Shiromi wrote:[*]No one knows how to handle evidence properly. Especially Shinichi. Evidence is most useful when it is recorded before it is disturbed. Random wire a 6 year old claims was found in the room during the big suspect reveal? Not exactly compelling evidence. Half the time, I imagine a real investigator would suspect Kogorou of planting evidence in order to frame a suspect, and giving it to the little kid who hangs on his every word to "find."
[*]No one knows how to talk to child witnesses, and they never call in experts in dealing with child witnesses. There's a lot of strict protocols in place for interrogating children, and they're never mentioned or followed in the slightest.[/list]
*Agreed. Essentially, there's a chain regarding evidence handling ("chain of custody"). If the chain gets broken, it calls into question the evidence's veracity, if it's planted or altered or what have you. If it is broken, especially evidence that the case is hinged on, it can get cases thrown out in court. Though Conan tries to emulate fictional detectives, most stories do not include that as part of the mystery...
*Yup. That's why the Satanic Panic in the 1980s in the US was such a mess. Children lack what's called "source monitoring," so they have problems recollecting where a specific piece of information came from. This, unfortunately, makes them susceptible to getting manipulated into believing that something happened when it didn't (such as satanic ritual abuse). How they interview children in-series is terrible.
The other issue that's a pet peeve for me has to do with the mystery of the week thing always holding true, even in the middle of major plot developments. As much as I like mysteries, it is somewhat annoying when there's a random murder or other kind of case that has absolutely nothing to do with the plot-y stuff. All it makes me do is skip through it to get to the plot stuff, because it's two completely unconnected plot threads, one important to the resolution of the series and one where we know how it ends (murderer is caught, yay). It causes problems with tone and focus and makes any given arc muddied.
"It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts." -Sherlock Holmes