Anime Review: Case Closed Episode 32

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I know that I said that I would be covering Detective Conan (Case Closed) regularly in 2013, but the books I got from Barnes & Noble were more important to cover. On the bright side, the 3-5 day waiting period has been kept. So far, I have covered 30 episodes (31 according to FUNimation's count) and only 93 remain (99 according to FUNimation's count). Today, I will be reviewing Case Closed episode 32 (Detective Conan episode 31).

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

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Richard is to guest star on a mystery talk show and Jimmy and Rachel are sitting in the audience. However, things do remain as peaceful as everyone would have liked. When show is over, a producer is found dead. Now, Jimmy and the gang must find out who killed him before the case can run cold.

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I liked this episode. Like episodes 9 and 19 (Japanese count on both), this episode was setup with some dramatic irony. If I had to choose the most comparable though, I would say it is closest to episode 9, which was the best example of dramatic irony this show has for the detective, mystery, and crime fiction genres. In episode 19 (Japanese count), we knew who the culprit was, but we did not know what they were planning. In episode 9, on the other hand, we saw the culprit kill the victim, run out of the room, and ditch his gun and much of his disguise. Here, however, we know that the culprit plans to commit murder, as well as the target, but not exactly how, until we see him do it. Given that most of the cases are mainly whodunits in both the manga and anime versions of this series, I like that there is a bit of change here. After all, who said that detective, mystery, and crime fiction stories must be whodunits to interesting? The cases that utilize dramatic irony are times that we can actually see how good the main cast is by allowing us to determine whether or not the protagonist is right. Like always, Jimmy seems sharper than the rest, which is understandable, considering that he is the series protagonist. At the same time, Richard was not too dense either here. He did not notice things that pertained to the actual case, but he noted that after the case was resolved that every time he and Jimmy are alone, he starts to feel sleepy. If it took this long for Richard to notice this, then he definitely is not as great a detective as Jimmy is. Besides, Jimmy knocks out Richard a lot because he gets on the wrong track for one reason or another, such as the mistake of second-guessing in episode 21 (Japanese count). There were also a few funny scenes that cropped up, one of which resulted from Richard confronting Jimmy, whom he still thinks is just some kid named Conan Edogawa, but most of them involved Richard, not that he has not really had any scenes before that were not that funny. Another thing that was nice was that this case was fairly faithful to its manga counterpart. There were definitely a few changes, such Rachel wearing a different outfit in the anime adaption and Serenea not being shown watching Richard's broadcast because it interrupted her show, but nothing that is really major seemed missing. The fact that this truly is a case with dramatic irony and the fact that the anime adaption did not appear to have any major changes, like episode 10 did according to MagicBox, makes this seem like a pretty decent episode.

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Although I did like the episode, there are certainly a few issues. First, something that bugged me was that everyone, including Jimmy, seemed to overlook the obvious. While at the scene, Jimmy noticed a cell phone and guessed that the victim died while on the phone, which we knew happened. Later, he realizes that the victim talked to his killer on the phone, before being shot, which we also already knew. However, during the time Jimmy reveals his deduction, they press the redial on the culprit's phone. I am not too sure about cell phones from the time that this episode was originally broadcasted in Japan, but for as long as I have been using them, the call log lists all incoming and outgoing calls that occurred on that phone. Since the victim died while on the phone, why did the police not just go through that log and call the most recent entry in the log? After all, most cell phones these days allow people to select numbers in their call log and call them back. Then again, since this episode came out in the 1990's, when smart phones were not as widespread as they are now, I can see that things are not that easy, especially since touch screen phones did not become mainstream until Apple released their iPhone. Still, it would have saved them the trouble of either requesting records from the phone provider. In fact, it would not matter whether or not the culprit did answer, because the culprit would have made a move even if the phone were set to vibrate, since Jimmy said the phone was turned off. Yes, the police did try to find out who the victim was talking to on the phone, most likely to find witnesses, but the police in real life are certainly aware of the information I just revealed and would have decreased their work load. It could have also broken his alibi sooner, since the redail function was enough to break his alibi. While people do tend to do things the hard way sometimes, I just cannot see it as reason enough to mark it any lower than a minor issue. Second, even though the episode was fairly faithful to the manga counterpart, there was one difference that is very noticeable. When Richard discusses the fact that cell phones, in the case of the anime, analog cell phones, can be easily tapped, he makes a demonstration of call that nobody would obviously want heard by others. However, when Jimmy brings up the redial function, he says that the call Richard made was to his answering machine. In the Viz translation of the manga counterpart, He says it was a bar. In another English translation of the manga counterpart though, He says the number Richard personally dialed. Considering that there is a difference in how this scene was translated, I cannot really say that this was Gosho's fault. However, I want to know how Jimmy knew what the receiving end of Richard's call was and it is not really explained. I would have to say that the latter translation makes more sense because although Viz does say that Richard said Izumo's name and visiting her bar, it does not mean that he called a bar. The fact that translations do not agree may suggest a dub error by FUNimation, but I do not remember watching any of the 49 episodes broadcasted on Adult Swim in Japanese (there are two episodes in this season that everyone can confirm Adult Swim never broadcasted but there is a third that I do not remember seeing on television and other people claim that they have), so hopefully MagicBox, who has finally decided to continue his episode comparisons, can explain this issue some time in the future. While the case was solved thanks to the redial function of phones, the fact that it could have been solved quicker by just calling the latest entry in the call log on the victim's phone, as well as the fact that Jimmy for some unexplained reason knew where Richard's call was placed does a great bit of damage.

Despite the issues, the fact that this was fairly faithful to its manga counterpart, without any of the major stuff being cut, it was worth watching. I would recommend this to fans of detective, mystery, and crime fiction for a nice change from the whodunits that are prevalent in fiction. As for fans of Detective Conan (Case Closed), I would definitely recommend this, as it makes more sense how Jimmy did not fall out the window than the manga counterpart. As for everyone else, I think this is a good introduction to the series, as well as detective, mystery, and crime fiction in general.

What are your thoughts on Case Closed episode 32? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.

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