Manga Review: Case Closed Volume 12

Case Closed Volume 12 is a manga by Gosho Aoyama, and it was published in North America by Viz Media in 2006. The series is rated “T+” for older teens; personally, I would agree with this rating.

Case Closed Volume 12
Written by: Gosho Aoyama
Publisher: Shogakukan
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: July 18, 2006

High school student Jimmy Kudo is a teen detective who was shrunk down to his first grade self after being caught by a crime organization and forced to take an experimental poison. Unknown to the criminals, Jimmy survived; in order to hide this fact, Jimmy takes on the identity of Conan Edogawa, and claims to be the relative of family friend Dr. Agasa. As Conan, Jimmy lives with his friend Rachel Moore and her bumbling private investigator father, Richard; however, Rachel doesn’t know Conan’s true identity. As Conan, Jimmy has been able to covertly help Richard solve the cases that come his way.

Volume 12 opens with Dr. Agasa taking Conan and the other members of the Junior Detective League to a mansion that had belonged to his uncle. He tells the kids that there’s a treasure inside; however, he had Conan buy a bunch of toys and hide them. The mansion is about to be torn down, so Dr. Agasa thought he’d have a little fun before that happened. With prodding from Conan, the Junior Detective League finds the toys, but they’re surprised to discover that they’re slashed and ruined. Conan stumbled onto a couple of things during the hunt that point to something else going on. Dr. Agasa and the Junior Detective League work together to solve the mystery.

I’ve seen all of the Case Closed episodes that FUNimation released in North America, and I didn’t remember this being one of the mysteries included in those episodes. From doing some research, it appears this mystery finally appeared much later in the series, at a point after FUNimation stopped releasing it. Since I didn’t know this mystery already, reading it was quite a joy. I actually had to try to figure out what the answer to the mystery was, unlike the other mysteries that appeared in Volume 12.

The next mystery sees Richard, Rachel, and Conan going to a hotel for the Mantendo New Game Exhibition, because Richard had served as a consultant for a game called The Great Detective Richard Moore’s Mystery Mansion. When they get there, they encounter three Mantendo employees when they go to check things in at the cloak check. During the exhibition, Conan needs to use the restroom; he encounters a large man in black, and overhears him calling the crime syndicate that shrunk Shinichi. Conan decides to follow the man in the hopes of getting clues about the syndicate; however, there’s an explosion after the man goes into the bathroom. Once again, Conan helps to solve the crime behind the scenes.

This is a mystery that I recognized from the anime series. This is one of the few stories I’ve seen that ties back to Conan’s quest to find the crime syndicate and hopefully be able to be returned to his regular self. Unfortunately, the explosion takes away the only link Conan has found at this point in the series, so he’s no closer to finding anything out than he had been prior to this point. Oh well, it’s still an interesting mystery to read.

The final mystery in this volume sees Conan winning a contest for a Sherlock Holmes tour, and he’s accompanied by Richard and Rachel. It turns out that Harley Hartwell is also there, in the hopes of running into Jimmy Kudo. They are staying at an inn owned by Hiroyuki Kanaya, the organizer of the tour. They’re given a 1,000 question test about Sherlock Holmes, and if some gets all the questions right, they’ll win a first edition copy of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s A Study in Scarlet. The next day, a mystery rears its head when Hiroyuki is suddenly seen going by in a vehicle, and the vehicle goes over a cliff. Conan and Harley team up together to try to find clues and to determine whether this was a suicide or a murder, especially after it’s discovered all connections with the outside world have been severed. Unfortunately, this answer to this mystery is not revealed at the end of this volume.

This is another mystery that I recognize from the anime series. From seeing this story in the anime, and now reading it in the manga, I like how the mystery ends up taking place during a gathering of fans of a mystery novelist.

Aoyama continues to tell the mysteries and stories that readers of the Case Closed series have come to expect. It always amazes me to find out how the crimes were committed, especially since there are some instances where I never would have guessed how they actually happened. I appreciate how Aoyama is able to keep the reader guessing for most of the stories before making the big reveal.

If you’ve read and enjoyed previous volumes of Case Closed, then I think you’ll enjoy reading Volume 12.

I wrote this review after reading a copy of Case Closed Volume 12 that I checked out through the King County Library System.

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