100 posts already and it only takes me about 2 months! That’s how dedicated I am to this blog, and how much I love my readers. To celebrate the event, I decide to start a new category/series called Daily Geek Rants. Ever Monday to Friday, I will blog about a geeky topic where I will just ramble on with my thoughts about said topic.
For the first topic, I’m gonna rant about Case Closed/Detective Conan! One of my favorite manga series as a young boy.
Detective Conan, or Case Closed for U.S. audiences, because we’re so special, is a weekly manga from Weekly Shonen Sunday since January 19th, 1994 by author Gosho Aoyama. The manga is about high school detective Shinichi Kudo got turned into a small child by a mysterious drug from a mysterious crime syndicate called Black Organization. A+, on naming the syndicate by the way. What gives you the idea, do they all wear black suits?
Anyway, after Shinichi Kudo got turned into a kid, he decides to guise himself as Conan Edogawa (after Conan Doyle and Edogawa Rampo, both famous mystery novel authors). He then lives at his girlfriend- Ran Mori’s house because her father is a detective, and it should be the easiest way to find out who these Black Organization people are. Fail-proof ideas! While living with Ran and her father Kogoro Mori, Conan has to help Kogoro solving mysterious cases and using special gadgets such as Voice-Changing Bowtie or Stun-Gun Wristwatch. Let’s see: cool kid who gets to live with his girlfriend and uses awesome toys to solve mystery cases? What a perfect formula for a successful series! However, after almost 20 years and 850 chapters later, a wonderful series will grow stale and become boring as well.
“Ran’s about to find out who Conan really is” is a package deal with Conan returning to his full-size. Every stories that have Ran about to find out Conan is Shinichi, Shinichi will make an appearance to stop her suspicion. After the same thing happens about dozens of time, I come to the conclusion that Ran is just a fucking moron. The first time she accused a little kid secretly being an adult, shame on the kid. The second time she accused a little kid secretly being an adult, she’s a moron. I mean, how many times can you accuse someone something and failed before feeling stupid?
And then the mysterious cases… it’s one thing when Aoyama shows us ridiculous murder methods, but it’s a whole other thing when the motive becomes cheap as well. The motives for murders used to be somehow “justified” as the victims killed the murderer’s family members, or the victims know some secrets about the murderer, so the murderer has to silence them… Aoyama then gets lazy with motives becoming something stupid like “He laughs at me” or “He looks at me funny.” Well, maybe not THAT stupid, but you got the idea.
One thing that bugs me the most is Gosho Aoyama’s English. Enlarge the images below, and ignore the Chinese and just read the English part:
Holy Jeepers Batman! 4 pages full of English and none of them make one dame sense. Who teaches him English? His own dick?
I’m sad that a great manga series becomes a really sad and depressing never ending story. Especially when there’s a perfect way to make this series better- forget about how much money the series make you, and just end the story already Aoyama.