Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Manga Review: Case Closed, Volume 58, by Gosho Aoyama

Rating (Out of 5): ~3
Publisher: Shonen Sunday (VIZ Media)
Release Date: April 2016
Volumes: 88+
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 1. 57. 59.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Jimmy Kudo, the son of a world-renowned mystery writer, is a high school detective who has cracked the most baffling of cases. One day while on a date with his childhood friend Rachel Moore, Jimmy observes a pair of men in black involved in some shady business. The men capture Jimmy and give him a poisonous substance to rub out their witness. But instead of killing him, it turns him into a little kid! Jimmy takes on the pseudonym Conan Edogawa and continues to solve all the difficult cases that come his way. All the while, he's looking for the men in black and the mysterious organization they're with in order to find a cure for his miniature malady.

Kir, a captured agent of the Men in Black, lies comatose in a hospital, her location a matter of international security. When the Men in Black discover her whereabouts, Conan needs help from the professionals. Time for the pint-size detective to team up with the FBI!

Conan, Agent Starling and the mysterious Agent Arakai hatch a plan to transport Kir to a safe location. But can they stay one step ahead as the Men in Black descend on Tokyo and the Metropolitan Police join the fray? The biggest, most explosive, most game-changing case in Conan's career is underway!


It has been a long time since I’ve read any of this series, and I’m way behind in the anime as well. But I’ve always been a fan of Conan, so I was excited to get this volume.
We’re in the middle of a long-standing case, it seems, as we start this volume. Conan is helping the FBI, and a CIA agent, and they’re trying to uncover a syndicate group. This comes to a temporary conclusion, where Conan stumbles upon a murder case, but it seems like Conan is waiting for another opportunity to out the syndicate group, though the cliffhanger is quite bad for a friend of Conan’s. (Also, it’s possible the leaders of the syndicate are the ones who turned Jimmy into Conan? Unless I’m wrong?)
I should definitely be following this series more. I’ve always had a soft spot for Conan, though I think I’ll have to continue the anime before the manga. I think the anime is easier to watch, whereas the manga has a lot more wording. Not that that’s a bad thing, though.

 A review copy was provided by the publisher, VIZ Media, for an honest review. Thank you so, so much!

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