Case Closed: Episode 987 – “The Company Dissolution Party”

The episode begins with Kogoro treating Ran and Conan to a meal at a nice restaurant. While they’re there, they overhear a “company dissolution party” going on down the hall.

At the party, it’s revealed that Kureno, the head of Clerno (a website that imports goods), is selling the company even though it had its most profitable quarter ever. Some of the employees at the party are unhappy that Kureno made such a decision without consulting them first. One of the employees hands Kureno a bouquet of flowers with a picture of the group in it, and shortly thereafter, Kureno collapses and dies.

When the police arrive to investigate, Kogoro, Ran, and Conan join them. Of course, after Kogoro says they were down the hall having a meal, they’re asked if they saw anything. Of course, the answer was no.

The episode spends some time showing Megure, Takagi, and Kogoro questioning the suspects. They each profess their own innocence, but throw out something to suspect that someone else in the group had a motive. In the end, all of the potential suspects have some kind of motive to kill Kureno. By the halfway point of the episode, they seem to figure out who murdered Kureno, and it looks like the mystery will be resolved this early. But as a long-time Case Closed viewer, I knew this couldn’t be the end of it. Sure enough, I was right. Right at the halfway point, the suspect is found dead in another room.

The rest of the episode sees the police, Kogoro, and Conan trying to determine whether the suspect’s death was suicide or murder. The one thing I found unbelievable here is that Conan noticed markings on the ground in the room that the police somehow missed. If these were faint marks, that would be one thing. But the way it was animated, these marks were blatantly clear to the viewer as soon as Conan entered the room. Come on, now. Megure and Takagi aren’t that inept! This particular plot point really stretched credibility.

In the end, Conan figures out what really happened with the second death, and uses the usual “Sleeping Kogoro” trick (knocking Kogoro out with the stun gun and using the voice changing bowtie to disguise his voice). Once again, Conan is right in his deductions, and a confession is made in regards to this second murder.

In the end, I thought there was a promising story here, especially adding in the twist of the second death, but the fact that Megure and Takagi missed something so blatantly obvious kind of killed it for me. If there had been some other way for the writer(s) to have conveyed the information they wanted to impart in that scene, I think the episode itself would have been a little stronger. It feels like the writer(s) wrote themselves into a corner and had to find a way to progress the story… and this was the only way they could think of to do it. Luckily, we don’t see this issue crop up much in Case Closed, but when it does, it’s a bit infuriating to me as a viewer.

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