Manga Review: Case Closed Volume Nine

Jimmy Kudo is a high school detective who was shrunk down to his first grade self after he was caught by a crime organization and forced to take an experimental poison. The criminals have no idea that Jimmy survived. To hide the fact that he survived, Jimmy takes on the name of Conan Edogawa and claims to be related to family friend Dr. Agasa. As Conan, Jimmy lives with his friend Rachel and her father, Richard, who is a bumbling private investigator. After Conan moves in, he is able to covertly help Richard solve the cases that come his way.

Case Closed Volume Nine
Written by: Gosho Aoyama
Publisher: Shogakukan
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: January 10, 2006

There are three mysteries in Volume Nine of Case Closed. The first mystery is another kidnapping case, which happens after Conan’s friend Amy climbs into the trunk of a car while playing a game of hide and seek. Conan and the other members of the Junior Detective League try to rescue Amy, especially after they come to the conclusion that she is in the car of a couple of murderers who have ben kidnapping young girls and murdering them.

This mystery was adapted for the Case Closed anime series, and the two tellings of the story are essentially identical. Whenever I see this story in the anime, as well as reading it in this manga volume, I keep wanting to facepalm at the part where Amy climbs into the trunk of the car. Prior to this point in the series, she was portrayed as a kid who should have been smart enough to understand that climbing into the trunk of a car is a bad idea, especially the trunk of a car that belongs to someone that she doesn’t know.

The second mystery takes place at a hot spring inn, where Richard has gone to be part of a reunion for his university judo team. Rachel and Conan have come to the inn with Richard. One of Richard’s teammates ends up dead during the reunion, and it must be determined whether or not it was a suicide or a murder.

This is another story that was adapted for the Case Closed anime series, and the manga and anime versions of the story are very similar. This is one of the mysteries where I really felt for Richard. There’s a particular scene that takes place between Richard and Conan in this story that really stands out to me, and I’m glad to see that it appeared in both the manga and in the anime.

The final mystery takes place at a birthday party being held for a debutante named Reika. She invited Richard to the festivities after he found Reika’s missing dog, and Richard brings Rachel and Conan with him to the party. When the tires are slashed on several cars, Reika and some of the guests stay at the location the party is being held at. Richard ends up staying in order to sober up. During the night Reika disappears, there is one murder committed and there is also one attempted murder. Conan and Richard must try to find Reika and figure out who is trying to commit murders.

This is another story that I was already familiar with from watching the Case Closed anime series, and the story is essentially the same between both mediums. Unfortunately, this mystery is not resolved at the end of Volume Nine. If a reader wants to know who the murderer is, they have to read Volume 10 to get the answer.

Even though I was already familiar with all three of these mysteries from the Case Closed anime series, I liked being able to see how they were presented in the original manga source material. Aoyama continues to provide mysteries that readers want to try to solve before getting to the answer in the manga.

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