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branchandroot: bunny sticking out its tongue (plotbunny taunts you)
Clearly, having even a brief vacation makes all the plotbunnies perk up.

Example one:

*finishes the small bookend scene that closes the third Akai/Furuya story*

There, that went well!

Furuya: Yes, it did, except you missed all the hardcore smut that goes in this spot. *drops 2.5K of it on the author's head*

Example two:

*finishes up the third Akai/Furuya story, this time including smut*

You know, now I think about it, if Kazami is Metropolitan public security, he's probably an attempt by the higher-ups to get Furuya a replacement partner/liaison after Hiromitsu...

*clobbered by a small but very insistent plotbunny*

*bangs out 600 words while tea gets cold*
branchandroot: oak against sky (Default)
And while I'm thinking about it, Furuya Rei is honestly a little terrifying.

If you look back, knowing who and what he is, well the first thing you notice is that he's survived undercover with the Black Organization for at least five, possibly six years. Which means he started this job when he was, at the oldest, twenty-four years old. And considering how utterly casual the Organization is about collateral damage and deaths vs how fiercely protective Rei is of his country and people, that's a phenomenal amount of stress to be under for that long.

Pursuant to which, it becomes very clear that Rei is intensely methodical. That's an interesting quality to match with his obvious intellectual brilliance and intuition, but boy howdy has he got it in spades. He tests, at every step, meticulously and thoroughly, to check his conclusions. Consider how often he appeared as scar!Akai, to Akai's allies and family, to test their responses and see if any one of them knew Akai was alive. Consider that his exposure to Mouri Kogoro started, not with the wedding case, but with the thirteen red shirts case. Rei observed Kogoro, clearly concluded that he was not going to solve this thing, and proceeded to email the right answer to him--closing with an impatient prod to hurry up and announce it so they could all get moving. And then Sleeping Kogoro puts in an appearance, which obviously gets his attention. He goes into that wedding case knowing that Kogoro is a world-class twerp, at least when he's awake, which means that Rei's own unusually aggressive insistence on his 'mistaken' deductions are a deliberate setup to push Sleeping Kogoro into another appearance, to save Kogoro's old classmate. Rei was there when the cake was stepped in, after all; given his later performances, he couldn't have missed that clue any more than Conan did. He stays close to Kogoro and, frankly, plays him like a violin, to place one test after another in his way until the tennis/dry ice case. At that point, he tests his conclusion for the last time by getting in the way of Conan's wristwatch tranquilizer. It isn't until Rei is sure of the intuitive leap he probably made by Detective's Nocturne, if not earlier, that Sleeping Kogoro is actually Conan, that he stops putting tests in Kogoro's way and starts using that lever to deflect Conan when necessary.

So we have someone with incredible discipline and self-control. Someone with Conan's (or Akai's) level of perception, intuition, knowledge, and reasoning ability, who also has the patience to test and check, to wait and see. He makes those brilliant leaps, and then proceeds to also track down his conclusions with the intellectual equivalent of persistence hunting. It's no surprise that Gin respects him, despite finding him endlessly annoying.

To be honest, if Rei weren't so impaired by his rage and grief over Hiromitsu's death, I'd bet on him over Akai, and so far Akai is the highest bar to clear, in canon.
branchandroot: oak against sky (Default)
Okay, so we have very little on Hiromitsu, to date, but there's a very Hiromitsu-shaped hole in Furuya's life, so let's speculate.

cut because this got long )

In conclusion, wow is Rei probably a total wreck, emotionally speaking, at this point in canon.
branchandroot: Saitou looking considering (Saitou considering)
So, the thought of Akai and Furuya kind of won't leave me alone. (Unsurprising, given that, as previously noted, all the detective types have five times the chemistry with each other that they do with any official love interest.) So I pulled down the older eps and rewatched, to get a feel for them, and my goodness are these two made for each other.

it's been running for 20 years, do 'spoilers' apply any more? )

In conclusion: pairing catnip.
branchandroot: sunny medow of poppies (summer meadow)
All right, here is the actual review of Detective Conan domestically published as Case Closed.

The genre of the series is murder mystery, but the setting is, shall we say, unusual. Our hero starts out as a high school student and detective and, like many murder mystery detectives, has lots of brains, amazing powers of observation, unreasonable amounts of knowledge about the details of fields he has never worked in, quite a lot of luck, and a predilection for formal wear. His name is Kudou Shinichi.

And then things get interesting. )

All in all, I would call this an engaging series, though the murders-of-the-week thread may wear a bit for those who are not actual murder mystery fans.

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