Antiyonder wrote: DCUniverseAficionado wrote:
irishock wrote:Hopefully Chap 1000: Ran reveals she has known about Conan's identity for a long time
This only could work if her first (File 26–File 29/Episode 7) and third (File 479–File 483/Episode 398–Episode 400) suspicion stories were removed, and Dangerous Cave Case, School Play Case and Elevator Murder Case/The Desperate Revival (File 251–File 260/Episode 188–Episode 193) took place at some point after Following Holmes/Holmes' Revelation (File 743–File 752/Episode 616–Episode 621), from right after (Volume 72), up until the present time (Volume 88).
I don't know. Consider the possibility that part of her wants to be proven right since it means knowing once and for all that Shinichi never left her, while part of her wants to be wrong since it means that he childhood friend has been deceitful, wouldn't it be plausible that Conan's success in throwing her off simply prompts her to go back to denial?
It's easier to believe she's just reaching for an explanation than to acknowledge that Shinichi made a fool out of her and if you lie to yourself enough, it feels like the truth. Kind of like how Conan's rationalization of keeping her in the dark is purely for selfless reasons than to simply admit his failures and dishonesty.
Even moving past the lies and secrets, there's always the chance that Conan may never find a cure (looking from an in-universe perspective), so it's much easier to believe he's simply an above average kid than the guy she has deeper feelings for.
But that denial is why I discounted the possibility of Ran knowing
that Shinichi is Conan from the very start—remove the three suspicion cases (26–29/7; 251–260/188–193; 479–483/398–400) and have Ran give hints (to us) like she did from File 134–File 254 that she knew his identity, then have Desperate Revival at some point after Holmes' Revelation, and have her find out then—I categorize knowing, in this case, as complete and total awareness. It's true—when Shinichi/Conan defuses her suspicions with tricks, she goes back into denial mode, especially after the 2nd time and especially after the 3rd time. It's not a conscious awareness—rather, it's a subconscious one. That's not complete and total awareness. Since File 483, we've been hinted that the unconscious pull of the thought that Shinichi is Conan is a strong one, especially in File 814/Episode 691, which was after File 752/Episode 621—she can't confess to Shinichi anymore than she can actively question Conan's identity. She wants to stay in the safe zone.
If you're talking about "Shinichi = Conan" thoughts always being in the back of her mind, then yes—she's always known, in a way. If you're talking about her consciously and constantly being aware of the fact than Shinichi = Conan since the very beginning, then no.
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