Book Review: Case Closed Volume 76

Detective Conan Volume 76 cover.

I hope everyone is doing well, even if things have been
messed up quite a bit, due to recent events.

Things are going alright here, as things have been more
stressful than usual, but I can still do most of the things I want.

For a while, I have been trying to check Amazon for the
titles I follow and managed to finally place some preorders, both of which
having arrived recently, so it is time to get things in gear.

Today, I will be reviewing one of those titles, which is
called Case Closed Volume 76 by
Gosho Aoyama.

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

Jimmy Kudo is as busy as ever, as cases keep coming his way,
including an unusual case that crops up because a supposedly easy job.

However, unknown to Jimmy, Bourbon is on the scene during
one of those cases and alarm bells are sounding off in the presence of one of
three Bourbon candidates.

While the previous
volume
was saved from being ok, things will not always remain good, which
means I have to stay on my toes.

After reading this, I found it to be okay.

Fortunately, there were things that I liked, so I do not
need to start off on a rampage, like I had to do at least once before.

Upon opening up the book and reading the first few pages, I
found myself engrossed enough that I did not want to stop reading for any
reason, though probably not to the extent that I would have liked.

In the world of fiction, or any writing for that matter, one
of the most important things that must be done is capture the audience
attention, as that is supposed to get them wrapped up in what people say,
though the aim in fictional works like this to generally bring the reader into
a new world, thereby giving them a temporary escape.

While this can be done in numerous ways, depending on the
genre and the medium used to present the work, Detective Conan, like
other manga out there, is published in a serial publication, which means that
each installment must pick things up in a way that makes sense.

In the previous volume, things ultimately concluded with the
conclusion of the final case featured in that volume, meaning that there was
only one way for the volume to begin.

In this volume, things started off with a new case, helping
to make sure I have all the details on hand, and giving me a chance to piece
together before Jimmy, even if I remembered some details of what had happened
in that case.

Not only did a new case help to bring into the world of the
series, but the fact that it was an interesting case in
of itself also helped to keep me glued.

If Gosho had not written the case
like he did or Shogakukan, or whoever they had put
this volume together, had not chosen to start things off like they did, I would
have been disappointed, because many of the volumes I enjoy start out with
start out great cases, though there are still cases that may come after that
stand out, and I have no doubt that I am the old one who would rather be pulled
in with a good case over being than something like volume 67,
where the first new case to be found was boring until something interesting was
mentioned.

Fortunately, the starting case this time was at least decent
enough to give both Gosho Aoyama and Shogakukan, or whoever they had put this volume together, some
props for a job well done.

Hopefully, future volumes will start off just as well as
this one did, but seeing as the current crop of cases in
Japan can be rather disappointing, I would not be surprised if the true
downhill turn starts soon.

I Also liked was how the cases themselves were not that bad.

Even though I cannot say that I was particularly fond of the
cases themselves, mainly due to my memory, they were all decent enough, with things
not being too obvious, and the cases having some appeal.

If the cases were as atrocious as some of the cases to come,
and others that I hope to never recall again, I would have been very
disappointed, as a big draw to this series, other than its comedy, are the
cases themselves and how the deliver what fans of detective, mystery, and crime
fiction want.

Thankfully, this was not one of those times where Gosho Aoyama completely and utterly fails to deliver,
though it is not enough to get any more than a passing grade.

Hopefully, there will be cases that are just as good in
future installments, though I am wishing for even better, as that will help
keep fans of the series happy and give them reason to spread their excitement
with others.

The thing that I liked the most though was finding out how
close Bourbon was to Jimmy and the gang.

While the excitement here was not as intriguing as it was in
the weekly releases, before Okiya’s identity was confirm, though his identity
is not really a spoiler, thanks to volume 60,
and Bourbon’s identity was revealed, it was still done well enough that those
who only follow Viz Media’s releases should be trying to figure out who Bourbon
is out of the three suspects, or two, in my mind, as Okiya has already been
confirmed to not be Bourbon.

If there were too many hints surrounding who Sera and Toru were in this volume, like there was with volume 60
pretty much confirming that Okiya was not Bourbon, I would have been really
disappointed, as that would mean that it would be better to focus on only the
weekly releases that are posted by fans online, though those releases are not
really weekly anymore because there are now huge gaps between the end of one
case and the beginning of the next.

Fortunately, there was not anymore hints of things readers
should not know at this time, which makes me feel like giving Gosho Aoyama and Shogakukan, or
whoever they had compile this volume for them, was applause for job well done.

Hopefully, things in future volume keep some mystery around
like this one did, especially when the Rum arc concludes in Japan, but seeing
as things appear much more connected in the later cases, I would not be
surprised if something like volume 60 happens again.

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

Because things started off well with a decent case,
Bourbon’s identity remained a secret, and the cases were decent, this was a
decent read.

Although I liked the book, there are some issues.

However, aside from things that are too minor to talk about,
such as typos, only one thing really bothered me, which was how this volume
ended.

Now, some of you guys might be rolling your eyes, with how
often I note my disgust of volumes ending with cliffhangers, saying that
cliffhangers are not that bad, but as I have also said, these cliffhanger-like
endings in Detective Conan can be rather annoying because many of the
cases conclude in only one chapter after the said cliffhanger.

In this volume, there is no real difference from those times.

In the final case of the volume, the Junior Detective League
are given something by a strange man, telling them to give it to Sato, which
ends up being footage of Takagi being in a life and death situation, and
everyone is trying to find the location of the broadcast.

Some time later, the strange man is identified, with the
last few panels featuring Sato demanding the man give up Takagi’s location,
ending before we could get anything.

Even though this particular case has two chapters left,
according to the volume
77
page on Detective
Conan World’s wiki
, it comes off feeling like it could have been wrapped up
in only one chapter, which should have been contained in this volume, leading
to a total of 12 chapters, rather than the usual 10 or 11.

This is why I am very much annoyed with these kinds of
ending and wish there were more volumes that started with new cases, as it
feels rather lazy and fans of detective, mystery, and crime fiction do not
really like being made to feel like the writer was lazy, even if we know deep
down that they did pour their blood, sweat, and tears into making the work.

Hopefully, the two additional chapters for this particular case
will prove worth it, but that does not change the fact that this case was
practically over and wishing that Shogakukan would
really consider raising the maximum number of chapters they would include in volume.

Thankfully, this was the only thing that really bother me in
this volume, so Gosho Aoyama and Shogakukan,
or whoever they had put this volume together for them, can breathe a sigh of
relief, knowing they did not do anything majorly wrong.

Despite the fact that there was more
to like the hate, the bad was bad enough that things balanced to the point of only
being 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, this might be worth trying, especially
because the volume starts off with a new case, but because the cases were only
decent at best, fans of detective, mystery, and crime fiction might not find
that much satisfaction.

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 to check out the reviewed title yourself buy
a copy of Case Closed Volume 76
from Book Depository, who offers
free shipping around the world, so I can continue following this series, and
possibly find more worthwhile reads for you guys to check out.

Tags: , , , ,

No comments found for article.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Copyright © 2020 Bryce Campbell. All Rights Reserved.