The Case of the Furisode at the Hidden Hot Spring on a Snowy Night

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Episode 379-380

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Information
Title: The Case of the Furisode at the Hidden Hot Spring on a Snowy Night
Japanese title: 秘湯雪闇振袖事件
(Hitō Yuki Yami Furisode Jiken)
Broadcast rating: 13.5%
11.8%
Filler case: #123
Original airdate: November 22, 2004 (Part 1)
November 29, 2004 (Part 2)
Season: 13
Manga source: TV Original
Case
Cast: Conan Edogawa
Kogoro Mouri
Ran Mouri
Rina Aiuchi
Case solved by: Kogoro Mouri (via Conan)
Next Conan's Hint: Open air bath (Part 1)
Obi sash (Part 2)
Staff
Director: Masato Sato
Screenplay: Hirohito Ochi
Storyboard: Yasumi Mikamoto
Episode director: 379 Minoru Tozawa
380 Nana Harada
Animation director: 379 Rei Masunaga
380 Akiko Kawashima
Music
Opening song: START
Closing song: Wasurezaki
Chronology
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Characters introduced[edit]

Cast[edit]

Gadgets[edit]

Case[edit]

Situation[edit]

Part 1[edit]

The episode starts with a flashback, set five years before the episode takes in. In the middle of a huge campus belonging to a women's college, a beautiful but despaired young woman climbs to a tower. After taking a good look at her surroundings, she sadly closes her eyes and throws herself off. The perspective switches to a bunch of students who witness the girl's suicide, and to a flock of doves that fly away.

Suicide (Past)

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Location: Oodou University
Victim: Sakurako Suzuka
Cause of death: Free falling
A woman named Sakurako committed suicide by jumping from a high roof, in the middle of her college's main campus.

Conan, Ran, and Kogoro take a trip to a hot springs lodge, the Kotoya Inn, in a Yonezawa mountains village, Yamagata Prefecture, since Kogoro has had trouble with his shoulder and this may help. They find a group of people who work in the entertainement industry and are getting ready to film a TV special about Japanese young women who have reached fame stardom. The members of the crew are: the editor Yoriko Yasuda, the TV producer Kyoichi Bando, the novelist Eri Akechi (whom Kogoro is a fan of), the top model Asuka Shibasaki, the famous oil painter Ema Anzai, and the singer/songwriter Harumi Fukatsu (whom Ran fangirls). Yasuda and Bandou recognize Kogoro, so they approach him and explain the project to him, Ran and Kogoro. Asuka and Ema make bad impressions due to their snotty and bitchy behavior; on the other hand, Harumi (whom Asuka and Ema badmouth in front of everyone, calling her "one hit wonder" among other insults) and Eri are more modest and quiet.

When Kogoro, Ran, and Conan are shown their room, Ran remarks on how many beautiful kimonos are hung around as part of the decoration. She asks why, and the owner explains that it's to give their respects to a local Shinto deity named the Kimono Goddess, whose shrine is located nearby. They later take a walk with Eri Akechi, an as they take a peek to a mini shrine to the Kimono Goddess, she tells about something she learned about: the Goddess's darker side, the Goddess of Vengeance.

According to the legend, centuries ago a sweet village girl named Ohana lived nearby, along with her old grandmother and her little sister, and after saving a very rich feudal lord's life, she was given a whole chest full of beautiful and incredibly pricy kimonos as a reward. However, the greedy daughters of the local leader wanted Ohana's wardrobe, so falsely accused Ohana of being a criminal and managed to get the poor woman executed. The two girls got Ohana's gorgeous wardrobe just as they wanted, but as they were putting such lovely clothes on, Ohana, reborned as an immortal demon thirsty of blood and with a cold breeze powers, brutally killed them both: the youngest sister was found strangled under the kimonos, while the eldest was found drowned in a pond under many obis (kimono sashes).

Eri finishes the story via telling that, to placate Ohana's vengeful spirit, the villagers built a Shinto shrine and many smaller temples in her memory, and named her as their protector. Ran remarks on how much Eri knows about the legend, and Eri explains that she often comes into this lodge to make research for her novels.

Execution (crucifixion and impalement) (Legend)

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Victim: Ohana
The daughters of a village leader accused a local woman named Ohana of being a criminal and got her executed, so they can gain possession of her beautiful kimonos.
Murder (Legend)

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Victim: Youngest sister
Cause of death: Strangulation
Suspects: Demon Ohana
After Ohana's execution, the culprits behind her unfair death found their own ends. One of them was strangled to death...
Murder (Legend)

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Victim: Eldest sister
Cause of death: Drowning
Suspects: Demon Ohana
... And the other was forcibly drowned in a pond.

The group encounters Harumi at the temple, standing in front of the 500-year-old "Kimono Cherry Tree" (which looks like a kimono when it's in bloom). She esays that an old friend from her college who was very fond of the supernatural told her about said cherry tree. As Kogoro scolds Conan for running around, Eri adds that the Kimono Goddess is also a vengative deity: according to the legend, if someone clad in kimono comes to the shrine at midnight, they can ask the Goddess to punish someone or sponsor a punishment, and that people shall leave paper dolls as an offer to her.

Eri opens a small wooden box containing the paper dolls, and she and Kogoro notice how there are two new dolls. Eri remarks that this means someone wants vengeance against two persons, which worries Conan.

The group returns to the inn, and Kogoro tells a rather frightened Ran to not believe such legends. Conan notices that there's a small building in the inn's grounds, and Eri says it's likely another sanctuary to the Kimono Goddess. Ran is still very worried and asks Kogoro to check it out to see if there are more dolls inside, but neither he nor Conan find anything. They decide to relax and enjoy the famous springs, settled in a gorgeous mountain scenery.

Later that night the TV crew is relaxing and drinking. Ema asks Eri to make a good character based on her despite how she still doesn't have the basics for the script planned, and Asuka makes snarky and hurtful comments when Bandou asks Harumi to write and sing the opening song. Meanwhile Kogoro is very drunk off sake in the nearby suite, asking a fastidiated Ran to fill up his cup. Soon, Harumi shows up and tells the that she has something to ask from Kogoro; she seems to be very worried and sad, and Conan wonders what's this about.

Harumi starts speaking about her college times. Five years ago, there was a very popular drug in the college circles frequented by Harumi and her best friend, a girl named Sakurako Suzuka; several drug doses were found in Sakurako's locker, and after being unable to prove her innocence, Sakurako fell into deep depression and commited suicide by jumping off the main campus's building (as seen in the initial flashback). Sakurako was the college student who told Harumi about the Kimono Goddess, and Harumi believes that she actually was innocent from the drug selling charges.

When done with her story, Harumi asks Kogoro to re-open the case. Kogoro says he isn't sure if he can actually do it, since the case happened five years ago already. Harumi adds more info: there were other suspects among the students, but they weren't investigated due to being from rich families, and they were actually Asuka Shibasaki (daughter of a politician from Kishi) and Ema Anzai (eldest child of the Anzai Global Enteprises's president), who both disliked Sakurako because she was straightforward, naive and a strong believer in justice. Harumi again asks Kogoro to investigate, and he accepts to do so. Ran remarks on how fond Harumi was of Sakurako; she explains that they bonded over both being orphans (Harumi was raised by her uncle and aunt), and became very close.

During the night, Asuka skips out of the crew's suite and goes out to take a soak. Ema finds a note on a desk and frowns.

Kogoro, Ran, Conan, and Harumi go to have a soak, and find Eri getting out of the springs. She declines a drinking invitation from Kogoro since she says she has a heavy workload, so the group goes into the springs without her. To Ran's disappointment, the women's side of springs are reserved for an hour, so she and Harumi decide to go play ping-pong while Conan and Kogoro bathe. They go out and sees the girls playing; Conan sees that Harumi is wearing glasses, and she says she normally uses contacts except for then she's in a bath.

At 23:30, Ran and Harumi stop playing and go check on the womens's side, which is still closed. They find a small doll on the floor, which wasn't there when they got in, and it's wearing a small demon mask. Conan then asks Kogoro to open the door by force, and he does so but the door falls on him; Conan runs in and finds Asuka inside the spring, surrounded by luxurious obi sashes. Kogoro also gets inside the spring and quickly checks on her: she's dead, and her cause of death is a stab wound in the chest.

Murder

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Location: Women's Hot Spring
Victim: Asuka Shibasaki
Age: 26 years old
Cause of death: Stab wound & Drowning
Suspects: Yoriko Yasuda, Kyoichi Bando, Eri Akechi, and Harumi Fukatsu
Ran sees a small demon mask near Women's Hot Spring Room. It's a Hannya mask, representing jealous spirits. Asuka is dead in the Hot Spring, surrounded by the inn's luxurious obi sashes.

Conan remembers the legend and rushes to the shrine, mentally recalling the legend of the Goddess. They find Bando, Yasuda and Eri in the lounge, and the girls tell them about Asuka's murder. Conan asks about Ema and Yasuda says she left a while ago; he opens the sliding door and finds footsteps in the snow, which lead to the small shrine in the inn grounds. Kogoro and Conan walk in the snow to the mini-shrine, whose door is also closed: when they open it, they find Ema dead in the middle of a pile of kimonos, also stabbed to death and with a vengeance doll on her pierced chest.

Murder

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Location: Shrine
Victim: Ema Anzai
Age: 26 years old
Cause of death: Stab wound
Suspects: Yoriko Yasuda, Kyoichi Bando, Eri Akechi, and Harumi Fukatsu
Kogoro uses a flashlight as he enters the shrine, and finds Ema dead from a stab wound and over a pile of kimonos.

Conan again thinks of the myth of the Kimono Goddess, as he can only see Ema's footsteps aside of Kogoro's and his own, which means the place was closed due to the snow.

A local officer named Ogura is sent to help Kogoro investigate, saying that the prefect cannot come until the next morning due to the snow. Kogoro asks the landlady to bring some towels and then tells the TV crew to stay put; he and Omura place the towels over Ema's footsteps, while Conan takes pictures and checks on the surroundings of the main building. He cannot find any footsteps first, but his camera says otherwise and he checks underneath the towels.

Kogoro, Conan, and Ogura go meet up with Eri, Yasuda, and Bando. He asks Yasuda what Ema was doing in the lounge around 22:30 and if she saw somebody else, but she denies it. Kogoro explains the deal with Ema's footsteps being the only ones in the minishrine path, adding that they couldn't ind any killing weapon; he then mentions that Asuka was found dead in the bath, but that one was connected to the games room and thus someone should've seen something odd, but his group didn't see anybody. Bando asks if the killer could have used the mountain path, but Kogoro says he checked around and there was no cliff in the surroundings. Also, he and Omura found a taser and a dagger in the springs: this means that the killer first tasered Asuka to stun her, and then stabbed her, but the dagger had some odd markings, and apparently was a sacred weapon donated alongside the shrine. Not only that, but they also found a headscarf that Ema wore in the bath, and it was stained with blood. This means: both women were stabbed with the same sacred dagger, Ema died before Asuka did, and Ema died around 22:30 with Asuka perishing shortly afterwards.

Bando, Yasuda, and Eri speculate about the lack of footsteps, and then Harumi openly states that it was all due to the Kimono Goddess's curse. As she explains the deal with the two dolls in the shrine, Conan thinks that curses are not possible, wondering what trick could have been used in the double murder.

Part 2[edit]

Conan notices that the footprints outside the shrine are too shallow and sees that there is a crack in the ceiling in front of the hot spring; from these and other clues he is able to deduce how the culprit faked an alibi. Conan finds out the identity of the culprit and their relationship to the case that happened five years ago.

People[edit]

Resolution[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • On the television in the hotel bar, the singer Rina Aiuchi sings the opening theme of episode 380.
  • The Kotoya Inn's van is a 2000 Dark Blue Toyota HiAce Commuter.
  • Ran keeps her hair rolled while she is in the public baths, whereas in cases at the spa her hair is left loose or gathered in a headset, except in this episode and The Disappearance of Conan Edogawa: The Worst Two Days in History.
  • The writers of this episode just came up with Eri Akechi's name by just using Eri Kisaki's given name and then Kogoro Akechi's family name. This is why Eri makes a comment about being embarrassed when she's called "Akechi-sensei" since it sounds like people are referring to the fictional detective.
  • "Daigakukan" is a pun of "Shogakukan", the publishers of Detective Conan. The pun involves the words "daigaku" ("college") and "shogakko" ("elementary school").
  • Ohana's execution is by crucifixion and impalement, a method used in Japan from the Sengoku to the Meiji eras. i.e., the 26 Martyrs of Japan (a group of Catholic priests and laymen, led by St. Paul Miki) were executed like this in Nagasaki in 1627. In Ohana's case she was likely executed like this because she was (falsely) accused of stealing from people seen as all-powerful authority figures that were owed near.complete loyalty, which would make her the lowest of the low in her townspeople's eyes.
  • Sakurako Suzuka commited suicide after being framed for drug trade (Crystal Meth) by Ema and Asuka. While such a situation is already very bad in the West, it's even worse in Japan where drug laws are infamously severe and being caught with anything similar to illegal drugs can end a person's whole career (i.e, the sumo wrestler Shinichi "Wakakirin" Suzukawa and the singer Noriko "Nori-P" Sakai) and even their life. For an idealistic and intensely emotional law student like Sakurako, losing the chance to become a lawyer for a serious crime that she never commited was the worst things that could've happened to her, and something that could easily drive a person like her to kill herself.
  • The legend used to depict the series of murders is derivated from the Hannya legend, which is portrayed in many Noh plays as an evil spirit mask. It represents jealousy and lust that a woman has for other women who had better things than them. Another representation of the mask is used as the culprit wore it in Dancing Demon at the Noh Mask Mansion. It is also modeled from Yakumo Koizumi's Furisode.

BGM listing[edit]

Part 1[edit]

# Song Title Romaji Translation OST
1 START START START START
2 犯人の謎 Hannin no Nazo The Mystery of the Culprit Detective Conan "The Fourteenth Target" Original Soundtrack
3 蘭のテーマ (優しさver.) Ran no Tēma (Yasashisa ver.) Ran's Theme (Gentle ver.) Detective Conan Original Soundtrack 2
4 カギを探せ! (未収録ヴァージョン) Kagi o Sagase! (Mi Shūroku Vājon) Search for the Key! (Unreleased Version)
5 蘭のテーマ (涙ver.) Ran no Tēma (Namida ver.) Ran's Theme (Tearful ver.) Detective Conan Original Soundtrack 2
6 シンドラーのサスペンス Shindorā no Sasupensu Schindler's Suspense Detective Conan "The Phantom of Baker Street" Original Soundtrack
7 蘭・愛のテーマ (ギターver.) Ran・Ai no Tēma (Gitā ver.) Ran's Love Theme (Guitar ver.) Detective Conan Original Soundtrack 2
8 元気をだして~時計の針が… Genki o Dashite ~ Tokei no Hari ga... Cheer Up ~ The Clock's Hand is... Detective Conan "The Phantom of Baker Street" Original Soundtrack
9 蘭のお姉さんぶり Ran no Onēsan Buri Ran's Elder Sister Style Detective Conan "Countdown to Heaven" Original Soundtrack
10 10年後の歩美 10 Nengo no Ayumi Ayumi 10 Years Later Detective Conan "Countdown to Heaven" Original Soundtrack
11 迷路 Meiro Labyrinth Detective Conan Original Soundtrack 4 ~Isoge! Shōnen Tanteidan~
12 ターゲット サスペンスC Tāgetto Sasupensu C Target Suspense C Detective Conan "The Fourteenth Target" Original Soundtrack
13 のんびり気分(アナザーver.) Nonbiri Kibun (Anazā ver.) Carefree Feeling (Another ver.) Detective Conan Original Soundtrack 2
14 元気をだして~時計の針が… Genki o Dashite ~ Tokei no Hari ga... Cheer Up ~ The Clock's Hand is... Detective Conan "The Phantom of Baker Street" Original Soundtrack
15 何かが起きる… Nanika ga Okiru... Something Happened... Detective Conan "The Fourteenth Target" Original Soundtrack
16 犯人(スナイパー)の正体 Hannin (Sunaipā) no Shōtai The Culprit's (Sniper's) Identity Detective Conan "Captured in Her Eyes" Original Soundtrack
17 悪のテーマ (パート2) Aku no Tēma (Pāto 2) Theme of Evil (Part 2) Detective Conan Original Soundtrack 2
18 ジャック・ザ・リッパーの考察 Jakku・Za・Rippā no Kōsatsu Jack the Ripper's Consideration Detective Conan "The Phantom of Baker Street" Original Soundtrack
19 忍び寄る危機 Shinobiyoru Kiki Incoming Crisis Detective Conan "The Time-Bombed Skyscraper" Original Soundtrack
20 忘れ咲き Wasurezaki Forget-Me-Not Wasurezaki

Part 2[edit]

# Song Title Romaji Translation OST
1 START START START START
2 コナンの直感 Konan no Chokkan Conan's Intuition Detective Conan "Countdown to Heaven" 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 小五郎の推理 Kogorō no Suiri Kogoro's Deduction Detective Conan "Countdown to Heaven" Original Soundtrack
5 START START START START
6 古城の探索 Kojō no Tansaku Exploration of the Old Castle Detective Conan "The Last Wizard of the Century" Original Soundtrack
7 陰謀 Inbō Conspiracy Detective Conan Original Soundtrack 3
8 ターゲット サスペンスD Tāgetto Sasupensu D Target Suspense D Detective Conan "The Fourteenth Target" Original Soundtrack
9 推理 (オリジナルver.) Suiri (Orijinaru ver.) Deduction (Original ver.) Detective Conan Original Soundtrack 2
10 緊迫 Kinpaku Tension Detective Conan Original Soundtrack 2
11 赤い光のスナイパー1 Akai Hikari no Sunaipā 1 The Sniper's Red Light 1 Detective Conan "The Last Wizard of the Century" Original Soundtrack
12 古城の探索 Kojō no Tansaku Exploration of the Old Castle Detective Conan "The Last Wizard of the Century" Original Soundtrack
13 トリック Torikku Trick Detective Conan "The Fourteenth Target" Original Soundtrack
14 ジンのテーマF Jin no Tēma F Gin's Theme F Detective Conan "Countdown to Heaven" Original Soundtrack
15 犯人の謎 Hannin no Nazo The Mystery of the Culprit Detective Conan "The Fourteenth Target" Original Soundtrack
16 コナンのテーマ (バラード・ヴァージョン) Konan no Tēma (Barādo・Vājon) Conan's Theme (Ballad Version) Detective Conan Original Soundtrack 1
17 忘れ咲き Wasurezaki Forget-Me-Not Wasurezaki
18 THE END(あれまぁ~) THE END (Aremā~) THE END ("Good Heavens!") Detective Conan "Captured in Her Eyes" Original Soundtrack

Gallery[edit]

In other languages[edit]

Language Title Translation
Flag of Catalonia Catalan (Catalan dub) El cas del dimoni del quimono a la foscor de les termes nevades The kimono devil in the dark of the snowy baths case
Flag of Valencia Catalan (Valencian dub) El cas del dimoni del quimono The kimono devil case
Flag of Germany German Einer heißen Quelle, Schnee und ein langärmliger Kimono A hot springs, snow and a kimono with long sleeves
Flag of Italy Italian Omicidio alle terme Murder at the Hot Springs Lodge
Flag of Thailand Thai คดีฟุริโซเดะในบ่อน้ำแร่กลางหิมะ Case of the Long Sleeved Kimono at the Hidden Hot Spring on a Snowy Night

See also[edit]

Episodes of Season 13
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