Well, this is certainly nice a change of pace.
A few days ago, I wrapped up my coverage of the Detective Conan anime and then received three books from Barnes & Noble.
One by one, each of the three books have been covered and only one remains.
Today, I will be reviewing that last remaining title, which is called Case Closed Volume 49 by Gosho Aoyama.
As I have given a series synopsis in an earlier post, I will not go over it again.
Having discovered who Black Org is after, Jimmy and the FBI are in a race against time to prevent the assassination attempt.
However, when Gin discovers the bug that was located on one of Rena’s shoes, Black Org decides to go after Richard and Jimmy must get to him before the fatal shot is fired.
I really enjoyed this volume. I liked how intense this confrontation with was. Like Jimmy and Haibara, I was hoping that Black Org would not find the bug that Jimmy planted during the case that Rena hired Richard to investigate in the previous volume. Unfortunately, Rena moved too quickly, so the chances were pretty slim that Jimmy would have got it back in time. I also liked how Gin immediately connected the bug to Richard, instead of Jimmy, who has been trying to go after them for so long, even after Haibara came into the picture and decided to work on an antidote for APTX 4869. Now, it was the most obvious conclusion, but seeing as Gin figured it all out so quickly means that he is a pretty formidable enemy for Jimmy to face. Of course, his conclusions were still somewhat off, because he did not realize that Richard was actually a bumbling idiot. After all, he did assume that Richard was listening in on them, when he was really listening to the horse races, which made things quite funny. I also liked how Gin began to suspect Vermouth of being involved with Richard, because she tried to get them to reconsider their decision to kill Richard. It’s funny that he would think that, but again, that would be an obvious conclusion. In fact, it would be too obvious, because I think she was trying to get them to reconsider because she knew that Richard was not the source of their troubles and wanted to keep Jimmy and Rachel safe, since they did rescue her back when they were in New York, which was featured in volume 35. I also liked how Akai made Black Org. True, it was not because it was just Akai, but they recognized that the FBI was involved because of Akai’s presence. With the shooting capabilities Akai displayed though, I would definitely flee from the scene. Another thing that I liked was that Haibara remembered the words that Amy had said to her off panel in volume 43, which were the same words she remembered when she turned down the FBI offer for protection under the witness protection program. It showed that Amy words really had an impact on her, even though Haibara is older than Amy. The other cases were relatively decent too, but what I was most interested in was the fact that yet another person who knows that Jimmy and Conan are the same person has finally appeared, though I do not remember too well how long he knew the truth for before he actually reveals to Jimmy that he does know the secret. This should probably give me time to find out that missing piece of information. The thing that I liked the most was though was the extras included. With manga where we live, we hardly get any extras, outside of maybe translation notes and comments from the author or authors. However, here, Viz has included the contents of a mini booklet that was included in Weekly Shonen Sunday issues 50 and 51 to commemorate the 500th chapter of Detective Conan, which features a mini interview with Gosho Aoyama, character profiles, information on the gadgets used by Jimmy in the regular manga chapters, character profiles, including the members of Black Org that were encountered, and timeline of things done by Black Org, the FBI, or Jimmy. The fact that an extra like this is even included is a surprising thing to see included, but I think that fans of Detective Conan would definitely like this extra. I sure wish more manga publishers would do this with their titles, but I think that all the evil in this world would be eliminated before that ever happens. Outside of that, I cannot think of anything else that I liked without repeating myself. The fact that the Black Org case did not disappoint me, with Gin figuring things out relatively quickly, and the fact that content I thought we never would have got was included as an extra made this a great volume.
Although I did like the book, there are some issues. However, since nothing comes to my mind, I will have to say that there is nothing worth mentioning.
Considering that the Black Org case stayed pretty interesting and that there was an unexpected extra included, 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), though Detective Conan fans may be more excited about what is contained in this volume. As for everyone else, I think that the other volumes may serve as a better introduction to the series, because they would not have been able to experience the entire Black Org case that started this volume off.
What are your thoughts on Case Closed Volume 49? Were you just as impressed as I was that Viz included extras that many other manga publishers ignore? Were you disappointed with the volume or did you like it? Was there something I did not mention that you liked or hated? Feel free to comment.