Anime Review: Case Closed Episode 98

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Things have seemed to be going pretty well, as I can still continue covering Detective Conan (Case Closed). Out of the 19 (22, according to FUNimation's count) episodes that premiered in FUNimation's fourth season set, I have covered 14 and only 5 (8, according to FUNimation's count) remains. Today, I will be reviewing Case Closed episode 98 (Detective Conan episode 95).

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

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Richard has hit the town with a friend, leaving the house to Jimmy and Rachel.

However, Richard's night of fun without the kids ends when he meets an old acquaintance and finds a corpse a short time later.

Everybody thinks that this was an outside job, but during jog at school, Jimmy, who showed up with Rachel at the crime scene, starts to think otherwise and must now determine whether or not Richard's acquaintance was guilty.

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I somewhat enjoyed this. The case was setup well and even less was obvious than the last case, where things became obvious after the body was discovered. This made for a case that was quite interesting. Seeing as this yet another filler episode, according to Detective Conan World, I can say with much more certainty that the Japanese are improving, especially compared to how many terrible cases they made for previous episodes. Another thing that I liked was that this was one of those rare occasions where Jimmy does not knock out Richard and then uses Richard's voice to reveal his deduction. In fact, from what I could tell, Richard did not need as many hints from Jimmy as he did in the class reunion murder case and episode 53 (Japanese count). After all, Jimmy himself did not suspect anything wrong until he and Mitch and Amy see George run another lap because food was on his mind. There were some funny scenes too, but only one stood out. Even though Richard knew the solution to the case, Richard is still knocked and Jimmy has to reveal the deduction anyway. What makes it even funnier is that Jimmy had nothing to do with knocking Richard out. I know that there are other cases where Jimmy was not responsible for knocking out Richard, such as The Game Company Murder Case and episode 52 (Japanese count), but it happens so rarely that it still makes me laugh a bit. Outside of that, I cannot think of anything else that I liked. The fact that the case was less obvious than the last one and Richard was able to piece things together with few hints, as well as the fact that seeing Richard get knocked out by something other than Jimmy's darts, did make this a nice case.

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Although I did like the case, there are certainly some issues. First, Richard, when he realizes what happened, says that the suspect set their clock one hour late. That does not make sense because he said that he met the suspect at 8 in the evening when the investigation began. Considering that the trio realized that Richard actually met the suspect at 9, the suspect had set the clock one hour early. In fact, in the Japanese version, which I had to look up a fansub for, because I am not too sure I can trust FUNimation's Japanese track, Richard said that suspect did turn it back an hour, not one hour late. It seems like FUNimation forgot how to do the same basic mathematics that everyone of my generation and the generation of our parents learned as kids, because one would get ten if a clock was set to one hour ahead, not 8, which is even more obvious using a 24-hour clock, instead of the 12-hour clocks that are found in the average US household, since these are times in the evening. Another thing that I did not like was Richard seemed to be easily fooled into establishing the suspect's alibi for 8 in the evening. When Richard hears a ring he looks up and then looks at his wrist. Now, it is not certain by the footage that he looked at a clock, but considering he makes mention of time in both FUNimation's dub and the Japanese version, he should have been able to tell that it was 9 from that clock. Instead, he just assumes that it was 8, because he did not know that he was on the train for about an hour or so, since he did say that the time was 7:30 when he first got on train. Analog clocks may not be easy, because the hour hand tends to move before an hour is up, thus making the time look like it is 8, even though it is still 7, but if he can do that, Richard should be able to tell that it was 9 in the evening. Not only did he think it was 8 in FUNimation's version, when we hear his story, but when he check the time in the Japanese version, around the time he meets the suspect, he says that is 8, though he is questioning it at that time. They made everything depend on time and Richard could not really notice the correct time? I expect the character or characters investigating the crime to be able to tell time when the suspect's alibi relies on it. Otherwise, every criminal out there can just adjust the clock, pick up a random stranger, put them to sleep and switch the clock back. Fortunately, I have no doubt that the police in real life can see through such a trick. Then again, the suspect did say Richard did mistake the time, so that does lessen the issue a bit. Still, FUNimation has the suspect say that Richard thought it was an hour later than it was. Again, how can 8 in the evening be later than 9 in the evening, especially since the time of death was estimated to be between 8:30 and 9, which is the same as the Japanese version? FUNimation is supposed to be a professional dubbing company, so they should have people proofreading for mistakes like these. Other than that, the only other issues are the same that plague other episodes in FUNimation's fourth season set. While Richard believed that he met the suspect earlier than he did, the thing that really ruined this episode was that FUNimation did not catch a problem that is easy to notice with basic math.

Despite the good present, the fact that FUNimation's dub has a problem with basic math made this a bit of a waste of time. I recommend fans of detective, mystery, and crime fiction, as well as fans of Detective Conan (Case Closed), to avoid FUNimation's dub for this episode and watch the Japanese version instead. As for everyone else, I recommend skipping this, unless you can either speak Japanese or read fast enough to handle subs, because the Japanese version is better.

What are your thoughts on Case Closed episode 98? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.

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