Anime Review: Case Closed Episode 86

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Well, this is certainly nice. I recently decided to start cover FUNimation's fourth season of Detective Conan (Case Closed) and because I already covered the 80 (83, according to FUNimation's count) that were released before, I get to deal with only the episodes that premiered in the season sets. Of the 19 (22, according to FUNimation's count) that make up the bulk of the fourth season set, only 17 remain. Today, I will be reviewing Case Closed episode 86 (Detective Conan episode 83).

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

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Richard has been hospitalized and seems to be enjoying himself.

However, the peace he has is ruined when Richard sees somebody being killed night after night, to the point where people, including Richard himself, think that he is hallucinating.

And when a corpse really is found one night, everybody, except Jimmy, who was with him that night, suspects Richard. Now, Jimmy must find the real culprit, before they can use Richard as a scapegoat.

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I am not too sure about this one. The case was setup well and was somewhat interesting. There also does not seem to be a whole that was obvious, though there were things that were. I also liked how this episode showed that our ability to see is not perfect. If it were, there would be no such thing as optical illusions, nor would we have hallucinations. Of course, this applies to each of the five recognized senses, though there may be another one, because we can detect if we are being watched or followed, even though we might not hear or see anything. In this case, what Richard was seeing on previous nights actually happened in a different room. It is funny that many people will only believe what they can see, such as scientists, but certainly not all of them, or people that think science is infallible. Because of this fact, I did like that Jimmy stayed in the hospital with Richard. He is at least giving Richard the benefit of the doubt. I do not know whether I would give Richard such favorable treatment if I were in Jimmy's shoes. I would probably want to check it out, but just like every other human being, I am prone to make assumptions, even though I do know from reading works in the detective, mystery, and crime fiction genres that assumptions are bad, so I would have most likely ignored Richard due to the pattern seen in this case. I also liked how Richard stated that there are cases that he does not remember solving because he becomes unconscious. While not as funny as it was in episode 31 (Japanese count), he still seems to know that something strange is happening. Outside of that, I cannot really thing of anything else that I liked. The fact that this case shows that our sight can deceive, as well as the fact that Richard seems to make note that he is not solving all of his cases, does make this decent.

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Although there were some nice things about this case, there are certainly some issues. However, aside from the issues that plagued episodes 77-80 (Japanese count), which are the episodes that actually start the fourth season set, there is only one thing that I could think of that really bugged me. The culprit was too obvious. Not only was he obvious, but I was also able to figure it out before the murder happened. Now, I did not know that there was going to be a murder until it happened, but within the first three or four minutes of the episode, I knew something was up. If somebody is going bed, even in a hospital, I doubt that they are going to want to have the curtains or whatever open. However, the culprit slides the curtain over to reveal the window. Honestly, seeing him do this makes it clear that he wants Richard to see something. If this point were brought up early, Richard probably would have been in the clear. Then again, seeing as Richard is the clichéd boy who cried wolf in everyone's eyes this episode, I doubt that they would have believed him. Still, if I know who the culprit is in the first three or four minutes, it turns something interesting to a dull case. Seeing as this is a filler episode, according to Detective Conan World, the only one that can be blamed is Japan. These guys need to learn what makes a good mystery and what does not, because even Gosho Aoyama's dullest cases are better than this. The only thing that saves this from being the worst case ever is that I was not able to determine the culprit's plan, like I could with episode 6, before Jimmy. While the case was somewhat interesting, the fact that the culprit was obvious within the first few minutes of the episode really hurts this case.

Despite the good things present, the fact that the culprit was obvious before the crime happened made this a waste of time. I recommend fans of detective, mystery, and crime fiction, as well as everyone else, to skip this case.

What are your thoughts on Case Closed episode 86? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.

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