Well, it looks like the FUNimation’s second season of Detective Conan (Case Closed) is not the only thing coming to close. One by one, I have covered each of the episodes that have definitely aired on Adult Swim, including episode 47 (Japanese count), which I still doubt was aired. Now, I have reached the final four episodes of the season and only one multi part case remains from the television broadcast. Today, I will be reviewing Case Closed episodes 49 & 50 (Detective Conan episodes 48 & 49).
As I have given a series synopsis in an earlier post, I will not go over it again.
It is another peaceful day at the office for Richard and Rachel, even though Jimmy is a little sick.
Still, there is no rest for the trio, as two people come barging in. One is another teen detective, which turns out to be Harley Hartwell, who has come looking Jimmy. The other wants Richard to investigate her son’s girlfriend.
However, what is supposed to be an ordinary of checking on somebody turns in a murder case. Knowing that Jimmy, though he does not know that Conan and Jimmy are the same person yet, is close by and that this was an inside job, Harley is determined to match wits with Jimmy in a race to find whom in the household killed the victim and how.
I have to say that I really enjoyed this case. After all, it is important for more than one reason. The case was setup pretty well. There was not a whole lot that was obvious. In fact, enough was hidden that I was more surprised about how the murder was committed than who killed the victim. It is not as mysterious as Poirot’s hypothetical murder case mentioned in The A.B.C. Murders, which supposedly becomes an actual case in Cards on the Table, but it is still intriguing. Of course, there were some surprises present in the case. Considering that this is the case that introduces Harley in both the manga and the anime, it was certainly nice to see somebody other than Jimmy notice things right away. The interesting part was that it was not just about the actual case, but the situation with Jimmy as well. Even though they never met before now, Harley was very close to figuring out that Jimmy and Conan were essentially person, though he did not really connect the dots until the murder case that happens in manga volumes 12 and 13, which is the manga counterpart of two episodes that occur in FUNimation’s third season of Detective Conan (Case Closed). Another nice thing about this case is that the names of the men who gave Jimmy APTX 4869 were finally revealed. As I said in my review of episode 5, I mentioned that Japan had messed up more than one episode that resulted in either a delay in introducing characters, such Haibara, and created plot hole. This finally answers that question, even though it does bring up others. There were some pretty funny parts too. The funniest though is that after Jimmy gets off the phone with Rachel, he is annoyed by Rachel’s behavioral pattern and he says that women are a mystery he will never solve. What makes it even funnier is that a bunch of women standing around when he says he will never understand them and that he is in a kid’s body. I am not sure about you guys, but I do not think a normal little boy would be complaining about how frustrating women can be. I am afraid I do not know much more than him, but I do know that putting women’s clothing in the front of store is a good idea because they shop for clothes more often than anyone else and that many of them think they can just wait around until the guy they like confesses to them. There are other things too, but they can mostly be picked up via observation. I also liked how Jimmy got his normal body back, even though it was temporary. I thought he was going to die, just as he thought, even though I knew he would get his original body back. If that had not happened, then the events of volume 24, which is the manga counterpart to episodes 176-178 (Japanese count), according to Detective Conan World, where Jimmy has Haibara consume alcohol, in order to get her original body back, before encountering Gin & Vodka. The events that happened here were pretty much what made Jimmy suggest that Haibara do the same, to get her out of her predicament. Another nice thing about the case was that it was somewhat faithful to its manga counterpart. Almost everything I saw happened as it did, though there were minor changes like Jimmy did not voice his frustrations out loud with women around in the manga counterpart, Rachel did not seem to take long to hang up in the manga either, when she heard the doorbell, and we pretty much never see a drunk Jimmy calling Rachel beautiful in the manga. The fact that we find out the men who gave Jimmy APTX 4869 are called Gin and Vodka and that we see what gave Jimmy the idea to have Haibara consume alcohol, as well as the fact that it was somewhat faithful to its manga counterpart, certainly makes this enjoyable.
Although I liked the case, there are some issues. First, I am not too sure about Harley here. Yes, this is his first appearance, but he does not exactly live up to the reputation of being as good as Jimmy. During the case, it seems that they are in the same league, in terms of ability, since they thought of the same trick, but Harley made assumptions based on very little evidence. He essentially only went to one room and found something he called evidence for his deduction. However, when Jimmy got original his body back temporarily, it is revealed that Harley’s evidence was not just in that one room. Criminals will certainly try to dispose of murder weapons, but that does not justified looking all over the premises of the crime scene, not just where people go. If Harley did look all over, he probably would have noticed and certainly been worthy of being compared to Jimmy. I also did not like how mostly everyone did not initially suspect the true culprit. While I did complain in my review of episode 45 (Japanese count) that the episode encouraged assumptions based on little information, everyone here did not suspect what would be otherwise obvious, which is the first person to touch the body. I thought that these guys were good, yet they ignore an obvious possibility? Possibilities should only be eliminated when data that says it was not possible come ups. Unfortunately, since this is one of the things that it follows its manga counterpart on, I have to say that this is Gosho’s fault. At the same time, I can overlook it a bit, since it did make the method of murder much surprising. Speaking of the manga counterpart, there were some major changes. Seeing as how this case is important, I cannot really let much, if anything slide. The first thing that I noticed was that Harley knew who the men who poisoned Jimmy were and that Jimmy and Conan were the same person. However, in the manga counterpart, Jimmy and Harley just talk about their performances in the case and that winning and lose does not matter, nothing about the names Gin & Vodka or something to suggest that Harley already knew Conan’s true identity. According to Detective Conan World, that is exactly how things play out in the Japanese version too, which means that this is FUNimation’s fault. If I had not read the manga, I would have wanted to know how Harley knew their names and how Harley knew Jimmy and Conan were person, when he only starts to suspect such in an episode that is yet to be covered. While this is certainly a major plot hole, I am not as mad about it as the sub elitists are. Another thing that I noticed was that when Rachel accuses Jimmy of spying her, he tells Rachel that he is a detective and that is what he does. In the manga counterpart, however, he says that he can tell how she is just by hearing her voice. According to Detective Conan World, which prompted me to check this out, that is what he said in the Japanese version as well. It definitely made more sense than the FUNimation’s explanation. After all, I do not think Rachel would have let him off the hook, if he really said what FUNimation’s dub has him saying. Considering that the dialogue does not have as much importance as Harley stating the names of the men who gave Jimmy APTX 4869, and knowing that Jimmy and Conan are the same person when he should not, though, I will just say that this was a minor issue. While the fact that Harley did not live up to being as good as Jimmy and Jimmy did not tell Rachel what he told her here, the thing that really hurts episode, and likewise the series, is that FUNimation’s dub error here made a plot hole that is right up there at that top, second to Japan’s omission of Gin & Vodka, as one of the worst and is the reason I prefer the manga over the television series.
Despite the fact that FUNimation created a plot hole, the fact that the names of the men who gave Jimmy APTX 4869 and the events gave Jimmy the idea that he suggested Haibara try in future episodes certainly made this worth watching. I recommend to fans of detective, mystery, and crime fiction because of how surprising the way the murder was carried out was. As for fans of Detective Conan (Case Closed), I recommend watching this because of the importance of the events here are in future episodes. However, if one really wants to avoid the plot holes caused by either Japan or FUNimation, I really recommend following the manga instead of the anime. As for everyone else, this is a decent introduction to the series, as well as the detective, mystery, and crime fiction genres in general.
What are your thoughts on Case Closed episodes 49 & 50? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.