It looks like things are still progressing nicely. As promised, I have been regularly covering the episodes of FUNimation’s season 2. I have covered a total of eight episodes, including the four that I covered at the end of 2012, and only 18 remain, 3 of which, at most, have never been broadcasted on Adult Swim. Today, I will be reviewing Case Closed episode 35 & 36 (Detective Conan episodes 34 & 35).
As I have given a series synopsis in an earlier post, I will not go over it again.
Jimmy and Rachel go off on a trip to a villa owned by Serena’s family. However, even though they, along with the others at the villa, expect to have a good time, the peace is shattered when they see a man in bandages and an overcoat running off with one of the guests. When the guest is found though, the group discovers that she has been decapitated. With all communication and other access points compromised, Jimmy must now figure out the identity of the tormentor before he can kill anybody else.
I thought this was pretty good. Like episode 30 (Japanese count), it was not as good as I remembered it to be. The case was certainly setup well. There was definitely a lot of excitement and tense as well. I would not expect anything else from something that kind of gives of the same aura as the atmosphere in Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, with escape being impossible and all. Of course, that is the only thing that is similar between this case and that book. That does not make this episode less interesting though. I guess that is why there are people that think this case is so great and they certainly have the right to like episodes that I find okay or totally dislike, such as episode 6. As always, Jimmy is quite observant here, but I cannot say that he was as quick as me. There were also quite a few funny parts present. For example, while Jimmy is thinking over the case, Rachel decides to get in bed with him and goes right to sleep. When Jimmy looks at Rachel, he is unable to think things over anymore because her sleeping face distracts him. If he were in his normal body, I doubt that this would have happened, since Rachel only thinks that Jimmy is now some harmless kid named Conan Edogawa. At the same time, I also doubt Rachel would be alive if either Jimmy was in his original body or Rachel finally pinned him into a corner in which she had undeniable proof that he and Conan are the same person. After all, she only survived because she and Jimmy shared a room and he woke her up. It was also kind of funny that Jimmy did not want to be carried after he got a sprained ankle. What is so funny about it was that he wanted Rachel to put him down because he refused to be carried like a child. Jimmy is in a kid’s body now, so it does not seem strange at all. If Rachel knew his identity, she probably would have obliged, but unless he crawled, there would be no avoiding the weight that might be applied to the sprain he got. I guess that this is kind of similar to Habari’s situation in volume 31 of the manga, though Jimmy likes Rachel, and Miina’s situation in Cage of Eden Volume 8. While both Miina and Haibara were not conscious, Jimmy at least was, but like them he does not really get a choice whether or not he is helped. I also found it funny how both Serena and Jimmy got jealous because somebody asked Rachel out for a walk. They both tailed her and Serena said that she will take Jimmy from Rachel as payback, but like most of the cast of the show, she does not know that the kid she calls Conan is actually Jimmy. I am probably glad that Serena did not know Jimmy was in a kid’s body. Another nice thing was that this was fairly faithful to its manga counterpart, except for the fact that Serena already knew Jimmy under his current alias in the episode, while she never met Jimmy in his child form before this case in the manga and Serena does not become full of herself from solving that case until the manga counterpart of another case that occurs much later in this season. Of course, the changes that are made do not affect the case much because everything else was very much faithful. The fact that nothing really major was changed from what happened in the manga counterpart and things were pretty funny, as well as the fact that the case was setup well, makes this a good episode.
Although I thought the episode was pretty good, there are certainly some issues. However, the only thing there is only one major thing that I can think of to complain about. The culprit was a bit too obvious here. As Agatha Christie stated in Crooked House, there are things that only criminals would do, compared to other suspects. As I said in my review of Peril at End House, the habits mentioned in Crooked House made the criminal obvious because they were displayed quite clearly after the explanation. At the same time, the habits mentioned in that book are not the only habits of a criminal. Criminals will try to draw attention to what they wanted to be seen before it actually appeared. While this is not always the case, such as the case that happens in the upcoming 79th and 80th volumes of the manga, according to Detective Conan World, it is certainly the case here. Another thing that made the culprit obvious was the grooves in the railing near the location where the group saw a guest being carried off into the woods and what he specialized in. Pretty much everyone there had some experience with the things revalent in the entertainment industry, but only one had the knowledge to pull off the crime. Unfortunately, this is also the case for the manga counterpart, which means Gosho is the one to blame for this problem. As this was more interesting than episode 32 (Japanese count) though, I am willing to downgrade the severity, but I cannot say that I will label this as a minor issue, since fans of detective, mystery, and crime fiction do not really like obvious culprits, unless dramatic irony is used, which this case does not. The fact that the culprit was obvious in this case, even though dramatic irony is not utilized, turns an otherwise great episode into something that misses the highest mark.
Despite the fact that the culprit was obvious when the case did not use dramatic irony, the humor and excitement make up enough for it that this is definitely worth watching. I recommend this to fans of detective, mystery, and crime, even though the culprit is obvious, as well as fans of Detective Conan (Case Closed). As for everyone else, I think this a good introduction to the series, as well as to the detective, mystery, and crime fiction genres in general.
What are your thoughts on Case Closed episodes 35 & 36? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.