Anime Review: Case Closed Episodes 128 & 129

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After that last case, I have thought about dropping coverage of the Detective Conan (Case Closed) anime earlier than planned, but if I did, I would have been quitting when I was only inches from the finish line, so it would be better to continue on.

Almost a month ago now, I decided to cover FUNimation's fifth and final season officially and have covered each case that came until only three remained.

Today, I will be reviewing the penultimate case of the season, which is Case Closed episodes 128 & 129 (Detective Conan episodes 121 & 122).

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

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Yoko Okino is having a concert and Richard is excited about going, but realizes he lost his ticket.

Fortunately, a new acquaintance has offered him a ticket if he could give her and her sister a ride.

However, when he, Jimmy, and Rachel, who were accompanying Richard, arrive at the sister's residence, they find the corpse of their acquaintance's sister leaning over the tub in a seemingly sealed bathroom.

Everyone suspects suicide, but with the many oddities of the crime scene, Jimmy suspects murder and already has a suspect in mind.

Now, Jimmy must figure out how the crime was committed and prove it, before the culprit can get away with murder.

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I enjoyed this case. It was set up very well and, with the exception of a few oddities and the only suspect, not much was obvious. Seeing as the previous case was approaching the same amount of obvious things that episode 6 had, this is definitely an improvement. At least, that is what I want to say, but seeing as this came from the manga, and is also the last case adapted from the manga present in FUNimation's dub, the real credit goes to Gosho Aoyama. I actually felt like I wanted to figure out how the crime was committed, which is something that I think fans of detective, mystery, and crime fiction all want to see as well. Speaking of the manga, this case was fairly faithful to its manga counterpart, with little, if any, changes or omissions. With the prevalence of the wrong next episode preview in Japan’s fifth season, I am at least glad that the Japanese are still adapting cases faithfully, even if they have no importance to either of Jimmy’s current goals, which most should know by now is to find the antidote to APTX 4869, which has only been named in the manga at this point in the series, and track down Black Org. However, it still does not make me want to drop the manga in favor of the anime, including the Japanese dub that many think is in any way better than FUNimation’s, when the Japanese dub had plot holes not present in the manga to begin with. I liked how the trick involved used an optical illusion, though I cannot seem to find whether or not it does have a name. Just like the main trio, I thought that the door really was sealed shut. It is funny how our eyes can deceive us so easily. Then again, none of the five senses are entirely reliable on their own. I also liked how Jimmy seemed to be one step ahead of the culprit. Now, he does usually notice things that the criminals overlook, but here, he seemed to actually be able to determine what the culprit was planning to do next. I guess his observational skills are quite good, since the strange things found at the crime scene only made sense if it were a murder and not a suicide. Another nice thing is that FUNimation is still fixing the episode previews featured in the Japanese version, which means looking up a fansubbed version because I do not think that I can trust FUNimation’s Japanese track. This time, the next episode preview in episode 122 (Japanese count) says that the next episode is A Mysterious Sniper Murder Case (Part 1), which is the first episode to feature one of my favorite openings, Truth by Two Mix, according to Detective Conan World, which features Haibara before she actually debuts in the anime, and would have been the first case in the sixth season set, had FUNimation continued dubbing the episodes. However, according to Detective Conan World’s episode list, MagicBox’s episode list, and my own episode list, the next episode is actually The Disappearing Weather Girl, the season finale of FUNimation’s fifth season set. In Funimation’s version, the next episode preview says that that is the next episode. While it is nice, I still wish that Japan at least got them right, otherwise this is just one more reason to read the manga instead of watching the anime. There were also some funny scenes. The thing that I liked the most is how Jimmy told the culprit that their reason for killing the victim, after she called her selfish, was stupid because the victim cared for her a lot, even going so far as to change out cleaning agents that would have created deadly fumes, so that the culprit would not die as well. This made me actually feel sympathetic for the culprit, when she realizes what she did, but it still does not change the fact that the victim never did anything to deserve death. The fact that the case was much better than the previous one and that the killer realized that her reason to kill was stupid made this a pretty 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, nothing comes to my mind. Because of this fact, I will say that there is nothing worth mentioning.

Seeing as there was quite a bit to like and not much to hate about this 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 case is decent. As for everyone else, this might be a good place to get introduced to the series, as well as the detective, mystery, and crime fiction genres in general, but being the penultimate case released by FUNimation, it would be better to watch the other cases.

What are your thoughts on Case Closed episodes 128 & 129? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.

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