Book Review: Case Closed Volume 72

Detective Conan volume 72 cover.

I hope everyone is having a good week, even if it has been
spent dealing with the monotony of the daily grind.

Things are going pretty well, as I can still do what I like,
though things might a bit hectic enough to delay this post a bit.

A while back, I was finally able to place some preorders for
titles I am currently following, with three being expected to arrive this
month, and the last of those titles has arrived.

Today I will be reviewing that title, which is called Case Closed Volume 72 by Gosho
Aoyama.

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

As Jimmy wraps up his case in London, things seem to go back
to somewhat normal, as he gets wrapped up in other cases.

However, when Jimmy finds himself out of commission because
of a cold, the Junior Detective League is left wondering how Jimmy knew a child
was not lying and is determined to get enough information to get the police to
believe them,

While Detective Conan has been doing well this year,
in terms of the Viz Media releases, with only some minor disappointments in the
course of the three volumes that had been released, that does not change the
fact that the series could end the year badly, so I must remain on guard.

And after reading this, I must say that I really liked it.

From the moment that I opened up the volume andstarted
reading the first few pages, I found myself engrossed enough that I did not
want to stop reading for any reason.

As I have said enough times that I probably sound like I am
beating a dead horse, one of the most important things in a work of fiction is
how things begin, as the purpose of the beginning is to take the audience to
another world, so that they can be given the temporary escape, thereby allowing
them to overlook the most minor of issues.

While this draw can be accomplished in many different ways,
depending on the genre and the medium used to present a work, Detective
Conan
, like many other manga series, is published in a serial publication,
and the only way works like that can work is by starting things off in a way
that makes sense, based upon how the previous installment ended.

In the previous
volume
, Jimmy got wrapped up in a case in London, the home of Sherlock, his
idol, that started off with clues from the canonical Sherlock works by Arthur
Conan Doyle, ultimately ending things at the Wimbledon championship, with the
player asking for help noticing that Jimmy discovered the culprit’s location.

In this volume, while the match is still going, things start
off with Jimmy trying to get the culprit’s location, before he can set off the
bomb, helping me to remember what had occurred and getting me interested in
what exactly was going on.

Even though I am not particularly thrilled with this start,
especially because it was only one chapter long, it still did what it was
supposed to in drawing me back into the world of Detective Conan, as it
should have.

If Shogakukan, or whoever they had put this volume together,
had started things off at a different place, which I would have honestly
preferred, I do not think that things would have really been able to start off
as well as they did, especially because a lot of the humor in upcoming cases,
both in this volume and those that will be published here before 2030, would
utilizing the events that happened here.

Fortunately, Shogakukan, or whoever they had put this volume
together, had chosen a good place to start things off, which makes me want to
give them some applause.

Hopefully, future volumes will be able to start to start off
just as well as this one did, though I am really wishing for volumes to have
more than one chapter if a case goes beyond a single volume, because that will
help to keep people interested in the series, even if we still are not as close
to finding out who the current boss of Black Org is as the Japanese fans are.

I also liked was how I got to see at least a new case or two
in this volume.

While I have been following this series for quite a while
and know about a lot of the things that will happen beyond this point, there
are some gaps here and there, like episodes 50
and 47
of the anime, the latter of which people tried calling me out on for labelling
a missing episode, because they thought it aired on Adult Swim, so I have not
read through every case featured that Gosho Aoyama ever published.

One of the most annoying things in the detective, mystery,
and crime fiction is how boring it can be when one reads of watches something
they read or watched before, because they already know the culprit and trick.

Now, some of you guys might be screaming at me, saying that
that is not always the case, because there are some cases and/or heists that
were executed in those stories so well that they would be just as good as the
first time, and I would agree with that sentiment, but the real fun and
excitement for people who pay attention to the detective, mystery, and crime
fiction genres comes from the puzzles of figure out how a crime was committed
and/or who, depending on how the case is presented to the audience, and that
only comes from new cases or heists, not retreading things.

In this volume, I was presented with at least one other case
that I was not really familiar with and wanted to see where it was going,
though I will likely need to wait until next year to see how things will turn
out, and I was on the edge of my seat, knowing that for once, I was truly
presented with a case I did not know the outcome of.

This is the kind of excitement that fans of detective,
mystery, and crime fiction want to have whenever they try something out, and
while those that have followed this series more consistently than I have would
probably not be too thrilled, it is good enough for me for now.

If I did not get a chance to experience a new case in this
volume, I probably would have been okay with it, as there are not too many
cases I have not read in this portion of the series, but I probably would not
have really been able to enjoy the volume as much.

Thankfully, I was surprised to find at least one new case I
have yet to read, so I can feel like I actually got something for the money I
spent.

Hopefully, this new case will end well, because I want to no
that my time has not been wasted again, like it has in the past, and I know
that as I progress that I will encounter more cases I am familiar with.

Another thing that I liked was how I found myself laughing
quite a bit while reading this volume.

While there was not anything that was actually unique to be
found, regardless of whether one looks only at this series or anime and manga
in general, things were still executed well enough that I found myself laughing
probably as much as I did when I first got introduced to this series.

Other than the cases, which is a big draw for me, one of the
things that I really like about Detective Conan is the moments that are
genuinely funny moments, whether they are obviously funny, or little gems that
only certain people would see, like those that are up to date with the series.

Sadly, things grew stale after a while in this series to the
point where the laughs were few and far between, though still there.

Here, however, I found something to laugh about in almost
every case to be found.

The funniest was when Jimmy, Rachel, and Serena were
attending a lecture that Richard was supposed to speak at, Serena asked Rachel
what happened in London, which makes Rachel feel a little awkward.

Before Rachel could get a response, Jimmy tries to change
the subject about something else to do with London and Serena tells him not to
butt in, as they were talking about grown up stuff.

This was funny to me because, as most Detective Conan
fans know, Conan is actually Jimmy and the gossip Serena was going on about did
involve him.

If there were no humorous moments to be found, I probably
would have been okay with it, considering how stale things have been for so
long, but I do not really think that I would have really been able to enjoy
myself as much as I did, especially with the Junior Detective League cases.

Fortunately, Gosho remembered that the humor was one of the
charms this series had and included things that I could laugh about seeing.

Hopefully, there will be more humorous moments in future
volumes, because the humor tends to make up for dull cases, but considering how
long this series has been running for, I would not be surprised if this was
only a one-time thing.

The thing that I liked the most though was how this volume
ended.

Other than how things begin, another important thing in a
work of fiction is how things end, because the ending is supposed to either
make the audience feel satisfied, if it is a standalone work or the final
installment in a series, or give people an incentive to continue on, if it is
an installment in a series.

While I am not particularly pleased with the ending, because
it ended with the beginning of another case, which I have grown weary of, it
still did the job well by leaving things off right at the point that makes me
wonder who was responsible for the victims death and how they poisoned or
killed.

Many times, in the series, when the volume end with the
beginning of another, the cases have practically been solved, and that annoys,
especially when all Jimmy does is reveals his deduction, rather than set a
trap.

However, in this volume, things work out better because,
unlike many of those cases that also ended volumes in an incomplete manner, the
case itself feels like it only begun.

Yes, the case at the end of the volume did just begin, but
that does not change the fact that it ends the volume better than other ways,
aside from actually concluding the case itself.

If Shogakukan, or whoever they had put this volume together,
had ended this volume when the case was practically solved, like they had in
many other volumes, I would have been disappointed, because it frustrates
readers when they are made to wait, just to find out everything wraps up in
only a single chapter, which would have likely cost them money.

Thankfully, they chose a good place to end a volume, which
makes me want to give them another round of applause.

Hopefully, future volumes that end with a another case
starting will end more like this than how things have usually been, because I
have no doubt that I am the only one that gets annoyed when I see a case that
has pretty much been solved, but because it can be difficult to determine where
each volume should end and another should be begin, I would not surprised if
other volumes end when there is only one chapter left in a volume.

Outside of those things, I cannot really think of anything
else that I particularly liked, at least that stood out as much as what I
already talked about, though Viz Media does deserve some props for not using
kanji, so readers can follow the clues easier.

Because this volume was able to grab my attention quickly
and hold it right up to the end, by starting off at what seems like the best
place, I encountered at least one case that was new for me, there were things
to laugh about, and the volume ended is a great way, though I am still annoyed
that it ended with the start of another case, this was a fairly decent read.

Although I liked the volume, there are some issues.

However, aside from things that are too minor to talk about,
such as typos, and things that I already noted, nothing really bothered me too
much.

As a result, I will have to say that there is nothing worth
mentioning.

Considering there was quite a bit to like and nothing to
really hate, unless you want to get real nitpicky, this was definitely worth
reading.

I mainly recommend this to fans of Detective Conan,
as they will be able to enjoy this the most.

As for everyone else, this might be worth giving a try, but
I would recommend reading the earlier volumes first.

If you liked this review and would like to see more, please
consider supporting me on either Patreon or SubscribeStar, or if you would
like a copy of the review title, please buy
Case Closed Volume 72
from Book Depository, who helped me to close
the gap in my Detective Conan collection, so that I can continue
following this series and possibly find other worthwhile reads for you guys to
check out.

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