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  • Art Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Text/Translatin Rating: B-
  • Age Rating: 16 & Up
  • Released By: Viz Media
  • MSRP: 9.95
  • Pages: 182
  • ISBN: 1-59116-589-X
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Case Closed

Case Closed Vol. #03

By Michelle Ramonetti     October 24, 2007
Release Date: December 31, 2004

Case Closed Vol.#03
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What They Say
Jimmy, Rachel and Richard take a vacation aboard a cruise ship - little do they know that the patriarch of the wealthy Hatamoto family is about to be murdered! With the perpetrator still aboard ship, can you figure out whodunit before Conan does?!

The Review
Conan’s getting good at the whole shrunken detective gig. Considering Rachel’s onto him, maybe a little too good!

(Note: For the sake of clarity, I will use Viz’s main character names and comment on new name changes as necessary.)

As of Volume 3, nothing much has happened to shake up Conan Edogawa’s status quo. He’s still living peacefully at the Moore Detective Agency with his childhood friend and her drunken father, and he’s even managed to solve a few cases. Such is an opportune setting for a stand alone mystery, one that takes up the majority of this volume.

And so we meet the Hatamoto family. With enough wealth pouring out of their ears to hire a private ship, the family’s greatest concern is who will inherit the most when Gozo Hatamoto, the surly head of the family, kicks the bucket. But as is the trend in Case Closed, the vindictive relatives (and sweet Natsue, Gozo’s favorite) don’t have long to wait until one of them decides to take matters into their own hands and stabs him to death. For Natsue, whose new husband is pinned as the prime murder suspect, nothing is as it seems. This classic type of mystery setting is the ideal backdrop for Conan’s talents as he questions witnesses, uncovers evidence, and deduces the true culprit before the ship reaches Tokyo. Though it only gets an honorable mention, it’s fun to note that this is the first of many times Conan uses his tranquilizer watch to put Richard to sleep.

Fast forward a month later, and Rachel gets a thank you note from Natsue that reminds her just how long Jimmy’s been away. (To Conan’s chagrin, she wonders if he’s lost his elite skills.) This would be all if not for the next case that stumbles into the Agency--literally. A surgeon named Ogawa, who has been receiving many weird gifts, comes overloaded with armfuls of toys so old that they are missing barcodes. Conan is the first to deduce this and Ogawa’s occupation on sight, inspecting the surgeon’s hands just like Sherlock Holmes--and Jimmy. Because of this, Rachel begins to wonder if Jimmy might be much closer to her than she thinks. The big question: How can Conan get out of this one?

How much a reader will like Volume 3 depends on whether or not they are reading Conan for the main plot or for the mysteries. The main plot has a broader appeal with its romance and suspense, which makes the second case more exciting than the first, though a mystery fan would enjoy the entire volume. In this series, the characters and their relationships liven up the mysteries, but as usual, Aoyama does a fine job of balancing it all.


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