Case Closed: Episode 975 – “The Secret of the Search for His Wife”

I was pleasantly surprised to see that a new episode of Case Closed was available on Crunchyroll.

The episode begins with a man standing outside with flyers. He’s looking for his wife who has been missing for three days, but hardly anyone is giving him the time of day. That is, until Ran and Conan come along. When Ran looks at the picture on the flyer and recognizes her as an employee at a florist shop. Ran and Conan take this man to see Kogoro, who at first is trying not to take the case. But after some prodding from Ran, he decides to take it on.

Conan ends up tagging along with Kogoro as he goes to interview the neighbors. The neighbors on the same side of the street as the man’s house only reveal that the wife was excited for a dinner date she had coming up with her husband. But when they question the neighbors in the houses behind the man’s house, they start hearing some things that make it sound like the husband and wife had been arguing, and the words that were being said sounded like the husband was going to murder the wife. As I watched, I thought this didn’t sound good for the husband, but I had some nagging doubts… this just seemed too easy.

When Kogoro and Conan return to the man’s house, they find the police there. Apparently, they received an anonymous tip that the husband murdered the wife and buried her in the backyard. The police dig in the yard and find the wife’s body. While this certainly looked damning, I still thought something felt a little off about this. There was no way a Case Closed mystery would end up being so cut and dried.

Thanks to the picture on the flyer and Conan’s inquisitive nature, Conan uncovers that, yes, this mystery was not as cut and dried as it would seem. The true killer is exposed, and the motive for this person to kill the victim was ridiculous. When the husband gets pissed and picks up a shovel to attack her, I could understand his frustration, especially since the motive wasn’t something worth killing someone over, but I knew that wouldn’t be a wise thing for him to do. Fortunately, Inspector Megure was able to get him to stand down.

Overall, it was a decent mystery for a single episode story. While I’ve seen better, I’ve also seen a lot worse.

But I don’t know if we’re getting another episode next week, since there was no preview for the next episode or any of the other things that usually show up at the end of the episode. Case Closed went on hiatus without any fanfare, and then came back without any fanfare, so I have no idea how often new episodes will be airing in the coming months. All I can do is just keep checking every Saturday morning to see if Crunchyroll has added a new episode.

FUNimation Entertainment to Stream The World Ends With You Anime

FUNimation Entertainment announced that it will stream The World Ends with You the Animation, the anime adaptation of Square Enix’s The World Ends with You (Subarashiki Kono Sekai) action role-playing game. The anime is scheduled to premiere worldwide in 2021.

Kazuya Ichikawa is directing the anime. Midori Gotou at Sanzigen is the screenwriter. Tetsuya Nomura and Gen Kobayashi are credited with the character designs. DOMERICA and Shin-Ei Animation are producing the anime. Takeharu Ishimoto is returning from the game to compose music for the anime.

Source: ANN

Haikara-San: Here Comes Miss Modern Part 2 Anime Film to Debut on Amazon Prime on July 7, 2020

Eleven Arts announced during its panel at the Anime Expo Lite online event that Haikara-San: Here Comes Miss Modern Part 2 (Haikara-san ga Tōru Kōhen: Hana no Tōkyō Dai Roman), the second of two film adaptations of Waki Yamato’s Haikara-san ga Tooru manga, will be available digitally on Amazon Prime Video beginning on July 7, 2020.

Haikara-San: Here Comes Miss Modern Part 2 opened in Japanese theaters in October 2018. Eleven Arts screened the film in theaters in the United States in December 2018.

Source: ANN

J-Novel Club Announces Four New Manga Licenses

J-Novel Club announced at its panel at the Anime Expo Lite digital event that it has licensed four new manga titles:

  • Love Yuri and I Got Bodyswapped with a Fujoshi! by Ajiichi
  • Record of Wortenia War by Yukari Yagi and Fumi Arawi
  • Mapping: The Trash-Tier Skill That Got Me Into a Top-Tier Party by SAVAN
  • Black Summoner by Gin Ammo

Source: ANN

Denpa Announces New Manga Licenses

Manga publisher Denpa announced during the Anime Expo Lite virtual event that it has licensed Romy Oishi and meshe’s Lockdown Zone: Level X manga, Kengo Hanazawa’s Under Ninja manga, and Shūzō Oshimi’s Miss Kusakabe manga.

Denpa is publishing the Lockdown Zone: Level X sci-fi horror manga as a simulpub in Summer 2020, and it will release the first two chapters free on its digital reading platform.

NHK World TV’s imagine-nation, an English-language program shown on the international broadcast service, had stated in March 2020 that Hanazawa’s Under Ninja manga would begin publication in the United States, Italy, China, and other countries in April 2020.

Denpa published Miss Kusakabe on Denpa Reader, its digital reading platform, on June 26, 2020.

Source: ANN

Seven Seas Entertainment Announces More Manga Licenses

Seven Seas Entertainment has announced that it has licensed the following manga titles:

  • Berserk of Gluttony ~Ore Dake Level to Iu Gainen wo Toppa Suru~ by Ichika Isshiki, fame, and Daisuke Takino [the first volume is scheduled to be released physically and digitally in February 2021]
  • Ride Your Wave by Machi Kiachi [scheduled to be released in May 2021]
  • Reiwa Hanamaru Gakuen by Kotobuki [the first volume is scheduled to be released physically and digitally in April 2021]
  • The Demon Girl Next Door by Izumo Ito [the first volume is scheduled to be released physically and digitally in January 2021]

Source: ANN

VIZ Media Announces Eight Manga Licenses

VIZ Media announced at its Anime Expo Lite panel that it has licensed the following eight manga titles:

  • Dr. Stone Reboot: Byakuya by Boichi and Riichirou Inagaki [scheduled to be released in March 2021]
  • Asadora! by Naoki Urasawa [scheduled to be released in January 2021]
  • Tokyo Fashion: A Comic Book by nodoka [scheduled to be released in February 2021]
  • Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead by Haro Aso and Kotaro Takata [scheduled to be released in February 2021]
  • Beast Complex by Paru Itagaki [scheduled to be released in March 2021]
  • Lovesickness: Junji Ito Story Collection by Junji Ito [scheduled to be released in April 2021]
  • Call of the Night by Kotoyama [scheduled to be released in April 2021]
  • The King’s Beast by Rei Tōma [scheduled to be released in February 2021]

Source: ANN

VIZ Media Announces Additions to Its Shonen Jump Service

VIZ Media announced at its Shonen Jump panel at FunimationCon that it has licensed three new titles for release on the service. The titles include:

  • My Hero Academia: Team-Up Missions manga by Yoco Akiyama and Kōhei Horikoshi [scheduled to be released in March 2021]
  • Jujutsu Kaisen 0 manga by Gege Akutami [scheduled to be released in January 2021]
  • Naruto: Shikamaru’s Story—Mourning Clouds novel by Takashi Yano and Masashi Kishimoto [scheduled to be released in February 2021]

Under VIZ Media’s new Shonen Jump subscription service that debuted in December 2018, users pay US$1.99 per month to have access to the Shonen Jump simulpub manga, some simulpub manga from other related magazines such as Jump SQ., the entire back-catalog of those manga and select past Shonen Jump manga, and access to the back-catalog of manga from other magazines such as Golden Kamuy and Tokyo Ghoul. The latest three chapters of all ongoing series are also available for free on VIZ Media’s website and app. VIZ Media’s Shonen Jump subscription service is available in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, the Philippines, Singapore, and India.

Source: ANN

Right Stuf to Release Mobile Suit Gundam NT on Blu-ray Disc on October 6, 2020

Right Stuf announced during its panel at the FunimationCon 2020 online event that its home video release of the Mobile Suit Gundam NT anime film will ship on October 6, 2020. The release will include English subtitles and English and Japanese audio. Special features will include interviews with staff; commercials, trailers, and promo videos; videos from premiere events in Japan and Los Angeles; and a “Zoltan Breaks Down the Universal Century in 3 Minutes” video.

Mobile Suit Gundam NT opened in Japanese theaters in November 2018. Fathom Events and Sunrise screened the film in the United States with an English dub on February 2019. Sunrise worked with NYAV Post to produce the English dub for the anime.

Source: ANN