Anime Review: Case Closed Episode 2

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Well, it looks like July is finally coming to an end. Whether or not there are as many posts in August is still up in the air, since I need to update the eBook archive before I get too many posts on my plate and I will be likely upgrading my Operating System to OS X Mountain Lion this week, which will not affect the blog here, but may affect my ability to post until I get things fully operational. Anyway, I have finished reviewing all six of the Detective Conan (Case Closed) movies that have been dubbed, stating that I was likely to review the episodes. Today, I am going to review Detective Conan (Case Closed) episode 2.

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

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After having been left for dead, once the men in black gave him poison, Jimmy Kudo is found by police officers that claim they have found an injured child. However, Jimmy still thinks that he is in his normal body. Thinking that something is up, Jimmy runs by a window and realizes that he has indeed become a child. Later, he meets up with Dr. Agasa, who gets Rachel to take him in, after Jimmy finally convinces him of the fact that he is not just some random kid. Unfortunately, things are not so peaceful at Rachel's home when her father receives a call that makes him think that the men in black are involved, only to find a kidnapping case where things are not as they seem.

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I liked this episode better than the last one. Most detective, crime, or mystery novels focus on murder investigations, which kind of gets old after a while. On the other hand, not enough people have gotten tried of the tried and true murder case to warrant a shift to a different crime, otherwise there would not be shows like CSI or Law & Order any more. A kidnapping case is quite refreshing though. Also, Jimmy has to deal with no longer being in the limelight, considering that he has become a child again. Even in our society, we do not take the things kids say very seriously. We just become too proud of the fact that we have so much experience that we know more than kids do. Unfortunately, most of us have lost so much that we had in our childhood. We lose our imagination because we become so focused on the same thing the rest of the world does, which is logic over imagination, even if it means believing logical fallacies like the lack of evidence for A means that A is false, which is the case for those that preach the Theory of Evolution is the truth. They want to think that deities create something from nothing, which is not really possible. However, things can be created by entities of any type within the confines of the Law of Conservation of Matter and Energy. However, since that is beyond the scope of my blog, I will not discuss the matter any further in this post. The other thing that we lose is a keen eye for detail, which Crooked House notes within its pages. Children notice even the most ordinary things about their own parents and siblings and do not care about what people think of what they say. However, they do have troubles with the pressure of some situations, so they are not going to do well on the witness stand. Unfortunately, Richard does not really get that fact since he thinks that Jimmy, who is now some snot-nosed brat he does not know, is getting in his way. Jimmy kind of jokes about how bad Richard is in the last episode and we finally get to see this because they are both finally working on the same case. It was also nice to see that Jimmy notices that things can look differently at night. After all, there are times we think we see something that is not really there or what we think. In those situations, however, we finally realize the truth once we illuminate our surroundings. I remember one time that on a vacation, while I was in bed, that I thought I saw somebody that was actually also in bed, but luckily it did turn out to be just an illusion. However, the best part of this episode is when Rachel takes Jimmy back to her place. At that point, he had already told her that his name is Conan Edogawa, which is based on the names Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Edogawa Rampo, which is spelled with an n instead of an m in the episode, so Rachel asks him if there is a girl that he likes. Of course, he tells her no, which would kind of be expected of a kid, since little boys tend to try and stay away from their female peers. However, what makes this so funny, thus enjoyable, is that Rachel practically confesses to Jimmy and his face goes red because of it. Unfortunately, that does not really give Rachel any kind of clue that Jimmy and Conan are the same person, so she does not realize what she did just yet. When trying to keeps ones identity a secret, it is best not to blush when the person who does not realize it is you says that they like you. Besides, the men who caught him last episode think that he should have died. The fact that this is not a murder case is quite refreshing from having to see dead bodies appear everywhere Jimmy goes, but the funniest part is that Rachel does not realize that she confessed her feelings to Jimmy Kudo.

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While this episode was a bit better, there are some problems. First, it is obvious that the person that was believed to have been the kidnapper is not really the same person as the one on the phone with Richard's client. From the moment Jimmy encounters a guard dog, it is obvious even to Richard that the case is somehow fishy. I guess that this is the reason why murder is covered more in detective, crime, and mystery fiction. There really is not a whole lot that can be done with a kidnapping case. It turned from what was supposed to be a refreshing change from the murders that Jimmy normally encounters, but there is not much mystery concerning the fact that the kidnapping case was not what it seemed. However, I kind can of overlook that considering that we need to know for sure that Jimmy has not lost his intelligence. Another problem with this episode comes with the subtitled track. When Jimmy sees Agasa, after becoming a kid again, Jimmy says, "Elementary, my Dear Agasa." I am not sure if this is a FUNimation goof or not, but in trying to make Jimmy seem more like Sherlock, we have another false attribute of Sherlock. In all the books from A Study in Scarlet to The Hound of the Baskervilles, I have not encountered even one instance where Sherlock ever said that. Unlike my guesses in the review of The Phantom of Baker Street as to why Moriarty is the arch nemesis of Sherlock or that Sherlock's love interest is Irene Adler, I have absolutely no idea where this one came from. If I had to take a guess off the top of my head, I would have to say it came from one of the Sherlock stories not written by Arthur Conan Doyle. However, according Snopes, the phrase seems to date all the way back to a 1899 stage production that shares the title of a Sherlock anthology, known as The Return of Sherlock Holmes, which occurs after The Final Problem and introduces us to Sebastian Moran. However, that, like my complaints about the inaccuracies concerning Sherlock in The Phantom of Baker Street, will only really matter to those that like only Conan Doyle's Sherlock and such an error will not be noticed by people who only watch the dub. In fact, I am not too sure if this problem persists in the season sets by FUNimation. The worst part about this show is that it is obvious that the person believed to be the kidnapper is not the same one and the phone. The Sherlock reference in FUNimation's subs, while not bad enough to take down quality of this episode, may annoy fans of Conan Doyle's Sherlock.

Despite the obvious fact that the kidnapper on the phone is not the same as the one being suspected and a false reference to Sherlock, I would say that this was somewhat worth it to watch, since we find out how Jimmy ended up living with Rachel. I would recommend this to fans of the Detective Conan manga and anime. For fans of detective, crime, or mystery fiction, I would say that this is a better place to start than the last episode, but starting with the movies is still better overall. For everyone else, I cannot really say, but the humor here was a bit better than last episode.

What are your thoughts on Case Closed episode 2? Do you agree or disagree with my views? If you have the U.S. season sets, Can you verify whether the inaccurate Holmes reference is still in the subtitles? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.

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