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Volume 31

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Release date: March 17, 2001
Chapters: 307-317
ISBN: ISBN 4-09-126161-2
Publisher: Shogakukan
English release date: September 15, 2009
English ISBN: ISBN 1-4215-2199-7
English Publisher: Viz Media
Featured Detective & Keyhole
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Toyama no Kin-san
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Ginshiro Toyama
Aoyama's death & Conan side images
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Prev volume: « Volume 30
Next volume: Volume 32 »
List of chaptersList of cases

Volume 31 was released on March 17, 2001 in Japan.




Pottery Class Case

File 307 - The Hidden Word

The police are about to arrest Kikuyo, as they’ve found out she had bought a very expensive flat recently and may have killed her fiancé and future husband Motoo to get the latter’s life insurance premium. Before finding Motoo’s corpse with the others, she had previousky hidden it in the closet and pretended to go and fetch the first-aid kit to make people believe she couldn’t kill and hide Motoo in less than a minute. Mino confirms he saw Kikuyo trying to strangle Motoo, even though she claims it was a joke. Conan tranquilises Sonoko and discloses the truth : the only person who could have murdered Motoo was the one who last saw him and told Kikuyo to go and wait for him in the workshop, as it seems Motoo was pulling up his sleeves and preparing to go and help for ceramics as he was murdered.


  • Fake Kogoro Mouri Case

    File 308 - An Impostor Appears

    An imposter impersonates Kogoro Mouri at a hotel where he is invited to investigate a case where a man is said to have committed suicide 4-5 years ago. Kogoro decides to play along and not reveal his identity. Later that night, the impostor is found hanged in his room.

    File 309 - Truth of the Impostor

    Conan reveals that it is a murder and that it relates to the incident 5 years ago.

    File 310 - The Time of Lies


  • Netted Man Murder Case

    File 311 - Warm Ocean

    Agasa takes the Detective Boys to the beaches of Ito (a city in Shizuoka Prefecture) for vacation. Conan lies idly on the sea surface and complains that he cannot fully enjoy when trapped in such a small body. However, after accidentally bumping into two young adult girls’ behinds and not facing any consequences, he changes his mind. Genta pops up beside Conan and remarks that he clearly liked their bodies; Conan blushes and dismisses the idea, and points to another girl, whom he says he likes more. Haibara joins the conversation and determines that Conan feels attracted to that girl because of her resemblance to “someone” (i.e. Ran). Conan is about to object to this, but that girl turns around, and she turns out to be nobody but Ran. Initially, Conan is surprised to see her (and Sonoko) in Ito, but then he recalls that they did mention that they were going on a trip somewhere. Sonoko says with a degree of disappointment that they did not take Conan because a trip with him would invariably involve them in a murder case, but Ran tells Conan that it is fine, that the more people together the more fun. Conan again blushes slightly as Haibara watches this conversation unfold on the side.

    The Detective Boys thus start playing beach ball with Ran and Sonoko. After a while of fun (at least for Sonoko), she notices that Ran is gone; Mitsuhiko informs her that since Haibara is tired, Ran and Conan have accompanied her ashore. It turns out that Haibara is not only tired; according to Conan’s diagnosis, she suffers from sunstroke, and thus needs to rest somewhere shelled from the sun and have freezing cold towels applied to various parts of her body. Ran comes with a large bucket of ice and asks Agasa how Haibara is feeling; Agasa replies that she will soon be fine. Ran happily says “fantastic!”, and tells Haibara in a friendly manner that whenever she feels unwell she should tell others about it. Haibara pretends to be exhausted and does not utter a word, and Ran, not let down by her lack of reaction, rejoins Sonoko to play.

    Conan and Agasa ask why Haibara would, instead of keeping playing or returning to Agasa’s side, sit on the beach alone and expose herself directly to the baking sun (which then gave her sunstroke). Haibara, presently lying on a lounger with her eyes closed and her right hand pressing the towel over her head, responds that she feels that she has nowhere to hide. This puzzles her two companions greatly, and they think that she is referring to man-eating sharks. Haibara opens her eyes, and says woefully that what she is dealing with is a dolphin, the most beloved mammal in the seas, and that one cannot compare a shark (herself) that just escaped from the cold and lightless bottom of the ocean (the Black Organization) with a dolphin (Ran). Conan and Agasa do not understand what she is going through and cannot grasp her metaphors, so Haibara says that they can go rest if they wish to.

    Not far from where Haibara is lying, Sonoko gets into an argument with a local named Noboru Shimojo: Sonoko has found a boat and she is taking the remaining Detective Boys on a ride in it, which Shimojo deems dangerous for the many other tourists nearby. Ran and Yuta Yoshizawa (one of Shimojo’s friends) come to stop tension from building up, and Yoshizawa puts the boat away despite Ran’s offer to do it herself; he says that it is their duty as lifeguards.

    A man (named Giichi Aramaki) lying on a lounger nearby and enjoying his drink overhears Yoshizawa’s words and comments scornfully that the reason why the likes of Yoshizawa and Shimojo have to make a living out of removing refuse on the beach and pretend to be “lifeguards” is that they are terrible at fishing, their main occupation. Shimojo is strongly irritated by these words, and accuses Aramakai of being the culprit behind their fishing problems. Yoshizawa calms his friend down, and reminds Aramaki of their meeting at Queen Hotel’s Chinese restaurant at 8 p.m. that night. Aramaki replies arrogantly that he will be there, and Sonoko and Ran, knowing that they have booked a table at that same restaurant for dinner, are suddenly at a loss (as they know that tension might arise between the two hostile parties).

    The night approaches quickly. Ran and Sonoko arrive at the Chinese restaurant, and they see that coincidentally, Agasa and the Detective Boys dine there as well. Ran, noting Haibara’s absence, asks where she is. Mitsuhiko and Genta say that Haibara is sleeping in her room and has no appetite for dinner, and Sonoko remarks that Ran seems to care a lot about Haibara. Ran explains that she just wants to talk to her, as, up to that point, whenever they see each other in the eyes Haibara would immediately turn away and look at something else. Ran then adds jokingly that Haibara might dislike her.

    At this moment Shimojo arrives at the restaurant. Since it is only 7:12 p.m., he can do nothing but sit down at the adjoining table and wait. Sonoko remarks that they should finish the dinner quickly and get out of the restaurant before an argument erupts, and Shimojo retorts by saying that argument is not what they are seeking, that they simply want to make Aramaki understand the rules of nature. He explains that local fishermen know that once the fish stock is depleted it will take ages for it to recover, for which they have put a cap on how many fish to catch each year; but Aramaki, being an outsider, either does not know this or does not care, and operates under the philosophy that the more fish caught, the better. Yoshizawa arrives at this moment and adds that the laws regulating the fishing industry are weakly enforced, because of which nobody can actually force Aramaki to stop his ecologically destructive activities. Shimojo asks Yoshizawa where their other companion is, and Yoshizawa responds that that person is visiting their fathers’ tombs and thus will be late. Sonoko asks them to tell her more, and the two fishermen recount that the fathers of all three died exactly eight years ago when they went fishing on the same boat and were overwhelmed by a rainstorm.

    The two fishermen and Sonoko keep on chatting avidly and drink (although Sonoko is under 18) until the third fisherman, who is named Nobutsugu Nezu, arrives. He disputes Yoshizawa’s account of their fathers’ tragic end and says that their boat was actually sinked by Aramaki, whom he refers to as a “pirate”. It is now 8:40 and Aramaki still has not come, so Nezu decides to call him (the other two have already done so various times, but nobody picked up). This time the call is actually picked up, but nobody speaks, and the only thing that Nezu can hear on the phone is a noise resembling waves gently hitting the beach. Shortly after, Aramaki hangs up. The three fishermen, very unimpressed with Aramaki’s attitude, decide to set out to look for him. He turns out to be dead, with his body left in the waters of the intertidal zone and entangled by fishing net.

    File 312 - Caught in a Net...

    Sango Yokomizo arrives at the crime scene to investigate. His team determines that the victim was drowned, which prompts Conan to ask why the clothes on the body are torn and why there are bruises and scars on Aramaki’s body. Yokomizo removes Conan from the body, and tells a subordinate to untangle the body and carry it away for a posthumous medical examination, which will reveal approximately when he died. Yokomizo tells the three fishermen that they are all suspects, as they could easily kill Aramaki before heading to the restaurant (Yokomizo knows that the crime cannot be committed after that because Sonoko has confirmed to him that the three fishermen never left the restaurant before going on the search). He also finds it suspicious that they came to the deserted seaside to search for Aramaki, which prompts the fishermen to bring up their various phone calls. Aramaki’s call records (which somehow survived despite having been submerged in water) corroborate the fishermen’s assertions: that Yoshizawa called Aramaki once, at around 7 p.m., that Shimojo called him thrice, all at around 8 p.m., and that Nezu called him at 8:41 (i.e. shortly after he arrived at the restaurant). From these records, Yokomizo determines that none of the fishermen was able to commit murder: the last call being picked up necessarily means that either Aramaki was alive at the time or his murderer was near him. But none of the fishermen could kill him after 8:41, and at 8:41 they were all in the Chinese restaurant. Conan, unlike Yokomizo, still thinks that one of them murdered Aramaki, but recognizes that the call records present a huge logical obstacle.

    At this point the rest of the Detective Boys notice that the boat that Sonoko found in the morning is now drifting in the sea and not far from the crime scene. Yokomizo orders his subordinates to retrieve it (Agasa says that he should help as well, and Yokomizo’s inability to come up with a good excuse for not helping prompts Ayumi to guess that he does not know how to swim despite having a “coral-like” hairstyle), and they find that the boat is partially filled with sea water and holds a large (and empty) sake bottle, a single sandal and a shirt button. Since there is a button missing on Aramaki’s shirt and he had only one sandal on upon death, Yokomizo deduces that the murder occurred as follows: the murderer made Aramaki drink, and when he was drunk carried him into the boat and entangled him with fishing net. The murderer met fierce resistance (which is why Aramaki’s body is full of injuries and the button and sandal are not on his body), but eventually he (or she) was able to overpower and successfully drown Aramaki. Conan disagrees; he says that under that scheme the murderer would throw the sake bottle etc. into the sea to destroy evidence. The other Detective Boys present argue that doing so would pollute the sea, Conan retorts that that is not his point, and the four kids start a heated quarrel. Yokomizo, unable to withstand this, picks all four up simultaneously, takes them before Agasa and orders him to never lose control or sight of them again. This fails at the very moment that they are dropped down; Ayumi, spotting a piece of rubbish floating on the sea surface, rushes there to pick it up (and Agasa does not even attempt to tell her to come back). On the way, she accidentally steps on something and is hurt. Mitsuhiko asks her whether she is ok, and Ayumi answers in affirmative, adding that there are a lot of seashells on the beach. This inspires Conan, who runs to a subordinate of Yokomizo, who shows him that there are a lot of scrape marks on Aramaki’s phone. After this, Conan seems to have a general picture of how the murder took place, but he feels that something is still missing.

    Conan begins pondering what the last piece required to complete the puzzle can possibly be, but he is distracted by Sonoko, who suggests to Yokomizo that the boat is there to mislead the police and make them think that there was some sort of trick. According to her, the murderer simply entangled Aramaki and trapped him in the net, and left him at a suitable place such that during high tide he would be submerged and thus drowned. Yokomizo respectfully rejects her hypothesis, saying that the fishing net did not severely limit Aramaki’s ability to move and that he would be able to sit up during high tide to avoid being drowned unless he had been fed potent sleeping pills; Yokomizo thus fails to notice that Sonoko did make some valid points. Conan, on the other hand, feels enlightened by this flawed deduction, and immediately figures out the murderer and a way to make him admit guilt.

    The last panels of this file depicts a slightly bored and tired Haibara watching TV and eating chips in a hotel room. She wonders why everyone else has been dawdling so much.

    File 313 - A Courageous Decision


  • Naniwa Swordsman Case

    Characters introduced

    File 314 - The Naniwa Swordsman

    Conan, Ran and Kogoro are coming at last to Heiji's place in Osaka to enjoy time and dinners together, and also to meet Heiji's parents. Meanwhile, Heiji hopes to win a kendo competition, a sport in which he excels, and especially to defeat famous Soshi Okita from Kyoto Senshin High School, who injured his neck with a special blow last year. He says he wants to win the tournament notably to declare his love to Kazuha, as an anwser to the "love injury" Kazuha made to him (Vol. 28). Some time after, Heiji overhears a violent argument between a drunk kendoka named Tarumi and his team from the University of Shinnai, who calls him a loser as he always do everything to throw a wrench in their gears. As Hakamada, the team captain, harshly looks down on Tarumi, the latter says he has nothing to lose (he was fired from his job) and will soon "let the cat out of the bag", adding he will kill Hakamada some day.

    Afterwards, the team worries about Tarumi's absence and they start looking for him in the whole Naniwa sports hall, only to find him dead in a warehouse, covered in blood, probably stabbed with a sabre. They go and get the police, ambulance and also their team captain to come to the warehouse. Hakamada arrives first with the rest of the team, along with Heiji who had eavesdropped their conversation, only to note there's absolutely no corpse, no blood and no sabre in the warehouse. Some sports hall employees come along and tell the group a mysterious man has just called them, asking them to tell the Shinnai team to go to the swimming pool's changing rooms to find Tarumi there. They indeed find the corpse of their mate there, drenched under a hot shower, near the sabre.

    As the police arrive, Heiji wonders how the corpse came to be transported from the warehouse to the changing room without people's notice. He starts calling "Kudo" to get some help to solve the murder, but eventually hangs up when he hears Kazuha say Kudo will solve the matter in a flash, which makes Heiji angry and wanting to solve it by himself, before Shinichi/Conan's arrival in Osaka.

    File 315 - The Invisible Swordsman

    Heiji decides to investigate the case, and accordingly his kendo team must try and win the tournament without their champion, which will be quite hard. Heiji tells Otaki Tarumi’s mates could be suspected, since a demonstration sabre was stolen today, and the murderer seemed to know very well how to use a sabre, and where all the rooms and storage rooms of the sports hall are, not mentioning the previous argument. Though, Heiji can’t find any evidence, neither how the corpse was transported to the changing room. Hakamada says someone stole his kendo plate, which is not so important in the end, because the tournament is over for them. Kazuha end Heiji’s team feel tense as they watch Okita knocking down and taking out their kendokas one after the other during the matches. Therefore, Kazuha starts running and searching for Heiji everywhere in the hall.

    Heiji has Doguchi, one from the Shinnai team, own up to the fact that Haori, their manager, and also Tarumi’s ex-girlfriend, who started dating Hakamada, eventually left them after the « affair ». Heiji can’t get more information as he is distracted by two kendokas talking about Okita’s moves, and Doguchi escapes his grip. Heiji asks the kendokas if they saw any suspicious person during the murder, and they reply they indeed saw a tall kendoka in full wear carrying another one's wear in a kendo bag. Heiji understands that only Hakamada could do it, as he is strong enough to carry a corpse in a bag, and he could have hid behind the storage room's pommel horse after his murder, waiting for his mates to leave. However, Heiji immediately rules out this possibility, given Hakamada couldn't be sure if one of his mates would remain in the room waiting for the police to come, or not. Hakamada comes up to Heiji and threatens him saying things will go worse for him if he keeps harassing his childhood friend Doguchi, who doesn't stand the sight of blood and wouldn't harm a fly.

    As Conan, Ran and Kogoro are about to turn up momentarily, Heiji realises some mannequins could have been used, and he rushes to the storage room, opens the pommel horse, and finds out the truth.

    File 316 - The Swordsman of Justice

    Kazuha goes on looking for Heiji, and ends up coming across Ran, Kogoro and Conan, telling them Heiji is investigating a murder, which arouses Conan's curiosity. She brings them to the pool's changing room, while the murderer stares at them and leaves towards the storage room with a kendo bag. Once there, he takes a bloody towel out of the bag, along with a bottle of water. Meanwhile, Otaki explains Mouri and co the whys and wherefores of the case, and Conan stands thinking deeply. He then deduces who the murderer is and the trick he used.


  • Tiger Scroll Case

    File 317 - The Ruler's Palace

    After the Naniwa case, Heiji and co are having a delicious dinner at the Hattori's, where they also meet Ginshiro Toyama, Kazuha's father. Kazuha zonks out from exhaustion, given she spent the afternoon running in search of Heiji. Heizo says his son is good at investigating, but not as much as Kogoro, which means for Heiji that he still cannot hold a candle to Kudo. Ginshiro says Heiji is the spitting image of his friend Heizo when he was younger. Heizo tells Toyama to go easy on alcohol, but the latter says it's not a problem as Heizo will "drive them home". Heizo understands it as Toyama wanting to discuss a very important matter with him one to one. Indeed, in Heizo's car, Toyama tells his old friend that Kazuha is a big girl now and he doesn't think of another perfect future husband for her than Heizo's son. Kazuha pretends to sleep but actually overhears their conversation. Heizo sternly tells his friend to stop beating around the bush, and Toyama comes to the real issue, revolving around the Osaka Castle Case of 13 years ago, during which a wholly burnt corpse, unable to be identified, had been found in the castle's moat. Toyama shows Heizo the burnt piece of earthenware they had found inside the victim's inner pocket, and says he now makes a connection with a more recent case during which a corpse was found too, in the castle's eastern ramparts, with quite the same piece on him, featuring the "848" number. Toyama believes the two pieces are the same and have a kind of mysterious relationship, and thinks their first theory may turn out to be true after all, the "incredible treasure left by the mortals".

    The day after, Kazuha takes Conan, Heiji, Ran, and Kogoro to Osaka Castle, and shows them around the same way as Heiji did when they first came to Osaka (Vol. 19). Heiji remarks it, and finds Kazuha's plan to visit the castle boring, he wishes they had gone visiting the Osaka Prefectural Police instead. Kazuha says the Castle has always remained very beautiful, and an old man named Arihiro Kasuya tells her the history of the castle : its building in 1599 by Hideyoshi Toyotomi, its rebuilding in 1629 by Ieyasu Tokugawa, its new third tower built in 1931 by the inhabitants of Osaka, and finally its refurbishment not long ago. Kasuya says Toyotomi is his thought leader, and he explains he wears the badge emblem of Ieyasu because he is part of a game trip called "Hideyoshi's 8 Days/Hide Days", during which 5 selected fans of medieval Japan and Hideyoshi, from the Nagoya, Osaka and Kyoto regions, are playing roles every day, embodying one of Japan's great unifiers and characters among Hideyoshi, Nene, Ieyasu, Nobunaga Oda and Mitsuhide Akechi, with some certain duties to perform according to each. Heiji and co meet the other players : Toshiaki Fukushima as Mitsuhide, Maho Katagiri as Nene, Shigehiko Wakisaka as Nobunaga, and Yuji Kato, who plays Hideyoshi, but who's not here at the moment, as he told his comrades he suddenly needed to be alone for a moment, after a sudden phone call. Heiji and co leave them together to go and visit the castle. Meanwhile, Kato, in the bathroom, is reading with excitement a scroll where the Japanese ideogram character for "dragon" is featured, commenting about his prayers to find the glorious light being granted at last, thirteen years after.

    Heiji yells at Kazuha for losing her wallet though she has a well-closing handbag, and forcing them to visit the castle backwards as a result, and she answers Heiji rushed her a lot and she ended up losing it then. As it starts raining, Ran takes an umbrella out of her bag and they all shelter under it. Conan hints at the fact Kazuha may have forgotten her wallet at the shop where she's bought a disposable camera not long ago, and she and Ran go and check for it. Kogoro, Conan and Heiji meet the four travellers again, who are worried since Kato is nowhere to be found. Suddenly, an explosion occurs and someone is burning on the roof of the castle, falling from the balcony onto the floor. Heiji and Conan rush to rescue him while Kogoro calls the paramedics. The victim grabs Ran's umbrella to show Heiji something, and dies afterwards.


  • Cover in other countries

    • China
    • Finland
    • France
    • Germany
    • Hong Kong
    • Indonesia
    • Italy
    • Korea
    • Malaysia (Chinese)
    • Malaysia (Malay)
    • Norway
    • Rep. of China (Taiwan)
    • Spain (Spanish, Volumen 2)
    • Sweden
    • Thailand
    • United States
    • Vietnam

    See also

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