* Lurk mode : off*
"Are they that bad? How are the plots/characterizations;
do they hold any merit at all? "
Actually, not that bad. Except for the fact that conan's cases in this book
are much less complicated, even my brother can figure out the tricks ^_^
And also the drawing is a bit off the mark compare to Aoyama sensei's .
As for the plots/characterizations, I say they're pretty shallow, there's
absolutely no major plot at all, so it's like Kindaichi, Conan just solve
one case after another without no major plot in it. I personally prefer
reading Krista's fan fic to this one (still waiting.......^_^) In fact, as I
recall Conan has very little interaction with each other, not with Ran nor
Ai, esp Ai, she hasn't even been introduce yet ^_^ (No Ai whatsoever in this
manga). So if you're looking for a little romance in the special edition,
you can kiss it goodbye, you ain't gonna find it anywhere.
Why I say it's not bad... well for an Indonesian who has to wait every 3
months or so to get a hold of new conan book while biting my finger nail in
jealousy of those who've already watched the movies, read the 30-something
manga,.. having some new Conan book (any new conan book )to read in the
midst of all that, is DEFINITELY not bad ^__^
*Lurk mode : on*