This is kind of nice. Since there are not really any books I am expecting, though I do have a review copy for one, I can continue covering the episodes that premiered in FUNimation's fourth season of Detective Conan (Case Closed). So far, I have covered 13 and only 6 (9, according to FUNimation's count) remain. Today, I will be reviewing Case Closed episode 97 (Detective Conan episode 94).
As I have given a series synopsis in an earlier post, I will not go over it again.
Jimmy, Richard, and Rachel have gone on a trip to enjoy the snow, where they meet the actress and her companion.
However, the relaxation time ends when one of their two most recent acquaintances in found dead in the snow.
Everyone suspects suicide, but Jimmy thinks otherwise and has one suspect in mind.
Now, he must figure out how a murder was committed, before the investigation is closed as a suicide.
I am not too sure about this case. It looks like the Japanese are on an upward trend, since this is a filler episode like the last one, according to Detective Conan World. Instead of the usual whodunit, this a case focused on how it was done. I know, there are other cases in Detective Conan that are focus on how a crime was committed, but this one stood out because of the fact that the trick used makes the audience unaware that the victim is deceased, and not in the same manner as episode 38 (Japanese count). Speaking of that episode, the trick here was a bit more believable that the victim was still alive. Because of this fact, the case was interesting. I also liked that not very much was obvious, aside from the suspect, at least until the body is discovered. Outside of that, I cannot really think of anything else that I liked. The fact that the trick present here was a bit more believable than an earlier episode, which made the case interesting, made this pretty decent.
Although I did like episode, there are certainly some issues. First, this case was a bit too easy to figure out. True, that is to be expected, since Jimmy solved the case in only about two minutes past the point when the police showed up, but I had my own suspicions raised when the body was discovered. I think this is because the series tends to have a bad habit of characters mentioning their professions when they should not. While revealing such information may not normally ruin things, some professions will obviously have set of skills that probably will not be used in too many other professions. In this case, we have a stunt double and an actress. Of those two, the actress is dead, which means the stunt double is obviously the suspect. In addition to the mention of professions, the other thing that made the case too easy to figure out was the fact that the suspect seemed familiar with the place. Those two things together pretty much told me how the trick how trick was performed. I know that I have said that fans of detective, mystery, mystery, and crime fiction want cases that are interesting, but they also do not want cases that are too easy to figure out. If we did not know the professions of either of the two girls, thus only making us believe that one of had been there before, I think that this case would have been among the best filler I have seen in this series. I guess that this negates the improvement that I thought the Japanese seemed to have been making. Another thing that I did not like was that Jimmy seemed to have known something that he should not have had. When he reveals his deduction, through the usual routine of knocking Richard out, Jimmy states that the suspect used to work at the place that they were staying. Yes, Jimmy does state that he found out from the current owner, but I cannot really believe that. After all, in about 14 and half minutes into the episode, Jimmy just asks the current owner about where the previous owner lives and wonders if he can ask them something. The revelation then comes up only a little less than three minutes later in the episode. I know that things are sped up in television and movies, but I just cannot see how the previous owner would just meet the current owner so quickly after Jimmy asks him. True, he may have placed a call at the time when the animation used to specify a commercial break comes up, but it would make more sense for Jimmy or the police to make that call. When I to a look at the Japanese version, which I had to find a fansub for, Jimmy states that the previous owner remembered the suspect's name. This makes more sense than Jimmy giving credit to the current owner. It looks like FUNimation is still causing problems, though nothing as big as a dub error that made the Sherlock mystery tour case confusing. Then again, this revelation was not very important, because I could have still drawn the same conclusions if the suspect was a frequent guest. Besides, a frequent guest would know just as much about an inn or lodge as somebody that used to work there, and previous owners would still likely remember such individuals. Other than that, the only other issues are the same ones that have been plaguing other episodes in the fourth season set. While the case was short, the thing that ruined the case the most was that the suspect's profession made this too easy to figure out.
Despite the fact that the case was interesting, the fact that the case seemed too easy to solve made this a waste of time. I recommend everyone skip this episode, because the case was too simple.
What are your thoughts on Case Closed episode 97? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.
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