Apparently, Negima!, Bloody Monday season 1, and Inuyasha: The Final Act are not the only things coming to an end. Although I covered only one episode last week, which is so far the only time I have not kept my promise of a review of a Detective Conan (Case Closed) episode every 3-5 days this year, the end of FUNimation's season 2 of the series is drawing near, with only six episodes remaining, four of which, at most, are the last to be broadcasted on Adult Swim. Today, I will be reviewing Case Closed episode 47 (Detective Conan episode 46).
As I have given a series synopsis in an earlier post, I will not go over it again.
Jimmy, Richard, and Rachel are enjoying a nice day on the slopes, thinking that they will finally have some peace quiet. However, that peace is ruined when the trio loses the key to their cabin and takes a trip to another's lodge. Amid the festivities, one person never shows up, only to be found dead. Everyone is a suspect, but Jimmy and the gang must decipher the message in blood to find the one responsible.
I enjoyed this case. The case was somewhat setup well. Unless one knows their shogi, which the episode claims is not that different from chess, I did not really notice much that was obvious. On the other hand, I cannot really say whether or not the culprit is obvious, as I vaguely remembered who it was. Still, due to the fact that I did not remember things as well as a few other cases in this season, I think I do have a bit more credibility to determine how obvious they were. In this case, the culprit was not very obvious, at least to me. After all, I am more familiar with checkers than chess, which I have played, and shogi. There were also some funny parts too. For example, Richard landed his fist in Jimmy's head, when he did not say anything. Yes, Jimmy does speak up a lot after analyzing the same things Richard does, but he should know by now that Jimmy is the reason his detective gig is so successful, with all the things he does not remember and/or the hints that Jimmy gives. Besides, it is not always easy to solve things on one's own, which is especially true here, seeing as Richard is usually inept like he is here. Another part that was particularly funny was when we see the victim suffering from his fatal attack, we hear about his confidence that Richard would not rest before bringing justice to his killer, then we see a drunk Richard sleeping, while everyone else is still unaware of what happened. Jimmy is more likely to hunt down the victim's killer than Richard is. I guess that is how Jimmy wants it anyway, since he does not want Black Org to find out that APTX 4869 did not kill him. Another thing that I liked was that this episode did not really encourage assumptions like the last episode did. About the only thing close is that one of the suspects found the body, though with how many times the main cast is among the first to notice a corpse, I can probably say that fans of Detective Conan (Case Closed), as well as those that are a few episodes into the series, know not make the assumption that the first person to find the body is the most suspicious. At the same time, those are the kinds of people that fans of detective, mystery, and crime fiction do suspect much of the time, since their favorite detectives or other protagonists that are investigating cases are not usually among the first to find a corpse. Another nice thing about this case was that it was very faithful to its manga counterpart. Pretty much everything I saw also happened in the manga counterpart. Even the culprit's motive, which FUNimation has changed in at least one case after this, was the same. The only changes I did notice, such as the fact that the victim does not say that Jimmy, Richard, and Rachel will dine with them, the trio were actually invited to do so by the person that greeted them when she returned to the victim's lodge, did not have any major impact on the case, or in the case of episodes 5 and 13 (Japanese count on both), the series itself. The fact that the case was very faithful to its manga counterpart, with nothing important changed, and the fact that assumptions based on little information were not encouraged, as well as the funny parts present truly were funny, makes this look very good.
Although I liked the case, there are certainly some issues. However, since MagicBox has yet to reach either FUNimation's or Japan's second season for the series, and Detective Conan World does not list anything different between FUNimation's dub and the Japan version, except name changes, nothing really comes to mind, unless people really need me to point out something that should be obvious from what I have said already. Due to this fact, I will say that there is nothing worth mentioning.
Considering that not much was obvious and this was very faithful to its manga counterpart, this was definitely worth watching. I recommend this to fans of Detective Conan (Case Closed). As for fans of detective, mystery, and crime fiction, I am not too sure, but it may be worth skipping as the culprit was not that surprising, since one would be suspecting the same kind of people that the police do. As for everyone else, this is a decent introduction to the series, as well as detective, mystery, and crime fiction in general, since one may not fall victim to the same things fans of those three genres would.
What are your thoughts on Case Closed episode 47? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.
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