After having about a month long break, I guess it is time to cover FUNimation's penultimate season of Detective Conan (Case Closed). Fortunately, as I have covered all of the 80 (83, according to FUNimation's count) episodes originally released before the season sets (I recently updated my wiki to show which episodes are in which season set), I can get started on the final 43 (47, according to FUNimation's count) episodes released by FUNimation, 19 (22, according to FUNimation's count) of which make up the bulk of the fourth season set. Today, I will be reviewing Case Closed episodes 84 & 85 (Detective Conan episodes 81 & 82).
As I have given a series synopsis in an earlier post, I will not go over it again.
Two Mix is having concert and everyone is excited, except for Jimmy.
However, while dining with a member of Two Mix, who met Jimmy and the Junior Detective League while they were looking for their partner, Jimmy and the kids watch as their new acquaintance is kidnapped before their eyes.
Now, Jimmy and the gang, with the help of the police, must find and rescue both members of Two Mix and the people responsible, but with eager fans waiting, everyone is up against a deadline.
I enjoyed this case. The case was interesting and was setup pretty well. There was also not a whole lot obvious, except for the fact that one of the kidnappers knew Meguire. After all, going after members of a professional music group because of a song does not really make sense. Fortunately, Jimmy, before the kidnapping took place, noticed that peculiarity and listened to a demo tape featuring the song. After all, some words in the lyrics might be describe events that somebody wants to remain unknown. I also liked how Jimmy easily fooled the kidnappers into believing that he was Amy, when they requested that Amy come alone. It is not a hard trick to pull off, since he is in a kid's body, but it goes to show that he is the only one to think things through, especially since they do not really listen to him much of the time. If Haibara were around, things might have been a little different. Unfortunately, she is not introduced in either the manga or anime until after this case. Speaking of the manga, this was fairly faithful to its manga counterpart. Pretty much everything I saw happened exactly as it did in the manga, though there were some minor changes, such as the fact that Rachel and Serena did not notice Meguire getting out of the car, like they did in the manga. I also liked how observant the Junior Detective League was in this case. Not only did they point out that they ran into Minami Takayama, who supposedly knows, only in real life, who the leader of Black Org is, according to Detective Conan World, they also noticed that Minami and Jimmy, who they, like everyone else, now call Conan, share a similar voice. That does not surprise me because Alison Vicktorin voices both of them, according to Detective Conan World, though FUNimation did change her name in this episode. Not only does this happen in FUNimation's version, but it also happens in the Japanese version as well, which I to look up a fansubbed version of because I cannot trust FUNimation's Japanese track, due to the fact that the fourth season set was advertised as unedited and uncut. As a result, I cannot really see why sub elitists are so angry about Conan's voice sounding like a girl in FUNimation's dub. Besides, if Conan's voice did sound more boyish, I doubt that the similarity that was present in both the manga and the Japanese version would be so easy to accomplish here, though neither women nor children have voices as deep as grown men. Another thing that I liked was that we got see how terrible of a singer Jimmy was. As far as I can remember, the first time this was brought up was episode 18 (Japanese count). It is nice to know that people were right about Jimmy being tone deaf and it also makes things kind of funny. While on the subject of funny things, there were some scenes that there were funny. The funniest of which happens in episode 82 (Japanese count). When the fans become impatient in episode 82 (Japanese count), the Junior Detective League messes around backstage, turning off the lights and starting up Break, which is a real song from Two Mix, and Jimmy decides sing the song. While the concert audience did not really enjoy it, I found this funny because the Junior Detective League did not know that they were getting the fan's hopes up, only to be disappointed by Jimmy's poor singing. Other than that, nothing else comes to my mind that I liked. The fact that things were quite funny and FUNimation did a good job of keeping the voices of Minami Takayama and Conan the same, as well as the fact that this was faithful to its manga counterpart, did make things entertaining.
Although the episodes were pretty good, there are certainly some issues. However, outside of the same issues that plagued the versions of the four episodes that actually start off the fourth season, there is only one thing that annoys me. In this case, FUNimation not only changes the names of the Two Mix members, but they call change the name to Two Times. Now, this normally would not be a big deal, since this case is not very important, due to the fact that the Minami Takayama in the case does not know the identity of the leader of Black Org, like the Minami in real life does, but I cannot really be lenient here. FUNimation, according to MagicBox, has been using the Japanese footage for pretty much all of the season sets and right in the footage we see the name Two Mix on the concert stage. If FUNimation is going to use the Japanese footage, they should at least call the musicians Two Mix. Another thing that annoys me about this is that Two Mix is also the one that sings the fifth opening of Detective Conan (it would have been the fourth opening in US had Haibara been introduced in the television series, because nobody outside Japan got Feel Your Heart). If they are going to rename Two Mix, I wonder how they will handle the K3 case from manga volume 29, if FUNimation decides to dub the episodes in the 124+ range (Japanese count), since names of other people, such as Miho Komatsu, who sang Nazo, according to Detective Conan World, the third opening of Detective Conan, and Mai Kuraki, who sang openings 10, 12, 16, 23, 25, 29, and 35, also according to Detective Conan World, as well as ending 12, which is the only song I know that was used as the ending song for both the television series and a movie, are mentioned. I guess that FUNimation did not think that US fans of the series would know that Two Mix was a real group. While there was not a whole lot that hurt the series, the fact that FUNimation renamed Two Mix, when the concert footage said Two Mix ruined the quality of these episodes.
Despite the fact that FUNimation called Two Mix Two Times, this was definitely worth watching. I recommend this to fans of detective, mystery, and crime fiction, as well as fans of Detective Conan (Case Closed). As for everyone else, this is should serve as 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 episode 84 & 85? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.
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