Well, this certainly stinks. I may be covering the episodes of Detective Conan (Case Closed) as they are currently packaged, which is how MagicBox's episode list orders things, but I have been collecting this series way before FUNimation did the season sets and my episode list has seasons 1-5 listed as the original DVDs were classified (seasons 6 and 7 are episodes from the fourth and fifth season box sets respectively). While not all that bad, it made things hard to find. Anyway, I did eventually find the next set of episodes, so I can continue on covering FUNimation's second season of the series. Today, I will be reviewing Case Closed episodes 40 & 41 (Detective Conan episodes 39 & 40).
As I have given a series synopsis in an earlier post, I will not go over it again.
Jimmy, Richard, and Rachel go to a party hosted by a rich man, who is the father of a person Richard had helped. However, before the remaining guests can leave, every car, except Richard's rental, has a flat and the rich man's daughter has no intention to leave. Little do they know, this is start of a series of terrifying events and Jimmy gang must find the culprit before anyone else gets killed.
I thought this was okay. The case was set up somewhat well. As for whether or not things are obvious though, I cannot really say. Like episode 11 (Japanese count), I already knew whom the culprit was, so that kind of puts me in a position where I would not be too credible to judge how obvious things were. I did find it funny that Rachel saw Jimmy in his normal body. I was going to say that it seems like every time Rachel almost drowns she sees Jimmy in his normal body, but apparently this was the first time it happened, since Detective Conan World states that this episode originally aired in Japan in 1996 and movie 2, which I was reminded of, premiered in Japan in 1998, according to both MagicBox and Detective Conan World. Of course, this time around, she did not realize that the person she thought was Jimmy was the boy she called Conan Edogawa. I wonder if that was inspired by the events that transpired in these episodes. After all, Serena and Rachel did say that it was kind of romantic that he came for her. He certainly did try and find her, but as with my remarks in my review of episodes 34 and 35 (Japanese count), I think that Jimmy would not save her if she knew that Jimmy and Conan were the same person. Then again, Jimmy and Rachel did not sleep together like they did in those episodes, so it seems a bit more likely that he would have come to her rescue. It is a funny thing how the mind works when one is not fully awake, huh? It does take a while to be able to realize what is actually going on. Another thing that I liked was like Cage of Eden Volume 8, we get another dose of why assumptions are not a good thing, this time in the field of crime fiction. When Jimmy, via his voice-changing bowtie, asked the suspects to remove their coats, they thought that Richard was going to check their coats. Yes, a person may want to check the coats, but suits have two layers. The first layer is the normal shirt for formal attire and above that is the jacket. Now, the only times I remember wearing a coat as part of formal attire are weddings, but I doubt anybody would want to wear the coat when they enter the bathroom. I would think that it would be taken off. In this particular case, Jimmy wanted to see what the coats hide, not the contents of the coat. It is funny how they do not realize this fact, but that is an obvious assumption to make when somebody asks another to remove their coat. Just because somebody asks for your coat does mean that they want to check it for anything. Of course, in that kind of situation, both parties would be considered rude by our society. The person asking for the coat would be rude because they are searching for something. If one were to ask that person why they wanted the coat, they would be nosy. In fact, both would be considered nosy. Sometimes, I wish society were not so hypocritical that the curiosities that determine whether our guesses are correct or not become considered rude. It is the fact that we do not doubt enough that puts us in a bad situation, instead of letting things slide enough that we overlook more of the obvious than we should. Another thing that was nice was the fact that this was very faithful to manga counterpart. I could not really see any major changes, nor did anything bug dialogue-wise, like episode 31 (Japanese count) had. Pretty much everything I saw, including Rachel and Serena discussing the matter, was right there in the manga counterpart. This has it to make one of the best adaptions I have seen. The fact that the case was much more faithful than a few past episodes to its manga counterpart and the fact that it shows another reason why assumptions are bad makes this episode a bit better than I thought it was.
Although I liked the episode, there are certainly some issues. First, the case was not that interesting. I cannot really say that it has anything to do with episode, but I just was not as excited by this one as I was episode 11 (Japanese count). I think the fact that I remembered who the culprit was played some significance. Also, the culprit did not do a very good job of hiding things. While I did say that I did not think I was too credible when it came to what was obvious and what was not, I can say that the actions the culprit took were definitely questionable. In fact, when the blackout does happen, the fact that he is the second person going out window after one of the others and that other person is later found dead does make him the most suspicious. There are details and actions that make some people more suspicious than others in detective, mystery, and crime fiction works. In this case, on the other hand, nobody really made any strange movements, except for all of them wanting to be alone at some point. The only one who did do anything strange was the one that I remembered was the culprit. Things were much more obvious to me than say somebody who has seen this for the first time. This is all just annoyance though, so I do not really see how this can really hurt the episode. Because of the fact that the only complaints I have are just annoyances, there is very little, if any, damage done to the episodes.
Considering that I could only think of things that can annoy me, and the fact that this was very faithful to its manga counterpart, I have to say that this is woth giving a chance. I recommend this to fans of detective, mystery, and crime fiction, as well as fans of Detective Conan (Case Closed), so one can determine how obvious things really. As for everyone else, this is a good introduction to the series, and most likely detective, mystery, and crime fiction in general, since I cannot really say how obvious things were here.
What are your thoughts on Case Closed episodes 40 & 41? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.
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