Anime DVD Review: Case Closed Season One Box Set

The Case Closed Season One DVD box set is a four-disc set that contains the first 26 episodes of the Case Closed anime series. The first two discs have seven episodes, the third disc has six episodes, and the fourth disc has six episodes and the bonus features. For audio options, there is both the English dub and the original Japanese audio with English subtitles.

Case Closed Season One Box Set
English Publisher: FUNimation Entertainment
Format: DVD
Release Date: July 14, 2009

Shinichi, known as Jimmy in the English dub, is a high school student prodigy and detective. He can find the clues that the police and professional detectives miss, and he can crack cases before the professionals. One day, when he goes to an amusement park with his friend Ran (Rachel in the English dub), Shinichi stumbles upon a blackmailing in progress. Unfortunately for him, the members of the crime syndicate involved in the case discover him, beat him up, and force him to take an experimental poison.

When Shinichi awakens, he discovers that instead of dying, he has shrunk back down to his seven-year-old self. In order to hide his identity and investigate the syndicate, he takes on the pseudonym of Conan Edogawa and has to hide what has happened to him from Ran. He ends up having to move in with Ran and her incompetent private investigator father, Kogoro (known as Richard in the English dub). Ran’s father begins getting more cases, but his success comes from the help that Conan subtly gives him.

Case Closed is a mystery series done in a “whodunit” style, and a number of the episodes on this set focus on murder mysteries. In addition to the murder mysteries, there are also cases involving kidnappings, a treasure hunt, a bombing, and a robbery. The mysteries are really well done, and the viewer is usually left guessing who the guilty party is until neat the end of the episode. Several of the mysteries included in this set are very well done and are very memorable; these include “The Case of the Mysterious Gifts,” “The Moonlight Sonata Murder Case,” “Kidnapped: Amy,” and “Wedding Day Blues.”

There are only three bonus features included on the fourth disc. The first is a “Character Spotlight” for Conan Edogawa. This is one screen of text with a picture of the character to accompany it. The second is “Conan’s Gadgets,” which is one screen describing Conan’s Super Sneakers. This is accompanied by a picture of Conan wearing the sneakers. The final extra is a page with a menu for trailers of releases that FUNimation Entertainment was promoting at the time this set was released.

I have to admit that at first, I was a little underwhelmed by the bonus features. However, as I thought about the fact that Case Closed didn’t perform all that well for FUNimation, I can understand why the company didn’t go to a lot of effort when it came to bonus features for this set. Over time, I’ve come to realize that I should be grateful that the set even got what bonus features it did get.

The Case Closed Season One box set is a decent release, and is worth adding to your DVD library if you’re a fan of the Case Closed anime series.

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