Case Closed: Episode 975 – “The Secret of the Search for His Wife”

I was pleasantly surprised to see that a new episode of Case Closed was available on Crunchyroll.

The episode begins with a man standing outside with flyers. He’s looking for his wife who has been missing for three days, but hardly anyone is giving him the time of day. That is, until Ran and Conan come along. When Ran looks at the picture on the flyer and recognizes her as an employee at a florist shop. Ran and Conan take this man to see Kogoro, who at first is trying not to take the case. But after some prodding from Ran, he decides to take it on.

Conan ends up tagging along with Kogoro as he goes to interview the neighbors. The neighbors on the same side of the street as the man’s house only reveal that the wife was excited for a dinner date she had coming up with her husband. But when they question the neighbors in the houses behind the man’s house, they start hearing some things that make it sound like the husband and wife had been arguing, and the words that were being said sounded like the husband was going to murder the wife. As I watched, I thought this didn’t sound good for the husband, but I had some nagging doubts… this just seemed too easy.

When Kogoro and Conan return to the man’s house, they find the police there. Apparently, they received an anonymous tip that the husband murdered the wife and buried her in the backyard. The police dig in the yard and find the wife’s body. While this certainly looked damning, I still thought something felt a little off about this. There was no way a Case Closed mystery would end up being so cut and dried.

Thanks to the picture on the flyer and Conan’s inquisitive nature, Conan uncovers that, yes, this mystery was not as cut and dried as it would seem. The true killer is exposed, and the motive for this person to kill the victim was ridiculous. When the husband gets pissed and picks up a shovel to attack her, I could understand his frustration, especially since the motive wasn’t something worth killing someone over, but I knew that wouldn’t be a wise thing for him to do. Fortunately, Inspector Megure was able to get him to stand down.

Overall, it was a decent mystery for a single episode story. While I’ve seen better, I’ve also seen a lot worse.

But I don’t know if we’re getting another episode next week, since there was no preview for the next episode or any of the other things that usually show up at the end of the episode. Case Closed went on hiatus without any fanfare, and then came back without any fanfare, so I have no idea how often new episodes will be airing in the coming months. All I can do is just keep checking every Saturday morning to see if Crunchyroll has added a new episode.

Discotek Media Licenses the Space Adventure Cobra TV Anime and the Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer Film

Discotek Media has announced that it has licensed the Space Adventure Cobra television anime and the Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer (Meitantei Conan: Zero no Shikkōnin) anime film. The company will release the Space Adventure Cobra TV anime on Blu-ray Disc on September 29, 2020. The release will feature English subtitles, “brand new experimental English dubs” for the first two episodes, and the original English pilot episode.

The company will release the 22nd Detective Conan film under the name Case Closed: Zero the Enforcer on Blu-ray Disc on September 29, 2020. The release will feature English subtitles and a new English dub.

Discotek has also revealed details of two other previously announced anime releases. The company will release the third and final Blu-ray Disc set for the Galaxy Express 999 television anime and the Wicked City anime film on Blu-ray Disc on September 29, 2020.

I find it interesting that this is the second Case Closed license that Discotek Media has announced in recent months, with the first one being the “Episode One” TV special. Could the company be testing the waters to determine if it’s worth trying to acquire the license for the Case Closed anime series? I hope so!

Source: ANN

Does Anyone Know What the Deal Is With the Case Closed Anime?

It’s been a little frustrating that we’ve now gone about two months since the last new episode of Case Closed (aka Detective Conan), and as far as I can tell, there has been no announcements about any delays due to COVID-19 or any other reason. I know that this year’s anime film for the franchise has been postponed due to COVID-19, but nothing appears to have been said in regards to the anime series itself.

Has anyone perhaps heard anything about any delays for the series that I’m simply not aware of?

It just gets disheartening to log into Crunchyroll every Saturday morning recently to discover that there isn’t a new episode of Case Closed to watch. 😦

VIZ Media Announces July 2020 Manga Releases

VIZ Media has announced the company’s manga releases for July 2020.

From Shonen Jump:

Act-Age Volume 1
by Tatsuya Matsuki

On Sale Date: July 7, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

Is there a method to Kei Yonagi’s madness when it comes to acting? The young actor has a family of siblings to feed, but she finds herself struggling with her psychological demons when playing a role. Her desperate acting catches the eye of a famous director, Sumiji Kuroyama, who’s looking for raw talent to mold. Can he help Yonagi navigate the cutthroat world of acting without losing her sanity?

Bleach: Can’t Fear Your Own World Volume 1
Original Concept by Tite Kubo, Written by Ryohgo Narita

On Sale Date: July 7, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $14.99

The Quincies Thousand Year Blood War is over, but the embers of turmoil still smolder in the Soul Society. Tokinada Tsunayashiro, elevated to head of his clan after a slew of assassinations take out every other claimant to the title, has a grand plan to create a new Soul King. His dark ambitions soon sow the seeds of a new total war across the realms, but all is not lost. There is one unlikely Soul Reaper who holds the key to defusing the conflict—Shuhei Hisagi, Assistant Captain of the Ninth Company and reporter for the Seireitei Bulletin.

Kaguya-sama: Love is War Volume 15
by Aka Akasaka

On Sale Date: July 7, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

Turns out confessing your feelings is the easy part of a romantic relationship… Next you have to figure out how to behave in a relationship. Kaguya retreats behind the protective ice shield she built to protect herself years ago. Miyuki believes only an ideal version of himself is worthy of love. Ai/Haski, as usual, is caught in the middle. Will our two notstar-crossed lovers ever learn to let go and just be?

Before you can love someone else, you have to love yourself.

One-Punch Man Volume 20
by ONE, Art by Yusuke Murata

On Sale Date: July 7, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

Immediately before the big Monster Association battle, the Class-S heroes hold a strategy meeting. Unfortunately, they just aren’t in sync, and when Amai Mask barges in, the situation only gets worse. Thankfully, King appears just in time to boost their morale—and it’s a good thing, too, because the big
monster battle begins.

Seraph of the End Volume 19
Story by Takaya Kagami, Art by Yamato Yamamoto,
Storyboards by Daisuke Furuya

On Sale Date: July 7, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $9.99

Shinoa fights for her life at the Demon Army headquarters where the First Progenitor, Shikama Doji, is trying to possess her. Ferid’s solution to the problem? Kill her before she’s turned and possessed. With all of the pieces in place and the First’s resurrection all but complete, the vampires and the Hyakuya Sect both converge on Shibuya. Meanwhile, trapped in his own mind with Asuramaru, Yuichiro’s missing past is finally revealed to him.

Haikyu!! Volume 39
by Haruichi Furudate

On Sale Date: July 7, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

It’s Little Giant versus Little Giant in the quarterfinal game against Kamomedai, and the Little Giant of the past that both Hinata and Korai look up to is watching in the stands. Karasuno struggles against Kamomedai’s iron-tough defense, as their blockers are just as infamous as Date Tech’s, if not more/ Will Karasuno find a way to open a hole in Kamomedai’s wall?

Dr. Stone Volume 12
by Riichiro Inagaki, Art by Boichi

On Sale Date: July 7, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

The Kingdom of Science is now in uncharted waters. Motivated to find out the meaning behind the cryptic message they intercepted, Senku and a select few prepare for a long overseas voyage. And what they find on the first stop on their journey might provide a clue behind the mysterious petrification that ended civilization.

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaina Volume 14
by Koyoharu Gotouge

On Sale Date: July 7, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

Tanjiro’s sword is still not ready. The swordsmith Haganezuka tries to concentrate on finishing while Tanjiro and his friends engage the two upper-rank demons, Hantengu and Gyokko, in a ferocious battle. Hantengu continues to create different forms to attack the Demon Slayers. Meanwhile, the Mist Hashira Tokito regains his memories of the past and confronts Gyokko, but what will these memories reveal?

From Shojo Beat:

Snow White with the Red Hair Volume 8
by Sorata Akiduki

On Sale Date: July 7, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

Shirayuki and Zen finally have “the talk” about their future together. Then, a heavy rain forces the party to take shelter at an inn after seeing off Sakaki. But just as night falls, Obi slips away.

Daytime Shooting Star Volume 7
by Mika Yamamori

On Sale Date: July 7, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

Suzume has moved to Tokyo and is living with her uncle. Suzume and Mr. Shishio take a trip together for the first time. But something weighs heavily on Mr. Shishio’s mind. Meanwhile, Suzume’s worried about being caught on a romantic outing with her teacher.

Prince Freya Volume 2
by Keiko Ishihara

On Sale Date: July 7, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

Freya finds her charade as Prince Edvard difficult to maintain while battling treacherous Tyrish nobles and her own crushing grief. With the help of her dear friend Alek and her new guardian Sir Julian, however, she’s determined not to give up. But will her new resolution and impulsive nature send her straight into the jaws of danger?

An Incurable Case of Love Volume 4
by Mak Enjoji

On Sale Date: July 7, 2020
Age Rating: Mature
Price: USA $9.99

At long last, the Dark Lord has been defeated. Wait—it can’t be that easy.

Nanase became a nurse to chase after Dr. Kairi Tendo. Nanase hears that Kairi has requested to study abroad. She is shocked by the news and tells him she doesn’t want to be apart, but Kairi’s response makes her uneasy.

Love Me, Love Me Not Volume 3
by Io Sakisaka

On Sale Date: July 7, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

Akari begins to see Kazuomi in a different light. But Kazuomi seems completely uninterested in love, and he’s very different from Akari’s usual type. Rio learns that Akari is attracted to Kazuomi, and Rio’s state of mind makes Yuna’s heart ache.

Takane & Hana Volume 15
by Yuki Shiwasu

On Sale Date: July 7, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

Takane’s mother shows up from London and causes a stir. The big question is, can she possibly accept Hana’s role in Takane’s life? Things don’t look promising, but perhaps a trip to the amusement park can mend the strained relationship between mother and son.

From VIZ Media:

Radiant Volume 12
by Tony Valente

On Sale Date: July 14, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price USA $9.99

Traveling to Bôme to recover the Nemesis that Grimm has stolen, Seth, Melie, Doc and Ocoho are separated during confrontations with both a Nemesis and a member of the Mesnie, eaters of the Infected. But this is not their only problem: the presence of General Inquisitor Sargon aboard their aircraft suggests that a meeting of Inquisition senior officials will soon take place in Bôme, an event sure to pile more troubles onto the Infected.

Persona 5 Volume 3
by Hisato Murasaki, Based on the video game by Atlus

On Sale Date: July 14, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $9.99

Ann has a new admirer… kind of. His name is Yusuke Kitagawa and he is an aspiring artist apprenticed to master painter Ichiryusai Madarame. Enthralled by Ann’s beauty, Yusuke is determined to use her as a model for a painting. But a new palace appears and it soon becomes apparent that it belongs to none other than Madarame himself, who has been plagiarizing his students’ art for his own gain. Will Yusuke have the will to rebel and join Akira and his friends to defeat the evil painter?

Record of Grancrest War Volume 7
Original Story by Ryo Mizuno, Story and Art by Makoto Yotsuba, Character Design by Miyu

On Sale Date: July 14, 2020
Age Rating: Mature
Price: USA $9.99

It’s all been building to this point. Siluca and Theo’s plans, their hopes and their dreams—all are going to be put to the test in this final volume. Can the genius mage and upstart Lord pull off one last win, or will this be the end of everything they hoped to accomplish?

Splatoon: Squid Kids Comedy Show Volume 1
by Hideki Goto

On Sale Date: July 14, 2020
Age Rating: All Ages
Price: USA $9.99

New Inklings take center stage as they and their friends embark on hilarious escapades in the world of Splatoon, the hit video game series from Nintendo.

From VIZ Signature:

Mujirushi
by Naoki Urasawa

On Sale Date: July 21, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $19.99

Kamoda will do anything to earn a quick buck, even if it means skipping out on his taxes to take his wife on a luxury cruise. But when a random tax audit bankrupts his family, Kamoda soon discovers his wife has taken that cruise after all—only without Kamoda or their daughter Kasumi.

Desperate to provide, Kamoda invests in a scheme to massproduce masks of controversial American presidential candidate Beverly Duncan. But a lackluster election kills their sales potential, burying Kamoda under a mountain of masks and debt. On the verge of despair, Kamoda discovers a sign that leads him to the Director, an art fanatic who vows he can make all of Kamoda and Kasumi’s dreams come true.

Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt Volume 14
by Yasuo Ohtagaki, Concept by Hajime Yatate and Yoshiyuki Tomino

On Sale Date: July 21, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $14.99

The Nanyang Alliance desperately tries to evacuate their Psycho Zakus from the Taal volcano base under intense pressure from the attacking Federation forces. To cover the retreat, Daryl Lorenz and the members of his team try to hold off Io Fleming and his unit. But this face-off was always going to come down to Io and Daryl, whose rivalry has only intensified since they first dueled in the Thunderbolt Sector. Each will accept nothing less than total destruction of the other, but victory always comes at a price.

BEASTARS Volume 7
by Paru Itagaki

On Sale Date: July 21, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $12.99

Red deer Louis has always been the prime candidate for Cherryton Academy’s next Beastar, but now he has dropped out of school to run a gang of lions. When his greatest rival, gray wolf Juno, tries to convince him to return to school, their relationship takes an unexpected turn. Meanwhile, gray wolf Legoshi’s relationship with dwarf rabbit Haru is changing too. Will they grow closer or farther apart? Then, Legoshi is blindsided by a huge, mysterious assailant. What new skills will he need to learn to protect himself, let alone his friends?

Hell’s Paradise: Jigokuraku Volume 3
by Yuji Kaku

On Sale Date: July 21, 2020
Age Rating: Mature
Price: USA $12.99

A group of sinister beings have lived on this island for several lifetimes, tinkering and experimenting on humans and the local fauna to further the goals of their dark sciences. Who are these otherworldly individuals that rule this beautiful and deadly island and how will Gabimaru manage to kill them to achieve his goal?

RWBY: The Official Manga Volume 1
by Bunta Kinami

On Sale Date: July 21, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $12.99

Ruby takes her first step on the road to becoming a Huntress by enrolling at Beacon Academy, eager to take on the battery of tests, challenges and difficulties that follow. Ruby knows her talents will take her to her goal, but is she ready to clash with Weiss Schnee, haughty scion of the Schnee Dust
Company?

No Guns Life Volume 6
by Tasuku Karasuma

On Sale Date: July 21, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $12.99

Andy Wachowski was the genius who developed the basic theory of Extension technology. But once he saw what became of his creation he turned against it, becoming the leader of the anti-Extended terrorist organization Spitzbergen. Now, in an attempt to control Juzo Spitzbergen threatens Tetsuro. Berühren’s Resolvers Pepper and Gun Slave Unit Seven are after Juzo as well. Juzo has plenty of cases to deal with now— it’s just too bad he’s not getting paid for any of them.

Levius/est Volume 5
by Haruhisa Nakata

On Sale Date: July 21, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $12.99

The main event of the Southern Slam tournament is Levius’s title fight against “the Emperor,” Oliver E. Kingsley, but first Natalia must face off against A.J.’s brother Balthus. Zack and Bill are ringside to help, but the Amethyst corporation’s experiments have turned Natalia’s opponent into a dreadful new kind of weapon.

Children of the Whales Volume 15
by Abi Umeda

On Sale Date: July 21, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $12.99

Chakuro, Suou and Shuan boarded the battleship Karcharías hoping to convince Orca to release Ouni and Lykos. But instead of rescuing their friends, they are now caught up in Orca’s plan to destroy the Mud Whale and all its residents in order to unleash an apocalypse that will overthrow the Nouses and create a parallel world where humans will never again feel pain or sadness. When words prove useless against Orca’s sophistry, will the team from the Mud Whale be forced to use violence?

From Shonen Sunday:

Case Closed Volume 75
by Gosho Aoyama

On Sale Date: July 14, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $9.99

Conan and Rachel discover that someone is posing as Detective Moore and doing good deeds… but why? A string of threatening notes left on cars gives Detective Chiba the chance to solve a case alongside his childhood crush, new police-recruit Naeko Miike. And a shocking death at a wedding party reveals a startling secret. But when Conan’s investigation of the wedding leads him to an undercover detective working on the same case, he finds himself on the trail of an even bigger mystery…

RIN-NE Volume 34
by Rumiko Takahashi

On Sale Date: July 14, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $9.99

When some late exorcism fees are finally deposited in Rinne’s account, he informs Sakura that he’ll pay off all his debts to her. Meanwhile, after a fight with her parents over her credit card, Ageha runs away to stay at Rinne’s place. When Sakura hears about the new living arrangements, she gets the wrong impression. Can Rinne set her straight?

Discotek Media Announces New Licenses

Discotek Media announced new licenses at its panel during the Anime Lockdown virtual convention:

  • Detective Conan – Episode One: The Great Detective Turned Small (under the title Case Closed – Episode One: The Great Detective Turned Small)
  • Love Hina Again
  • Memories
  • A Thousand and One Nights
  • Combattler V
  • s-CRY-ed
  • Urusei Yatsura films

Discotek will release the Detective Conan – Episode One: The Great Detective Turned Small (Meitantei Conan Episode “One” Chiisakunatta Meitantei) special in July 2020. The release will feature English subtitles and an all-new English dub with Griffin Burns as Shinichi Kudo and Wendee Lee as Conan Edogawa. Steve Staley served as ADR Director, and Marlan Moore handled the ADR scripts.

The company will release the three-episode 2002 Love Hina Again original video anime (OVA) project with English subtitles and a dub in July 2020.

Discotek will release the 1995 Memories anthology film with a newly revised subtitle translation in 2021. The 1080p Blu-ray release will feature English subtitles, a new English dub, a special preview video, “Cannon Fodder” animated storyboards, interviews, and an art gallery.

The company will release the 1969 A Thousand and One Nights (Senya Ichiya Monogatari) film on Blu-ray with English subtitles and a “classic, long-lost” dub thanks to a new restoration.

Discotek will release the 1976 Combattler V anime on standard-definition Blu-ray Disc with English subtitles.

The company will release the 2001 s-CRY-ed television anime with English subtitles and a dub. It will not include the 2011 compilation movie, which is a separate license.

Discotek will release the Urusei Yatsura: Only You, Urusei Yatsura: Remember My Love, Urusei Yatsura: Lum The Forever, Urusei Yatsura: The Final Chapter, and Urusei Yatsura: Always My Darling films with English subtitles and the English dubs from the previous AnimEigo releases.

The company also revealed details of three other previously announced anime releases. Discotek will release Demon City Shinjuku with English subtitles and a dub on Blu-ray Disc in July 2020. Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro will ship on UHD 4K Blu-Ray Disc at a date to be announced in the future. Lupin III: Dragon of Doom will ship on Blu-ray Disc with both Japanese and English audio on an unannounced date.

Discotek also noted that the February 2020 DVD release of Great Conquest: The Romance of Three Kingdoms will “probably” be the company’s final DVD release, due to declining sales compared to Blu-ray Disc. The company explained that “most home video buyers — anime fans, epsecially! — are exclusively buying on Blu-ray now.”

Source: ANN

Case Closed: Episode 973 – "Target: MPD Transportation Department (Part Three)"

This beginning of this episode did a great job recapping the first two parts of this arc.

When the story itself starts, Sato, Chiba, and another officer are questioning a woman about the murder of the second officer. During the woman’s questioning, she mentions that a suicide (jumping from a building) had taken place at the same building that the officer had been pushed from a week earlier. Sato realizes this fits into the timeline of the three suspects they’re investigating. Before they can do more, someone yells that a female police officer has been murdered.

Sato and the others run to the scene, and find Yumi lying in a chalk outline with blood near her head. It seems that Yumi is dead, but then… psyche! It turns out she asked Takagi to help her recreate the murder scene because she determined something that the officer was trying to point out as she lay dying… a no parking sign. It’s also revealed that the officer killed at the park wasn’t looking toward a swing set… she was trying to point out a no parking sign. So the episode establishes that a no parking sign is somehow an important clue.

There’s also the mystery of the number 7155 that the second murdered officer had tried to dial on her phone. The police haven’t figured it out by the end of the episode, though. So, yes, there is going to be at least one more episode for this story… which is a rarity for Case Closed.

We get a surprise cameo from Shuichi in this episode, when he saves Yumi from a couple of drunk guys who try to make her pay them for “protecting” the mini police car. It turns out Shuichi’s brother (who is Yumi’s boyfriend) asked Shuichi to watch over and protect her.

Conan jumps into the action when he arrives at the park where the first murder occurred while Chiba is there. Chiba relays what the police have figured out. While he’s in the car with Chiba, Conan seems to have pieced something together… but before Conan can say anything, Chiba gets a mysterious call.

Before that, though, Miike is approached by the shadow figure and is captured. Fortunately, she was able to dial Chiba so he can hear what’s going on… although he doesn’t know what’s going on at the end of the episode.

A lot of this episode was about gathering information and clues to solve the case, and not very much on progressing the story. But that’s OK, though. I have a feeling that Part Four will be progressing the story in leaps and bounds. To be honest, I would be surprised if this story went into a fifth part, because it feels like the pieces are just about to fall into place.

Case Closed: Episode 972 – “Target: MPD Transportation Department (Part Two)”

This episode opens with a recap that perfectly reminds the audience what happened in the previous episode and set the stage for this one.

Conan is at the scene of the crime, and he hears about how the officer who was murdered, along with another female officer who was friends with her from high school, had stopped three people for traffic violations the previous week at a corner right near the Mori Detective Agency. Unfortunately, Kogoro was out of the town at the time, but he decides to talk to the employees at Poirot to see if they saw anything. Conan picks up some information from Amuro, but not enough to help crack the case.

With the death of a colleague and friend, the other officer with Miike at karaoke the previous evening goes to see someone who she suspects is the murderer. Unfortunately, she made the mistake of going alone. When I saw that she had found the suspect and that she was alone, I knew she was a goner. Sure enough, she’s killed and thrown from an outdoor stairwell at an apartment complex. But what surprised me, though, was that she didn’t die instantly on impact. She had just enough strength to try to dial her phone, but the murderer crushes her phone with her foot before anyone could answer. Conan happens to be nearby when people are talking about the discovery of this body, so of course he goes to check it out. The culprit is also hiding among the crowd, and we hear him think that there’s still one more officer he needs to find for his revenge.

After finding out about their colleague’s death, Yumi decides to go out alone to check on something… even though Sato had just warned her and Miike to be careful, since it appeared that the murderer is targeting female police officers. The episode ends on a cliffhanger, where we see someone jump into the scene behind Yumi’s patrol car.

I hope something I saw in the preview isn’t accurate. Because if it is, it’s going to be game changer for the two main characters we’ve seen in the MPD Transportation Department (Yumi and Miike). I really don’t want to say any more, because then I would be wandering into spoiler territory.

So this is going to be a Case Closed mystery that’s going to be a three-parter, just as I suspected at the end of last week’s episode. With the story that was being built, I knew it would be rushed if it was only a two-parter. But it’s definitely interesting to see that the series is starting to utilize more three-part episode arcs. This used to be a rare occurrence, and now it’s happened twice over the past few months. So it makes me wonder if this arc is a canon storyline from the manga.

I’m very interested to see what happens next week, especially since the preview was indicating something rather major would happen.

Case Closed: Episode 971 – “Target: MPD Transportation Department (Part One)”

This storyline has a strong focus on the MPD Transportation Department, specifically on Miike and Yumi (the two officers who drive around in their mini police car). We see some hints of Miike’s romantic interest in Chiba. There’s an adorable flashback of when Miike and Chiba were kids, and how he was lecturing her to follow traffic laws. When Conan and the Detective Boys encounter Miike on their way to school, she explains traffic safety and traffic signs to the kids.

But, as is the case with Case Closed, there’s a shadow figure we see early on who seems to be intent on revenge against someone. After their first appearance setting up their want for revenge, we see them in a car as Miike, Conan, and the Detective Boys cross the street.

One day at work, Chiba says something to Miike that he doesn’t realize is insensitive, since he doesn’t realize her feelings for him. This gets her depressed, so a couple of co-workers suggest going out to karaoke that night. While Miike is singing, the other two talk and it’s revealed that one of them feels as if someone’s been following her recently. After karaoke, Miike is taken home by one of the co-workers. The one who felt like someone had been following her, is approached by the shadow figure and is lured away to an isolated area under the guise of needing assistance. Even though this officer knows martial arts and is able to use it against the shadow figure, the figure has a taser, which knocks down the officer and paralyzes her movement. This turns into a murder case.

The next day, Conan and the Detective Boys run into Miike and Yumi in their patrol car, and they overhear a call on the radio about a murder victim at a nearby park. When they arrive, Takagi and Sato are already investigating. However, it’s up to Conan to point some things out that the two detectives missed. It’s got to sting a little that an 8-year-old is pointing out things like this to them. I think that even if they knew that this was really a 17-year-old in an 8-year-old’s body, it still would likely sting.

The episode concludes with Conan giving a brief recap of what’s happened, and ends with him saying something along the lines of, “And we would later learn that this was only the tip of the iceberg.” With that line, I’m wondering if this could perhaps end up being a three-parter instead of a two-parter. With what little they know by the end of the episode, along with that line, it’s hard for me to believe that they could wrap this up in two episodes without feeling rushed.

Case Closed: Episode 970 – “The Young Kaga Lady’s Mystery Tour (Part Two)”

The episode opened with just enough of a recap to remind the audience of what happened during the previous episode. When the episode itself actually got going, it was surprising to learn that the company president, who had been hit on the head with a rock, wasn’t dead. He was simply unconscious and would live. With Case Closed‘s track record for murders, I thought for sure at the end of previous episode that the company president had been killed.

The next day, Kogoro, Ran, Conan, the president’s daughter, and one of the employees are at the crime scene. The daughter’s boyfriend arrives, and with something seen at the crime scene, paired with information about the boyfriend’s profession, it’s thought that he might be the attacker. He adamantly denies it, but ends up admitting to the police that he was going to attempt to steal from the company’s safe. Let’s just say that this did not sit well with his girlfriend. I have a feeling that she ended up dumping the boyfriend after what we saw in the episode itself.

The daughter gets a call from Manabu, the guy who had faked his kidnapping in the previous episode. He claims to have his apprentice held hostage and demands ransom money. Conan, through some investigation of his own, determines where Manabu and his apprentice must be at, and he has Ran take him. And just by chance, Manabu bumps into them as he leaves a convenience store, and a chase leads them into a nearby science museum. Thanks to a convenient run-in with someone who has cola, Conan is able to use a substance that he borrowed from the children’s science museum to track Manabu’s footprints… which lead him to where Kogoro is about to deliver the ransom money.

After this, a lot of information comes out, and the truth of the case is revealed.

Maybe it was just me, but it felt like this part of the story relied a little too much on coincidence in order to bring everything together, especially when it came to Conan and Ran. They just happen to bump into Manabu, Manabu just happens to run into a guy with cola while being chased, which made it possible for Conan to get the substance (which just happened to be made at the children’s museum that day). See what I mean?

But I find it funny how Conan, when someone asks him how someone his age knows so much about something, keeps saying he saw it on television. LOL! But with the chemical from the children’s science museum, Conan says he learned about it in science class.

There was no preview at the end of the episode, so I’m guessing there may not be an episode next week. I’ll just have to check Crunchyroll next Saturday to find out whether there’s an episode or not.

Case Closed: Episode 969 – “The Young Kaga Lady’s Mystery Tour (Part One)”

Ran wins a lottery prize, which is a trip to Kanazawa. While they’re out and about in the city, Ran, Conan, and Kogoro have a run-in with a young woman who’s running with a large bag. From interactions with her, it’s revealed that the girl is a “pampered princess” (even worse than Sonoko is), and they help her to get a taxi to where she wants to go.

Later, they run into her again when someone steals the bag of money from her. Kogoro is able to get it back, and discovers there’s a lot of money inside. Before they can get any answers from the girl, she runs off. They see a short while later, and the bag of money is gone. She admits that it was ransom money, and this is the catalyst that brings this next mystery into being.

It turns out to be a kidnapping case involving an employee of the girl’s father’s company. While discussing the case with members of the company, the kidnapped employee calls and says he’s been freed and will return after being questioned by the local police. But during this whole thing, we see that the girl’s father is a major jerk, although he dotes on his daughter. We learn that he hates the girl’s current boyfriend, and suspects him of kidnapping the employee.

When Manabu (the kidnapped employee) returned, I thought he was acting kind of unusual and suspected that something was up. By the end of the episode, it was proven that I was right. It turned out he staged his own kidnapping, and through the reveal, we learn how Conan and Kogoro realized he’d been lying. When the case seemed to solved so quickly, I wondered how this would be a two-parter. Well, Manabu escapes and is on the run… and is not caught by the end of the episode.

Right at the end of the episode, we see the girl’s father attacked by a shadowy figure. So the mystery of the next episode is going to be trying to figure out who attacked the company president. I have a feeling that Manabu is not going to be the perpetrator, because that would just be too easy. It could also potentially be the girl’s boyfriend, but that also seems too easy. I really hope that I’m not disappointed by how this two-parter is resolved.

I know I’m not saying a lot here, but honestly, it’s one of those episodes where the initial mystery is solved rather quickly but then leads into another mystery. The buildup was fine in the episode, but the resolution felt kind of quick. I know it needed to be that way in order to set up the mystery for the next episode, but it weakened the enjoyment I might have had from trying to figure out the kidnapping mystery. It was too quick and too easy. Oh well. Like I said previously, I hope I’m not disappointed by this arc’s resolution.