For those that are bored with how many posts I made on Detective Conan (Case Closed), I am only trying to catch up to the official English releases of the manga right now, but I have a few volumes that are hard to find. Good news though is that not counting those hard to find volumes, I have only one more order to make after the one I placed this week, then the manga will be reviewed as I get volumes, just like Negima!, Bloody Monday, and Cage of Eden. As for the anime version, I have much more to go, but there is no need to catch up there, since I already have all 123 that have been dubbed. Anyway, I have so far covered eights episodes and the road is still a long one. Today, I will be reviewing Detective Conan (Case Closed) episode 8.
As I already gave a series synopsis in an earlier post, I will not go over it again.
Rachel, Richard, and Jimmy have gone to the Festival of Lights for some fun. During that time, they meet somebody who claims to be writer and asks them to take some photos for him. However, the peaceful atmosphere is disturbed when somebody comes to question the writer about the death of his roommate. The writer and Richard think that this was an outside job, but Jimmy and the inspector think otherwise. Now, Jimmy must determine whether or not the only suspect is culprit.
Although I would not say this is the best case ever, I did enjoy this case. Normally, in works that or categorized as detective, mystery, and/or crime fiction, I would complain if something was obvious, such as my reviews of episode 6 and Crooked House. However, this case takes a different turn from what the previous episodes have done. Instead of trying to figure out the culprit, we are treated to a bit of dramatic irony like we got in The Phantom of Baker Street. We know who did the deed and such, but the characters do not. This allows us to better gauge the competent of our cast, instead of having deal with them overlooking the obvious. Jimmy definitely picked up on things quickly, which should be expected by now. I also like how Yokomizo, the new inspector that gets introduced in this episode, is much more competent than Meguire, so he would naturally be better than Richard. In fact, it made me laugh about how right Yokomizo was with his theory of how the crime happened. Since Richard thought it was a simple case of robbery, Yokomizo is shown that he is more competent than Richard. The fact that we finally get a decent police inspector is certainly different from many other stories I have read in the detective and crime fiction genres is certainly a thing in this episode's favorite, as is our chance to find out how competent the cast really is.
Even though I liked this there were somethings that was not pleasing. This case just seemed too simple to last for as long as it did. Yes, there is a lot that is obvious to the audience because we get the dramatic irony angle, but things were still too obvious for the characters. When the investigation gets started, the writer says that he seemed to have misplaced his watch, but when we see the photos from the camera, we see his wrist tanned instead of pale. Right at that moment, it was an open and shut case, even for the characters in the show, but almost nobody noticed that discrepancy when the writer first established his alibi with the photos. The victim even had a toothbrush and had toothpaste near his mouth. I knew Richard was third-rate, but if even he did not notice that much, he has got to be the worst detective on the planet. Since Yokomizo did not notice that stuff either, but did get the events that happened right, we find out that Yokomizo is not much more competent than Richard. Another thing that I found wrong was something I almost skipped, until I looked at a few scenes. According to MagicBox, there is a dub error in this episode where Rachel says that the second word was lit, when it was the third. When I looked at a few scenes again, he was definitely correct that this was a dubbing error and is confirmed when Rachel explain what the Festival of Lights was, as well as the fact that the writer wanted his picture taken with the word best in the background. Seeing that this is supposedly a professional dub, I would expect that this kind of error to not be present. While the episode goes for a dramatic irony angle, the fact that the characters overlook the obvious, up until Jimmy's deduction, really puts the competence for the cast into question, which is not good for a detective, mystery, and crime fiction series or story. The dubbing error, on the other hand, is a minor issue, but one that professional would be expected to avoid.
Despite the fact that the cast's competent comes into question in this case and the minor dubbing error, I do not really think that this a terrible episode overall. I recommend this to fans of the Detective Conan (Case Closed) manga and those who have not seen the early episodes. As for fans of detective, mystery, and crime fiction, this might be a good place to find out just how competent the protagonist is, even if this episode makes one question that competence. As for everyone else, I would repeat what I said for fans of detective, mystery, and crime fiction, as well as add that this may not be the best episode to get an introduction to the detective, mystery, and crime fiction genres, since this episode has a dramatic irony angle.
What are your thoughts on Case Closed episode 9? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add, feel free to comment.
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