Man, it has certainly been a long time, huh?
As many have noticed, I have been mainly focusing on the two simulcasts that I decided to pick up this season, have not really touched some books in while, especially since there were some new releases of series that I have been following for a while.
Fortunately, after receiving Amazon credit for services renders, I was able to find the time to get some new books and now have things to tide me over for a while.
Today, I will be reviewing one of those recently purchased titles, which is called Case Closed Volume 59 by Gosho Aoyama.
As I have given a series synopsis on an earlier post, I will not go over it again.
The clash with Black Org ends and a body is found where Kir and Akai decided to meet, but nobody knows for sure whose corpse it is. There are only suspicions from FBI agents and, to confirm it Jodie takes action to verify it.
Meanwhile, Jimmy continues to get wrapped in a different murder cases that baffles everyone, such as how a man ended up in a garbage pile and a serial murder case where a bug is left at the scene of each murder, but the most baffling case occurs when Haibara notices that she and Jimmy are being followed and that same person in found dead at a karaoke joint that Jimmy, Rachel, and Serena decide to visit with Eisuke.
With Jimmy's prime suspect being a person among his own group, Jimmy is now determined to find out how the murder was committed, but with his sights on only one suspect, finding the truth may prove rather difficult.
I have to say, I really enjoyed this book.
Back in the previous volume, Kir, whose real name has been confirmed to not be Rena Mizunashi, and Akai met each other alone and Kir pulled out a gun, because Gin had forced her into it.
Because of the way things happened and how Gosho handled things, I was interested in finding out what would happen, even though I already knew the truth at the time I read the volume.
When I opened up this book, I liked how things picked up immediately from where the last volume picked up, though this is not usually a problem that Detective Conan has in its manga.
By doing this, I was pulled right into the work and did not really feel like putting it down for any reason, other than to satisfy the needs that all human beings have.
I also liked how everything about this incident was not so obvious to me.
Now, some of you guys might be groaning and say that Kir was obviously going to shoot Akai and that the orders Gin gave her before she left would most likely ensure his death, but, just like in real life, what we see and how we interpret things is not always the truth.
In the case of the incident between Kir and Akai, even though I knew what the truth was, I still want to believe that Akai is indeed dead, much like the people who are reading the chapters in volume for the very first time will most likely think that Akai is dead.
I have to hand it to Gosho, he really did a terrific job writing these events, and even the artwork did not give anything away about what he has in store.
If stories were written more like this, I highly doubt that there would be as much garbage being published out there as there is today.
Then again, if the stories written were that great, there would not be any stories or series that stand out.
The encounter between Oz and Xai Vessalius seen in Pandora Hearts Volume 22 would not have been superior to their encounter that was seen in the anime, even though the magna version was published after the anime finished airing and got licensed by NIS America.
The way the Boku Dake ga Inai Machi anime ended also would not have been as disappointing as it was.
And, Detective Conan itself would have also had the charm that it did before in the early portions of volumes 1-26, instead of the dull moments that crop up from time to time.
Still, that does not mean that Gosho does not deserve major praise for what he accomplished here, because doing this is a difficult feat.
I also liked how there were hardly any dull cases, or even cases that really felt out-of-place.
Back in the previous volume, which had a heavy focus on events involving Black Org, there was a case that cropped up in the middle of the volume that did not really involve Black Org, and while the case was not particularly bad, the fact that it was where it was ruined the entire flow of the book.
Here, however, since things with Black Org have been resolved, there was nothing to interrupt the flow of the volume, thus allowing me to actually enjoy the cases more.
This is why those creating magna series and people that writes stories that will be published somewhere really need to pay attention to the flow of the work.
Even the smallest interruption that does not feel natural will ruin the quality of a work in the eyes of a reader.
Fortunately, the people that compiled these chapters into volumes and Gosho Aoyama himself did not make such a terrible mistake again.
The cases themselves were each pretty difficult to solve and had little, if anything, that was obvious and actually made me want to try and solve them myself.
For example, when a murder occurred in Eva's proximity, even though I knew who the killer was long before the crime occurred, I really wanted to find out how the culprit did it and how Jimmy would prove her guilt.
This is what fans of the detective, mystery, and crime fiction genres all want to see, and Gosho really delivers.
In fact, the way it is delivered makes me think that Gosho Aoyama might be getting some of the spark that he had in the early volumes back, and makes me want to continue on with this series, even though I know that things are going to dry up again soon enough, otherwise I would have been following this series closely enough to be able to cover cases as they get released in Japan, instead of mainly focusing on Vis Media's releases.
Good Job, Gosho. I hope that you can really make things interesting again when you finally start having Jimmy and the gang go after the boss of Black Org, which I suspect will be soon, since Jimmy and the FBI are still trying to track down Black Org's second-in-command in the Japanese releases.
While I have been following Detective Conan for a while and I am also aware of events that yet to be published by Viz, I have not read every case in the series, and being able to go through these volumes gives me a chance to see some of the great cases that I have possibly missed.
In the case of this volume, that new case was one in which Jimmy and Harley did not realize was one they had been both been investigating from the very beginning.
This case had so little obvious and was handled so well that, like Agatha Christie's A Pocket Full of Rye, I was misled quite a few times.
Yes, a few things were obvious to me because two people that first get introduced in this case, according to Detective Conan World, tend to show up a lot after this case, but if I had to take my knowledge of events yet to come in Detective Conan out of the equation, I would very likely be as suspicious as Jimmy and Richard were of them, because I too kind of suspected one of the two new recurring characters of the serial killings.
While I would not say that this particular case is not as good of an illustration of how human behaviors and mannerisms like Agatha Christie's work did, Gosho Aoyama did a wonderful enough job that I did not really want to stop reading until the case was over.
True, I did say that hardly any of the cases were dull just a bit earlier, but this one was the absolute pinnacle of greatness of the volume, aside from finding out what would happen in Akai's meeting with Kirk, and it is definitely one that should intrigue a few fans of Detective Conan, especially those that have not read all the books available on sites known to carry public domain works, like Project Gutenberg, since there is one work referenced that is old enough to be considered part of the public domain, at least where I live.
If you have not had the chance to read this case, this case alone should be one reason, because Gosho Aoyama had done a lot right.
The thing that I liked the most though was the final case that was presented in this volume started off really great.
While I cannot say whether or not this case was good, since the case is not complete, there were not a whole lot of things that were too obvious at all, aside from the suspicious things the only suspect, as of right now, did during the events of the case.
Throughout the series, this character has been portrayed as clumsy and incapable of committing violent acts, even though he was fairly adept at investigating things, and seeing how he had shown up right around the time a body was discovered makes me want to get the next volume right now, in order to find out what had occurred, even though I did preorder the next volume from Amazon at the same time I got this one, so I will not need to wait too long to find out what happens next.
Again, this is something that fans of detective, mystery, and crime fiction all want to see and Gosho Aoyama really delivers on this, which shows that he is still competent, but he, like Agatha Christie, has definitely written cases that I found dull, so I will not be able to give Gosho any kind of applause unless he is able to make the final chapters of the series just as enjoyable as the early chapters were.
Outside of those things, I cannot think of anything else that I particularly liked, at least that could stand on its own.
Because Gosho handled many of the cases well, especially the final case and the confrontation between Kirk and Acai, which made me think Acai had actually died, and none of the cases felt out-of-place, this volume was one of the best releases yet.
Although I liked the book, there are some issues.
However, aside from issues too minor to talk about, there was only one thing that really bugged me.
During the Furinkazan case, which was otherwise a good case, Harley started talking weird.
Yes, Harley is a teenager and teens do not generally use proper English, instead using slang and shortening words, but the way he talks just does not sound natural.
Throughout my entire time following Viz Media translations, every time Harley appeared made perfect sense saying things as they would be properly said, with little, it any typos, which made him seem to be as intelligent as he should sound.
However, in this case, which is Harley's only appearance, Harley says words like dat, dere, and dey, instead of the correct word for the situation, which would be words like that, there, and they.
What happened, Viz? Did you forget the way Harley talked in the previous volumes, because I even went through a few of the other volumes I have and here makes way more sense than in those volumes?
Now, this does not occur in every panel featuring Harley, but it happens enough to really distract me and makes it seem like there are problems in maintaining consistent quality.
I can overlook quite a few things in fictional work, since I know that nothing created by mankind is perfect, but this is not one of those problems I can overlook, especially where there are scanlations out there that make much more sense than Harley did in this case.
Viz is supposed to be doing quality checking before publishing these volumes, and by seeing, it does not appear that Viz did their job at all.
Honestly, if Crunchyroll got episodes 124 through 753, I would probably could just following the anime and unofficial scanlations, instead of supporting Viz.
Then again, since this problem has only happened once, so far, I will give Viz a few more volumes before making that decision, since Detective Conan is currently the only title I get from them regularly.
Still, Viz Media really disappointed me enough to make me want to label this a minor issue, and not just annoyance that some people can overlook.
While there was only one problem with this volume, the fact that it exists here and not in all the volumes of the series really hurt the book enough to take it from being great to just being okay.
Despite the fact that there was an issue in consistent quality, the good balanced things out to make it good enough to kill time.
I recommend this to fans of detective, mystery, crime fiction, and Detective Conan, the latter of which will enjoy it the most because the Black Org incident officially ends in this volume.
As for everyone else, this might be worth giving a try, but the fact that Harley is not talking right in this volume may turn people away from the series.
What are your thoughts on Case Closed Volume 59? Did you like it or hate it? Regardless of how you felt, did the way Harley talk in this volume bother you guys as much as it did me? Was there something you liked or hated that went unmentioned? Feel free to comment.
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