Case Closed, Season Three – DVD Review

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Review by: Brenda Gregson
Publisher: FUNimation Entertainment
MSRP: $49.98
Running Time: 635 minutes
Genre: Mystery
Rating: TV PG
Release Date: November 25, 2008

One truth still prevails!

It isn’t easy being Jimmy Kudo.

For one thing, he cannot resist poking his nose in matters that are better suited for police detectives and secondly his own inquisitive junior detective mentality got him in trouble one night and ended up in the body of a grade school child. Turning to a brilliant doctor and inventor he knew well, Jimmy Kudo resurfaced as little Conan Edogawa and was taken in by Rachel Moore … the girl he liked as Jimmy. You see, Rachel also happens to have a dim-witted father named Richard Moore who fancies himself a detective. Equip with a wristwatch that shoots a tranquilizer dart and a bow tie with a voice changer, Jimmy helps Moore solve crimes by mimicking his voice.

Season Three of the series offers up yet another serving of mysteries with revenge as the chief theme here. The set covers episodes 53-79 in four discs and the 27 episodes retain much of the same endearing and witty quality of the first two seasons. While Jimmy, as Conan, does most of the legwork in the series, it is Richard who gets all the credit and in the opening two-part episode of this third season we can see that word of his rising fame is certainly spreading. Richard, Rachel and Conan find themselves on a much-deserved vacation when their car breaks down and they are forced to stay with a group of monks in a spiritual retreat. Soon enough, a body is found with a noose around his neck and Conan smells foul play despite the various monks insisting it’s the work of the legendary Mist Goblin.

The trio find themselves in the middle of a number of other murders that happen not to far away from them such as a murder that takes place during a gaming convention or the death of a physician during a train ride back home after Conan solved the Mist Goblin murder. In “The Sunfish Murder,” the three find themselves looking into what looked like an accidental death when a steel beam landed on a man whose “friends” all have a motive for wanting to see him dead. The producer of a Godzilla-inspired movie meets a grisly death in front of Conan and his young friends in the episode entitled “Gomera!” Oh, and a group of Sherlock Holmes fans gather to compete for a rare copy of one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s books only to take a part in a real murder mystery.

Some of the mysteries reveal their cards at the very beginning of the episode such as the case of the murdered art protégé and the “Shopping Can Be Murder” episode where a child is the unsuspecting witness to murderer attempting to get ride of a body. These aren’t bad episodes but it takes away from the inventive ones such as the “Death of a Diva” episode where a dive actress is murdered during rehearsals. Even Richard becomes the target during one case and a stalker is found murdered outside the house of the object of his affection.

Not all the cases involve murder, however, seeing as Conan comes to the aid of a father whose son is kidnapped in “The Crab and Whale” and later attempts to foil the famous Phantom Thief 1412 who is out to steal a rare jewel right under the noses of the authorities and Richard Moore himself. While Conan uses a tranquilized Richard through most of the episodes, there are episodes where he uses Rachel’s friend, a brilliant retired detective and even Jimmy Kudo’s talented rival who makes a most interesting revelation.

Speaking of revelations, Conan comes close to catching up with the men that slipped him the drug that turned Jimmy into a child. He also comes to know that Rachel misses him and isn’t capable of moving on until she sees Jimmy in his original body. It’s also fun to see other people question why Conan keeps hiding behind the poor Richard or why he’s talking into his bow tie. It’s certainly not easy trying to solve a crime as a child when everyone keeps dragging him out of the crime scene.

I don’t have to tell Case Closed fans how utterly inventive and deliciously absorbing this series is because it – like the astute little sleuth in the series – proves it on its own merits. Season Three is filled with more than enough mysteries that will keep you glued to your screen until the clues are finally revealed. I’ve recommended this series before to mystery fans and will certainly keep doing it now. If you like good mystery stories, Case Closed is definitely for you.

 

DVD REVIEW BREAKDOWN

MOVIE/EPISODES: B+
There’s seldom a dull moment with Conan/Jimmy on the case and – while there just a few cases that will seem straight out obvious – there are even more cases that are genuinely surprising and riveting enough that it does justice to the mystery genre.

VIDEO QUALITY: A+
It’s great to see that much attention was placed on bringing us a crisp and clear picture much like the First and Second Season box sets. It’s an overall great job.

AUDIO QUALITY: A
The English dub is handled very good in the series and it’s always a kick hearing Jimmy’s voice berate the clueless Richard. There’s also a rather decent score to be found but I’m not a big fan of the opening theme song. The end credits song in the last five episodes is actually a lot better.

EXTRAS: D
There’s a brief Character Spotlight profile for Richard and a Conan’s Gadgets profile of the wristwatch. Oh, and there are a few trailers but this hardly makes the extras really worth checking out.

OVERALL: B+
Once again, Case Closed proves to be delightfully clever and ingeniously intriguing and Season Three of the series definitely proves it. While some of the cases young Conan takes on seem open and shut at times, there are a few cases in this season that has him really thinking over the events like the genius sleuth. This is certainly one of the more fun seasons of this series so Case Closed fans will certainly want to check this one out for sure.

 

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