Tears of Surrender
|Tears of Surrender
(Kanraku no Namida)
|December 21st, 2022
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Tears of Surrender (陥落の涙 Kanraku no Namida) is the 1105th chapter of the manga of Detective Conan. It was written by Gosho Aoyama, drawn by him and his assistants and first released in Shōnen Sunday #4-5/2023 on December 21, 2022 and was released as part of Volume 104 on October 18, 2023.
- United States of America
- Juke Hotel (flashback)
Conan is on the phone with professor Agasa and asks him when he come to the crime scene "with it". Agasa says that he is already on his way and will arrive in ten minutes. Meanwhile, suspects Kinji Ogawara, Kunikazu Kisaki and Kurumi Shiroi claim that they all could not be the murderers of Naoto Kishitani, but only Shiratori has no alibi and his knight keychain was found on the victim. Conan, on the other hand, draws attention to the dying message left by the victim with the knight and the crossword puzzle. Seeing the crossword puzzle as a chessboard, the knight is in its basic position, which places the bloody handprint in the queenside due to the resulting position of the queens. A Japanese word for queen is "kisaki", which could point to the culprit being Kunikazu Kisaki, but this is not the case. Conan explains: the victim has always placed his knights so that they are facing him. According to this, the knight is not on its base position, but has already advanced to the opponent's base line. Thus, the palm print points to the kingside instead. King's side in Japanese means "Ō-sama no Gawa" (王様の側), which is similar to "Ōgawara", so the message points to Kinji Ogawara.
The other suspects protest, saying that the perpetrator shot Ogawara with an arrow in the lounge. But Conan objects that no one actually saw Ogawara being shot. Instead, they heard the shattering of the glass and only then looked to Ogawara, whom they saw with a bleeding hand, shattered glass and bag flung away with an arrow stuck in it. However, he prepared the bag beforehand and quickly hurled it away himself, then breaking the glass himself. Ogawara retorts that with the strength of a human being, one cannot break a glass so finely in one's hand all at once. At this moment, Agasa arrives, explaining that Ogawara shattered a Batavian tear type of glass. Agasa demonstrates the bursting of a drop with a pair of pliers. Rumi Wakasa then mentions vaguely remembering another name, something about "Rupert." Haibara explains that the original experiment with the Batavian tears goes back to Prince Rupert of the Palatinate, which is why it is called "Prince Rupert's drops" in English. Rumi finds Haibara's knowledge amazing and asks her with a scowl if she is really just an elementary school student. Conan intervenes and continues with his explanation. Ogawara did not use pliers like Agasa, but the ballpoint pen in his breast pocket with a hole drilled in the bottom. There he fixed the tear with superglue and then secretly put the pen back into his breast pocket. Megure and Shiratori wonder if Conan came up with this all by himself, but Conan whispers to them that Shinichi explained it to him on the phone.
Kuroda summarizes the previous events leading to Kishitani's death: Ogawara intentionally lost his chess game quickly, ordered Kishitani to the restroom by mail, and played a sound of an arrow with his cell phone at the vending machine. While Kisaki and Kurumi were distracted, he slit the back of Kisaki's jacket to make it appear as if the crossbow bolt previously placed in the wall had been fired at that moment. After that, he went to the restroom, placed a cleaning sign there, killed Kishitani, and then faked the attack on himself in the resting area. The evidence is Ogawara's ballpoint pen, which still has blood on the bottom of it, although there should not be any. Ogawara slumps to the floor; Kisaki and Kurumi continue to defend him, saying that Ogawara could not have predicted how quickly Kishitani would lose his game. But Kuroda replies that Ogawara rattled Kishitani by playing "Amazing Grace." Ogawara admits that he was trying to make Kishitani panick by doing that. A year ago, Kishitani had set a trap for Ryoichiro Saso with the same song. "Amazing Grace" was Saso's ringtone, which is why Kishitani played the song with a timer app at the time, making it seem like Saso had not turned off his phone. Saso took out his cell phone at that time and showed it to the referee. Since it was off, Saso was allowed to continue playing, but the other participants rumored behind his back that he just turned off his cell phone fast enough. This made Saso nervous and he lost the game; after that he developed a neurosis and did not win any more games until he finally hanged himself. In his suicide note, he again affirmed that it was not his cell phone. At crossbow point, Ogawara learned the truth from Kishitani. Kishitani's motivation was that before his match at that time, Saso had advised him to simply listen to his favorite song to combat his nervousness. It upset Kishitani how light-hearted Saso was, and he wanted the latter to accept that all people are different and some people just have certain fears. After the third bolt shot, Kishitani pleaded for his life, but Ogawara did not give him the mercy shot, just took Kishitani's cell phone and left him slowly dying. But Kishitani used this time to send the death message, thus checkmating not only Saso but now himself, Ogawara says.
While Shiratori takes Ogawara away, Megure talks to Agasa in the lobby and wonders why he was let into the crime scene. Kuroda explains that he authorized this because Conan told him that Agasa could help solve the murder with an experiment. Whispering again, Conan interjects that he was just following Shinichi's instructions. The other Detective Boys want to go to a restaurant; Sumiko Kobayashi thinks that it is a good idea because the tournament is over anyway. But Kuroda wants to talk to Conan in private for a moment, so the two go together to another part of the building. Kobayashi and Rumi decide to wait in the building with the children. Rumi glances at one of the security cameras in the lobby as Mitsuhiko discovers on his cell phone that there is a gacha machine on the second floor of the building. The children make their way there with their teachers, with the security camera following them. Outside the building, Rum continues to sit in his Bentley S2 with his two henchmen. One of the men in black tells him that they have hacked into the lobby's video system and now have video footage of the "target." As they do so, they zoom in on Rumi's face and on her umbrella in the video footage. Rum, with a sinister grin, gives the order to send the footage to Chianti and Korn, since in this case "the benefit of the doubt would not apply to the accused."
In a private room in the building, Kuroda shows Conan a photo of Amanda Hughes' death's crime scene from the case from 17 years ago: a white knight with smudged eyes standing on a chessboard with a wristwatch around it, with the lipstick imprint of a kissing mouth on the watch glass. Conan asks Kuroda what the photo is about. Kuroda explains that 17 years ago, a person was murdered in America and left this dying message. Since Conan was able to solve the dying message in today's case, Kuroda hopes that he can also get behind the meaning of this old dying message. Conan again says that today was all Shinichi's doing. But if Kuroda would tell him the details of this old case, maybe he could figure it out on his own, Conan says with a smile. Kuroda agrees and hopes Conan will not mind that this narration will take some time.
- A Monochrome Opening and The Bloodstained Knight (Manga: 1103-1104) : Flashback to Kishitani's dead body and the scenes leading to the crime.
- Summary translated from the German version of November 1, 2023.
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