Case Closed: Episode 965 – "Kaiju Gomera VS Kamen Yaiba (Prologue)"

This episode is the first of a four-part special. The setting is a new building that was built for Nichuiri TV, at an event to announce the new Kaiju Gomera VS Kamen Yaiba movie that is being produced to commemorate the completion of the new building.

The audience knows several of the guests attending the event: Kogoro, Ran, Conan, the Detective Boys, Heiji, and Kazuha. It turns out that Kazuha is a big fan of Kaiju Gomera after watching the films with Heiji when they were kids. Apparently, Heiji had no idea of her appreciation for Kaiju Gomera until now, so the scene where this is revealed to the audience was rather amusing.

At the event, the producer of the film, who is being hailed as a hitmaker, makes a quick speech and then heads off to do other things before the event continues. Part of this is meeting up with someone at a prop room that’s having electrical problems. The audience sees a shadowy figure cutting the ropes on a kaiju that’s being stored there, and the kaiju falls on the producer… killing him. What a way to go.

Kogoro, Heiji, and Conan end up becoming involved with the investigation, along with the Osaka police department. As usual, Heiji and Conan are pointing out things that the police overlook at first, and explain some of what the police is finding. Through questioning the producer’s assistant, they are able to whittle down the people who had access to that particular prop room: the guy they question and two other men.

The case is actually solved by the end of the episode, but the act of apprehending the suspects hasn’t quite finished by the end of the episode. One of them is captured, while the other gets away. There was a great cliffhanger, but then we see what happens after the ending credits. Even if we hadn’t had that, the cliffhanger likely would have been ruined by the preview, anyway. But right at the end, the inspector from Kyoto who has popped up before appears again. From the preview, it looks like the Osaka police force and the Kyoto police force are going to have to work together.

It was also mentioned in this episode that a scene is being filmed for the movie the next day, and that those people invited to the announcement event would be extras. From the preview, we see that the filming of this scene will be taking place in the next episode.

As things are going now, I’m not sure how this going to last for three more episodes. I’m guessing there will be some more twists and turns introduced to the story that I can’t even fathom yet.

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