Anime Review: Case Closed Episodes 120 & 121

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In spite of the fact that I had to cover a case was one I was not looking forward to, things are still going pretty well.

Because I have been consistent in covering the remaining episodes in FUNimation's fifth season set, I have now reached the final 10 (11, according to FUNimation's count) episodes of the dub.

Today, I will be reviewing Case Closed episodes 120 & 121 (Detective Conan episodes 114 & 115).

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 head off on another trip to Izu, after Rachel promises her father the sight of beautiful women.

However, the peaceful trip is ruined when one of the five new acquaintances of the trio almost drowns and is bitten by a sea snake.

Everyone initially thinks it is an accident, but Jimmy suspects otherwise and he must find out what really happened.

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I kind of liked this case. It seemed to be very well set up and not very much was obvious, not even the fact that somebody tried to commit murder. I liked how Richard was not as dense as he is usually portrayed in the series. Some time after realizing Eva was at Izu at the same time as them and sitting down as a family, Richard leaves saying he has to use the restroom and comes back with sand on his legs. Now, while this may not seem like much, because Richard does have lustful desires, but later on, after the case got resolved, Richard reveals that he found the very thing that Eva thought he did not notice was missing. I guess Richard does have a keen eye for detail like Jimmy does, because Richard did not even need any hints, except maybe to remind him of what he probably wanted to talk to Eva about. Then again, the only relation being the thing Eva was missing and the case was that two people were being tested, so I cannot that Richard was more observant than usual on the case itself. I also liked how the case seemed to end happily for everyone, including the victim. Now, there cases where the victim pulls through in this show, but in most of them, there is some kind of pain, such as that experienced by the victim in the case in episodes 100 and 101 (Japanese count) on both. However, here, the victim said that she got what she deserved, when she and the culprit made up. I am not too sure that I could easily forgive the kind of betrayal committed, since I would be disappointed enough that I may need some time to determine whether or not I could give them my trust again. Of course, things would probably be different if the situation was the same as the one presented in Cage of Eden Volume 5, where the only person capable of helping me in my assailant, because my other comrades were in no condition to do so themselves. Another nice thing is that case is fairly faithful to its manga counterpart, with little, if any cuts. Practically everything I saw in the episodes, except for Rachel talking on the phone and the discussion over a meal, happened in the manga as well. FUNimation’s release seems to still be doing a good job on an issue that can now be consider prevalent in Japan’s fifth season. In many of the previous episodes covered this month, the Japanese versions of episodes have frequently featured the wrong episode, either being episodes that are to come later in the season or have already been broadcasted, as was the case with episode 112 (Japanese count). Likewise, the issue continues through to this case. When I looked at the Japanese version of episode 115 (Japanese count), which I had to look up fansubs for, because I do not think that I can trust FUNimation’s Japanese track, the next episode preview said that the next episode was Prescription for Murder. However, according to Detective Conan World’s episode list, MagicBox’s episode list, and my episode list, the next episode is actually The Mystery Writer Disappearance (Part 1), which is the first case to occur after Haibara makes her debut in the manga, since the Osaka case of volume 19 does not occur until after that case. In FUNimation’s version, that is what the next episode preview says is the next episode. The things that I liked the most were the funny scenes that were present. The funniest was when Richard and Eva hand their new acquaintances their business cards. Richard says if the wife-to-be starts acting suspicious, the male aquaintance could call him. Meanwhile, Eva says if the wife-to-be wants to get a divorce and sue her spouse for alimony, the female acquaintance could call her. Apparently, Richard and Eva cannot keep their troubles to themselves. I am not sure about you guys, but if I had a falling out with my significant other, I would not involve strangers in my troubles and try to stay civilized. Besides, even though we do not know exactly why Richard and Eva split, though the second movie does provide one possibility, I see no reason why two people should be involving others in their troubles. Because of this fact, it just seems to make it funny. The fact that Richard is quite observant after all and the fact that Richard and Eva could not put aside their differences was pretty funny, as well as the fact that the footage released by FUNimation continues an issue with Japan’s fifth season that seems to be as prevalent now as the issues with FUNimation’s fourth season set, made this pretty enjoyable.

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Although I did like the case, there are some issues. However, aside from issues from the fourth season set that are still present, only one thing seemed to bug me. I kind of want to question Jimmy’s train of thought in snakebite first aid knowledge. When it is discovered that thee victim got bitten by snake, Jimmy asks somebody to call for an ambulance and immediately grabs the tea on the table and takes it out for it to be poured on the victim's wound. Now, I am no expert on medicine, but according to a page on snakebite first aid on Mayoclinic.org, the only thing that gives reference to tea is a bullet point saying that alcohol and caffeine should not be consumed, which makes me want to believe that tea is a bad idea on pouring it on the wound, and the only places that seem to suggest pouring tea seem to be unreliable sources. Then again, there was not a whole lot about snakebite first aid, especially dealing with the Eruba sea snake that the manga said was responsible for the bite, so the only ones who can say whether or not tea is helpful in treating snakebites is a nurse or doctor. Considering that there is not too much information concerning my doubts, I will just label this as a minor annoyance. While there was not a whole lot to complain about, the one thing that does make me skeptical is not enough to ruin things.

Considering that there is not a whole lot to complain about, this was definitely worth watching. I recommend this to fans of detective, mystery, and crime fiction, as well as Detective Conan (Case Closed). As for everyone else, this is a pretty 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 120 & 121? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.

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