Well, this is some some good news. Even though, I did not always maintain my 3-5 day schedule for Detective Conan (Case Closed) episodes, I was able to cover all but one case in FUNimation's fourth season. Today, I will be reviewing that final case, which makes up Case Closed episodes 104 & 105 (Detective Conan episodes 98 & 99).
As I have given a series synopsis in an earlier post, I will not go over it again.
Richard, along with Jimmy and Rachel, has been invited to the home of a well-known potter, who just wants to see Richard in person.
However, festivities end when the potter's daughter-in-law is found dead the next day.
Everyone suspects suicide, but Jimmy has his doubts and must now find out who killed the daughter-in-law before the investigation can be closed.
I kind of liked this case. The case was setup pretty well. I liked how none of the suspects immediately gave off a red flag. Most of the time in the cases that come up, there is always somebody that I am highly suspicious of. For example, in my review of episodes 61 & 62 (Japanese count), I said that I found the guy with the gunshot wound more suspicious than the guy who ran away from the scene. Because things were not like that in this episode, I really was wondering which of the suspects were guilty. This is what fans of the detective, mystery, and crime fiction genres want. After all, a good mystery would not make that obvious. Another thing that was nice was that Jimmy did not suddenly know where calls were placed, when it was revealed that a phone yet again led to the identity of the culprit. Back in my review of episode 31 (Japanese count), I complained that both Viz and FUNimation had Jimmy suddenly know where Richard placed his call, when he should not have known to begin with. Here, it actually makes sense because one of Meguire's men said the phone was reported to be off, when it was tagged for evidence. True, the killer could have turned off the phone before the police got there, but the only thing that would suggest such a possibility is the fact that only one of the suspects disappeared around 16 and half minutes into the first episode and did not reappear again until about 17 minutes and 6 seconds into the same episode, which may have been quite a bit of time, considering how quickly cases get solved in Detective Conan. I also liked how this was pretty faithful to its manga counterpart, except for one minor detail in the epilogue. Still, I wish that episodes 5 and 13 (Japanese count on both) were just as faithful, because then there would not be any plot holes created by either Japan or FUNimation. There were also some funny parts, but only one scene seemed to stand out. When Inspector Meguire starts his investigation, he picks up Jimmy and scolds him a bit and then states that a corpse shows up everywhere Richard and Jimmy go. What makes it funny here is two things. First, Meguire does not usually care if Jimmy is investigating the crime, but here he suddenly does not want Jimmy butting in. If he is that worried, he would have kept Jimmy from being at a crime scene to begin with. The other thing that made this funny is a character explicitly states what we already know, which is that a corpse appears wherever Richard and Jimmy go. As far as I can tell, this is the first time a character explicitly makes such a remark, because the first thing that came to my mind was Santos, who turned out to be Kaito Kuroba in disguise, called Richard a god of death in the third movie, which originally premiered in 1999 according to both Detective Conan World and MagicBox, and this case was only animated in 1998, according to Detective Conan World. Taking this into account, this makes it a bit funnier than the comments made in the third Detective Conan movie. Outside of that, I cannot think of anything else that caught my interest. The fact that Jimmy did not suddenly know details he should not have known, due to translation differences, and none of the suspects raised red flags too quickly made the case pretty good.
Although I liked the case, there are certainly some issues. First, this case was obviously a murder. I am not too sure about you guys, but even though hanging is definitely something that would make one wonder if it was suicide or murder, since nobody needs to be around, but the hanging seemed to have happened too quickly after a call was supposedly placed to the victim's cell phone for it to be an accident. Fortunately, that fact alone did not raise any red flags towards who was responsible. Still, it did somewhat ruin my enjoyment of the episode. Since this case is pretty faithful to its manga counterpart and this happens in the manga too, the only one I can blame for this issue is Gosho. However, considering that the cases in volumes 45 and 47 of the manga had far worse problems, I can let this one slide a bit. Another thing that bothered me is that the culprit, in trying to prove his innocence, since like everyone else, he does not get how circumstantial evidence is the most important kind of evidence, which a PDF on the Commonwealth of Massachusetts's domain likens to the assumption that the mail carrier came because mail was in the mailbox (e.g. DNA evidence in criminal cases), while direct evidence is likened to somebody saying that they saw the mail carrier at the mailbox (e.g. eyewitness testimony in criminal cases), states that the lipstick on his shirt came from the victim because she was lying on the floor behind him. While this may be possible, that is not what happened because about 12 minutes and 42 seconds into the first episode, we see the victim lying behind her father-in-law and pretty much all of the seats we see prior to that point have backs to them. True, we do not see every seat, but considering that part of the evidence to prove guilt was lipstick found a seat and the culprit's shirt, I think Gosho Aoyama wants the audience to make that assumption, since the culprit said the same thing in the manga. The thing that bugged me most though was the fact that in the second episode of this case not only is the hint portion missing, like many of the other episodes in FUNimation's fourth season, but there is no next episode preview. Now, if it were episode 123 (Japanese count), which is in the fifth season set, I would kind of understand, because FUNimation has not dubbed episodes 124+ (Japanese count) as of the day I posted this review, since Haibara is still exclusive the movies and manga in the US, but there are 24 (25, according to FUNimation's count) episodes left before reaching the 123rd episode mark, so it really does not make any sense. Not only does it not make sense that there is not a next episode preview when this is not the last episode FUNimation released, but this is also a true multipart case, which has always had next episode previews, as far as I can remember. The only ones that did not have an episode preview, other than episode 123 (Japanese count) itself, are extended length episodes, of which only one did not seem to have its next episode preview missing, though the first three season sets may have fixed it to where only episodes 96 and 118 (Japanese count on both) did not have a next episode previews. Another thing that I noticed was that there was a bit of an issue in the next episode preview. There is nothing wrong with it per se, but for some reason FUNimation decides to use Conan's voice while we are focused on Jimmy's thoughts part way through the preview, while Jimmy's regular voice is the one that starts the preview. Yes, Japan does use Conan's voice for Jimmy's thoughts after he became a kid again, but FUNimation has always used Jimmy's regular voice for his internal thoughts. Since this is the only time that I can think of right now where this issue comes up, I will just label this a minor issue. Other than that, the only things I noticed were the same ones plaguing other episodes in the fourth season set. While there were a few annoyances, the fact that FUNimation did not supply a next episode preview in episode 99 (Japanese count) when it was not the last episode they dubbed did kind hurt the final case of the fourth season set.
Despite the negatives, the good outweighed it enough to make it worth watching. I recommend this to fans of the detective, mystery, and crime fiction genres, as well as fans of Detective Conan (Case Closed). As for everyone else, this is would probably make a good introduction to the series, as well as the detective, mystery, and crime fiction genres in general.
What are your thoughts on Case Closed episodes 104 & 105? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.
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