The episode opened with an almost two-and-a-half minute recap. While some of this did help reiterate what had happened in the previous episode, it did kind of feel like it was this long in order to help kill time.
But when the episode gets going, Conan, Amuro, Ayumi, Genta, and Mitsuhide are able to figure out where to go in order to locate the father and son who picked up the strap. Through some help from one of Amuro’s associates, they are able to get a name for the boy, which they use to locate him.
In the previous episode, we had seen a shadowy figure following Conan and the others, and the shadowy figure grabs the strap just as Conan and the others are about to get it and take it back to Ai. After a bit of a wild goose chase, the shadowy figure is tracked down… and it turns out that things aren’t what they seem.
In the end, we follow this story just to find out that there was an easy answer as to what happened to Ai’s strap. While I understand that this two-parter is meant to lead up to the upcoming school trip special, this story was kind of a let down after seeing the whole thing.
Oh well. According to the preview, the next episode is supposed to be the forthcoming school trip special. From what I’ve seen, the special is supposed to be two one-hour episodes, which will air the first two weeks of January 2019. So it looks like there won’t be an episode of Case Closed next week. Hopefully, Crunchyroll will stream the special.
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