Saturday, July 30, 2011


「ラブは0だと?笑わせんな!芝の女王に言っとけ!0は全ての始まり! そこから出発しねぇと何もうまれねぇし、何も達成もできねぇって・・・そう言っとけ!」

"Love is worth zero points? Don't make me laugh! Tell the Grass Court Queen this:  everything starts from zero! Nothing will happen, nothing can be achieved if you don't start from there!"
"Detective Conan"

Oh, look, Keyhole TV still works despite the change to exclusively digital broadcasting in Japan. The quality of the stream is still horrible though... And in other news: why is it taking me ages to finish a book? Maybe because it took almost half the book before anything of interest happened? As episodes on the Conan live action series are pretty short, people usually die rather fast luckily. Anyway, on with the review of this week's episode of Meitantei Conan - Kudou Shinichi e no Chousenjou ("Detective Conan - A Challenge Letter for Kudou Shinichi").

Meitantei Conan - Kudou Shinichi e no Chousenjou (Detective Conan - A Challenge Letter for Kudou Shinichi)
Episode 1 (July 7, 2011): Before he turned into Conan, the high school detective solved the mystery of the adultery murder!
Episode 2 (July 14, 2011): The locked room murder commited on air! Reveal the secret cursed by the psychic
Episode 3 (July 21, 2011): Murder Case in a Locked Courtroom! Reveal the Trick of the Hostess Murder
Episode 4 (July 28, 2011): Perfect Crime! Murder Notice at a Wedding, Reveal the Locked Room Poisoning Trick
Episode 5 (August 5, 2011): The Glamorous Murder Trick of the Actress who lost her Memory - Perfect Murder at the Summer House
Episode 6 (August 11, 2011): The Magnificent Murderous Kiss of Twenty Beauties! The Murderous Intent Hidden in the Murder Equation!
Episode 7 (August 18, 2011): Inheritance Murder Among Bloody Relatives! Reveal the Mystery of the Kidnapping Trick!
Episode 8 (August 25, 2011): A Woman's Determination, Revenge on the Molester! The Murder Trick hidden in the Security Camera
Episode 9 (September 01, 2011): Hattori Heiji and the Mystery of the Invisible Locked Room Murder Weapon! Deduction Battle between the Detectives of East and West
Episode 10 (September 08, 2011): The Mystery of the Body that Moved 200 KM Within An Instant! Reveal the Perfect Crime Scheme of the Evil Woman
Episode 11 (September 15, 2011): A Kiss Is the Reason for Murder, A Revenge Murder After 20 Years! The Mystery of the Perfect Alibi
Episode 12 (September 22, 2011): I Killed Her! 3 Single Murderers? Reveal the Mystery of the Fake Murder!
Episode 13 (September 29, 2011): Ran Dies! The Final Challenge of the True Criminal to the Genius Detective - Reveal the Mystery of the White Room

The case Shinichi, Ran and Kogorou are asked to remember in episode 4 (subtitle: "Perfect Crime! Murder Notice at a Wedding, Reveal the Locked Room Poisoning Trick") is a poisoning case during a wedding reception Kogorou was organizing for his acquaintances. Shinichi was forced to help Kogorou behind the scenes with the party (because of a batsu game, Shinichi couldn't refuse any requests that day) and quickly discovered some underlying tension between the the bridge, the groom and a (female) friend of the groom. It was pretty clear that there was something going on with the groom and his friend, though Kogorou seemed rather oblivious to it. Until it hit him hard in the face, as the friend suddenly died during the reception after drinking a cocktail. It was murder of course.

Ah, the search for the method of poisoning, a true Conan staple! In the nearly 20 years Conan has been active (which accounts to like almost one year within the series?!), he has encountered many, many, many ways of poisoning people. Some of them very ingenous. The method in this episode is not particularly exciting though. Actually, the trick itself is pretty good and clearly integrated into the story-setting. However, why did the murderer went through that much trouble to execute the trick?  The trick, in its most basic form, can be done without leaving that much evidence  / witnesses. Which is, I assume, what you want if you are a murderer who does not wishes to get caught. So why make the trick worse by adding in stuff that actually leaves evidence / witnesses? As if the writer of this episode came up with a decent enough trick, but couldn't find out how to come up with clues that would point to the culprit.  The trick / setting however is indeed something you wouldn't normally see in Conan (the manga), I think. I wouldn't say that Kudou Shinichi e no Chousenjou is a truly adult series (it really isn't), but I can kinda see what they meant with the 'nightly Conan' premise (the same with the concept of love hotels in the last episode).

The ending of the episode is rather exciting though. Up until now, Shinichi, Ran and Kogorou moved from one room to another, entering passwords that correspond with the cases Shinichi encountered on the dates asked. This time however, they are asked to answer with a date on a question. Something goes wrong during this and the room goes all danger! danger! with red lights flashing and moving cameras and other cliffhanger ending cliches. Does that mean that the story in the next episode is important and will tie up with the overall storyline of our heroes being captured?

Oh, and I just noticed that the cases are not presented in chronological order.  Maybe some code-cracking with putting all the passwords associated with the dates in order later on in the series?[/speculation]

Original Japanese title(s): 『名探偵コナン 工藤新一への挑戦状』 サブタイトル「完全犯罪! 結婚式で殺人予告、密室毒殺トリックの謎を暴け」
Date & Password:  2010.05.31, キス

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