2014 New Years Predictions?

*checks calendar*

Hey, it’s annual update time!

Happy New Year, everyone!  364 days is the longest I’ve ever gone without a new post since this site’s creation, and since I didn’t submit my most recent stuff until literally the last minute of 2013, you might as well just bump that number up to a full 365.  It’s pathetic, and I know it.  January 1st is turning into my annual apology day, it seems.  But hey, I’ve paid such little attention to this blog that all of you probably didn’t even expect me to update anyway.  So really, I disappointed nobody!

… That sounded better in my head.

Anyway, you might have noticed that I posted 11 new comparisons in 2013 (and all on New Year’s Eve, to boot).  We’re finally finished with “season” one!  Well… almost.  The first thing you might notice about these newest comparisons is that they’re… not quite finished.  My “thoughts” sections are much shorter than what you’ve probably come to expect, and you’ll notice that I don’t even go into too much detail about the edits beyond merely listing them.  That’s because all of these are currently in the “first draft” stage.  I usually don’t upload a comparison until it’s in the “third draft” stage (at the earliest), but I went ahead and posted them anyway because I so badly wanted to meet my New Year’s Eve deadline.  Basically, they’re good enough to post and spark discussion, but not quite up to my usual standards of quality and detail.

In addition, my internet’s been acting awfully strange.  I’ve been trying all week to upload the screencaps I took for these comparisons, but nothing on my side is cooperating.  I know, excuses, excuses.  THE POINT IS, over the next few days** you can expect these pages to be updated with images, additional information, and my usual essays.  Then we can finally progress into “season” two.

** I really do mean the “next few days,” by the way.  None of that “goodbye until next January!” nonsense I pulled last year.

Hmm, what else?  I was going to go over my predictions from last year, until I realized that I only made one prediction.

Since this year’s movie seems to be about the ocean and battleships, I predict we’ll get some sort of “Sea Selection” DVD with some of the series’ most popular water-based episodes.

Boy, was I wrong.  2013 gave us a lot of new Detective Conan goodies (nine music CDs, TWO feature films, a 3DS game, etc.), but no new wave (pun intended) of water-related discs.  Instead, Japan saw new “Character Selection” discs for Heiji Hattori and Kaitō Kid (the second volume for each), along with a compilation DVD focusing on Professor Agasa’s gadgets and another DVD compiling the entire “Desperate Revival” story arc.  Pretty random, but still cool.

So, predictions for this year?  Viz will stay the same.  They started releasing the Case Closed manga digitally last year.  It’s nice to see them keeping the series relevant.  I was very disappointed to see that they didn’t revise their translation at all (Gin and Vodka are still “Melkior” and “Kaspar” in the early volumes, for example).  You’d think that would have been the perfect opportunity to fix things.  What a waste.

FUNimation will stay the same.  FUNi actually put the series (dub and sub) up for online streaming last year, so that’s pretty cool.  None of the Cartoon Network video edits were fixed, though.  I e-mailed them about that (… twice) and was never acknowledged.  Oh, well.  I was only trying to help.  I would say that FUNimation’s the one to watch this year, but I only say that because they’re less predictable than Viz.  Do I think it’s enough to expect any Case Closed news from them, though?  I certainly wouldn’t make any bets.

So… yawn?  As for me and my contribution to the fandom, I’m hoping to finish the “season” two comparisons by year’s end.

Hey, quit laughing.  It could happen.

Japan usually plays things pretty safe as well, so I don’t expect anything crazy from them this year.  After all, we just had that Lupin The Third crossover film.  I think TMS will take it easy this year.  I do enjoy predicting the next batch of “Character Selection” DVDs, though!  Hmm, this is harder since they’re apparently giving certain characters multiple volumes.  I still think Satō, Takagi, or Inspector Megure deserve their own discs, so I’m going to stick with that.

Be sure to post your predictions in the comments!  Here’s to a fantastic 2014!

- MagicBox

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Episode 025 – “The Fake Abduction Ransom Case”

Japanese Episode 025: “The Fake Abduction Ransom Case”
American Episode 026: “The Counterfeit Ransom Kidnapping”
Original Japanese Air Date: July 22, 1996
Original American Air Date: July 06, 2004
Based On Manga: No
Next Conan’s Hint: Reflex Action (Dub Hint: “9:00″)
Original Version Written By: Yūichi Higurashi
Original Version Directed By: Kenji Kodama
American Version Written By: Eric Vale & David Haynes
American Version Directed By: Christopher Bevins

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Episode 024 – “The Mysterious Beauty With Amnesia Case”

Japanese Episode 024: “The Mysterious Beauty With Amnesia Case”
American Episode 025: “Better Off Forgotten”
Original Japanese Air Date: July 15, 1996
Original American Air Date: July 05, 2004
Based On Manga: No
Next Conan’s Hint: Scuba Gear
Original Version Written By: Junichi Miyashita
Original Version Directed By: Kenji Kodama
American Version Written By: Eric Vale & Matt Chaney
American Version Directed By: Christopher Bevins

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Episode 023 – “The Luxury Liner Serial Murder Case (Part 2)”

Japanese Episode 023: “The Luxury Liner Serial Murder Case (Part 2)”
American Episode 024: “Smooth Sailing (Part 2)”
Original Japanese Air Date: July 08, 1996
Original American Air Date: July 01, 2004
Based On Manga: Files 023-025 (Volume 03, Chapters 04-06)
Next Conan’s Hint: Pendant
Original Version Organized By: Kuchiru Kazehara
Original Version Directed By: Kenji Kodama
American Version Written By: Eric Vale & Andrew Rye
American Version Directed By: Eric Vale

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Episode 022 – “The Luxury Liner Serial Murder Case (Part 1)”

Japanese Episode 022: “The Luxury Liner Serial Murder Case (Part 1)”
American Episode 023: “Smooth Sailing (Part 1)”
Original Japanese Air Date: July 01, 1996
Original American Air Date: June 30, 2004
Based On Manga: Files 020-022 (Volume 03, Chapters 01-03)
Next Conan’s Hint: Sketch Book
Original Version Organized By: Kenji Kodama
Original Version Directed By: Kenji Kodama
American Version Written By: Eric Vale & Matt Chaney
American Version Directed By: Eric Vale

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Episode 021 – “The TV Drama Set Murder Case”

Japanese Episode 021: “The TV Drama Set Murder Case”
American Episode 022: “Lights, Camera… Murder”
Original Japanese Air Date: June 24, 1996
Original American Air Date: June 29, 2004
Based On Manga: No
Next Conan’s Hint: Bread Crumbs
Original Version Written By: Kōjin Ochi
Original Version Directed By: Kenji Kodama
American Version Written By: Matt Chaney
American Version Directed By: Mike McFarland

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Episode 020 – “The Haunted House Murder Case”

Japanese Episode 020: “The Haunted House Murder Case”
American Episode 021: “The Disappearing Act”
Original Japanese Air Date: June 17, 1996
Original American Air Date: June 28, 2004
Based On Manga: Files 017-019 (Volume 02, Chapters 08-10)
Next Conan’s Hint: Fu Dog (Dub Hint: “Shrine God”)
Original Version Organized By: Kuchiru Kazehara
Original Version Directed By: Kenji Kodama
American Version Written By: Eric Vale & Matt Chaney
American Version Directed By: Eric Vale

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