Anime Review: Case Closed Episode 58

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It looks like things are still going fairly well. Out of the 25 (27, according to FUNimation's count) episodes that make up FUNimation's third season of Detective Conan (Case Closed), 4 (5, according to FUNimation's count) have been covered. Today, I will be reviewing Case Closed episode 58 (Detective Conan episode 56).

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 a jog, Jimmy, Richard, and Rachel hear something and go to check it out.

However, what they find turns a nice day for a jog into yet another murder case, where there is only one suspect.

Now, it is up to Jimmy find out how the murder was committed, or if there were any other suspects.

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I am not sure about this one. The case was somewhat setup well. Since this had some bit of dramatic irony, it was nice how we got another chance to see how good the investigative skills of our main cast are. Out of everyone, Jimmy yet again notices things other people do not. Of course, since this series' original title features his alias of Conan, that is to be expected. After all, Sherlock and Hercule Poirot were the focus of their own books, so it would make sense that the lead character will be a bit more observant than others. I also found it peculiar that technology like security cameras played a significant role. We already had a computer being used to kill somebody back in episode 29 (Japanese count). Now, we move on to cameras. Compared to a computer though, a camera is much easier to look at, since one would not need a specialist to reassemble data to find evidence. There were also a few funny scenes, but nothing really stood out. The thing that I liked the most though was that it showed the culprit revealed himself. In real life, the police know that the guilty party will eventually reveal themselves, and so they keeping questioning people over and over, in order to make sure that their story does not change. In the case here, however, it is not so much what is said verbally as it is with irony. It is ironic because the culprit runs a cleaning company, yet his company's policy revealed that spec of dirt that was his crime, along with security footage. Honestly, using a security camera to commit a murder has to be one of the worst ways to commit murder, since things like this are bound to happen. Outside of that, I cannot really think of anything that I liked about the episode. The fact that the policies of the criminals company, along with his weapon of choice, reveals his crime, as well as the fact that Jimmy's skills have not diminished, does put some positive light on this episode.

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Although this episode does have some good, there are certainly some issues. My main complaint was that this case was not really that interesting. Since this is yet another anime filler, according to Detective Conan World, the ones to blame is Japan. Seriously, I wish they would think up something interesting for once. As I have said many times before, fans of detective, mystery, and crime fiction want cases that are actually interesting. Yes, they like the personalities of their favorite detective or criminal, but the cases involving them is what really creates the draw to their stories to begin with. Even though I did remember how this case went, that is not what was not what caused the case to be dull. The reason for that is because the method was just too obvious, even when I do not take my memory into account. Yes, we do see a whole lot more than we would in a normal whodunit, since the culprit is obvious, but we do not see everything. Still, that does not change the fact that pretty much anyone could figure out the trick here, especially taking into account everything that was said. It is like the people behind the anime are not even trying to come up with decent case, which I know they can because there are some anime filler cases that I do enjoy. This one, on the other hand, like episode 53 (Japanese count), makes me want to go back read Gosho Aoyama's dullest cases for the series, as they are much more enjoyable. While there is not anything to blame FUNimation for doing, the episode went from pretty decent to bad because the method behind the murder was too obvious.

Despite the good that this episode had, the fact that the trick was obvious in this case just made it seem like a waste of time. I recommend that fans of detective, mystery, and crime fiction, as well as fans of Detective Conan (Case Closed), to skip this because of the obvious trick. As for everyone else, I would also recommend skipping this because it would not really serve as good introduction to the series, nor would it serve as a good introduction to the detective, mystery, and crime fiction genres in general, due to the obvious trick.

What are your thoughts on Case Closed episode 58? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything add? Feel free to comment.

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