What? Are you covering another extended length episode? I thought there were four episodes remaining in FUNimation's first season? No, I am not covering another extended length episode. Episode 11 is the only extended length episode in this season, as confirmed by MagicBox. Of course, on the page linked, it can be seen how 123 episodes turned into the 130 that FUNimation has supposedly dubbed. Even if I review all the episodes in the way that Japan numbers them, which I have been doing, except for the fact that I am using FUNimation's count in the post titles, I still end up with 123 posts, some of which are cases that really have been separated out into as many as three parts, which can be seen in the link provided. I, on the other hand, do not feel like having as many as three posts for each case. So, I will not only be covering one-hour and two-hour long episodes in a single post but I will also be covering cases that span multiple episodes in one post. I just do not feel like making multiple posts about the same case.
Speaking of covering cases that span multiple episodes, I think it has become clear exactly what is on for today, made obvious by my earlier remarks. Today, I will be reviewing Case Closed episodes 23 and 24 (Detective Conan episodes 22 and 23).
As I have given a series synopsis in an earlier post, I will not go over it again.
Because Jimmy, Richard, and Rachel missed their boat to go back home, the trio has boarded a private luxury liner and not everyone is so thrilled about that, such as the patriarch of the family that rented the yacht. However, what little peace there is to be had is shattered when the patriarch is found dead is his room. Everyone suspects the person that recently married into the family, but just when it seems things have come together, more deaths have occurred and everyone thinks the suspect has an accomplice, except Jimmy. Now, Jimmy and the gang must find the culprit or culprits before any more victims arise.
I really enjoyed the episodes. Almost nothing was obvious, except for the fact of who exactly was innocent. I did have my suspicions on one of the members of the family because they were all pretty much talking about money and what their inheritance was going to be. It was also nice that the clues that did come up did not make things too obvious for most of the time. There was also a bit of humor in this episode too. When Rachel was asked if she had a boyfriend, she started talking about Jimmy, not knowing that the one she knows as Conan is Jimmy, and Richard notices Jimmy's face turning red. I am not too sure that Rachel would be that open if she never fell for the schemes Jimmy comes up with to make sure she never finds out the truth. Besides, if Conan and Jimmy were not the same person, Conan would not be blushing whenever Rachel expresses her feelings for Jimmy. Like episode 20 (Japanese count), this case seemed to be adapted fairly faithfully from its manga counterpart. In fact, they included a scene that I thought was omitted, even though I did not really think it was important to the case. The fact that very little was obvious, aside from who was innocent, and the humor, as well as the fact that the episode was fairly faithful its manga counterpart makes the episodes look pretty good.
Although I liked them, there were some issues, mainly with the second episode. While the first episode set everything up nicely, the second seemed to ruin things a bit. I will give it credit that everything was mainly due to the actions of the culprit, and not just the events leading up to the case, which was certainly the case with episode 6. Nonetheless, it took a case that seemed a bit interesting and made the culprit obvious. When trying to frame somebody, why would a person release the person he is framing from where the individual was confined? Obviously, leaving the person there would give them a perfect alibi for any further crimes. On the other hand, when the lock on the room can only be undone from outside, the true culprit risks putting themselves back in the spotlight, because everyone would assume the fact that there was an accomplice, much like the cast here did, and I stated they did earlier in this post. The other thing that made things obvious was the fact that a knife was found in the third incident. Normally, we would expect the culprit to dispose of the weapon or hide it, but the fact that only the victim and the knife were at the scene and the fact that the crime happened during a blackout certainly makes it clear what happened, especially when considering the victim did not say they saw a light of some kind. The second thing was that bread showed up twice in the case. Having it show up once is truly mysterious, but when we hear what it is used for, outside of eating, the picture becomes even clearer. The only other thing that I noticed was that even though the case was pretty faithful to the manga counterpart, something did get left out. Rachel asks the person they met earlier on the bow if everyone in her family tree attended her wedding, the person answers yes, but in the manga, she states that everyone except for her deceased parents came. Like episode 19 (Japanese count), I do not know if this is a dub error or not, since I have only seen most of the early episodes dubbed, but that would certainly have increased the suspect count in this case. Hopefully, MagicBox can continue his episode comparisons soon, so we can find out whether or not the Japanese version is closer to the manga counterpart. However, this is just a minor annoyance when compared to the fact that the culprit becomes obvious in the second episode. While the case has been adapted from the manga somewhat faithfully, the second episode pretty much ruins what was otherwise a pretty decent case.
Despite the fact that the culprit became obvious in the second episode, the fact that the case seemed set up well enough in the first episode made these episodes worth watching. I recommend these episodes to Detective Conan (Case Closed) fans. As for fans of detective, mystery, and crime, I would still recommend watching both these episodes, even if the culprit becomes obvious in the second episode. As for everyone else, I think these episodes are a good introduction to the series, as well as detective, mystery, and crime fiction.
What are your thoughts on Case Closed episodes 23 and 24? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.
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