Case Closed: Episode 765 – “Teimuzu River Kite Flying Case (Part One)”

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 765 sees the members of the Detective Boys and Professor Agasa entering the Teimuzu River Kite Flying Event. On their way to the event, Ayumi notices Ai listening to a particular song that makes her hum along with it and smile. The others wonder what it is, but Ai refuses to tell them. She tells Conan that he has to figure it out for himself. He comes up with a plan that requires Ayumi to secretly record Ai with his phone as she hums, but Ayumi slips and reveals the plan to Ai. Later, we learn that Ayumi lost Conan’s phone outside of the bathrooms and can’t locate it.

If a viewer didn’t know better, they might think that the lost phone or trying to figure out Ai’s secret song is the mystery for this episode. However, it turns out that there will soon be another mystery afoot.

When the Detective Boys fly their kite, one of the tails breaks off, causing the kite to crash to the ground and become damaged. The kite lands by another contestant named Ryota Renna, who is having an argument with his wife on a cell phone. His wife accuses him of cheating on her, and the brother of the woman Ryota cheated with is nearby and is another contestant for the contest. The brother says his sister is now in the hospital because of the affair, and warns Ryota that his partner in the contest, Takeshi Yatsukoshi, was also in love with his sister. Right here, we’re starting to see potential suspects and motive being established. Luckily for Conan, Genta, and Mitsuhiko, they happen to be right nearby as events start to unfold.

When it’s Ryota’s team’s turn to fly their kite, Ryota falls backward into the river. He isn’t able to swim, so he has to be rescued and taken to the hospital. Inspector Megure and Detective Takagi arrive to investigate, and it’s no surprise when Conan goes over to them and suggests that what happened wasn’t an accident. By the end of the episode, Conan has helped the inspectors figure out a trick with the rope on the posts to keep people out of the river, and has helped them narrow the field of suspects down to three people: Yuitoshi Kakura (the brother of Ryota’s lover), Takeshi Yatsukoshi, and Takami Renna (Ryota’s wife).

So what we have here is an attempted murder case that takes place at a crowded public event. The main questions that Conan seems to be grappling with are how the suspect carried out this plan during this kind of a public event and who the suspect is. Personally, I’m thinking that a couple of the suspects were somehow in cahoots in order to make this work. Also, since an issue was made about Conan’s missing phone and how someone nearby Ayumi tripped at the time she likely dropped it, I’m thinking that Conan’s phone will also be important. Conan had set his phone to record but to not display that it was, so if it was still on that setting when someone picked it up, the phone may have recorded a conversation with important information included in it that could somehow implicate the suspect.

Case Closed has featured a number of murder cases and attempted murder cases over the years, yet ways seem to be found to keep these kinds of cases interesting and not come across as “just another murder case” or “just another attempted murder case.”

I’m very curious to watch the next episode and to see whether or not I ended up being right in any of my guesses.

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