Case Closed: Episode 771 – “The Tense Tea Party (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 771 continues and concludes the hospital poisoning case that began in Episode 770. At the beginning, there’s a roughly three-and-a-half minute recap of the previous episode before going into the opening credits. Usually, recaps for Case Closed don’t run that long, so I had a suspicion that the episode needed to kill some time. When I reached the end of the episode, it was obvious that there just wasn’t quite enough left in this particular mystery to last for the entirety of Episode 771. It’s no wonder the recap ran for so long.

While Conan pieces everything together to solve the case, he thinks that Bourbon has figured it out as well. As Kogoro, Megure, and Bourbon are talking with the suspects, Conan demonstrates a trick and throws clues out there in order to encourage Bourbon to explain and solve the case. It was actually kind of nice to see Conan find a way to have someone else provide the evidence and solve the crime outside of relying on his dart watch and voice changing bowtie.

While I had guessed that the item mentioned as the “Conan’s Hint” at the end of Episode 770 was involved with how Reina was poisoned, I hadn’t correctly guessed how it was used to commit the crime. I have to say that I thought the explanation from the episode was much better than what I had come up with. I had also correctly guessed who the guilty party was, but I learned information for their motive that I hadn’t been privy to in Episode 770.

This poisoning story was a pretty decent murder mystery for the Case Closed franchise. I didn’t have that “been there, done that” feeling that one would expect to have after seeing so many murder mysteries played out in what I’ve seen of Case Closed.

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