Case Closed: Episode 917 – “Kendo Tournament of Love and Mystery (Part Two)”

Unlike other two-part episodes, the second half of this episode had a rather short recap of what had happened previously.

Last week’s episode had ended on a cliffhanger of a match between Heiji and Okita. But before they can go much of anywhere, they are stopped by the police so they don’t do any more potential damage to the crime scene. While the police detectives are doing most of the actual investigating, Heiji ends up being the one to actually solve the case. Conan points out a couple of small things, but for the most part, he really wasn’t that important to this particular case.

This episode also shows just how arrogant, yet stupid, Okita really is. But, since this character shares the same voice actor as Midousuji from Yowamushi Pedal, his boastful moments are very reminiscent of Midousuji. That Kansai accent is very recognizable, so I have to keep reminding myself that this is a different character.

The answer to this murder is actually on the sad side, but it was shocking to see the culprit try to attack a teenager in anger, accusing the teen of lying about something… especially since two police detectives were right there. If the culprit hadn’t already confessed, this action would have made it clear that they were guilty. Sadly, anger and grief can cause people to act in ways that aren’t always the most appropriate.

Even though Conan’s role was diminished in this story, it was still a good two-part episode. I noticed in the opening that a shot of Okita appears, so I wonder if this means that he will end up being a recurring character. He probably won’t be recurring as much as the girl who is convinced that Heiji is going to be her future husband, but perhaps he will show up again sometime.

But from seeing the preview for the next episode, I’m afraid it’s going to be a let down after this two-parter. To be honest, the next episode looks like it’s going to be a filler story focusing on the Detective Boys. Sigh.

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