Anime DVD Review: Case Closed Season Two Box Set

The Case Closed Season Two box set is a four-disc set that contains episodes 27 through 52 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 the English dub and the original Japanese audio with English subtitles.

Case Closed Season Two Box Set
English Publisher: FUNimation Entertainment
Format: DVD
Release Date: September 15, 2009

At the beginning of the series, Shinichi, who is known as Jimmy in the English dub, was shrunk back down to his seven-year-old self after he was beaten by members of a crime syndicate and made to take an experimental poison. He takes on the name of Conan Edogawa, and goes to live with his friend, Ran (Rachel in the English dub), and her father. Ran/Rachel’s father is a bumbling private investigator, and Conan subtly gives him hints to help him solve the cases that come their way.

A big focus of the mysteries in Season Two is murder mysteries. While there were plenty of murders in Season One, they were spread out a little more, so it didn’t feel like an overabundance of them. The only mysteries in this season that I can think of that didn’t have to do with murders were a treasure hunt and a vandalism case. It should also be noted that the mystery in episode number 39 (“Flames of Confusion”) appears much earlier in the manga series; it’s a mystery in the second volume of the manga, but it appears much later in the anime. Some of the memorable cases in this set include “Jack Attacks!,” “Richard’s Class Reunion,” “Mountain Villa Murder,” “Wrong Place at the Wrong Time,” “Karaoke Killing,” “No Immunity for the Diplomat,” and “The Book Without Pages.”

Another thing I noticed about Season Two is the fact that there are more multiple part episodes compared with Season One. There were only two multiple part episodes in Season One, while Season Two had four.

There are only three bonus features included on the fourth disc. The first is a “Character Spotlight” for Rachel Moore; 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 Bow Tie Voice Transmitter; this is accompanied by a picture of Conan using the bow tie. The final extra is a page with a menu for trailers for the releases that FUNimation Entertainment was promoting at the time this box set was released.

Just like with the Season One Box set, there isn’t a lot in the way of bonus features. But considering that the Case Closed anime series didn’t sell well for FUNimation, I’m not surprised at how little was done for extras. Over time, I’ve come to be grateful for the fact that this set even includes the extras that it does.

The Case Closed Season Two 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.

I wrote this review after watching a copy of the Case Closed Season Two box set that my older daughter gave me as a gift.

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