Anime Review: Case Closed Episode 52

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One by one, I have covered each of the 26 episodes in FUNimation's second season of Detective Conan (Case Closed), the majority of which were the last to be aired on US television, until only one remains. Today, I will be reviewing Case Closed episode 52 (Detective Conan episode 51).

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

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Having received an invitation to a golf tournament, Richard has dragged Jimmy and Rachel along with him to a driving range.

However, a sudden explosion, resulting in the death of one person, ruins a peaceful day of hitting some balls.

Now, Jimmy must determine which of the group of suspects is responsible, as well as what caused the explosion.

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I am not too sure about this one. The case was setup pretty well. There also was not a whole lot that was obvious. In fact, what was obvious kind of misled me a bit about who the culprit actually was. Aside from that and some funny parts, the only thing I really liked was what Rachel said when the killer was revealed. As cliché as her statement was, it was certainly the truth. In fact, most people are good until they do one thing wrong, then the further they indulge their greed, the more evil they become, until they are nothing but a demon. On the other hand, what they do wrong may not be as bad as murder, like most of the criminals in this show. The fact that Rachel gave a clichéd, but true statement, as well as the fact that things were not so obvious, did make this episode kind of good.

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Although the episode was good, there are certainly some issues. First, this episode was not really that interesting. After three episodes that have some significance for either the series or finding the antidote to APTX 4869, which still has not been named outside of the manga in the US, I was expecting some more headway to be made. At the same time, I am not too mad about it because Japan would not have more than 600 episodes and 820 manga chapters if things progressed that fast. After all, the fastest developments in the series have been, as far as I can remember, is that manga volume 2, which contains the manga counterpart of episode 13 (Japanese count), reveals that Gin and Vodka, which Jimmy does not know are the names of the two men who gave him APTX 4869 yet, belongs to an organization whose color is black, thus giving the syndicate the name of Black Org, then in manga volume 4, which contains the manga counterpart of episode 5, Jimmy finds out that Gin and Vodka are the names of the men who poisoned him. After that, nothing really major happens, though Black Org does seem to have connections to the Game Company Murder Case, whose manga counterpart happens in volume 12, according to Detective Conan World, until Haibara shows up and reveals that the name of the drug that caused her and Jimmy to become kids again is APTX 4869 in volume 18, which contains one portion of the manga counterpart of episode 129 (Japanese count), according to Detective Conan World. With so little happening between volumes 4 and 18 of the manga, I do not see how things can progress any further, especially since there are a ton of anime filler cases, which includes this one, according to Detective Conan World. Outside of this coming after some episodes that had some importance though, I cannot really say what made this case seem so dull. I should just be glad that this was not as bad as episode 6. Still, the fact that this is a dull case is not the only issue I had with this episode. Apparently, the next episode preview is not the right one. At the end of the episode, the next episode preview shows scenes from and claims that the next episode is called Weapon of Choice. However, MagicBox's episode list, Detective Conan World's episode list, and my episode list all state that the next episode is The Mist Goblin Murder Case, which starts FUNimation's third season of the series, according to MagicBox. Being that this is the last episode released, in order of release by FUNimation, before FUNimation started doing season sets, this does not make any sense, since FUNimation has the Mist Goblin case first on the original singles, which was one of the first in my DVD collection of the series. Since I do not own the second season set itself, I cannot really say if this was corrected or not, but even when FUNimation released episodes out of order, their next episode previews actually were the first episode on the next disc, not the second or third. In the Japanese version, which I had to find fansubs for, since I cannot really trust the Japanese track on FUNimation's DVDs here and neither MagicBox nor Detective Conan World make mention of this, the episode preview is definitely that of The Mist Goblin Murder Case. However, considering that FUNimation did get edited masters for movies 2 through 6, I am not too sure if I can blame this on FUNimation. If it is FUNimation's fault, then this is something that cannot be overlooked because The Mist Goblin Murder Case was one of the very first episodes they released on DVD. After all, I remember not even seeing DVDs with episodes 5-52 on them before FUNimation released their dub of episode 76 (Japanese count). Yes, memories are not perfect, but I would at least expect companies to have some record of when they released certain episodes to DVD. While the FUNimation is probably responsible for not having the correct preview of the next episode, the biggest let down was that this case was not that interesting.

Despite what good may be present, the fact that the case was not that interesting and FUNimation probably put in the wrong episode preview made this a waste of time. I recommend fans of detective, mystery, and crime fiction to skip this because of how dull the case is. As for fans of Detective Conan (Case Closed), I recommend skipping this as well, due to how unimportant the case is, considering how it came after three episodes with some importance, and the fact that the case was dull. As for everyone else, I think this would be quite boring to be considered as an introduction to the series, and probably will not make anyone interested in the detective, mystery, and crime fiction genres in general.

What are your thoughts on Case Closed episode 52? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Fee free to comment.

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