Anime Review: Case Closed Episode 89

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Well, this is kind of sad. I was hoping to see the next episode of the Railgun simulcast, but considering that the A Certain Magical Index movie preview was shown instead (site is typed in Japanese), I will continue on with my coverage of FUNimation's fourth season as Detective Conan (Case Closed). Today, I will be reviewing Case Closed episode 89 (Detective Conan episode 86).

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

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Mitch recently got a radio transceiver, which Jimmy and the rest of the Junior Detective League test out at school.

However, the fun dies when they hear the transmission of a strange conversation.

Now, Jimmy and the gang must find the locations of both parties of the conversation, before another life is lost.

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I am not too sure about this one. The case was somewhat setup well. Not a whole lot was obvious. Seeing as this is not the usual whodunit case, this is definitely nice. After all, if things were too obvious, fans of the detective, mystery, and crime fiction will not be really satisfied with the case, or in the case of newcomers, they would most likely stop watching. I also liked Jimmy's new gadget that premiered in this case. Instead of having to find or make a map themselves, Jimmy and the gang had something that could help isolate the location very easily. This seems like it would be a pretty useful tool in real life too, since it would make using landmarks easier. Of course, such software or hardware probably exists already, but outside of GPS, I cannot really think of anything like that, since I do not know everything about what is out there in the world of technology. The only unfortunate thing is that, like the gadget introduced in the Two Mix case, this one is hardly ever used in recent cases. The reason for this is probably because this gadget has not appeared in regular manga volumes, which is where most of the manga-based cases in the anime come from. In fact, according to Detective Conan World, this case occurs in the special volumes, which are not released where I live, and features a third victim of APTX 4869. There were some funny scenes too. The funniest though was when Rachel told Jimmy about her match in a competition was to start. In that scene, Rachel tells Jimmy when the competition and then throws a kick at him as a demonstration of what will happen. What made it funny was that it was reminiscent of when Rachel was introduced in the first episode, where she damaged a pole, after Jimmy made a comment about Richard. Since it has been a while since I watched the first episode, it was certainly nice seeing this scene. Outside of that, I cannot think of anything else that I particularly liked. The fact that a funny scene reminded me of what happened in the first episode, as well as the fact that things were not too obvious, did make this kind of enjoyable.

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Although there were some things that I liked, there are certainly some issues. First, the case was not really that interesting. Yes, I know that this is not a whodunit case, but I just could not get into this case, nor did I feel any excitement. While I would normally blame Gosho Aoyama, since this case does have a manga counterpart, I have to blame Eiichi Yamagishi for this issue. As a supposed assistant to Gosho Aoyama, according to Detective Conan World, I would expect Yamagishi to know what makes a great case, just as I would expect anyone working on a series in the detective, mystery, and/or crime fiction genres to know what makes a great case. This, however, makes me want to avoid any case created by Yamagishi, so I probably will not pick up the special volumes even if they were in my country. Unfortunately, I have to cover another one of the cases made by Yamagishi before I have finally covered all 123 episodes that FUNimation dubbed, according to Detective Conan World's episode list. Another issue I had was that one of men involved was yet another idiotic father. The man's daughter was being held hostage and the guy did not even call the police, just like the father featured in episode 65 (Japanese count). I am not too sure about you guys, but I think I would have called the police, instead of letting my child's captor humiliate me like the man in this episode did. People that hold other will usually kill their hostage, just like a kidnapper would kill theirs. Does this guy not realize that? Maybe, this man is related to the guy in episode 65 (Japanese count), because he is just as dumb as the father featured in this episode. Other than that, the only other noticeable things are the same problems that plagued earlier episodes in the fourth season set, especially with the new ending that premiered in the last two episodes. While neither Gosho nor the people behind the anime can be blamed for issues, the fact that the first case adapted from the Detective Conan Special volumes was dull does not make me very interested to see other cases from those volumes.

Despite the fact that there were some good things about the episode, the fact that a case made by one of Gosho Aoyama's assistants was dull made this a waste of time. I recommend fans of detective, mystery, and crime fiction, as well as fans of Detective Conan (Case Closed), to skip this case. As for everyone else, I recommend skipping this too because there are other cases that would be a better introduction to the series.

What are your thoughts on Case Closed episode 89? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.

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