No Case Too Small: The Cases of Cure Detective

The cases in question are
episode 2 of HappinessCharge PreCure!
and episode 9 of Yes! PreCure 5 GoGo!

hisui_icon_4040 Ever since we watched HeartCatch PreCure! Kate and I have been a big fans of the PreCure franchise. There have been some distinct ups and downs with a good deal in between from what we have seen. Much like Gundam it a series we will always check it out but not necessarily like it. So far nothing has surpassed the high heights of HeartCatch. But if any show has had the potential to be only an equal level with the best Precure series it just might be HappinessCharge. It has much of the same staff as HeartCatch with a good deal of the same heart. Also it has one other secret weapon: Detective PreCure!

narutaki_icon_4040 Ohoho HappinessCharge you know how to win my heart! Though I’m predisposed to love PreCure. Still, taking a stab at detective tropes is just another way to add to the fun. Then upon doing our own investigation (HA!) we found that this was not the first time in the franchise detectives have taken center stage.

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No Case Too Small: Sword Art Online

The case in question is episodes 5-6 of Sword Art Online

narutaki Let’s not get into a whole discussion about the rest of Sword Art Online, alright? I liked a lot of the episodes in the first part of the story. This murder in a safe zone case of course stuck out. And thanks to a comment on the last installment of this article series, I realized I had neglected this mystery for No Case Too Small.

Since Sword Art Online takes place inside an MMO there are certain structures and rules set-up by the game that can’t be broken by just simply wanting to do so. One of those is safe zones which prevent “player-killing.” So when Asuna and Kirito stumble upon what appears to be a murder in progress, everyone is understandable alarmed.

Asuna and Kirito are on the case after talking with a witness and former guildmate of the victim. The guild had broken up after the death of one of their members, Griselda, and suspicions about the rare tem she was going to sell before her death. Perhaps the victim’s husband is taking revenge? A ghost perhaps?

Then a second murder happens right before their eyes.

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No Case Too Small: Fullmetal Alchemist

The case in question is episode 10 of Fullmetal Alchemist

narutaki Fullmetal Alchemist actually features quite a lot of mysteries and investigations like fraud and serial killers, not to mention the overarching search for the Philosopher’s Stone. Still, I wouldn’t go so far as to call it a detective series.

But one favorite trope appears in this early episode, the calling card dropping phantom thief, in this case she is called Psiren. Ed and Al happen upon in one of the town’s they are passing through. It is revealed quickly in a fight with Ed that Psiren is using alchemy for her capers.

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