Even though I am expecting the rest of my order from Barnes & Noble to arrive, I decided to continue reviewing the Detective Conan (Case Closed) anime. So far, I have covered four episodes and 119 remain (126 in FUNimation's count). Today, I will be reviewing Detective Conan (Case Closed) episode 5.
As I gave a series synopsis in an earlier post, I will not go over it again.
Jimmy, Rachel, Richard, and the Junior Detective League are going on a trip to celebrate a wedding. However, the train ride is not so peaceful. There are two men are board that look similar to the ones who gave Jimmy the drug that returned him to childhood while leaving his mind intact. Noticing that fact, Jimmy decides to eavesdrop on their conversation using one of Dr. Agasa's new gadgets. While listening in, Jimmy finds out that the men planted a bomb on the train in the form of a briefcase. As the only one that knows this fact, Jimmy must track down the location of the bomb before the person that has it unknowingly sets it off.
I really liked this episode. There are some funny parts, which is nice. For example, while searching for the bomb, Jimmy makes an excuse to retrieve his paper airplane, in order to check some guy's briefcase, which matched the description he received from eavesdropping. When Jimmy opens the case, the guy gets shocked, as does Jimmy, since he thinks it is a bomb. However, the contents turn out to be boxer shorts. Again, this plays upon the reason that assumptions are bad. I have already said numerous times on this blog that when somebody makes an assumption, they will be blinded to see the truth before them. However, since a bomb is involved, I guess I can see how an assumption like that can be safe. Another thing that was funny was that Rachel tried to keep Jimmy in his seat. Yes, a parent or babysitter and/or elder sibling should keep kids out of trouble, but Jimmy is not necessarily a kid, since his intelligence is intact. Of course, I do not blame Rachel, since Jimmy never told anyone in his group about a bomb, only hinted to it once and covered it up, as to not make the two men suspicious. However, the funniest part was that when Jimmy told the conductors about a bomb, they shrugged it off like it was nothing because he was a kid. In my review of episode 2, I stated that kids are quite observant and shrugging off something a kid says, no matter what kind situation, is a grave mistake. Like adolescents, adults think they know so much about the world and that kids only play around. I will give adults credit though that not all of them claim to know everything like an adolescent would, when arguing with a parent. It is because we view kids as harmless that they are the most dangerous because they see and hear everything. On the other hand, as I said before, they do not do well under pressure, so they cannot be relied on as witnesses of any crime. In this sense, Jimmy's thought of changing his catch phrase, "With a keen eye for detail, one truth prevails," to reflect the mistake that people make in brushing off a kid or somebody with little experience makes sense. It was also kind of funny that out of everyone, only the Junior Detective League and the person with the bomb noticed that Jimmy was no ordinary kid. The humor and irony featured in this episode certainly makes it a good episode.
Even though I liked it there are some issues. Many people go around proclaiming that the US English dub ruins anime. I will admit that things certainly are changed in dubs from how they were originally presented in the country of origin, such as the last episodes of this show to ever be broadcasted on US television. However, Japan has seriously ruined things in more than one episode. The first episode that Japan ruined was this episode, as confirmed by MagicBox. The excitement was there and such, so that is not how it was ruined, but this episode was butchered in a way that affects the flow of this series, as you will notice in later episodes. In the manga counterpart, the two men that gave him the drug really do appear and Jimmy finds out their names are Gin and Vodka, though the official English translation of this case uses the names I mentioned in the review of volume 42 of the manga. I usually try to avoid major spoilers, but since you guys will not get the idea without it, I will make an exception. After this episode, Jimmy deals with a murder case involving employees that work for a video games company. In that case, Jimmy hears the names Tequila, Gin, and Vodka, which informs Jimmy that somebody is part of Black Org. In the manga version of this case, we know because of what happened in the manga version of the episode I am currently talking about. However, in the anime, the viewers do not know how Jimmy knew the names of the men who poisoned him. Of course, the reason brought up in the English of that case was a different loose end than what Japan had, which really was FUNimation's fault. All of that was because Gin and Vodka were omitted from the Japanese version of this episode. Really, if Japan were so great, they would not do this to such a popular show, since the fan base of Detective Conan (Case Closed) is larger in Japan than the US. How would you feel if a series you really enjoyed had plot holes like that? I would most likely call it utter garbage and tell everyone to skip it. The next biggest issue with this episode was that the person with the bomb was obvious. Two people are easily removed from the suspect list via investigation, which leaves two, which is not so bad and does not make the person obvious. However, when we look at how the bomb works, the person is revealed right away after the investigation. Compared to the omission of Gin and Vodka though, that is not a big deal. Another issue I had, though also not as major as the fact that Japan omitted Gin and Vodka from this episode, was the fact that Jimmy was considering telling Rachel that Conan Edogawa was not his real name. It is like he forgot what Dr. Agasa said, after he was convinced that Jimmy became a kid again. If Rachel knew, she would not be able to hide it, even from her own father, and Black Org would definitely come after him once the evidence got out. However, I will admit that he did not have much choice, so I cannot really hold that against him or the series. After all, everybody thinks that he is just a kid now. While the fact that Jimmy revealing Rachel is pretty much a nonissue, the fact that Japan created a plot hole by omitting Gin and Vodka from this case really puts a damper on this series.
Despite the fact that Gin and Vodka were omitted, the excitement was not taken away, so this episode was definitely worth watching. I would recommend this to fans of the Detective Conan (Case Closed) anime that never saw the early episodes. For fans of the Detective Conan (Case Closed) manga, I recommend that this episode be skipped because of the plot hole created by the omission of Gin and Vodka. For fans of detective, mystery, and crime fiction, the fact that the person with the bomb is obvious may be a downer, but the case is still interesting. For everyone else, I think this is a good place to start watching the series and as an introduction to detective, mystery, and crime fiction.
What are your thoughts on Case Closed episode 5? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.
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