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

  1. #1 by Bryce on January 4, 2014 - 2:27 PM

    Actually, I have heard that there may be some big revelations this year, as well as a new Black Org case, considering that 2014 is Detective Conan’s anniversary.

    Also, you did not mention the digital releases on iTunes and other stores from FUNimation.

    Anyway, it is nice to know that you have not forgotten about this place entirely.

  2. #2 by KID1412 on January 4, 2014 - 10:37 PM

    Good to see that you’re still working on the website. I can’t wait to go through all the new stuff you’ve posted. I predict in 2014 in America we’ll have 4 new manga volumes and nothing new with the anime. I don’t really follow the latest happenings in Japan so I have no predictions there.

  3. #3 by MagicBox on January 5, 2014 - 3:04 PM

    Nice to hear from you guys again! Thanks for continuing to pop in every now and then. It makes me happy that you guys are still reading and commenting even after the lack of activity here.

    I’m revising everything on the site as quickly as I can. I’ve already updated the TMS Edits page for the umpteenth time and have been going through revising all the comparisons starting with episode 001. After all this, I hope to be able to put my “season one” DVDs away for a LONG time. I can practically recite every episode in both languages after watching them so much.

    • #4 by Bryce on January 5, 2014 - 6:33 PM

      Yeah, lack of activity does kind of bore me, but that does not mean you are irrelevant, since your notes helped me find something wrong with the fourth season set, which Detective Conan World could not help me with, when I was covering it.

      Would have helped if you had all 123 of the dubbed episodes covered, but I know you have things to deal with, so fansubs, manga, and Detective Conan World seem to be the only things that can help me spot issues.

      • #5 by MagicBox on January 5, 2014 - 6:46 PM

        You’re welcome to leave a question in the comments if there’s ever something you’d like to know. I’m always happy to answer if I’m able to. :)

        There’s no telling how far I’d be if my standards weren’t so high. It’s embarrassing how many times I’ve gone back and rewritten comparisons that I’ve already finished. I’m stubborn about tinkering with things until I think they’re perfect, but I’m going to have to get better about that because I’ve been on “season one” for years and I *need* to move on. There are only so many times I can stomach watching episode 001.

      • #6 by Bryce on January 5, 2014 - 6:59 PM

        Thanks, MagicBox. I’ll keep that in mind when I start covering the fifth season set, though I’d feel more comfortable doing that through email, so that the comments do not get overrun with my questions.

  4. #7 by Daniel on January 24, 2014 - 8:09 PM

    I’m glad to see the rest of season one up, even if it’s a work in progress. With FUNimation starting to release anime in a subtitled-only Japanese audio format, I’m sorta hoping Case Closed can get that sorta treatment. It’s probably pointless, but I’ll never stop hoping for more. I’m glad at least Viz has kept releasing the manga.

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