With the four books out of the way, it looks like I can continue covering FUNimation's fourth season of Detective Conan (Case Closed). So far, I have covered 10 of the 19 (22, according to FUNimation's count) episodes that premiered in the fourth season set, and only 9 (12, according to FUNimation's count) remain. Today, I will be reviewing Case Closed episode 94 (Detective Conan episode 91).
As I have given a series synopsis in an earlier post, I will not go over it again.
While on his way to the Yoko Okino concert, Richard falls down the stairs and ends up in the hospital again.
Hearing this news, Jimmy and the Junior Detective League pay him a visit.
However, before they could leave, Jimmy notices that something is fishy.
Now, Jimmy must before a crime can be committed in the hospital.
I am not so sure about this one. The case was somewhat setup well. I liked how this was not a murder case for once. Out of the hundreds of chapters in the manga and over 500 episodes in the anime, most are murder cases where the cast is either trying to crack the only suspect's alibi or determine a killer out of a few individuals, which basically follows the usual whodunit routine that many people are familiar with. However, there are some instances where a crime is to be prevented. This kind of nice because having figure out who killed who can become quite dull when it is murder case after murder case, especially when more than one of those cases was not really that interesting to begin with. Another nice thing is that after about four episodes of filler, we finally get something from Gosho Aoyama. With the travesty that was episode 86 (Japanese count) and the fillers, I was kind of getting bored of the anime, especially since Viz is going to be releasing first portion of the next Black Org case in October, according to Amazon.com. Speaking of the case coming from Gosho Aoyama, I also liked how the case was fairly faithful to its manga counterpart, excluding the fact that Takagi was not the one who questioned the person being forced to commit murder and that person was next to a window, instead of against the door he exited. Almost everything I saw in the episode, except for Richard falling down the stairs, Richard going to the waiting room, and Rachel visiting, and a few other scenes were. It looks like things being handled much better than the episodes found in the first season. Now, if only the people behind the anime would start making better filler cases, I would not have to dread coming across cases exclusive to the anime. There were also some funny scenes. The funniest was when Rachel came to visit. When things were resolved, Rachel is seen at the reception desk, asking for the room her father was in, and she finds him in the waiting room dancing and watching Yoko Okino. What makes things funnier is that when she yells at her father, he hurts his only good leg. I can understand Rachel's anger though, because Richard should be resting, not moving about and dancing. Because he was dancing, he could have gotten hurt anyway. Outside of that, I cannot really think of anything else that I particularly liked. The fact that there is not a murder investigation for once and that it is a case not made by the people behind the anime, as well as the fact that it was fairly faithful to its manga counterpart, did make this tolerable.
Although there were things I liked, there are certainly some issues. However, aside from the usual issues plaguing the fourth season set so far, there are only a few things that come to my mind. First, the case was not really that interesting. While it was not as bad as the filler have been recently, I was not really that interested in figuring anything out. I think that the reason behind this was that everything was too obvious. It did not really feel like it was a case. Fans of detective, mystery, and crime fiction expect some kind of mystery, whether it is proving what we already know, or have something where we know the end result, but not who was responsible or how. The case featured was nothing that, so I cannot really call this a case. Considering that this case was in the manga, the only one I can blame is Gosho Aoyama. Gosho has definitely made some terrible cases, but this seems to be a new low. Does he not know that his fans follow the series because they want to see the cases Jimmy comes across, though like me, they want Black Org and KID cases more than anything. This, however, as I already stated, is not a case at all. Another thing that I did not like was that this case did not seem like it actually belonged. If I had to give a reason, it would probably be because I have been following the manga since volume 1. Normally, cases that last a single episode, like this one, are 3-4 chapters long in the manga. On the other hand, this case was just a single chapter long in the manga. Yes, they did add some scenes to make it fit the 20 or so minutes that normal episode last, but I think that this case would have been better suited for an OVA. However, Japan decided to make this an actual episode, so I guess they are the ones to blame for this issue. Then again, due the fact that I do follow the manga, I guess that this is more an annoyance than an issue. While I think that this case would have been better as an OVA, what really ruined things was the fact that there did not seem to be a case of any kind.
Despite the good things about this episode, the fact that it did not seem like a case made this a waste of time. I recommend that everyone, including fans of detective, mystery, and crime fiction and Detective Conan (Case Closed), to skip this episode.
What are your thoughts on Case Closed episode 94? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.
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