I am glad that the Internet connection is stable, after that slow down the server's area experienced. Anyway, I have gone at a pretty good pace with the Detective Conan (Case Closed) anime, especially since I have been trying to fill the remaining gaps between volumes 26 and 44 of the manga, which means that I have been pretty good about keeping my promise. Today, I will be reviewing Case Closed episode 39 (Detective Conan episode 38).
As I have given a series synopsis in an earlier post, I will not go over it again.
After leaving Agasa's place, Jimmy notices that Richard is following a certain individual. While Richard thinks it was easy money, once he finishes the job, the guy Richard was following is found dead during a fire festival and there is one suspect. Jimmy and Richard know that he is responsible somehow, but they must find the flaw in his otherwise perfect alibi before the case goes cold.
I am not too sure about this one. Like episodes 34 and 35 (Japanese count on both), this was not as good as I remembered it to be. The case was set up very well. I liked how Richard was not completely dense, like he usually is. Back in episode 31 (Japanese count), he suspected something was up whenever he and Jimmy were alone. Here, however, he started to suspect that Jimmy, whom he now knows as Conan Edogawa, was actually smarter than he originally thought, but I do not think he has ever come as close as Rachel has in episode 7, which does have a manga counterpart, as listed in my review of season 1, and manga volumes 14 and 25-26. Speaking of the manga, this was fairly faithful to the manga counterpart, except for the fact that Jimmy falls asleep next to the television, not on the couch, Jimmy is not seen at Agasa's house in the manga, and the super sneakers were first introduced in the manga counterpart of this case. As always, Jimmy has a sharper eye than Richard and picks on the obvious rather quickly, but not as quickly as I did. There were some funny parts too, but much of the case was focused on breaking the suspect's alibi, which was quite interesting. The fact that the case was set up well and Jimmy does not overlook the obvious, as well as the fact that Richard start suspecting that Jimmy was no ordinary kid, makes this somewhat enjoyable.
Although the episode seems good, there are certainly some issues. Remember how I said earlier that this case was not as good as I remembered it? Well, it turns out that this case is not as unique as I thought when I first saw this episode. There are certainly elements that are different, but it just is not different enough. I do not think that there is one person among the fans of the detective, mystery, and crime fiction genres that has not come across the kind of trick played here. We think that the victim was killed after Richard stopped tailing him and new information suddenly reveals that he died at a different time. Yeah, that does not sound too original to me, even with the changes made for this case. I cannot really complain about the culprit being obvious, since he was the only suspect that gets introduced, but the case was just too obvious after looking at the photos Richard took. Yes, people do overlook the obvious in real life, but how could anyone not notice what Jimmy did? In fact, Richard, for as interesting as it was that he suspected Jimmy, should have noticed something strange about the photos because he was tailing the victim for a few days. I doubt anybody would overlook somebody using a different hand than usual, so the fact that Richard does just that makes him look more inept than usual. As for the alibi itself, I do not get how the alibi is so airtight when the evidence makes it obvious that the suspect is lying. I was expecting much better from Gosho, but I guess this is one of those cases that just are not that good. The fact that the photos make it obvious the suspect is hiding something, as well as the fact that the case does not seem much different from cases like it, does not really make this one look too good, even when taking the good into account.
Considering how bad this episode turned out to be, this turned in to a waste of time. I recommend fans of detective, mystery, and crime fiction, as well as fans of Detective Conan (Case Closed), skip this episode due to how much is obvious and the fact that the super sneakers were introduced in episode 5, not this case, like it was with the manga counterpart, makes it so that this episode is not even relevant. As for everyone else, this may be a good introduction to the series, but certainly not the detective, mystery, and crime fiction genres in general.
What are your thoughts on Case Closed episode 39? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.
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