This is certainly nice in more than one way, at least for me. Back in my review of episodes 77 and 78 (Japanese count), I mentioned that I was going to put my break from the anime temporarily on hold, while I covered the four episodes remaining of the 80 (83, according to FUNimation's count) that were released prior to FUNimation's season sets. Now that only one remains, I will go back on break from the Detective Conan (Case Closed) anime.
Fortunately, when I start covering the fourth season set officially, I can immediately start on the newer episodes that make up the remainder of the 123 episodes (130, according to FUNimation's count).
Anyway, as I said before, out of the four episodes I was going cover, each one has been covered until only one remains. Today, I will be reviewing Case Closed episode 83 (Detective Conan episode 80).
As I have given a series synopsis in an earlier post, I will not go over it again.
While Jimmy and the Junior Detective League are out playing baseball, Jimmy notices a homeless man with sketchbook who seemed familiar.
However, playtime ends when they find the corpse of that same man the next day. Now, Jimmy must not only find the killer but also the identity of the deceased.
I am not sure about this one. The case was setup was somewhat setup well. Also, there was not a whole lot that was obvious, except for the fact that robbery was not the motive. After all, nobody can really gain anything from killing a homeless person, especially with what the guy had on him. If somebody really wanted a sketchbook and art supplies that bad, they could just buy one, like Jimmy made note of in this case. Then again, people do sometimes kill others over the most ridiculous things. There were also some funny parts in this case. The thing that I think was the funniest though was it seemed that Meguire was in sync with Jimmy's thoughts. No, he did not suddenly improve his thinking skills to the level of Jimmy, or even Sherlock or Hercule Poirot, but it was more like not noticing the truth within the obvious. When the police arrived to do their usual investigation of the scene, Jimmy thinks through everything and says that the man was victim of a common robbery. Almost if on cue, Meguire then said, “let's assume this man was a victim of a common robbery.” If only he had Jimmy's kind of intelligence, he would actually be capturing criminals quickly. Unfortunately, Meguire cannot be that smart because the police in detective, mystery, and crime fiction stories are much less competent than the police in real life. Another funny scene that comes to my mind is at the end. When the case gets resolved, Rachel said that she should hire Richard for her problem, which is finding Jimmy. This was funny, because the audience knows that he is right there by her, as the boy she calls Conan. Since she has known Jimmy since childhood, she should to figure it out on her own, but that she does not notice it right now makes it pretty funny. Other than that than, nothing else really comes to my mind that I liked. The fact that there were two scenes that were funny does make this fairly enjoyable.
Although there were things to like, there are certainly some issues. First, even though the case was better than the one featured in the previous episode, I do really think that was too excited. I know, I cannot expect things to be as great as episode 76 (Japanese count) was, or any one of the other cases I liked, but I just could not really get into this one. I think that this was because the culprit was a bit obvious. A short time after finding the corpse, Jimmy and the Junior Detective League find the house that the victim drew a lot and when they get there, there was a cleaning crew doing some work. Now, it is not suspicious that a cleaning crew is there, because they would not have a job to begin with if it were, but what really got me suspicious was what they were saying, and that they found their client's orders to be weird. I am not sure about you guys, but if even the cleaning crew thinks that things are strange, there must have been something that happened. That alone was enough to make me think that the only suspect in the case was guilty. While this is a filler episode, according to Detective Conan World, I cannot really blame Japan too much, since this is just a minor issue. Another thing that I did not like was that it seems FUNimation did not check the script very well. When Jimmy reveals his deduction he says that the victim was farsighted, yet he says that the victim approached objects too far to make out. I thought the guy was farsighted. Also, I doubt that an art exhibit would be arranged that things would be too far away for anyone to see. For him to need to approach something, he would have to be nearsighted, not farsighted. In the Japanese version, which I looked up a fansub version for, Jimmy stated that the victim was nearsighted. For being a professional dubbing company, I would expect FUNimation to have people look over the scripts for things like this, but I guess that either they were not around or thought the audience would notice that particular detail. Unfortunately, in the version presented in the fourth season set, FUNimation still has Jimmy say that the victim was farsighted. I guess FUNimation is not really bothering to redub episodes for these season sets that they are trying sell, since they got the terms farsighted and nearsighted mixed up. Other than that, the ending from the singles being reused, even though FUNimation is now supposedly using the Japanese footage, and the fact that the Next Conan's Hint segment is missing yet again, which I have complained about numerous times already, are the only things that come to my mind, which I have already complained about a lot. While the case was better than the last one, though still not the best, the fact that FUNimation's script said the victim was farsighted, when he was not, really hurt this episode.
Despite the good present, the fact that FUNimation's script said that victim was farsighted made this something only worth watching to kill time. I recommend that everyone, including fans of Detective Conan (Case Closed), to watch the Japanese version instead, because FUNimation did not seem to know what the difference between nearsightedness and farsightedness was.
What are your thoughts on Case Closed episode 83? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.
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