Distinguished Family's Consecutive Accidental Death Case

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Episode 77-78

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Information
Title: Distinguished Family's Consecutive Accidental Death Case
Japanese title: 名家連続変死事件
(Meika Renzoku Henshi Jiken)
Broadcast rating: 19.1%
19.8%
Manga case: #42
Original airdate: October 20, 1997 (Part 1)
October 27, 1997 (Part 2)
Season: 3
Manga source: Volume 15: File 10 (150) ~
Volume 16: File 3 (153)
FUNimation version
English title: Mysterious Masked Murder
Dubbed episode: Episode 80-81
Case
Cast: Conan Edogawa
Ran Mouri
Kogoro Mouri
Heiji Hattori
Juzo Megure
Wataru Takagi
Heizo Hattori
Seiji Asoh
Case solved by: Kogoro Mouri (via Conan)
Next Conan's Hint: Great detective of the West (Part 1)
Fountain pen (Part 2)
Staff
Director: Kenji Kodama
Organizer: 77 Kenji Kodama
78 Yasuichiro Yamamoto
Storyboard: 77 Kenji Kodama
78 Yasuichiro Yamamoto
Episode director: 77 Masato Sato
78 Yasuichiro Yamamoto
Animation director: 77 Akio Kawamura
78 Keiko Sasaki
Music
Opening song: Nazo
Closing song: Kimi ga Inai Natsu
Chronology
Prev episode: « Conan vs. Kaitou Kid
Next episode: The Bank Heist Murder Case »
List of episodes


Cast[edit]

Gadgets[edit]

Case[edit]

Situation[edit]

Part 1[edit]

Kogoro is recommended by someone to a wealthy family for a routine assignment: the very old and sickly leader of the clan, Dousan Nagato, wishes to find his first love before he dies. With the police roaming around the house, though, Conan begins to wonder if that's really all there is to it. His answer comes when suddenly, Heiji Hattori joins the group alongside his father Heizo, an old friend of the chairman who was supposed to take up the case, but recomended Kogoro instead. Bad thing, Heiji calls out to Conan by his actual name of "Shinichi Kudo" (not knowing that Conan hasn't told Ran and Kogoro about his identity), and they have to make up a quick lie to cover up.

Nagato's beautiful secretary, Miyuki Hyuuga, is in the old man's room as well, and she gives Kogoro a brief rundown of the few data they have on the woman he's supposed to find. Her name is Kotomi Akagi, she's from Kanagawa, married a man named Kouhei Yamato and they had a child, but they disappeared mysteriously five years after the kid's birth.

The two daughters of the family, Nobuko and Yasue, come into the old chairman's room. Nobuko seems to really hate Miyuki, so much that when she replies to one of her questions before Nagato does, Nobuko slaps her, mocks her old fountain pen, accuses her of being a gold digger and gets out of the room. The Chairman says she's just cranky since she's in her late 30's and, unlike her little sister and middle brother, she has no suitors. Conan thinks to himself that with such a personality, she'll never marry. Before leaving, Nagato asks Miyuki about someone named Hideomi, and she replies that she and this person are tied by "a destiny made of fire".

Soon, the mysterious Hideomi appears. He's the eldest son of the family, a novelist who covers his face with bandages after having suffered huge burns when he was in highschool, and his looks cause Heiji and Conan to freak out at first; according to Nagato, he could have his face fixed but he doesn't want that. He's joined by Mitsuaki, Yasue's husband and an old family friend. A flippant comment by him causes Hideomi to leave the room angrily, and later he tries to pressure Nagato into giving him more control of the family business. At that moment Heizo excuses himself from the upcoming birthday party, and says Heiji will be able to help Kogoro better.

The family party is a rather small and simple one, and in the middle of it Nagato announces that Miyuki and Hideomi are getting engaged. The reason why the chairman has let Miyuki spend some nights in the house was for her to know the house before moving in. Yasue, the butler Taki and Mitsuaki are pleased, but Nobuko leaves in an irate huff; again, Nagato and Mitsuaki believe it's because this means she'll be the only unmarried one. Hideomi hasn't showed up, however, and Mitsuaki goes look for him.

As everyone's getting ready to retire for the night and Conan fails to get Heiji to tell him the actual reason why he's here, the butler receives a call from Mitsuaki. He tells Nagato that he hasn't been able to find Hideomi, but suddenly he starts screaming and claiming that he's being attacked. The screams come from the room beneath Nagato's and when Kogoro goes to the balcony to see what's going on, he and the others see a person with a bandaged face just like Hideomi's, with a knife in his mouth.

Miyuki stays in the balcony, and everyone else save for Nagato run off to see what's going on. Then they hear Mitsuaki scream again, and few minutes later they find his lifeless body impaled in the fence.

Murder

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Location: Nagato household spike fence
Victim: Mitsuaki Nagato
Age: 36 years old
Cause of death: Impaled in fence
Suspects: Hideomi Nagato
The butler Take receives a phone call from Mitsuaki, telling him he's about to be stabbed by someone. Everyone apart from the chairman and Miyuki rushs to the room below that they saw someone with a knife in his mouth walking toward the balcony. By the time they were able to enter the room, Mitsuaki's corpse is found pierced by the fence atop the wall outside.

Megure, Takagi and a police group arrive to the Nagato mansion, and Kogoro says he's sure Hideomi was both the killer and the bandaged man. Miyuki objects and says Hideomi would never do such a thing, despite Yasue's insistence that her brother is the killer; she adds that Hideomi has commited mistakes in the past, but would never do something like this.

Heiji says that all they saw was someone with a bandaged face, but there's no confirmation on him being Hideomi. They explain the situation to Megure and begin speculating about what could've happened, and soon they interrogate the people around them starting with Miyuki, who explains that she was the last one to leave. Additionally, Conan notices a stabbing wound in Mitsuaki's hand, but the others believe it came from his hand hitting the fence as he fell on it.

The police also gathers evidence like a bloodied knife, bandages and a beanie hat, but there's no trace of Hideomi himself, and for worse no one has left the mansion so it's likely he's still hiding inside. Conan and Heiji realise that Ran and chairman Nagato are alone in the man's suite and they rush there, and find Nobuko as well, taking care of her sleeping father.

Nobuko says that she was drinking and ranting to a friend over the phone, and isn't surprised at all with the idea of Hideomi being killed by Mitsuaki. She tells them she that expecting it to happen, since they had come to hate each other after being friends from childhood, thanks to a terrible incident. Around 20 years ago, there was a fire in a nearby inn; the highschool-aged Mitsuaki and Hideomi passed by, and despite Mitsuaki's objections, Hideomi went into the burning building to see if there were any survivors. He managed to rescue a little girl, the daughter of the lodge's owners, but in exchange the once very handsome Hideomi was left with heavy scars on half his face, leading him to shut himself off the world and write his novels in his studio. She finishes the tale by revealing that the little girl is Miyuki Hyuga whom she again accuses of being a gold digger who had been taking advantage of Hideomi's frail mental state to seduce him and ultimately marry into the very rich Nagato family.

Nagato wakes up and tells Nobuko to stop. After his declaration is taken and the old man has a small emotional/physical crisis, Conan finally gets Heiji to spill out the beans: the "childhood love" issue is just an excuse from Nagato to call up the Hattoris and Kogoro, since in reality many odd things have been going on in the mansion (noises, lost things, etc.). Heiji's father at first wondered if there were thieves around, but now a murder has taken place, and Heiji thinks it's someone in the family. But if the murder was premeditated, Heiji wonders over that the murder went through with the plan in the present of Kogoro, who now have a reputation as a great detective. So was the killer just confident in his plan or had he reached a point of no return? He and Conan also observe that the evidence was obtained too easily and soon, and believe that the real culprit is trying to frame Hideomi for the murder of Mitsuaki.

On the second day of searching, Nobuko and Miyuki have a fight about Hideomi. Nobuko thinks Miyuki is implying that Hideomi didn't want to marry before his eldest sister did, and she gets so angry that she slaps Miyuki again, almost knocking her into a nearby abandoned fountain. This causes her fountain pen (the last present that she got from her parents) to fall in the pond, and Miyuki desperately gets inside to retrieve it despite how dangerous it can be. The water of the pond is drained, and Hideomi's lifeless corpse is found there.

Suicide?

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Location: Nagato household garden fountain
Victim: Hideomi Nagato
Age: 36 years old
Cause of death: Poison
Suspects: Kuranosuke Take, Miyuki Hyuga, Nobuko Nagato, and Yasue Nagato
During Miyuki's argument with Nobuko, her fountain pen falls into the pool in the courtyard. When the water is drained to recieve the pen, Hideomi's body is found on the bottom of the pool! Is this a suicide?

Part 2[edit]

Hideomi's corpse is pulled out of the water, and Yasue mourns him heavily. The forensic expert says Hideomi's been dead for at least two days, so Megure thinks that he might have killed Mitsuaki and drowned himself immediately afterwards. There's a flaw in that theory, however: Hideomi's death was caused by poisoning, NOT by drowning. Since there were many stones in his pockets, they wonder if Hideomi first took poison and then threw himself in the pond, the stones pulling his body to the bottom so he wouldn't found. Nobuko adds that, by the time Mitsuaki married Yasue, Hideomi never managed to see him as his brother-in-law, even when he didn't openly object to their marriage.

A letter is found in Hideomi's clothes, and it's a suicide note directed to his girlfriend Miyuki. It's a short one, where he apologizes for not being able to marry her after his sins and says only death can cleanse him. The cops bring more evidence: they found some strands of Hideomi's hair in the bag, the blood in the knife matches Mitsuaki's, and the big stab in Mitsuaki's corpse matches the knife blade.

Miyuki offers to go look for Hideomi's papers to compare the handwriting and somberly goes inside the house, ignoring how Ran offers her the pen. Nobuko tearfully says that Miyuki has only brought misfortune to the Nagatos and again calls her gold digger, but Ran goes look for her; she, Conan and Heiji find Miyuki kneeling on the door to Hideomi's studio, sobbing her heart out. The boys convince Ran to leave her alone and Heiji says he'll give her the pen later. She isn't convinced, but gives in and Heiji is surprised at both how old it is and at another detail something else.

Once Heiji and Conan are alone, they comment on how nothing really makes sense: Hideomi's actions contradict themselves, and for worse the suicide note is very ambiguous. They wonder if Hideomi was first forced to write it and then killed, but they decide against it as the pond looked almost completely untouched until they got there.

Heiji interrogates the guards and they tell him that no, no one has left the grounds; one of them, however, says that Mitsuaki approached them right before the birthday party and his own death, telling them to look for Hideomi and then hanging around the pond. In the meantime, Conan goes ask the household staff and specially the cooks: they say that Hideomi would lock himself in his studio to write and ate very few, but lately his appetite was better and he was more docile than usual when his sister Yasue helped him change his bandages. They also tell him that one of his bedsheets is missing.

Heiji and Conan check on the balconies, and notice odd marks on their bottoms. Then they get into Nobuko's room when she's not there, and Conan answers a phone call (using his bowtie to sound like Nobuko) that confirms her alibi. They manage to sneak into Hideomi's room, full of unused and dust-covered books, and listen to the messages in his telephone, which get them back on their tracks.

Checking on Mitsuaki and Yasue's room, the boys find more things, but then Ran and Miyuki come on in, and they're almost found out. Heiji quickly sends Ran to a nearby convenience store and before taking off with Conan, they say that in one hour, everyone should gather in Miyuki's room. Soon they 'tranquilize' Kogoro to use him to expose the case, but when Conan snoops aroud looking for the last piece, he checks on something else and turns somber.

People[edit]

Resolution[edit]

Manga to anime changes[edit]

  • In the anime, Miyuki doesn't make references to Hideomi's "mistakes from the past". She also says how everyone thought they had seen Hideomi but in reality they only saw a person with a bandaged face who could or could have not been him, whereas Heiji does this in the manga.
  • In the manga, Conan replaced the gasoline that the killer intended to use by emptying the geyser. In the anime, he replaced the gasoline with water.
  • In the anime, Conan makes a reference to his past failure to stop a suicide in Moonlight Sonata Murder Case when telling Heiji that letting a person commit suicide when it can be stopped is the same as killing the person oneself while that doesn't take place in the manga even though this may be what he meant when Conan asked Heiji if he had ever killed anyone before.

Translation changes[edit]

Anime[edit]

  • The names of the characters in the Funimation Dub are:
  • Kuranosuke Take - Butler Weathersbee
  • Dosan Nagato - Gerard Duford
  • Miyuki Hyuga - Nancy Nesbit
  • Nobuko Nagato - Zelda Dufour
  • Yasue Nagato - Zoe Dufour Gray
  • Hideomi Nagato - Roland Dufour
  • Mitsuaki Nagato - Mitchell Gray
  • Akagi Kitomi - Catherine Kline
  • Yamada (The person who called Dosan, only to get the answering machine) - Stanley Evans (The person who called Gerard, only to get the answering machine)
  • In the Funimation Dub, the clip played from "Moonlight Sonata Murder Case" contains voice over from the episode, whereas the original Japanese Version has the clip done without dialogue.

BGM listing[edit]

Part 1[edit]

# Song Title Romaji Translation OST
1 Nazo Mystery Nazo
2 蘭のテーマ (摩天楼ヴァージョン) Ran no Tēma (Mantenrō Vājon) Ran's Theme (Skyscraper ver.) Detective Conan "The Time-Bombed Skyscraper" Original Soundtrack
3 昼下がりの天使たち (摩天楼ヴァージョン) Hirusagari no Tenshitachi (Mantenrō Vājon) Early Afternoon Angels (Skyscraper ver.) Detective Conan "The Time-Bombed Skyscraper" Original Soundtrack
4 毛利小五郎のテーマ(ファンキーver.) Mōri Kogorō no Tēma (Fankii ver.) Kogoro Mouri's Theme (Funky ver.) Detective Conan Original Soundtrack 2
5 謎解き (その1) Nazotoki (Sono 1) Riddle Solution (Part 1) Detective Conan Original Soundtrack 3
6 事件現場 (謎ver.) Jiken Genba (Nazo ver.) Scene of the Case (Mystery ver.) Detective Conan Original Soundtrack 2
7 コナンの危機 Konan no Kiki Conan's Crisis Detective Conan Original Soundtrack Super Best
8 忍び寄る影 Shinobiyoru Kage Creeping Shadow Detective Conan Original Soundtrack 3
9 犯人のアジト (忍び込みver.) Hannin no Ajito (Shinobikomi ver.) The Culprit's Hideout (Creeping In ver.) Detective Conan Original Soundtrack 2
10 悪のテーマ (パート2) Aku no Tēma (Pāto 2) Theme of Evil (Part 2) 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 推理 (オリジナルver.) Suiri (Orijinaru ver.) Deduction (Original ver.) Detective Conan Original Soundtrack 2
13 君がいない夏 Kimi ga Inai Natsu The Summer Without You Kimi ga Inai Natsu

Part 2[edit]

# Song Title Romaji Translation OST
1 Nazo Mystery Nazo
2 名探偵コナン・メインテーマ (摩天楼ヴァージョン) Meitantei Konan・Mein Tēma (Mantenrō Vājon) Detective Conan Main Theme (Skyscraper ver.) Detective Conan "The Time-Bombed Skyscraper" Original Soundtrack
3 犯人のアジト (忍び込みver.) Hannin no Ajito (Shinobikomi ver.) The Culprit's Hideout (Creeping In ver.) Detective Conan Original Soundtrack 2
4 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
5 サスペンス~危機感 Sasupensu ~ Kikikan Suspense ~ Impending Crisis Detective Conan Original Soundtrack 3
6 怪人包帯男2 Kaijin Hōtai Otoko 2 The Mysterious Bandaged Man 2 Detective Conan Original Soundtrack 3
7 沈む夕陽 Shizumu Yūhi Depressing Sunset Detective Conan Original Soundtrack 1
8 陰謀 Inbō Conspiracy Detective Conan Original Soundtrack 3
9 事件解明 (オリジナルver.) Jiken Kaimei (Orijinaru ver.) Case Clarification (Original ver.) Detective Conan Original Soundtrack 2
10 悪のテーマ (パート1) Aku no Tēma (Pāto 1) Theme of Evil (Part 1) Detective Conan Original Soundtrack 2
11 沈む夕陽 (アコースティックver.) Shizumu Yūhi (Akōsutikku ver.) Depressing Sunset (Acoustic ver.) Detective Conan Original Soundtrack 2
12 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 ver.) Detective Conan Original Soundtrack 1
13 君がいない夏 Kimi ga Inai Natsu The Summer Without You Kimi ga Inai Natsu
14 それいけコナン (超早ver.) Soreike Konan (Chōhaya ver.) Let's Go Conan (Very Fast ver.) Detective Conan Original Soundtrack 2

Gallery[edit]

In other languages[edit]

Language Title Translation
Flag of Arabic Arabic صور لا تُنسى Unforgettable Photos
Flag of Basque Country Basque Hilketa misteriotsuak familia ezagunean
Flag of Catalonia Catalan (Catalan dub) Els misteriosos assassinats de la família famosa The mysterious murders of a famous family
Flag of Valencia Catalan (Valencian dub) Assassinats misteriosos en una rica mansió Mysterious murders in a rich mansion
Flag of France French Un mariage jeté au feu A marriage thrown into the fire
Flag of Galicia Galician Misteriosos asasinatos nunha familia importante Mysterious murders in an important family
Flag of Germany German Späte Sühne Late Atonement
Flag of Italy Italian Intrighi di famiglia Family's Intrigues
Flag of Spain Spanish (Castilian dub) (First dub) Los misteriosos asesinatos en la mansión The mysterious murders in the mansion
Flag of Spain Spanish (Castilian dub) (Second dub) Las extrañas muertes en una familia con clase Strange deaths in a glamorous family
Flag of US Spanish (American dub) Gran tragedia en la familia A big tragedy in the family
Flag of Vietnam Vietnamese Vụ án những cái chết hàng loạt của một gia đình danh giá Distinguished Family's Consecutive Death Case

Note: In castilian spanish dub, the first part of this episode was the last one dub by Manga Films and the old cast. That cast never dub the second part. When Arait Multimedia started the new dub, they decided to dub again the first part.

See also[edit]

Episodes of Season 3
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