Case Closed: Episode 999 – “Troublesome Kindness”

The episode sees Kogoro, Ran, and Conan eating out at a restaurant. Nearby, Conan overhears a man bragging to his companion about a couple of strange things that happened and how he called the police on suspicious people. But both times, the man made assumptions about what he was seeing and called the police on innocent people. We see that for the second man he did this to, this caused him to lose his job. The man telling the story brags about how good of a person he is and the kindness that he does. A nearby patron wearing a hoodie reacts to both of the stories the man tells but tries to conceal this. Conan, however, has been eavesdropping on the situation and notices the other patron’s reactions.

When the bragging customer leaves to go to the bathroom, we see the man in the hoodie get up shortly afterward. We then cut to the man in the hoodie going inside the bathroom and grabbing a couple of things from a utility closet. When the other man comes out of the bathroom, we see him attack the man with a broom and place toilet paper in the hand dryer. It seems to be rather cut and dried, but considering how early in the episode this was, I knew there had to be a catch of some kind, since there has to be a mystery here.

A little while later, the bragging man’s companion is heard shouting, and they find him sitting outside the bathroom and pointing at the other man’s body inside. As usual, Ran is instructed to call an ambulance and the police before Kogoro discovers that the victim is already dead. But Conan notices something unusual both when they first run up to the scene and in the bathroom. Naturally, these two things Conan noticed end up being important clues to the mystery.

It’s really hard for me to go into too much more detail because anything else I say will spoil the mystery. But what I will say is that there is a twist here, yet I was kind of confused on how this twist worked. I felt like there was an explanation that wasn’t blatantly given, that the audience had to make an assumption.

In the end, this was a decent episode of Case Closed, even if the twist presented for the case confused me a little. I’m looking forward to the next episode, which is Episode 1,000… a major milestone that will be marked with a two-part remake of “The Moonlight Sonata Case.” I’m looking forward to seeing the next two episodes, since the original “Moonlight Sonata Case” story is among my favorite Case Closed stories of all time.

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