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Detective Conan Case Review:
Case #3: Beware of Idols

Case Summary:

Shinichi Kudo has been a child for three days, under the alias “Conan Edogawa”. He’s living with his best friend, Ran, and her father, Kogoro. Kogoro has an obsession with a certain young pop idol named Yoko Okino, and as he watches her on television he gets a knock on the door. It is none other than Yoko Okino and her manager, asking for Kogoro’s help is stopping a mysterious stalker. When the group goes to Yoko’s apartment, they come to find a dead man with a knife lodged in his back in the apartment. The suspects: Yoko, her rival, and her manager.

Critique (Spoiler Warning):

A highly original and well written short mystery that is defiantly on the top of the list for best cases in the series. This case is much better in the manga than in the anime, as you can actually see the incriminating piece of evidence. The anime does include Conan’s friends, but it really isn’t necessary. Still, it is well performed in both venues. The case does something that angers many detective fans: it has a suicide as the solution. This has so often angered mystery readers, but this case was done well enough that the ending was more of a smack in the face and regarded as brilliant. A sad and touching ending (particularly in the anime) and overall excellent case.

Overall Rating: 10/10

Pros: Excellent twist ending, brilliant original mystery, humorous Kogoro antics on an extended level and the first example of the K.O. solution

Cons: Twist ending (angers some)

Mystery Recommendations: The “Gloria Scott” (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle), Gotham by Gaslight (Comic), Hound of the Baskervilles (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle), Murder on the Orient Express (Agatha Christie)

Anime Recommendations: Blue Gender, Ghost in the Shell, Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust, Cowboy Bebop

~ By BearFrog ~
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