One by one, FUNimation's first season of Detective Conan (Case Closed) has been tackled. Now, only five remain in the line. Today, I will be reviewing Case Closed episode 22 (Detective Conan episode 21).
As I have given a series synopsis in an earlier post, I will not go over it again.
Richard has supposedly written a script that is now being filmed and Rachel and Jimmy have tagged along to the set. However, things do not remain so peaceful, like everyone thought it was going to be. When somebody from earlier is found dead with the dying message shrine god, Jimmy and the gang must decipher the clues and find out who killed that person.
I got to say that I really liked this episode. Even though it is another anime filler, according to Detective Conan World, this was a pretty decent case. Not much was obvious, outside of the fact that the ones being blackmailed by the victim turned into suspects. I think that part of the reason that things were not so obvious is because the message was not in English, but that does not mean that it would not be obvious to everybody watching. Also, the blade that was supposedly used did not even look like a prop, which Jimmy noted was a prop. At the same time, it is hard to tell a real blade from a fake when it comes to the animated medium, so I doubt a master in swordsmanship or other blade experts would be to tell the difference easily either. On the other hand, since the blade looked like the one used during filming, that would be the obvious conclusion, so it is nice that Jimmy still does not overlook the obvious. Unlike other episodes, where the true culprit was the most surprising, the surprising thing here is that Richard's first guess was right. Usually, Richard makes the wrong guess based and Jimmy has to knock him out to reveal the true culprit. Mainly, this is due to the fact that he makes assumptions without enough evidence to convict somebody. Also, this seems to bring out another truth about people. While making assumptions and overlooking the obvious are mistakes that everybody makes, the other grave mistake people make is to second-guess themselves. There are times when we, including yours truly, think stuff over too much and end up changing our answers. However, when we make that change, we have a greater risk of getting the solution wrong. As much as I consider schools a place where propaganda is shoved down kids throats more than what is actually useful and make us think a certain way, all of which I had stated in my review of Cage of Eden Volume 5, this is really one of the only useful bits of knowledge I gained from it. This is why we should not really make any changes of our guesses unless we have enough data to warrant a change. Unfortunately, Richard does not seem to remember this, which is probably why he is still pretty much inept, like I labeled him in my review of episode 19 (Japanese count). The fact that the case was pretty decent and that not much was obvious, unless one understands Japanese, as well as the fact that unknowingly Richard guessed the true culprit on the first attempt, puts some good positives on the episode.
While I did enjoy the episode, there were certainly issues. The culprit here was not too surprising, and, thanks to what I stated earlier in the post, should be obvious. Speaking of obvious, even if I had not said anything in this post, the culprit was obvious because they were the only person we saw with the kind of expression they had when Rachel, Yoko, who certainly makes an appearance in this episode, and Jimmy saw them. The only reason a person would be afraid of what they saw is if something actually did scare them or if they thought they saw somebody that should be dead. Since this episode featured a murder case, the only ones that would show that kind of expression are the people who knew that person was dead, such as the killer himself or herself. This is made even more apparent when Rachel, Jimmy, and Yoko all believe they saw the deceased, whom we even see that person exiting the premises, which seems to make things solid against that person. However, the fact that everything else was not too obvious, unlike episode 6, weakens the blow a bit. Outside of that, I can only think of something that turned out to be a minor annoyance, when I thought about it, which is not worth mentioning. While the case was decent, the fact that the culprit was obvious when dramatic irony was definitely not the main focus of the episode certainly puts a dent in an otherwise good episode.
Despite the fact that the culprit was obvious, the fact that everything else was not so obvious and the fact that Richard surprisingly pegged the true culprit on his first guess made this episode worth watching. I recommend this to fans of Detective Conan (Case Closed). As for fans of detective, mystery, and crime, this is certainly one of the better anime filler, but the fact that culprit was obvious may not be so great, so I would probably recommend skipping this. As for everyone else, this seems like a good introduction to the series, but may be not detective, mystery, and crime fiction.
What are your thoughts on Case Closed episode 22? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.
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