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Anime Review: Case Closed Episode 30

December 27, 2012

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I hope everyone had a good Christmas. Unfortunately, I did not get the books I wanted, which were high priority because three were out-of-print and the fourth comes before one of the books I am expecting in February. At the same time, I am grateful for what I did receive. Anyway, since both of my season passes are likely to end this week, I decide to cover some more Detective Conan (Case Closed), so I will not have so many episodes left in FUNimation's season 2 in 2013. Today, I will be reviewing Case Closed episode 30 (Detective Conan episode 29).

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

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After getting out of the movies, Jimmy, Rachel, and Richard trying to decide what to have for dinner and run across a well-known CEO in the software industry. However, little do they know that they are about the to be the one of the last people to see him alive. When they do find out about his demise, Inspector Meguire states that the cause of death is believed to be a heart attack. While Richard agrees with the guess, Jimmy has his doubts that the victim died of a simple heart attack. Now, Jimmy must find out what really happened and who was responsible.

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I enjoyed this episode. After having some many murder cases that used either a gun or knife, with some sort of tricks to create perfect alibis, we are finally treated to one of the most unique tricks out there, which I can probably say I never encountered before this episode. Unlike the previous episodes, where the trick could only be found out if one was quite knowledgeable about rigor mortis, the trick involved in this one seems a bit closer to my field of knowledge. Of course, when I originally saw this, I did not know what I know now. The case was definitely setup well, which made things interesting throughout. Like always, Jimmy was quite observant on the scene, picking up things that everyone, except me, seems to overlook. Then again, there is not one individual that picks up on the obvious all the time, especially since we are taught that pointing is rude. Really, for as great as politeness is, we should be striving to not overlook the obvious, instead about complaining about or chastising somebody for being rude. After all, I have said more than once on this blog that overlooking the obvious is one of the mistakes we all make. There were some funny parts too, which will certainly make fans of the series laugh. However, the best part about this episode was what Jimmy told the culprit. When the culprit was exposed, Jimmy said that he turned something meant to help people into a murder weapon. If only those wanting gun control laws could see this episode, they would realize how stupid it is to be doing what they are. No, this case does not feature any guns, but Jimmy's words to the culprit certainly apply to more than just what is featured. As much as I would like parents to not have to be worried about somebody killing their kids, like what happened in the recent shooting incident, guns and other long-range weapons were made to help people. Yes, they were made to kill, but there was a time when we all had to hunt and fish for ourselves. Can anybody really imagine him or herself taking down a grizzly bear with either a single knife or twin blades? I am pretty sure that most people, if not everyone, would prefer either a rifle or a shotgun for something like that. Also, if we take guns out of people's hands, people will still be killing each other. Kids may not be slain by bullets, but that does not mean somebody will not use a blade in their killing spree. In fact, some chefs would be out of a job and people would have to resort to food that can be safely eaten raw because blades would be the next to go and so many recipes call for slicing and dicing ingredients. Many people are going to disagree with my views on this, but neither this blog nor this post is not about gun control, so I ask that you all refrain from starting an argument about this. The fact that the case was setup well with a unique trick, as well as the fact that Jimmy discussed something relevant to a controversial issue of today, certainly makes this great.

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Although I liked the episode, there were certainly some. Being a filler episode, according to Detective Conan World, I just cannot let this off the hook, even if I do consider this to be one of the best anime filler cases. First, way too much seems obvious. Now, it is not as bad as episode 6, thankfully, but unlike episode 11 (Japanese count), where my memory of the case did not make me credible enough to say how obvious the culprit was, I can without doubt say that just about anybody should be able to determine the culprit, even without the kind of knowledge I have about the computer world. Things are especially bad when we see how the victim acted, prior to death, towards the culprit and even the culprit's expressions whenever Jimmy was on to them. Even the possibility is obvious when we find out the previous profession of the culprit. Not only is the culprit obvious, but the trick is as well. The trick may be interesting and unique, but is still ruined by the obvious. As I have not had anybody die of a heart attack in front of me before and I have limited medical knowledge, I do not know what to expect to find from a person who died of a heart attack. However, I do know that the condition of things inside the home would not be the way they were in this episode, if the heart attack occurred naturally. This is why it is important for law enforcement to know the conditions of the environment, so that they can determine what had happened. Of course, police are not the only ones that need to know the environment, but IT professionals do as well. Because of this fact, phone support is not really going to be as helpful as actually inviting the tech over. After all, people will normally say that they did nothing, because they think that the IT professional is going to blame them, which is certainly the case a lot of times. Anyway, time to get back to the review. With so much that is obvious, I doubt that fans of detective, mystery, and crime fiction will be too enthusiastic. Outside of that, I cannot really think of anything else that is worth mentioning. While the obvious can ruin cases, the good outweighs the negative here.

Despite the fact that many things were obvious, this was definitely worth watching. I recommend this to fans of Detective Conan (Case Closed), as well as fans of detective, mystery, and crime fiction, due to the uniqueness of the trick presented. As for everyone else, this is a good introduction to the series, as well as the detective, mystery, and crime fiction genres, and shows something that some people just do not want to admit.

What are your thoughts on Case Closed episode 30? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.

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