Anime Review: Case Closed Episode 17

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Well, I hope none of you guys got depressed over the tenth anniversary of the September 11th attack. Yours truly, was still in school and unaware of what the main purpose of the institution was at the time. Anyway, let us not dwell on the past. As I said in an earlier post, I was going to review an episode of Detective Conan (Case Closed) at least every 3-5 days, if not a longer period of time. Today, I am going to fulfill that and review Case Closed episode 17 (Detective Conan episode 16).

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

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Richard goes to see a client, in order to update him on his suspicions of an affair, leaving Rachel and Jimmy to wait in the courtyard. During the meeting though, Richard and his client are interrupted. However, when the client does not return for the longest time, Jimmy and the gang find Richard's client dead in a room that shows signs of a struggle. The suspects are everyone in the deceased's appointment log and it is up to Jimmy to figure out who the killer is.

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I enjoyed this episode. There were a few things that were obvious in the case, but unlike episode 6, things were not completely ruined, as there was still the mystery aspect that is so enjoyable about the series. There were quite a few funny scenes, like Richard jumping to conclusions so quickly, which is pretty much expected by this point in the series. The best part of this episode though was something that was not so obvious. There are two pieces of evidence that point to one guy, which I did not suspect. First, there was no message on the answer machine that he said he left. Even to a person with some experience with the detective, mystery, and crime genres, this would raise some suspicions. However, with how often I warn of the dangers of making assumptions, I hope nobody jumps to any conclusions from this. Second, the item the suspect left the deceased with was undamaged. Combined with the first thing, this sure does pin the crime on the guy. People hear all the time that criminals leave evidence behind that they do not know about and try to create fake alibis, but here what was missing and what is undamaged is not necessarily damning evidence towards that suspect's guilt. After all, many detective, mystery, and crime stories have people framing others for their deeds. I have to say though that this was a somewhat well done attempt to frame somebody, at least to those being introduced to detective, mystery, and crime. While there were things that were obvious, the fact that there is a somewhat successful attempt to frame somebody by what was not there and what was left undamaged does this a decent episode.

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Although I liked the episode, there were some problems. First, as good as this case may be, this one was still a bit too easy to figure out. Being that it is not as obvious and episode 6, this does not hurt the episode much for those unfamiliar with detective, mystery, or crime stories. However, it does do a bit of damage when coming at the case here. The scene just does not seem like some amateur with a blade could do. Blades are easy to figure out how to use and handle, but there are many kinds of swords ranging from a rapier to swords that need two hands to wield. I am not considering knives because only swords were used, but the weight alone would most likely make it difficult to damage only certain things. However, this is just my guess, so I suggest talking to somebody who practices with a real blade, as opposed to a bamboo blade or the swords used in fencing. Also, I suspected something when the victim's hands were not in the same position as displayed in a photo. Even somebody who does not practice the sword would, I hope, get the hands of their victim positioned right, if there were a photo in the room, like what we saw in the episode. It certainly seemed like somebody was being set up. Another thing that also raised my suspicions is the mention of a scar. I am not sure how common scars are, but Jimmy's explanation of the scar certainly made sense. All of this combines to make the suspect blatantly obvious. Although I will give the case credit that it was not as obvious as episode 6, I am not too sure that I can downplay this to a minor issue. While the case was decent and not everything was obvious, the culprit being obvious in this case takes away from the episode.

Despite the fact that the culprit was obvious, at least to me, this was a somewhat decent episode to watch. I would recommend this to fans of Detective Conan (Case Closed). As for fans of detective, mystery, and crime fiction, I am not too sure about this one. The case is decent but the culprit is obvious, so I would cautiously recommend this, depending on the degree of whether or not obvious suspects bugs the person. As for everyone else, this is a decent place to get introduced to the series and the detective, mystery, and crime genres.

What are your thoughts on Case Closed episode 17? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.

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