Anime Review: Case Closed Episodes 116 & 117

hiroaki_nishitani.jpg

It looks like things are still going fairly well.

Last year, I decided to cover the first seven episodes of the fifth season, in order to cover an episode that will have some bit of importance quicker, and it looks like that was a pretty good decision, because it left 17 (18, according to FUNimation’s count).

Out of those 17, three have been covered and only 9 remain until that semi-important point, though there are still 14 (15, according to FUNimation’s count) left before all 123 (130, according to FUNimation’s count) dubbed episodes are covered.

Today, I will be reviewing Case Closed episode 116 & 117 (Detective Conan episodes 110 & 111).

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

michi_uemori.jpg

Rachel wants to attend a cooking class with Serena that is located nearby, which Richard refuses to allow at first.

However, after convincing Richard that they could all go together, the peaceful evening of cooking turns is ruined when a blackout occurs and the instructor starts complaining about chest pain.

Now, Jimmy and the gang must figure out who tried to attack the instructor and how.

kazue_yashiro.jpg

I kind of liked this case. The case was better setup than most of the others that started of FUNimation’s fifth season, and very little was obvious. In fact, some of the things that were obvious, at least for first time viewers, did not seem to bring to bring answers to things that should not be revealed until Jimmy reveals his deduction. This is what fans of the detective, mystery, and crime fiction want to see. After all, as fun as it might be to race the detective to find the answer, there is such a thing as revealing the culprit too early. However, such situations mainly occur in cases like this one, where we are given a true whodunit case, like this one. Besides, cases like episodes 102 and 103 (Japanese count on both), where the mystery was more about how the crime was committed, though not as much so as episode 31 (Japanese count), do not have that problem, because the culprit’s identity is not part of the mystery. Seeing as this is a filler case, according to Detective Conan World, the credit goes to the Japanese. It looks like they are improving their cases a bit, but I still think that episodes 61 and 62 (Japanese count on both), is much better than this. Another thing that I liked was how the culprit adjusted their eyes to the dark. Obviously, an eye patch or shades would be the first thing that comes to mind, but the way presented here was a bit more unnoticeable. I sure did not think of it until much later in the case. There were also some funny parts. Unfortunately, the only thing that stood out was Richard talking about infrared googles, as a way to see in the dark. Apparently, he thinks everyone is rich enough to have that kind of technology, when there are many, like myself, who cannot get something like that. The thing that I liked the most though was that yet again the next episode preview in episode 111 (Japanese count) was actually correct. Like the previous case, when I looked at the Japanese version, which I had to find fansubs for, because I do not think I can trust FUNimation’s Japanese track, I noticed that the next episode preview said that the next episode is Scuba Dying (Part 1). However, according to Detective Conan World’s episode list, MagicBox’s episode list, and my episode list, the next episode is actually School of Ghouls. In the FUNimation release, that actually is what the next episode preview says is the next episode. Now, this is understandable, because the Japanese version of the previous case said that School of Ghouls was the next episode, as I mentioned in my review of that episode, but I am now starting to wonder if the rest of the fifth Japanese season, which is where I started officially covering FUNimation’s fifth season set, has this same issue, because there are now at least three episodes with this issue. Still, I am glad that the footage released by FUNimation fixed this, because I am still kind of surprised that the Japanese had the wrong next episode preview in more than one episode. Outside of that, I cannot think of anything else that I particularly liked. The fact that the culprit’s trick in adjusting to the dark quickly was clever and the case quality seems to be improving, as well as the fact that FUNimation’s footage fixes an issue that has occurred twice now, made this very likable.

yuko_komiyama.jpg

Although I liked, the case, there are some issues. However, aside from an issue that also occurs in the previous case and the issues from the fourth season set, nothing comes to my mind. Because of this fact, I will say that there is nothing worth mentioning.

Considering that some thing might be improving and FUNimation’s footage continues to fix issues present in the Japanese version, this was definitely worth watching. I recommend this to fans of detective, mystery, and crime fiction, as well as Detective Conan (Case Closed), because the case was decent and the trick used to adjust to the dark quickly was rather clever. As for everyone else, this is 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 116 & 117? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.

Use an app on your phone (e.g. Scan for Android) to capture the image above. If successful, you should be taken to the web version of this article.

Copyright © 2015 Bryce Campbell. All Rights Reserved.