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Meitantei Conan
(Detective Conan)

Akai Satsui no Nocturn (Zenpen)

[ production info ]

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

[ plot summary ]

Kana Amusement group is putting out a new CD for pianist Tenma Gerald and is holding a party for the release of the CD. However, the wife of the company president, Kana Yoshinori, has been receiving some threatening letters and crank phone calls. Whoever is sending the letters is aware of the party which is to be a private affair. Who could be responsible for these cranks and why are they threatening Kana Misaki?

It's up to Conan, with Mouri Kogorou and Ran in tow to solve the mystery at hand. Posing as the Yoshinori's childhood friends, the three pose as the Morita family in order to hide their true identity. Afterall, it wouldn't do to know that the famous detective Mouri Kogorou were present at a contract signing party. At the party, we are introduced to the company heads of Kana Amusement Group who, despite being related, seem at times to barely be civil with each other.

When an unknown assailant attacks Misaki in her room however, the accusations start flying. Could it be that Tenma attacked Misaki? What happened 10 years ago between Misaki and Tenma, and why is Misaki's stalker following the lyrics to Gerald Tenma's song Akai Ai no Nocturn?

[ capsule review ]

An interesting start to this episode, but at times it seems a touch difficult to keep the identity of Mouri Kogorou straight. Is he Mouri, or Morita?? A slip when talking to Misaki makes it unclear as to who exactly he is supposed to be. And if you miss the first few minutes of the episode, and the whole concept of being undercover... well needless to say, it is very definitely confusing.

The main weakness to this story is that Conan is left alone in the room where the attack had taken place despite being a guest in the household. It seems a little unusual that a child of 6 or 7 years of age would be left alone in a room without being noticed until much later; let alone to be allowed to wander through a host's home unsupervised. However, the idea of using the different meanings of flowers as a means of conveying a message is an interesting idea bringing to question if the flower meanings in Japanese are reflective of the meanings in the Western world.

As per usual for the Conan series, the music is quite good and well suited to the situation. Likewise, the voice acting is typical of Japanese anime and above average in expressing their roles.

[ café rating ]

Original: Subbed: Dubbed:
Story: 3 stars N/A N/A
Direction: 4 stars N/A N/A
Acting: 4 stars N/A N/A
Animation: 3 stars N/A N/A
Music: 4 stars N/A N/A
Translation: N/A N/A N/A
Overall Rating: 3 stars N/A N/A

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