Snooping sleuth and hidden identity.
Story/Art: Gosho Aoyama
Translation/Adaptation: Tetsuichiro Miyaki
What They Say
A wealthy woman with a clock obsession is murdered after receiving a threat from “the Guardian of Time.” What is the secret of the old clock? Can Conan make a timely arrest?
Then Conan takes on a dangerously tasty case at a noodle shop where the specialty of the house is “Ramen to Die For.” And at the scene of a murder, Conan and Rachel meet a teen detective who matches them at sleuthing and martial arts!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
My largest complaint about any given case in Case Closed is the fact that most people ignore Conan’s antics when he’s solving a case. He could be talking into a voice changer right in front of a cop, at a crime scene where nobody in their right mind would ever allow a kid, and present at the scene of a million murders and nobody notices. The only time that farcical facade is ever broken is when it is important for the plot.
Enter a new fresh-faced detective, Masumi Sera. Sera arrives on the scene of a crime in the company of Rachel and Serena, who happened to mistake the teen for a groper. Instantly smitten with the martial artist, they all get roped into a suicide mystery. More importantly, Sera notices Conan right away and even quicker learns that he’s connected to Jimmy Kudo. Not only is Sera smart and athletic, but they also happen to be almost as smart at figuring out things as Conan.
While you’d think that would make Conan look like the smartest one in the room, like usual, the boy detective can’t see the truth about Sera through his own expectations and preconceptions.
This volume is more focused on the howdunnit than whodunnit. It’s obvious straight from the introduction of each suspect who the criminal is in each case. The tells are extremely obvious as all suspects are acting shady from the start, and the identity of the criminal is less important than the method by which each crime was carried out. In most of the cases, the murderer tried to dispose of the weapon in ways that removed it from the scene of the crime while the murderer was elsewhere. These methods all involve an amount of testing and luck that simply would have been impossible for the murderer to try out beforehand.
The cases in this volume are all murders, once again. Either cold cases or extremely hot ones. The last being both a hostage situation and a murder case. Staged suicides seem to be the crime of choice for the author. I just wish there was a wider range of crimes being committed. I guess there’s no way to make embezzlement as entertaining.
This volume ends with a cliffhanger with a swat team in place and a standoff with a potential suicide bomber. No pressure, it’s just Rachel and Moore’s lives at stake.
Conan has a new rival in town, both in love and mystery. Yet this rival might already have him figured out while he’s still clueless about the obvious. I’m happy to see someone realize straight away that Conan is up to shady business during these cases. While the group is usually too late to stop a murder, they may be able to prevent one. However, saving their friends and family might require a sacrifice. Jimmy is in danger of losing both his secret identity and Rachel. Is the life of a would-be killer worth saving?
Content Grade: B +
Art Grade: A –
Packaging Grade: B
Text/Translation Grade: B +
Age Rating: Teen +
Released By: Viz Media
Release Date: January 14, 2020
MSRP: $9.99 US / $12.99 CN / £6.99 UK