Art Museum Owner Murder Case

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Episode 8
(Int. Episode 8)

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Title: Art Museum Owner Murder Case
Japanese title: 美術館オーナー殺人事件
(Bijutsukan Ōnā Satsujin Jiken)
Original airdate: February 26, 1996
January 21, 2017 (Remastered version)
Broadcast rating: 13.1%
Remastered rating: 7.4%
Manga case: #9
Season: 1
Manga source: Volume 4: Files 1-3 (030-032)
English version
English title: The Art Museum Murder Case
Dubbed episode: Episode 8
English airdate: June 3, 2004
Cast: Conan Edogawa
Kogoro Mouri
Ran Mouri
Juzo Megure
Detective Boys
Case solved by: Conan Edogawa
Kogoro Mouri
Next Conan's Hint: Ballpoint pen
Moving armor (Remastered version)
Director: Kenji Kodama
Screenplay: Kazunari Kouchi
Storyboard: Ryo Yasumura
Episode director: Keitaro Motonaga
Animation Director: Satoshi Ishino
Character Design: Masatomo Sudo
Opening song: Mune ga Dokidoki
Closing song: STEP BY STEP
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Art Museum Owner Murder Case (美術館オーナー殺人事件 Bijutsukan Ōnā Satsujin Jiken?) is the 8th episode of Detective Conan anime.




Two security guards at the Beika Art Museum see a medieval suit of armor moving on its own. Ran hears the rumor and wants to visit the museum; when Conan and Kogoro mock her for believing it might be true, she forces them to come along after her fearsome display of smashing Kogoro's deck with her fist. While admiring a painting, Ran meets Ochiai, the curator of the museum, who explains his love for the art and then berates a museum worker named Kubota for not handling a painting properly. Another worker, Iijima, takes over the job before they are interrupted by the museum's new owner, Manaka, arriving with an architect. The museum will be demolished soon to make a casino, despite the sale having hinged on the promise to keep the museum open. After Kubota accidentally drops a helmet, Manaka mentions his plans to sell all the museum pieces, which frustrates Kubota enough to throw it down after, but Conan notices that Ochiai doesn't lecture Kubota this time.

Conan, Kogoro and Ran visit the rest of the museum. As they are about to leave, Ran notices a previously closed gallery has reopened and convinces the other two to come along. In the "Hell Gallery" they first see a large painting of a knight having stabbed a demon in the name of justice, as the wrath of heaven. Ran then hears a dripping sound and turns to find that Manaka has been pinned to the opposite wall by a sword through the throat.


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Location: Beika Art Museum "Hell Gallery"
Victim: Manaka
Cause of death: Stab wound on the throat
Suspect: Kubota
Manaka, the new owner of the Beika Art Museum, is found dead in one of the exhibit rooms. The murder scene is a tableau of Divine Punishment, a painting depicting a righteous knight who battled the devil and imprisoned it.

Inspector Megure arrives to investigate, and he, Kogoro, and Conan check the surveillance cameras to see if the culprit was recorded. However, the murderer had been lying in wait in the guise of a knight's suit of armor.

The surveillance camera caught all of Manaka's brutal murder, multiple stabbings ending with him pinned to the wall and the knight walking away, towards the camera — exactly like, Kogoro and Conan realize, the painting in the gallery. Because the gallery was blocked off at 4 p.m. but re-opened by 5 p.m., and the video timestamps set the murder at about 4:30 p.m., Inspector Megure deduces that the murderer must be a museum worker. Conan also notices that Manaka tried to write something on a piece of paper between the first attack and his death; while he threw the pen away, the paper remains crumpled in his hand, and names Kubota as the killer. Kubota has no alibi as Ochiai had him doing a task in the office, where he was alone. He has motive because, as Iijima reveals, the owner wanted Kubota to repay the money he'd made selling pieces off secretly.

Conan finds a pen on the ground, which anyone in the museum could have forgotten on the table. It matches the video image and has ink, so Inspector Megure concludes that it was the pen Manaka used. Kubota is detained as they wait for the suit of armor to be found. Conan is unsatisfied with Kubota's apparent carelessness and why he would mirror a painting when he has no great love for art. He's also not sure if he's really the suspect. When Conan went back to the surveillance camera room, he lies the police officers that Inspector Megure needs help. When the police officers went out, he has now the chance to watch the surveillance footage one more time. He notices that Manaka looks shocked when he sees the paper he writes on, and realizes that the pen Conan found had its point retracted, when there wouldn't have been reason or time for Manaka to retract it before throwing it away. Conan tricks his way into re-examining the dying message, and finds inkless scribbles over the original writing. The police find the armor in Kubota's locker, but Conan has figured out the truth and knows the murderer's trick.


  • Resolution


    • "Divine Punishment" is modeled after archangel Michael as he's casting a demon out of Heaven.

    Remastered version

    A remastered version of this case was aired on January 21, 2017.

    Manga to anime changes

    • In the anime, Ran smashed Korogo's desk to make him and Conan come to the museum. In the manga, she smashed a storage locker.
    • At the end of the case in the manga version, Kogoro Mouri is shown reading a newspaper article about himself because he helped the police solve the murder of the museum's owner. This marks the first claim to fame of Kogoro. In the anime version, this is replaced with a scene of the Detective Boys discussing about the aftermath of the museum, and their plan of investigating a case about a "moving skeleton" at night.

    Translation changes


    • The names of the characters in the Funimation Dub are:
    • Ochiai - Mr. O'Donnell
    • Iijima - Isaac
    • While Manaka and Kubota retain their names in the English Dub, they are named Morrison and Kowalski respectively in the ending credits.

    BGM listing

    # Song Title Romaji Translation OST
    1 胸がドキドキ Mune ga Dokidoki The Pounding of My Heart Mune ga Dokidoki
    2 蘭のテーマ Ran no Tēma Ran's Theme Detective Conan Original Soundtrack 1
    3 蘭・愛のテーマ Ran・Ai no Tēma Ran's Love Theme Detective Conan Original Soundtrack 1
    4 脅迫 (パート2) Kyōhaku (Pāto 2) Threat (Part 2) Detective Conan Original Soundtrack 2
    5 悪のテーマ (パート2) Aku no Tēma (Pāto 2) Theme of Evil (Part 2) Detective Conan Original Soundtrack 2
    6 悪のテーマ (パート1) Aku no Tēma (Pāto 1) Theme of Evil (Part 1) Detective Conan Original Soundtrack 2
    7 沈む夕陽 Shizumu Yūhi Depressing Sunset Detective Conan Original Soundtrack 1
    8 推理 (不気味ver.) Suiri (Bukimi ver.) Deduction (Ominous ver.) Detective Conan Original Soundtrack 2
    9 事件現場 (オリジナルver.) Jiken Genba (Orijinaru ver.) Scene of the Case (Original ver.) Detective Conan Original Soundtrack 2
    10 推理 (オリジナルver.) Suiri (Orijinaru ver.) Deduction (Original ver.) Detective Conan Original Soundtrack 2
    11 事件現場 (オリジナルver.) Jiken Genba (Orijinaru ver.) Scene of the Case (Original ver.) Detective Conan Original Soundtrack 2
    12 悪のテーマ (パート2) Aku no Tēma (Pāto 2) Theme of Evil (Part 2) Detective Conan Original Soundtrack 2
    13 対決のテーマ (落ち着きver.) Taiketsu no Tēma (Ochitsuki ver.) Showdown Theme (Calm ver.) Detective Conan Original Soundtrack 2
    14 名探偵コナン・メインテーマ (ヴォーカル・ヴァージョン) Meitantei Konan・Mein Tēma (Vōkaru・Vājon) Detective Conan Main Theme (Vocal Version) Detective Conan Original Soundtrack 1
    16 事件解決 (意気揚々ver.) Jiken Kaiketsu (Ikiyōyō ver.) Case Resolution (Triumphant ver.) Detective Conan Original Soundtrack 2


    In other languages

    Language Title Translation
    Flag of Arabic Arabic جريمة في دار الآثار العامة A Crime in the Public Museum
    Flag of Malaysia Bahasa Melayu Kes Pembunuhan Pemilik Muzium Seni The Art Museum Owner Murder Case
    Flag of Basque Country Basque Hilketa Arte Museoan
    Flag of Catalonia Catalan (Catalan dub) El cas de l'assassinat del museu d'art The Art Museum Murder Case
    Flag of Valencia Catalan (Valencian dub) Assassinat en el museu d'art Murder in Art Museum
    Flag of China Chinese (Simplified) 美术馆杀人事件 Art Museum Murder Case
    Flag of France French Meurtre au musée Murder in Museum
    Flag of Galicia Galician Asasinato no museo de Belas Artes Murder in the Fine Arts Museum
    Flag of Germany German Die Strafe des Himmels The Punishment of Heaven
    Flag of Italy Italian Mistero al museo Mistery at Museum
    Flag of Poland Polish Morderstwo w muzeum sztuki Murder in an Art Museum
    Flag of Portugal Portuguese Assassinato no Museu de Arte Murder in the Art Museum
    Flag of US Spanish (American dub) El caso del asesinato en el museo de arte The Art Museum Murder Case
    Flag of Spain Spanish (Castilian dub) Asesinato en el museo de arte Murder in the Art Museum
    Flag of Thailand Thai คดีฆาตกรรมเจ้าของหอศิลป์ Art Museum Owner Murder Case
    Flag of Vietnam Vietnamese Án mạng tại bảo tàng Trung Cổ Art Museum Owner Murder Case

    See also

    Episodes of Season 1
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