Anime Review: Case Closed Episode 82

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It looks like things are progressing nicely. Recently, I decided to put my break from the Detective Conan (Case Closed) anime on a temporary hold and cover the four remaining episodes of the original 80 (83, according to FUNimation's count). So far, half of them have been covered, leaving only two episodes remaining. Today, I will be reviewing Case Closed episode 82 (Detective Conan episode 79).

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

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After spending sometime at the bowling alley, Jimmy, Rachel, and Serena stop at a bank to take care of some business that she forgot.

However, the otherwise peaceful day is ruined when somebody comes to rob the bank and is killed.

The police think there is no crime to deal with, as the perpetrator is viewed as a hero, but Jimmy has his doubts. Now, Jimmy must unravel the truth and determine if the hero is actually a murderer.

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I am not too sure about this one. The case was somewhat setup well. I also liked that episode preview was actually correct for once. Yes, it is not the last episode, which is usually the episode that features the incorrect next episode preview, featured on one of the discs that makes up the singles that FUNimation released, but it is kind of annoying to have to switch discs in and out because the episodes were out of order. There are definitely ways of avoiding such problems, but most of the entertainment industry, which makes a big deal out of digital piracy and punishes legitimate consumers, would probably prefer people to get the physical copies, use stores like iTunes and Google Play, or use websites like Netflix and Hulu. While I have not specified this as a good thing before, I am bringing it up here because the previous case was the last time that this happened, seeing as episode 51 (Japanese count), which was the worst example of incorrect previews for the next episode, showed a preview for an episode was already released to DVD. There was also something that made me chuckle a bit. When the case was over, there was a comment that losing about a million or so dollars over cheap cough drops was ironic. People in the field on law enforcement probably will not find this surprising, but it is true that the most ordinary things can turn out to be important in case. Of course, even Hercule Poirot kind of makes note of this, by his desire to know the minutest details. Because of this fact, I doubt that fans of detective, mystery, or crime fiction would be surprised either. The thing that made it funny to me though was that an actual character in episode noted that an ordinary object solved the case. I am not sure about you guys, but I do not think I remember any person, aside from the investigator, or criminal, when the protagonist is the criminal, making such a statement. Outside of that, I cannot think of anything else that I particularly liked. While the fact that the correct next episode preview is present does make things nice, the thing that made this good was the fact that a character actually commented on an ordinary item leading to an arrest being ironic.

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Although case did have one or two nice things, there are certainly some issues. First, the case was not that interesting. Out of all of the various types of crime that can be committed, having a robbery turn into a possible murder case is not really something that has the capacity to be interesting. I think that the reason why is because everyone, at least those familiar with the detective, mystery, and crime fiction genres, knows to suspect somebody already in the bank of being the perpetrator, just like it would make sense to suspect a bus hijacker would have an accomplice on the bus prior to the hijacking. This is also why I could tell who was involved in the criminal activities in that Paul Blart movie. Considering that this is a filler episode, according to Detective Conan World, the only one that can be blamed for the dull case is Japan. It was not bad enough that Gosho Aoyama's dullest cases would be much better to see, but it is disappointing that they cannot put out any decent cases at this point, like they were able to before. Another thing that I did not like was that it was obvious that the supposed hero was actually a criminal. In real life, I do not think that a normal robber would just waltz on through the entrance that takes them to behind the teller's desk. They would come in from the front, just like any other bank robber. The fact that the robber does enter through the employee entrance alone suggested that an employee was behind the robbery to begin with. Not only did the robber enter through an employee entrance, but he also seemed to come right in when one employee was about to leave. Another thing that made it obvious that the hero was actually a criminal was the fact that the robber seemed to know what kind of authority his would-be killer had. I highly doubt that a criminal would look into their target so thoroughly, unless they are Arséne Lupin or somebody of his caliber. Talk about an obvious inside, if there was one. The other thing that made it was that we hear a phone go off only a short time after the suspect sees the guy who first opened the entrance try to attack the robber. Now, this is not as bad as episode 6, but with things being this obvious, I would certainly put this case right up there. The only thing that we did not know was what the plan was, whereas in the planned method of murder was too obvious in episode 6. Another thing that I seemed to notice, aside from the fact that the version presented in the fourth season set, like the previous case, featured the same ending footage as the episode did in its original release, was that once again the version of this episode presented on the fourth season set omits the Next Conan's Hint segment, which was there in its original release. Not only is the segment present on the original release by FUNimation, but the Japanese version, which I had to find fansubs for, also has it, which means that FUNimation for whatever reason decided to do away with the segment. They really expect this to pass the advertising of it being unedited and uncut? For me to truly say this has not been edited, I expect it not have any edits from either TMS or FUNimation. So far, the episodes that end the original season 5, as well as begin FUNimation's fourth season set, are not meeting the very definition of unedited and uncut, since FUNimation decided to remove what was originally there to begin with. While the version presented on the fourth season set is neither unedited or uncut, what really hurts this episode is that the case was too obvious and dull.

Despite the positive aspects of the episode, the negative outweighs it enough to make it a waste of time. I recommend everyone, including fans of detective, mystery, crime fiction, and Detective Conan (Case Closed), to skip this episode because the case was too obvious, as well as dull.

What are your thoughts on Case Closed episode 82? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.

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