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In Your Memory

Title: In Your Memory
Author: ran_mouri82
Word Count: 1500
Rating: PG
Disclaimer: Aoyama invented the experimental drug Detective Conan. I still haven’t found a cure.
Spoilers: Up to File 826
Characters/Pairings: Miyano Shiho, Miyano Akemi and Akai Shuichi
Notes: Shiho remembers Akemi’s daring childhood offering and decides on her own. Based on the Florence + the Machine song, “Only If For A Night”. manycases1truth: #10 – Tradition

Dedicated to Ran-dezvous. This was a tricky piece to write in terms of Japanese culture and the Miyanos’ mysterious history. Please forgive any inaccuracies and review!

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In Your Memory


A narrow strip of sky filled the shaded alley with light, reflecting on numerous puddles scattered around the feet of Miyano Shiho. She would have felt trapped in a no-man's land between heaven and earth if not for the mud left behind by the earlier summer storm. Ignoring the distant roar of passing car engines, she stirred a puddle with the heel of her pumps and, resting her hands against the damp wall behind her, leaned against them to avoid ruining her dress. After years of filling her wardrobe with clothing in every hue, the memorial service for her parents and sister found her dressed head to toe in muted black. The irony was not lost on her.

She looked up and spied, among the many pigeons perched along the hall rooftop, a single crow. It stared at her and she stared back at it. Though she was grateful that Kudou and the professor offered to give her family a ceremony they had lacked for too long, the onrush of scientists her parents once knew and their interest in the daughter who continued their unconventional research despite such terrible odds overwhelmed her.

Worst of all, he was there.

The harshest pain seared her chest when watching people like Jodie Starling and Mouri Ran talk and smile with Akai Shuichi, the man she once knew as Moroboshi Dai and Okiya Subaru.

She clenched her teeth. How dare he? But deep in her heart nudged Akemi's voice, as if to chide her by saying, 'Little sis, are you planning to hang onto that forever?'

Observing the crow, Shiho shivered despite the damp heat. In other circumstances, hidden like this, she might have shrugged off her stiff jacket. Instead, she rubbed her goosepimpled arms beneath her sleeves just like she did on that vague day, so long ago, when Akemi fidgeted with her in the cafeteria of the crematorium and waited to learn what their new guardians planned to do with them next. Though the attendants they met were polite, they had left the preteen Akemi to mind her kid sister. This was a relief to Shiho who, at five going on fifty, felt self-conscious as she peeked at the rock garden view and picked at her food. The man in black who sat them down at a corner table had warned her to eat every grain of rice, but the topsy-turvyness of being shoved into pitch black clothes and going from home to hospital to crematorium had left the little girl unable to eat anything.

All of a sudden, without so much as a glance to see who might be watching, Akemi leaped from her seat and rose on tiptoe. Smiling, she lifted her arms as high as they could reach in a graceful arc.

Shiho unclenched her tiny hands from the itchy hem of her skirt and gasped. "No, stop! They said not to move!"

"Don't worry, little sis!" Akemi said, with a wink. She sank onto her heels and, lifting her left leg behind her, raised her foot over her head and caught her ankle in a feathery grasp. "That just means we can't run away. Nobody said anything about dancing!"

"B-but…." Shiho, who was glad that Akemi wore thick tights if she was going to bend like that, looked around the room. Though she did not know it at the time, the syndicate's dealings with the directors had given them space. Nobody seemed to be watching them. She pouted. Her big sister could be so weird sometimes. "Why are you doing that?"

At that, Akemi let her leg drop. She weighed her words and then gave Shiho a determined look, her decision made. "Mom and Dad aren't getting a funeral. No wake or memorial services or anything. That's why we're here. I overheard them decide that they're going to lie and say our parents were buried in England. A Japanese funeral would be too much fuss."

"Huh?" Shiho stared at Akemi, whose high ponytail was tied with a matte bow that drooped with sadness. For some reason, Shiho found it easy to understand many difficult things, but this was not one of them. "What's a funeral?"

"Simply put, it's a ceremony where everybody kneels, priests do lots of chanting, and everyone offers incense," Akemi replied, waving her index finger in the air as if proud of the opportunity to instruct Shiho. Looking down, however, she said, "But above all, it's a chance to pray for a happy afterlife for those who died. We went to one of those with Mom and Dad a couple years ago, but you were probably too young to remember."

Akemi resumed dancing, which took the form of barre exercises more than anything else. "Since Mom always liked it when I practiced ballet, I'm sure this will make her happy now. Oh, little sis!" Akemi said, clapping with a surge of excitement. "You should do something for Dad, like say your times tables. You already know all those!"

Shiho surveyed the cafeteria. A few of the people her parents worked with, the ones who always wore black, had returned and were glaring in their direction. Shuddering, she shook her head and stared at her plate. As she forced herself to finish her meal in silence, however, she watched Akemi continue her improvised dance. While Shiho admired her sister and longed to join her, a sense of impending doom gripped her fragile frame.

From that moment on, Shiho settled on doing as she was told and offering her parents the ongoing research on their drug, but she could not shake her restless fear for Akemi. It was an inner conflict that would last until the day Gin gunned down her sister.

Staring at the clearing puddles on the pavement as her mind drifted back to the present, Shiho tried to swallow and hold back the tears that rose against her will. She thought, with a grin, Even my body's rebelling now.

"There you are."

A harsh scent invaded Shiho's nostrils. Taking a sharp breath, she glanced toward the alley's left entrance and saw, of all people, Akai Shuichi. He wore a pressed suit and tie with polished shoes. Even his hair was trimmed for the somber occasion. Frowning, Shiho had to admit that he at least knew how to clean up. "What are you doing here?"

They held each other's gaze in silence, both knowing what her question truly meant.

"Everyone's arrived and they're ready to start," Akai said. "Except you."

"Just like you, to show up uninvited," Shiho shot back with casual ice.

Akai did not respond at first, but kept his unyielding focus on Shiho. His black clothes made his dark under-eye circles stand out all the more from his pale skin. They always had. "I'm not looking for forgiveness. I would ask for it if I thought I deserved it."

"Then what are you looking for?" Shiho analyzed his drawn face without success.

"Someone I'm responsible for, like it or not." Whatever emotions he felt were sealed behind his expressionless eyes.

"Responsible for?" Shiho snorted. "I'm not a child, Moroboshi-kun."

He was silent for a long time. Finally, turning on his heel, he said, "I know."

Shiho squeezed her eyes shut as Akai began to walk away, presumably back to Kudou to tell him and the others where she was, though she was sure Kudou knew that already. "Wait."

The soft thuds of his footsteps stopped.

When Shiho opened her eyes, she saw Akai had not only waited, but had turned back to face her. In a way, it made what she was about to do much harder. She scowled at him, wanting to hate him, wanting to blame him for the aching hole in her heart because Akemi was dead. But her sister's words came back to her loud and clear. 'I'm sure this will make her happy now.'

"I—I forgive you," she said, her knees shaking and weak, "Akai Shuichi-san."

Akai tensed, his eyes widened, and his mouth opened—slightly. Nodding, he turned around again. "You have guts, you know. Your sister would be proud."

As he walked back toward the hall's entrance, hot tears stung and slid down Shiho's flushed cheeks. It pissed her off.

Alone again, Shiho looked up as shades of wild orange crept into the sky. There was one, long-delayed duty she had left before following Akai inside. Shiho knew she could not dance well or with much grace because she had never tried it, but her sister had always enjoyed the rare occasions a melody escaped her lips. Calming herself, she stood tall, took a deep breath, and began to sing. Her song was not at all like a chant, but a children's song that she sang with plaintive, full tones. It floated into the air like incense.

"'Mother crow, why do you cry so?' 'Because I have seven cute children high on the mountain.'"

Only then did Shiho realize the crow had flown away.


Comments

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ran_dezvous
Oct. 7th, 2012 04:21 am (UTC)
My Review for "In Your Memory" (Part I)
I really wish LJ didn't render my whistling Ai icon inactive, as it is absolutely appropriate for this comment, though my thank-you icon would work as well, right? *grins*

W-Why, why didn't you wait for my reply? What if I'm not a Shiho fan? There are people who actually hate her, you know. *is shot*

. . . I kid, I kid. *grins* (Though there really are people who hate or have her as their least favorite, surprising as that may sound; I was honestly surprised when I first encountered such people [only recently, in fact!], especially since a lot of people who have her as their favorite DC character say she’s the only good character in the series [as much as I love her, I can’t find myself to completely agree with that sentiment] and that disliking her would be utter blasphemy, even worse than that of disliking KID. [Admittedly, KID’s the character I dislike the most from the series, though I don’t hate him as much as I used to.]) Ai-Shiho is my fifth favorite character, so this is very much loved. ♥ (She should probably rank higher, I know, but it is what it is.) There needs to be more Ai-Shiho fanfiction that doesn't involve pairing her up with Conan-Shinichi! And, seriously, even if I were still a Shinichi/Ran fan, my love for Ai-Shiho would still prevail! Not to mention gen fic is a nice break from the all the romance I keep on seeing on FF.N. (By the way, I totally understand not waiting for my response; I utterly fail at making timely responses. Sigh.)

You've been so productive since your return to writing, it almost makes me want to die of shame! *utterly fails at being prolific, unlike the rest of the writers on her f-list*

I actually read this on FF.N long before you sent me an e-mail telling me you’ve posted it (because I was procrastinating on writing your fic *is shot*) but, as you already know, I suck at making timely replies. *is shot* I had a lot of things to say, but it was a challenge to put all of my thoughts into a coherent and smooth-flowing review and not just a hodgepodge of words—I even had a Word document for this (in the past tense since I’ll probably delete it immediately after posting. Oh, and parallelism)! *sweatdrops* (So, yes, this means I haven’t forgotten about my promised review/fangirling for Resolve.) That said, thank you so much! ♥ It's all right you couldn't accept prompts, no one's ever dedicated a fic to me before, so I'm really, really touched! And you can never go wrong with Shiho~

By the way, I’ve added this fic to my Memories here on LJ and Favorites on FF.N, though you probably already know about the latter if you have your alerts enabled.

Before we go on to the review proper, however, here are some of the random things I’ve appreciated:

Your disclaimer = EPIC WIN (which brings to mind the “Epic Fail” challenge you’ve posted on manycases1truth, heh).

While I highly doubt it was intentional, it reminded me of a conversation we once had—instigated by yours truly, haha—regarding Detective Conan as a drug. Aoyama-sensei, what have you done to us?!

It’s great you've made Shiho young enough to still be in Japan ("five going on fifty", LOL); I'd actually forgotten there must have been a period of time that Shiho got to spend with her sister before she was sent abroad to study in the US. And, admittedly, for some reason, it never crossed my mind they would have guardians, even though that would actually make a lot of sense. Hmm . . .

I don't know why, but eyebags euphemized as "dark under-eye circles" utterly amuses me so.

I love that you've integrated the "Okiya Is Akai" theory in this fic. It may as well be fact, though, since anyone, even without exposure to fan theories, who follows the manga should be able to figure this out by now, considering the blatant hints—the explanation for Yukiko-disguised-as-Sherry's supposed fake death, Subaru having Shuuichi-type eyes—in the recently concluded Mystery Train arc.


Anyway, that's it for the lighthearted portion of this review; the more serious stuff&which really isn't all that serious—will be in the next comment because it didn't fit in this one. *sweatdrops* Why am I not surprised?
ran_mouri82
Oct. 8th, 2012 07:44 pm (UTC)
Re: My Review for "In Your Memory" (Part I)
First off, wow! Thanks for taking time to write such a comprehensive review!

Didn't think you expected me to wait for your approval, anyway, since this was the next fic I had ready that wasn't Shin/Ran! Being devoted to canon as we both are, I trusted you would like it as long as it was written well.

If my writing's more prolific now, it's because I'm getting inspired, hitting a stride, and trying not to psych myself out. Thank God, it's working.

Yes, I noticed you added it to your FF.net faves! That really touched me. ♥ Thanks!

The guardians thing is my way to vaguely allude to whoever the heck in the Org was responsible for the sisters. Like you said, vagueness helps where Aoyama's left gaps. Dark under-eye circles are different than eyebags; the former refers to discoloration, the latter to puffiness. I have the former, lol!
ran_dezvous
Oct. 7th, 2012 04:24 am (UTC)
My Review for "In Your Memory" (Part II)
Wow, just wow. ♥ I was only barely three-fourths through the first paragraph, but you took my breath away with your wonderful description (you are such a total wordsmith!), and I loved how it captured the mood of the story! On the other hand, however, it also made me bemoan the fact that my writing is not up to par with yours, making me wonder if your birthday fic in its final form would ever be good enough. . . . I need to do some major, major polishing before I ever post your present.

But enough of my "whining", as it is not the point of this comment. *grins*

Let's see, your portrayal of Japanese culture in this fic seems to be correct, as far as I know. Then again, my word doesn't really carry much weight as I'm neither Japanese nor well versed in Japanese culture. When it comes to these things, it's always best to be vague if you're unable to do the research, so good job! Then again, this fic isn't really about funerals as it is about Shiho's emotional turmoil—and I love how it shows through her actions more than internal monologuing (not that there's anything wrong with the latter).

It does bug me a bit, however, that there's a cafeteria in a crematorium. Granted, I've never been to a crematorium, much less a Japanese one. (Heck, I’ve never been to Japan!) And, considering how eccentric—to foreigners, at least—the Japanese people can sometimes be, I suppose this would completely be possible. Or is the cafeteria you're referring to located in the BO headquarters? Oh, wow, so it really is located in a crematorium! *headdesks* I really shouldn't speed read so much. . . .

Oh, and speaking of more reading-comprehension fail, I got a bit confused with Shiho's flashback. *sweatdrops* If I understood things correctly, Shiho and Akemi's parents recently died . . . so what's with the funeral with their parents a couple years ago? Oh, wait, I reread that part, and I get it now! *facepalms* Though if the BO didn't bother with funerals, how exactly did the Miyanos get to go to one? Considering the nature of Atsushi and Elena's work, I can't exactly imagine them having connections outside of the BO, that is, unless it had something to do with Akemi, who was allowed to live a normal life. And, now, I find myself thinking they had gone to Akemi's ballet teacher's funeral—ack, what is with me?! I'm clearly overanalyzing things here again and, thus, I apologize.

I now seriously have a yearning to see fanart of little Akemi in a tutu and Shiho; if I could draw, I would totally draw this! (By the way, it's a good thing they weren't in an actual funeral because if that were the case, I'd seriously be wondering whether Akemi's dancing would be acceptable in Japanese culture, BO or not.) Oh, and maybe a young Amuro would be nice, too, since he has met Akemi and Shiho's parents~ (It wouldn't surprise me at all if he has a thing for Akemi, since we all know just how much Aoyama-sensei loves childhood-friend pairings. That said, I am all for the Rye/Akemi/Bourbon love triangle, so long as that's not the sole reason behind Shuuichi and Amuro's rivalry. I swear, if it turns out romance is the only reason [though it wouldn't surprise me the slightest bit], I will totally facepalm.)

"Little sis"? Hmm, for some reason, I'd always imagined that Akemi would refer to her younger sister as "Shiho-chan" or just plain old "Shiho". Though now that I think about it, "little sis" sounds quite appropriate, too! (And, now, I'm not quite sure about the point of this whole paragraph here, sigh.)


Next comment, the conclusion! (It really surprises me that I used to struggle in writing detailed, non-generic fic reviews—do you remember those?—when I first got into this fandom; then again, maybe it's because I've only watched a few episodes and didn't know all that much about the manga. Yeah, that must be it.)
ran_mouri82
Oct. 8th, 2012 08:09 pm (UTC)
Re: My Review for "In Your Memory" (Part II)
Aww! Thank you so much! One of my biggest struggles is in writing detailed, evocative descriptions; I probably messed around with that intro for hours. My advice? Forget perfect, and just ask yourself if it says what you want it to say.

Believe it or not, Japanese crematoria have cafeterias. That's because the family has to wait for the body to be cremated for several hours; once its cool, the family returns to pick the bones in a special ceremony. In the scenario of this fic, I think the Org members skipped that, too, and instead of placing the remains in urns just arranged for the remains to be discreetly disposed of elsewhere.

I envisioned the referenced funeral as being for one of Atsushi or Elena's last remaining connections. Yes, you do tend to overanalyze, but that points to a special, helpful quality. You can notice things other people miss! A welcome trait for a mystery fan~

Ha ha, yes, I can't see even Akemi dancing in the middle of any funeral! Dancing in a crematorium is weird enough! Amuro's connection with the Miyanos is as vague as Vermouth's, so I didn't want to go there, but I could see a skilled writer trying to integrate him in this setting.

"Little sis" was my translation of imouto-chan, much like I imagined Shiho calling Akemi onee-san. My Japanese is extremely basic, so I'm not sure what they would've called each other. This just seemed to fit. If I can find an example of Akemi calling her Shiho, I'll probably go back and change it.

Yeah, I know the feeling. In LiveJournal panfandom RP games, I usually had that problem with reviewing characterization. Even if I got the distinct impression a character was OOC, without being a fan of that character's series, I had no evidence to support my criticism.
ran_dezvous
Oct. 7th, 2012 04:25 am (UTC)
My Review for "In Your Memory" (Part III)
And, now, for the last part of this mini novella:


Not gonna lie, regardless whether she remains as Ai or returns to being Shiho, I would really love to see that scene between her and Shuuichi (since when did you start calling him Akai, anyway?) at the end of the series. (And, no, this has nothing to do with me wanting to hear Hayashibara Megumi sing for the series!) The both of them are so much in character in this piece~

Speaking of Shuuichi and Shiho, I'm curious, but what do you think of them as a pairing? I'm not exactly a 'shipper of these two, but given Aoyama-sensei's recent obsession with pairing everyone up, Shuuichi seems to be the most likely candidate for Shiho's lover—if she decides to take the antidote, that is. (I think we've discussed during our e-mail exchanges whether she'll take it or not, but I can't seem to remember what your stand is. *smacks self for deleting your older e-mails* Though considering how Shiho-centric (♥) a lot of your fics are recently, I think I already know your answer, but one can never hurt to make sure, right?) That car scene between them in File 811 is pretty suggestive, after all.

I must admit, I was a bit worried when you said you had a plunnie about Shiho angsting; I'm not quite sure why, as I don't have a problem with angst. But, really, it's not as angsty as I thought it would have been. It's a bit dark and gloomy, yes, since it deals with death and funerals, but it has an optimistic and hopeful end as well—a testament to Shiho's newfound strength and resilience.

The song that Shiho sings at the end (I wonder what Shinichi's reaction would be if he saw that), that's "Nanatsu no Ko", right? (I came to this conclusion even before I saw the Music field of your post, I swear!) If that's the case, you totally win the Internet for referencing that! The crow flying away at the end is also a nice touch—quite poignant, really. Oh, and that reminds me, I've never actually listened to the song or looked up the lyrics; I need to remember to do that some time. (Speaking of songs, I never heard of Florence + the Machine before! I need to look up "Only If for a Night" as well!)

P.S. By the way, where does Akemi mention this line, "I'm sure this will make her happy now"? And which file is your image of Akemi from? Thank you so much in advance!

P.P.S. I don't mean to be anal, but if you want to be consistent with following the Japanese order of naming, it should be "Moboroshi Dai", not "Dai Moboroshi". Going by that logic, this means she'd probably refer to him as "Moboroshi-kun" or "Moboroshi-san" (probably the latter, though, since he's older), and not "Dai-kun".

P.P.P.S. I don't mean to be even more anal, but wouldn't it be better if you combine your "fanfiction" and "fanfics" tags (which you can do here)? Though if your intention is to differentiate between your pre-hiatus and post-hiatus fics . . . please don't mind me! *runs away and hides*

P.P.P.P.S. So that this comment ends on a positive and not-so-anal note, once again, thank you so much! ♥ ♥ ♥

Edited at 2012-10-07 04:27 am (UTC)
ran_mouri82
Oct. 8th, 2012 09:28 pm (UTC)
Re: My Review for "In Your Memory" (Part III)
Thanks, that scene was a bit of wish fulfillment for me. I wrote Shuu (hee!) as Akai because I was telling the story from Shiho's perspective, and it just seemed to fit. Oh my goodness, yes, Megu needs to seriously sing for this series. If she ever sang an opening song, or even a character song, I would squeal to the heavens!

Thank you forever for confirming they were in character! That's always my highest goal. Everything else comes second because in fanfic, I firmly believe the characters make the story.

I don't see those two as a pairing because it doesn't seem like Aoyama's going there. The car scene suggests Okiya's got something to hide under that scarf, something he claims Ai's not meant to see. If anything, I see Shuuichi as a lone wolf unless someone like Jodie convinces him otherwise. I'm inclined to believe Ai will take the antidote because I see it as part and parcel of her freedom to be herself. Last night's episode of Once Upon A Time, an American TV show, described my feelings well when a main character regained memories of being a fairytale character. He told the others that who he is now and who he was before are both part of who he is, so he would not wish to lose either part. Similarly, I think Shiho would want to face her fears and embrace life in her true size, letting what she learned in her shrunken state guide her.

Good to know you liked it! Yes, I enjoy angst, not wangst.

Yup, it's "Nanatsu no Ko"! Here are the lyrics and a melancholy piano version. "Only If For A Night" is, at its heart, about dealing with grief. Here are the best lyrics I could find, though I think the bridge should read "my doe, my dear, my darling". I also love Florence's songs, "Cosmic Love" and "Shake It Out", the latter of which I also think applies to Shiho.

P.S. It was during the flashback, when Akemi said, "Since Mom always liked it when I practiced ballet, I'm sure this will make her happy now."

P.P.S. Thanks for spotting that. Various wikis tend to post names given-first, family-second, so I got thrown off and thought Dai was the family name. Fixed it!

P.P.P.S. I made the "fanfiction" tag on my new Dreamwidth account by accident; lately, I've been crossposting to LJ from there. I didn't care about having two tags, though your link made me think "Eh, why not? It's a rare holiday and I've got time." Normally, I wouldn't appreciate such a comment because I don't have time for minutiae.

P.P.P.P.S. You're so welcome! ♥♥♥

P.P.P.P.P.S. If you want, I'd love to go all fansane (another brand of insane) with you and talk about what's right or wrong with Shin/Ran. Though I love the pairing, I don't see myself as a shipper in the sense of "I love it so I want it", but as a canon devotee who loves it because the author I like wrote it that way. In other words, unlike hardcore shippers, I don't see opposition to the pairing as a threat and would love to chat. Toodles!
ran_dezvous
Mar. 10th, 2016 08:40 pm (UTC)
Hey, there! I know we haven't talked in ages, but hello, regardless. :3 How are you? I hope you're doing well.

I was just rereading this fic before my perception is forever changed by the possibility that Akemi and Shiho are half or non-biological sisters—not that I think that it would diminish their sisterly love, but I wanted to savor their relationship as we had always known it before it's confirmed that Elena and Mrs. Akai are sisters. . . . I have to say, though, it's pretty impressive that your fic still fits with canon three and a half years later, which is such a challenge for an ongoing, mystery-laden series such as Conan! If the inspiration ever strikes you, I would be thrilled to see a sequel featuring Shiho and Rei (up to you whether Shuuichi's also there or not)! Rei's connection to Elena is absolutely eating me alive. . . . (On a slightly tangetial note, how did you find the Scarlet Series?)

P.S. Good grief, I can't believe I'd forgotten to reply to the comments here! *hangs head in shame* It's quite interesting, reading them now. . . .
ran_mouri82
Mar. 10th, 2016 09:33 pm (UTC)
Yo! It's so good to hear from you. I've been busy with my latest promotion; now I'm handling mortgages. I haven't used LJ in ages, but I'm semi-active on ff.net. How have you been?

I'm a few chapters behind in the manga right now, stuck in the middle of the all-girl band case, so I'll ping you with my thoughts once I've caught up.
ran_dezvous
Mar. 19th, 2016 08:55 pm (UTC)
Sorry for the late reply! *kowtows*

I'm all right, despite the fact I've been quite sickly these past few years. Don't worry, though, it's nothing life threatening! :D Health issues aside, I finally got to visit Japan (twice!) last year, so it's not all that bad. ;P I haven't made my way to Tottori, though, but maybe someday!

I'm still on LJ, but I've mostly been a lurker, though (because I'm a horrible blogger/commenter like that). I also have you on my Author Alerts on FF.N, and it's been really nice to see you writing again! (I really should get back to writing, too! *sobs*) Sorry I haven't been able to leave any reviews, but I've read all of your Conan updates! I tried reading your first Undertale fic, but I ended up not understanding anything. *sweatdrops* (Never heard of the fandom, sorry about that!)

Congratulations on your promotion! Hmm, guess this means I should save my replies to your other comments once you get caught up, then! I actually just caught up with half a year's worth of manga last January myself! Interesting things are happening in the manga right now; Aoyama-sensei has stuck with the same plot thread for three consecutive cases now, which is pretty unusual of him. I do hope you can find the time to catch up soon; I'd love to be able to talk about the series with you just like old times!

(And if you haven't seen the trailer for Movie 20, you totally should—it's absolutely hype-tastic! It does make one wonder, though, "Shouldn't this be the kind of stuff that happens in canon?")
Michelle Ramonetti
Jun. 10th, 2016 12:28 pm (UTC)
Ugh, didn't want to have to reply via FB, but trying to log in is a massive pain.

Just wanted to drop you a line since I've been slowly catching up. On chp. 948!
Michelle Ramonetti
Jun. 10th, 2016 01:14 pm (UTC)
So sorry for your health struggles. Any challenges to health are never fun. But glad you went to Japan!

Thanks for still following my fics, and even checking out my Undertale stuff. No worries, it's a video game with its own lore and all kinds of AUs.

All I can say on Conan so far is I like how Aoyama went from introducing Akai's relatives and Bourbon to hinting at a more complex backstory and set of relationships with the Miyanos. LOL, and if anyone doubted Ai was really 18, she confirmed it.

Have not caught up with the movies yet. Think I stalled out around Movie 16.
ran_dezvous
Jun. 17th, 2016 08:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks, and you're very welcome! I miss you writing fics for Conan, though!

All I can say on Conan so far is I like how Aoyama went from introducing Akai's relatives and Bourbon to hinting at a more complex backstory and set of relationships with the Miyanos.

Wow, I'm glad to see you still have a positive view of the series. :) Fandom sentiments have been really negative post-Scarlet Series, especially on DCTP and DCW. Honestly, it took me a while to digest the reveal about Bourbon myself (as much as I adore the character), but I've decided to give Aoyama-sensei the benefit of the doubt. :) Plus, I really don't want to fall into the slippery slope kind of mentality. That's not to say it hasn't been hard at times, though. In any case, I'm determined to stick through this series 'till the very end, through good times and bad.

That said, like many others, I'm really not a fan of the possibility of the Akai and the Miyano families (and possibly every major family in the series) being related. :( I'm not really sure what's there to gain from it, aside from Shiho magically gaining a ton load of relatives. :( Not that I don't want her to be happy, but this isn't exactly the direction I hoped her character would have. :( I'm not the biggest fan of this Akai family subplot, to be honest. Mary is shaping up to be quite the interesting character, though.

Chapter 948, huh? So close! That's two more cases before the much awaited Scotch-Rye-Bourbon backstory! It got mixed reactions from fans, though.

LOL, and if anyone doubted Ai was really 18, she confirmed it.

Ahahaha, the scene was great! Oh, and Aoyama-sensei did actually confirm Shiho's age in an interview long ago. *too lazy to look for it at the moment*

Have not caught up with the movies yet. Think I stalled out around Movie 16.

I haven't either, to be honest. I still haven't finished Movies 7, 11, and 19, for some reason; I really should get around to them at sone point, especially Movie 7 since next year's movie is Heiji/Kazuha. Oh, and Movie 20's going be showing in my country next month! I'm so excited for Rei and Shuuichi to take center stage~ ♥ I'm definitely not going to miss the opportunity to see this movie in an actual theater!
Michelle Ramonetti
Jun. 19th, 2016 02:07 pm (UTC)
Now up to File 959!

I'm taking a wait and see attitude with the family relationships, but I'm pleased at Aoyama digging into things about Ai and Shuuichi in general. One thing that bugs me is, while I get that Aoyama has his mystery-of-the-day structure, it makes no sense for Conan and Shuuichi to keep secrets from each other. I'd be wary of Amuro because of how much he hates Shuuichi, but dangit, at this point Conan and Shuu are secret-identity twins. And Aoyama's been reflecting this in many panels!

Random side note, I'm glad Heiji's trying to confess to Kazuha, though he's being a total dork about it.

It's super you're going to see Movie 20 in theaters! Enjoy!
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