Anime Review: Case Closed Episode 55

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Since I finally started covering FUNimation's third season, I guess I should deliver on my goal of covering episodes every 3-5 days, especially since I have only covered 52 (54, according to FUNimation's count) of the 123 (130, according to FUNimation's count) episodes FUNimation has dubbed. Today, I will be reviewing Case Closed episode 55 (Detective Conan episode 53).

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

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While out on an evening stroll, Jimmy, Richard, and Rachel find a bird in the middle of the road.

However, the peaceful day is ruined when they hear a scream only moments later, and find a corpse on an apartment balcony. There are three suspects and it is up to Jimmy and the gang to determine whom among them is responsible.

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I am not too about this one. The case was somewhat setup well. After all, I never really imagined that a bird could lead to a murder case, even today with as many titles in the detective, mystery, and crime fiction genres as I have read. About the only thing obvious that I noticed was exactly what Inspector Meguire noted, which was that the three suspects motives were either money or revenge, two of the most common motives for murder. Like always, Jimmy seems to notice things quicker than everyone else. On the other hand, it was nice that Richard was not knocked out for once. Yes, there are more cases than this one and episode 28 (Japanese count), but Richard did not even need to have Jimmy say anything, as he picked up right on Jimmy's visual hint. I have to say that it is nice that Richard is not as inept as he seemed when we first saw him at a crime scene. Another thing that impressed me was this seems to be the third time that he suspects something about Jimmy. Back in episode 31 (Japanese count), Richard tries to confront Jimmy because he notices that something tends to happen when they are alone, and in episode 38 (Japanese count), Richard notices that the kid he calls Conan is no ordinary child. Coincidentally, like that episode, Richard notices that Jimmy, who he does not know is the same person he calls Conan, is no ordinary child. Unfortunately, since this is a filler episode, according to Detective Conan World, this does not officially count as a moment when Richard suspects Jimmy and Conan of being the same person. I also liked how there was a next episode preview and Next Conan's Hint. Not only is it nice that this episode actually had them, but it was also nice that they are the correct ones, unlike episode 51 (Japanese count). This is verified by the fact that Detective Conan World's episode list, MagicBox's episode list, and my episode list all say that The Game Company Murder Case comes after this one, as well as the fact that the DVD that comes after the one containing this and the previous episode actually starts with that case too. Of course, this was released during the time when that was the usual occurrence for Detective Conan (Case Closed) DVD releases from FUNimation. The fact that only the motives seemed obvious and the fact that Richard solved the case without Jimmy vocalizing any hints, as well as the fact that the next episode preview and Next Conan's Hint were present and actually the correct ones, certainly makes this episode look good.

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Although the episode was pretty good, there are certainly some issues. However, there is only one thing that comes to mind. The case was not really that interesting. Now, that we have come to a set of episodes that I pretty much remember, which comprises most of the episodes in FUNimation's third season of the series, one can probably say that my memory is to blame. On the other hand, I think that this case is just one of those that would not really be that interesting, even if I did not remember the case. Seeing as this is filler, as I stated earlier, that does not really surprise me. I sure wish the people behind the anime could think up cases that people could say has the same level of quality as people say that the 2003 anime adaptation of FMA has. This, however, makes me want go back and read some of the dullest cases that Gosho Aoyama ever thought up, because those cases seem to be so much better. As I believe I have said many times already, fans of detective, mystery, and crime fiction want cases that are actually interesting. If that were not the case, people would not be talking about characters like Sherlock or Hercule Poirot or Arsène Lupin or books like And Then There Were None or The A.B.C. Murders. Each of those characters or books are remembered to this day because the cases in those books or those characters were involved in actually intrigued people and that is what people remember. Unless it is absolutely horrible, nobody remembers Sherlock's or Poirot's dullest cases or Lupin's dullest heists. Yet the case presented here is not among the greatest of the series, nor the greatest in all of the cases that exist in the detective, mystery, and crime fiction genres. The fact that the case seems to be dull, even when my memory is not taken into account, makes an otherwise decent episode be one of the dullest episodes.

Despite the fact that Richard is not inept in this episode and that the next episode preview is correct, the fact that the case was dull and that Richard's suspicions about Jimmy do not actually count, because this is a filer episode, makes this a waste of time. I recommend fans of detective, mystery, and crime fiction, as well as fans of Detective Conan (Case Closed), to skip this because of the dull case and how irrelevant it is to the series. As for everyone else, I recommend skipping this as well because the previous episode will serve as a better introduction to series, as well as the detective, mystery, and crime fiction genres in general, than this one will.

What are your thoughts on Case Closed episode 55? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.

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