I guess this more than makes up for the late posting. After covering Funimation's third season of Detective Conan (Case Closed) since April, I have finally reached the final four episodes of the season, no matter which episode count one uses. Today, I will be reviewing Case Closed episode 76 (Detective Conan episode 74).
As I have given a series synopsis in an earlier post, I will not go over it again.
Jimmy, Richard, and Rachel have gone to a movie premiere.
However, what was supposed to be a relaxing night is ruined by Richard receiving a case about a death threat sent from a being that is only supposed to exist in fiction, only to turn into yet another murder case. Now, Jimmy must find the person responsible to the actor's death.
I am not too sure about this one. From the preview featured in the last episode, I was hoping for something similar to the Knight Baron case. This case was not horrid though, like episode 6 was. There were things that were not very obvious, but not as much as I would have liked. There was also at least one funny scene, but it did not really seem to stand out. I also found it kind of interesting that tape was used to create a shadow-lie appearance. Outside of that, I cannot really think of much else that I did like. The fact that the case was not the worst one ever, as well as the fact that the method used to create a shadow was kind of interesting, did make this somewhat enjoyable.
Although there was some good, there are certainly some issues. First, the case was not really that interesting. As I stated earlier, from the preview for this episode, I was expecting something similar to the Knight Baron case, as I was excited to see this case. However, it turned out to be a let down, with the main thing that made me feel excitement was the background music that played episode. I did not really care to try and figure out in this case because it felt quite dull. Now, there are cases that are dull until one certain point, but they at least do have something that keeps that excitement going. Here, however, aside from the music, the only thing that made me excited was seeing Jinnai appear before everyone. When Jinnai disappeared, everything just became dull again. Considering that this is another filler episode, according to Detective Conan World, they only ones I can blame for this are the Japanese. I will say that this was more interesting last one, but it was nowhere nearing the kind of excitement I got from episodes 61 and 62 (Japanese count on both). These guys have got to know that people are drawn in by interesting cases, which I have mentioned countless times on this blog, not just likable characters. Another thing that I did not like was that the culprit was kind of obvious. It was not as obvious as the culprit from episode 6, but it was enough so that I just could not enjoy the case. I also kind of did not like how the next episode preview was not correct. Yes, I am in the portion of the season where many of the episodes were originally released out of order, since I do not have the actual season set, but it still is confusing. When the next episode preview comes up, the preview claims that the next episode is Phantom Thief 1412, the first episode, and case in the manga, which happens in volume 16, to feature characters from Magic Kaito, such as Kaito Kuroba, otherwise known as KID, and Aoko Nakamori, Kaito's childhood friend. However, considering that that particular episode ends season 3, according to MagicBox, that cannot be the next episode. Seeing as it was the first episode on the penultimate disc of the original season 5, on other hand, I have no doubt that FUNimation probably fixed this issue in the season set. While the confusion of episodes being released out of order is still present, the fact that this case was a dissapointment was the most damaging.
Despite the fact that this case was not as interesting as I was led to believe, the good was enough that this could be watched to just kill some time. I recommend fans of detective, mystery, and crime fiction, as well as fans of Detective Conan (Case Closed), to skip this, if one is looking for an interesting case, since killing time is the only thing this episode can accomplish. As for everyone else, this may serve as a good introduction to the series, but I would not say that the case is good enough for an introduction to the detective, mystery, and crime fiction genres in general.
What are your thoughts on Case Closed episode 76? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.
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