Things still seem to be going pretty well. So far, I have covered 8 (9, according to FUNimation's count) of the 25 (27, according to FUNimation's count) episodes that comprises FUNimation's third season of Detective Conan (Case Closed). Today, I will be reviewing Case Closed episode 62 (Detective Conan episode 60).
As I have given a series synopsis in an earlier post, I will not go over it again.
Jimmy, Richard, and Rachel have gone to a design studio, so that some words from Richard can be included in a book of pictures.
However, before things can get started, the trio witnesses somebody falling to their death from a balcony. Everyone thinks that it was suicide, but Jimmy suspects otherwise.
With the only suspect being victim's boss, Jimmy must find the flaw in his alibi, before the case is officially ruled a suicide.
I am not too sure about this case. It was somewhat setup well. Not a whole lot was obvious. As this case had a bit of dramatic irony, it was nice that we get another chance to see how good our cast is at investigating things. There were also some funny parts, but nothing really stood out, as it was just the usual stuff. Another thing that I liked was that this was fairly faithful to its manga counterpart. With a few exceptions, almost everything I saw happened in the manga, and not major was left out. If anything major was cut, I would definitely have some major complaints, which would certain decrease the quality of the episode. Outside of that, I cannot really think of anything else that I liked. The fact that the case allowed us to see how good our main cast is, as well as the fact that it was fairly faithful to its manga counterpart, does give this episode some bright spots.
Although there were some good things about this episode, there are certainly some issues. First, this case was not really that interesting. I remember enjoying this when it first came out, which was when I had not read as many stories in the detective, mystery, and crime fiction genres. However, I do not really get that excitement. Seeing as this has a manga counterpart and this adaptation was somewhat faithful, the blame for this issue goes to Gosho Aoyama. As I have said many times before, not every case that Gosho creates for Detective Conan (Case Closed) is interesting. This is probably one of his dullest. One of the things that cause it to be dull is next thing I did not really like about this episode. The trick was kind of obvious. When we see the victim fall to her death, though we already know the victim is dead, she comes right out from underneath a sheet, yet almost everyone thought she jumped. I am not sure about you guys, but I think that I would actually see a person standing on a ledge or balcony before they jump, not pop out from underneath a sheet. How could they notice that fact when the victim fell? The next thing that kind of made it obvious was that a courier said they noticed something strange happen around the time he got to the premises, which was when the victim fell. While Richard does recognize how weird it is that the victim fell around the same time the courier arrived, he does nit notice the sheet that was also present at the time of the fall. Unfortunately, the same exact thing happened in the manga, so it looks like Gosho is to blame for this one too. At the same time, considering that Richard is supposed an inept detective, I can overlook the fact that he does not mention the sheet. Fortunately, Gosho Aoyama is not the only to blame for problems with the episode. Although I did say that almost everything I saw happened in the manga, there were scenes that were either missing or altered. In the anime, the courier shows up on his on and says that he came by at around 6:30. However, in the manga, he is not seen until after a neighbor says that she saw him at around that. As this was not a major scene in the case, I do not find this too big of a deal, but when I took a look at the Japanese version, which I had to look up fansubs for because I cannot trust FUNimation's Japanese track here, the same thing happened, which means that this was Japan's fault. Another thing I noticed was that when Richard caught Jimmy snooping around, Jimmy immediately knocked him out. In the manga, however, Jimmy draws Richard notices the fishing line Jimmy found and Jimmy tries to give him a hint, only knocking him out when he does not get it. Apparently, this was also cut from the Japanese version, which means that this is the second omission made by Japan. Like the scene I mentioned before though, this is not big deal either, since Richard got knocked either way. Since neither scene was too important, I would put this as only an annoyance, since only those that want perfect adaptations all cases from the manga will put up the most grief about these cuts. While things being cut was annoying, the main things that hurt this show was the fact that this was one of the dullest cases from Gosho Aoyama because the trick was not really mysterious.
Despite the good it had, the negatives outweigh the good enough that this is 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 the trick was kind of obvious. As for everyone else, I will hesitantly say that this is a good introduction to the series, but I can definitely say it is most likely not a good introduction to the detective, mystery, and crime fiction genres in general.
What are your thoughts on Case Closed episode 62? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.
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