Yep you read the title right the shounen manga also known as Case Closed just had its 1000th chapter published in the latest edition on the magazine Shounen Shunday.
The manga first got published in the magazine back in 1994 (23 years ago) which make Detective Conan the longest series published by the magazine and I think it’s quite impressive.
For those who doesn’t know the series you can read my post about the manga here, but I will still give you a quick summary of it, summary that can be found on My Anime List
Kudou Shinichi is a seventeen year-old high school detective whom people call the “Modern Sherlock Holmes.” However, one night after a date with his childhood sweetheart, Ran, Shinichi witnessed an illegal trade and, caught off his guard, was knocked unconscious and fed a drug that was supposed to kill him… but he woke up and found himself shrunken to a seven year-old. In order to track down the men who did this to him, Shinichi hid his identity and lived with Ran, whose father happened to be a hopeless detective, and with that came a series of murders and mysteries that he must solve.
I know I doesn’t talk about it a lot, but Detective Conan is one of my favorite manga series even after all those year I still enjoy reading it. I start buying the manga about 15 yrs ago and I still buy it today. In Japan there is 93 volumes released… 93! and it’s still going. This series is the kind of series that can go one forever as long as the mangaka Aoyama Gosho have the imagination for it.
The series might mostly be known for the criminal case Conan resolved, but there is also a back story implying the people who shrink his body. This part of the story is not shown in every chapters, the creator bring it back once in a while, just to remind us the main goal of Conan, which is to have his original body back and bring the criminal organization in front of the justice.
Of course this series is not perfect, one thing I realize over the time is the fact the series is not made for the reader to participate in the case resolution. Unlike show like Criminal Minds where you can guess who is the unsub, in Detective Conan you don’t have a lot of occasion to do so, but when it happen, you have a feeling of satisfaction.
I really doubt Detective Conan ends anytime soon. The only reason why it could end is if the creator is unable to continue or die, unless the reader start getting bored, but we are talking about one of the best-selling manga with 200 millions copy sold to date.