Anime Review: Case Closed Episodes 59 & 60

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Well, this is not looking too bad. Although I am nowhere near the halfway point in the series, no matter whether one was using the Japanese count or FUNimation's count. Things seem to be going at a nice pace, seeing as an important case cropped up only a few episodes ago. I just hope this pace does not stop. Today, I will be reviewing Case Closed episodes 59 & 60 (Detective Conan episodes 57 & 58).

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

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Jimmy, Richard, and Rachel are headed to a place where a Sherlock mystery tour is to be held, along with many other people that have been chosen.

However, what they think will be all fun and games, turns into utter terror, when the host seemly drives off a cliff and another person goes up in flames.

Now, Jimmy and Harley, who was also chosen as a participant, must find the culprit out of everyone there, before more people lose their lives.

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I have to say that this was quite enjoyable. The case was very interesting. In fact, I did not really pause either of the two episodes that comprise this case. It was also setup pretty well. Not much was obvious throughout the case. This certainly is what fans of the detective, mystery, and crime fiction want. After all, cases are kind of dull when there is too much information revealed. Another thing that I liked was that since Harley is part of this case, Jimmy is not the only one who notices things that others do not. Then again, I would not expect anything less, since he said back in episodes 48 & 49 (Japanese count), where he was introduced, that he was compared with Jimmy a lot of the time. Of course, compared to his appearance those episodes, he is much more deserving to be compared to Jimmy, especially since we see them kind of having the same thoughts. There were some funny parts in the episodes too. The funniest of which results in a fourth person knowing that Jimmy and Conan are the person. As far as I can remember, there are only about eight or nine people alive that know that Jimmy and Conan are the same person. Yes, there are others, but people like Kaito Kuroba, otherwise known as KID, are only aware of such a fact in the movies or specials. Haibara is the fifth, and the most recent is supposedly Sera, who is introduced in volume 73 of the manga, according to Detective Conan World. Here, the one who finds out that Jimmy and Conan are the same person is Harley. It sure is nice that we find out how harley knew Conan was Jimmy. After all, in a case that happens in volume 15, which corresponds to some episodes found FUNimation's fourth season of the series, Harley does call him Kudo, and Kazuha accuses Rachel of being Jimmy Kudo at the start of the Osaka case that happens in volume 19 of the manga, where Kazuha is first introduced, because Harley seems to be talking about him a lot. Speaking of the manga, this was fairly faithful to its manga counterpart. Just about everything I saw in this episode happened in the manga, and nothing major was cut. It looks like Japan is starting to be a bit more faithful to the original source, but since episode 13 (Japanese count) was not faithful to its manga counterpart, Haibara will not appear for quite a while, even more so because she is not introduced until episode 129 (Japanese count), which corresponds to events in volumes 18 and 19 of the manga. Hopefully, there are no more plot holes when they animate the Bell Tree Express case, if FUNimation can get that far, since they decided to stream the show and even announced that the series will be available digitally. The fact that we finally get an interesting case and that Harley seems to really be comparable to Jimmy, as well as the fact that we find out that how Harley learned that Jimmy and Conan are the same person, certainly makes these good episodes.

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Although I liked the case, there are certainly some issues. However, only one thing comes to mind. I keep wondering how Harley does not know Jimmy and Conan are the same person, or even any information regarding the Black Organization. Back in episode 49 (Japanese count), Harley revealed that the men who poison Jimmy were named Gin & Vodka. However, here, he acts like he does not know them. Because that is only in FUNimation's dub, since I am not sure how other countries dealt with Japan's plot hole in the series, it looks like we finally encounter FUNimation's plot hole that sub elitists complain about. However, because they did try to explain how Jimmy knew the names of the men who poisoned him in episode 54 (Japanese count), I am willing to downgrade the severity of this issue down to an almost major issue. After all, Japan did mess things up because two episodes were not faithful to their manga counterparts. While FUNimation's dub error back in episode 49 (Japanese count) is not as bad as the plot holes Japan created, it did make this episode less enjoyable than it would have been if Harley never did reveal those names.

Despite the fact that FUNimation's dub error from episode 49 (Japanese count) did create problems, the fact that the case was quite interesting made this worth watching. I would recommend this to fans of detective, mystery, and crime fiction because the case was actually interesting and not much was obvious. As for fans of Detective Conan (Case Closed), I would recommend this because it reveals how Harley found out Jimmy and Conan were the same person, even if FUNimation's version brings up questions that did not exist before. As for everyone else, I think this would serve as a good introduction to the series, as well as the detective, mystery, and crime fiction genres.

What are your thoughts on Case Closed episodes 59 & 60? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.

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