Well, it has certainly been taxing, huh? As most of you guys should know, the server went down for a period of about five days. The posts between now and the 4th, but neither of those two are included in the count, were all published during that time. Fortunately, I got things running again.
Anyway, I have been mainly reviewing anime that I recently purchased. While that may be good, I am kind of ignoring the rest of my collection. Today, I am going to review a movie I got a while back, which is called Case Closed: The Time Bombed Skyscraper.
As I already gave a series synopsis in an earlier post, I will not go over it again.
After solving another murder case, Jimmy Kudo seems to have a moment of peace and is invited to a garden party, but he cannot attend in his normal state, since very few people know the true identity of Conan Edogawa, so he has Rachel and Richard tag along by claiming to come in Jimmy Kudo’s place. Sometime after the party, Jimmy receives a call at Dr. Agasa’s home from somebody that wants to challenge him to find bombs around the city. However, these do not seem to be ordinary bombings.
Even though it has been a while since I watched an episode of Detective Conan (Case Closed), I enjoyed this movie. Many of the voices from the early episodes of the television series have returned and I thought Santos’ voice sounded perfectly fine. The movie seemed paced pretty well. I also liked how Jimmy caught on to things quickly like he normally does. Between him and Joseph Rouletabille, which I talked about in an earlier book review (sorry I misspelled Rouletabille’s name in that review), I would definitely say Jimmy is more interesting, but that could mainly be because we see Jimmy more active in cases than merely making guesses. One thing that fans of the Japanese version of the anime would probably like is that this movie used the original Japanese master. When viewed on the DVD on the English audio track, it certainly is not noticeable, but if the movie is switched to the Japanese audio track, the footage present in the original 1997 Japanese debut is present. Of course, I know this because I saw all the Detective Conan movies up to The Lost Ship in the Sky, the 14th movie, in Japanese. Another thing that was good was the ending. However, as I do not want to spoil anything, I am not going to talk about it. The movie reminds me of what I liked about Detective Conan by providing a much more interesting detective than the one presented at the end of volume 42 of the manga and had a nice pacing. The fact that the original Japanese master was used will certainly make this more enjoyable for those that prefer to view anime subbed.
Although I enjoyed the movie, there were things that were not so great. First, for a movie this sure did feel like just an extended episode. Then again, almost any of the 16 and counting movies could be said to be like that. This is probably one of the worst offenders though. The case presented just did not seem like it was suited. However, I cannot really put my finger on what it is that makes me get this feeling. Second, like Crooked House, the culprit was obvious. It may not be apparent to many, but if you pay attention to the movie, you will see what I mean. The things that make it obvious are what is said at some point during the garden party and the actual targets. However, as revealing both points would lead to a major spoiler, I will not say what the targets or the statement was. I honestly had a much harder time figuring out who Phantom Thief KID was disguised as than I did solving this case. Then again, not everyone has that keen eye for detail that is needed for troubleshooting computers or solving mysteries. Outside of those issues, I cannot really think of anything else that would decrease the quality of this movie.
Despite the fact that it felt more like an extended episode than a movie and the fact that the culprit was obvious, I can say this was a decent movie. I recommend this to fans of the Detective Conan anime or manga. As for everyone else, I can say that this movie is not for newcomers to the Detective Conan franchise, even though series synopsis and character introductions are at the beginning, or those looking for a good mystery.
What are your thoughts on Case Closed: The Time Bombed Skyscraper? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.