Case Closed: Episode 970 – "The Young Kaga Lady's Mystery Tour (Part Two)"

The episode opened with just enough of a recap to remind the audience of what happened during the previous episode. When the episode itself actually got going, it was surprising to learn that the company president, who had been hit on the head with a rock, wasn’t dead. He was simply unconscious and would live. With Case Closed‘s track record for murders, I thought for sure at the end of previous episode that the company president had been killed.

The next day, Kogoro, Ran, Conan, the president’s daughter, and one of the employees are at the crime scene. The daughter’s boyfriend arrives, and with something seen at the crime scene, paired with information about the boyfriend’s profession, it’s thought that he might be the attacker. He adamantly denies it, but ends up admitting to the police that he was going to attempt to steal from the company’s safe. Let’s just say that this did not sit well with his girlfriend. I have a feeling that she ended up dumping the boyfriend after what we saw in the episode itself.

The daughter gets a call from Manabu, the guy who had faked his kidnapping in the previous episode. He claims to have his apprentice held hostage and demands ransom money. Conan, through some investigation of his own, determines where Manabu and his apprentice must be at, and he has Ran take him. And just by chance, Manabu bumps into them as he leaves a convenience store, and a chase leads them into a nearby science museum. Thanks to a convenient run-in with someone who has cola, Conan is able to use a substance that he borrowed from the children’s science museum to track Manabu’s footprints… which lead him to where Kogoro is about to deliver the ransom money.

After this, a lot of information comes out, and the truth of the case is revealed.

Maybe it was just me, but it felt like this part of the story relied a little too much on coincidence in order to bring everything together, especially when it came to Conan and Ran. They just happen to bump into Manabu, Manabu just happens to run into a guy with cola while being chased, which made it possible for Conan to get the substance (which just happened to be made at the children’s museum that day). See what I mean?

But I find it funny how Conan, when someone asks him how someone his age knows so much about something, keeps saying he saw it on television. LOL! But with the chemical from the children’s science museum, Conan says he learned about it in science class.

There was no preview at the end of the episode, so I’m guessing there may not be an episode next week. I’ll just have to check Crunchyroll next Saturday to find out whether there’s an episode or not.

Anime Voice Actor Hisashi Katsuta Passes Away

The Asahi Shinbun newspaper has reported that anime voice actor Hisashi Katsuta passed away on February 21, 2020 due to senility. He was 92 years old at the time of his passing.

Katsuta is perhaps best known as the voice of Dr. Ochanomizu in the Astro Boy anime series. He reprised the role in the 1980 and 2003 versions of the anime, as well as in the Astro Boy: Hero of Space and Astro Boy: Shinsen-gumi films and Tezuka Osamu ga Kieta?! 20 Seiki Saigo no Kaijiken anime special. Katsuta also voiced Louis XV in The Rose of Versailles television anime, Professor Izumi in the Tōshō Daimos television anime and film, Dr. Hoshi in Astroganger, and Prof. Hideki Tobijima in Groizer X.

He also narrated the Sasuke anime, and has voiced minor roles in such anime as Oishinbo, Megazone 23, Cat’s Eye, Dororo, Perman, Jungle Emperor Leo, Jetter Mars, The Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Musashi no Ken, and Kaibutsu-kun: Demon no Ken. Katsuta also worked as a narrator of commercials.

Source: ANN

Ride Your Wave Anime Film Earns US$300,789 in U.S. Screenings

The Box Office Mojo website is reporting that Masaaki Yuasa’s Ride Your Wave film earned US$298,990 on February 19, 2020 and US$1,799 on February 20, 2020 in its screenings in the United States, for a total of US$300,789. Fathom Events screened the film for a one-night-only screening on February 19, 2020. The screening was in Japanese with English subtitles, and screened in 605 theaters. The film ranked at #9 on Wednesday.

Ride Your Wave opened in Japanese theaters on June 21, 2019.

Source: ANN

Glacier Bay Books to Release the Glaeolia Collection of Indie Manga in English

The American-based online bookstore Glacier Bay Books has announced that it will release Glaeolia, a collection of indie manga, in English. The volume will feature more than 250 pages.

Glacier Bay Books describes the collection:

We’re proud to announce Glaeolia, a new 250+ page English-language collection of indie manga, with stories from Arantoochika, Hiuchi tana, Kawakatsu Tokushige, Masumura Jūshichi, mogcom, Moriizumi Takehito, Morita Rui, Okuda Akiko, Onta Niwako, Shinnosuke Saika, Yamakawa Naoto, and Yosomachi. These include self-published works (dōjinshi), as well as works selected from indie manga magazines and mainstream publishers. Each volume will be numbered from a limited print run of 300.

Glacier Bay Books stated the collection should be available to pre-order in early March 2020 through the company’s website.

Source: ANN

Sakura-Con Announces BEASTARS Staff as Guests

The official website for Seattle’s Sakura-Con convention has announced that BEASTARS anime director Shinichi Matsumi, business producer Yoshihiro Watanabe, and Haru’s voice actress Sayaka Senbongi wil lbe guests at this year’s event.

The BEASTARS anime will debut on Netflix outside of Japan on March 13, 2020. The anime debuted on Netflix in Japan on October 8, 2019.

Sakura-Con will be taking place at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle from April 10-12, 2020.

Source: ANN

Anime Blog Posts That Caught My Eye This Week (February 21, 2020)

Wow… this is one of the shorter lists I’ve had in a while. And just about every post is about the Winter 2020 anime season,

Here are the blog posts that grabbed my attention this week: