Anime Review: Case Closed Episode 38

January 23, 2013


It looks like things are still progressing nicely. Although I am still nowhere close to having covered all of the 123 episodes that FUNimation has dubbed, according to MagicBox, I am getting ever closer to the episodes that were never broadcasted on Adult Swim, which are episodes 50-123, and possibly 47 (episodes 51-130 and 48 according to FUNimation's count). Today, I will be reviewing Case Closed episode 38 (Detective Conan episode 39).

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


Richard has gotten another client. She wants Richard to find a man whom she claims she likes, but Jimmy notices something odd the sketch the client gave to Richard and does think that she is telling the truth. Now, he must find out why she is really looking for the man she hired Richard find before anything bad can happen.


Even though this is a filler episode, according to Detective Conan World, I liked the episode. Although it starts off kind of like episode 13 (Japanese count), this was quite a bit different from the norm. The case is not about finding who is or is not the culprit. The case involves exactly what the culprit is planning. Because of this fact, I can say that not a whole lot was obvious. Besides, I was kind of on the same track as Jimmy throughout much of the case, which is definitely better than him being slow on the uptake. I really liked how Jimmy took note of the lines in the sketch and said they told a different story. I do a lot of my own cover art for my books, though people do frown upon doing so, which are pretty much the same people who think that every good work of fiction comes only from the big name publishers. Fortunately for me, this gives me some experience with what Jimmy is talking about. I do not think I have ever been able to draw a picture very well if I had negative thoughts or feelings. After all, getting straight lines is easy to accomplish if one is not in a good mood, especially when translating those images to vector-based graphics so that they would look good after increasing or decreasing sizes in programs like InDesign. I cannot really think that using the original bitmap scans looking that great being blown up, which is basic thinking in the field of graphic design. Of course, this does not just apply to art and graphic design, but other creative works as well. Each word on a page tells me what a person was feeling or thinking. I can sense anger flowing from words or even if somebody has a crush on somebody else or they have experienced some sadness. This is an ability people get as they gain experience reading, not something that is exclusive to writers. I also liked how Richard's client stopped her rampage when seeing something that was beloved by a loved one. Losing a loved one is quite difficult. I should know because I have lost my dog exactly one year and 6 days ago on the day I posted my review of Inuyasha: The Final Act episode 16. It was hard, like it is for everyone else. However, people have different ways of dealing with that loss, some good and some bad. The best thing though is to remember something good and that is what Richard's client saw when she saw the cacti Jimmy showed her. If she truly was hell-bent on committing a crime, I doubt that the cacti would have stopped her. After all, taking a weapon away would do nothing in this situation. She could have beat her targets to death, since it would make no sense to chop everyone's arms or hands off to prevent strangulation and beating because we would no longer be able to function in society and survive. The fact that she did stop showed that she was still human. The fact that the case seems different from the norm and that Jimmy noticed a connection between lines and emotions make this look quite good.


Although I liked the episode, there are certainly some issues. However, considering that the case presented is not the norm, which is breaking alibis or finding the culprit out of a group, I cannot really find any wrong with this episode, so there is nothing worth mentioning.

Considering that I have nothing bad to say about this, this was worth watching. I recommend this to fans of Detective Conan (Case Closed). As for fans of detective, mystery, and crime fiction, I would recommend this because it shows that knowing how to interpret works of art is just as important as observing people, events, and environment. As for everyone else, this is a good introduction to the series, but maybe not the detective, mystery, and crime fiction genres in general.

What are your thoughts on Case Closed episode 38? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.

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