Even though I am taking a break from the Detective Conan (Case Closed) anime, I do not think that it would be that great to start off the fourth season set coverage with episodes that FUNimation released prior to the season sets. Because that is how FUNimation's fourth season starts, I have decided to temporarily put my break on hold.
So far, I have covered 76 episodes (79, according to FUNimation's count) of the 123 (130, according to FUNimation's count) that have been dubbed by FUNimation, with only 47 (51, according to FUNimation's count) remaining. Out of that 47, four were released before FUNimation started releasing season sets. Today, I will be reviewing Case Closed episodes 80 & 81 (Detective Conan episodes 77 & 78).
As I have given a series synopsis in an earlier post, I will not go over it again.
Jimmy, Richard, and Rachel have gone to meet somebody to get the details of a simple case.
However, the peaceful atmosphere is ruined when a corpse is found only moments after a phone call and the prime suspect is man wrapped in bandages.
While everyone seems to suspect a particular individual, Jimmy and Harley, who met the trio there, are not so certain. Now, they must figure out the truth, before somebody gets away with murder.
I kind of liked this case. Things were set up pretty well. Not a whole lot was obvious for much of the case. Another nice thing was that after the onslaught so many terrible cases that were present in the third season set, though it did end with a case that was not, this case was interesting. It is certainly nice to not be let down after the episode preview for it featured in episode 76 (Japanese count) made me want to watch this right away. If it were not, I certainly would have hated these episodes. I doubt that I would be alone in this feeling, because as I have said many times on this blog, people want to see cases that are interesting, otherwise they would not continue following the character or series. Of course, the case not only started out interesting, but it became much more interesting when we find out that the prime suspect might not be the culprit. Like episode 72 (Japanese count), things seemed to get more exciting when this turned out to be a whodunit based on mistaken identity. Although it was obvious to me that the guy wrapped up in bandages may not be who the characters all thought it was, case was handled well enough that it was not immediately obvious. This is how most cases should be done. I certainly would like a few other cases in the Detective Conan (Case Closed) series if they started out interesting and then got more interesting later, instead of starting out or remaining or becoming dull. There were also some funny parts. The funniest thing though was that Harley almost revealed that Jimmy and Conan were the same person in front of Rachel, who noticed pretty much every time Harley slipped up. For being one of the four people, at the time this case takes place, or has not been introduced, when only taking the anime into account, that knows that secret, he should know that if the true identity of Conan Edogawa got out that Black Org may come after Jimmy, his friends, and family. On the other hand, considering what we learn from Haibara, I guess I should say that there are currently five, not counting the already, or should be, if one only follows the anime, deceased Akemi Miyano, that know Jimmy's secret, since she does say in manga volume 18 that she played a part in Jimmy's survival prior to their first meeting. Even with Haibara confirming Jimmy's death for Black Org, Harley would technically cause everyone to die. Speaking of which, I also liked Jimmy's word to Harley featured near the end of episode 78 (Japanese count). When the case was resolved, Harley thought that they should have let the culprit commit suicide, but Jimmy tells him that doing so would make them no better than a murderer and remembers the events of the Moonlight Sonata Murder Case. That does not really seem that different from people that found out somebody important to them took their own life. Many of the people that have to go through such pain blame themselves because they let that person die, even when they are not legally responsible, which only a person in the legal field, such as a lawyer, can determine, given enough details. I guess Harley has not experienced the same kind of things Jimmy has. I also liked how the case was fairly faithful to the manga counterpart. Everything I saw, except for some minor differences, happened like it did in the manga. Outside of that, I cannot think of anything else that I liked. The fact that the case started out interesting and became more interesting, as well as the humor of Harley almost gave away Jimmy's secret, made this a decent case case.
Although I liked the episodes, there are certainly some issues. First, the next episode preview featured is not exactly correct. At the end of episode 78 (Japanese count), the next episode is claimed to be Murder and MahJong and scenes from it were also shown. However, according to my episode list, MagicBox's episode list, and Detective Conan World's episode list, the next episode is actually The Revengeful Robber. In the fourth season set, which is one of the only two season sets I own and contains these episodes, the episode that is claimed to be the next episode is indeed The Revengeful Robber. If this was not corrected, I would have to take back my guesses that all the times that episodes were released out-of-order had such an issue corrected in the third season set. After all, the episodes have so far been right about the episode being previewed was the first episode on next the disc. However, the version presented in the fourth season set is not entirely perfect. In both episodes 77 and 78 (Japanese count on both), there is no Next Conan's Hint segement. In the original single releases from FUNimation, even though the next episode preview for episode 78 (Japanese count) is wrong, the Next Conan's Hint segment exists in both episodes. Not only is the segment present in the singles, but also in the Japanese version, which I had to look up fansubs for, since I cannot trust FUNimation's Japanese track, both contain the correct preview for the next episodes and the Next Conan's Hint segments. This already makes me more disappointed in the fourth season set than I was when I posted my original review of the season on Amazon. Then again, when I first saw the episodes in the fourth season set, I intentionally skipped the first four, because I had already seen them. If I had not, and even knew what I did now, I probably would have rated it three stars, at most. FUNimation really dropped ball on this case when they rereleased it. Another thing that I noticed was that opening and ending for episode 78 (Japanese count) featured the same footage in its fourth season set version as it did the singles version. In the Japanese version, the ending featured scenes from the episode itself and the opening features scenes from the previous during the entire during of Nazo, like episode 62 (Japanese count) did. Episode 77 (Japanese count), on the other hand, has the right footage for the opening, but shares the same issue for its ending that episode 78 (Japanese count) has. While I may suddenly seem nitpicky now, when I let such problems slide for other episodes, I am not letting it slide here because the fourth season was actually advertised as being unedited and uncut, as well as the fact that FUNimation supposedly transitioned to using the Japanese video footage for episodes. Unfortunately, since TMS, who licensed Detective Conan to FUNimation, does give out edited masters, like in the case of movies 2 through 6, I am not too sure I can blame the opening and ending issues on FUNimation, like I can for them removing the Next Conan's Hint segments of the version presented on the fourth season set. Another problem I had, which applies to both the original release and the version presented in the fourth season set, was that the culprit was a bit too obvious. Yes, it was not as obvious episode 6 was, but if one paid close attention, one would know well before either Harley or Jimmy figure things out. Considering that things could be worse, and the fact that I am more annoyed with unedit/uncut advertising of the fourth season set, though, it is just a minor issue. I also thought that the case itself was not the best. Even though it is one of the better cases present, I thought that the Mountain Villa Murder Case was better than this one. Unfortunately, I cannot really think of the exact reason why. Other than that, nothing else seemed to bug me. While the original release of this case had a few problems, the episodes as they are presented on the fourth season set makes the season set itself a bit less appealing.
Considering that the case was interesting, this was definitely worth watching. I recommend this to fan of detective, mystery, and crme fiction. As for Detective Conan (Case Closed), I only recommend watching this on the DVD that originally featured this case, and not from the DVDs contained in the fourth season set, because of the false advertising of the fourth season set being unedited and uncut. As for everyone else, this might be 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 80 & 81? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.