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Meitantei Conan
(Detective Conan)

Idol Misshitsu Satsujin Jiken

[ production info ]

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

[ plot summary ]

It's now 3 days after Conan's body has become that of a 6 year old child's. Poor Conan however, not only having to deal with having become so young, has also now started attending school again; elementary school that is. Once again being subjected to learning the multiplication tables, Conan is more than a little bored to say the least. That's not to say that Conan is without friends however; Ayumi, Genta and Mitsuhiko have decided that they will befriend the new transfer student.

Mouri Kogorou has just gotten a new client; Okino Yoko, the popular idol star. Apparently someone has been entering her apartment, moving things around, and playing various pranks on her. She has no idea who it could be however, and has decided to hire Mouri Kogorou to look into her problem. Little does she realise how much of a fan Kogorou is of Yoko's. However, upon reaching Yoko's apartment, the detective and party find that a murder has taken place. The victim, Fujie Akiyoshi had been stabbed in the back by a kitchen knife. Who was Fujie, what was he doing in Yoko's apartment, and why was he killed; let alone by whom? With three suspects including, Yoko, her manager Yamagishi, and a rival idol star Yuuko, Kogorou has his work cut out for him. Mind you his unwavering belief in Yoko does not help matters any...

[ capsule review ]

Overall the story in this episode is good with some character development between Ran and the "absent" Kudo; more specifically with respect to developing the relationship between the two. Likewise, watching Conan try to investigate the mystery at hand, let alone get the adults' attention, proves to be most humourous at times. Conan and Kogorou are likely to have some serious run-ins unless Conan can find some way to give Kogorou hints of pertinent information to solve the murder on his own. Although, given Kogorou's current tendency to accuse everyone in sight, it could prove rather difficult to nudge him in the right direction.

With respect to the murder itself, we find that Conan shows some very pertinent information as it's discovered although every now and again the overly dramatic music and reactions of characters to Conan's comments make it very clear that what he'd said is extremely important. Also, being partisan to Conan's thoughts helps to keep viewers on the right track as to important details about the murder. While the slow revealing of information is fairly smoothly done, Kogorou's lack of logical thinking and his tendency to accuse everyone in the room of being the murderer tends to be annoyingly distracting. If he's supposed to be a private detective, shouldn't he be a little more circumspect in trying to discover the identity of the murderer? This is a consistent weakness in this series which is also the basis for the story. Afterall, if Mouri Kogorou was a capable PI, Conan wouldn't have any real chance to solve mysteries before the PI himself.

All in all, to date the series has been proving to be interesting with some good character development especially with the growing relationship between Kudo and Ran. The humourous contrast between Conan's coolly logical thinking and Mouri Kogorou's lack thereof could prove to be most entertaining as this series continues. Likewise, the slow revealing of pertinent information in the mystery being presented could make this series a favourite for mystery lovers.
- 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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