Even though the last review was posted in the latter part of my promised coverage of every 3-5 days, it looks like this are still going pretty well. So far, out of the 123 (130, according to FUNimation's count) episodes FUNimation has dubbed, I have covered 63 (65, according to FUNimation's count) episodes, which mean that I am halfway through the episodes, no matter which numbering system one uses. Today, I will be reviewing Case Closed episode 66 (Detective Conan episode 64).
As I have given a series synopsis in an earlier post, I will not go over it again.
Jimmy, Richard, and Rachel decide to accept an invitation to a barbeque, thinking that it would be nice to spend time with some acquaintances.
However, what was supposed to be a peaceful day is interrupted by a phone call that prompts the one of the hosts to leave, with Richard tagging along.
Unfortunately, things go from bad to worse, when the trio, Jimmy and Rachel having arrived separately out of concern for Richard, hears a gunshot and finds a corpse.
Everyone suspects that the guy was killed in self-defense but Jimmy suspects murder. Now, he must determine whether or not the killing really was in self-defense, before the only suspect can get away with a crime.
I somewhat liked this episode. Like many other episodes when I first saw this, which was I was inexperienced in the detective, mystery, and crime fiction genres, I did enjoy this, but I just cannot say that for sure now. The case was setup fairly well. It was also nice that not much was obvious, at least not enough to connect the dots. In fact, the statement given by the only suspect did seem to make some sense, which I guess is the reason why everyone believes that he killed in self-defense. This is enough to make me think that we have a somewhat decent case, although this is a filler episode, according to Detective Conan World. There were also some scenes that pretty funny, but it was not as hilarious as the kind of stuff that happened in Negima! Volume 37, which I still remember to this today. Outside of that, I cannot think of anything else that I liked. The fact things were not so obvious that the dots could be connected easily made a decent case does make this episode look kind of good.
Although I did think that this episode had a decent case, there are certainly some issues. First, it was obvious that this case was a murder, and not self-defense. If one pays attention to the reactions and actions made by characters and the things that they said, I do not see how anyone else cannot see this. Even though it is not actually confirmed, until later in the episode, the events that transpired did not seem like they just happened. As Inspector Meguire said, when Jimmy revealed his deduction via Richard's voice, impromptu get-togethers, like a barbeque, is not a crime, but considering what happened this episode, it is fishy. Of course, before anything happened, I was already suspecting that something was up the moment that it was revealed that the barbeque was not something originally on the agenda. Another thing that I did not like was that Jimmy was the only one that seemed suspicious of Richard's acquaintance, who had a badge. Yes, except for the impromptu barbeque and three fingerprints on the weapon, the suspect's statement did seem to explain things, but as an officer of the law, Meguire and his men should know to suspect everyone, even their own. After all, it is not unheard of for police officers and detectives to be arrested. At the same time, since the police are not usually the brightest of the bunch in other works in the detective, mystery, and crime fiction genres, I think that I can overlook this issue. I did have something else to complain about, but seeing as how it was not as serve as I thought it was, I have to say that not much else comes to my mind to complain about. While the case seemed decent, the fact that this was obviously a murder, and much of what happened early on did suggest it, keeps from being one of the best cases in the anime.
While the case presented was obviously murder, the fact that there is not enough presented to the viewer to immediately know what happened does make this somewhat worth watching. I will hesitantly recommend this to fans of detective, mystery, and crime fiction, as well as fans of Detective Conan (Case Closed) because the case seemed decent, even though it was obvious that the killing was not done in self-defense. As for everyone else, I think this is a good place to start the series, as well as the detective, mystery, and crime fiction genres in general.
What are your thoughts on Case Closed episode 66? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.
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