RELEASED BY:

 

FUNIMATION ENTERTAINMENT

 

ASPECT RATIO:

 

4:3 FULL SCREEN

 

AUDIO:

 

ENGLISH AND JAPANESE DD 2.0

 

RUNNING TIME:

 

175 MIN

 

RATING:

 

PG

 

RELEASE DATE:

 

05/29/2007

 

REVIEW DATE:

 

06/13/2007

 

REVIEWED BY:

 

SCOTT CAMPBELL

 

 

 

This one’s for the super-sleuths – the people who were nosey as children – or still are! Crime and punishment afflict the poor and wealthy alike, and we all have to pay the piper at some point in our lives (and all that dramatic stuff). As the story goes, kid detective Conan Edogawa defies social convention on his quest for the truth, even when it takes him from the grimiest gutters to vast estates where the rich and beautiful mingle with the malicious. From seedy dive bars where rock stars taste the kiss of poison to the halls of academia where vandalism and conspiracy rule the school, not even the people closest to the grade school sleuth are safe from the fickle finger of fate! In this continuing story, old grudges bring new blood. Behind the façade, everyone has a dark side!

Despite that sinister sounding rant, Case Closed is actually fairly funny at times, providing humor as well as a collection of serious crime dramas. The animation style is really different and quirky – it’s very much unlike what most viewers may have seen before because the style is so unique.

As for this particular volume (being 3.2 in the long running series), we all recognize that it is nice to undwind, but unfortunately for Conan Edogawa, crime never takes a vacation. When murder strikes during a ski trip (that he just happens to be along on – lucky guy), the truth can get snowed over, and it’s happening in a blink of an eye. If that weren’t enough, spending a little time by the pool can also seem like fun – at least until justice takes a dive into the deep end and never resurfaces (do you catch the drift?). Surviving the pool without a lifeguard, Conan then cracks open a good book at the local library, but isn’t quite ready for the corpse that might be rotting nearby. As always, our hero plays it cool as the madness swirls around him, even when a rival teen detective starts snooping around in hopes of matching wits with Jimmy Kudo. Death wears a mask in this one, but of course Conan is never that easily deceived. Lots of intellectual hijinks await in this 7 episode disc of animated crime drama. Episodes include #46 Unexpected Visitors, #47 A Game of Murder, #48 The Last Dive, #49 and #50 being No Immunity for the Diplomat Part 1 and 2, #51 The Book Without Pages, and #52 Driving a Bomb. That’s a whole lot of episodes for one disc and a total bargain in the world of anime. Case Closed continues to keep up to the standards the show has placed on itself in previous volumes, as well as continuing to make the viewer think and ponder about the cases and mysteries presented. If you’re a fan of crime solving and the world of detective work, this could be the perfect anime series for you to give a chance next time you’re trying to figure out what to buy next.

EXTRAS:
FUNimation previews.

IN SUMMARY:
Case Closed takes crime drama and animates it into an enjoyable show with witty and often complex characters. It avoids being a fluff-filled kid’s show and offers something more intelligent to capture even a more mature audience.

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