Well, things seem to be progressing nicely. As I stated in the previous review, I unexpectedly got half of an order that I placed with Barnes & Noble, and even got one other title. So far, I have covered one of those books. Of the two remaining, there has been one that I have been waiting for with high anticipation. Today, I will be reviewing that book, which is called Case Closed Volume 48 by Gosho Aoyama.
As I have given a series synopsis in an earlier post, I will not go over it again.
Jimmy is as busy as ever with new cases that come his way, as he becomes involved in a murder case where he cannot directly investigate the scene and a murder case that seems to be impossible for any of the suspects for one reason or another.
However, Jimmy’s biggest case comes when he finds out that Richard’s recent client is a member of Black Org and is planning an assassination, along with many new and old faces.
Now, Jimmy must find the target and prevent the assassination, in order to keep Richard from being targeted by Black Org.
I enjoyed this volume. After the understandably disappointing previous volume, things really seemed to improve, as many of the cases did have something a bit interesting. Seeing as how the volume did not start out with the new Black Org case or related cases, I thought that I was going to be disappointed. However, I am glad that I proven wrong. The first case was somewhat interesting because the thing that the Junior Detective League was preoccupied with was surprising connected to the case. Most of the time in the series, a murder case happens right in the same area where the Junior Detective League is located, which means that they are part of the investigation. Here, however, the Junior Detective League had some much-deserved peace, not knowing that Jimmy was involved in another case without them. This made things pretty hilarious, like the Junior Detective League calling Jimmy by his alias and Jimmy suddenly thinking of Rachel when he figured out the code that the Junior Detective League was trying to decipher. Of course, the thing that I liked most about the case was that Jimmy showed that he really was not the know-it-all that he has been portrayed to be in many of the previous volumes. Even though I have read many of the cases to come, I was starting to think that Jimmy was too perfect, so this kind of reminds us that Jimmy is human just like everyone else. As for the case that cropped up afterwards, that was pretty interesting. I was probably just as stumped Jimmy about who the culprit was. The culprit seemed to be pretty good at hiding the fact that multiple people committed the crimes. Then again, compared to how Murder on the Orient Express had many culprits that were all responsible, this case was not so difficult to figure out. The funniest thing though was the clue to solve the entire case. Now, it was not as funny as the clue featured in the case in episode 52 (Japanese count) of the anime, which is the anime counterpart of a case that happens in volume 11 of the manga, but it still made me laugh. If I were in Jimmy’s shoes, I would probably feel the exact same way as him. The ding-dong dash case was probably the most interesting of the cases featured. In volume 46, Jimmy learns that the tune he heard from Vermouth’s phone was a nursery rhyme. Here, it revealed the new Black Org member. What seems to be the most interesting about this revelation though is that the newly introduced character seems to most likely be a recent recruit, unlike the other new faces show up, since Haibara did not recognize the name Kir. Then again, I am not too how long Rena has been in Black Org, so Haibara’s words is the only thing that even suggests such a possibility. I also noticed that something important came up that I did not notice when I first encountered this case in the anime, which is episode 425 (Japanese count). Rena mentions that she had a little brother when the Richard resolved her case. Now, in terms of finding the cure to APTX 4869 or bringing down Black Org, it is not too important, but this leads to yet another person who knows that Conan and Jimmy are the same person. After all, that person seems to show up shortly after this confrontation with Black Org. As for my thoughts on the case overall though, I cannot really comment because it has only begun. Aside from what I mentioned, I cannot think of anything else that I particularly liked. The fact that most of the cases were interesting and the lead Jimmy investigated in an earlier volume finally reared its head made this a good release.
Although I liked the volume, there were certainly some issues. However, seeing as my only complaints do not seem to hurt the book in even the slightest, I will have to say that there is nothing worth mentioning.
Considering that the cases were mostly interesting and the next Black Org case starts in this volume, this was definitely worth reading. I recommend this to fans of detective, mystery, and crime fiction, as well as fans of Detective Conan (Case Closed). As for everyone else, I think it would be better to read the previous volumes because only one of the cases seems like it would be good enough to be an introduction to the series, or even the detective, mystery, and crime fiction genres in general.
What are your thoughts on Case Closed Volume 48? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.