Anime Review: Case Closed Episodes 63 & 64

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Its looks like episodes being covered at a pretty good pace. Of course, this season of Detective Conan (Case Closed) does seem to have quite a few cases that last more than one episode. So far, I have covered 9 (10, according to FUNimation's count) episodes of the 25 (27, according to FUNimation's count) episodes. Today, I will be reviewing Case Closed episodes 63 & 64 (Detective Conan episodes 61 & 62).

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 head off to an island, where Richard is supposed to give a speech.

When they get there, things seem to be peaceful until Richard catches, which is the start of many other weird events.

With only two suspects, Jimmy and the gang must figure out what is going on and who is behind it all, before Richard can take the fall.

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I am not too sure about this one. The case does seem to be setup well. Not too much was obvious. Also, the case seemed to be mostly interesting. These are all things that fans of detective, mystery, and crime fiction want. There were also some funny stuff that happened. The funniest part though was Richard trying to grab a string after he drank too much alcohol. Of course, such things are bound to happen under the influence of something like that. I also liked how the insert song seemed to go along pretty well with what I saw on the screen, though I did think that a version of it was played much earlier in the series, which did add some excitement. I also liked how it kind of felt like a movie, which was the same reaction I got when I first watched this back before FUNimation started selling season sets. In fact, it felt much more like it one than the first movie did. Outside of those, I cannot really think of much else I did like. The fact the case was pretty interesting and the insert song added some excitement, as well as the fact that the case felt like a movie, does make this look pretty good.

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Although there were things I liked, there are certainly some issues. First, the girl introduced in this did not really seem like a child. No, she is not in the same situation as Haibara, who has only appeared the movies and manga in the US, and Jimmy, but she seems to be interested in and know things that kids normally would not be interested in or know, such as kissing and being intimate. As if that was not bad enough, she is apparently the same way in the Japanese version, which I had to look up fansubs for, since I was not too sure if I trust FUNimation's Japanese track here. Do we really need child man-eaters in our society? The only differences I noticed was that FUNimation made her look worse by having her say she has had better, after Jimmy kisses her on the cheek. I am not too sure about you guys, but she definitely sounds more like a man-eater in FUNimation's version. Fortunately, these are filler episodes, according to Detective Conan World, so we never have to see her again, as far as I can remember from the episodes I have seen in the 124+ (Japanese count) range. Another thing that was not so great, which I noticed when looking through the Japanese version earlier, was that the Japanese version played scenes from episode 61 (Japanese count) for the entire duration that Nazo, which has been the opening theme since episode 53 (Japanese count), was playing in episode 62 (Japanese count). However, in FUNimation's version of episode 62 (Japanese count), there is nothing special about the opening footage that accompanies the English version of Nazo. That is kind of disappointing, since I really did thing that seeing scenes from the previous episode would have made me more interested. However, since this is a just a small difference between the two, I will just label it as an annoyance. The biggest issue I had, however, was that the culprit was obvious. During the course of the case, Jimmy and some islanders hear a gunshot go off and go to see what had happened, only to find somebody with a gunshot wound to the arm and a suspect running off. Obviously, the guy running would be suspicious, but the one who was more suspicious was the guy with the gunshot wound. What made it suspicious was the wound itself. I may not be an expert on guns, but I have never seen burn marks made by somebody else firing a gun. Then again, most of televised cases on crimes, and even movies, tend to ignore burn marks. If that was not enough, the guy with gunshot wound was also the first to find Jimmy and Suzu, the girl that seems to be a man-eater, in the cave, where the last of the two suspects that went after is found dead. This turned an otherwise great case into something is quite dull. People do not want to know who the culprit in murder stories, unless the protagonist is the culprit him or herself, and not an investigator. After all, this case does not involve dramatic irony, even in a small amount. While FUNimation made a child seem much more like a man-eater and nothing was special about the opening, the thing that did the most damage was the fact that the culprit was obvious.

Despite the good I found, the negatives outweighed them enough makes this nothing more than something to kill time. I recommend that fans of detective, mystery, and crime fiction to skip this episode, due to an obvious culprit. As for fans of Detective Conan (Case Closed), I will hesitantly recommend this, as the case was still interesting, even though the culprit was obvious. As for everyone else, I think that this would be a good introduction to the series, as well as the detective, mystery, and crime fiction genres in general, because the case was interesting.

What are your thoughts on Case Closed episodes 63 & 64? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.

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