Well, it looks like things are going pretty well. Although I have just started covering FUNimation's third season of Detective Conan (Case Closed), I have already covered two (three, according to FUNimation's count) of the 25 (27, according to FUNimation's count) episodes that make up the season. Today, I will be reviewing Case Closed episode 56 (Detective Conan episode 54).
As I have given a series synopsis in an earlier post, I will not go over it again.
Jimmy, Richard, and Rachel attend a gaming convention, where Richard is supposed to be a guest speaker.
While there, Jimmy finally gets a lead to finding Gin & Vodka, and possibly and antidote to APTX 4869.
However, before he can find them, the person Jimmy found ends up dead because of an explosion. Inspector Meguire thinks that this is a terrorist act, but Jimmy suspects otherwise.
I have to say that I enjoyed this episode. After about 50 episodes, since episodes 5 and 13 (Japanese count) were not very faithful to their manga counterparts, we are finally presented with a case that has some connection to Black Org. Unlike episode 43 (Japanese count), where it all turned out to be fake, the lead here seems to be pretty solid. The case was setup decently. Not much of it was really obvious, even when one paid attention to what was happening. That is certainly nice to see a case not ruined by the obvious, which is something that fans of detective, mystery, and crime fiction want to see. Like Jimmy, I too thought that somebody deliberately killed the man that was Jimmy's connection to Black Org this episode. However, I doubt somebody would purposely do that to Jimmy, since, other than Haibara, the only living person affiliated Black Org who knows Jimmy and Conan are the same person is Vermouth, though Bourbon, who was revealed in the Bell Tree Express case, does find Jimmy a frightening person. Because of that fact, I do like how the victim in this murder case was not the intended target for once. After all, criminals are not so lucky in real life that they always get their intended target, otherwise they would not be human. There were some funny parts too. The funniest though is that Rachel knocks Richard unconscious for Jimmy. In that scene, when Jimmy tries to knock Richard out with his wristwatch stun gun, the dart gets stuck to Rachel and when Jimmy tries to remove it, she tries to kick the perverted person, who she thought was behind her, and makes contact with her father's face. I guess Jimmy should just make Rachel mad enough that she does the dirty work for him, instead of relying on his wristwatch stun gun. I also liked how we were reminded how the aliases of the men who attacked Jimmy was revealed, even if it was a dub error. As I said in my review of episode 5, which discussed the case that happens this episode a bit, because Gin and Vodka were removed from the case in that episode, the reason Jimmy knew those names in the Japanese version, as well as the fact that he knew they were part of a syndicate, which should have been revealed in episode 13 (Japanese count), goes unexplained. If important cases, like the ones that happened in those episodes, were faithful to their manga counterparts, we would not be in this mess to begin with. This is reason that I find the dub error of episode 49 (Japanese count) to be less severe than the way Japan handled the episodes that created the plot hole in this episode. Speaking of the manga, this was fairly faithful to its manga counterpart. Pretty much everything I saw here also happened in the manga, including who had contact with Jimmy's connection to Black Org. At least Japan was kind enough to have one case that has some importance to the series be a faithful adaptation, though it is not as important the alcohol from episodes 48 & 49 (Japanese count on both), Akemi Miyano's death in the manga counterpart of episode 13 (Japanese count), and finding out the names of Gin & Vodka in the manga counterpart of episode 5. After all, volume 37 of the manga does state that Itakura, who is introduced in that volume, had contact with the victim introduced in this episode and that Black Org was interested in skilled computer programmers. Outside of those, I cannot really think of anything else that I liked. The fact that Jimmy finally has a real lead on Gin and Vodka and APTX 4869 and that FUNimation fixed one of Japan's plot holes, as well as the fact that it was fairly faithful to its manga counterpart, certainly made this enjoyable.
Although I liked this episode, there are certainly some issues. However, there is only one thing that stands out to me. In the previous episode's preview for this episode, this episode was called The Game Company Murder Case, which is the title for the Japanese version, according to MagicBox. However, the title presented in this episode is Game Gone Bad. I know that this has more to do with the previous episode, but it does make me wonder why FUNimation suddenly changed its name. Since I do not have the actual third season set, just the singles that comprises it, I do not know if the correction has been made. Yes, I know that FUNimation is now streaming the series on its site, but that does not change the fact that I am not sure FUNimation fixed it because they are only streaming the first season right now. Fortunately for them, this is pretty much the only time that I remember that the next episode preview had the correct scenes but the title was different from what preview said it was. While it is a curiosity that applies more to the previous episode, the fact that FUNimation has a different title than what the preview for it said does very little damage to the episode, but brings up questions of consistency on FUNimation's handling of this series.
Considering that the only thing that bugged me applied more to the previous episode and the fact that not all of plot holes from the Japanese version showed up, as well as the Black Org connection, makes this worth watching. I recommend this to fans of detective, mystery, and crime fiction. As for fans of Detective Conan (Case Closed), I recommend this because this does seem to have some importance later on in the series, and we finally get a case that actually has a connection to Black Org. As for everyone else, this seems like a good introduction to the series, though not as good as episode 52 (Japanese count), as well as the detective, mystery, and crime fiction genres in general.
What are your thoughts on Case Closed episode 56? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything add? Feel free to comment.
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