Anime Review: Case Closed Episodes 87 & 88

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That was a bit longer of a delay than I wanted, but at least I did not forget about Detective Conan (Case Closed). Recently, I decided to start covering FUNimation's fourth season and only had 19 episodes (22, according to FUNimation's count) to cover. So far, I have covered three of those episodes and 16 remain. Today, I will be reviewing Case Closed episodes 87 & 88 (Detective Conan episodes 84 & 85).

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

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Jimmy, Rachel, and Serena visit the slopes on a trip arranged by Serena's father, where the trio meets an old acquaintance.

However, when they take up an offer to visit a ski lodge, their relaxing trip is ruined when Serena finds somebody on the ground and is subsequently attacked.

With a killer on the loose in the lodge targeting the guests, Jimmy must now find out who among the lodge guests is the one behind the nightmare.

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I am not too sure about this one. The case seemed to be somewhat setup well. Not a whole lot was obvious. This is certainly nice, as I really doubt that fans of detective, mystery, and crime fiction would want to see something that was obvious, and having things be too obvious would just ruin these kinds of cases. I liked how Jimmy did not knock somebody out for once. Yes, I know that he did not knock out Agasa back in episode 63 (Japanese count), but most of the time, he knocks people out, in order for them to take the credit. Here, however, Jimmy uses his new gadget, which was introduced during the Two Mix case, though it was originally introduced in this case in the manga, to have Rachel reveal his deduction and take the spotlight, instead of either of the two that normally takes credit. What makes it better here than the usual routine though is that Rachel seems to speak more naturally. Normally, when Jimmy uses Agasa, Agasa lip syncs to whatever Jimmy says, making it a bit more believable than Richard or Serena talking without their mouth moving, but it just seems kind of weird to me. With Rachel doing everything, it really feel like Rachel is the one making the deduction, even though we the audience know otherwise. Another nice thing about this episode is that it showed that the truth might not be what we want it to be. While revealing Jimmy's deduction, Rachel realizes the truth and experiences a bit of an emotional breakdown, due to the fact that she did not want to believe it. I probably would be experiencing the kind of feeling if I were to find out that somebody I cared about attacked a friend and kill a few other individuals. After all, just like any other human being, I do not want to find out that somebody I knew to be responsible for a horrific act, but with what I usually deal with and my experience with the detective, mystery, and crime fictions genres, I know that I must doubt even the very people that are important to me, in order to keep myself from becoming apathetic. Since Jimmy knew full well what Rachel would experience, I cannot really say that he heartlessly put Rachel in this situation. On the other hand, I did find it funny, because Jimmy will be going through this hardship in the K3 case, which happens in volume 29 of the manga. It is funny because the only person so far to have an emotional stake in cases so far is Rachel, the first of which being the Knight Baron case. Another thing that I liked was the fact that we finally get the original Japanese version of an ending song. Now, the English versions of songs are not bad, since I did like the English versions of the Yu Yu Hakusho endings more than the Japanese versions, but I would definitely take the Japanese version of Nazo over the English version. Also, this series was pretty much the only one, except the Dragon Ball series and the recently acquired One Piece, where FUNimation was still dubbing the openings and endings. I got to say that I like this change, though none of the songs from Detective Conan, except for Giorgio Vanni's song, which is featured in the first Italian opening, are available in iTunes's US catalog. The best thing though was probably the fact that this case was very faithful to its manga counterpart. In fact, other than the fact that this case takes place earlier than it did in the manga, I could not really notice any major changes, as everything I saw in the episodes also happened in the manga. Outside of that, I cannot really think of anything else that I particularly liked.

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Although there were things I liked, there are certainly some issues. First, the case was not really that interesting. While this was definitely better that the filler that finished the third season set and started the fourth, I just could not really get into this case. I think what caused this was the fact that this seemed to be a rip off of episodes 34 & 35 (Japanese count). There may not have been an ax-wielding psycho in this case, but this case just did not seem to have the kind of excitement that I got from the case featured in those episodes. Seeing as this case follows its manga counterpart faithfully, the only one that I can really blame is Gosho Aoyama. However, seeing as he has made cases far less interesting than this, I will just label this as a minor issue. The other thing that kind of bugged me was Serena being attacked. Now, I may not be expert in medicine, but I do not get how the criminal knew how much chloroform to use, because a family member who was supposedly one of the last to be able to use for medical purposes said that an overdose would kill a person. Yes, overdosing on anything will kill a person, but the symptoms are not the same. For example, as I mentioned in my review of episode 55 (Japanese count), potassium chloride will mimic the symptoms of heart attack, while cyanide affects the body's ability to utilize oxygen. In this case, since the culprit has not seen Serena for quite a while, I do not really see how they would know how much chloroform they would have to use to knock Serena unconscious without killing her. Seeing that it is not explained in the manga, this is yet another problem that I have to blame on Gosho Aoyama. Other than that, the only things that come to my mind are the same issues present in the previous episodes in this set. While it did not make sense how the culprit knew how chloroform to use on Serena, the thing that really hurt this case was the fact that it was not as exciting as a case in an earlier season.

Despite the fact that this was not one of Gosho Aoyama's best cases, the fact that it is more interesting than other cases does make it good enough to kill some time. I recommend this to fans of detective, mystery, and crime fiction, as well as fans of Detective Conan (Case Closed), due to the fact that the case was at least decent. As for everyone else, this is probably a good case to get introduced to the series, as well as the detective, mystery, and crime fiction genres in general.

What are your thoughts on Case Closed episodes 87 & 88? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.

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