Case five of Detective Conan, known as Case Closed here
in the States, wraps up with the fifth volume. This DVD has only
three stand alone episodes, but they are some of the best shows in the
season involving some fun mysteries and good detective work.
Jimmy Kudo is a teenage detective who is one of the best investigators
around. The police often solicit his advice on their toughest cases,
and he's taken all of the business away from the city's other private eyes
even though he's still in high school. All of that changes one night
while Jimmy is out at an amusement park with his girlfriend Rachael.
He sees a crime going down and investigates only to be caught by a pair
of thugs. They give him a new experimental poison so that he won't
talk, but the poison doesn't kill him. Instead it causes him to become
younger, much younger. When he wakes up he's a little kid.
He still has his razor sharp intellect, but no one wants to hire a ten
year old detective.
Rachael discovers the little Jimmy wandering around and takes him home
with her. So that his true identity will remain a secret he tells
her his name is Conan, taken from his idol, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle the
creator of Sherlock Holmes. Rachael's father, Richard Moore, is an
incredibly incompetent detective, and Conan soon starts tagging along on
Richard's cases. Using some nifty inventions his friend Dr. Agasa
invented, and the aid of the Junior Detective League; Amy, Mitch, and George,
Conan is able to solve the cases without anyone knowing that he's the real
brains of the operation. The downside is that with just about every
case he solves, the bumbling Richard Moore becomes more famous.
The disc starts off with a fun locked room mystery. Jonathan Hyde
is a small time loan shark who locks his office door every evening to count
the day's receipts. One evening when he doesn't show up for a Mahjong
game, Hyde is discovered dead, locked in his office, laying on top of his
money. The office security system proves that no one enters or leaves
the building at the time of Hyde's murder too. It's up to Detective
Conan to figure out how Hyde was killed, and determine who killed him.
The next episode has another interesting case involving a bank robbery.
Conan and Rachael stop into a bank at the end of the day just in time to
be part of a robbery. When one of the bank employees jump the robber
and accidently kill him, it seems like an open and shut case. Not
to Conan though, he sees a larger crime that the police have overlooked.
In the final episode the Junior Detective League gets into the act once
again. When the League accidently hits a hobo with an errant baseball,
they meet an artist who is suffering from amnesia. The next day the
artist turns up dead, and the League uses the images in his sketchbook
to track down the house he used to live in, and his killer. But can
they get anyone to listen to them without any proof?
This was the best volume in series five. All three stories were
interesting and a lot of fun, and featured some good mysteries. While
the Agatha Christie estate doesn't have to worry about book sales slumping
due to this show, these cases are entertaining even if they aren't very
realistic. A lot of the charm is in the way that Conan reveals
the solution to the case. Since he doesn't want anyone to know that
he's really a detective mastermind, Conan has to drug someone in the area
and change his voice to reveal the true solution to the case. A fun,
This disc offers the choice of the original stereo Japanese soundtrack,
or an English dub in 5.1 or stereo. I alternated tracks between episodes,
and I enjoyed the original audio a bit better. The English dub was
good though, with the actors doing a good job. There weren't any
phoney accents, something that I really dislike. The audio quality
was fine, there wasn't a lot of range, but there weren't any defects either.
The full frame video was okay but not outstanding. The program
was made on a budget and the animation isn't that great. The colors
were just a bit dull, but the lines were fairly tight. Digital defects
were minimal. An average looking show.
As far as bonus items goes, there are a few character profiles, and
a file of Conan's gadgets with explanations of how they work and links
to video of them in action. There is a textless opening, and some
There is also an episode of Mr. Stain on Junk Alley, a short
but fun CGI show that FUNimation is planning on releasing later this year.
This was the best volume in season five. The three stand alone
episodes were fun and entertaining, and featured some interesting mysteries.
The locked room puzzle in the first episode is the best, and closest to
a traditional mystery story, but the latter two installments also feature
some good plots. If you've enjoyed the previous volumes, you'll like
this one too. Recommended.