Case Closed: Episode 966 – “Kaiju Gomera VS Kamen Yaiba (Interlude)”

The episode opens with enough of a recap to remind the audience of what happened in the previous episode before launching into the opening credits.

Early on in the episode, we see the inspector from the Kyoto police department talking with the members of the Osaka police department, Conan, and Heiji. In a lot of ways, this is a kind of “info dump,” but it was the fastest way to get the information out that needed to be revealed. It’s revealed that the Kyoto inspector was investigating a case in his jurisdiction, and it involves someone who had a connection with the director who was murdered in the previous episode. After what happened at the end of the previous episode, it’s suspected that a bomb may have been associated with the Kyoto death as well.

We then get to see some rehearsal from the film shoot, where all of the characters who were at the event in the previous episode are participating as extras. It was amusing to see what happens and the reactions they get from the director. Heiji just isn’t an actor, that’s for sure. LOL!

But while this is going on, another man involved with the production of the Kaiju Gomera VS Kamen Yaiba film is on a location scouting trip, and is caught in an explosion. It turns out this man has a connection with both the murdered director and the man who died in Kyoto. As the pieces come together, the Osaka police and the Kyoto police decide to form a joint task force in order to investigate these seemingly connected crimes.

We get a humorous scene of Conan, Ran, Heiji, Kazuha, and the kids at a Kamen Yaiba cafe. Kazuha dragged them there, and much of the humor comes from Kazuha and Heiji. You can tell that poor Heiji is out of his element, but that’s what makes this scene humorous.

The joint task force seems to have found a potential suspect for the three bombings, and the man would have a motive for killing these people. But when they get to the residence where he lives, they find him beaten up and tied up… and this is where the episode ends. How will this discovery affect their investigation?

There’s just one thing I have to mention about the inspector from Kyoto. What was up with the squirrel hanging out on his shoulder? It’s almost like it was providing the facial expressions for reactions to revelations and comments, since the inspector himself seems to try to maintain his composure. The squirrel comes across as comedic, and I’m not sure if this was intentional or not, especially considering the tone of the scene that we see this taking place in.

And I’m also a little confused by something. The preview says the next episode is titled, “Kaiju Gomera VS Kamen Yaiba (Finale).” However, I’ve seen reports saying this special is supposed to run for four episodes, and next week will only be three episodes. Unless the final episode coming up in a couple of weeks will be labeled as “Epilogue”? It’ll be interesting to see how this story and mystery continues to progress and develop.

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