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Anime Review: Case Closed Episode 67

May 8, 2013

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Well, that was not very good. After having covered episodes of Detective Conan (Case Closed) consistently, things are ruined by a network outage. Fortunately, I am still within the promised timeframe of every 3-5 days. So far, I have covered 13 (14, according to FUNimation's count) episodes of the 25 (27, according to FUNimation's count) that make up FUNimation's third season of the series. Today, I will be reviewing Case Closed episode 67 (Detective Conan episode 65).

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

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While having a night out, Jimmy, Richard, and Rachel think that they can finally have some peace. However, things are ruined when Jimmy notices that one person in the restaurant is not as relaxed as he should be, even causing commotion over a phone.

When they ask him about it, they find out that the man's son was kidnapped and asks for Richard's help. Now, Jimmy and the gang must find the kid and/or kidnappers before the child is killed.

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I kind of liked this one. After a ton of episodes involving murder cases, we are finally presented with a case where the trio does not happen upon a corpse. As interesting as murder cases can be, things can be quite dull, especially when Japanese choose to adapt some of Gosho Aoyama's least interesting cases. The case was somewhat setup well. Not very much, if anything, was obvious. In fact, unlike the previous episode, which I could clearly declare murder, before it even resolve, I could not see anything that could give things away. It looks like Japan is actually making some decent cases, as this is yet another filler episode, according to Detective Conan World. I also liked how Richard noticed what the kid talked about, when the client recounted his conversation with the kidnappers. It certainly shows that Richard does have some competence, whereas he seemed like idiot in episode 2, which was also a kidnapping case. Rachel was quite observant as well. Around the time that Jimmy pointed out that neither the crabs nor the whale had to be real, Rachel spotted a blimp that looked like a whale before either Jimmy or Richard. For somebody that is not is a detective, Rachel seems to have a knack for noticing things. Then again, her father is a private eye, and so is Jimmy, one of her childhood friends. Because of this fact, I should not really surprised, nor should anyone else. Another thing that I liked was that this case focused a bit on optical illusions, though not as much as a case that happens in manga volumes 74 and 75, which corresponds to episodes 652-655 (Japanese count), according to Detective Conan World. Of course, unlike the case that happens in volumes 74 and 75 in the manga, the optical illusion is not the Wundt-Jastrow Area Illusion, which seems to work under the same principle as forced perspective, but a better explanation can be found on a site under the University of Texas at Austin domain name. It is certainly nice that the audience is reminded that nothing is as it seems. After all, without knowing the minutest details, our own eyes will deceive us. There were also some funny parts, but nothing really stood out to me. Other than that, I cannot think of anything else, without repeating myself. The fact that this is not a murder case and the fact that Richard is not an idiot here, as well as the fact that the case does somewhat involve optical illusions, certainly made this episode enjoyable.

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Although I liked the episode, there are certainly some issues. However, I can only think of one thing to complain about. The client was an idiot. Normally, when one finds out that their child is kidnapped, they would go to the police, which they are explicitly told not to do. Here, however, the client tries to deal with the criminals on his own, not even seeking a private eye. Does this guy not realize that kidnappers will usually kill the person that they are holding for ransom, no matter whether the ransom is paid or not? The guy has to be the one of the dumbest fathers out there to think otherwise. However, considering that this does not change thing much, I would have to label it as an annoyance. The fact that the only thing I can think about was an annoyance, there is little, if any, damage done to the episode.

Considering that the only negative I can think about was an annoyance, this episode was worth watching. I recommend this to fans of detective, mystery, and crime fiction, as well as fans of Detective Conan (Case Closed), because the case was actually decent, especially since it was a kidnapping case. As for everyone else, I think that this would serve as a nice introduction to the series, as well as the detective, mystery, and crime fiction genres in general.

What are your thoughts on Case Closed episode 67? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.

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