Case Closed: Episode 768 – “Haibara Ai Imprisonment Case”

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 768 sees Ai becoming an important part of a case when she’s running late after going out to do some shopping. As Conan and the other Detective Boys look for her, they find the scarf for a kitten that likes Ai. They find the kitten in a well and go to return it to its owner. The owner doesn’t answer the doorbell when they go to see her, so Conan and the others take the cat to Professor Agasa’s house.

Meanwhile, the audience sees that Ai was kidnapped and tries to get away. Between Ai’s attempt to escape and the Detective Boys’ efforts at trying to locate Ai, several clues and hints are dropped that help Conan solve the mystery later in the episode. It turns out there’s also a murder involved in addition to Ai and the kitten’s owner being kidnapped, and that the murder has a connection to this kidnapping case. After piecing information together, Conan correctly deduces what happened and how it happened.

During the section of the episode where the hints and clues were being dropped, I was able to pick up on one of the clues and figure out a major detail for how the crime was committed before the answer was revealed. However, there were several other clues that I either didn’t pick up on or hadn’t figured out how they fit into solving the crime. This particular mystery is one that kept me guessing for the most part, and I hadn’t been able to guess very much of it before Conan revealed the solution to the mystery.

I have to mention that while this story incorporated a murder, the murder itself wasn’t the main focus. Let’s be honest for a moment and admit that quite a few of the mysteries that Conan solves are murder mysteries. Because of that, this particular episode was a nice change of pace.

So far, the episodes of the Winter 2015 season continue to place a lot of focus on Conan working with the Detective Boys and Professor Agasa on the various mysteries. In fact, I can’t even recall off the top of my head when I last saw Ran or Kogoro play any real role in the mystery that Conan is trying to solve. I’m curious to see if the remaining episodes this season will continue to be stories that see Conan working with the Detective Boys and Professor Agasa, or if Ran or Kogoro will eventually play an important role in the story again.

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