Friday, July 15, 2011


「私に言わせれば、すべてのホラー現象はほらに過ぎない。超常現象を恐れてはならない。DON’T BE AFRAID! どんと来い、超常現象!」

"If you ask me, horror phenomena are all nothing more than big talk. You musn't fear paranormal powers. DON'T BE AFRAID! C'mon, paranormal powers!"
"C'mon Strange Powers

The second episode of the Conan live action series. It's still early, but at this stage, I doubt this series will become as popular and famous like the Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbo live action series, not having a real Conan-feeling, nor its own unique feeling. But it's entertaining enough, so we'll see how this series develops.

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 second episode (subtitled "The locked room murder committed on air! Reveal the secret cursed by the psychic") starts where the last episode ended: with Shinichi, Ran and Kogorou in the second white room. A floating spoon (which was just hanging from a string) and the date on the password-entry display refer to a case the three of them were involved with: the murder on TV host Harada Takayuki commited during a live broadcast!

The Taiketsu is a TV program that is about paranormal phenomena. In the newest episode, the main guest is the psychic Washimi Jirou, while high school detective Kudou Shinichi has been invited to check if Washimi really has paranormal powers, or whether he is a fraud. Kudou says he doesn't believe in paranormal powers of course, but Washimi still claims his powers are real and demands Kudou to apologize on air if he can't prove he is a fraud. Shinichi however quickly sees through Washimi's parlour tricks and the host, Harada, picks up on that, verbally abusing Washimi and even challenging him to kill him on air, if he really has paranormal powers. Washimi takes up the challenge and to Shinichi's surprise really manages to strangle Harada with his powers, from a distance!

Well, of course it's just a parlour trick. And to be honest, the case is really too easy, as it consists only of very well known tropes of the genre (and it's not completely fair). It would hardly take the likes of Kudou Shinichi to solve this case. Which is a bit of a shame, because the theme of this episode is like Furuhata Ninzaburou's Kuroda Seinen no Yuutsu episode, which is a very good one. Both episodes deal with psychics on TV, who are on the verge on being revealed as mere frauds, when they pull off a big trick in front of a live audience. The Furuhata Ninzaburou episode is more original than this story though. I also felt that the episode was kinda short (they are actually!), which results in rather easy stories. There is just too little time to really work out a deep story. With anime, it seems that story-telling can happen at a much higher pace than with live-action, so even if an episode of the live action series is as long as an anime episode, it seems like the anime is capable of conveying more information in less time (thus also capable of offering deeper plots).

(Totally random, but halfway through the episode I finally remembered where I had Kutsuna Shiori (Ran) before)

And the big storyline? No new information whatsoever. After the main story, Shinichi inserts the new password and opens the door to the next white room. It sorta bothers me that Kogorou put the spoon in his pocket as they moved to the next room though. Will the spoon be used in a future episode? And I'm really looking forward to the next episode though! I know the anime of Conan has original episodes featuring Kisaki Eri as a laywer-detective, but as I don't watch the anime, I don't know any of these stories. The previews suggests that Eri seemingly kills someone during a court case with just a finger-gun motion! 

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 「生放送で起きた密室殺人! 超能力者の呪われた秘密を暴け 」
Date & Password: 2010.09.02; ドッキリ

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