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Otaku Review: Detective Conan/ Case Closed

Conan as a kid

Take a genius crime-solving teenager. Put him in the body of a six-year-old child, give him a tranquilizer dart, a shooting clock and some other high tech tools that would make Q jealous. Sprinkle it with 800 plus episodes and 20 movies riddled with crime and corpses and there you have it. Detective Conan (aka: Case Closed) is the longest running detective series in the world…and also one of the most violent series imaginable. In virtually every episode someone dies in a gruesome and mysterious way.

A corpse has been found!

Kundo Shinchi was tailing some men in black who knocked him out and fed him an experimental drug that shrunk his body. Since this would put some real strain on his hobby of solving crimes, he came up with a brilliant ploy. He got his friend, Dr. Agasa to make him a bunch of gadgets to compensate for his size and age. Conan then moved in with his friend and potential love interest: Ran.

Conan and the kids from his class


Incidentally, his childhood friend has a father who is a drunken womanizing gumshoe who jumps to conclusions and sucks at solving cases. Fortunately this turned out to be easily rectified, as Conan drugs the poor sod and proceeds to imitate his voice every time a suspect is about to be exposed. This gave the man the nickname Sleeping Kogoro, and a lot of fame (which in turn attracted even more cases). Naturally Conan has to keep it hidden from everyone else, lest the men in black who shrunk him in the first place find out he’s alive, and the proceed to kill everyone he loves and cares about.


Mind you, he’s quite capable of getting them almost killed himself due to the abnormally high crime rate in Japan. I can assure you that when he and his friends are about and at it, corpses will fall from the sky in a flat, featureless desert.

Kogoro, random stranger, Rans friend, Ran and the kids
I want those spy glasses!
Suspension of disbelief, Ran is a black belt.
Rule of awesome beats reality!

Every now and then he is also joined by his fellow classmates and Heiji, who is also a detective, and Ai, who was part of the organization. She too, shrunk herself into a child with the mysterious drug. It should by now be worth mentioning that the first episode of Detective Conan starts with a couple getting decapitated in a roller-coaster, which means that the series can get quite bloody and absurd at times. Most of the time however, it’s quite down to earth (if you ignore the absurd number of explosives that show up in the movies and his inflatable soccer ball dispenser).Some suspension of disbelief is needed, since the whole reason Detective Conan keeps up the masquerade from his friends does become quite arbitrary. It’s not that hard to deduce that this kid is too smart for his own good. But then again time does not seem to move much in the series, even when the technology is updated. The author has clearly done his research, and for the most part it’s accurate and wears its inspiration on its sleeve.

Watch it on Crunchyroll

Njål Sand

Haven Editorial: Two arrested at Pokemon World Tournament

pokemonworldTwo men were arrested at the Pokemon World Championships in Boston, USA following a tip off from security staff.

The two men who were due to compete in the finals were eighteen year old Kevin Norton and twenty seven year old James Stumbo.631x__medium They drove from Iowa to participate in the event but have since been arrested for unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition as well as other firearms the Boston Police have stated.

Superintendent Paul Fitzgerald, Commander of the Boston Police district’s Bureau of intelligence and analysis, praised the Pokemon staff for their commitment to the safety of the players at the event.

He went on to describe the arrested pair and their weapons as a very real threat.

“The BPD detectives and collaborating agencies did a great job in the stop and prevention of a potential tragedy,”

He said and earlier this week James Stumbo had posted a picture of his car with two guns on the boot on a Facebook post at the start of the week. 1399733205780156819

The championships, which took place at the weekend were invitation only and usually brings in roughly four hundred thousand entries each year according to the Pokemon Company.

The best players in the TCG and handheld divisions from more than thirty different countries take part in the event competing for top prizes of scholarship money, trophies and merchandise.

Personally I am happy that everyone is okay, being a old Pokemon player I have had to deal with bullies and trouble that has come along before but. Seeing as how it was actual players that wanted to start trouble this time it sits very unsettling for me.

Let us come to terms with this we got to thank Pokemon Company for keeping everyone safe and understanding that people like this will continue to come in and try to ruin things and all we can do is hope and pray as well as prepare that none of which we fear will come to pass in other games such as Yu-Gi-Oh!, Magic the Gathering and event big venue gatherings not to mention Pokemon again..

Its like if Comic-Con was attacked by gunman but for Pokemon players. To help give everyone a solid idea of just how bad it could be. Hopefully though other companies like Konami, and Wizards will take heed to how Pokemon Company handled this situation and have a plan for it as well as Comic Con.

As for the players in question who would go out and do something like this, I feel a great pity for them. They had the potential to actually participate in this but choose to take the latter path and almost ruined the fun for everyone. I hope those two understand that is not how you handle any situation at all. A peaceable solution is the best solution and those who aim to hurt others in the end will only hurt themselves…

-Daniel Clatworthy-

Nerd Editorial: John Constantine to appear on Arrow


Miss NBC’s Constantine? Still feeling bitter over its cancellation? Well, you might be in a bit of luck. While the show isn’t coming back, you can still see Constantine on the small screen again. The CW has announced Constantine will be appearing on the new season of Arrow this coming fall. He will appear in episode 4.05 titled “Haunted.”

Matt Ryan’s portrayal of John Constantine was the best thing about that show so even though I have never watched Arrow, I’m looking forward to it and will probably tune in. Fans of Constantine will probably be disappointed on some level because the show is still cancelled (especially after NBC cruelly dragged out the announcement for months, giving some fans hope it could have been revived), but there’s always the chance Constantine himself could get picked up as a recurring character. For now Arrow’s showrunner Marc Guggenheim insists that John will only be a one-off appearance, but if that episode gets high enough ratings, that could certainly change. It wouldn’t be the first time a show brought back a popular character for more episodes than originally intended (for some perspective-Spike was supposed to die early on in season 2 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and went on to last the entire show and even be transplanted onto the spinoff Angel. Anything can happen).

I have very mixed feelings about Constantine as a show-I watched every episode because I’m a huge fan of the character but I don’t think I ever really enjoyed doing it. I liked all the actors and thought their performances were fine, and really loved seeing Zed’s plot from the comics start to play out. Part of the trouble is that so many shows rip off Hellblazer-the most notable being Supernatural-so Constantine had a hard time establishing itself as different from all of the other “paranormal investigation” type of shows. The other big issue was tone. Hellblazer was a dark series, full of horrific violence and ambiguity as to whether or not its protagonist was even a decent person. I’m not demanding Constantine be exactly like Hellblazer-the character exists beyond that series, the creators have their own textual integrity even when working with an adaptation, and even though it aired on the same night as Hannibal, it’s just unrealistic to expect a lot from network television. That’s all fine. But, part of the draw to John as a character is that promise of bleakness, where bad things happen to good people and there’s no way to fix anything. It offers something different. Constantine, even if some of its content couldn’t be expected to be solely original after being ripped off so many times, should have at least strived to have a different tone or look from every other paranormal series out there.

Regardless of my feelings about the show, it did manage to obtain a devoted fanbase who are pleased beyond words that they’ll be seeing John again. I’m happy whenever fellow nerds are happy, so am looking forward to the episode as well.