Things seem to be going pretty well. Out of the 19 episodes (22, according to FUNimation's count) that premiere in FUNimation's fourth season set, six have been covered and only thirteen episodes remain. Today, I will be reviewing Case Closed episode 90 (Detective Conan episode 87).
As I have given a series synopsis in an earlier post, I will not go over it again.
Jimmy, Richard, and Rachel go on a trip to a habitat that has a type of bird that nobody else has.
However, their time of relaxation is ruined when the habitat's caretaker is found dead.
One person goes to confess to the police, but Jimmy thinks that something is fishy.
Now, Jimmy must find out who killed the caretaker and how.
I am not too sure about this one. It does seem like the people behind the anime, since the is a filler episode according to Detective Conan World, are improving at, as this case was actually pretty good, compared to the other cases that they created, though still nowhere near as exciting as episodes 61 & 62 (Japanese count). I also liked that not a whole lot was obvious, except for the fact that a few people money. It is a good to see that they have not really made things as horrible as episode 6 was in that department. I also liked that it showed that the obvious is not always the correct. Like the police inspector, I might have been satisfied have satisfied with the confession given. However, I know that confessions cannot be trusted, since people are weak creatures. Not only that, but, according to a page on Cornell University's domain, confessions are among the top causes of wrongful conviction. Such confessions are commonly called false confessions and the page that I linked to states that the two things designed to determine admissibility of a confession could not be relied upon to determine whether or not a confession was indeed false. In this case, even though the one that confessed was an obvious suspect, we could not really determine whether or not his confession was true. After all, nobody forced him to confess his supposed crime. I guess that goes to show that even though we should not overlook the obvious, the obvious itself should also questioned. There were also some funny parts, but nothing really stood out from the usual. Outside of that, I cannot really think of anything else that I particularly liked. The fact that it showed that the obvious was not always the answer, as well as the fact that the case was better than other anime filler, did make this episode look decent.
Although there were some nice things, there are certainly some issues. However, aside from the usual stuff that has been plaguing the ten episodes that start off FUNimation's fourth season, only thing comes to mind. The case was not really that interesting. Yes, I did say that the case was better than some of the other filler cases, but I said that this was nowhere near their best case. In fact, until we see the glass fragments, it appeared to be just as obvious as the first case presented in the Gosick anime, since the suspect was not present when the body was discovered. It only after the glass fragments were found that the case even remotely became interesting. I really want cases to be interesting from start to finish, not be dull. I know I probably brought this up more than once, but I am sure that some people agree with my thoughts here. Then again, I still do remember that there was a recent case from Gosho Aoyama that did start out pretty dull and then got exciting. Having cases that go like that on a consistent basis though can get really boring, just like the same jokes can become dull overtime. If this is how things are going to be done, then the remasters that Japan has been doing should have started right after episode 61 & 62 (Japanese count), instead of continuing to create pathetic cases. I guess I should be glad that FUNimation did not dub the episodes in the 124+ range (Japanese count). As nice as it would be for Haibara to not be exclusive to the manga and movies in the US, I do not think that I can deal over four hundred or so episodes that could be quite easily labeled the worst anime filler cases of the series. True, there are some good cases that are only in the anime, but they seem to be a rarity now. While this is improvement over other filler cases, the fact that the case did not seem that interesting still hurts the episode.
Despite the good, the bad made it somewhat of a waste of time. I recommend that fans of detective, mystery, and crime fiction to skip this because the thing that made this interesting is a bit stupid. As for fans of Detective Conan (Case Closed, I would also recommend skipping this, because there are better filler cases out there. As for everyone else, I would only recommend watching this because it does show that the obvious is not infallible, and there are much better cases that can introduce one to series, or even the detective, mystery, and crime fiction genres in general.
What are your thoughts on Case Closed episode 90? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.
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