Anime Review: Case Closed Episode 68

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Well, this sure is not nice. Because I only own two of the five seasons sets released by FUNimation, things are mostly organized by how episode 1-80 (Japanese count) were originally released. As a result, I have to once again look elsewhere to continue with FUNimation's third season of Detective Conan (Case Closed). Fortunately, I think this is the last time I have to switch things out, as most of the episode of seasons four and five are together in one location.

Anyway, I have so far covered 14 (15, according to FUNimation's count) of the 25 (27, according to FUNimation's count) episodes that comprises FUNimation's third season. Today, I will be reviewing Case Closed episode 68 (Detective Conan episode 66).

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

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After finishing their dinner at a restaurant, Jimmy, Richard, and Rachel encounter one of Richard's college buddies, who also appeared in the murder case during Richard's class reunion.

While talking, Richard decides to take up a case that the college buddy wanted his advice on.

However, Jimmy's suggestion to have Richard investigate the matter, leads the group to finding a corpse in the middle of the road and a weapon that suddenly vanished.

Now, Jimmy and the gang must find who killed the victim and how the weapon seemed to vanish.

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I am not too sure about this one. The case was setup somewhat well. Not very much was obvious, as far as I could tell. Then again, I am not too sure how creditable I am here, since I did remember exactly how the victim killed and who did it. What I really liked though was that this actually demonstrated that anything could be a murder weapon. Besides, neither a firearm nor a blade are actually needed to kill somebody, so trying to outlaw such things is not really going somebody commiting murder. In the case here, it was an article of clothing that was turned into a lethal weapon. Another nice thing was that Takagi, who has gone nameless for quite sometime in the anime, is kind of formally introduced, though Detective Conan World states that he was given the name in the credits of episode 42 (Japanese count), though I do not see any cast listed in the version I have of that episode. However, FUNimation calls him Wilder, which is a name I am not used to saying, just like I am more comfortable calling Haibara Haibara, instead of Anita Hailey, which Viz still calls her, or Vi Graythorn, which FUNimation calls her in the movies. There was also a scene that kind of made me laugh, but it was one of those situations that would not be that funny if one were to experience it for themselves. Other than that, I cannot really thinking of anything else that I liked. The fact that the episode showed that anything could be a murder weapon, as well as the fact that Takagi is finally named, does make this episode look somewhat good.

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Although the episode does have some nice things, there are certainly some issues. First, the case itself was not very interesting. After having filler that was pretty decent, this episode, which is also filler, according to Detective Conan World, just did not even catch my interest. As I have said many times, fans of detective, mystery, and crime fiction want cases that are actually interesting. Here, however, there was nothing to draw me in. Another thing that I did not like was that even though Takagi was finally called by name, I did not like the way he was introduced. We see him investigating and we do not find out his name, but when Inspector Meguire asks him to do something while Jimy reveals his deduction, Meguire actually says his name. He was in the episode for a bit longer than scene, yet he is formally introduced during a deduction? That has got to be one of the worst ways to introduce somebody I have seen. In fact, Haibara's introduction was way better than this. Then again, Haibara is more important than Takagi anyway. Unfortunately, when I took a look at the Japanese version, which I had to find fansubs for because I do not think that I can trust FUNimation's Japanese track here, it looks like Takagi is not named right in the episode at any earlier point. Because of this fact, I have to blame the Japanese for this horrible introduction to a recurring character. I did have something else to complain about, but looking at the footage again, I cannot really complain about it now. While the fact that Takagi is not introduced well is make things look bad, the fact that the case was dull does a bit more damage.

Despite the good, the fact that Takagi is not introduced well and that the case was dull makes this a waste of time. I recommend fans of detective, mystery, and crime fiction, as well as fans of Detective Conan (Case Closed), skip this because of the dull case. As for everyone else, I do not think that this will serve as a very good introduction to the series, nor is it a good introduction to the detective, mystery, and crime fiction genres in general.

What are you thoughts on Case Closed episode 68? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.

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