Manga Review: Case Closed Volume 14

Case Closed Volume 14 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 14
Written by: Gosho Aoyama
Publisher: Shogakukan
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: November 21, 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 14 opens with Eva sending a client to Richard. It turns out the client is Nanae Tsukumo, a famous magician whose husband, the famous magician Motoyasu Tsukumo, died mysteriously. She wants get Richard’s help to discover how her husband died. The suspects end up being Motoyasu’s apprentices: Kazumi Manada, Mako Miyoshi, and Yuji Momochi. In addition to trying to solve the case, Rachel is starting to have suspicions that Conan is really Jimmy.

After the case is solved, Rachel takes Conan to Jimmy’s house and starts sharing her accusations; however, she is interrupted by the sudden arrival of Jimmy’s mother, Vivian. His mother gives a cover story to throw Rachel off the trail. Vivian says she’ll take Conan for two or three days.

Vivian takes Conan to visit her friend Hiromi Yabuuchi. Her father passed away from cancer, and the time has come for the reading of the will. Hiromi and her siblings aren’t convinced that a man who has come is really their uncle, so Hiromi wants Vivian to try to figure out the truth. While Vivian and Conan are there, they see a suspicious-looking person lurking around, mysterious things happen, and Hiromi’s stepmother is found murdered. It’s up to Conan and Vivian to try to figure out what’s going on.

The final mystery sees Rachel, Conan, and Serena on a ski trip. They run into Miss Yonehara, a former teacher from elementary school. She invites Conan and the others to join her and the group of teachers that she’s come with. After they reach the rental cabin, a reporter arrives who has a tip something will happen that night. Miss Yonehara and Serena are attacked. The volume ends with a teacher who has late arriving at the front door, but it turns out that it’s his corpse.

I was familiar with all of these mysteries from watching the Case Closed television anime series. Even though I may have already been familiar with these stories, I found them just as enjoyable reading them in the manga as they were when I saw them in the anime for the first time.

While I enjoyed the first mystery, I ended being a little more interested in the subplot of Rachel starting to figure out that perhaps Conan and Jimmy are somehow the same person. I also liked how the ending of the first mystery segued into the second mystery, as well as how Vivian threw Rachel off the trail of discovering the truth. I found her explanation just as amusing here as I did when I saw it in the anime: “He’s my grandfather’s older brother’s daughter’s cousin’s uncle’s grandson.” It’s such a convoluted mess that Vivian came up with, that it would definitely take some serious thinking to try to untangle it!

I really liked how the second mystery was done, because when I saw it in the anime, it really kept me guessing. In fact, I didn’t figure out the twist that appears at the end before it was revealed.

The third mystery has a good buildup to reach the cliffhanger ending of the volume when the missing teacher arrives at the cabin, but he’s already dead when he gets there. I can’t say too much more, since I already know how this story ends from seeing the anime series and I don’t want to inadvertently provide any spoilers.

I really enjoy Aoyama’s storytelling for the mysteries that he presents in the Case Closed series. For the two completed mysteries in Volume 14, he’s able to keep the reader guessing as to what the real answer is. As a reader, I want to keep on reading the series in order to continue seeing Conan in action.

If you’ve read and enjoyed previous volumes of Case Closed, then I think you’ll enjoy reading Volume 14.

I wrote this review after reading a copy of Case Closed Volume 14 that I checked out through the King County Library System.

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