I hope everyone had fun last night celebrating the new year that started. I did not really do anything too special. Also, I updated the 2012 archive, though I did find a second copy that should not have been there, so I also confirmed that the posts from November and December were in the download. Anyway, as I said in my review for Detective Conan (Case Closed) episodes 27 & 28 (Japanese count on both), I will be covering the series regularly this year. So far, I have covered 29 episodes (30 in FUNimation's count) and only 94 remain (100 in FUNimation's count). Today, I will be reviewing Case Closed episode 31 (Detective Conan episode 30).
As I have given a series synopsis in an earlier post, I will not go over it again.
Richard has received a request from a client and is at a fancy hotel with Jimmy and Rachel, in order to discuss the client's case. The job seems simple enough. All he has to do is tail the client's wife because he suspects an affair. However, the supposedly easy case ends when the client's wife is found dead. Now, Jimmy must unravel the truth before a killer is let loose.
I thought this was okay. The case seemed setup pretty well. Jimmy was yet again quite observant, noticing things. It is funny that nobody notices as much as he does. It kind of reminds me of the events of Crooked House, where the protagonist is told to watch the child's action. As unsatisfying as that book, it stated that kids in general notice a lot of things. I guess that is why Jimmy thought what he did in episode 5. I also found it funny that Meguire let Jimmy stay and look over the body because he said that Jimmy would have found out anyway. Funny, how Richard kicks out Jimmy a lot and that fact is not brought up. Of course, that is probably because this is a filler episode, according to Detective Conan World. On the other hand, I do not really see Jimmy getting kicked out of crime scenes as much since Haibara was introduced in volume 18 of the manga. There were other funny scenes too. For example, Rachel chastised her father for forgetting that they were going to eat at the hotel. That certainly does make one disappointed does it not? It has happened to me in my life, but there is nothing that one can do about it. After all, we do not get what we want all the time. If we did, life would not be as much of a struggle as it is right now and we would not learn a thing. Another funny thing is that Richard's client spouts off that he has dealt with too many cases to even stoop so low as committing the crime, when confronted by one of the other suspects. It is funny that people think they are above getting their hands dirty to get out of having to do something but then turn out to be a murderer. People may not be born evil, but the moment that they do give in to greed and become corrupted, they do become evil, just as the museum director from episode 8 stated, when he was found out and arrested. The fact that Meguire lets Jimmy stay, as well as the overconfidence of Richard's client made this a pretty amusing case.
Although the episode was good, there were certainly some issues. I used to think highly of this episode and case, but now that I rewatch it, I just do not really feel that excitement that I used to feel. It is not that I am getting tired of Detective Conan (Case Closed), since its manga source already features more than 820 chapters, but more of the fact that there really is not anything so great about this case. Of course, I did like pretty much all of the episodes before I got acquainted with the manga version, which is the only medium where the US gets further than what the original 123 anime episodes feature. I cannot really say that too much was obvious, because I had a hard time recognizing the evidence Jimmy found. On the other hand, the culprit was obvious. As nice as it is for Richard's client to admit that his marriage was not healthy, it does not keep him from being the prime suspect. In fact, he seemed too well prepared, even having Rachel and Jimmy confirm that a phone call had been placed by the client's wife. People know that a person without an alibi is definitely suspicious, but the guilty party is not always somebody without an alibi. After all, just like what happened in episode 16 (Japanese count), the true culprit can erase an innocent man's alibi and create one for him or herself. I have no doubt that the police in real life have encountered situations like that, as have fans of detective, mystery, and crime fiction. Besides, crimes would only be figured out in a matter of days, if not sooner, if the guilty party was always somebody without an alibi. Another thing that made this obvious was the fact that the culprit suspected the woman was having an affair. Of all the cases of affairs that I have been acquainted with where the wife is found dead, there have been very few instances where the killer was somebody other than the victim's husband and this is no different. Then again, I cannot expect too much from the staff behind the anime because most of the anime filler cases tend to be much more dull than the worst cases that Gosho Aoyama has ever created for the manga. Can we finally have a suspect that is not so obvious in the anime? I doubt that people have flocked to the series, even in its home country of Japan, because it is like all of the other crime shows, otherwise people could move on to shows like Law & Order or CSI and forget ever having watched this show in the first place. It has some of the most complex tricks of either committing a crime or establishing alibis that I do not think I have ever encountered, even though it also has some of the most obvious tricks and cases known to man. Fortunately, the thing that saves this from becoming one of the worst episodes is the fact that things are not as obvious as episode 6. The staff has improved from then, but I think at this moment, they have reached their first peak in the last episode. While the case is not as obvious as episode 6, the episode is ruined by the fact that it seems like every other case involving an affair that nobody should be surprised about who really killed the victim.
Despite the issues, I think that the humor present makes it somewhat tolerable. I recommend this to fans of Detective Conan (Case Closed). As for fans of detective, mystery, and crime fiction, I recommend skipping this because it does not seem any different to any other case where an affair turns into a murder case. As for everyone else, I recommend skipping this as well.
What are your thoughts on Case Closed episode 31? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.
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