With Halloween fast approaching, I thought I'd jump on the bandwagon with a couple horrific comics of my own. But since another poster here seems to have the market cornered on Junji Ito material, I thought I'd go with a different approach: horror in series that really, really shouldn't have it.
Enter Meitantei Conan
(lit. Great Detective Conan, officially known as Case Closed
in English-speaking nations), a manga/anime franchise that, at this point, is probably Japan's equivalent to Scooby-Doo
. A long-running series with hundreds of installments, a ridiculously iconic mascot that can be plastered across any number of lunchboxes, backpacks, you name it, and whose main focus is on solving paper-thin (yet often highly complicated) mysteries with an over-the-top cast whose personalities are largely set in stone. A great number of its haters (and for that matter, a great number of its fans) complain that it's long outlived its golden years and ought to be put out of its misery, but still it chugs on... and on... and on...(Aww, come on. How horrific can a series with this little guy as the main character be?)
But this being Japan, there are a few key differences. Like the fact that instead of unmasking goofy monsters in rubber suits, our protagonists usually go up against murderers. Murderers who usually succeed on their first try.
The real horror actually starts in the later volumes, but let's get acquainted with the cast and the direction of the series first. And in actuality, this pilot chapter is pretty damn horrific on its own (if not too rich in common sense...).( A Study in Shrinkage )