Even though the next set of books should be here this week, I thought I would do at least one more episode review before the order arrives. Today, I will be reviewing Case Closed episode 15 (Detective Conan episode 14).
As I have given a series synopsis in an earlier post, I will not go over it again.
While out playing around, Jimmy and the Junior Detective League notice a remote controlled boat with a balloon tied to it moving through the water. Not long after, they see a balloon pop. Through the use of binoculars, Jimmy sees a guy with a rifle and a man hold a gun at the rifleman. Even though they do not make it to the location before, Jimmy notices a calculator left at the scene, with numbers left as a message. Now, Jimmy and the gang must decipher the message and find out what is wanted of the rifleman they saw.
I liked this episode a bit. Although this is the second anime filler episode of the series, according to Detective Conan World, I think it was much better than episode 6. While watching this, I think I only noticed two obvious things. The first one was that the balloon was shot, instead of naturally popping. Of course, this was noticed right away by Jimmy, which does not make him look as incompetent as he did in episode 6. I also felt a lot of excitement in the case on this one, which is certainly an improvement. It was also quite funny how Jimmy could not solve the code, which shows us more moments of being human. There were quite a few other scenes that were quite funny, but the funniest ones turn up at the end. The fact that the case presented here was not as obvious as the case in episode, since only two things were obvious, and that some scenes were quite funny certainly makes this a decent episode.
Although I liked the episode, there were some issues. First, even though FUNimation started using the Japanese footage, instead the edited footage seen on its broadcast on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim, the Adult Swim footage appears in the opening sequence. Many times, we are shown a preview of the episode that is about to be played. Except for a few instances, it is exactly as we would see it in the episode. Unfortunately, this episode is one of those exceptions, even though it is just a minor case, compared to others. In the preview provided in the opening sequence, the calculator, which is our main clue in this case, has 3540405162. However, in the episode itself, the calculator has 3135134162. In my book, this would be counted as a consistency issue. Consistency issues have ruined anywhere from a single volume in a series, such as the case of Negima! Volume 34, to an entire series, which I do not think I have any examples to use. Considering that FUNimation has never redubbed any episodes to fit better with the footage, which MagicBox has been complaining a lot about concerning the episodes, this does definitely cause some confusion in the case itself. Also, even though I liked to see Jimmy struggling a bit, he overlooked the obvious, which definitely slowed things down. Yes, there are things that come to a person's mind later because we tend to forget things, but I think everyone and their dog should recognize right away that a calculator turned upside down will form words. This is where the dubbing used for the Adult Swim footage mixed with the Japanese footage really messes things up. When Jimmy realizes that the numbers turn into letters, everyone pretty much says 291 Soho HSE, but I see 291 Heisei E. If I were to have seen this episode for the first time in my life, I would definitely be questioning how Jimmy and the gang got Soho HSE from 3135134162. Outside of those, I cannot really think of anything else that I did not like. After all, if you guys want a comparison between the Japanese and FUNimation dubs, you will have to wait for MagicBox to post it. While the episode was good and the fact that Jimmy overlooks the obvious may only be bad enough to be a minor issue, the use of the dub used for the Adult Swim footage instead of redubbing for the Japanese footage will certainly cause confusion for first time viewers, thus hurting the episode a bit.
Despite the fact that the episode played out better than the first anime filler episode, I do not think that the excitement presented here can outweigh the possible confusion caused by not redubbing the episode for use with the Japanese footage. I would recommend this to fans of detective, mystery, and crime fiction, as well as fans of Detective Conan (Case Closed). As for everyone else, the excitement of the case alone may be worth giving it a try, but the possibility for becoming confused may make skipping this episode the best decision.
What are your thoughts on Case Closed episode 15? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.
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