Case Closed sees Shinichi Kudo, a high school junior mystery buff with incredible abilities with his power of observation and intuition, being given an experimental poison by a criminal organization. Instead of killing Shinichi, it shrinks him back down to his six or seven year old self.
As his new younger self, Shinichi takes on the name of Conan Edogawa, and poses as a relative of his neighbor, Dr. Agasa. As Conan, Shinichi ends up living with his childhood friend Ran Mori and her father Kogoro. Kogoro is a bumbling private investigator who used to be part of the Japanese police force. Shinichi believes that he can use Kogoro’s resources to track down the men in black who poisoned him in order to get an antidote that will return him to his normal size.
Episode 764 sees Heiji using video chat in order to show Conan and the other Detective Boys what the three potential suspects look like: a man with a bouquet of white roses behind his back, a woman wearing a white rose in her hair, and a gaudy man with a white rose on his chest. During the investigation, Heiji sees his friend Kazuha talking with the gaudy man and he becomes extremely jealous. Seeing Heiji’s jealousy was so amusing, because it showed a side of him that I’ve personally never seen before.
Unfortunately, Heiji’s jealousy distracts him from the case at hand, so it’s up to Conan to deduce that two of the suspects can be ruled out. When it’s time for the meeting and Conan asks Heiji to get Kazuha out of th area, the video chat suddenly stops. At the same time, Heiji notices a couple of things about the gaudy man that concern him, but before he can do anything, Kazuha is grabbed by two men. Heiji goes after the gaudy man, but it turns out that things aren’t what they seem.
As the story was playing out, I had a suspicion as Kazuha talked with the gaudy man that he wasn’t what he appeared to be. However, I didn’t entirely guess accurately what he really was, although I was rather close.
One of the best parts of this episode is when Heiji refers to Kazuha as “his” Kazuha in the heat of the moment. Of course, when Kazuha confronts Heiji about this at the end of the episode, he keeps claiming he never said anything like that. But it was amusing when he psyches her out a bit at one point, where he makes it sound like he’s going to confess, but then instead of saying that Kazuha was the most important thing to him, he says it’s evidence that he cares about. I admit that I almost thought that he was going to make a confession here, but I wasn’t too surprised when he didn’t actually confess. But we do see at the end that Conan managed to record that part of Heiji’s conversation before the phone hung up. If only Kazuha knew that Conan has the evidence…
Overall, this was an enjoyable conclusion for this particular mystery. My only real complaint is the fact that the recap of the previous episode ended up running for about three-and-a-half minutes. But with how complicated the code was that Conan was trying to figure out in the previous episode, perhaps the recap needed to be that long in order to help viewers who missed the previous week be able to understand what’s going on.
I’m looking forward to seeing the new case that Conan takes on in the next episode, and it looks like it’s another story that’s going to involve the Detective Boys.
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