As a little reminder, here’s a rough overview of what has been released in this new rhythm of publication:
- Black Bunny’s Club Case (File 1009 – File 1012 / April 11, 2018 – May 9, 2018)
An attempted poisoning, Akai and Bourbon clashing out of nowhere, and a revealing flashback of the Miyano family.
- Policewomen Serial Murder Case (File 1013 – File 1017 / June 6, 2018 – July 4, 2018)
The first serial murder case in a while, the first police-centric case in a while, and Kuroda talking to “Bourbon.”
- Kaitou Kid and the Fairy’s Lip (File 1018 – File 1021 / August 29, 2018 – September 19, 2018)
Kaitou Kid returning, Heiji failing to confess yet again, and Koumei being revealed as Scotch’s brother.
- TV Drama Filming Site Murder Case (File 1022 – File 1026 / November 28, 2018 – January 9, 2019)
Makoto visiting a film set, Makoto being suspected again, and Masumi suspecting Conan.
- Nagano Snowy Mountains Case (File 1027 – File 1031 / February 13, 2019 – March 14, 2019)
A classic setting, Wakita showing up again, and Conan asking Bourbon about Rum.
- Edible Wild Plants Collecting Case (File 1032 – File 1034 / April 10, 2019 – May 8, 2019)
The Detective Boys returning, Rumi returning as well, and Conan contemplating her back pocket.
- Antique Facet Case (File 1035 – File 1038 / June 12, 2019 – July 3, 2019)
The first murder with robbery in years, Masumi approaching Haibara, and another flashback of the Akai family.
Although the plot progresses far less quickly than I thought when I saw Akai and Bourbon point a gun at each other, I appreciate that each story is given a clear emphasis. Combined with the increased length and extended pauses, the cases have become more memorable to me, particularly the Nagano Snowy Mountains Case.
The only downside is probably the obvious one: if the last case didn’t contain something outstandingly interesting and I don’t remember exactly when the next one will begin, the series isn’t as prominent on my mind as it used to be. For example, I almost didn’t think of it at all between the Policewomen Serial Murder Case and Kaitou Kid and the Fairy’s Lip; since I wasn’t so much interested in the latter either, that didn’t really change even during the case; when it was announced that the TV Drama Filming Site Murder Case wouldn’t arrive before the end of November, it got even worse, and once I learned it would focus on Makoto, I basically just skimmed the spoilers instead of reading the chapters—as a result, for me, Detective Conan virtually went on a hiatus in July 2018 and didn’t return until Februar 2019, when the Nagano Snowy Mountains Case proved to be convincing on many levels. Then, after the Edible Wild Plants Collecting Case had been quite the disappointment again, the most recent Antique Facet Case was able to win me back and stir an extent of interest in me that I hadn’t experienced in a long time. Heck, that I didn’t write this post when I originally intended to—in April 2019, when the new rhythm of publication turned one year old—is mainly due to the lack of updates starting in March and the Edible Wild Plants Collecting Case being so underwhelming.
Now I’d be interested to read your thoughts on this. How have you been affected by the reduced output? Have you been enjoying every case even more thanks to new material becoming rarer or do you have a hard time reminding yourself the series even exists? And what do you think of the content itself, is the quality higher or lower, and do you find it satisfactory?