Anime Review: Case Closed Episode 51

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Now that I have covered all 48 episodes (49 episodes according to FUNimation's count) that have definitely been broadcasted on Adult Swim, and even episode 47 (Japanese count), I can finally start on the relatively newer episodes out of the remaining 74 episodes (80 according to FUNimation's count), 31 (33 according to FUNimation's count) of which were the last to be release in the single DVD releases, which is how my episode list is organized up to season 5, the sixth and seventh seasons are the fourth and fifth season sets respectfully. Today, I will be reviewing Case Closed episode 51 (Detective Conan episode 50).

As I have given a series synopsis in an earlier post, I will not go over it again.

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After the murder case of a diplomat had been solved and Jimmy was feeling better, Jimmy and the Junior Detective League head off to the library, so Jimmy can complete a book report.

However, the peaceful atmosphere is ruined when the police show up to investigate a missing person's case.

When the police cannot find anything, Jimmy and the gang decide to try and find a corpse, but they must also deal with the man responsible for the disappearance of the person Meguire and his men were looking for.

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I am not too sure about one this one. I did like that instead of having to find culprit among a group or see the crime happen, they were looking for body. There has not really been a case dealing with actually trying to find corpse after the events of episode 15 (Japanese count). As almost everything has been laid out, the only thing that was not immediately obvious was the location of the body. I also liked how the murderer underestimated Jimmy and the Junior Detective League. I have said many times on this blog, we all make assumptions and that leads to our downfall. One such assumption is that people think that they are smarter than those that lack experience or are younger. I remember one person thinking I know nothing about ebook piracy, when I have a degree in Computing Information and Technology and computer security knowledge was discussed a little bit in various classes, though I only took one computer security class during that time. I may not know everything about computer security, but I do know that one cannot stop those that are not honest to begin with and nothing is uncrackable. Both of which apply to piracy in computer world and I am certainly more aware than the so-called experts, who lack knowledge of the computer world, that consumers do not want to be treated as criminals. In terms of this episode, the murderer thought he saw through everything and he fell victim to a domino setup. I am not too sure how many elementary school kids play with dominos, but they have to be pretty smart to make the same effect happen with objects that are heavier than they are. Another thing that was nice was that it was established that the alcoholic beverage that gave Jimmy his original body back only worked once. Of course, since volume 26, which contains the manga counterpart of the latter portion of the Desperate Revival arc, episodes 188-193 (Japanese count), according to Detective Conan World, reveals that the prototype antidote for APTX 4869 has part of the same alcoholic beverage Jimmy consumed in the previous episodes and Haibara consumes in volume 24 of the manga, I wonder how the antidote does work, otherwise Jimmy would not have been able to be in London during the events of the Holmes' Revelation Arc, episodes 616-621 (Japanese count), according to Detective Conan World. Another thing that was nice was that this was very faithful to its manga counterpart. Pretty much everything I saw, except for Mitch's gestures, was also present in the manga, including Jimmy becoming drunk because he did not know that the drink that gave him his original back only worked once. I think it is kind of funny how an important case had a few changes from its manga counterpart and FUNimation makes it more important than it should have been, yet something that is not as important is not butchered by either Japan, who ruined two important episodes, or FUNimation. I sure hope nothing is ruined any further if, and when, FUNimation or anybody else dubs episodes 124+ (Japanese count) in English. There some pretty funny parts too, which does ease the little bit of tension that is present. After all, things are not always good when things are too serious. The fact that this is not the usual murder case, as well as the fact that we learn that the alcoholic drink was only temporary cure to APTX 4869, made this pretty enjoyable.

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Although the episode was good, there are certainly some issues. On the other hand, the only thing that I can think of, since this was not as important as the last two episodes. This just was not very interesting. The main reason for this was because the body's location was a bit obvious. Yes, I said the location was not immediately obvious, but considering that the body was not found in any other obvious places, it did become obvious, especially when they talked about body weights. Still, even if it was not that obvious, I doubt that things would be anymore interesting. After all, we not trying to break a suspect's alibi, we knew he was guilty. The only thing that I did find interesting was the fact that the alcohol did not give him his original body back. Since this was much more faithful to its manga counterpart than the last two episodes, I have to say that this is Gosho's fault. I hope to have the same level of tension as episode 43 (Japanese count), especially since the episode preview for this one had my hopes up. The fact the body's location became obvious and that the episode was not that interesting overall does not make me want to put this one anywhere in my list of favorites cases or episodes.

Despite the fact that it is revealed that the alcohol was not really the antidote for APTX 4869, the episode was dull enough that this was mostly a waste of time. I recommend fans of detective, mystery, and crime fiction to skip this because of how dull it is. As for fans of Detective Conan (Case Closed), the only reason to watch this is the fact that it reveals that the antidote to APTX 4869 has not yet been found. As for everyone else, this may not be the best introduction to series, nor to the detective, mystery, and fiction genres in general.

What are your thoughts on Case Closed episode 51? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.

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