This is the latest Black Organization arc in the Detective Conan anime (episodes 491 to 504). I think it’s a really good arc to kick off yet another new season. I’ve put watching DC “on-hold” for a while due to certain reasons, but I occasionally watch a few episodes in bulk now and then. I’ve been continuously reading the manga, so it’s really not much of a loss. Besides being a fan of the mystery genre, Sherlock Holmes, and DC itself, there are three main reasons why I’ve been following DC regularly: (1) Black Organization – I want to see how Conan takes down the BO with the help of the FBI and CIA; (2) Ran, Shinichi/Conan, Ai/Sherry – I want to see Conan become Shinichi once again and reunite with Ran. I want to see Ai become Sherry again and have her own happy ending; (3) Takagi x Sato – I want to see them get married! Seriously, these two have had the most progress story-wise in the DC world, even though they’re side characters. ^_^
So basically, significant episode arcs involving the BO are the ones I totally watch, followed by Ran x Shinichi (like the Desperate Revival arc), and Takagi x Sato (Metropolitan Police Detective Love Story arc). Heiji appearing in several episodes is something to watch as well.
Ahem. Anyway, what I’m trying to say is that this year, I’ve been pulled back into watching DC weekly because of this “Clash of Red and Black!” story arc. If it’s going where I think it’s going, and judging from the preview of ep. 495, the next series of events would be the one I’ve been dying waiting for to be animated from the manga. Oh, I think it’s gonna be really good.
Episodes 491-494 covered manga files 585-590 from Vol. 56-57. Episodes 495-500+ will probably cover manga files 595-609 from Vol. 57-59, which will air on 02/11, 02/18, 02/25, 03/03, 03/10, and 03/17/2008 (maybe even throughout April if this arc goes beyond the 500th episode, which I think is more likely to happen).
Speaking of these volumes, I’ve read and re-read files 595-609 multiple times.😀 I’m eagerly anticipating the next BO arc that will deal where this series of events left off. A lot of theories and hypotheses are swirling in the DC fanbase. Naturally, I have my own suspicions too. ** WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD**
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Personally, I refuse to believe that Akai is really dead! Maybe I’m being stubborn since I really liked his character. A part of me thinks he might possibly, maybe, could be gone for real, but still my mind is stubbornly refusing to believe he’s dead. I don’t think Akai is foolish enough to blatantly fall for that trick. He knows how those evil BO members think and he probably was able to anticipate the move Gin will make against him via Rena. He also did that diversion in the hospital with the help of Conan, so I think there’s a big chance that they both knew Rena would be ordered to kill off Akai sooner or later, um, with sooner being the case. That smirk that he seemed to have on his face when Rena pulled the trigger makes me think they had a plan, one way or another, plus, I think Conan knows something that the FBI doesn’t with regard to this incident. With Conan in the loop, there’s an even higher possibility that he and Akai made the necessary countermeasures against the BO. And then recently, there’s the mention of “Bourbon” and the addition of a guy named Okiya in the mix, but I won’t say anything regarding that for now. My head is already spinning as it is. xD
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Note that those are just merely my own personal thoughts about what happened and what may lie ahead. I know I don’t make much of a convincing argument, I’m probably just being stubborn. Heh, I might even be thinking about this too much. I wish I had the skills of Sherlock Holmes in deduction, but I can’t even perfect my skills in the scientific method, so I can forget about that. ~LOL.
Either way, I can’t wait for the follow-up on this BO story arc in the manga. ^^
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