Case Closed: Episode 953 – “The Unsolved Cocktail Case (Part Two)”

The episode opened with a recap to remind the audience of what had transpired in the previous part. A lot of the episode itself was focused on Megure questioning the potential culprits. Conan and Amuro pick up some information from the rich man’s bodyguards, and Megure also receives some important information from a couple of the other employees at the restaurant. The employee who is a culprit also receives a phone call, which reveals more to a potential motive she would have for wanting to do harm to her co-worker.

However, the most fascinating part of this episode actually has to do with Amuro. At first, he has brief thoughts of someone he had encountered as a child whenever injuries are mentioned, but right near the end of the episode, he has a full flashback to his interactions with his individual and her family. It turns out the woman and her family are very important to the Case Closed franchise, and I thought the idea of Amuro having interactions with this particular family was quite fascinating. This leads me to believe that this particular case is canon from the manga series, because this flashback is an important reveal that connects to the overarching story of the series.

What’s also amazing is the fact that this episode is going to be a three-parter. From the episodes I have been able to see of Case Closed, this is the first time I’ve seen a story go for more than two parts. I believe there was one in the group of episodes that have never been available legally in North America that ran for much longer, but of the episodes that are legally available, this is the longest one that I’ve encountered. And the fact that this is a longer story than usual also leads me to believe that this story is indeed canon.

Even with the information that was revealed in this episode in regards to the actual case, none of it truly eliminates any of the three potential suspects. I still haven’t been able to figure this one out, so at this point, I’m looking forward to seeing Conan (and also likely Amuro) solving the case and revealing the truth.

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