Article first published as Manga Review: Case Closed Volume Six by Gosho Aoyama on Blogcritics.
Case Closed Volume Six is a manga by Gosho Aoyama, and it was published in North America by Viz Media in 2005. The series is rated “T+” for older teens; personally, I would agree with this rating.
Teen detective Jimmy Kudo was shrunk back down to his first grade self after being caught by members of a crime organization and was made to take an experimental poison. The crime organization members left him for dead, so they have no idea that he actually survived. To protect himself, Jimmy took on the identity of Conan Edogawa and claimed to be a relative of Dr. Agasa. The younger Jimmy goes to live with his friend, Rachel Moore (who is unaware of Conan’s true identity) and her bumbling private investigator father, Richard. As Conan, Jimmy covertly helps Richard solve the cases that come up in the Case Closed series.
There are a total of four mysteries that appear in this volume. The first mystery is a continuation of the last mystery in Volume Five, and the fourth mystery is not resolved at the end of this volume. All of these stories were adapted for the Case Closed anime series.
The first mystery is the resolution of the Conan kidnapping case. If I hadn’t already seen the corresponding anime episode, the resolution of this story would have caught me by surprise.
The second mystery is a murder mystery that takes place while Richard Moore is at the victim’s home, reporting to the victim that his wife has been cheating on him. It turns out that Richard isn’t a suspect, but there are three potential suspects. Conan has to work to figure out who the real murderer is.
The anime adapted this particular story rather faithfully. In the manga, as the reader thinks they’ve figured out who committed the crime, a new piece of evidence is revealed that makes the reader question whether or not they’re actually right. I really liked how Aoyama wrote this particular mystery.
The next mystery sees Conan, George, Amy, and Mitch as the Junior Detective League. They take on their first case, which is to look for a missing cat. When they find the missing cat, they also stumble upon a dead body in a home. They call the police; however, when the police arrive, they can’t locate the body that Conan and the others had seen, and the Junior Detective League is accused of playing a prank. Conan works at trying to crack the case and restore the Junior Detective League’s credibility.
This was another story that was adapted faithfully for the anime series. I thought that Aoyama came up with some interesting ways for the killer to try to hide the body and fool the police.
The final mystery sees a famous writer being murdered at point-blank range. Conan, Rachel, and Richard meet the writer’s friend at a festival; he asks them to take some pictures at the festival. When they all come to the scene of the crime, the police detective is convinced the writer’s friend is guilty. However, the friend uses the pictures on his camera as his alibi. Conan is also convinced the friend is guilty, but he has to find a way to prove that the friend is guilty. Unfortunately, this story is not resolved in this volume. The portion of the mystery that’s included in this volume was adapted faithfully for the anime adaptation.
Even though I already knew all of these stories from the Case Closed anime series, I liked being able to see how they were originally presented in the manga. Case Closed is a great read, and it’s a title I would recommend to readers who have an interest in mystery stories.
I wrote this review after reading a copy of Case Closed Volume Six that I checked out through the King County Library System.