The Dangerous Melon Field

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Episode 1121
(Int. Episode 1179)

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Information
Title: The Dangerous Melon Field
Japanese title: あぶなすぎるメロン(ばたけ)
(Abuna Sugiru Meron Batake)
Original airdate: April 27, 2024
Broadcast rating: 6.3%
Filler case: #417
Season: TBD
Manga source: TV Original
Case
Cast: Conan Edogawa
Kogoro Mouri
Ran Mouri
Case solved by: Kogoro Mouri (via Conan)
Next Conan's Hint: Fluorescent tape
Staff
Director: Yasuichiro Yamamoto
Nobuharu Kamanaka
Screenplay: Akatsuki Yamatoya
Storyboard: Masaki Ozora
Episode director: Minoru Tozawa
Animation director: Masatomo Sudo (supervisor)
Keiko Sasaki
Character design: Masatomo Sudo
Masanori Hashimoto (sub-character)
Hiroshi Ogawa (design works)
Music
Opening song: Unraveling Love ~Sukoshi no Yūki~
Closing song: You & I
Chronology
Prev episode: « Mystery of the Lost Treasure
Next episode: Stakeout 3 »
List of episodes

The Dangerous Melon Field (あぶなすぎるメロン(ばたけ) Abuna Sugiru Meron Batake?) is the 1121st episode of the Detective Conan anime.

Cast

Gadgets

Case

Situation

A commonplace day at the Mouri Detective Agency kicked off rather quirkily - A melon farm owner, whose name is Kazuki Kumagai, requested Kogoro to ascertain the culprit behind a melon field theft incident. Initially, Kogoro took the affair exceedingly solemn, yet after learning some details to it, his exhilarating jubilant turned into substantial grieve and fury. That is, there would be three potential culprits:

The three "suspects".
  1. It has exceptionally strong legs. The males have antlers that fall off and regrow each spring – Namely, Deer
  2. It is known for its reckless charges. It can run at speeds up to 45 kilometres per hour – Namely, Boars
  3. It has dexterous hands. When hunting prey underwater, it looks like it is washing its hands – Namely, Racoons

Having known that the "culprits" who might steal the melons were wild animals, Kogoro's indignation cascaded to an immeasurable extent; entrusting this type of affairs to the great-detective Kogoro Mouri is truly a humiliation, in his outlook. Eventually, Conan and Ran managed to convince Kogoro to stay. Consequently, Kumagai ushered him at his melon field and treated them with some of his finely grown melons. As the Mouri family enjoyed the melons, Kumagai proclaimed that not only do his melons possess exquisite netting on the melon peel, but are also very sweet - a result of his earnest nurturing upon the melon; one can cost over ten thousand Yen.

Midst the conversation, three other fellow melon farmers cropped up and took over the speech: Kanta Shikado, Takezo Arai, and Manabu Inose. They all owned a piece of farmland which also specialised in melon farming; yet, all of them echoed the fact that Kumagai's melon, in particular, were of the best of all. Even though they seem to treat each other as rivals, based on their claims, the competition was not negative at all. Shikado thus explained to the Mouri family the reason behind Kumagai's success: his melons possess a refined netting pattern which was deliberately manipulated via fertilisers and water levels; as a result, melons with uniform netting are generically sold with higher prices, outweighing the sweetness of the melon itself.

Kogoro trying to catch the mischievous racoon.

After the "rivals" of Kumagai had left, Kogoro began to delve into the investigation with regards to the melon field theft. Kumagai told him that installation of infra-red camera footages (slightly more advanced than the normal ones) was ubiquitous within the region; electric fences and scarecrows were also in use to enhance the security of the melon field - however, it did not impede thief from stealing the melons. Electric fences were cut, and the scarecrows were severely sabotaged. While discussing whether the there would be a racoon or some sort, Inose's squealing voice kicked in palpably - Apparently, there was a racoon sweeping across Kumagai's melon field at discretion.

After etching a considerable effort snatching the culprit racoon, they were able to blast it away. Sequentially, a scream seemed to had come from one of the adjacent melon fields. As everyone darted towards it, they discovered the lost-of-conscious Manabu Inose collapsed upon a smashed melon. Kogoro deduced that Inose still manifested some vitality; hence, he urged others to call an ambulance.

Assault

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Location: Kazuki Kumagai's melon field
Victim: Manabu Inose
Age: 49 years old
Injury: Blunt-force trauma
Suspects: Kazuki Kumagai, Kanta Shikado and Takezo Arai

Kogoro began his investigation thereupon - a crude-and-straightforward theft case had escalated into an intentional assault case. After a thorough inquiries with all suspects in the region, Kogoro obtained a fairly puzzling case overview: Inose and Shikado were at odds over a girl named Yukie at a certain bar at times; Arai borrowed an unneglectable fortune from Inose, some portion of his melon farmlands were also rent from Inose; Kumagai also happened to be insulted by Inose on an occasion when he precisely had just started planting melons.

Kogoro reviewed the scenarios captured by the security cameras. Nothing queer seemed to appear within; Conan discovered a notable detail that might be useful for solving the case: the people who appeared within the camera footage were solely Kumagai and the Mouri family, along with Arai who discovered Inose at that melon field. Neither the culprit show up in the footage, nor did the victim Inose turn up. Ran later pointed out something out of ordinary as well, there were some faint movements within the shrubs nearby the melon field, according to the image captured by the security camera (it did not seem like a person either).

Kogoro inspecting the camera footage with Kumagai.

Returning to the melon field, Kogoro greeted the local police who was analysing the crime scene. The police recognised Kogoro right away and granted him with a big-warm welcome. The police then disclosed that the victim Inose only had one distinct injury on his shin; in other words, no struggles were made before the assault. Afterwards, Kogoro, Ran, and Conan were genuinely having a ball on drinking the peculiar melon soda. As Conan drank the melon soda, he contemplated the case and reviewed all aspects of details pertaining to it. Swiftly, he detached with Ran and Kogoro, dashing away, wanting some final confirmation just so he could solve the case entirely. He then discovered a movable iron cage left on side of the melon field greenhouse, with some meticulous inspections, he found some fairy-like matter embedded on it. On the pillar of the greenhouse, he noticed that there were some tape wrapped around it, and a dirt hole visible on the ground. Leaving the greenhouse, an empty truck came into his sight, with further evaluation, he noticed a pet carrier on the back of the truck - and that was exactly what he was looking for.

People

  • Resolution

    Trivia

    • The suspects have names related to wild animals :
      • Manabu Inose (猪瀬 学) comes from boar ( inoshishi?) ;
      • Kazuki Kumagai (熊谷 一樹) comes from bear ( kuma?) ;
      • Kanta Shikado (鹿戸 貫太) comes from deer (鹿 shika?) ;
      • Takezo Arai (新井 猛三) comes from raccoon (洗熊 araiguma?).
    Arai explains how melon netting is formed.
    • Knowledge about melon netting cited in this episode: A melon's netting can be grown deliberately by controlling the fertilizer and water levels. This causes the flesh to grow faster than the rind, resulting in cracks on its surface. The melon secretes a substance called suberin to repair the cracks like a scab.

    Gallery

    Quotes

    • Hilarious remark - Conan "goes to the bathroom":

    Ran Mouri: Conan-kun, where are you going?
    (毛利蘭「コナン君どこ行くの?」)

    Conan Edogawa: The bathroom.
    (江戸川コナン「ちょっとトイレ。」)

    Kogoro Mouri: But the bathroom is that way.
    (毛利小五郎「トイレはあっちだろ。」)

    In other languages

    Language Title Translation
    Flag of Arabic Arabic مزرعة الشمام Melon Farm
    Flag of France French (Subbed) Un champ de melons trop dangereux A too dangerous melon field

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