Anime Review: Case Closed Episodes 91 & 92

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I know that I am a little late, but I did not forget about Detective Conan (Case Closed). Last month, I decided to cover FUNimation's fourth season of the series. So far, out of the 19 episodes (22, according to FUNimation's count) that premiered in this, 11 have been covered and 8 remain (11, according to FUNimation's count). Today, I will be reviewing Case Closed episodes 91 & 92 (Detective Conan episodes 88 & 89).

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 have been asked to visit by a famous vampire novelist, who wants Richard to investigate his wife.

However, before Richard has a chance to do any real digging, his client is found hanging dead on the wall.

Now, Jimmy and the gang must find out who killed the novelist and why a projector's light was focused on the corpse.

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I am not too sure about this one. The case was somewhat setup well and not a whole was obvious. I did like that there was mention of how a lot of the vampire stories of old, prior to Bram Stoker's famous work, came about, though not a whole lot. If they did explain things, it would probably be explained too much, just like how I mentioned that the Level Upper network seemed to be have too much detail explained in the Railgun anime when I reviewed the second volume of Railgun. After all, we do not need to know everything to understand what is going on in a story. There was also one funny, but it did not really seem to stand out. Outside of that, I cannot think of anything else that I liked. The fact that the vampire stuff was not over-the-top made things tolerable.

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Although there were a few things done right, there are certainly some issues. First, the case was not really that interesting. Seeing as this is a filler case, according to Detective Conan World, it looks like the Japanese are once again to blame for this. I said it before and I will say it again, it seems like they do not even know what makes a good mystery, even though they know the big names like Sherlock and Lupin. Fans of detective, mystery, and crime fiction was to see cases that are actually interesting, because that is what attract them to the series, since it does show that the protagonist is actually intelligent. Not only do interesting attract people to the series, but it even makes people want to solve the case themselves. Here, however, I have no motivation to even figure out what was going on. I think the people behind the anime in Japan really have lost their spark to create decent mysteries already. Another thing that I did not like was that the name Dracula never even came up once. Now, I am not really a fan of vampire stories, mainly because all of them seem to use the stereotypical traits and aura, but according to the link presented earlier, this case was originally called Dracula's Villa Murder Case and the Japanese version, which I had to find a fansubbed version of, because I do not think I can trust FUNimation's subs here, brings up the name Dracula quite a bit. However, the only thing even close to hearing anything concerning Dracula is something that I want to say talks about Vlad Dracula, the infamous ruler that lived in what is now Romania, and is supposedly the one Stoker named his famous character after. Since, as I stated earlier, the Japanese version does use the name Dracula quite a bit, the only one I can blame for this issue is FUNimation. I can probably understand having names changed, due to alleged demands made by TMS, and the US names are not the worst names to encounter, but the name Dracula cannot be copyrighted, according to the website of the U.S. Copyright Office, and Project Gutenberg states that the book of the same title is in the public domain in the US. Also, IMDB appears to have a lot of titles containing the name Dracula. Because of this fact, I do not see why FUNimation chose to use a name other than Dracula. Besides, there does not seem to be anything stopping from using the name. Honestly, they should have just kept the name Dracula. Other than that and the usual issues with episodes in this season, nothing else seems to come to my mind. The fact that the case was not really that interesting and FUNimation unnecessarily removed every instance of the name Dracula really hurt this show.

Considering that I had very little good to say about this case, the fact that the case was dull and FUNimation made unnecessary changes made this a waste of time. I recommend that everyone, even newcomers to the series, to skip these episodes.

What are your thoughts on Case Closed episodes 91 & 92? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.

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