Anime Review: Case Closed Episodes 122 & 123

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Well, this is certainly an accomplishment.

Back in January, I started covering FUNimation's fifth and final season with only 17 (18, according to FUNimation's count) episodes remaining, because I finished out 2013 with the first seven being covered.

After covering 9 episodes, I have now reached the final ten, no matter what count one uses, of the dub.

Today, I will be reviewing Case Closed episodes 122 & 123 (Detective Conan episodes 116 & 117).

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 are enjoying a night at home watching their favorite detective show, when a new client suddenly arrives.

The client has come seeking help finding her parents, one of whom is a well-known writer, because everyone else thought there was nothing out of place.

However, when Jimmy and the gang stumble across a message hidden in manuscripts, a race against time to find the missing couple begins.

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I kind of liked this case. It was set up quite well and not a whole lot was obvious. In fact, right up until the end, I thought that the writer and his wife were being held hostage. After all, a message asking for help and a signature being the same across a few pages, when it was normally unique, would definitely suggest that somebody is being held hostage. I liked how this was the first case that did not turn into a murder case just because there was yet another corpse. Most of the time in Detective Conan, when a corpse does crop up, either before or during investigation, it becomes a murder case. However, when a corpse was found at the end of this case, there was no arrest for murder. It looks like a murder does not occur everywhere the trio goes. Unfortunately, just because the death here was natural, that does not mean that the god of death label cannot be removed from either Jimmy or Richard. I also liked how both FUNimation’s release and the Japanese version had the same next episode preview for once. Now, I am not saying that they never were, but many times in this season, the Japanese version featured the wrong next episode preview, while the FUNimation release featured the correct next episode preview. Here, however, in the Japanese version, which I had to look up fansubs for because I do not think I can trust FUNimation’s Japanese track, and in FUNimation’s release of episode 117 (Japanese count), the next episode preview said that the next episode was License to Die, which is confirmed by Detective Conan World’s episode list, MagicBox’s episode list, and my own episode list. I sure am glad that not all of Japan’s fifth season features the incorrect next episode preview, but they still have a long ways to go to convince me that every other episode before and after episode 127 (Japanese count) do not feature the same problem. Another nice thing is that we have an interesting reference to Sherlock in this episode. No, they do not explicitly say Sherlock’s name, but there is one thing that stories featuring him and this case share. As I mentioned in my review of movie 6, Conan Doyle supposedly got tired of writing Sherlock stories and decided to create Professor Moriarty to kill Sherlock in The Final Problem, but decided to revive Sherlock at a later time. Likewise, a fictional detective written by the mystery writer in this case was supposed to have died, but he decided to revive him only recently, after stressing the point that his detective died for so long. This makes me want to say that Sherlock is definitely a favorite of Gosho’s, but considering that the Mystery Library section featured at the end of every Detective Conan manga volume features a different detective or criminal, such as Arsène Lupin and Hannibal Lector, who is featured at the end of the volume containing this case, I think that there are things that Gosho likes from the various famous characters of detective and crime fiction. It was also kind of nice that the case was fairly faithful to its manga counterpart, with the flashback that featured Haibara being the only obvious change in the anime adaptation, which is understandable because Haibara has not been introduced yet, whereas she was introduced in the cases that preceded this case in the manga. Practically everything I saw in this case also happened in manga. The things I liked the most though were the funny scenes. The funniest was when Jimmy tried to knock out Richard his dart strikes somebody. Now, Jimmy hitting the wrong target happened before in episode 35 (Japanese count), but what makes it even funnier is that the person hit was somebody Jimmy did not know what the sounded like and he even admits it, thus forcing him to feed hints to Richard and the others. The fact that the case does not become a murder case just because there was yet another corpse and the fact that the Japanese version and FUNimation version features the correct next episode preview, as well as the fact that Jimmy’s dart hit somebody who Jimmy could not dial in on his voice changing bow tie made me laugh a bit, made this a rather enjoyable case.

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Although I did like the case there are some issues. However, aside from the continuing issues from the fourth season set, the only thing that bugged me turned out to not be much of an issue, especially considering the only thing important that happens is that Harley says he wants Jimmy and the gang to visit Osaka, which is where the next case will take place. As a result, I will have to say there is nothing worth mentioning.

Seeing as the Japanese version finally has the right next episode preview and Jimmy knocking people out has become hilarious again, though like the other times, it might get old quick, 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). As for everyone, this might be a good introduction to the series, but it is a better introduction to the detective, mystery, and crime fiction genres in general.

What are your thoughts on Case Closed episodes 122 & 123? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.

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