Anime Review: Case Closed Episode 19

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Well, I did have something planned, but things did not work out well, because browser developers have seemingly hidden and/or removed auto-discovery capabilities. On the other hand, things did not work like I thought it would, so nothing mattered much. Anyway, I am continuing on with my trek through the episodes of Detective Conan (Case Closed). Today, I am going to review Case Closed episode 19 (Detective Conan episode 18).

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

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An old teacher of Jimmy's is getting married and Jimmy, Rachel, and Serena have decided to attend the ceremony. However, when everyone is expecting a joyous occasion, the bride collapses from poisoning in her room. Now, Jimmy must find the one responsible out of all the suspects, including a high-ranking member of the police.

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I really enjoyed this one. There was not a whole lot that was obvious. What was obvious did not ruin things. Also, I kind of like that a different kind of poison was used in this case. Normally in fictional murder cases, poison is done via arsenic or cyanide. On the other hand, there is not exactly only one kind of cyanide. Most often, fictional murder cases make use of potassium cyanide. In fact, the first time I watched this episode when it aired on television was also the first time I ever heard of the stuff. It was called caustic soda. According to MedlinePlus, it is also known as lye, which does sound more familiar to me, even today. I also liked how it was pretty hard to pick out exactly who was most suspicious, since only three suspects were in the clear. Besides, if the culprit were one of the main cast, this series would not exactly fall into detective fiction. As I said in my review of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, just because there is a mystery does not necessarily mean that a crime has been commited, nor does every crime story have a genius detective that captures the criminal. However, detective fiction has been claimed to be a subgenre of crime fiction by Project Gutenberg. When the main character is the criminal, the story is usually just classified as crime fiction, such as many of the stories of Arsène Lupin. The epilogue was kind of funny in of itself because it would not be something that people expect. However, I will not be talking about it, as that would spoil the case for everyone. The fact that poison was not something commonly found in fictional cases and the fact that the obvious did not ruin things too much makes this a decent episode.

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Although I liked the episode, there were things that bothered me. First, it seems that people just love to overlook the obvious. I know that I have been going on about how bad making assumptions are on this blog, but the second biggest mistake everyone makes, including myself on a few occasions, is overlooking the obvious. Like assumptions, when one overlooks the obvious, the wrong diagnosis can be made. I guess this is why even Sherlock and Poirot want to know the minutest details about people. Funny thing is that this reminds me of a recent issue a family member had with their computer. Anyway, let us get back to the case. What happens is basically forensics comes back and states that not everybody's fingerprint came up on the victim's drink that they thought should be there. In my experience with detective, mystery, and crime fiction, there are not a whole lot of reasons that would be the case. While a criminal may try to wipe away their prints, I cannot really think of anyway that the criminal could wipe away only their prints and not the fingerprints of others. In fact, I do not think that it would be possible to get as many prints as there would been in this case put back on, except for the culprit's. The only reason that would come to my mind is that there was another drink in the room with a similar appearance. Also, we clearly see Serena with the same drink the victim had, as well as Serena placing it near the victim's drink. Now, I will give it credit that we did not see the entire recorded footage, considering that much would be a repeat. However, I would expect the police would suspect another drink or some other kind of foul play, if their superior says his fingerprint were on the can. Unfortunately, they do not even take that into consideration. The problem is not limited to here though, since the manga counterpart has the same issue, so Gosho Aoyama is the one to blame here, not the people in Japan that make the anime, which is the case for episodes 5 and 13 (Japanese count on both). After all, the police do not tend to get shown as the brightest of the bunch in fiction. Another thing that seemed to bug me was that the case was not that interesting. I cannot really place my finger on it, especially since this case is not technically anime filler. However, when it comes to Detective Conan, there are two kinds of filler. First there are the anime filler episodes, like episode 6. Second, there are the manga filler cases, which are pretty much any cases that do not involve Black Org. While the latter tend to be more interesting, there are some that are dull, which should be obvious in some of my reviews for the manga volumes. This case falls in the latter and I cannot seem to put my finger on exactly why I did not find this case that interesting, since the case was not exactly terrible. Since both issues are just personal annoyances, I will consider them just minor issues that do not hurt the episode much.

Despite the fact that there were some things that annoyed me, the case was done well enough that it was not a total waste of time. 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. I would say give this a case a try, since it would seem like a hit or miss kind of case, depending on what cases interest people. As for everyone else, I would say that this is a good introduction to the series, but not too sure on how well of an introduction to the detective, mystery, and crime genres it would be.

What are your thoughts on Case Closed episode 19? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.

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