, but Rachel finds the man right off the bat and she is not even a detective. Of course, I think they may have been overlooking the obvious, which is always a problem when one gains experience at something. There is also something that parents would enjoy too. When Jimmy finds out where their client, who said she was the daughter of the guy they were trying to find, Rachel races along with him and lectures bystanders on the principle of ladies first, but then they forget to say please. I already voiced my opinion on the matter that manners and politeness are about being right and one is rude when they are wrong. Obviously, parents and those that were before my generation will disagree with me, but everything goes back to the fact that such things can lead to false assumptions, and maybe even apathy because one group is too used to it that the other group could use the gesture as an opportunity for evil. After all, we are supposed to balance the scales in our lives so that we doubt enough to not become apathetic and trust enough to not doubt what should be believed or trusted. The case was quite interesting and the funny parts make this a good episode. Parents would probably like their kids to watch this episode since the dub talks about manners, which may be a plus in their eyes.
Although I liked the episode, there are a few problems. First, this is the second episode ruined by Japan, as confirmed by MagicBox. Unlike episode 5, it does not really create any plot holes, but it does have some importance. In the manga version, instead of some random guy, everything is planned out by Black Org and marks the second appearance of Gin & Vodka, since the manga counterpart takes place before the events of episode 5. By making it a random guy, it turns this case into a semi-filler episode, even though the excitement it still somewhat the same as the manga version. Another thing that changed is that Richard’s client also turns out to be a random person who ends up surviving the gunshots fired by the mastermind. On the other hand, in the manga, Richard’s client turns out to be somebody very important named Akemi Miyano. Separate, those two things do a little damage, but do not put much of a dent in things. However, since these two actually go hand-in-hand, it is quite damaging. While in the manga counterpart of episode 5, we find out the two men who attacked Jimmy are called Gin & Vodka, the manga counterpart of this case is what I think gives us the name commonly used to refer to syndicate. By also making it both a random girl and guy, it also delay the biggest lead that Jimmy has ever had. Because of what Japan here, the anime debut of Ai Haibara gets delayed. In fact, in order to have Haibara be introduced in the anime, Japan had to make an extra episode, which is episode 128 (Japanese count). For Haibara to enter the series, Akemi had to die and this was the case where it originally happened in the manga. Haibara is not the only thing that gets delayed though. When Haibara does eventually make her debut, we also find out what the drug that shrunk Jimmy is called. This is definitely not looking good for series. Episode 5 creates a plot hole and this episode delays the emergence of any new information concerning both Black Org and the fact that the drug that shrunk Jimmy was APTX 4869. Second, I think Jimmy and the gang realize things a bit too slowly. I suspected something was up the moment the landlady said she did not know anything about the person they were originally looking for having a daughter. It was pretty obvious that things were not as they seemed. However, Jimmy and the gang did not suspect anything until new information came to them. It certainly seems like the cast was not very competent this time around. At the same time, I am glad that it does not entirely ruin the episode. On the other hand, this seems to just be a minor issue, compared to the fact that Haibara’s debut was delayed because of what Japan did to this episode. Outside of those things, I do not really have any other complaints. While the cast being slow on the uptake is just a minor issue, the fact that neither Akemi Miyano nor Gin & Vodka appearing certainly does quite a number to this episode. Even though there were plot holes caused by it, the fact that it delays the debut of an important character comes back to bite this episode.
Despite the fact that Gin, Vodka, and Akemi do not show up, the case was still pretty good and made it worth watching the show. I recommend this to fans of detective, mystery, and crime fiction. Fans of Detective Conan (Case Closed) may like this, but those that have read the manga counterpart will probably hate this episode because the changes delays Haibara’s debut. As for everyone else, I think this is a good introduction to the series and the detective, mystery, and crime fiction genres.
What are your thoughts on Case Closed episode 14? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.