Case Closed: Episode 980 – “An Encouragement of the Perfect Crime”

This week’s episode establishes a man who sells customers “the perfect crime.” He gains the attention of the police after several of his clients are arrested for crimes and provide a kind of “instruction manual” for their crime upon their arrest. Takagi and Sato come to see Kogoro after identifying the man and ask him to come along as an adviser for an undercover operation. Conan ends up tagging along.

I’m not sure what they were thinking having Kogoro come along for something undercover, though, since the suspect recognized him easily. But it turns out this guy’s not as smart as he seems to think he is. While talking to the police, he proudly details what he’s done and believes they can’t touch him because he didn’t commit any crimes. I loved it when Sato handcuffed him and declared he was under arrest for abetment. What a great take down of such a pompous ass. Apparently, the guy was too stupid to realize he himself was committing a crime by writing these crime novel plot ideas and selling them to people to use as guides to commit “the perfect crime.” And as it comes out later in the episode, his “perfect crime manuals” aren’t as perfect as he seems to believe they are.

With his arrest, though, the police get information on some crimes that were about to happen, as well as information on at least one unsolved crime. That unsolved crime from seven years ago plays an important role in the story. The police successfully stop all but one of the crimes that were in progress or were about to happen. This one is the most worrisome, though, because it involves an explosion that could kill a lot of people.

I can’t go into too much more detail, because I’d be giving too much away. But there is a twist near the end, and it’s fortunate Conan figures it out in time. Unfortunately, though, this story requires our “modern day James Moriarty” to be an egotistical moron. But in order to fit this into one episode, his character had to be this way. I think there could have been potential for a two-parter here, but it would have needed a stronger villain to make that work. While I liked the concept of this episode, I felt that it wasn’t as strong as it could have been due to the time restriction of one episode that was placed on this story. The best part of this episode was just how badass Sato was in it. The egotistical guy learned rather quickly not to mess with her!

According to what was said at the end of this episode, it appears there won’t be a Case Closed episode next week. However, when it does come back in a couple of weeks, there will be a two-parter. It was nice to have advance warning of the fact that there will not be an episode next week, and I’m also happy to finally see a multiple episode story again. The last time we had that was all the way back in March 2020.

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