Article first published as Manga Review: Case Closed Volume Two by Gosho Aoyama on Blogcritics.
Case Closed Volume Two is a manga by Gosho Aoyama, and it was published in North America by Viz Media in 2004. The series is rated “T+” for older teens; after reading this volume, I would agree with this rating, due to some of the violence that appears in this series.
Case Closed Volume 2
Written by: Gosho Aoyama
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: November 3, 2004
At the beginning of this volume, a shrunken Jimmy Kudo (going by the name of Conan Edogawa) is enrolled into a first grade classroom at an elementary school. His neighbor is a scientist, and he invents Super Sneakers for Conan to wear. The first mystery to appear in this volume is a murder mystery story that didn’t appear the first season of the anime series. While I could tell early on who the murderer had to be, I couldn’t figure out how he could have pulled it off until all the clues were pieced together.
The next case is a story that appears at later point in the first season of the anime series than it does in the manga. This is also the story where Conan’s next gadget, a pair of homing glasses, is introduced. A young woman comes to the Moore Detective Agency looking for her missing father. Richard takes on the case, but there’s a lot more going on in regards to this case than what appears on the surface. One thing that should be noted is that the ending of this mystery is drastically different between the manga and the anime. Personally, I prefer the manga ending more.
The final mystery in the manga is a haunted house story that appears in the first season of the anime series. In the manga, it marks the introduction of Amy, George, and Mitch; it was nice to discover that these characters actually appear in the manga, but that they are simply introduced later on in the manga. In this story, Amy wants to go on a ghost hunt a run-down mansion, and she convinces the others to go along. After making their way into the mansion, they get more than they bargained for on their ghost hunt.
The mysteries continue to the told in the “whodunit?” style. Since I had already seen two of the stories in the anime series, I didn’t have to spend my time guessing at how those mysteries would end. However, for the mystery in this manga volume that I wasn’t already familiar with, it took me until the end for everything clue to fall into place.
I have to say that the art style in Volume Two isn’t quite as detailed as the art in Volume One. Which, in my opinion, is a bit of a shame, because I thought the more detailed drawings in Volume One really added to the feel of the series.
Even though I was a little disappointed by the fact that the art had less detail in this volume, I would still recommend Case Closed to readers who enjoy reading the mystery genre.
I wrote this review after reading a copy of Case Closed Volume Two that I checked out through the King County Library System.
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