Case Closed: Episode 1001 – “The Moonlight Sonata Murder (Part Two)”

The episode opens exactly where the previous episode ended, before launching into the opening credits. We hear the same opening song as we did in the previous episode, and the initial footage starts out the same. However, most of the footage in the opening credits for this episode actually came from the previous one. In a way, this kind of allowed the opening credits to serve as a “recap” of last week’s episode.

At the scene of the current mayor’s murder, it’s discovered that “sheet music” has been written in blood on the floor. By looking at this, as well as the sheet music left at the first murder scene in the previous episode, Conan realizes that there’s a code there. With some help from Ran, Conan figures out what the code means and can decipher what each one says. Figuring out this code is important, because it ultimately helps Conan crack the case.

When the elderly police officer mentions that there’s sheet music that survived the fire 12 years earlier because it was stored in a special safe and that he put it in a safe in the community center, it looked like he was actually going to be helpful. Conan goes with him, and he does reveal some important information on their walk to the police substation when they go to retrieve the key. However, when they get to the police substation, it takes the officer over an hour to find the key to the safe.

Unfortunately, this delay allows a couple of events to occur. When the officer and Conan go to open the safe at the community center, they find Nishimoto hanging from the ceiling. Sheet music was left at the scene, and the code tries to make it look like a suicide note. However, Conan correctly surmises that there was no way for Nishimoto to hang himself without something to step on… and there’s nothing under his feet. But at the same time this is discovered, Conan is checking out a strange noise he heard in the piano room. He sees a shadowy figure jump out of the window, and that Murasawa is lying on the floor, unconscious.

Once the officer finally gets the safe open and finds the sheet music from Aso Keiji’s home, Conan looks at the code written on the sheet music and pieces everything together. He knocks Kogoro out, and uses the broadcast room to announce to everyone what he figured out. It turns out the murderer is someone with a connection to Aso Keiji, and that this person is on the island under a fake identity. Just like in the original, the culprit meets a tragic end, and it’s through this experience that Conan vows to never let another culprit die ever again.

After watching both parts of the remake of this story, I have to say that I am very happy with how this turned out. The story was the same, but the animation is done in the current style, which obviously gives it a different look from the original. The main difference is that a different opening theme song is used for this remake. My main question, though, is whether this opening theme will only appear in this two-part remake, or if it’s going to appear on future episodes of Case Closed. There was no preview for the next episode at the end of this one, which is usually a sign that there won’t be a new episode next week. Looking at the fact we’re coming up on the last couple of weeks of March, I’m expecting that there may be a two-week break before getting more episodes of Case Closed. We’ll just have to wait and see in order to find out when we can expect to see new episodes of the series and how those episodes will continue to progress the story and the characters.

But hitting 1,000 episodes is a major milestone for any series, whether it’s animation or live-action. Congratulations on hitting this milestone, Case Closed, and I can’t wait to see where this series goes in the future!

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