Book Review: Case Closed Volume 73

Case Closed Volume 73 cover

I hope that everyone is having a good week, even if it is
back to the daily grind.

Things have been going pretty well here, as I cam still do
what I like.

Towards the end of last year, I checked up on some of the
titles I follow, and after having to wait for a while, I was finally able to
place some orders, one of which have recently arrived.

Today, I will be covering that title, which is called Case Closed Volume 73 by Gosho
Aoyama.

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

Jimmy is as busy as ever, with cases continuing to come his
way without an end in sight, and he is up for the challenge.

However, after wrapping up a case involving a person
obsessed with time and another involving a shady real estate company president,
Jimmy meets yet another teen that claims to be a detective and they seem to
have Jimmy’s number to the point where he cannot rely on his usual tricks to
solve the next batch of cases.

While Detective Conan may still be one of my favorite
series, there have been quite a few ups and downs, more so downs, so I have a
pretty easy time not showing too much bias towards it when I delve into this
series.

And after reading this, I found it to be okay.

From the moment that I opened up and started reading the
first few pages, I found myself engrossed enough to that I did not want to stop
reading for any reason, though not to the extent that I felt when I first got
introduced to Detective Conan.

As I have said many times before, to the point where I yet
again feel tired of saying it, one of the most important things in a work out
of fiction is how things begin, as that is supposed to bring the audience into
another world, thereby giving them the temporary escape that they desire.

While this hook can be created in various ways, depending on
the genre and medium used to present it, this series, like many other manga, is
published in a serial publication, which means that things have to pick up in a
way that makes sense, based on how the last installment concluded, though this
series is long enough to have an established pattern.

In the previous
volume
, Jimmy and the gang got hired to find out who was responsible for
some threatening letters, with the final panels of the volume being right when
a dead body was discovered after a mysterious black out, and, as expected, this
volume picks up with the investigation phase.

Even though I am tired of this kind of beginning, thanks to
how often it occurred with the strange events surrounding Akai and the Black
Org, though Akai is not officially confirmed to be alive at this point in the
series, whereas he already has been in the recent Japanese releases, this works
out well for the beginning, as the investigation is about to take place, thus
not making it feel like I truly missed anything, allowing me to become part of
the investigation, if I so chose.

Seeing as Detective Conan has taken a slant more
towards the detective, mystery, and crime fiction genres, rather than that of a
comedy, though there are still comedic gems from time to time, this was one of
the only two ways that this volume could have begun in any decent way, and
Shogakukan, or whoever they had put this volume together, seemed to have been a
decent decision in the way to start things off.

If they had started things off differently, and not by
actually starting things off with a new case, to lessen the tediousness of how
many volumes ended with cliffhangers, I would have been very disappointed
because the people reading this series now are mostly fans of detective,
mystery, and crime fiction and they like to feel like they are part of the
investigation into a case, whether than be a murder case or a heist, in the
case of Kaito Kuroba or Lupin, and by starting things off at the stage where
the truth is revealed, the fans of those works do not even get the enjoyment
that they wanted.

Fortunately, Shogakukan, or whoever they had put this volume
together, made the right choice of starting things off here in the
investigation phase, which makes me feel like giving them some applause, though
not quite as much as if they had ended more volumes with the conclusion of a
case, to make up for all the volume after volume cliff hangers.

Hopefully, future volumes will be able to start off like
this, because that will allow them fans that come for the cases to be able to
delve right in, keeping them happy, but seeing as there have already been quite
a few volumes that ended when a case has practically been solved, I would not
be surprised if there are volumes that start off worse than this one did.

I also liked how much mystery surrounds the new detective
that appears in this volume.

Even though I already know who they are, the way Gosho
presents them here gives off the element of mystery that I seek, making me
wonder who exactly they are and why they know Jimmy so well, even going so far
as suggesting they knew right away that Jimmy and Conan were the same person.

Unlike other mysteries in the Bourbon arc, at least one of
which Shogakukan already ruined back in volume 60,
where the questions revolve around a new person from Black Org, this one more
of surrounds how the detective knew Jimmy.

Yes, many professionals in the same field would likely be
aware of how each other works, as well as their quirks and reputations, which does
make sense, but the way the detective goes about things did not seem like
somebody on the same level of Jimmy, though she could tell when Jimmy did
figure out the case.

Here, the mystery surrounding the new detective, comes about
because Jimmy tells Haibara that the guy forced Jimmy to play his hand, did not
seem like a dangerous person, and gave him the feeling they had met before.

While these questions do not really get dealt with until
later, when there is another mystery surrounding Akai, aside from his supposed
death, but I keep wondering why Jimmy gets these feelings and even if they
could be another candidate for Bourbon, who has good skills as a detective,
which makes me want to get the other volumes as soon as possible, even though
the last volume to come out this year will be volume 76, if the pattern holds
up.

If this character was never introduced, I probably would
have been okay with it, as big mysteries to come do not really involve them,
and the focus still on trying to find Bourbon at this point, but I doubt that
I, or anybody else for that matter, would have really been that interested in
continuing on the series, behind the mystery of the identity of Black Org’s
boss, whose family name was the only the only thing definitively confirmed in
the series, since it is unknown whether the guy dead or alive, as well as who
is really the leader if he is in fact dead.

However, because Gosho introduced this new character, who
likely already knows Jimmy’s secret, I get the feeling that I want to know more
about them, even though I already know who they are and why they are really in
Japan, though the backstory is not really that fleshed out, in comparison to
Jimmy’s and Haibara’s lives before taking APTX 4869, which makes me want to
give Gosho a good round of applause.

Hopefully, the volumes to come from Viz Media will be able
to keep up the mystery behind this new character, as that will help in keeping
things interesting in the Bourbon arc, until the real Bourbon is introduced,
but seeing as Shogakukan, or whoever compiles the chapters into volumes for
them, all but confirmed Okiya’s true identity in the volume release, I kind of
doubt that things will play out well.

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

Other than how things begin, another important aspect in a
work of fiction is how things end, as that is either supposed to leave the
audience satisfied, if it is a standalone work or the final installment in a
series, or give people a reason to continue on, if it is an installment in a
series.

While the ending of the volume itself is one that I am sick
and tired of in this series, after having been made to suffer through
consecutive volumes that ended in cliffhangers, it still finished off the
volume in a proper manner, making me think there is more to come, rather than
the case itself being over, unlike many other times when I got the feeling
things were being unnecessarily dragged out, which makes me want to go out and
get the next volume right now, even though it does not come out until April,
according to the product
listing
on Amazon.

If the volume ended in a different place, there is a chance
that I would have been more pleased overall, but I feel like the chances of
being more disappointed would have been greater, because of the possibility of
my desire to see things get concluded would have been much greater, since the
cliffhanger would likely be who Jimmy was going to call the culprit.

Thankfully, Shogakukan, or whoever they had put this volume
together, decided to finish the volume out on one of the better kinds of
cliffhangers, which makes me feel like giving them a passing grade.

Hopefully, future volumes would be able to end just as well
as this one did, though I wish for much better, because the way this volume
ended would help keep people coming back for more, but because some prior
cliffhangers felt unnecessary to me, I would not be surprised if things go
downhill.

Outside of those things, I cannot think of anything else
that I liked, at least that stood out as much as what I talked about.

Because my interest was captured quickly and somewhat held
right up to the end, there is some mystery surrounding the newly introduced
detective, which makes me the most excited to get more volume, and the ending
was one of the better kinds of cliffhangers, this was a fairly decent read.

Although there were a few things that I liked, there are
some issues.

However, aside from things that are too minor to talk about,
such as typos, and things that can be inferred from what I already said, there
was only one thing that really bothered me, which was how most of the cases all
seemed dull.

One of the things that I liked a lot about the early portion
of Detective Conan was how many of the cases were actually interesting
enough that it made me want to get involved with the cases, thereby giving me a
chance to experience why people are so drawn to the detective, mystery, and
crime fiction genres and even making me want to check out works by Arthur Conan
Doyle and Agatha Christie.

However, as the series has progressed, the cases have become
less interesting because either the culprit obvious or ended up being the first
person I guessed, or even did not do such a good job trying to throw Jimmy off
their scent.

While things have certainly changed from how they started
out, now that the mystery of the cases are more focused on how a crime was
committed than the traditional whodunnit of both and how, the cases, the cases
are still largely presented as a traditional whodunnit-style mystery, which
means the audience expects to be misdirected through things like red herrings
and the like, which have been somewhat successful, until you get to the more
recent mystery.

In this volumes, many of the cases presented came off as
dull because the tricks could be discovered quite easily, by paying attention
to what had already transpired in the case and did not really give me that
feeling of wanting to uncover the truth behind the case.

Really? Is this anyway to carry out making a great mystery?
I sure do not think so.

People read works in the detective, mystery, ad crime
fiction genres because they want to be given some kind of puzzle to solve and
become excited about having figured things out before the detective reveals his
answer or, if we are talking about a story involving Lupin, the criminal pieces
the truth together.

If the audience has no interest in trying to put the pieces
together, there is no way that there would be anyway for people who are fans of
detective, mystery, and crime fiction to be able to really enjoy themselves.
Like they would have liked.

The best example of a dull case was the one involving the
new detective.

Even though the mystery surrounding the detective themselves
is intriguing in of itself, the case in which she makes her debut comes off
feeling like it was a rehash of Harley’s introduction.

While the cases themselves were not really that similar,
since the deceased fell to their dead and were not poisoned and Sera, the new
detective, did not come looking for Jimmy Kudo specifically, it had the overall
feeling of being a something I already encountered, beyond the fact that I had
I already read through her debut case before.

Other than the aforementioned problem of things being a
little too obvious, one of things that fans of detective, mystery, and crime
fiction hate is when things feel like something they have encountered, or were
even a poor imitation of things that came up here, and if either of those crop
up, it ends up being a big turn off for the people.

Gosho Aoyama may have put in a lot of work in Sera’s debut
case, as the trick itself seemed to be kind of interesting, but if he had put
in a bit more work it could have at least been more interesting and actually
stood out.

Sadly, it more of gave off the feeling of another generic
case, and that makes me feel a little disappointed.

Thankfully, that was the only thing that really bugged me,
so I can let Gosho Aoyama and the people over at Shogakukan leave knowing that
they at least did not do anything worse.

While there was only one problem to be found, the problem
was big enough to hurt my overall enjoyment.

Despite the fact that there was one thing that was really
bothersome, the good balanced things out enough to make it good enough to kill
time.

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

As for everyone else, I recommend skipping this one,
especially those that are interested in detective, mystery, and crime fiction,
because there seems to only be things here that would interest fans of the
series who are familiar with the overall plot.

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, buy
Case Closed Volume 73
from Book Depository, who has helped me
complete the gap in my Detective Conan collection, so that I can
continue following this series and possibly find some more worthwhile reads for
you guys to check out.

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