First off, I want to point out that there was a translation error last week in the preview for this episode. For whatever reason, the person doing the subtitles referred to this episode in last week’s preview as “Kaiju Gomera VS Kamen Yaiba (Finale).” However, as we see here, it’s actually “Climax.” The preview for next week’s episode shows it as “Finale.” Whoops! Having “Climax” for this episode makes a lot more sense.
On to the actual episode itself. Again, it gave us enough of a preview to remind the audience what had happened and what had been learned over the previous two episodes, before continuing on with the story.
Over the course of the episode, Kogoro and Conan, as well at Heiji and Ai, do some investigative work and start finding various pieces that seem to fit together to determine a motive for these killings, as well as who the potential killer is. Kogoro and Conan find out information that helps determine who Ishikawa (the suspect they found tied up in his house in the previous episode) acted the way he did, instead of trying to find an easier way out of the house and contacting police. Through internet research, Ai finds information that links the three men who were killed and Ishikawa together, as well as why these people are being targeted. And Heiji finds some video evidence that seems to wrap up the case… until they realize something at the end of the episode while watching the footage. The four suspects are all in the video… but who’s recording it? The episode ends with the police realizing that there has to be a fifth man involved, and that he is likely the next target. So it looks like the next episode will be a race against time to determine who the fifth man is and solve the case.
During the episode, one of the producers of the film approaches Kazuha and Ran, saying that they will be doing an audition for a couple of parts in the film. Apparently, the audition was supposed to be announced during the announcement event that took place in the first episode of this arc, but never happened due to the murder that took place. Ran isn’t interested, but Kazuha is all over it, since she’s so big into Gomera and Kamen Yaiba. The preview for the next episode shows that the audition will be part of what’s going on.
At the end of the episode, when it was determined that there has to be a fifth man involved, I think I figured out who this person has to be. And if I’m right, then that’s why the audition is played up in the preview for the next episode. It’s going to be interesting to see if I’m right on this or not when I watch Case Closed next week.
Overall, this episode focused a lot on exposition, done through investigations or discussion among the investigators. While that may sound boring, a lot of information does come out over the course of the episode. Right before the final reveal about the fifth man, it does feel like they’ve solved the case, and it made me wonder how they were going to continue the story into one more part. But with that final reveal and loose thread, it made sense why there’s one more part to the story. I’m very interested to see how this story arc and mystery are ultimately resolved.