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  • Art Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Text/Translation Rating: C
  • Age Rating: 13 and Up
  • Released By: Viz Media
  • MSRP: 9.99
  • Pages: 200
  • ISBN: 978-1421528861
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Case Closed

Case Closed Vol. #35

Case Closed Vol. #35 Manga Review

By Kate O'Neil     August 10, 2010
Release Date: July 13, 2010


Case Closed Vol. #35
© Viz Media

Summer in Japan means ghost stories and firefly hunts and, this being Conan, murder most foul.

Creative Staff
Writer/Artist: Gosho Aoyama
Translation: Tetsuichiro Miyaki
Adaptation: Tetsuichiro Miyaki

What They Say
Greek Tragedy: Flash back to one of the cases that made Jimmy Kudo famous before he became Conan! While visiting his actress mother on Broadway, Jimmy discovers some rotten apples in the Big Apple. Someone is trying to kill the stars of Golden Apple, a musical based on Greek mythology, and the only clue is a golden apple inscribed "For the Fairest." While Jimmy races to crack the case, Rachel stumbles upon a mystery of her own...and a certain man in a black knit c

The Review!

The theme of this volume appears to be escaped convicts, giving us a nice break from nonstop murders in exchange for some suspense.
 
At the end of the previous volume, Rachel was unconscious and trapped in a feverish flashback of a trip she had taken with Jimmy to New York.  The trip was supposed to be a vacation but they ended up in the middle of a murder investigation.  A stage actor is shot dead during a performance, and the four leading ladies are suspects.  
 
It wasn’t the case that triggered Rachel’s memory, but the events that occurred during their ride back to the hotel.  A lost handkerchief leads to a run in with an on-the-run serial killer and a mysterious man who’s tracking him down.  The pair has a close call with the killer, but a random act of kindness saves them from becoming a case themselves.
 
After Rachel recovers from her short illness, it’s time for a ghost hunt.  The eccentric residents of an apartment building all claim to see the ghost of a woman.  Conan, Rachel and her father spend the night on site to get to the bottom of the hauntings and uncover the truth about a murder that happened years before.
 
As summer break starts to come to a close, Mitch, one of the junior detectives, is missing.  It seems that he ran off on his own, but Conan and the others get on his trail to find out what he was really up to.  Mitch finds only trouble on his excursion, having wandered into the same stretch of woods where an escaped convict is evading the police.  
 
The last case in this volume is an old manga standby, the beach chapter.  Conan and Harley open the chapter by ogling the girls in swimwear, which comes off as a bit weird seeing that Conan is stuck as a little kid.  The boys are headed to an island for a detective battle, Rachel’s dad vs. Harley. Tragedy strikes, as usual, but the solution to their newest case has to wait for the next volume.
 
In Summary
It’s business as usual in this volume, with a little less murder than the last.  Murder is still a big part of it, but a missing friend and ghost hunt provide a nice change of pace.  Even most American crime shows focus on nothing but murder week after week.  My complaint about the transliteration of the lead characters’ names stands.  Even if it’s impractical to change them at this point, it’s still distracting and confusing to have Japanese characters with English names.  Other than that, this remains a fun read for detective fiction fans.



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