Shinichi Kudou, a great mystery expert at only seventeen, is already well known for having solved several challenging cases. One day, when Shinichi sees two suspicious men and decides to follow them, he inadvertently becomes witness to a disturbing illegal activity. When the men catch Shinichi, they dose him with an experimental drug formulated by their criminal organization and abandon him to die. However, to his own astonishment, Shinichi is still alive and soon wakes up, but now, he has the body of a seven-year-old, perfectly preserving his original intelligence. He hides his real identity from everyone, including his childhood friend Ran Mouri and her father, private detective Kogorou Mouri, and takes on the alias of Conan Edogawa (inspired by the mystery writers Arthur Conan Doyle and Ranpo Edogawa). Animated by TMS and adapted from the manga by Gosho Aoyama, Detective Conan follows Shinichi who, as Conan, starts secretly solving the senior Mouri’s cases from behind the scenes with his still exceptional sleuthing skills, while covertly investigating the organization responsible for his current state, hoping to reverse the drug’s effects someday. – My Anime List
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“Shinjitsu wa itsumo hitotsu.” There is only one truth. Detective Conan is one long-running anime series that is, unusually, NOT over-rated. And that is a fact.
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The humanistic characters, mind-bending mysteries, unique character designs, engaging story, and superb voice acting are just some of the things I love about Case Closed. And for some reason it has a real comforting quality to it…go figure, who knew murder could be so soothing!
To anyone new to this series, please give it a shot and find out what greatness you’ve been missing all your life.
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While from an aesthetic and narrative sense it may not be the best anime out there, Case Closed follows a standard formula that has worked for years with series like Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, and the Boxcar Children. If you were ever a fan of mystery series, Case Closed may either be the doorway to your obsession or, at the very least, a nostalgic trip down mystery lane.
If you are a fan of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s work, this show is a MUST-SEE for you. The show revolves around a young boy by the name of Conan Edogawa. However, this is just the alias of 17-year-old Jimmy Kudo, Japan’s most famous young detective prodigy. While witnessing a mob hit, he is knocked unconscious and given an experimental poison that, unbeknownst to his assailants, reverts him to the physical size and age of a second-grader. However, he retained his brilliant mind and vicariously solves some of the most perplexing mysteries imaginable.
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Overall, “Detective Conan” is all that and a bag of chips, being possibly my ultimate favorite as well as the favorite of many other fans. It can be a bit boring for those that hate being overloaded with details, but mystery fans and intellectuals are bound to love it.
Overall, I would recommend this anime to anyone, especially to those that are interested in hardcore mystery. I do, however, suggest you not to be too picky on the art style. The ears are indeed quite big. If you have kaciraffphobia I suggest you bury yourself in a hole right now and think about your life failures. Oh and don’t forget to move the dead body out of your yard, Jimmy has probably already found it.
Considering its long-running nature and steady popularity in Japan it’s no surprise that Case Closed has peaked the American anime community’s interests. Unfortunately with the daunting amount of episodes constantly coming out chances are good it’s going to be quite some time before (if ever) we receive the whole series. The first season collects the premiere 26 episodes and tosses us right into the world of Conan Edogawa. It’s an enjoyable show to be sure though I have to say that the episodic nature doesn’t do the franchise any favors. More continuity would have gone a long way to improving the overall quality and as it stands the formulaic structure definitely stands out as a chip in Conan’s armor.