Anime Review: Case Closed Season 2

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Well, this is certainly a good thing. Now, that I have covered all 26 episodes of FUNimation's second season of Detective Conan (Case Closed), I can finally take break from the series, though I may review some episodes from the next season here and there.

However, before I take a break from the series, I will make one more post. Today, I will be reviewing Case Closed season 2.

As I have given a series synopsis in an earlier post and the series is not yet over, I will not go over again.

Like the last season review, I will list all cases that came from the manga, ordered by when they occur in the manga and what volume they are in, according to Detective Conan World.

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I have to say, I really enjoyed this season of Detective Conan (Case Closed). Although there were less episodes adapted from the manga, which I find surprising, considering that the first season had so many filler episodes, there were plenty of interesting or intense episodes. Also, even though episode 29 (Japanese count) talked about computers being used as murder weapons, the words Jimmy said applied very much to any kind weapon, which those that advocate gun control laws do not seem to get, especially since people were killing each other way before guns were even invented. Another thing that I really liked was that more cases were faithful to their manga counterparts than the first season, where Japan created a plot hole by removing Gin and Vodka, and made episode 10 one of the worse out there, according to MagicBox. About the only changes that are really noticeable are done by FUNimation. Even the filler seemed much better this season, with episode 36 (Japanese count) being one of best filler I have seen in this series. I also liked how we finally see the events that have Jimmy tell Haibara to consume some alcohol and then later find out that it only worked once, though it does lead to some question of how the prototype APTX 4869 antidote can even work. The thing that US fans of the series will like though is that we also find out who gave Jimmy APTX 4869, because Japan up and decided to butcher a very important episode by removing the men from the case. While the people behind an anime can do whatever they want, some things should be adapted exactly as they are in the manga counterpart, not do something that creates a major plot hole. There was also quite a bit of funny parts present throughout. The funniest of which occurs in episode 48 (Japanese count). Another nice thing about this season was that FUNimation was kind enough to give us the two to three episodes that were never broadcasted on Adult Swim. This means that there are no longer any empty spaces present between episodes 49 and 80 (Japanese count on both). That kind of bugged me how they released the first four on DVD and then immediately started releasing episodes 52-80 (Japanese count). It was also nice, no matter how much it ruined things, to finally be introduced to Jimmy's parent. After all, I cannot see how parents would let their kids live alone like Jimmy did for most of his life. Of course, Dr. Agasa was there, so I guess there is somebody that he can confide in. The fact that Jimmy finds something that gives him his original body back and that we learned the men who poisoned Jimmy are called Gin and Vodka, as well as the fact that most of the cases from the manga were very faithful to their manga counterparts and that it has one of the best filler cases, certainly made this season very enjoyable.

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Although I enjoyed the second season, there are certainly some problems. Even though I am pretty far into the manga, I still feel gypped. First, a lot of the cases that Gosho put into the manga and that were aired this season were not that interesting. Yes, not all of the cases created by Gosho are good, but it just seemed like most of the cases chosen were among dullest. For example, I cared more about seeing whether the alcohol would work a second time or not than where the body was in episode 50 (Japanese count). As I said in my review of that episode, I was expecting tense moments and never really got to see any. The second thing that made me feel like I was gypped was that episode 43 (Japanese count) seemed like it involved Black Org, when it did not. Either something is related to Black Org or it is not. No matter how good it is, fans are still going to be disappointed if they are led to believe something is not what it seems to be. Considering how a few of the better ones are present though, such as the diplomat murder case, which had a surprising method of murder, and the mountain villa murder case, though, I can kind of overlook these. Another thing that was not very good was the fact that FUNimation created their own plot hole, though it is not as bad as the plot hole(s) created by Japan. When I originally saw it on television, it did really bug me much, but now, having read the manga, I do see why the sub elitists are not too happy about it. None of this would have happened if Japan were faithful to the manga counterpart of episode 5, when working on this anime. Outside of that though, and what I have already said in the individual episode reviews, I have nothing else to complain about, especially since the one thing I did want to complain about is something that I do not know if the season set has or not. While FUNimation did do at least one thing wrong and some cases were not what they seemed, the thing that really disappoints me is that there are a lot of cases from Gosho Aoyama in here that I did not find the least bit interesting.

Considering that some important stuff crops up in this season, even if it created a plot hole, I think that this season was 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, with a few exceptions, this is good place to get introduced to the series, as well the detective, mystery, and crime fiction genres in general.

What are your thoughts on Case Closed season 2? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.

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