The Blank Year

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Episode 1030-1031
(Int. Episode 1087-1088)

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Title: The Blank Year
Japanese title: 空白の一年
(Kūhaku no Ichinen)
Original airdate: December 11, 2021 (Part 1)
December 18, 2021 (Part 2)
Broadcast rating: 7.0% (Part 1)
7.0% (Part 2)
Filler case: #361
Season: 31
Manga source: TV Original
Cast: Conan Edogawa
Kogoro Mouri
Juzo Megure
Wataru Takagi
Kazunobu Chiba
Case solved by: Kogoro Mouri (via Conan)
Next Conan's Hint: Dog (Part 1)
Thunder and lightning (Part 2)
Director: Yasuichiro Yamamoto
Nobuharu Kamanaka
Screenplay: Nobuo Ogizawa
Storyboard: Masaki Ozora
Episode director: 1030: Masahiro Takada
1031: Minoru Tozawa
Animation director: Seiji Muta (supervisor)
1030: Akio Kawamura
1031: Keiko Sasaki
Character design: Masatomo Sudo
Masanori Hashimoto (sub-character)
Hiroshi Ogawa (design works)
Production cooperation: 1030: BIG BANG
Opening song: YURA YURA
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The Blank Year (空白の一年 Kūhaku no Ichinen?) is the 1030th and 1031st episode of the Detective Conan anime.





Part 1

Kogoro just finished his investigation report when he heard someone almost got hit by a car.

Attempted Murder

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Location: An intersection in Koneru Town
Victim: Ritsuo Esaka
Age: 28 years old
Method: Pushing into traffic
Suspects: Takuzo Kinbara, Tae Kinbara, Keisuke Hida, Toko Mizutani, and Mamoru Chimura

Kogoro then discovers that the man, Ritsuo Esaka, does not remember what happened during the past year.

They later go to detective agency, where Esaka tells about how suddenly one year has passed, and how he recovered his original memory while forgetting the memory from the past year. He checked his train card history and he used to left from and returned to Koneru. They conclude that he must have lived in Koneru for the past year.

Meanwhile, there is a news about Akira Kisugi, a con artist who suddenly disappeared six months ago and was found buried in the mountains of Wakabadai three days ago, partially skeletonized.

Murder (Past)

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Location: Wakabadai
Victim: Akira Kisugi
Age: 38 years old
Time: 6 months ago
Suspects: Akira Kisugi's victims

Later, they go to Koneru, and ask a police there if he knew Esaka, but the police does not recognize him. Kogoro then try to use shock theraphy to make Esaka regain his memory, but it does not work. Esaka later becomes scared to know if he had done something bad, so he runs away. Apparently, they find out that the police they previously meet is a serial burglar faking as police, so they try to ask the real police at Koneru Station police box. The police recognized Esaka, and says that he was found by an old man named Takuzo Kinbara.

They later visit Kinbara residence, where they meet Takuzo and his wife, Tae, and three other people who helped Esaka. For the past year, he had been living under the name Taro Koneru, lived in an apartment Mamoru's father owns, and worked at Hida's construction company. Mizutani also frequently cooked meal for Esaka.

Later, Kogoro asks if there is anyone who has grudge against Esaka, but they say that Esaka never did anything wrong.

On the way to celebrate Esaka's recovery, a dog appears. Esaka is so scared that he climb up a nearby pole. They later find out that Esaka remember the dog's name, which means his memories are returning.

While they are celebrating, a thunder appears, and Esaka feels that there was a scene that is related to dog and thunder. After he goes home, he suddenly interested in Akira Kisugi's death.

Two days later, Ritsuo Esaka is found dead in his apartment. According to police investigation, he commited suicide.


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Location: Ritsuo Esaka's apartment
Victim: Ritsuo Esaka
Age: 28 years old
Time: 7 PM
Cause of death: Poison
Suspects: Takuzo Kinbara, Tae Kinbara, Keisuke Hida, Toko Mizutani, and Mamoru Chimura

Part 2

The police say that it is a suicide because there is a suicide note written on the laptop, and the apartment was locked, with two keys a re found inside the room. There were also two phone call made by Esaka, one to Hida Industries construction company, and one to weather information system. It turns out that Esaka was at Wakabadai on June 10, the same day where Akira Kisugi was murdered, and there was also a lightning strike on that day. The police deduce that the murderer is Ritsuo Esaka.

However, Conan finds out that one of the cup is placed differently on the shelf, which means that someone was there with Esaka before his death.

Later, they go to Wakabadai and ask people if they recognize Esaka. A woman who owns takoyaki shop says that on that day, Esaka was chased by a dog and he climbed a pole. Later, he saw something, before a lightning appeared. The direction he saw is the street where Akira Kisugi's residence and a temple located. Conan deduces that Esaka saw the culprit, and only tried to kill him recently because they don't know where he live, which also means that the culprit lives in Koneru.

However, among the suspect list, no one lives in Koneru. They later asked Takuzo about it, but he haven't heard anything about it. Hida, Mizutani, and Mamoru later decide to help Kogoro searching anything suspicious.

Conan decides to investigate the intersection where Esaka almost got hit by a car. Next to the intersection is bicycle parking lot, where Takuzo works at. After some futher investigation, Conan knows the culprit.


  • Resolution


    • Keinobu Kuroda (黒田 佳展, Kuroda Keinobu) is mistakenly written in the ending credits as Keinobu Kuroi (黒井 佳展, Kuroi Keinobu).
    • Some of the characters' Japanese surnames have relatively regular patterns. Named after gold, wood, water, fire and earth, this is called gogyo, originated from Chinese philosophy Wuxing:
      • Tae Kinbara (原 妙) represents gold (金);
      • Akira Kisugi (杉 彬) represents wood (木);
      • Toko Mizutani (谷 統子) represents water (水);
      • Keisuke Hida (田 啓介) represents fire (火);
      • Katsuhiro Doigaki (井 垣克広) represents earth (土).
    • Anime-original locations: Koneru Town (甲練町)[N 1] and Wakabadai (若葉台).


    In other languages

    Language Title Translation
    Flag of Catalonia Catalan (Catalan dub) Un any en blanc A blank year
    Flag of France French (Subbed) Une année de trou noir A blackout year
    Flag of Thailand Thai หนึ่งปีที่หายไป The lost one year
    Flag of Vietnam Vietnamese Một năm trống rỗng


    1. ^ Possibly modeled after the American mystery writer Cornell Woolrich, in which 甲練(こうねる) and "Cornell" (コーネル) have the same pronounciation.

    See also

    Episodes of Season 31