The Client's Message

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Episode 689

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Title: The Client's Message
Japanese title: 依頼人からのメッセージ
(Irai-nin Kara no Messēji)
Original airdate: March 2, 2013
Broadcast rating: 9.7%
Filler case: #206
Season: 22
Manga source: TV Original
Cast: Conan Edogawa
Ran Mouri
Kogoro Mouri
Juzo Megure
Wataru Takagi
Case solved by: Kogoro Mouri (via Conan)
Next Conan's Hint: Fox
Director: Yasuichiro Yamamoto
Screenplay: Atsushi Maekawa
Storyboard: Susumu Nishizawa
Episode director: Minoru Tozawa
Animation director: Chiemi Hironaka
Opening song: TRY AGAIN
Closing song: Hitomi no Melody
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The Client's Message (依頼人からのメッセージ Irai-nin Kara no Messēji?) is the 689th episode of Detective Conan anime.





On a rainy night, Kogoro, Ran, and Conan are riding in their rental car talking about the person who requested Kogoro to investigate if her boyfriend who was cheating passed away. The person's name is Kaoru Sasamori and she fell down a flight of stone stairways. It happened three months ago when four people were at the funeral of Kaoru Sasamori. The four people were Takashi Sasamori (Kaoru's older brother), Hikari Tsuge (Kaoru's ex-lover), Mariko Noguchi (Tsuge's manager), and Kazumi Ishikura (Kaoru's friend). It started when Takashi angrily accused Tsuge to be the murderer who pushed Kaoru down the stairs, claiming that he saw him do it. Tsuge denied every word what Takashi said, he claiming that he did not kill Kaoru. Noguchi tried to stop the argument, saying that he police already investigated and determined that it was a misunderstanding. Back in the present, Kogoro is going to Tsuge's house because this morning, Tsuge contacted to Kogoro saying that he would reveal who really killed Kaoru.

On the next stop, when Kogoro talks to the officer, the officer said there was a landslide ahead and the right road is inaccessible. They were going to Tsuge's house so they took the left road. Tsuge had also invited the three other people that made a commotion at the funeral. When Kogoro arrives at Tsuge's house, Takashi and Noguchi also were there with their own umbrellas so they won't get wet. The door's unlocked, and Tsuge isn't there to greet them, so Noguchi enters the house to look for Tsuge. Ran notices Kazumi coming from her car without an umbrella. Kazumi says she forgot to bring one, so Ran helps her under own umbrella. While Conan is checking Kazumi's car, he hears a scream. When the group goes inside the house, they find Tsuge dead in a pool of blood.


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Location: Tsuge's house
Victim: Hikari Tsuge
Age: 33 years old
Cause of death: Blunt head trauma
Suspects: Takashi Sasamori, Mariko Noguchi, and Kazumi Ishikura
Tsuge lies in his workshop, dead in a large pool of blood.

Kogoro checks his wrist and confirms that he's dead so he tells Ran to call the police. He also orders the rest of the people to leave the crime scene. Before they're about to leave, Noguchi requests Kogoro to make sure no one touches Tsuge's art piece. Kogoro understands it so he will inform the police about it. While Conan is investigating, he notices three pieces of tape on the floor. There's no dust on the tape, meaning something on it recently. He also notices the screen and the art piece on the table. The art piece has a label with the word, "Demurrer."

While the police investigates the crime scene, Takagi confirms that the victim is Hikari Tsuge. His real name is "Ritsu Hikage" and he's 33 years old. His profession was a sculptor and Hikari Tsuge is an anagram from Ritsu Hikage. The cause of death was intracranial injury from a blow to the back of the head. What may seem to be the murder weapon, the hammer, was on the ground nearby, but the fingerprints have been wiped clean.

Megure begins the conversation with the three people. Everyone was invited to Tsuge's house by the victim so he can tell them who the culprit is from three months ago. When they all arrived, Tsuge wasn't breathing anymore and the culprit had already left. According to the officer from the checkpoint, nobody else came dow the atelier's path. To begin with, excluding U-turns, only four cars drove up the slope: the four cars belonging to Kogoro, Takashi, Noguchi, and Kazumi. Which means the culprit could be among them.

Going to Tsuge's house, there's only one path and ahead there's a checkpoint. In the rain, going down the dark slopes is risky. This would be truly called a closed circle. The ones who got to Tsuge's first house were Ran, Conan and Kogoro. Everyone else came afterwards. Takashi was leading, behind Takashi was Kazumi, and lastly Noguchi. They all went inside together and found the corpse.

Back at the checkpoint, when Kogoro, Ran, and Conan were heading toward the atelier, what the officer said, "You guys, too?" meaning there was someone was ahead of them and went to the atelier. They could ask the officer about the type of car or driver. About that, he remembers they were four cars, but not the type of car or the driver.

In other words, if they can organize the story, this is how it went down: From the beginning, there was only one car at the atelier: Tsuge's car. Then, Kogoro's group arrived, next were the other three cars, ,aking the total four cars. However, according to the policeman, there was a car in front of Kogoro. This likely means that the culprit's car arrived first, murdered Tsuge, left the atelier and hid elsewhere. He waited until everyone else came, then appeared as if nothing had happened.

Kogoro deduces that the culprit's motive is to silence him. From Tsuge, three months ago, the culprit heard that he will reveal who the murderer is, so the culprit came to Tsuge's house as soon as possible and murdered Tsuge. In other words, this case's murderer may be the same one who murdered Kaoru Sasamori. The three suspects are Takashi, Noguchi, and Kazumi.

Takashi claims that he's not the culprit. That day, he made a promise to his sister to have a meal, but the photo shoot he was holding got prolonged and he was a bit late. When he went to the meeting place, he saw Kaoru falling down the stairs and went to her side.

Murder (Past)

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Location: Stone steps
Victim: Kaoru Sasamori
Age: 24 years old
Cause of death: Fell from upstairs
Suspects: Hikari Tsuge
Kaoru had fallen down the stairs. When Takashi rushed to her aid, Kaoru says that someone one was behind her. Takeshi realizes that she must have been pushed.

He was certain that he saw Tsuge who was on top of the stone stairs, so he was convinced that Tsuge was the culprit.

Kazumi mentions that Kaoru told her about Takashi and Kaoru not getting along because they were disputing over their parent's inheritance money. Kazumi suspects Takashi is the one who pushed Kaoru down the stairs. Noguchi explains Tsuge had another woman other than Kaoru he was seeing, and Kaoru hired Kogoro to find out who. The other woman was who is none other than Kazumi Ishikura. Kazumi claims that she didn't know that Tsuge was going out with Kaoru. She found out when received a message on her phone from Kaoru: "I was proposed to by Tsuge! What should I do?" Kazumi confronted Tsuge about it, getting into a big argument with him about breaking up with Kaoru. Takashi then reveals that Kaoru told him that Noguchi was trying to pay her to break up with Tsuge, but she had refused the payment. Fed up that Tsuge wasn't working, Noguchi's clients began to look for different artists. If that happens, she'll have to pay a huge penalty for breach of contract.

Conan asks Takagi if he could take him to see if there are any possible hiding spots for a car between the atelier and the checkpoint. Conan gets out by a cabin on the pass, and finds something that the culprit took away from the crime scene.


  • Resolution[edit]


    • Hikari's car in the rainy scene is a 1998-99 Rally Red Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution V.
    • Kazumi's car seen by Conan is a 2002 Black Saphire BMW 3 [E46]. The license plate number is 新宿 330, は 82-04 (Shinjuku 330, Ha 82-04).

    BGM listing[edit]

    # Song Title Romaji Translation OST
    0:14 - 1:06 ディスソナンス Disusonansu Dissonance Detective Conan "Full Score of Fear" Original Soundtrack
    5:16 - 5:31 エスケープ! Esukēpu! Escape! Detective Conan "Jolly Roger in the Deep Azure" Original Soundtrack
    5:33 - 6:28 謎解き(その1) Nazotoki (Sono 1) Riddle Solution (Part 1) Detective Conan Original Soundtrack 3
    6:33 - 7:45 事件現場 (謎ver.) Jiken Genba (Nazo ver.) Scene of the Case (Mystery ver.) Detective Conan Original Soundtrack 2
    9:26 - 10:40 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
    10:54 - 12:30 ワッツ ハプニング Wattsu Hapuningu What's Happening Detective Conan "Jolly Roger in the Deep Azure" Original Soundtrack
    13:02 - 14:28 ????
    15:39 - 17:04 暗殺者のテーマ─忍び寄る魔手 Ansatsusha no Tēma - Shinobiyoru Mashu Assassin's Theme - The Devil's Hand Approaches Detective Conan "Captured in Her Eyes" Original Soundtrack
    17:52 - 19:42 Need not to know. Need not to know. Need not to know. Detective Conan "Captured in Her Eyes" Original Soundtrack
    20:10 - 21:56 コナンの直感 Konan no Chokkan Conan's Intuition Detective Conan "Countdown to Heaven" Original Soundtrack
    23:35 - 23:58 アレステッド Aresuteddo Arrested Detective Conan "Jolly Roger in the Deep Azure" Original Soundtrack


    In other languages[edit]

    Language Title Translation
    Flag of Catalonia Catalan (Catalan dub) El missatge del client The client's message
    Flag of Italy Italian Il messaggio del cliente The client's message
    Flag of Thailand Thai ข้อความจากผู้ว่าจ้าง The Client's Message

    See also[edit]

    Episodes of Season 22
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