Anime Review: Case Closed Episode 34

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I am grateful that I had covered four episodes last year of the current season I am covering. It not only gave me a head start on FUNimation's second season but also means that less than 20 episodes remain of the what was aired on Adult Swim, no matter whether episode 47 (Japanese count) was part of that lineup or not. Still, it is nowhere near halfway through the episodes FUNimation released, since only 32 (33 according to FUNimation's count) have been covered, with 91 remaining (97 according to FUNimation's count). Today, I will be reviewing Case Closed episode 34 (Detective Conan episode 33).

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

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After finding a map, Dr. Agasa takes Jimmy and the Junior Detective League camping, so that they can go on a treasure hunt, while Agasa lounges around. However, during the treasure hunt, Jimmy and the gang encounter two people that he does not believe are ordinary hikers and have the same map that Agasa gave them.

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I thought this episode was decent. It has that a few useful things are covered. For example, when the group cannot start a fire, Jimmy takes a part a flashlight and lights a match through refraction. This one is not really a big deal because most of us know about the method. The more surprising, for me when I first saw this episode, which was before my college days, was that the rings on a tree stump can tell direction. Of course, this relies heavily on knowing what hemisphere one is in. For example, in the Northern Hemisphere, which includes Canada, the US, Japan, Russia, and China, the rings would be pointing south because that is where the sun is located much of the time. Yes, the sun is mainly focused on a hemisphere or the other in solistices and on the equator at equinoxes, but most people, at least that I know, do not live near the Arctic or Antarctic circles, so not much really changes. Likewise, in the Southern Hemisphere, which includes Australia and New Zealand, the rings would be pointing north. Now, not everything presented in television and books is true, but this is pretty much true. Another interesting thing, though this is pretty much common knowledge to people my age and older, was how to find Polaris, otherwise known as the North Star, via constellations. Pretty much everyone knows how to find Polaris via Ursa Major and Ursa Minor, known as the Big Dipper and Little Dipper respectively, but not many, including myself, before I first saw this episode, know how to find Polaris via Cassiopeia. According to NASA, the method is somewhat correct, though they do not make it as clear as this episode does. The only other nice thing is that there were some pretty funny parts, but not much that were truly memorable. The fact that the episode had funny part, though nothing really memorable, and featured some useful knowledge makes this an interesting episode.

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Although the episode was decent, there are certainly some issues. The only issue I can think of though is that this episode seemed less interesting than when I first saw it. First, there really was not a mystery to be seen, except for maybe what the two men were after. While this is not too bad, as seeing murder after, murder or kidnapping after kidnapping, I at least expect something enjoyable and this was not it. Think of the first Twilight movie and how the vampires had every single stereotype of a vampire and only one new thing about them. That pretty much sums up my feelings towards this episode. It felt like a rip off of episode 4. Instead of neon lights, it was things in the wilderness. The two men are technically the replacements for the gang members. On the other hand, the kids do not get tied up and they do not think of ways that their captors can kill them. Also, instead of that trying to create an image, the group steps away from the marker for Polaris. Considering that this is a filler episode, according to Detective Conan World, I have to say that even the Japanese entertainment industry lacks a bit of creativity, if they have to make a case that is very much similar to what Gosho created. Yes, they gave us FMA, which was pretty good, even though the last portion was nothing but filler episodes, but not everything they do is great. Can anyone other than Gosho, which also makes terrible cases, make something that can be said to be a great mystery? A lot of the filler in this series is made up of cases we have all seen before, but not a case that originally come from Gosho had not be rehashed for a filler like was done here. The fact that this episode seemed like an uninteresting rehash and the lack of a mystery overshadows all the good, except the useful stuff, and makes the episode terrible.

Despite the fact that it featured useful survival skills, the fact that it seems like a rehash of an earlier episode makes this a waste of time. I recommend fans of mystery, detective, and fiction to skip this because there is no mystery. As for Detective Conan (Case Closed) fans, I only recommend this if your favorites all focus of the Junior Detective League. As for everyone else, the survival skills mentioned may be useful enough that parents would want to show children, and okay for an introduction to the series, but is definitely not a good introduction to the detective, mystery, and crime fiction genres.

What are your thoughts on Case Closed episode 34? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.

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