Case Closed Volume 57 focuses on a first grader named Conan Edogawa. He was a high school detective prodigy named Jimmy Kudo before he was forced to drink an experimental poison by a couple of criminals from a criminal organization. Unknown to the criminals, the poison that was supposed to kill Jimmy shrunk him down to his first grade self instead. To hide his identity, he takes on the name of Conan Edogawa, and goes to live with his friend Ran her and father, Richard.
Case Closed Volume 57
Written by: Gosho Aoyama
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: January 12, 2016
Volume 57 primarily focuses on a character named Eisuke Hondo, a relatively new transfer student at Ran’s high school who has befriended Ran and Conan. Eisuke is searching for his missing older sister, who looks a lot like a star reporter named Rena Mizunashi. Conan’s been working on this case behind the scenes with Jodie, someone he knows from the FBI.
As I read the various sections of the volume that focused on this story, it was interesting to see just how much more complicated the mystery ended up getting. Compared to many of the mysteries that Conan finds himself involved in, this one is much more complex. It also appears that this case has a connection with the organization that tried to kill Jimmy with the experimental poison. As someone who’s been following this series for a while, seeing a mystery with a connection to Conan’s overarching story is very welcome. I can only hope that maybe this mystery will start making some progress on Conan’s search for the organization to try to find an antidote and return to his regular self.
However, Eisuke’s story also includes a murder mystery that’s not directly related to his storyline. As usual, Conan is around and is able to piece together the truth. Even though the murder isn’t directly related to Eisuke’s storyline, the setup for this mystery is important because it corroborates something Eisuke has said in connection to his search for his missing sister.
But there are also some stories included in Case Closed Volume 57 that have absolutely nothing to do with Eisuke. The first one sees Conan and the Detective Boys at a television studio, where they meet a “shock rocker” character and stumble upon a murder mystery. Satan Onizuka, the “shock rocker” introduced in this story, kind of makes me think of artists such as Alice Cooper and Marilyn Manson, since he relies on facial makeup and a goth persona for his image. This mystery included some interesting elements to help identify the culprit, such as paper cranes and mirrors. Unlike most of the cases that Conan solves, the reader gets to see what actually happened before Conan learns about it. So the interest for this case is seeing how Conan figures out who the culprit is.
There’s also a light-hearted story featuring Richard, who’s trying not to be found by someone. But the people looking for him seem to always track him down, which forces Richard to keep fleeing. Admittedly, it’s not really much of a mystery, but it does provide some comic relief before returning to Eisuke’s storyline. With how serious most of this volume is, a light-hearted comedic story is a welcome change of pace.
Even with how long Aoyama has been writing and drawing the Case Closed series, he still manages to deliver drawings that include a noticeable amount of detail. While there may have been some slight modifications to character designs over the years, it’s nowhere near as noticeable at this point when compared to other manga series that have run at least this long, if not longer.
Case Closed Volume 57 will be enjoyed by longtime readers of the series. The series as a whole will likely be of interest to readers who are fans of the mystery genre, whether or not they’re already manga readers.
The reviewer was provided a review copy by VIZ Media