Kogoro receives a letter from someone named Kurataya Komakichi, which says that he wants to give the detective a family treasure. Kogoro, along with Conan and Ran, travel to Yamaguchi Prefecture, in order to meet with Komakichi. But after getting off the train, they encounter a female internet journalist named Asuka. During the scene with Asuka, I had this gut feeling that something about her wasn’t quite right.
Asuka takes Kogoro, Ran, and Conan to Kozan Park for sightseeing. Personally, I kind of liked hearing Asuka’s description of the historical importance of some of the places they take a look at. As a foreigner, I appreciated the brief Japanese history lesson. But during their sightseeing trip, Kogoro accidentally blurts out to Asuka who he’s supposed to meet up with, and Asuka suddenly excuses herself. At first, I thought she was going to do a news report for her site. But, when the police show up to question Kogoro, I realized that my guess was off. It turned out that Asuka called the police to try to get protection for Kogoro, but they assumed she was calling to report him as an accomplice to a crime. The “family treasure” that Komakichi was offering Kogoro was actually stolen goods, and the robber had used the name “Kurataya Komakichi.”
But there ends up being another twist… the “Kurataya Komakichi” who wrote the letter to Kogoro was actually Asuka. She wants his help to investigate the crime, because an individual who she had interviewed was framed as an accomplice to the crime at the time it happened, and she feels it’s her fault for bringing attention to this person. Kogoro agrees to take the case, and has Asuka file a report on her site about it. Well, let’s just say that a lawyer for the family that was robbed comes to Kogoro and strongly encourages him to leave the case alone. This lawyer definitely comes across as shady, and it almost feels as if the writer of the episode is trying to make it look like this lawyer might actually be the thief. Maybe it’s just me, but that just feels too obvious. I suspect there’s going to be yet another twist that we haven’t seen yet.
At the end of the episode, as it seems Kogoro, Ran, and Conan are getting closer to the truth, they find their lives threatened by a mysterious person with a gun. From the preview for the next episode, it looks like this mysterious person with a gun will play a major part of the plot.
There were definitely some unanticipated twists and turns in the case in this episode, and I expect there will be more next week. But I’m grateful to see that this isn’t a murder mystery, since quite a few of the cases in Case Closed fall into that category.