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Meitantei Conan
(Detective Conan)

Yonkai Korosareta Otoko
The Man Who was Killed Four Times

[ production info ]

Length: 23 minutes
Rating: NR, Parental Guidance Advised
Format: Japanese Language

[ plot summary ]

It appears that following the murder of Komiyama, three people stepped forward as the murderer. However, which one of the three is the actual murderer? Katsumata Kengo, Niikura Yumiko, and Hoshino Hariyuki all had a motive, and when questioned by the police, all three admitted to the murder.

Katsumata Kengo struck him over the head with a vase after being angered by the man and moved his body into the utility closet. However, Hoshino Haruyuki likewise admitted to murdering the man after being told that Yumiko would never be his by Komiyama and then hit him over the head with... a vase. While at school, Niikura Yumiko admits that Komiyama made a pass at her and came after her at the school and getting frightened, struck him over the head... with a vase.

So who is the actual killer?!? It's up to Conan to help Mouri Kogorou and the police solve the case of the four times killed man.

[ capsule review ]

I wonder how many lives a man is really supposed to have? Cats are supposed to have 9 lives but.... Needless to say, this episode of Conan has an intriguing concept to this murder mystery. Story-wise, this episode is somewhat lacking in action as the story itself revolves around needing to solve the mystery from the information and clues at hand. However, on the positive side, we are spared having a small child (sic Conan) being at liberty to roam through a crime scene. Naturally, the one who is being asked to solve the crime is Mouri Kogorou, and his inability to solve the crime itself makes for some interesting hesitations and some decent voice acting. All in all a solid story.

Perhaps more than just that however, is that in revealing the clues to the murder mystery, this episode truly gives the viewing audience a chance to solve the mystery before the actual murderer is fingered. Most people will be able to spot key clues as they are revealed and the ordering of the events is what will instead prove to be the true challenge. All said, the story itself is well conceived and at least half of the solution can be determined easily by the viewers.

From the original evidence to the final revealing of the truth, the mystery of the Man Who Was Killed Four Times makes for a fun episode for the viewers to watch. While there is some minor running about by Conan, the main concept to the story here is much more based on the idea of learning of the clues and trying to piece together the actual sequence of events. There is much less suspension of reality or of belief as we work towards the solution to this murder mystery. -- JYN 00.06.15

[ café rating ]

Original: Subbed: Dubbed:
Story: 4 stars N/A N/A
Direction: 4 stars N/A N/A
Acting: 4 stars N/A N/A
Animation: 3 stars N/A N/A
Music: 3 stars N/A N/A
Translation: N/A N/A N/A
Overall Rating: 4 stars N/A N/A

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