Book Review: Case Closed Volume 54

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It looks like things have been progressing pretty well, huh?

As I mentioned in my last review, I recently got four books as presents, and one I have covered one of them, means that three of them remain.

Today, I will be reviewing one of those remaining titles, which is called Case Closed Volume 54 by Gosho Aoyama.

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

After Jimmy solves the case of the murdered woman and the mysterious garbage collection job, Jimmy decides to look into Mizunashi Rena's past from before she joined Black Org, but unfortunately for him, he gets pulled into three more cases.

If his busy life was not enough though, one of his three new cases becomes a head to head battle with other teenage detectives, one of which is found dead before anybody could figure anything out.

Now, Jimmy and the other detectives must find out what is going on and who is responsible, if they want to live another day.

I really liked this book.

While there were not as many goodies featured in this volume as there were the previous one, considering that only the usual stuff, such as ads for Viz Media's other titles, comments from Gosho Aoyama, and Gosho Aoyama's Mystery library, was present, the cases were mostly satisfying and not too obvious.

The case that started up in the previous volume was a really good example of not being very obvious and being misleading.

What I liked the most about the case though was that it did not really fall into one of the false assumptions that our society believes in because statistics say that is what happens.

In my life, a lot of people will blame males that are teenagers or older for things perpetrated against a female because females are supposedly weaker, though some places claim that it is because the muscles on the female body develop differently, compared to muscles on the male body, but if one were to take a look at the real picture, there are some women than are actually stronger than the average man and there are also some men weaker than the average woman.

Not only is there a difference in strength that is not entirely realized by statistics that say women are weaker than men, but there is also the fact that things are not documented at all, or in the case of statistic for crimes, may not be even reported at all, due to the false beliefs of our society as a whole, thus making it even more impossible to see a complete picture.

In addition to the fact that men are blamed for crimes more often that women, people also fail to realize that there are also groups out there that are vulnerable regardless of age and gender, which I have to sadly acknowledge I am a part, even though I am capable of doing quite a bit on my own.

Seeing as this case involves a man in a wheelchair due to injury and a set of stairs, a lot of people will assume that he was not capable of committing the crime, though if I had to give my take on it, he, like most people with temporary or, like me, permanent disabilities, would have no reason to kill his wife because he would stand to lose more than he would gain, not to mention that depending on the kind of disability, it would be harder to attack a woman who can use her entire body and has all of her senses to defend herself than it would be to attack a man with a disability, especially one that could in some way hinder his ability to fight.

I had this kind of feeling during the case, though his wife was not really the only one in the house that could take care of him, since the family had a housekeeper, but it definitely made things very surprising when the culprit was revealed.

Still, I am kind of glad that nobody, not even the police, ruled out the possibility that the man in the wheelchair could have committed a crime, because I am of the opinion that things and people should be treated on a case by case basis and that we should really question things, instead of creating false assumptions based upon statistics that do not show everything.

The case of the illusory corpse was also quite interesting, though it was probably due more to the fact that it was actually a case that I have never really come across before in my time following the manga or anime, despite the fact that it was not really that unique, especially compared to the case that occurred in episode 15 (Japanese count) of the anime.

Throughout much of the case, I was led to believe that a murder had occurred and that the head monk was the killer, but I was totally misled throughout the whole thing.

This is exactly what mystery fans want, aside from intriguing cases, because if our first guess is correct, then we end up being disappointed because the case was not that difficult to begin with.

Here, unlike most of the cases featured in the series, what was misleading was not who the culprit was, but what the case actually was, considering that most of the cases that do crop up in Detective Conan are murder cases.

The thing that caught my interest the most though, as well as a bit of my annoyance, was the Detective Koshien case.

Although I cannot say too much about the case, seeing as it does continue into the next volume, it seems like this might be an interesting case because whoever set this up appears to have some sort of plan in mind, considering that none of the teen detectives present get any cell phone coverage and the director who had brought most of the detectives to the island had already been uncovered as a fraud.

With this kind of set up, as well as the fact that this is my first time going through this case, I am already fairly interested in finding out what happens next and see how things play out, which is yet another thing that fans of detective, mystery, and crime fiction all expect from the stories they read.

Still, that does not change the fact that this case may end up being disappointing in the next volume.

Outside of those things, I cannot really think of much else that I really liked.

The fact that most of the cases were decent, and even went somewhat in a direction that statistics would say is the least likely to occur, as well as the fact that one case alone makes me want to continue on to the next volume, made this book fairly enjoyable.

Although I did like the book, there are some issues. However, aside from the usual issues with Detective Conan that some people may have a problem with and one case that was just okay, only one thing really bothered me.

While the Detective Koshien case does seem like it might be interesting, the moment that I found out about a gathering of detectives, I was not that excited because there had already been a case back in volume 30.

One thing that really ruins the excitement for fans of detective, mystery, and crime fiction is when they come across a case that they have already read through.

Yes, many people that like delving into stories fitting in one or all of those genres may go back and revisit their favorite cases, or, in the case of thieves like Lupin, heists, but that does not mean that they would like a case written by their favorite author or featuring their favorite characters if it is too similar to what they have read before, especially if it ends up being executed poorly.

Whether or not this case is terrible is something that I cannot say, especially considering that, as I said before, this is the first time that I have gone through this case, but I am hoping that Gosho Aoyama does not disappoint me with this one.

Taking these things into consideration, I will just have to label this a minor annoyance until I finish reading the next volume for the conclusion, which is not a spoiler because Gosho said in this volume that the case would conclude in volume 55.

While the Detective Koshien case did not interest me too much in the beginning, the fact that it was the only real problem with the volume and that it was not that big of a deal, for now, means that there was not really anything that hurt my enjoyment or the quality of this book.

Considering that my only issue was just a minor annoyance with how a case began, 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), especially because the Detective Koshien case may because the most exciting case involving neither Black Org nor Kaito Kuroba in quite some time.

As for everyone else, this is a pretty decent introduction to the series, as well as the detective, mystery, and crime fiction genres as whole.

What are your thoughts on Case Closed Volume 54? Did you like it or hate it? Was there something that you liked or hated that went unmentioned? Feel free to comment.

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