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Anime Review: Case Closed Episode 27

November 19, 2012

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Well, things did not go entirely how I would have liked. On the other hand, I was able to review the books that I was asked if I were interested in reviewing. Anyway, the break on reviewing Detective Conan (Case Closed) episodes will be officially over once the Un-Go season pass is complete. In the mean time, I thought that I would at least get started on the final season ever broadcasted on television, according to MagicBox, though it was missing episodes that FUNimation labels as part of this season. Today, I will be reviewing Case Closed episode 27 (Detective Conan episode 26).

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

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Jimmy is taking a trip down memory. On the way home from school, he and the Junior Detective League stop to see a dog. Later, Jimmy, Richard, and Rachel go by the place where the dog is lives, but instead of a peaceful night, they hear some screams and see woman come out of the door of the house saying that the dog attacked somebody. When they find the person though, he is already dead. Now, Jimmy must find out why or the dog may be put down for attacking without provocation.

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Considering that this is another filler episode, according to Detective Conan World, I am not too sure about this episode. The mystery was setup well. I did like how Richard had the suspected the right man, even though there was only one suspect, outside of the dog attacking of its own accord. On the other hand, since Jimmy kept proclaiming the dog was not the aggressive. Of course, at this point, we do not know just how Jimmy would go to prove somebody's innocence, which had already been revealed by the time volume 29 of the manga was released, since the cases are not featured in the same order in the anime as they are in the manga. At the same time, Jimmy does not seem to doubt the fact that the dog did indeed attack the victim. I guess the fact that he would doubt the fact that somebody knew committed a crime until the bitter end does not extend to dogs. Jimmy was also did not let anything get by him, which we would expect from him by now. Another good scene was the words that both Richard and Jimmy gave the culprit. It does not matter if one does not pull the trigger and/or deals the fatal blow, that person is still responsible for murder. That is because there is such a thing as murder-for-hire according to Offices of the United States Attorneys. In this case, there is no compensation among parties, so it is not exactly murder-for-hire. Jimmy's words were the more profound of the two though. Our society these days is so wrapped up in greed that things like this do happen, though I cannot think of any examples, but Jimmy is right that more often that not, the dead not seek out the deaths of those that caused their own demise. Then again, there is no way for the dead to express such feelings due to the fact that most people these days think there is no afterlife because science cannot prove there is one. According to a glossary by Dr. James Schombert, of the University of Oregon, though, such a thing is called a fallacy of argumentum ad ignorantiam. However, since this post and this blog are not entirely against science, no matter how many times I put science in a negative light, and this post does not necessarily discuss fallacies, I will not go deeper. The fact that the things that are revealed later are hinted at in this episode and that this was the first case, in the anime, where the culprit was not even there certainly made this an interesting case.

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Although this seemed like a decent like a decent episode, there were certainly some issues. Even though Jimmy was not slow to notice things, this case was a bit too obvious. The case was not setup with dramatic irony, like episode 9 was, but it was not exactly a whodunit case either, since there was only one suspect. I knew exactly what happened after hearing the woman's side of the story and knew the suspect was guilty when I saw that the cordless phone was replaced at the time Jimmy talked to the suspect. Then again, it is not the truth that ultimately leads to our downfall. That goes to the obvious, which is why overlooking it is a grave mistake. So, I guess if one does not want to be caught doing something wrong because of the obvious, do not do anything wrong to begin with. Also, considering that the woman revealed enough details to figure out the case, I was quite surprised that Jimmy and the police were working too slow to test out what really happened. I will give credit that Jimmy did not realize everything until noticing the change in phones. After all, I do not know if I would have noticed right away either, if I were involved in this case. On the other hand, he should have considered the possibility, since he knew the suspect had a cordless phone. While Jimmy was not slow to notice things, the fact that the story of the woman revealed everything certainly does not shine a good light on the cast.

Despite the issues, the episode itself was okay, but definitely one that could be safely skipped. I recommend this to fans of Detective Conan (Case Closed). As for fans of detective, mystery, and crime, I recommend skipping this because the case was so obvious and simple. As for everyone else, I will say that this is an okay introduction to the series, but probably not that great as an introduction to the detective, mystery, and crime genres.

What are your thoughts on Case Closed episode 27? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.

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