Book Review: Case Closed Volume 50


Things seem to be going pretty well, huh?

As I mentioned before, I had recently received the bulk of a preorder I had made.

One by one, I have covered each one until only one remains.

Today, I will be reviewing that last title, which is called Case Closed Volume 50 by Gosho Aoyama.

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

Jimmy still is not getting any rest, as more cases come his way when he happens upon a kidnapping and a person who wants to interview the Junior Detective League members is found dead.

However, Jimmy has more on his plate to deal with, when his own teacher is beginning to suspect that is not some ordinary child.

If that was not enough, Harley calls Jimmy and tells him that there was somebody that was better than either one of them that showed during a deduction battle between Jimmy and Harley before they had ever officially met.

While this was not a Black Org case, like the previous volume was, I really enjoyed this volume. Most of the cases were fairly interesting. The kidnapping case was pretty well set up and not much was very obvious. In fact, I was let to believe that a relative of the hostage was involved in the kidnapping because of the way he was acting. I guess this means that facial expressions are not always things to indicate guilt. Then again, if he was guilty, I would have been disappointed because it would have just been too obvious. The interview murder case was somewhat decent as well, but not as much as the other two cases. The thing that was probably the best though was that Kobayashi was really close to finding out Jimmy’s secret. After all, he was just acting as his usual self and saying things that children should not even know. If I were in her shoes, I would certainly be suspecting something is up. Of course, the thing that I liked the most about the case was that Jimmy was in a tight spot of the Junior Detective League thinking he is acting weird and Haibara wanting him to act childish, to throw Kobayashi off his scent, actually made me laugh quite a bit. The case that I think I liked the most though was that the battle between Jimmy and Harley that took place in their middle school days. Out of all the cases, this was the most interesting one. The case was set up pretty well and not much was very obvious, especially since the case has yet to conclude, but it will most likely most likely end in next volume, going by the usual pattern of past volumes. Harley and Jimmy were right on the same track, just like they were for much of the diplomat murder case, though Harley was one step behind Jimmy. There were also some funny parts, though it was mainly about how similar Harley and Kazuha’s relationship was to Jimmy and Rachel’s. The thing that I think I liked the most about this volume though was the advertisement at the end. Most of the time, at least from my experience with other titles, manga publishers here usually advertise their other works. However, in this volume, Viz put in an ad for the Detective Conan DVD releases from FUNimation featuring both Jimmy, in his shrunken state, and Kaito Kuroba, in his KID outfit. While I do prefer the manga of this series, I think that it is nice that there is more of an advertisement than just saying “read the manga that started the hit anime” or something like that. After all, people can go and decided for themselves whether they like FUNimation’s dub or the Japanese dub or that the manga is indeed better than the anime, no matter what dub one views it with. Unfortunately, even if this advertisement does generate enough revenue for FUNimation to consider releasing episodes 124+ (Japanese count), it still would not make getting those episodes a high priority for me, because of what was done in FUNimation’s fourth and fifth seasons by both FUNimation and Japan. Other than that, I cannot think of anything else that I particularly liked. The fact that most of the cases were decent and there were a few things that made me laugh, as well as the fact that Viz put in an advertisement for the anime, made this a good volume.

Although I did like this volume, there are some issues. However, since I cannot think of anything that really bugged me, I will have to say that there is nothing worth mentioning.

Considering that there was more to like than hate about this volume, this was definitely worth reading. I recommend this to fans of detective, mystery, and crime fiction, as well as Detective Conan (Case Closed) fans, because the cases were decent, but the extra contained might only be interesting to fans of Detective Conan. As for everyone else, this might serve as a good introduction to the series, as well as the detective, mystery, and crime fiction genres, though earlier volumes may be better, because this was released after a Black Org case occurred.

What are your thoughts of Case Closed Volume 50? Did you like it just as much as I did or were you disappointed? Was there anything you liked or hated that I forgot to mention? Feel free to comment.

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