Book Review: Case Closed Volume 40

August 31, 2012


Here we are at the end of another month. As I said in my review of Detective Conan (Case Closed) episode 1, I do not normally do daily posting because I usually review new or short series and books, but considering that Detective Conan is neither a new series nor short, I have been posting almost daily for the second month in a row, trying to catch up to the English releases of the manga, since there is a pretty big gap between volumes 26 and 42.

Fortunately, you guys will not have to bear with it for long because the recent order that was completely shipped now was the last that contained all books from the same series. Once I place and receive the next order, which, with the exception of three volumes, catches me up to where the English releases are, I plan to finally go back to having a post every 3-5 days, with the exception of book reviews and computer issues I come across.

Speaking of book reviews, I have covered one of the two books I received recently, leaving only one more book. Today, I will be reviewing that book, which is called Case Closed Volume 40 by Gosho Aoyama.

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

The MPD has caught onto the fact that Takagi and Sato have plans to go somewhere together and try to press Takagi for answers, but they were not so successful because they found tickets for game. Unfortunately for Sato and Takagi, fellow officers find them. However, spying on the supposed lovebirds is not their only mission. During their visit to the amusement, Takagi finds out that his backpack has been switched with a bag containing a kilo of heroin. With the help of Jimmy and the Junior Detective League, Takagi and Sato must now find out who the bag belongs to and stop them from completely a drug deal, not knowing that they have Takagi's bag. Later, Jimmy, Richard, Rachel, and Serena head out to a tennis court and try to make Jimmy jealous, even though the other three do not know that the sick boy with them is Jimmy. Due to the rain and the fact that they get lost, they take shelter at the home of a man they met earlier. Even though he is hospitable, the peaceful atmosphere is broken when Jimmy and Rachel find the old man who greeted them at the door hanging from the ceiling with blood coming from his mouth. Everyone suspects suicide but Jimmy does not think so. Now, Jimmy must determine whether their host is innocent, as everyone else believes, or is a murderer. Afterwards, Jimmy and the Junior Detective League are trying to help Agasa find a wedding invitation, so he can RSVP in time. While searching, they find a letter from somebody Agasa knew from 40 years ago. Seeing Agasa's face, the Junior Detective League decides to help Agasa find the person they think is his first love. Finally, Richard gets a simple case of trying to figure out who is after a certain person, or so he thinks. However, when he plunges deep into debt because of his confidence, he does not decide to turn down the case and Eva, Jimmy, and Rachel must take his place. Now, Jimmy and the gang must find out what Richard could not.

Honestly, after having read the intense encounter with Gin & Vodka, I am not so sure about this book, but I can definitely say that I did not hate it. In fact, much of it was very funny. In the drug dealing case, Takagi and Sato are so focused on finding the mule. However, the rest of the police were freaking out a lot, such as thinking Sato and Takagi were already getting married and that Takagi called her his heroine. I knew that many of the police were infatuated with her, but the fact that they were more worried about the relationship between Takagi and Sato was so hilarious. I cannot say that I was impressed that much with the case itself, much it was pretty good, considering that not a whole lot is obvious, unless one is truly familiar with sports, since there is not really much common ground in figuring out the dominate from sports. As for the murder case that happened near the tennis, the only thing I liked was what Jimmy did. For being unable to speak or write, Jimmy sure did a good job of making people understand him. What he did is pretty useful because there are situations in which we need to convey things without talking. Of course, I was also surprised that everyone caught on quickly, considering that the two worst detectives ever are on the scene. As for the case of Agasa's first love, that had few laughs. When Jimmy and the gang went to the zoo, thinking the person waiting for Agasa was there, they encountered a person who turned out to be older than Agasa. It was quite funny, considering that only Agasa, Haibara, and Jimmy could tell what somebody may look like 40 years later from the timeframe Agasa gave them. Of course, it was no doubt that the kids the age of the Junior Detective would not be able to notice such details. However, that was not the funniest part. After finding out that was incorrect, they find a person who is turns out to be a man. Now, I know we should not be judging people by their appearance exactly, which everyone is pretty much a hypocrite about in our society, but the guy looked like a queer and it turned out to be right. At least, that guy was not as freaky as the one in the beloved series known as One Piece. I am not trying to make fun of anybody who is attracted to the same gender by saying that was the funny part about it. After all, it was not what was so funny. The thing that was funny was Agasa's reaction to the guy. Obviously, Agasa was quite uncomfortable, since it seemed like he did not want to see that guy again. The numbers in the case were not so obvious, but as we age, unfortunately, we grow out of our childish tendencies and forget a lot of what we used to know. By the time it is obvious, everything is already figured out. As for the of a the death threat, I am not too sure about this case, since it is continued in the next volume, but the humor here was pretty decent. When Richard talks about the case, he says he can solve the case in his sleep because he is so confident. If only he knew how many cases he has slept through. Of course, I was kind of glad that Jimmy sympathized with Richard when he found out what the evidence was exactly. Outside of that, there is not much else I can say about the case. The humor present in this volume certainly makes it an enjoyable read.

Although I liked it, I cannot say that the volume was perfect. Had the humor not been, present, I could not have really seen much good in this release, especially with all of the tension I experience from volume 38. After all, nothing much is the same after a Black Org event or case. I just was not that interested in most of the cases. In fact, the one that happened near a tennis court was obvious the moment Jimmy identified the case as a murder. However, I will give it credit that the trick used was pretty interesting and not that obvious. I was also not that interested in Agasa's first love case because it just seemed really pointless. At first, I did have something else to complain about, but taking into fact the situation, I no longer count it as a negative. While most of the cases are uninteresting, it does not decrease the volume's quality by much.

Despite the fact that most of the cases seem uninteresting, the humor makes up for it and makes the volume worth reading. I recommend this to fans of Detective Conan (Case Closed). For those that are fans of detective, mystery, and crime fiction, I am not too sure much can be found, but the case that happened near the tennis court was decent. As for everyone else, the humor present may be the best thing about this volume and does serve as a nice introduction to the series, but may be not to the detective, mystery, and crime fiction genres.

What are your thoughts on Case Closed Volume 40? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.

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