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Meitantei Conan
(Detective Conan)

Shacho Reijou Yuukai Jiken

[ production info ]

Length: 23 minutes
Rating: NR, Parental Guidance Advised
Format: Japanese Language

[ plot summary ]

Recovering from having been hit over the head, Kudo discovers that his body has regressed to the point of being an elementary aged child of 6 or 7. Returning to his home, he encounters his neighbor Agasa Hakase and enlists his aid to try to regain his original form. Ran, unsure of what happened to Kudo decides to go to Kudo's home and make sure that he is alright. Upon arriving at Kudo's home however, Ran, instead of finding Kudo, meets Agasa Hakase and the newly changed Kudo. Asking his name, Kudo replies that his name is Edogawa Conan; taken from two different authors' names written on the books behind him; Conan, for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who wrote the Sherlock Holmes series of mysteries. Agasa Hakase, deciding that Conan would have a better chance at finding the Kurozukume with the Mouri's, asks Ran to take care of Conan for the next while. Afterall, Ran's father is a detective which could make it easier to hunt down the Kurozukume who gave Kudo the unusual medicine in the first place.

In the meantime, the 10 year daughter of a wealthy businessman has been kidnapped and the kidnapper has demanded that the company owner must close shop for one month. However, when the owner is asked, he indicates that the kidnapper has demanded 300 million yen. The facts just don't add up given the story from the butler who witnessed the kidnapping and the company owner's story from his phone call with the kidnapper. A second phone call from the kidnapper clinches matters. There was not just one kidnapping incident but two. The first, possibly by the butler, and the second by an unknown individual who saw a quick and easy way to make some money. Will Conan be able to figure out where the kidnapper is hiding, before Akiko comes to any harm? And if he does, will he be able to take care of the kidnapper when he does; afterall he's just a kid now.

[ capsule review ]

Episode 2 of this series once again gives us some fast paced action as well as character development on the part of Kudo/Conan who has now regressed to the point of being in a six year old child's body. With the "introduction" of the true main character Conan, and his subsequent introduction to his new "family" the Mouri's, things promise to get interesting between Conan and Mouri Kogorou - Ran's father. Afterall, Conan is used to being able to solve mysteries on his own whereas Ran's father's deductive abilities are suspect at best.

With this second episode, we have some minor character development which makes for some very interesting overall story development, but greater concentration being given to a basic mystery case. Again, given the target age group, certain aspects of reality are by necessity put on hold; afterall, most six year olds are generally too big to ride pony style on a dog; especially for any great distance or length of time. At the same time however, there is a lot of light-hearted humour and high action which combined with a basic mystery, promises to maintain viewer interest in the series. While it is a bit of a shame that more attention isn't given to the overall story development itself at this point, at the same time this is hardly surprising given the targeted viewing audience.
- JN, 99.07.26

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Original: Subbed: Dubbed:
Story: 3 stars N/A N/A
Direction: 3 stars N/A N/A
Acting: 3 stars N/A N/A
Animation: 3 stars N/A N/A
Music: 3 stars N/A N/A
Translation: N/A N/A N/A
Overall Rating: 3 stars N/A N/A

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