Case Closed! Vol. 54 by Gosho Aoyama (a J!-ENT Manga Review)
April 22, 2015 by Dennis Amith
“Case Closed!” volume 54 is another entertaining mystery volume featuring four cases as Conan Edogawa/Jimmy Kudo and the Junior Detective League and investigators must try to solve. A fun and entertaining detective series worth reading but for those who expect some sort of finality, don’t expect “Case Closed!” to end anytime soon. If you enjoy detective cases with humor and interesting cases, then “Case Closed!” is a manga series for you!
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MANGA TITLE: Case Closed! Vol. 54
STORY AND ART BY: Gosho Aoyama (青山 剛昌)
FIRST PUBLISHED IN JAPAN: Shogakukan
PUBLISHED IN USA BY: VIZ Media, LLC
RATED: T for Teen
Available on April 14, 2014
When a woman dies in a snowboarding accident, Conan senses foul play, but the only evidence he has is the chill up his spine. Maybe a suspicious snowman contains the proof he needs! Then, on an old-fashioned cherry blossom viewing trip, Conan and Harley Hartwell stumble upon a haunted shrine. The monks tell a strange story about a room that swallows corpses. Can Conan and Harley prove the culprit isn’t an ancient curse, but a very human killer?
Jimmy must help the detectives find out who killed a wealthy woman, meanwhile at a ski resort, another woman is found dead.
Another case features a monk claiming he saw a dead woman at the temple and a contest between the best junior detectives from the North, East, West and South compete in a Detective Koshien. But is this a real contest?
Read about the thrilling mystery adventures of Conan Edogawa/Jimmy Kudo in a thrilling 54th volume of “Case Closed!”.
What is “Case Closed!”?
“Meitantei Conan” or “Detective Conan” (“Case Closed” in the U.S.) has been one of the longest running manga and anime series in Japan.
Written and illustrated by Gosho Aoyama and featured in Weekly Shonen Sunday since 1994, a total of 82 volumes have been released in Japan.the anime series which started back in 1996 is well-nearing 750-episodes and 14 movies have been released in Japan.
For those not familiar with “Case Closed”, the TV series focuses on a popular high school detective named Jimmy Kudo (Shinichi Kudo). One day while going to an amusement park with his friend Rachel Moore (Ran Mohri), Jimmy saw two men, one man from the Black Organization suspiciously dealing something in the dark.
Unbeknownst to Jimmy, a man behind him had spotted him and hit him with a bat and forced him to ingest a poison capsule. Jimmy survived but the capsule somehow shrunk him to a child. If these thugs found out that Jimmy is still alive, they may hurt the people around him. So, his good friend Dr. Agasa (who helps Jimmy by building him gadgets which include a stun-gun wrist watch, voice changing bow-tie, solar powered skateboard and powerful shoes) suggested he wear a disguise. When Ran began asking who his name was, Jimmy replied Conan Edogawa.
So, in order to find out who the men are, he wound up living with Ran and her detective father, Richard Moore (Kogoro Mori). Only five people know Conan’s true identity: Dr. Agasa, both of Jimmy’s parents, Harley Hartwell (Hattori Heiji), popular detective from the high school in the west and Vye Graythorn (Shiho Miyano), a former member of the Black Organization who betrays the criminal group after the member Gin kills her older sister.
Together with some friends, Jimmy as Conan continues to take down criminals with his detective skills.
He’s the amazing boy detective….Conan Edogawa, the shrunken version of famous teenage detective, Shinichi Kudo.
Wanting to find a way to get back to his original size thanks to the Black Organization, for now, Shinichi must use his superior detective skills to help investigators as Conan Edogawa.
But trying make sure that no one suspects him of being anyone else.
And for 20-years, the adventures of Conan Edogawa in “Cased Closed!” (Meitantei Conan) have entertained readers and viewers in many cases which showcase him utilizing his fantastic investigative skills but doing all he can to make sure that his team or the investigators help solve the case, not to give away his true identity.
For those wanting to enjoy Gosho Aoyama’s popular manga series “Case Closed!”, the good news is that aside from the first volume (which introduces the primary characters), anyone can pick up the series and begin reading at any volume because each graphic novel features an independent storyline.
For the 54th volume of “Case Closed!”, Conan and detectives are busy with a number of cases. One case features the death of a wealthy mother, another features the death of female skiier, another features a monk who claims he saw a dead woman at the temple and what happens when the best young detectives are brought together to take part in a Detective Koshien (competition)?
As always, Gosho Aoyama’s work is amazing with his unique character design but it’s the story telling and the thought process that goes into solving each case, is what has made the series a fan favorite for 20-years.
Overall, “Case Closed!” volume 54 is another entertaining mystery volume featuring four cases as Conan Edogawa/Jimmy Kudo and the Junior Detective League and investigators must try to solve. A fun and entertaining detective series worth reading but for those who expect some sort of finality, don’t expect “Case Closed!” to end anytime soon.
If you enjoy detective cases with humor and interesting cases, then “Case Closed!” is a manga series for you!
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