I hope everyone is doing well today. Now, that I had some time off after the not so great episode of Inuyasha: The Final Act episode 18, I am glad to get back to a series that has yet to go downhill. Anyway, I have been diligent in keeping my promise to cover FUNimation's second season of Detective Conan (Case Closed) and have covered 15 episodes of that season, even though my own episode list states that I would be in season 3, and only 11 episodes remain. Today, I will be reviewing Case Closed episode 42 (Detective Conan episode 41).
As I have given a series synopsis in an earlier post, I will not go over it again.
Jimmy, Richard, Rachel, and Serena have gone to see a high school baseball game. The crowd may be enjoying the game, but not everyone. However, the entertainment ends when somebody comes out and says that the championship flag had been ruined. Now, Jimmy and the gang must find out who is responsible before letting a possibly innocent person take the fall.
I thought that this was okay. It is kind of nice that the audience is given another break from all of the murder cases. After all, the cast has been involved in enough of them that the law enforcement officials of the show should be wondering why death occurs everywhere they go, which is kind of hinted at in movie 3, but I cannot really think of any of those observations being made in the manga or anime, unless one counts Haibara's question to the clerk in volume 31. The case was somewhat setup pretty well. Like the previous episodes though, I do not think I am creditable enough to say how much is obvious. Naturally, That is the bad part about somebody reviewing episodes of a show they watched before and come across things that they remembered. However, I can say that the person I remembered to be the culprit certainly was not that obvious. Nothing really seemed to be very suspicious about the man, which is certainly much better than having one person that is obvious. The thing that I liked the most though was what Jimmy, via Richard's voice, said to the culprit, accusing him of worrying more about appearances than anything else. I am afraid that hardly anybody is innocent of this. That is just how we are in society. In job interviews, we worry about being underdressed and end up dressing up too much for the job. I do not have any examples of this per se, but there would not be any warnings about looking overqualified, if there were not any people who were inappropriately overdressed. Here, however, it has more to do with reputation. I have done things that I am not proud of, just like everybody else. However, unlike some of those people, I am not afraid to be who I am, nor do I really care what others think, just that things do not become heated. After all, as the quote from Bill Cosby says, I will fail if I try to get everyone to like me. There were also quite a few funny parts, which was nice, though they were very few. The fact that the culprit was not very obvious, even though I remembered who he was, as well as the fact that the words spoken by Jimmy were certainly true made this somewhat enjoyable.
Although the episode was not that bad, there were certainly some issues. On the other hand, only one thing really comes to mind. The case was not that interesting. Considering that this is a filler episode though, according to Detective Conan World, I can only blame this on either Japan or FUNimation. While I cannot just put this down because of it being filler, I still expect things to be interesting and most of the filler cases I do enjoy seem interesting. However, unlike episodes 39 and 40 (Japanese count on both), I can definitely say that my memory did not cause my discontent this time around. Murder case after murder case may get dull from time to time, but that does not change the fact that fans of detective, mystery, and crime fiction all want an interesting case. This just does not really deliver that appeal that such fans would want. The fact that the case was not that interesting, even ignoring the fact that I remembered whom the culprit was, makes this one of dullest out there.
Despite the good that was present, this just felt like a waste of time, due to how dull the case was. I recommend fans of detective, mystery, and crime fiction, as well as fans of Detective Conan (Case Closed), to skip this, especially since there is nothing important about this episode. As for everyone else, I also recommend skipping this, due to how dull the case seemed.
What are your thoughts on Case Closed episode 42? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.
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