The Novelist Known as the Demon King

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Episode 1014
(Int. Episode 1071)

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Title: The Novelist Known as the Demon King
Japanese title: 魔王と呼ばれた小説家
(Maō to Yobareta Shōsetsuka)
Original airdate: July 31, 2021
Broadcast rating: 4.0%
Filler case: #352
Season: 31
Manga source: TV Original
English version
English title: The Novelist Known as the Demon King
Dubbed episode: 1014
English airdate: March 29, 2023 (Tubi)
Cast: Conan Edogawa
Kogoro Mouri
Juzo Megure
Wataru Takagi
Kazunobu Chiba
Case solved by: Kogoro Mouri (via Conan)
Next Conan's Hint: Curtains
Director: Yasuichiro Yamamoto
Nobuharu Kamanaka
Screenplay: Nobuo Ogizawa
Storyboard: Masaki Ozora
Episode director: Minoru Tozawa
Animation Director: Seiji Muta (supervisor)
Keiko Sasaki
Character Design: Masatomo Sudo
Rei Masunaga (sub-character)
Hiroshi Ogawa (design works)
Opening song: ZERO kara Hajimete
Closing song: Reboot
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The Novelist Known as the Demon King (魔王と呼ばれた小説家 Maō to Yobareta Shōsetsuka?) is the 1014th episode of the Detective Conan anime.





Kogoro and Conan happens to walk by a famous writer's house. They see patrol cars surrounding the house and meet Megure and Takagi. Takagi reveals the famous writer was found shot to death in his house. Both Kogoro and Conan check the crime scene with Megure and Takagi.


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Location: Shintaro Tawake's house
Victim: Shintaro Tawake
Age: 55 years old
Cause of death: Gunshot wound on abdomen
Suspects: Naoya Akaike, Miyuki Degawa, Ryunosuke Bito, and Haruo Chigasaki

Seemingly, the victim Tawake was shot while he was sleeping on the sofa. In addition, the victim was killed in a room that sunlight isn't permitted to pass through, due to the north-facing window the room possess. The estimated time of death is around noon, and most likely he was shot by the shotgun that was tossed nearby the sofa.

After a tremendous search with regards to the crime scene, Conan discovered several clues that might come handy towards the case. Firstly, there are blood stains scattered on that north-facing window. However, surprisingly, the curtains aren't contaminated by the blood stain. This implies that the crime might have been carried out with the curtains opened and was closed by the culprit in all likelihood. If that is the case, then why didn't the culprit bother to do that?

Secondly, the house that is located in front of that north-facing window seems to be vacant, which all shutters of it are closed. This is a great environment for the crime because that it will not be spotted by the neighbour, plus that there is also a construction going around nearby this conceals the sound of the shotgun. Last but not least, the forensics guy come across with a wooden tiny bench which has blood deposited as well. Conan once again contemplates: "Why would that be necessary?"

Tawake's four apprentices discussing the case.

After a while, Conan and the police meets the four apprentices of Tawake. The cropse was discovered by Akaike and Degawa, they all claim that they didn't touch the crime scene. Owing to the death of this mystery author, Akaike then cancels the appointment of dentist he asked yesterday which was instructed by Tawake himself. Through their conversations, the police notices that they all call their teacher the "Demon King". The reason turns out to be that Tawake forces his apprentices to be ghost writers for him. That is, to write books for him, and publish it with only a few modifications of his. Furthermore, Tawake's reputation doesn't look so great according to his apprentices. He had always pledged them that they will gain the chance to debut one day if they persistently write books for him. Nonetheless, that isn't the case as he lied towards them.

As the four of them have don't get along with the victim very well, they now become the crucial suspects of the case, this leads to the verification of their alibis. Finally, they were only able to confirm Akaike's alibi. The rest was apparently writing when the crime was implemented, so they don't have alibis, they then get into a quarrel to blame each other for the crime. Since the victim was fed with sleeping pills before his death, Akaike deduces the murderer must be an outsider because if the culprit is capable of slipping the pill, he will also be able to just directly poison him.

"Is this the truth?" Conan looked at himself in doubt. "Wait a minute," the bloodstain behind the curtains, the noisy construction area, the north-facing window, the contaminated wooden bench, as well as... The shotgun that belongs to the victim... These trivial clues have now jointed together, Conan then picks up a small piece of aluminium foil from the floor. All of his perplex have now faded away utterly, he chuckled: "I have finally figured out the trick that the culprit used."


  • Resolution


    • Almost every design in this episode pays homage to those renowned mystery writers and novels.
    • The trick that was referred in this episode and was claimed to be exceedingly renowned among detective novels, referenced from the Japanese novel called Matchlock (火縄銃), written by Edogawa Ranpo, in April 1932: completed in 1915, but not published during lifetime.
    • All the four apprentices names are related to japanese writers:
    • All novels on the bookshelf that are displayed in this episode corresponds to some of the Gosho Aoyama's Mystery Library from Detective Conan manga volumes:
    • 推理小説と言う切れ - ミステリと言う切れ - A piece called a mystery- volume 98;
    • 不自然||アンナチュラル - Unnatural - volume 96;
    • ブラックコーチ - クロコーチ - Black Coach - volume 97;
    • 0.1%の証明 - 99.9-刑事専門弁護士- - 99.9-Criminal Lawyer- - volume 94;
    • 万能探偵Cの事件簿 - 万能鑑定士Qの事件簿 - Universal Appraiser Q's Case Files - volume 91;
    • 義賊探偵山猿 - 怪盜探偵山猫 - Phantom Thief Detective Lynx - volume 90;
    • 戒下明日香の日記帳 - 掟上今日子の備忘録 - Memorandum of Kyouko Okitegami - volume 88;
    • 川上三郎の考察 - 江神二郎の洞察 - Insights of Jiro Ejin - volume 87;
    • 副屋警視の訪問 - 福家警部補の挨拶 - Greetings from Lieutenant Fukuie - volume 85;
    • 氷羊羹 - 氷菓 - Frozen dessert - volume 83;
    • 青龍刺青の女 - ドラゴン・タトゥーの女 - Girl with dragon tattoo - volume 84;
    • 事件解決は朝飯前で - 謎解きはディナーのあとで - Mystery Solving After Dinner - volume 82;
    • 捜査官はBARにいる - 探偵はBARにいる - The detective is in the BAR - volume 81.


    In other languages

    Language Title Translation
    Flag of Catalonia Catalan (Catalan dub) L'escriptor a qui li deien el Diable The writer who was called the Devil
    Flag of France French (Subbed) Un Romancier qu'on appelait Roi-sorcier A novelist who we call King-sorcerer
    Flag of Thailand Thai นักเขียนนิยายที่ถูกเรียกว่าจอมมาร A novelist known as the demon
    Flag of Vietnam Vietnamese Tiểu thuyết gia được gọi là quỷ vương

    See also

    Episodes of Season 31