Case Closed: Episode 766: “Teimuzu River Kite Flying Case (Part Two)”

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 766 continues the mystery that began in Episode 765, where a man named Ryota fell into a river at a kite flying contest after somehow being guided to an area where the rope wasn’t attached to the posts. On top of this, Conan’s phone had disappeared while Ayumi had it.

This episode sees Conan and the Detective Boys accompanying Inspector Megure and Detective Takagi as they interview the three suspects: Yuitoshi Kakura (the brother of Ryota’s lover), Takeshi Yatsukoshi (who has been in love with Yuitoshi’s sister since high school), and Takami Renna (Ryota’s wife).

After interviewing all three suspects, it’s obvious that they all have a motive for trying to kill Ryota, but everyone seems stuck on how to come up with an explanation for how any of them could have been responsible. After going over various pieces of potential evidence and hearing from Ayumi and Professor Agasa about his phone, Conan comes up with the answer as to which suspect is guilty and how they did it.

What I liked about the reveal in this episode is that Conan plays it really coy with the suspects and dropping some false hints in regard to his phone. But before he does this, both Megure and Takagi turn to Conan again to see if he’s already come up with the answer. In order to make his ploy work, he has to act like he doesn’t have any ideas as to who’s guilty when he’s interacting with the authorities.

I don’t want to provide any spoilers, but I’ll say that the suspect ended up being who I had guessed it would be. However, I didn’t guess the method that the suspect used to lure Ryota to the right spot to make the plan work. And I was also right in guessing that Conan’s missing phone would somehow play a role in discovering who the true culprit was.

Overall, this ended up being an enjoyable mystery, even if I had been able to correctly guess a couple of things about the story. I hadn’t been able to guess one of the major pieces of the mystery, so I had at least one surprise revelation during this episode.

Even though I’ve seen all of the Case Closed episodes that FUNimation has released on home video, as well as the episodes that were simulcast on Crunchyroll during the Fall 2014 season, I don’t find myself getting bored or losing interest in the series. While there may be a lot of the same types of cases, the writers keep finding ways to add new twists or elements to the cases so they don’t simply come across as rehashing earlier mysteries.

I’m looking forward to watching the next episode in order to see what mystery comes in Conan’s way next.

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