|Release date:||April 17, 2015|
ISBN 978-4-09-941857-1 (DVD included)
|English release date:||April 11, 2023|
|English ISBN:||ISBN 1-9747-3268-5|
|English Publisher:||Viz Media|
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|List of chapters • List of cases|
- 1 Cast
- 2 Gadgets
- 3 Chapters
- 3.1 Poolside Case
- 3.2 Scriptwriter Murder Case
- 3.3 Kamaitachi Murder Case
- 3.4 Kawanakajima Murder Case
- 4 Cover in other countries
- 5 References
- 6 See also
File 905 - The Truth Rises to the Surface
Ran has a flashback to when she saw a younger Masumi say, "You are a wizard, right?" Ran tries to ask Sera if they have met before. Ran also feels the same when she sees the unknown child.
- Sera tells the Unknown child that they can trust Conan. They wait to meet Conan there, but that never happens as Ran and Sonoko tag along.
- Ran has a feeling that she has met Sera and the Unknown child before.
Scriptwriter Murder Case
File 906 - A Kind Aunt
Conan asks Haibara about Rum. She tells him that she has never met Rum in person, but has heard of his characteristics from other members. His description differs from person to person depending on who told the story.
Some said that he is a strong-built man. Some also said that he looks feminine. Others said that he is an old man. It is also possible that all of them were just body substitutes. Haibara also says that there is one characteristic about Rum that all the members who have met him can agree on, but she cannot remember it yet.
On the way home, the Detective Boys notice a boy, staring at an apartment. Upon asking, he starts crying. He was told to keep an eye on the apartment by an auntie. She told him to report to police if she didn't step out of her room, after being visited by three people. They decide to check her room. The boy tells them she is a script-writer by profession, is kind and plays with him at the park. He mentions that his parents passed away, after getting caught up in a robbery homicide.
They open the door, only to find her hanging. Conan notices strange things about the room, that suggests murder. The police are called, and later the boy notices the three men standing among the crowd outside the apartment building.
File 907 - A Suspicious Witness
Inspector Megure leads the investigation. The three men identify themselves as Shibakaru Denji, Sakaba Ronpei and Habanaka Kuramichi. Denji claims he and the deceased women were bar buddies, and he dropped by to talk to her. Ronpei says he came to get back a large sum of money, 500,000 yen, that he had loaned her long back. Kuramichi says he came to collect a manuscript written by her, for the mystery show he produced. It turns out all of them had discovered the body but didn't report to the police. They are called in for questioning.
Ronpei claims he was at the atm before and after having come to the apartment, and thus the surveillance cameras there might prove his innonence, to which Takagi accompanies him to the bank to verify. The claim proves to be true but not substantial to remove Ronpei from the suspects list. He tells upon questioning that he found the 500,000 bills lying under the hanging body. Kuramichi tells he found the envelope containing the manuscript lying on the floor. He also tells that the woman was working as a ghost writer. Denji recounts about the fight he had with the victim in the bar, and had come to apologise. He felt he might become the prime suspect, and hence didn't report finding the body.
Conan manages to learn about the boy. He is named Ganno Mamoru. His parents were killed by a gang of robbers who broke into their house and stole 2 million yen. Ganno, being away on a field trip, remained safe. Conan upon hearing the testimonies of the suspects, sees through the case, and asks Takagi if he could loan him 20,000 yen.
File 908 - Betting With Your Life...
- Ai Haibara gives Conan some information about Rum.
- She also reveals an important characteristic of him.
Kamaitachi Murder Case
File 909 - Kamaitachi is Coming
Conan talks to Heiji about cases on the phone, thinking to himself that he can't let Hattori get involved in the Rum case, something that still remains so unclear. After a bit of banter between them, Conan plays a recording from an earlier case, to Heiji's surprise, when he confessed to Kazuha.
Heiji and Kazuha invite the group to Nagano. While they are enjoying Kudzu soup Heiji pulls out a photo which appears to have captured the Kamaitachi. By comparing it to another picture, it seems as if the Kamaitachi is running above water. Daigo Nakama, the reporter who took the picture introduces himself to the group, stating that he has come back to snap additional pictures to further strengthen his report, which, as Midori Koyanagi, a reporter from an competitor's magazine, states, has received complaints about possibly being fake. Kohei Ohno, the owner's son says that he has seen the Kamaitachi, he even tried following it but started to drown in the water and fainted, after which he was laid in the hallway, drenched in water. Takami Ohno, Kohei's mother, the now widowed owner thanked Daigo for his published work, since it has increased the number of guests at the inn, eventhough people are now less likely to use the outdoor hot springs. Bonzo Ohno, the owner's father-in-law suggested nyotaimori (Serving sashimi/sushi on a naked female body) to raise the number of guests at the inn, however the owner isn't really inclined to the idea and believes that he's just joking.
The guests ask her if she has anything valuable to sell, to at least cover expenses, to which the owner mentions an old sickle that matches the one seen in the picture. The group gets excited about it and wants to take a look at it. While they get going, Heiji asks Conan if he would delete the recording of him confessing his love, but Conan declines. As the group finds the sickle in an old warehouse, the lightbulb breaks. Conan uses his wrist watch to illuminate the area, only to see that Heiji and Kogoro have been cut on their arm and back of their hand, respectively and the reporter Midori on her face vertically.
File 910 - The Murderous Kamaitachi
While tending to the wounds, the guests are waiting for the police to arrive. Since they are in Nagano, they eagerly await Yamato to come. With his name being mentioned, |Conan remembers what Ai told him about Rum - that he has one prosthethic eye, that some said he's a strong man, some he's very feminine and others claimed he's an old man. Conan compares those epithets with his look, concluding that some might consider him a strong man for his physical abilities, some might see him as feminine because of his ponytail, and others might think of him as an old man since he's using a cane to walk around. Much to their surprise, the police inspector in charge is Yamamura, since it's located on the very border of the Gunma prefecture. As they inspect the storage room, they go over the facts that Kogoro, Heiji and Midori were slashed during the blackout, while Daigo held the sickle. As the inspector asks the owner about the room, she tells him about a robbery which happened a few days prior, but nothing of significance was stolen. Kohei is happy about the 'Kamaitachi's' appearance, but his mother scolds him slightly and reminds him to decorate his room, Ran and Kazuha offer their help. Due to the evidence which they were able to collect, Conan and Heiji agree on it that the murder weapon has to be a shard from the broken lightbulb, but it turns out they were wrong, as there wasn't any blood on the shards and the forensics were able to rebuild the bulb into its original shape with all the present shards, however, Yamamura states that he found gum and cigarette ash residue on the floor which he found weird. The sound of something shattering, explosions and screams startle the group, they quickly advance towards its source to find Ran, Kazuha and the owner's son scared. The fluorescent lamp broke into shards and all the baloons bursted. Right after that, they hear the old man's voice who's in the annex. They arrive at the bath area from which the annex is accessible over the water, which appears to not have been altered with, behind a fence which isn't closed. There is however another way to reach the annex, which is by going around the hotel, which leads to the backdoor. As the group arrives, only the old man's footsteps can be seen in the snow. The light won't turn on but Conan uses his wristwatch to illuminate the room. The door is broken and appears to have been diagonally slashed, behind it is the old man's corpse with the sickle stuck in it.
File 911 - Kamaitachi's Route
After the dead body is discovered the guests agree that an ambulance should be called, which Kogoro disagrees with, since there's no need for it, as the owner's father-in-law is already dead and has been for less than 30 minutes, considering his rigor mortis and body temperature. Yamamura tells Kogoro that the sickle didn't react to luminol and that they have put it back in the storage room, and also that they have sent the forensics back to the station. Conan makes a remark wondering why there is blood around the cut in the door to the room, deducing that someone had to first murder the old man, then slash the door and put the sickle back in his body. Wondering whether it was all an act to fool everyone into believing it was the Kamaitachi's doing, Heiji reveals that the breaker had been pulled and that the culprit had left some marks at the entrance to the annex. With shattered glass around the door, Kogoro, Heiji and Conan take a look at the snow trail left between the annex and the door which leads to the outdoor hot spring. With the hot spring appearing as it hasn't been touched or changed in any significant way, except for a few droplets of water on the snow on top of stones, it seems as if the culprit had reached the crime scene by running on top of the water and leaving across the surrounding stones, making it seem as if he was riding the wind.
The guests are scared, thinking that the one who committed the deeds was the Kamaitachi. Daigo is especially scared by it. Heiji and Conan decide to keep silent about it towards Ran and Kazuha, but to no avail, since Yamamura had already spilled the beans about the case. While the girls believe it was a monster's doing, Conan finds BB bullets on the tatami mat in Kohei's room. Heiji finds a piece of the door which can be rolled up, so that a shooter could burst baloons with a gun inside the room while standing outside, but the girls disagree with it, since many baloons have bursted at the same time. Conan smells something strange in the air and wants to investigate further, as he enters the room his wrist watch light runs out of juice so he decides to use his smartphone. He accidentally plays Heiji's recording. Kohei claims that the room smelled like bathroom detergent and that something that felt like icy cold rain had dripped on him. The group discovers that there was a TV crew present in the past who recorded an interview and a foot massage which Gifu took, during which he screamed loudly, as he was in pain. The owner says that she even has a recording of the said program and the group heads off, with Kazuha staying behind telling Ran about what happened at the Ebisu bridge.
Kazuha is confused about what Heiji really meant when he said "What are you doing do my precious Kazuha?!", whether he thinks of her as his subordinate or if there's a different meaning to it, saying that she often hears similar phrases in historical dramas, but Ran assures her that he didn't think of her as his subordinate. The owner recalls that many guests have had a liking toward Gifu-sama, as he put them above everything else, at the expense of his tolerance towards the staff. He had kicked out the head waitress of the hotel once he fired her cruelly. The owner can't remember the name of the waitress, but knows that she had a child with her, as it all happened before she married into the family. She also says, to Conan's question, that both the reporters have visited the inn before, Koyanagi doesn't come too often, but Nakama is a regular, they have both also been present the time Kohei almost drowned in the pool, which happened at the same time when their storage room was first broken into. Their previous visit seemed different, as in that Daigo didn't have a mustache and Midori wasn't wearing any glasses.
Yamamura is surprised about Heiji's time keeping abilities, who is slightly panicking about the snow covering up the crime scene, he asks him how he does such a good job of keeping up, to which he tells him that even though the light went out earlier, he could still see the clock hands of his watch in the dark. Heiji and Conan stand with confident faces as they are sure about the culprit's true identity, while Takami offers some Kudzu soup to warm everybody up.
File 912 - The Denouement of the Kamaitachi
Heiji and Conan, being sure about who the culprit is, want to reenact what happened during the crime. They start off by making sure objects can easily fall into the hot spring, that there is no transparent glass beneath the surface. Conan decides to stay behind since the way to the annex is long and it being cold outside. Heiji points out that the breaker had already been pulled when they arrived at the crime scene and that they discovered the body with the sickle sticking in it. With Conan's arrival, Kogoro is surprised how he caught up with them, to which he replies that he came through the hot springs, but to the group's confusion since his clothes aren't wet. He states that he ran across. They seem surprised about his statement and are in awe when he starts sprinting quickly across it. Kogoro wants to try it out but falls in the hot spring. Heiji reveals that the liquid is in fact kudzu soup which tightens up and becomes more solid if you hit it hard enough. He then begins his reasoning.
Kawanakajima Murder Case
File 913 - Woodpecker
Shigeru Takeda is backed up against a tree with the culprit in front of him pointing with a sword in his direction. Shigeru warns him that he won't be able to cover it up and that his life will be ruined, but the person sentences him to death with a sword cut through the neck and a woodpecker mark on his forehead.
Yamamura offers the group a ride back from the inn but they decide to stay since there's a place Kogoro wants to visit. Misao isn't happy about it since there's a thick tension between Heiji and Kazuha, who are given a ride by him. Mouri wants to visit the Kawanakajima battlefield, where Shingen Takeda faced off against Kenshin Uesugi. Conan remembers seeing a TV special about the story. He recalls that Takeda Shingen's strategist Kansuke Yamamoto was in love with pricess Yuu, who was portrayed by Yoko. The Mouris try to recall the name of the strategy which was used, but receive the answer Yui, who arrives at the scene together with Kansuke and Taka'aki. Inspector Yamato is lightly made fun off due to his name's resemblance to the strategist, even more so since the story's strategy, which is also explained, was a failure. Conan thinks about Haibara's description of RUM, realizing just how much it fits Kansuke, and as he is approached by him a police man from the Nagano Police calls out his name. Inspector Mamoru Saegusa, who is accompanied by Assistant police inspector Shouji Kano and sergeant Akiyama Shinsuke are on their way to meet with their squad leader, Shigeru Takeda, oblivious to the fact that he had been murdered and had his head chopped off. Inspector Saegusa mentions he wanted to pay his respects to Lord Shingen beforehand and that they were supposed to meet Shigeru there, but they can't find him and he doesn't answer his phone. Before their departure from the group, Kansuke tells them to relay a message to Takeda, saying that even if it would be an order from directly above, he would rather die than join his squad. Uehara suggests showing the group around the Kawanakajima battlefield, as they would have nothing to do, if they left now, besides drinking her black coffee which Kansuke described as terrible. They comment on what their new chief prefers to drink, saying that the previous chief liked black coffee, but the new one, who was transferred from the national police agency prefers black tea.
The group is shown around by Uehara and lead to a bridge overwatching the battlefield. Morofushi recites a short poem written by Retsu Asai which mentions that the river's colour had been tainted red by all the blood of battlefield's victims. As Kansuke dismisses the idea as being a load of manure he spots a head floating down the river leaving a blood trail behind it. He orders Yui to call forensics and runs to the water with Morofushi and Conan. Using his cane he stops the flowing head and pulls it out, recognizing the identity and stating that it is the head of the Takeda squad leader, inspector Shigeru Takeda himself. Taka'aki finds the burned remains of the victim's body which has been smashed in several places, making it impossible to piece the head and body back together. The three police men from Shigeru's group arrive at the scene surprised that their leader had been murdered. Kansuke states that, considering the conditions of the body, he must have been burnt half a day ago. Conan points out a piece of rope which is hanging from the bridge railing which was probably used to keep the head in place for an amount of time and then releasing it into the river. He also points out that fake blood was used to leave the trail, since normal blood would have coagulated by then.
The police forensic points out a strange mark on the victim's forehead which resembles the footprint of an animal. Hyoue Kuroda, the chief of the first division of Nagano's police suddenly appears claiming that it is the footprint of a woodpecker, explaining that his lifestyle requires him to be able to get a sturdy grip on trees. Conan is shocked as he realizes that the person standing in front of him is an older, well built man with only one eye.
File 914 - Footprints and the Woodpecker Association
Kuroda learns that Takeda was planning a raid at a robber's hideout. The policemen remark about Takeda's absence the whole day as well. Taka'aki points out the woodpecker mark on the victim's head. Yui mentions about Woodpecker Association, a secret organization within the Nagano police force. She remarks it to be not a very good organization.
Back at the headquarters, Yui tells Conan and company that Kuroda was in coma for ten years due a serious accident. He suffered burns on his face and his right eye had to be made prosthetic. She also mentions that due to stress, Kuroda's jet black hair had turned completely white. And even after recovery, he seems to have lapses in memory. Yamato and Taka'aki arrive having a lead on the case. They mention two cases where Takeda had shot the suspect point blank. One case was from 9 years ago, when he had shot a man, who was mass-shooting on the streets. The other case was from half a year ago, where the suspect tried to hold people hostage at a bank robbery. But none of the suspects have any living relations who might take a grudge against Takeda.
Upon asked by Taka'aki, Yamato declines having gone to the bridge for his usual morning walk that day, where the crime occured. Yui tells Conan, when Yamato is out of earshot, that the man from 9 years ago who went mass shooting random people, was Yamato's childhood friend. And he was shot, right in front of Yamato by Takeda.
Later, Kuroda along with rest of the officers arrive, with a new info of someone having spotted a man looking like Yamato on the bridge that morning. Just then Taka'aki gets a call from Yamato, telling them that he recieved ten missed-calls from Kano, and he is unreachable since. They decide to rush to Kano's house. Upon arriving, they spot Kano hanging from the ceiling, with Yamato standing beside him, muttering the words, "I'm Bishamonten...The god of warefare...who will destroy the woodpecker."
File 915 - To Saijo Mountain...!
The words uttered by Yamato were send to him from Kano's cellphone. They take down the body, Yamato being at the forefront of it all. Just then, Kano's cellphone recives a message, from Takeda, saying only three woodpeckers left. Kuroda remarks that the culprit must be the same who killed Takeda, as there is a woodpecker mark on Kano's forehead as well. Upon confronted, Yamato declines having gone to the bridge once again, calling the information wrong.
Later at the headquarters, the trio of Yamato, Yui and Taka'aki tell Conan and company about the crime. Taka'aki mentions that Kano was part of Takeda's squad that took part in the 9 year old case of mass shooting. He mentions that Yamato, being part of Takeda's squad back then and also being against the shooting at the bank robbery, is also a suspect. Hearing this, Yamato storms out saying he will investigate the case on his own. Akiyama recieves a text message and takes a hurried leave as well.
Later, Inspector Saegusa calls Taka'aki to tell that Akiyama drove off to Mount Saijo, where the wanted robber's hideout is, on his own. They all rush to that place, with Conan sneaking into Taka'aki's car. Just when they are looking about the cabin, they hear wails, and notice Akiyama being tied to a car, with rope around his head, which is about to run off the cliff. He cries "cellphone" and gets pulled by the car off the edge, cutting his head off the body.
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