This is certainly a surprise. I am still not even close covering every episode FUNimation has dubbed, of which, 82 episodes remain (88 according to FUNimation's count), but I have reached two special points for the series. First, there are only ten more episodes in the season, which means that the time for a season review is drawing near. Like the last season, the final four episodes will be covered quicker than the usual 3-5 days, which was set back at the time I was still covering the first season. Second, no matter whether episode 47 (Japanese count) aired on Adult Swim or not, less than ten episodes remain from the television broadcast. Today, I will be reviewing Case Closed episode 43 (Detective Conan episode 42).
As I have already given a series synopsis in an earlier post, I will not go over it again.
It is Christmas season and Jimmy, Rachel, and Serena are out on the town for evening. After talking about Jimmy, though Rachel and Serena do not know he is close by, Serena invites Rachel to party with the band of a singer that she is infatuated with. While at the party, however, the fun and games come to an end when the singer collapses after doing karaoke. Almost everyone there has a motive and it is up to Jimmy to find who among the group is responsible for the singer's death.
I am not sure about this one. The case certainly seems setup well. Like the previous episode, I do not think that I am creditable enough to say how obvious things were because I remembered whom the culprit and why she killed the singer. It is not a good sign when the reviewer remembers case that all occur one after the other. Then again, I did say that was bound to happen in my review of the previous episode. I liked how Jimmy did not even bother using his wristwatch stun gun this time around. As enjoyable as this series is, I think it has been used one too many times. There are other ways of revealing deductions so that one's identity is not revealed. Unfortunately, those avenues are rarely used in this series. I guess it has do environment more than anything. Another thing that I liked was that, once again, we are shown why assumptions are bad. After being cornered, the culprit said she had feelings for the singer, but that same singer hated her. Humans are funny creatures. There is that one person that we like but their attitude towards us makes us think they hate us. In this case, victim hated what his killer did to herself, because she thought that she did not look good enough. I just do not understand women and their worry over their appearance. Of course, some men in our society are definitely to blame for this. At the same time, that does not give a woman the right to worry about how she looks. A person, male or female, can be beautiful on the outside but be hideous on the inside. That is why we need learn more about people instead of going after people because of how they look. Likewise, the singer thought that his killer was beautiful before she did what she did. I do not think that he had a right to treat her poorly because her appearance changed, but I kind of agree with him that she did not really look that bad before. It was nice though that it was revealed that the victim did not really hate her, which made her regret the murder she committed. I also liked how this was somewhat faithful to the manga counterpart. There are definitely some changes, like the last scene from episode 35 (Japanese count) happened in the manga counterpart of this case, the trio are not in front of a shop when they talk about Jimmy and the party, there are some scenes at the police station with everyone involved in the manga counterpart, and there were a few other scenes that were removed in the anime adaptation. However, not a whole lot of major stuff seemed to have been removed. The fact that we have yet another example of why assumptions are bad, as well as the fact that the victim, like many people out there, prefer people stay the way they are, does make this somewhat good.
Athough the episode does not seem that bad, there are certainly some issues. If I really want to be nitpicky, I could complain about every single change that is different from the manga counterpart, since things were definitely different, such as the photo with the lyrics to the victim's new song was found at the police station, not the crime scene like it is portrayed here. Still, there are some things that do bug me. When Inspector Meguire shows up, he questions the guy who runs the joint like he is the prime suspect almost immediately. How does he come to that conclusion? Sure his joint was the crime scene, but that does not mean that he did it. Honestly, his suspicions of the man made less sense than his suspicions of Yoko Okino back in episode 3. Also, it seems as if Meguire already knew that he had a connection with the victim. If that was not enough, when forensics comes on the scene, they make no mention of whether or not the food was poisoned. What happened to the possibility of food poisoning? Now, since I said that this was somewhat faithful to the manga counterpart, you all may be thinking that this is Gosho's fault. However, when I looked at the manga counterpart, Meguire states outright the possibility of food poisoning and that he knows the man has a connection with the deceased, and accuses him of the murder. That sure does make a bit more sense than how this episode went. Also, even though the forensics team did not talk about where poison was found, Jimmy did take a bit of the food in the manga counterpart, thereby revealing that the food was not poisoned. If I had to guess, I would have to say that Japan did not really find any of this important. I admit that I do not know this for sure because I did say that I only own two of the five season sets in my review of episodes 39 and 40 (Japanese count on both) and I have not really seen all the early episodes in Japanese, but I am seeing what I believe to be the Japanese footage, even though the audio is in English. Because of this fact, I will have to let MagicBox decide whether or not Japan is to blame. Another thing that was not so great was that this case just was not that interesting. Like episode 41 (Japanese count), this had nothing to with my memory of the case. Having said that, it does not really have that much to do with Gosho Aoyama either. After all, the case was a bit more interesting in the manga. I am not sure if it is the stuff that was removed or something, but it just seems like the people behind the anime just could not get this one right. I should just be glad that this was not as important as episode 5, which Japan did do horribly. The fact that the manga counterpart made more sense and was more interesting has really knocked this down to one of the worst episodes released.
Despite the good I found in this episode, the negatives just make this 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 because things are more interesting and actually make sense in the manga counterpart. As for everyone else, I think that this may be good enough to serve as an introduction to the series, but for the same reasons I gave the fans of detective, mystery, and crime fiction, this is most likely not good introduction to any of those three genres.
What are your thoughts on Case Closed episode 43? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.
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