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Case Closed Vol. 51: The Cat Who Read Japanese

Case Closed Volume 51

The Cat Who Read Japanese
Digging for clams at the beach, the Junior Detective League digs up a mystery instead. Did a depressed beachgoer commit suicide, or was he murdered by one of his friends? Then detective Richard Moore faces a challenge beyond his crime-fighting abilities: taking care of his ex-wife’s new kitten! But the pesky furball leads him to the clues he needs to solve an impenetrable code. Could there be a new detective in town—one even cuter than Conan?
Gosho Aoyama
190 Pages
$6.99

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You've Reached The End

You've read Volume 51. Now check out Volume 52!

Case Closed Vol. 52: The Woman in White

The Woman in White

Case Closed Vol. 52

The Metropolitan Police set up a sting operation to catch a criminal who’s threatened to kill a bride and groom. But before anyone can say “I do,” Conan realizes the killer is already in the wedding party... Then the Junior Detective League tries to solve a murder in a room where everything’s a little topsy-turvy. And Rachel and Serena encounter a crime at the site of a romantic scene from their favorite TV drama. Which of the hopeful lovers leaving red handkerchiefs at the scene is really a murderer?
190 Pages
$6.99

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Unlike English, which is read from left to right, Japanese is read from right to left, meaning that action, sound effects, and word-balloon order are completely reversed... something which can make readers unfamiliar with Japanese feel pretty backwards themselves. For this reason, manga or Japanese comics published in the U.S. in English have sometimes been published "flopped" - that is, printed in exact reverse order, as though seen from the other side of a mirror.

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