Well, it looks like things are progressing nicely. After starting coverage of FUNimation's third season in April, I have covered many episodes until I reached the final ten, regardless whether one used FUNimation's count or not. Today, I will be reviewing Case Closed episodes 70-72 (Detective Conan episodes 68-70).
As I have given a series synopsis in an earlier post, I will not go over it again.
Because Dr. Agasa's party had something come up, Jimmy, Richard, and Rachel attend a mystery tour in their place, where a copy of a special program computer program and the rest of the hotel bill is paid as a reward.
However, instead of having a fun time, things are ruined when Knight Baron pushes Jimmy off the balcony and a tour member dies while wearing the Knight Baron outfit. Everyone suspects accident, but Jimmy thinks otherwise, due to his earlier encounter. Now, Jimmy, who was on the hunt for a computer virus, must find who killed the victim and how a room key was left inside the victim's room.
I have to say that I enjoyed this. The case was set up very well. Not a whole lot was obvious, except for the fact that the victim was not the promoter, who the tour members were supposed to discover. I also liked that the culprit was not obvious, unlike episodes 61 and 62 (Japanese count). In fact, I was misled in that aspect. Fans of mystery, detective, and crime fiction do enjoy the unexpected. Then again, unless it was assault, I do not think there is anyone out there that does not like a surprise. I also liked how we were introduced to a computer virus that appears in manga volume 19, where Jimmy and Haibara try to access a disk, which I note in my post on backups is not the same as a disc, that had Haibara's research notes and data on all the Black Org members that were around before Haibara, though I did think that it made another appearance after that. Because of this fact, I want to say that this case does seem to have some importance, since the same virus put Jimmy and Haibara back at square one, at least in terms of finding a cure for APTX 4869. Speaking of the manga, it was fairly faithful to manga counterpart. Pretty much everything I saw happened in the manga counterpart, with only very minor stuff being omitted, such as Jimmy thinking about what had happened back in episode 10, as this case happened immediately after that case. It is funny that the only important thing about this episode is that the virus that Haibara and Jimmy encounter is named and the adaptation is faithful, but episodes 5, where Gin and Vodka were supposed to be named, and 13 (Japanese count), where Akemi Miyano, Haibara's sister, was supposed to die, are not as faithful as they should have been. Another nice thing is that the case was actually exciting. After having to sit through the dullest cases from Gosho Aoyama or the people behind the anime, we are finally presented with something that is interesting. Outside of that, I cannot really think of anything else that really caught my eye. The fact that a virus that will show up later is named and that the case is faithful to its manga counterpart, with minor changes, as well as the fact that the case was actually interesting, certain made things look pretty good.
Although I did like the case, there are certainly some issues. However, aside from the fact that the Island is called St. Anne, when the tour is called The Izu Mystery Tour, named after the same place where the members are supposed to gather, and the fact that somebody is labeled a hacker, instead of a cracker, though nobody outside the computer world really knows the difference these days, there is only one thing that comes to my mind. First, the next episode preview featured at the end of episode 70 (Japanese count) is incorrect. In the preview, it claims that the next episode is called Triple Terror. However, according to my episode list, Detective Conan World's episode list, and MagicBox's episode list, the next episode is The Stalker. This can get really confusing, especially since the episodes on the last disc ended at episode 71 (Japanese count). At the same time, when FUNimation originally released these episode, which was when they only released DVDs with 3-4 episodes, they tried to keep cases that spanned multiple episodes like this one on the same disc, though as far as I can remember about the seasons sets, such cases were only guaranteed to be in the same set. As a result, episodes were released out of order (e.g. episodes 71 and 76 (Japanese count on both) were released before episodes 68-70 (Japanese count) and 75 (Japanese count) respectively). I probably would have been annoyed if they had done that, but not as much as I am about what was done to episode 96 (Japanese count), which may be one of the only episodes I am willing to repurchase, if the correction was made. Seeing as the preview that should have been here was shown as the next episode preview in episode 67 (Japanese count), I will not doubt that this correction has been made in the third season set. Outside of that, I cannot really think of anything else, as something I thought of was no longer relevant. The fact that the only issue is the confusion caused by episodes being released out of order does little, if any, damage to an otherwise decent case.
Considering that the only issue that I could think of was just confusion over episodes being released out of order, this was definitely watching. I recommend this to fans of detective, mystery, and crime fiction, as well as fans of Detective Conan (Case Closed), because the case was interesting and it does have some importance to the series, as it names the virus that Haibara and Jimmy encounter later in the series. As for everyone else, I think this serves as a good introduction to the series, as well as the detective, mystery, and crime fiction genres in general.
What are your thoughts on Case Closed episodes 70-72? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.
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