listen man once you get far enough in you can’t stop. it’s a sunk cost thing tbh.
it’s like you’re sitting there hundreds of episodes in with no feeling of looming closure and you realize “jesus christ there’s so much more than i thought there was. i watched 468 episode of this. i’m almost halfway through. i can pinpoint every criminal and victim at first glance now. i’ve seen the same reused tricks sixty times. i can’t just stop here i HAVE to get to the end. this man WILL finish the story and i WILL live to see it.”
thats not even the hard part, because it IS fun to watch and genuinely interesting. it’s definitely an entertaining way to spend quarantine i won’t lie. (if you binge it 15 hours a day, it will take 22 days to catch up from the beginning) the actual hard part is surviving the CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT and THE TIMELINE.
(im gonna complain a little bit sorry)
the trickle of shinran content is kept alive only by the torrent of relationship development from the S I X other couples. i have a feeling boycop and girlcop will get married before shinichi and ran ever get to kiss on the mouth. everyone who even LOOKS at each other and blushes gently ends up am actual couple before ran and shinichi even THINK about their feelings for each other.
THERE’S BEEN A VALENTINES DAY MURDER AT LEAST FIVE DIFFERENT TIMES, AND THEY’RE STILL IN HIGH SCHOOL. this bitch cries over her bf every christmas for a decade. (move over Matsuda Seiko, this one is REALLY forever seventeen) my favorite OVA is the one where conan has a bad dream where he never gets the antidote and has to give up and grow up as conan and wear shitty glasses and date ayumi because ran is a sad old spinster who would literally rather reject reality entirely before admitting that conan is shinichi. it’s non-canon but i loved it. watching it was like those conversations with yourself in the shower where you really tell off the person you fought with earlier.
i’ve been attached to this series for fifteen years. i am only 198 days older than chapter 1. i’m tied to it by the downy vestigial hairs of my soul. it’s fun, but being into something so longrunning wears you down, makes you bitter.
my advice is to turn your brain off and have a good time and just try not to think about it too hard!!! jus have fun :)