Anime Review: Case Closed Episode 65

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Well, this was certainly a busy time. However, I at least get to cover more Detective Conan (Case Closed) episodes. So far, I have covered 11 (12, according to FUNimation's count) episodes of the 25 (27, according to FUNimation's count) episodes that comprises FUNimation's third season of the series. Today, I will be reviewing Case Closed episode 65 (Detective Conan episode 63).

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

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Jimmy and the Junior Detective League have gotten the chance to visit the studio where their favorite monster flick is being filmed.

However, instead of having a good time with the cast and crew, they watch as their favorite monster kills a man right in front of them.

Every member of the crew is a suspect and it is up to Jimmy to find out who committed the murder that he and his friends witnessed before the case runs cold.

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I am not too sure about this one. The case was setup pretty well. Not much was obvious, which fans of detective, mystery, and crime fiction want to see. I also liked how the Junior Detective League noticed something before Jimmy did. This is kind of funny because it shows that experience means nothing after a certain point. There is a reason, after all, why those with too much experience are not very desirable. The reason is that those with too much experience tend to start assuming things when they do not have all the necessary details. Likewise, because of Jimmy's experience, he did not notice the difference within the footprints left behind. He just assumed that it was all the same. There are also a few funny scenes. The funniest was when Jimmy was revealing his deductions using Agasa's voice. During that time, the Junior Detective League notices Jimmy with his voice changing bowtie and ask why he is speaking into it. As a result of his annoyance towards their prodding, Meguire thinks that Agasa shooed him. I guess that he should not be in such an easily accessible spot when he decides to use the bowtie, if Jimmy wants to avoid such situations. At the same, since he is in a kid's body, I guess it is difficult to do that. I also liked what was said by one of the characters. After the culprit was revealed, one of the actors told Jimmy that even though he condemned a good man, even though he told the truth, and that things are not always black and white. The killer probably was a good person, but most who do commit crimes were also once good people themselves and became a demon because they gave into their greed. However, now that he has killed somebody, society will forever label him a murderer. It is also true that not everything is as clear as black and white, but that does not change the fact that an evil act is an evil act and greed is still greed. Another thing that I liked is the fact that this was fairly faithful to its manga counterpart, though some scenes were not aired. If only Japan were faithful to the important cases, there would not have been the plot holes that are present and Haibara probably would not have been exclusive to the manga and movies in the US. Outside of that, I cannot really think of anything else that I particularly liked. The fact that the Junior Detective notices something before Jimmy, as well as the funny scene involving Meguire and Agasa, does make this somewhat enjoyable.

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Although there were things that I liked, there are certainly some issues. First, the case itself was not that interesting. It is probably better than the average filler episode, but it does not seem to be one of Gosho Aoyama's best cases. The only thing that causes this that comes to my mind, however, is the fact that the culprit is too obvious. This really does not make things look too good when we get two cases in a row with obvious culprits. Unfortunately, since this is fairly faithful to its manga counterpart, the one to blame is Gosho Aoyama. I am kind of disappointed. While not as disappointing as two cases with obvious culprits in a row, this came only three episodes after the last case that came from him, and that one was also not too interesting. Hopefully, things will be better as we progress, since everyone's favorite phantom thief will be appearing pretty soon in this season. Another thing that I did not like was that even though most of the scenes from the manga that were not aired were not really important, one piece of evidence was left out. In the manga, when the Gomera suit is found burned, Amy and the other members of the Junior Detective League think that no more Gomera movies can be produced and Jimmy tries to comfort them by saying that there may be back-up suits, but the director says it really was the only suit. On the other hand, in the anime this fact is never revealed. Apparently, when I took a look at the Japanese version, which I had to find fansubs for because I do not think I trust FUNimation's Japanese track here, such events are also missing, which means that this is Japan's fault. Then again, I do not think that such a scene could have made the case any better, since the culprit would be obvious, so I guess I can downgrade this to a minor issue. While some details were removed, the thing that really hurts this episode is the fact that the culprit was obvious, and is the second case in a row to suffer from this issue.

Despite the good that I found, the negatives outweighed it enough to make this somewhat 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 episode because the culprit is obvious. As for everyone else, this may not be a good introduction to the series, nor even be a good introduction to the detective, mystery, and crime fiction genres in general, since the case is not very interesting.

What are your thoughts on Case Closed episode 65? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.

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