Anime Review: Case Closed Season 1

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Well, are you guys glad that I did not delay the final episodes of the season? Like I said in the last post, episode reviews for Detective Conan (Case Closed) will go back to every 3-5 days until the final four episodes of the next season, but not before I take a break from reviewing the anime. Today, I will be reviewing Case Closed season 1.

As this is not the last season of the series, nor will it come any time soon, and because of the fact that I gave a series synopsis in an earlier post, I will not go over again.

For those that want to compare the anime with the manga, this season features the following cases, ordered by when they occur in the manga and volume, according to Detective Conan World's episode list:

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This season was pretty decent. Many of the cases were set up well and not too obvious. However, the nice thing was that most of the case adapted from the manga, which are listed above were adapted pretty faithfully from their manga counterparts. There was also quite a bit of humor within the season that is mainly character-driven, such as Jimmy finding boxer shorts in episode 5, even though he expected a bomb to go off. More funny scenes included Rachel making Jimmy's face turn red, such as when she unknowingly confessed her feelings to him. It is amazing how much we reveal when do not know who is listening. After all, when one is nearby it is hard not to hear things that they were not supposed to hear. I also liked the surprises that cropped up, whether it was the culprit that was surprising, or like in episode 21 (Japanese count), Richard guesses the right person from the start. Even though there were not any Black Org cases in this season, I certainly did feel an excitement about the series that certainly makes me want see the outcome of the case. Another good point about the season is that we got to know our cast well. By no means are they fleshed out from episode 1, but I doubt that there would more than 500 episodes and 800 manga chapters if that were the case, especially since the characters go through some kind of development in cases, such as Jimmy telling Rachel his feeling in the Holmes' Revelation Arc. Jimmy was also not slow to pick up on things throughout most of the cases, which means he is definitely suited to be a detective. Aside from those, I cannot really think of anything else, without repeating. Considering that there were scenes I found funny, the fact that most of the cases are setup well and not so obvious, as well as the fact that we get to know our characters pretty well, the season looks like a pretty good first season.

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Although I liked the season, there are definitely issues. First, even though most of the cases were interesting and not obvious, there were quite a few that were either uninteresting, had an obvious culprit, or too much was obvious. For example, in my review of episode 6, I stated that Jimmy was too slow on the uptake, as well as the police. I knew right away in the episode whom the murderer was and how it was done by the scenes we saw leading up to the time the victim died. If a person can tell that much from the obvious before a detective reveals his or her deductions, it cannot be considered a mystery. However, things do not just end there. In episode 21 (Japanese count), even though the episode was not focused on dramatic irony, the culprit was revealed by the expressions we saw. At the same time, I will give it credit that not everything was obvious. The last thing to be kind of ruined by the obvious was episode 25 (Japanese count). Really, if Agatha Christie revealed what murderers normally do, we do not even need somebody explaining what a kidnapper would do and the actions we see in that episode certainly make it obvious whom the kidnapper is. As far as uninteresting cases, this again mainly falls into the filler episodes, but that does not mean all of them are filler. In fact, episode 10 definitely falls into this category. As I said in my review of that episode, this had to be the least interesting kidnapping case, since episode 2 seemed to be a bit better of a kidnapping case, even though both had a manga counterpart. However, I think that some of it had to do with the complaints that MagicBox made about it, which you can find a link to in my review of the episode. However, those all pale in comparison to the second biggest issue I have with this season. FUNimation and other dubbing companies have been getting both justified and unjustified flack about the way they handle the anime they license, but most of those same people harping on those US English dubs, which are mainly sub elitists, do not realize that even Japan is not as perfect as they believe. This is evident in two episodes in this season, which either create plot holes or causes a delay in important information and characters from cropping up. Normally, one would not expect, or even suspect, such things to be in the first season of a show, but it all becomes apparent, when one reads the first 26 volumes of the manga. First, Japan decides to replace Gin and Vodka with look-alikes in episode 5, which I stated in my review of the episode. Because of this, we do not know how Jimmy knows the codenames of the men in black in FUNimation's third season according to what I said in the review of that episode and MagicBox's episode list. It is most likely because of this that there will be a dub error in one of the second season episodes, even though that dub error creates another plot hole. In fact, the presence of plot holes in the anime is the very reason I prefer the manga. Second, Akemi Miyano and the mastermind behind the robbery in episode 13 (Japanese count) are both replaced with random people. It does not affect anything right now because Haibara does not make her appearance until after KID in both the anime and manga, but the changes made here are the reason why both episodes 13 and 128 (both Japanese count) are based on the same manga case, as seen in my link earlier in this post. Honestly, if that episode was done properly, we would have seen Haibara earlier and we would already know that the drug that shrunk Jimmy is called APTX 4869, so it would not be as much of a spoiler for those that only watch the anime dubbed. There were other manga-based cases that had some changes in their anime adaptations, but none have dealt the blow that episodes 5 and 13 (both Japanese count) have to the series. The biggest dents in this season are the fact that there are cases that are too obvious and the fact that one episode creates a plot hole in future episodes, while another delays important information, but when looking at the whole season does not outweigh the excitement in the other cases.

Despite the fact that many episodes featured uninteresting and/or obvious cases, as well as an episode that creates a plot hole, the season was a pretty decent watch because of the humor and the interesting cases, especially those that were fairly faithful to their manga counterparts. I would recommend this to fans of Detective Conan (Case Closed), as well as fans of detective, mystery, and crime fiction. As for everyone else, this is definitely a good season to get introduced to the series, as well as the detective, mystery, and crime fiction genres.

What are your thoughts on Case Closed season 1? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.

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