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[ rated pg ] Detective Conan

A Parent's Guide to Anime
Rated: PG
Parental Guidance Advised

Reviewed by Jane Nagatomi:

Kudou Shinichi is a high school student with a definite obsession with mysteries. Wanting to become a detective in the future, he is currently actively involved in helping the police solve their cases. However, one day, while on a date with Mouri Ran at an amusement park, one of the riders on the roller coaster is killed during the ride. And so it's Kudou to the police's rescue in order to solve the mystery quickly as among the riders, were two men clothed entirely in black who were decidedly impatient to get on with their plans.

Later, shortly before going home, Kudou spots the one of the men in black and decides to follow him and ends up witnessing a trade in what could only be a blackmail scheme. However, what Kudou failed to notice was that the second man in black had spotted him and snuck up behind him. Stuck with a witness, the two men in black decide to do away with Kudou by using an unusual toxin APTX 4869. Unknown to the two however, is that Kudou survived the poison although greatly changed in appearance. The toxin, rather than killing him, ended up regressing Kudou's body to that of a 6 year old child.

In order to protect those around him as well as himself in his increasingly vulnerable state, Kudou changes his identity to Edogawa Conan and has moved in as a guest with the Mouri's. Mouri Kogorou, Ran's father, is a total loss when it comes to being a detective but he does have his own detective agency, and so it's Conan to the rescue in helping Kogorou solve the mysteries which come his way....

Parent's Guide Rating:

yellow (parental guidance advised)

All in all, this is a fun series for kids who are interested in mysteries. Since the basic premise to Conan involves various crimes, usually murder, there will be a fair amount of blood in this show. However, we usually don't see the actual crime being committed. When it is shown however, the violence is neither overly graphic nor gratuitous, but could prove to be disturbing for younger children. In cases of attacks however, the attacks are intended to harm the individual and may involve the use of various weapons.

Also, since Conan is in the body of a 6 year old child, his wanderings on the scenes of a crime tend to get Kogorou angry and so we often see an adult hitting a child on the head. However, more than for kids, this might upset parents more. Likewise, we occasionally see such actions amongst fellow classmates, but again, this is fairly typical physical humour for kids and is no different than when kids in school hit a fellow classmate on the arm. There is (generally) no actual intent to harm.

While there is some cussing, it is very minor and usually the language is quite clean.

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