Case Closed: Episode 994 – “Kyogoku Makoto the Understudy (Part Two)”

The episode started with enough of a recap to remind the audience of the important events that transpired in the previous episode.

As the investigation continues into the death of the actor at the on location shoot, the possibility of hiding a device in a small container (such as a medicine container) is brought up. But it’s quickly pointed out just how many of the actors and staff have small containers, so this possibility seems like a dead end. However, Sera decides to use this as an opportunity to start asking questions about Shinichi and when Ran has seen him recently (he’ll seem weak and pale at first, but suddenly starts looking and acting better). Sera starts asking if Ran has seen Shinichi take anything, and this eventually leads to Sera to insinuating that Shinichi and Conan have never been seen together. I appreciate how this was used as an opportunity to use footage from previous episodes as flashbacks. For me personally, it was nice to see footage from one of the episodes in Case Closed that I have never seen, since it’s in the block of episodes that have never been made legally available in the United States in any way, shape, or form. I had no idea about the special Conan disguise that was made for Ai, so it could look like Shinichi and Conan are seen together.

After Sera’s line of questioning gets shot down, she returns her focus to the mystery at hand. At one point, Inspector Megure is so frustrated that he gets this look of agony on his face. Even under the circumstances, it was kind of amusing to see the normally level-headed Megure wearing this kind of expression.

But a new wrinkle appears after one of the ADs brings back drinks for everyone. One of the other crew members, who seems to have figured out who the culprit is, suddenly keels over after having some of his drink. It appears he was poisoned, although by the end of the episode, it isn’t clear exactly how the poison was put into his drink. But when his pockets are emptied out, an important clue is revealed through a toy he had in his pocket. Who says that “dead men tell no tales”?

Right at the end of the episode, Sera sneakily gets Conan to admit to her that he’s really Shinichi. Oops! The preview for the next episode seems to focus on Conan worrying that Sera will try to ask Ran and Sonoko more weird questions about Shinichi and Conan.

This is one of those rare storylines in the more recent years of Case Closed that is longer than two episodes. I had a feeling this was a story from the manga, since Sera is in it (since I have yet to see Sera appear in an episode that comes across as anime-only “filler”). But seeing her snooping around and asking questions about Shinichi in this episode helped me to confirm my suspicions that this story arc is likely a “canon” story from the manga.

So now there are two cases to solve, and it appears the first murder can’t be solved with figuring out who murdered the second victim. I can’t wait to see how this story unfolds next week.

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Case Closed: Episode 993- “Kyogoku Makoto the Understudy (Part One)”

The episode opens with Conan, Ran, Sera, Sonoko, and Makoto watching a film in the movie theater. When I saw what they were watching, I was getting an Avengers vibe from it, with the exception that Kamen Yaiba was in it. And then, I saw the title of the film… The Azengers. In the next scene, we get some dialogue about some blunt dialogue in the movie that Kamen Yaiba was given a cameo in order to help increase their Japanese audience. I had to agree with Ran that the line was laughable.

As the group is walking down they street, they see someone being held hostage and the kidnapper making demands. Makoto, who is a karate champion, jumps into action and takes down the kidnapper. However, it turns out that this was a scene being shot for a television drama, and his rescue attempt has knocked the actor out cold. Well, it turns out the role has the character wearing a helmet, so it really doesn’t matter what they look like, and Makoto is recruited to take on the actor’s role in order to get the shoot finished.

At this point, the groundwork is laid for the mystery that’s about to unfold. We see the main actor and main actress getting into it, with the main actress upset with the actor for the practical jokes he’s been pulling. We later see that the main actor is an egotistical and stuck-up jerk, and we hear through dialogue that he’s a womanizer. There’s also some focus put on one of the ADs, especially with the main actor berating him for a loose nail lying on the ground. When the actor hears Sonoko gushing over Makoto being scouted for a permanent role in the drama, he refers to her as a gold digger. If only the actor knew who she was… LOL! Makoto wants to punch the guy’s lights out, but Sonoko stops him. At this point, I knew something was going to have to happen to the actor.

It’s time to shoot the final scene, which is a stunt shot that takes place from the fourth floor of a building. As Makoto is getting ready to perform the stunt in the fourth story room, we hear that the main actor is frantically looking for a phone. Just as the camera is set up and ready to go, the main actor suddenly falls from the building… and dies on impact. Amazingly, we didn’t get the usual dialogue of Ran being told to call the police, although I suspect she was probably the one who called anyway, since she more than likely has them on speed dial at this point.

Inspector Megure and Detective Takagi arrive to begin their investigation. Of course, both Conan and Sera start getting themselves involved, much to the police’s chagrin. The only thing established at this point is that someone placed the phone the actor was looking for on the fourth story ledge, which he found by using another phone to call it. It seems it was also determined that it could only have been placed there during a lunch break.

Right now, it seems like there are signs pointing to a particular character being the guilty party, but it just feels like that this answer is too easy, especially for a multiple part mystery. I hope that the guilty party isn’t this character, and that there’s some kind of twist involved here.

I just want to add that it was nice to see Sera again, because it’s been a while since she’s appeared in Case Closed. I wish we were seeing more of her in the series.

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Anime Soundtrack Review: The Best of Detective Conan

The Best of Detective Conan is a 16-track CD of theme songs from the Detective Conan anime series.

The Best of Detective Conan
Publisher: Zain Records
Release Date: November 29, 2000

This CD includes five opening theme songs from the Detective Conan (aka Case Closed) anime, eight ending theme songs from the anime series, and theme songs from three of the Detective Conan anime films.

The first track on the CD is “Mystery” by Miho Komatsu, and it was used as the third opening theme for the Detective Conan anime. It appeared in episodes 53-96. This is another upbeat and iconic theme song from the series. In fact, this theme song was so iconic that years later, a new version was recorded and used as an opening theme. It’s one of those songs that a Detective Conan fan will instantly recognize from its opening notes. It appears in its full-length version on this disc, instead of the shortened version that was used in the anime. I think this song is just as strong in its full-length version as it is in its shortened version.

The next song on the CD is “Spinning the Roulette Wheel of Destiny” by ZARD, which was used as the fourth theme song from the anime series. It appeared in episodes 97-123. The opening flamenco guitar grabs the listener’s interest because it’s not something you’d expect to hear from an anime theme song. After a slow vocal intro, it becomes a midtempo song. This is another standout theme song because of these choices.

It should be noted that the fifth opening theme song, “TRUTH ~A Great Detective of Love~” by TWO-MIX was left off this collection. I find this to be rather puzzling, especially when you factor in that one of the members of TWO-MIX is the voice actress for Conan Edogawa.

This means that the next track on the disc is “Just Barely Chop” by B’z, which was the sixth opening theme for the anime. It appeared in episodes 143-167. This would be the first opening theme on this disc I’m not familiar with, since this is past the point that FUNimation Entertainment released the series in North America. This theme song rocks, though. Musically, it kind of makes me think of Queensryche, and there are times that the lead vocalist kind of sounds like he’s trying to emulate Geoff Tate, the lead singer of Queensryche.

This is followed by “Mysterious Eyes” by GARNET CROW, which was used as the seventh opening theme song for the Detective Conan anime series. It was used in episodes 168-204. This one has a pop rock feel to it, and it’s a midtempo track. I really like how this track feels musically, and I think it sounds like a good opening theme song for an anime.

Next is “This Love Is Thrill, Shock, Suspense” by Rina Aiuchi, which was used as the eighth opening theme for the series. It appeared in episodes 205-230. This one is an upbeat track, and it sounds like an anime opening theme from the late 1990’s/early 2000’s. That doesn’t mean it’s a bad song, though. It’s enjoyable enough, even though it sounds dated now.

The next song on the CD is “Romance of Light and Shadow” by Keiko Utoku, which was the third ending theme song for Detective Conan. It appeared in episodes 52-70. Musically, it relies on an acoustic guitar. It’s a slow-to-midtempo track, and it has a mellow sound to it. It’s a memorable ending theme, and I recognized it instantly when I heard it while listening to this disc.

This is followed by “The Summer Without You” by DEEN, which was used as the fourth ending theme for the anime series. It appeared in episodes 71-83. This is another midtempo track, which has an emphasis on piano. In some respects, the instrumental intro to this song kind of makes me think of Trans-Siberian Orchestra for some reason. This is another ending theme I recognized instantly when I heard it on this disc.

Next is “Just One Wish” by Miho Komatsu, which was used as the fifth ending theme for Detective Conan. It appeared in episodes 84-108. This is a midtempo track that has an emphasis on piano and strings, although there is some percussion and electronic elements included. This is another memorable ending theme song from the anime.

The next song on the CD is “Like Standing on Ice,” which was also performed by Miho Komatsu. This was the sixth ending theme song, and it appeared in episodes 109-131. Unlike the previous song, this one is more upbeat. Miho Komatsu has the voice to pull off both of these songs, and this ending theme is just as memorable as “Just One Wish.”

This is followed by “Still For Your Love” by Rumania Montevideo, which was used as the seventh ending theme song for the Detective Conan anime. It appeared in episodes 132-152. This is the first ending theme to appear on this disc that I hadn’t heard before, since it started in an episode that wasn’t released in North America by FUNimation Entertainment. When it starts, it sounds like it’s going to rock out, but then it becomes a midtempo song. Just when it seems it’s not going anywhere, it starts to rock at about a minute-and-a-half. It’s not a bad song, but it takes it a while to go anywhere musically.

Next is “Free Magic” by WAG, which was used as the eighth ending theme for the anime series. It appeared in episodes 153-179. This one is a rock song that sounds like it took some inspiration from The Beatles’ material from the late 1960’s. It’s not a bad song, but it sounds like a typical anime song for a shonen anime that’s trying to sound a little different by channeling The Beatles.

The next song on the CD is “Secret of My Heart” by Mai Kuraki, which was used as the ninth ending theme for the anime. It appeared in episodes 180-204. Musically, it makes me think of something that would have been recorded in the West by one of the teen pop stars of the late 1990’s/early 2000’s. However, I like the flow of this song, especially the flow of the vocal delivery in the chorus. It’s a nice midtempo track.

This is followed by “Summer’s Illusion” by GARNET CROW, which was used as the 10th ending theme for Detective Conan. It appeared in episodes 205-218. Like their opening theme song that appeared earlier on this disc, this one has a laid-back pop rock sound to it. It’s an enjoyable enough midtempo theme song.

After this, the disc focuses on theme songs from some of the Detective Conan anime films. However, it should be noted that “Happy Birthday” by Kyoko, which was used as the theme for the first Detective Conan film (The Time-Bombed Skyscraper), is inexplicably left off of this release. Instead, we have “Like I’ve Returned to When I Was a Teenage Girl” by ZARD, which was the theme song for the second Detective Conan film, The Fourteenth Target. This song has a very different sound and feel to it than their previous song on the disc. This piano-based ballad sounds really nice, though, and it shows that the vocalist for ZARD is capable of singing songs of different sounds and tempos.

Next is “ONE” by B’z, which was used as the theme for the third Detective Conan film, The Last Wizard of the Century. While this song has more of a rock sound than the previous two anime film themes did, it’s still mellower than the opening theme song that B’z did that appeared earlier on this disc. It’s nice to hear that they’re capable of having more to them than just sounding like a copy of Queensryche.

The final track on the disc is “Because You Are Here” by Miho Komatsu, which was used as the theme song for the fourth Detective Conan film, Captured in Her Eyes. This is another piano-based theme song, and stylistically, it fits with the previous two songs that Miho Komatsu performed for the franchise. I have to say that she has a good voice, and I can hear why she was asked to perform on several theme songs.

Overall, The Best of Detective Conan is a very enjoyable listen for fans of the Detective Conan anime series. There are several memorable theme songs included on this disc. And while the others may not be as memorable, they are overall rather enjoyable to listen to. This CD is worth it for fans of Detective Conan who want to own as much of the music from the series as possible in their music collection.

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Anime Soundtrack Review: Detective Conan Theme Song Collection

Detective Conan Theme Song Collection is a six-track CD of theme songs and insert songs from the Detective Conan (aka Case Closed) anime series.

Detective Conan Theme Song Collection
Publisher: Universal Music
Release Date: December 16, 1996

The first song on the disc is “The Pounding of My Heart” by THE HIGH-LOWS, which is the iconic first opening theme song for the Detective Conan anime series. This opening appeared during the first 30 episodes of the series. From the opening notes, you recognize this song instantly if you’ve ever watched the early episodes of the anime. The CD includes the full-length version of the song, and it’s just as catchy in its full-length form as it is in the shortened version that’s used in the anime.

The next track on the disc is “Because I’m By Your Side” by THE HIGH-LOWS, which was used as an “insert song” in Episode 12, “Ayumi’s Kidnapping Case.” It’s a mid-tempo track, and it sounds like something you would expect to hear accompanying flashbacks. I’m not sure if the FUNimation Entertainment release of this episode would have included this or not. It’s a good song, but I can honestly say that I don’t immediately recognize it.

This is followed by “Step By Step” by ZIGGY, which was the first ending theme for Detective Conan. This ending theme was used for the first 26 episodes of the series. This is an iconic ending theme for the series. It’s a very upbeat track that makes you want to rock out. This is also the full-length version of the song, and it remains just as catchy throughout its entire runtime as the shorter version that’s used for the anime.

Next is “Happy End” by ZIGGY, which was used as an “insert song” for two episodes: Episode 17 (“Department Store Hijacking Case”) and Episode 33 (“Detective Boys Survival Case”). This track is strongly influenced by the American rock sound of the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. It almost sounds like something you could hear coming out of a jukebox at a period themed diner. This track is very catchy, and it sounds familiar to me. While I couldn’t tell you in what context the song is used in these two episodes, the song still sounds very familiar.

The next track is “Feel Your Heart” by VELVET Garden, which was used as the second opening theme song for Detective Conan. It appears in episodes 31-52 of the series. According to the liner notes in the disc, this version is the “TV Opening Edit,” and it clocks in at about two-and-a-half minutes. While this is a good song, I have to admit that it’s not quite as memorable as the first opening theme is.

The final track on the disc is “Lover’s Labyrinth” by heath, which was the second ending theme song for the Detective Conan anime. It appeared in episodes 27-51 of the series. It’s a much more aggressive sounding song than the other theme songs that appear on this disc. It’s a song that has rock elements but seems to focus a little more on the electronics. Musically, it kind of makes me think of a watered-down pop version of Ministry’s material from early in the band’s career. I really can’t think of a better way to describe this track. LOL! But I really like it, though.

Overall, I like the songs on Detective Conan Theme Song Collection. However, it’s a little disappointing that this release only has six tracks on it. I’m guessing that they wanted to have a CD out there to promote the anime sooner rather than later, and had to settle on this short release in order to have something out before the Detective Conan hit the one-year anniversary of its premiere.

This CD is the only Detective Conan CD that features the first two opening and ending themes for the anime. The Detective Conan theme song series CDs that were released a little later do not include these particular tracks. And since this CD was first released over 20 years ago, it’s not easy to come by now.

My husband had been trying to track this particular CD down for years, and finally found that CDJapan had it available… and that it was new, not used. He surprised me with this as a gift during Christmas 2020.

If you’re a fan of the Detective Conan anime and want to own the first two opening and ending themes of the series on a physical format, then you have to track down a copy of Detective Conan Theme Song Collection CD. Like I said, as of this writing, the only retailer that still seems to have new copies of this disc is CDJapan.

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Case Closed: Episode 992 – “Murder at the Townhouse Café”

This episode begins with Sonoko talking up a cafe to Ran and Conan that specializes in donuts, especially donuts that are supposed be to low-fat. This isn’t surprising when it comes to Sonoko, since she’s all about new and trendy things. When they get there, they admire the cafe’s yard. They meet the manager, who gives credit to his part-time employee for taking care of the yard.

After Sonoko, Ran, and Conan place their order, they notice that for a trendy place, there’s very few customers. There are two other customers in the cafe besides them, and they’re both acting suspiciously. When the part-time employee comes out, Conan notices something unusual about his uniform. When this scene showed up, I knew that somehow, this observation would fit in with the mystery that was about to unfold.

One of the suspicious men in the cafe goes to the bathroom and discovers the manager lying on the floor in the bathroom, and he was obviously attacked by a mop lying nearby. Ran is asked to call the police and the hospital. With how often she gets asked to do this, I’m sure that she must have those numbers on speed dial.

When Inspector Megure and his team arrive, they interview everyone in the cafe and start piecing together who they think the guilty party was. It was obviously wrong, though, because it was the “too easy” answer. And when you factor in the thing that Conan noticed about the part-time employee earlier in the episode, I knew that the culprit had to be that person. However, I just needed the explanation as to how this individual pulled off the crime.

It’s right after the halfway point of the episode when the police are about to take the wrong person into custody. Conan uses his dart gun watch to knock out Sonoko, and then use the voice-changing bowtie to start revealing the information the police need in order to apprehend the correct suspect. Since this happened right after the halfway point, it takes a little more time for Conan (through Sonoko) to get across the information, which includes having Inspector Takagi recreating how the events had to unfold in order for the culprit to pull off the attack.

Ultimately, this one-part “murder mystery” (when you see the ending, you’ll understand why I’m using quotation marks here) wasn’t terribly interesting to watch. The audience is given a clue before the crime even happens that it sticks out like a sore thumb. When the crime happened, I knew who had to be guilty. The only mystery was trying to figure out how the culprit pulled it off. Generally speaking from my experience watching Case Closed over the years, the one-part murder mysteries tend to not be as interesting as the mysteries that span more than one episode. There’s not enough time to build anything up, and usually Conan is able to piece things together quickly in order to finish the story. There’s usually not as much suspense to keep things interesting for the viewer.

Oh well. Hopefully the next episode will be more interesting.

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Crunchyroll Announces Its Winter 2021 Lineup

Crunchyroll has announced the anime titles the site will be streaming during the Winter 2021 anime season.

Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Season 2 will be available to users in North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, and CIS. The anime is scheduled to premiere in Japan on January 6, 2021.

The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter will be available to users in North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, and CIS. The anime is scheduled to premiere in Japan on January 8, 2021.

So I’m a Spider, So What? will be available to users in North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, and CIS. The anime is scheduled to premiere in Japan on January 8, 2021.

World Trigger Season 2 will be available to users in North America, Latin America including the Caribbean, South America, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa. MENA and CIS Countries. The anime is scheduled to premiere in Japan on January 9, 2021.

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2 will be available to users in North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, and CIS. The anime is scheduled to premiere in Japan on January 12, 2021.

Dr. Stone (Season 2) will be available to users in North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, and CIS. The anime is scheduled to premiere in Japan on January 14, 2021.

Anime Azurlane: Slow Ahead! will be available to users in North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, and CIS. The airtime for this title is still to be determined.

Dr. Ramune -Mysterious Disease Specialist will be available to users in North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, and CIS. The airtime for this title is still to be determined.

EX-ARM will be available to users in North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, and CIS. The airtime for this title is still to be determined.

Laid-Back Camp Season 2 will be available to users in North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, and CIS. The airtime for this title is still to be determined.

Heaven’s Design Team will be available to users in North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, and CIS. The airtime for this title is still to be determined.

The Quintessential Quintuplets Season 2 will be available to users in North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, and CIS. The airtime for this title is still to be determined.

Tropical-Rouge! Pretty Cure will be available to users in North America, Latin America including the Caribbean, South America, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa. MENA and CIS Countries. The airtime for this title is still to be determined.

True Cooking Master Boy will be available to users in North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, and CIS. The airtime for this anime is still to be determined.

Umamusume Pretty Derby Season 2 will be available to users in North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, and CIS. The airtime for this anime is still to be determined.

Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories 8 will be available to users in North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, and CIS. The airtime for this anime is still to be determined.

Given The Movie will be available to users in North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, and CIS. The film is scheduled to begin streaming on the site in February 2021.

Crunchyroll will continue its simulcasts for Anime Kapibarasan, Attack on Titan Final Season, Black Clover, Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, Case Closed, Digimon Adventure:, Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai, Healin’ Good Pretty Cure, Jujutsu Kaisen, Mr. Osomatsu 3rd Season, Oh Suddenly, Egyptian God, One Piece, Onyx Equinox, Shadowverse, With a Dog AND a Cat, Every Day Is Fun, and Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon during the Winter 2021 anime season.

Crunchyroll’s announcement teases that there are more titles still to be announced for the Winter 2021 anime season. There are nine entries with question marks next to them, with the words: “MORE TO COME…”

Source: Crunchyroll

Case Closed: Episode 991 – “The Automatic Tragedy (Part Two)”

The episode begins with a brief recap of last week’s episode. It was long enough to convey the important information, but short enough that it didn’t feel like overkill. Instead of going to the opening credits, though, we first get a scene of Fusaya getting ready for a job interview. As he does, he has alternating memories of his father… both the positive ones from when he was a kid to more recent times, with his father asking him sternly where he was going. The final shot of these memories, his father is smiling and looks as if he’s about to laugh. When we return to Fusaya, we see him dressed up in a suit and taking out his earring. He says something to to the effect of, “Don’t laugh at me, Dad. I’m serious about this.” I thought this was a touching scene, but when I saw it, I didn’t truly realize the implications this would have later.

After the opening, Kogoro decides that he and Conan need to return to the Oide family residence to see if they can gather more information. As they arrive in the area, they encounter Fusaya, who is headed to his job interview. This was one of those moments where Kogoro actually shows a sense of empathy for his client. It was nice seeing Kogoro encouraging Fusaya to focus on his interview and to let him focus on finding his father’s killer.

At the house, when Kogoro and Conan go over what they’ve learned, they both jump to a couple of conclusions that could have potentially worked. From talking with Fusaya’s sister and mother at the hospital, they learn that the mysterious woman they saw in the previous episode is an old classmate of Fusaya’s sister. When they see her business card and discover that the woman’s occupation fits in with a potential scenario they came up with, Kogoro decides to go question the woman. As we see, it turns out this woman was a red herring. It turns out that she was just a suspicious woman… and a bitchy one at that.

Conan picks up some information from Fusaya’s sister after Kogoro leaves to question the mysterious woman, and then later overhears something at the hospital that makes him decide to go to the police station and talk to the detective overseeing case. Of course, since Conan is a kid, he has to lie and say that Kogoro asked him to come and look at the autopsy. I liked the realistic reaction of the detective here. While he agrees to let Conan look at it, he doubts that this kid will understand what it says. Conan picks up some very important information, which gives him the final pieces of the puzzle that he needs.

Disguising his voice, he calls Fusaya, who has just told his mother and sister that he got the job that he interviewed for. Fusaya is told to come to the house, because the real culprit has been found. Of course, we get the usual “Sleeping Kogoro” trick for Conan to final reveal the truth. While I won’t outright say the answer, what I will say is that the truth is tragic. Even though the title for this arc basically tells the viewer that there’s tragedy involved, it doesn’t convey just how tragic it ultimately is.

I was impressed with this overall arc. Even though Fusaya and his family were just introduced in the previous episode, the way this episode was written made the audience care about this case and the tragic answer to the mystery. Well done!

From the preview, it looks like the next episode will be a single episode murder mystery. After this two-parter, though, I have a feeling that this next episode is going to feel pale in comparison to this one.

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Detective Conan Anime to Remake a “Legendary” Episode to Mark the Series’ 25th Anniversary

The official website for the Detective Conan television anime has teased that the anime will remake a “legendary god-tier episode,” as the “first part” of its celebration of the anime’s 1,000th episode. The anime will celebrate its 25th anniversary in January 2021, and will air its 1,000th episode on March 6, 2021. The website also stated that the remake will feature the latest staff and production techniques.

Detective Conan previously celebrated its 20th anniversary with a remake of the first two episodes of the anime in the 2016 special Detective Conan – Episode One: The Great Detective Turned Small, which Discotek Media licensed and released on July 28, 2020.

Source: ANN

Case Closed: Episode 990 – “The Automatic Tragedy (Part One)”

The episode begins with Conan finding a young man standing outside the Mori Detective Agency. He asks the young man if he has business with the agency, and brings him inside. We learn the young man is named Fusaya Oide. When he shows a story about a robbery and murder case to Kogoro on his phone, Conan is able to rattle off a lot of the details about the case. Why am I not surprised that Conan keeps up with the news of various crimes going on in the area? Basically, the murdered man is Fusaya’s father, and he’s come to Kogoro for help to find his father’s murderer.

As they head toward the Oide residence, they see Fusaya’s mother and sister out handing flyers, trying to gather any information they can about the murder. Fusaya’s mother collapses as they’re pulling up, and she’s taken to the hospital for exhaustion. At the same time, there’s a strange woman watching that Conan notices. When she made this appearance, I found myself wondering if she’s going to play an important part or if she’s going to turn out to be a red herring.

Later, when Kogoro and Conan meet up with Fusaya at the house, Conan notices that a door inside the house looked newer and asks questions about it. Even though the lock on the front door looked like it had been picked, Conan thinks there’s a connection with the new door and the chance that someone could have made a spare key. After some investigation, it turns out Conan’s hunch was right.

When they find a potential culprit, it was around halfway through the episode. Knowing that this is a multiple-part episode, I knew that they hadn’t solved the case yet. It turns out the culprit they found committed the robbery, but they didn’t murder Fusaya’s father.

Near the end of the episode, we see Kogoro and Conan talking with Fusaya’s mother and sister and the hospital. As Conan points out afterward, they learned more than they realized initially, thanks to answers from Fusaya’s sister and mother.

The preview shows that the mystery woman will be talking with Kogoro and Conan, so it’ll be interesting to hear what she has to say and how she fits in with this mystery. I’m curious to find out just how Conan (because, let’s be honest, it’s going to be Conan solving this and not Kogoro) pieces everything together and determines who the real killer is.

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Case Closed: Episode 989 – “The Case of Ayumi’s Illustrated Diary”

The episode opens with Ayumi giving narration that explains the setup for this week’s episode. We see images from her illustrated diary that’s referenced in the title, and the drawings were done in a way to look like how a young child would draw. During the episode, Ayumi provides narration to help transition between scenes, and every time her narration is accompanied by more images from her illustrated diary. I was highly amused by the first entry, though, because Ayumi gives us a date on it… Saturday, December 5. I looked at my computer screen and realized… that was today’s date, which corresponds with the date that the episode aired in Japan. Very clever and amusing!

Early on in the episode, Ayumi and the other kids are talking about doing illustrated diaries, with Ayumi wondering how to best do one. Conan gives her some helpful advice, which she uses. However, it’s never quite made clear if the illustrated diaries are an assignment from school, or if this is just something they’re doing on their own. That’s one piece of information I wish I had, because of what happens in the episode and how the illustrated diary plays into it, it would have been cool for this to have been a homework assignment.

But as for the actual story of the episode, a local jeweler getting a extremely rare watch and displaying it in his storefront. The kids overhear the courier talking with a couple of the other local business owners who are gawking at the watch. When Ai does some research on the watch, the kids feel that this watch could be a target for theft. Conan and the other Detective Boys start watching for anything out of the ordinary as they walk by the store every day before and after school.

At one point, Takagi is out and about, handing out flyers to the business owners in the area because of an increase of burglary incidents. Conan and the others run into him, and they all see the owner of the jewelry store. Takagi, the kids, and the audience find out about the jewelry store’s security. A short while after this, the coffee store next door to the jeweler is undergoing renovations. Conan and the kids, of course, suspect that this could be a cover for a robbery attempt.

I can’t really go into too much more detail without providing spoilers, but I will say that near the end of the episode, Ayumi shares her illustrated diary with Conan and he notices a couple of things in her diary that finally click everything into place for him. He figures out who the potential thief is, and they kids manage to catch them in the act. While Conan learns an important piece of information through a phone call, I’m still left wondering how they knew exactly what day and time they needed to be in the area in order to catch the thief. To me, that’s the biggest plot hole of this story.

I though that “The Case of Ayumi’s Illustrated Diary” had an interesting story, and that the execution with the illustrated diary was a nice touch, but that plot hole right at the end is an issue. I just have a hard time using my willing suspension of disbelief with this particular plot hole.

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