Anime Review: Case Closed Episode 57

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It looks like things are still progressing pretty well. Although I am nowhere near covering all of the 123 (130, according to FUNimation's count), of which I have covered 54 (56, according to FUNimation's count), I am still going at a good enough pace to cover FUNimation's third season of Detective Conan (Case Closed). Today, I will be reviewing Case Closed episode 57 (Detective Conan episode 55).

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

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Jimmy, Richard, and Rachel are heading home from a relaxing trip.

However, things turn ugly when the trio hears that a body has been found on the other train that departed from the same location they did.

There is only one suspect, and, unfortunately for Jimmy, the person seems to have a good alibi. Now, Jimmy must either crack the alibi or find the person responsible.

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I liked this episode. The case was setup decently. As for the obvious, I cannot really say how much was and was not obvious. After all, like episodes 42 and 39-40 (Japanese count on all), I do remember quite a bit about this case, even how it was resolved. Because of this fact, I do not think I would be too creditable to even make much of a determination. The case itself was somewhat interesting. It was also nice that the murder was caused by something other than potassium cyanide. Now, I have not been following this series since it originally began, which would be 1994, according to Baka Updates Manga, but I have been following it since the first time I saw it on Adult Swim, minus the gap in time that elapsed before I found it on book store shelves again that I mention in my review of manga volume 42. Out of all the episodes I have seen, the most common poison used in murder cases is potassium cyanide. So far, it has gotten to the point where I am not surprised to hear that such is the cause of death. Fortunately, that is not the case here. Here, the criminal uses potassium chloride. Unlike cyanide, both potassium and sodium, which causes problems with the body's ability to utilize oxygen, according to the CDC website, the show states that it can cause symptoms similar to a heart attack. According to a nurse I know, this is certainly the case because the person would have too much potassium in the blood, which is called, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center website, hyperkalemia. I also liked how the matter of fingerprints is brought up in the episode. Most people familiar with the detective, mystery, and crime fiction genres know that they are important to investigations and finding out who actually committed the crime. In most cases, we expect the fingerints of either the criminal or the victim to be on things. In this case, however, the thing to prove Jimmy's deduction was a fingerprint from an innocent person. This really does make it necessary to think things through, because if this were my first time seeing this episode, I certainly would not be expecting that to be the case, though it is obvious. There were some funny parts too, but nothing stood out. The thing that I liked most about this episode was Jimmy's words to the culprit. When all the loose ends of Jimmy's deduction were resolved, the culprit said that the plan was perfect. In response, Jimmy said that man could never commit the perfect crime as long as man is bound to his humanity. As I have said many times before, we are imperfect, and, as a result, our creations are also flawed, even if we cannot see those flaws. In the case of crime, everything from behavior and facial expressions to things like blood and fingerprints are observed because one cannot hide the truth that they are guilty of that crime. The fact that a poison other potassium cyanide was used in this case and that it shows that fingerprint evidence is not just either the criminal's or victim's, as well as the fact that Jimmy has a quote that rings with truth, makes this a pretty decent episode.

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Although the episode was good, there are certainly some issues. However, since I cannot think of anything to complain about, aside from the fact that this is a filler episode, according to Detective Conan World, I have to say there is nothing worth mentioning.

Considering that a poison other than cyanide was used and that Jimmy imparts truth to the culprit, this was worth watching. I recommend this to fans of Detective Conan (Case Closed) because of the fact that I think Jimmy's words here are one of the best. As for fans of detective, mystery, and crime fiction, the case may be interesting to see, but because I cannot comment on what was and was not obvious, I will hesitantly recommend this. As for everyone, this serves as a good introduction to the series, especially since it was not a Black Org case, nor did Black Org connections to it, as well as to the detective, mystery, and crime fiction genres in general.

What are your thoughts on Case Closed episode 57? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.

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