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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Detective Conan's Manga Index

"Detective Conan" is a detective mystery manga created by Goushou Aoyama in 1994. It's serialized in the weekly shounen magazine "Shounen Sunday." There's also an anime series based on the manga. Both manga and anime are wildly popular in Japan, and they are both still ongoing. There are 47+ volumes of the manga published so far, and 300+ episodes of the anime aired. The manga and anime are being released in North America under the name "Case Closed" by VIZ. See the Americanization section below.

The story is about a 17-year-old genius detective named Shinichi Kudou who gets poisoned by a mysterious underground crime organization and shrinks into his 7-year-old body. He's forced to hide his true identity, and fools his almost-girlfriend Ran into believing that he's just a 7-year-old boy named Conan Edogawa. He ends up living with Ran and her father in their home slash private detective agency. He continues to try and find a cure to un-shrink his body, solving various mystery cases along the way. Very few people know Conan's secret, and to this day, Ran is still clueless.

Being a fan of Detective Conan, I've created this site to help myself sort through this very long yet very entertaining manga series. I did not focus on the anime, because the anime changes some of the manga stories and adds in a bunch of original stories (not written by Aoyama). So the manga is my only focus. In the future, I may create a manga-anime correlation... Right now, there's a breakdown of the manga volumes chapter by chapter and case by case. There's also a character guide. Eventually, I plan to put up summaries of my favorite cases.

VIZ has licensed the "Detective Conan" manga, and is releasing it under the title "Case Closed." Aside from changing the title, they also americanized all the major characters' names (Shinichi = Jimmy, Ran = Rachel, and so on). As a result, certain plotlines will have to be changed as well to accomodate the English names. Personally, I am very disappointed by this, and have written a complaint to VIZ. If you feel the same way, I urge you to write to VIZ and voice your complaint. If they hear from enough people, they may rethink their policy. 

Links for Detective Conan Manga ChaptersAnime EpisodesOVA'sMovies and Live Actions.

Detective Conan Chapters -
Detective Conan Chapters -

Detective Conan Episodes - (recommended)
Detective Conan Episodes -

OVA 1 - Conan vs Kid vs Yaiba - The Decisive Battle over the Treasured Sword
OVA 2 - 16 Suspects!?
OVA 3 - Conan and Heiji and the Vanished Boy
OVA 4 - Conan and Kid and the Crystal Mother
OVA 5 - The Target is Kogoro Mouri!! The Detective Boys' Secret Investigation
OVA 6 - Pursuit of the Vanished Diamond! Conan, Heiji vs Kid
OVA 7 - A Written Challenge from Agasa! Agasa vs Conan & the Detective Boys
Movie 12 Side-Story Ova - Kudou Shinichi - The Case of the Mysterious Wall and the Black Lab

Movie 1 - The Time-Bombed Skyscraper
Movie 2 - The Fourteenth Target
Movie 3 - The Last Wizard of the Century
Movie 4 - Captured in Her Eyes
Movie 5 - Countdown to Heaven
Movie 6 - The Phantom of Baker Street 
Movie 7 - Crossroads in the Ancient Capital 
Movie 8 - Magician of the Silver Sky
Movie 9 - Strategy Above the Depths 
Movie 10 - The Private Eyes' Requiem
Movie 11 - Jolly Roger in the Deep Azure
Movie 12 - Full Score of Fear

Live Actions:
Detective Conan: Kudo Shinichi's Written Challenge - The Good-bye Prologue
Kudo Shinichi Returns! Showdown with the Black Organization

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