Anime Review: Case Closed Episode 20

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I meant to make a post yesterday, but I kind pretty much wasted the day playing The Sims 3. Fortunately, I did not leave this blog to rot for the rest of the month. Anyway, I have covered 18 episodes (19 according to FUNimation's count) of Detective Conan (Case Closed) with seven remaining in what FUNimation considers the first season. Today, I will be review Case Closed episode 20 (Detective Conan episode 19).

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

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Rachel has been picked to be a model for a famous fashion company. Accompanying her on the visit is Jimmy and Richard, the latter of which is a huge fan of the company president. However, the day does not turn into a day of celebration for Rachel entering the fashion industry. When one of the employees never comes back from the eighth floor of the building, the company president and Jimmy and the gang go to check things out and find the person dead and blocking the elevator doorway. While everyone thinks that it was an outside job, Jimmy has his doubts. Now, Jimmy must find out whether or not it was an outside job, as well as the person responsible.

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I thought this episode was okay. I certainly thought that the case was somewhat well done. The humor was also a good thing, which always lightens the mood. After all, I cannot really think of any person out there that wants a show with absolutely no humor of some kind. I do know that horror fans want something to be scared about or have a creepy atmosphere, which I talked about in my review of Another. Likewise, fans of detective, mystery, and crime fiction all want cases that are not too dull. At the same time, I do not think even people in those groups would mind a little humor from time to time. The episode was also setup as a bit of a dramatic irony setup but even that was a mystery, since we do not know exactly what is being planned until much later. As such, I cannot really say that the dramatic irony is the main focus of this case. Outside of that, I cannot really think of anything else that was good. The case seems decent, especially with a bit of dramatic irony as a setup, and the humor is nice which certainly makes some positives for the episode.

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Even though a case can seem decent, it is not really guarantee a good episode. This is the case with this episode. The case seemed interesting by how somebody can be killed by a person on a different floor, which certainly was not that obvious. However, everyone, except Jimmy, seemed to overlook the obvious. As I said in my review of the previous episode, the second biggest mistake people make is to overlook the obvious. Because most of the cast overlooked the obvious, I certainly see them as incompetent. The corpse we see is blocking the elevator doorway, as I said earlier in this post, but almost everyone assumes that the victim was killed upon exiting the elevator. Everyone and their dog should be able to realize that a person stabbed coming out of the elevator will naturally fall back into the elevator. After all, has anybody seen a person who was stabbed in the back fall backwards instead of forwards? That is the same principle here. About the only other thing overlooked was the prime suspect pressed the button to the elevator the victim took. Really, nobody but Jimmy paid attention to this detail? I will give credit that Richard noticed that the deceased was not in a good mood, but with the explanation he was given, he should have picked up on that detail regardless of his level of experience as a detective. I will say though that second to the police, Richard seems to be purposely made to look like an idiot. After all, there would be no point of Jimmy helping Richard improve the image of his detective gig under the alias of Conan Edogawa. Even the fact that he is on the trail of the men in black to find an antidote to the poison that shrunk him would not be a good enough excuse to help out any detective out there. The series calls for an inept detective to completely fulfill that purpose, which is why Richard is not much better, if at all, in the manga. Speaking of the manga, this is yet another anime filler episode according to Detective Conan World, which probably explains why the case is not anything more than decent. I will admit though that things certainly could be worse, such as if things were as obvious as episode 6. However, here, we just cannot base things on how interesting the case is or how obvious things were. In addition to how much of the obvious most of the cast overlooked, I thought I noticed a continuity error. Now, I am not too sure if this was a dub error or not, so I cannot really say if Japan is to blame or not, since I pretty much only watched most of the early episodes dubbed, but it certainly seems quite big. Rachel comments that her father never had a crush before after Jimmy says he thinks that Richard has a crush on the company president, but in episode 3 and many cases to come, we see that Richard is infatuated with Yoko Okino. In fact, Rachel was even in the room when Yoko and her manager hired Richard in episode 3, so she should have noticed this. I guess that this fact is being overlooked by whoever caused this problem. Hopefully, MagicBox can continue posting his episode comparisons soon, so this can be ironed out. Outside of those, I cannot really think of anything else. While the case seemed decent, the fact that most of the main cast overlooked the obvious and either Japan or FUNimation created a bit of a continuity error, though not as grave as episodes 5 and 13 (both Japanese count), certainly do not make this episode look too good.

Despite the humor and the decent case, the issues do not really make this a worthwhile episode. I recommend Detective Conan (Case Closed) fans to skip this episode because of how much the cast overlooks the obvious and the fact that somebody ignored Richard's crush on Yoko Okino. As for fans of detective, mystery, and crime fiction, the case may be decent but the fact that only one character does not overlook the obvious may make you guys hate the cast, if this was the episode you guys started with. As for everyone else, I would say skip this, since I am not too sure this is a decent episode to use as an introduction to the series, or even the detective, mystery, and crime fiction genres.

What are your thoughts on Case Closed episode 20? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.

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