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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