Aliens in This World

An ordinary Catholic and a science fiction and fantasy fan.

Monday, May 24, 2004

Forgot to Tell You....

Case Closed, the US dub of Meitantei Conan (Master Detective Conan) starts tonight at either midnight or 12: 30 in the morning (EST) on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim. (Depending on Cartoon Network's current mood, apparently.)

(12:30 in the morning, it was.. Let your VCR be your friend.)

Shinichi Kudo (or whatever they're calling him) is the brilliant teenaged son of a brilliant master detective. He's solving crime like nobody's business even though he's still in high school, and he's famous. He's also in love with his best female friend and can't quite tell her, but he's got plenty of time and a brilliant career ahead of him, right?

But in the middle of his latest mystery, somebody dumps chemicals on him that turn him into a little kid.

So he tells everyone his name's Conan Edogawa (after Arthur Conan Doyle and famous Japanese mystery writer Edogawa Rampo), moves in with his girlfriend's family and bumbling cop dad, and settles down to repeating grade school, repeated crimesolving, and the long hunt for whoever did this to him.

The anime series has been running for over ten years, the manga even longer. It's good stuff by all accounts, with enough teenage mischief (and yen for girlfriend) to keep "Conan" from being too sugary sweet. Oh, yeah, and Conan gets to solve murders. Heh. Sure beats being the Bloodhound Gang. (Especially since we were all reading Agatha Christie in fifth grade, right?) You might want to consider taping it for your kids if they read your mystery books, too. I'm looking forward to this one, even if they are changing all the characters' names.


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