The episode opened with a lengthy recap of the previous one, and it lasted for nearly three minutes. I know that information needed to be imparted to help remind viewers of what happened the previous week or to inform viewers who missed the previous episode what had happened, but this felt a little on the excessive side. It made me think that the writer of the episode couldn’t write quite enough to fill up the time needed, so it was decided to make a longer recap in order to pad out the episode.
If we hadn’t seen that the two lackeys for the guy who is behind Eri’s kidnapping were incompetent, the early part of this episode made it abundantly clear. Just when one of them was about to find Eri in her hiding place, the other one hears Eri’s stomach growling and assumes it’s his partner. He declares that Eri isn’t there, and the two of them leave the room. Eri managed to not be discovered through some incredibly dumb luck.
Thanks to some cryptic communication with Eri, Conan is able to determine where she’s being held. We actually got to see Kogoro use his martial arts skills to take down the ringleader of the kidnappers. We normally don’t get to see Kogoro acting so badass, so this was a nice change of pace. It was especially amazing how Kogoro was able to save Eri in time, even though she was up on the fourth floor of the building. It’s pretty comical when the audience is shown visually how Kogoro made it up there, but it was sweet to see that when it comes down to it, Kogoro really does care about Eri. Ran also got to be badass as well, when she took down the henchman’s two lackeys.
There were a couple of moments in this episode where it looked like there could have been some major changes to character dynamics, but, alas, it was too good to be true. By the end of the episode, events ultimately transpired that caused those particular dynamics to return to the way they had been. I should have known that this was too good to be true.
Oh well. This was still an exciting two-parter. I’m hoping that this is a canon story from the manga, and not some kind of filler story, because I would really like for this to be part of Aoyama’s vision for the characters.