Anime Review: Case Closed Episode 69

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It looks like things are going pretty well, even though there was a temporary outage on the night of the 14th. Back in April, I started covering FUNimation's third season of Detective Conan (Case Closed), which contains 25 (27, according to FUNimation's count) episodes. Now, having covered a total of 66 (68, according to FUNimation's count) of the 123 (130, according to FUNimation's count) episodes FUNimation dubbed, only ten episodes (11, according to FUNimation's count) remain in the third season, though 57 (62, according to FUNimation's count) episodes remain overall. Today, I will be reviewing Case Closed episode 69 (Detective Conan episode 67).

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

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While Richard is dealing with a blackmail case, Jimmy and Rachel get to meet Richard's mentor, who is a renowned detective.

After talking a bit, the trio goes to see what Richard is up to.

However, instead of a peaceful time investigating blackmail, things turn ugly when one of the actors on stage really does die. Now, Jimmy must find out exactly who killed the actress and how it happened in the spotlight.

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I am not too sure about this one. The case seemed somewhat setup well. Also not a whole lot was obvious, which fans of detective, mystery, and crime fiction do want to see. I also liked how I was not the only one that did not like the play that was being rehearsed. Now, it is likely that it was something not meant for viewers like, but this is basically how I see most plays. Of course, Rachel was crying during the performance, so I guess it does show that many women enjoy plays more than most men. However, there are definitely some exceptions, since I cannot say that women in general like plays more than men. The trick used to perform the killing was also quite interesting. On the other hand, like was said in the episode, the trick would only work if positions were predetermined. There were also some funny parts present. The funniest part I think though is that Richard's mentor noted that Jimmy, whom everyone, except his parents, Harley, Dr. Agasa, Haibara, and Vermouth, calls him Conan, had talent as a detective. What makes it funny is that we, as the audience, know that he had to work at becoming a detective and APTX 4869, which has only been named in the manga in the US, caused him to become a kid again, so he was not really born with the talent, unless a short in the animated version of Gosho Aoyama's Collection of Short Stories is canon. Outside of that, of that I cannot really think of much else that I liked. The fact that the tricked seem interesting and not much was obvious, as well as the fact that Richard's mentor noticed that Jimmy was no ordinary kid, did make this somewhat enjoyable.

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Although there was some good, there are certainly some issues. First, the case was not really that interesting. Yes, the trick was kind of intriguing, but for the most part I was not really that interested in trying to figure things out. As we have yet another filler episode, according to Detective Conan World, the ones to blame are the Japanese. There have been three filler episodes in a row and only one was decent. Fans of detective, mystery, and crime fiction all want interesting cases, as I have said many times on this blog. However, the people behind this anime just do not seem to be coming up with as interesting cases as episodes 61 and 62 (Japanese count on both), though an obvious culprit ruined it. Another thing that I noticed was that the next preview was somewhat incorrect. When the next episode preview pops up at the end, it claims that the next episode is called The Stalker. However, my episode list, MagicBox's episode list, and Detective Conan World's episode list all state that the next episodes are Knight Baron Mystery parts 1-3. While this may seem like a major issue, I cannot really label it as anything more than annoyance. After all, I did say in my review of episode 51 (Japanese count) that FUNimation had the correct episode previews present, even they released episodes out of order. Unlike episode 51 (Japanese count), where the episode being previewed was not first on the next disc, the episode shown in the preview here actually was the next episode present on the disc, making this the first time episodes within a certain group have been released out of order. As such, I would want to say that this has been corrected in third season set, but since I do not own the set itself nor is it available for streaming yet nor do I feel like double dipping to find out via iTunes, I cannot say whether or not it has been. I know I sound lazy there, but I do not like to double dip on stuff I already have, except maybe books, which I do like to have digital and print copies of. Of course, that is also the reason I only own two of FUNimation's five season sets of Detective Conan (Case Closed). While the next episode preview actually did show a preview for the next episode, which made the somewhat incorrect preview an annoyance, what really took this episode down was the fact that the case was dull.

Despite the good, the fact that the case was dull makes it 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 because of the dull case. As for everyone else, I also recommend skipping this, as would not serve as a good introduction to the series, nor as a good introduction to the detective, mystery, and crime fiction genres in general.

What are your thoughts on Case Closed episode 69? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.

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