It is certainly nice to get things around the release date release, huh?
After discovering a little trick a while back, I have transition much of my reading to the digital format, though I am not too sure how much longer it will work.
Anyway, a few days ago, I got a title from Barnes & Noble that was released that day.
Today, I will be reviewing that book, which is called Case Closed Volume 52 by Gosho Aoyama.
As I have given a series synopsis in an earlier post, I will not go over it again.
As usual, Jimmy gets no breaks from his gig as a detective, which does help him get closer to finding a cure for APTX 4869 and bring down Black Org, but he seems to be busier than usual when he must not deal with three cases, but four different ones, ranging from an attempt to make a suicide look like murder to three very real murder cases.
Now, Jimmy must find out the truth before innocent people are framed and the real culprits can get away.
I am not too sure about this volume. While all of the cases begin and end before the volume itself ends, I could not really find much that I did like about this volume. Still, I think that I should go over some things that I did like. The first case was had a little interesting twist that I did not even see coming, despite my familiarity with the detective, mystery, and crime fiction genres. Throughout the course of that case, I really thought that a murder was about to occur because of how the guy was acting after he left the company of Jimmy and his friends, but it ultimately did not happen. Then again, with everything Jimmy and the gang pointed out, it should have been much more obvious. The other thing that caught my attention was the red handkerchief case. This was a bit more interesting because there were absolutely no obvious clues like the other case that I brought up. I was really misled about who the killer was in that case, because I thought that the guy who barely spoke that well had committed the crime. However, the thing that really surprised me in that case was the fact that he was not really alone. Taking into account the many cases present in Detective Conan, this kind of things does not really happen that often. I wish that there was more like this in the series, but if this did become a more regular occurrence, I would probably be just as bored. The things that I liked the most though were the funny scenes present in the volume. the funniest of which came up during the red handkerchief case. When Serena tries to explain her reason for tying a red handkerchief like what is done in her favorite show, she gets Rachel to go along with the decision by having her think of a situation in which Jimmy, in his normal body, followed another woman because Rachel forgot to wear the right color. Rachel just seems to be way too easily convinced by such a scenario. After all, I would not really mistake one girl for another just because she was wearing the wrong color, unless I did not really know that girl to begin with. Still, it did make me laugh a little bit. Outside of those things though, there was nothing that I really found that interesting. The fact that there were some good things in a few of the cases did make things somewhat enjoyable.
Although there were some things that I liked about the volume, there are some issues. However, only one thing really stood out to me. I could not really find any of the four cases featured in this volume to be that interesting. Yes, I know that I did say that there were some things about two of the four cases that were somewhat interesting, but even those few interesting things did nothing to really make me excited about these cases. Really, Gosho? I know that not every case created by Gosho is that great, but he at least puts in a few good cases in each of the volumes. Here, however, I cannot really think of one that was remotely good. For example, the first case that occurred at the movie premeire did not really have anything going for it. Everything was setup for a murder and all I get is an attempted suicide over the grief from the loss of somebody important. Now, I will acknowledge that people commit suicide for the dumbest reasons, but that does not mean that a case can be this dull. Maybe this case would have been a whole lot better if took up three chapters instead of two, but with this kind of slump from the guy who has created a character recognized by millions of people around the world, trumped only by the likes of Lupin III and Sherlock, I doubt that there would have been too much to do to make this case truly great. In fact, I am not even sure where to begin on a long list of things that could have been done, though actually having a corpse show up would have been one them. The next two cases fare no better because both of them were way too obvious. True, one of them was not the usual whodunit, because the audience already knows who the killer is, but this guy was about just as dumb as the culprit featured in volume 45. Honestly, the guy played his role horribly. Did Gosho forget how to create truly good cases where we already know the culprit? I do not know for sure, but the case that occurs in volumes 17 & 18, according to the case list featured in my review of FUNimation’s fifth season, featured a killer that really did fool pretty much everyone, including the audience, even though he was obviously guilty. You can do better than this Gosho, especially since I was able to get back into this series around the time Bourbon finally got revealed. As for the other case, which happens prior to the case that I just talked about, that was dumb because I could practically see things happening a mile away. Next to bank heists having the newest or most reliable employees of said bank being involved, I do not think that anyone that follows the detective, mystery, and crime fiction genres would be all that surprised about a criminal becoming part of their target’s family just to get more money. Really, Gosho? Not just two cases, but three relatively dull cases. That there is enough to ruin every ounce of enjoyment I had with this volume. As for the red handkerchief case, that one was also quite dull. I was really looking forward to solving this myself in the beginning, but things had progressed way too quickly to notice anything more than the obvious and practically nobody investigated anything. Fans of detective, mystery, and crime fiction want to be drawn into the cases and I just could not really get a feel for this case. Seeing as this year is the Detective Conan’s 20th anniversary, since the manga began back in 1994, Gosho Aoyama should know that much by now, but it seems like he is losing his touch. No wonder I have not been following this series for quite some time, aside from the fact that volumes became hard to find where I live. However, since I know that there will be some interesting cases that do crop up in the future, especially since the mystery in Japan now concerns the identity of Black Org’s second in command, I do not think I will be dropping this series any time soon, because there may be things in the future volumes that will become important before too long. While there were not a whole lot of things wrong, the fact that there was not really any case present that I could enjoy in this entire volume really ruined my enjoyment of this volume.
Despite the fact that there were some things that I did like, the fact that there were not really any cases that impressed me overall made this a complete waste of time. I recommend everyone, including fans of Detective Conan (Case Closed), to avoid this volume this volume at all costs, because the quality of the cases are not really up to par with the rest of the series.
What are your thoughts on Case Closed Volume 52? Did you like it or hate it, like I did? Was there anything that you liked or hated that went unmentioned? Feel free to comment.
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