Anime Review: Case Closed Episodes 108 & 109

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It stinks when there is very little time to relax, huh? Fortunately, there are things that I can do to take my mind off of the frustration.

Anyway, it has been a while since I covered a case from Detective Conan (Case Closed) and I want to get the first seven episodes of FUNimation's fifth season before the year's end. Today, I will be reviewing Case Closed episodes 108 & 109 (Detective Conan episodes 102 & 103).

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

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Jimmy, Richard, and Rachel have gone out to meet somebody that is going to be playing a detective in a television series and they want to get some pointers.

However, only moments after arriving at the actor's place, the trio sees the corpse of the actor's wife drop to the floor of the balcony next door.

Everyone, except for Jimmy, thinks that the actor is innocent and Jimmy must now crack his alibi, before the wrong man can be blamed.

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I enjoyed this case. It seemed to be set up very well and, with the exception of the suspect's guilt, nothing much was obvious. I liked how this was not the usual whodunit case. True, there are other cases that are not whodunits, such as episodes 9 and 31 (Japanese count) and manga volume 45, but that does not change the fact that most of the cases in both the anime and manga are a whodunit style. I also liked how much thought the culprit put into tricking the trio. In fact, not even I could see through the trick before Jimmy started investigating, even though it did involve a situation similar to the alibi trick used in episode 36 (Japanese count). This is what I want to see in works of the detective, mystery, and crime fiction genres, and I doubt that very many fans of those genres would disagree with me. I also liked how the culprit played his part well during this case. In my review of volume 45, I expressed my disgust about the how the culprit did things that should have resulted in his immediate arrest. Here, however, the culprit did not do very much, other than smile, which nobody other than Jimmy noticed. While I want to say that things seemed to have improved, because I am watching this after having read volume 45, but since this case happens before that case in both the manga and anime, according to Detective Conan World, I cannot do so. After all, the manga order does take precedence over the anime, at least for me. Speaking of manga, the case was fairly faithful to its manga counterpart, with very little cut or changed, if anything was. If only episodes 5 and 13 (Japanese count), neither of which have been remastered, as far I can tell by a comparison between Detective Conan World's episode list and their list of remastered episodes. There were also some funny scenes, but the only one thing made me chuckle. When Jimmy reveals his deduction, the people around him are mainly reporters and the reporters keep the culprit from leaving the premises without being in handcuffs. This is the first time, in my memory, that the press has actually proven to be useful. Unfortunately, they are not as useful in real life, because they do tend to sway the opinions on a person's innocence or guilt, when their claims do not really have anything to back them up. Outside of that, I cannot think of anything else that I particularly liked. The fact that culprit played his role better than one in a case that is to come later in the series and the fact that his trick was not that obvious, as well as the fact that the press did something useful for once made me chuckle made this a pretty decent case.

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Although I liked the case, there are certainly some issues. However, aside from the issues from the fourth season set continuing to happen, I cannot think of anything that really annoyed. Due of this fact, I will have to say that there is nothing worth mentioning.

Considering that there was nothing that really hurt the case, this was definitely worth watching. I recommend this to fans of detective, mystery, and crime fiction, as well as fans of Detective Conan (Case Closed), because the culprit does a good job of hiding his guilt from the main cast, unlike the culprit in a case that is to come. As for everyone else, I think that this case would serve as 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 108 & 109? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.

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