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It's a rough life being a teenage detective genius -- crimes happen everywhere, and strange people may shrink you into a small child. Such are the problems for Jimmy Kudo in "Case Closed: Season 1 ," a solid little mystery series with a healthy dollop of comic relief and romance -- the mysteries are a bit spotty, but promise to improve drastically. Just try not to have the Anglicized names annoy you.
Jimmy Kudo is a detecting genius, to the point where the police call him in all the times and he gets fanmail from girls. But at a trip to the amusement park with his childhood friend Rachel, he has to solve a gruesome beheading on a rollercoaster. And when he later witnesses a blackmail payoff, he's knocked unconscious and force-fed a poison by a pair of mysterious men in black. And they're not as nice as Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith.
When Jimmy wakes, he's horrified -- he's de-aged ten years. His old friend, kooky scientist Dr. Agasa, says that he must keep his true identity a secret to keep the MIBs from returning -- and he should live with Rachel and her dad until he can find the mysterious men, and have Agasa make an antidote. But while Rachel's dad Richard is a detective, he's a pretty inept one. So Jimmy -- now using the name "Conan Edogawa" -- must solve the cases through hints, dropped clues, and some James-Bondian gadgets (provided by Agasa).Read more ›
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
THANK YOU FUNIMATIONApril 26 2010
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This hidden little GEM originally aired on the Cartoon Network at the wee hours after midnight. I don't think there is any graphic content (Blood and gore) in the show that required its airtime to be after midnight, but this is the US after all and most Japanese anime shows get censored one way or another if its airing on primetime TV. Needless to say, this show ended up getting canceled way too early and that shouldn't have been the case.
I was immediately hooked on the show from the very first episode that I saw. I didn't watch this from episode number one, but was intrigued nonetheless by the plot and murder mystery involved. However, I could never remember the exact show time and at that point in my life, I was too busy with work to have any free time to watch shows that I really liked. Case Closed is probably one of the greatest anime series to grace TV in my opinion. It ranks up there with Sailor Moon and Dragon Ball Z, but it's also in a class all its own since the genre is completely different.
The show starts off with teen detective sensation `Jimmy Kudo' solving a case. He is only seventeen years old, but is renowned for his detective skills and case solving expertise and is a bit of a celebrity in Japan where his efforts gets noticed in the local newspaper. Because of his popularity, he ends up getting most of the business and leaves Detective Richard Moore in the dust. Rachel, is Jimmy's best friend and harbors many strong feelings for him. Coincidentally, she is also Detective Moore's daughter. One day on a semi-date, Jimmy runs off to chase after some fishy looking men only to encounter his unfortunate fate. To make a long story short, Jimmy gets poisoned with an experimental drug that turns him into a kid and spends the rest of the series in the body of a pint size kid. In order to not get anyone in danger, he helps Detective Moore establish a bigger clientele base in hopes that over time he will eventually catch the men that did this to him. He does this by solving cases for Moore without him knowing. Jimmy gradually drops hints here and there to help Moore catch his culprit.
This is an addictive show and anyone who likes a murder mystery or a thriller will find themselves in love with the show as well. There is a great balance of humor and mystery. It's not an intense drama series, but its very light hearted and serious enough where it needs to be. Pick up this box set and watch all the excitement from the very beginning and follow Jimmy on his many adventures because "Only One Truth Prevails."
FUNIMATION, PLEASE RELEASE SEASON SIX ALREADY!!!
32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
Case Closed Box sets Whats the difference?!April 15 2010
Phantom Theif Kid
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Ok. So case closed!( also called detective conan) The best anime i know of! is being released in box sets but not just 1 but 2 different kind of box sets. Now dont worry, these sets are exactly the same. the boxing is the thing that makes them different. Case Closed Varidian Collection is less money because its packaging is weaker. its made of plastic. Over all i recomend the varidian collection because its cheaper and its THE SAME EXACT THING AS THE COMPLETE SERIES SET. Also you can tell its the varidian collection by locating the varidian sign on the top left of the box packaging.Case Closed: Season One
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
An anime classicJuly 4 2008
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I was extremely happy when Case Closed (detective conan) came to Cartoon Network so many years ago, and so very sad when it was canceled after only 50 or so episodes.
Basically Case Closed (detective conan) is the story of Jimmy (Shinichi) Kudo, a famous high school detective and devout follower of Sherlock Holmes, that is poisoned by the mysterious "Black Organization" and becomes the child detective Conan Edogawa through a side effect of the experemental drug he was poisoned with. After moving in with his childhood friend and love interest (Their first date happens in Episode 1, before Jimmy gets poisoned) Rachel (Mori Ran) and her father Richard Moore (Mori Kogorou), Conan begins to solve cases, using Richard Moore as a puppet (after being knocked out by a tranquilizer dart, and using a voice changer to sound like Richard) as he attempts to find the black organization, and restore his body to normal. All the while, Conan must keep Rachel from learning the truth of his identity, or risk her and her father being eliminated by the black organization.
The formula for Case Closed is basically 30-50 episode spans of Conan solving regular cases, as his relationship with Rachel (His relationship with her, in the form of Jimmy) begins to degrade due to their distance, and his relationship with her as Conan grows, with an episode related to the black organization every now and again. After 500+ episodes of the series in Japan, only about 20-30 have had any relation to the black organization, so when thinking about buying this series, I'd warn you that you may never get to see the end, unless you speak Japanese (I do) and have a friend that owns every single Japanese episode on DVD (which I also do). Overall, Case Closed is an at-times endearing series, with good mysteries for the first 200 episodes or so (at which point they all kind of blur together. There are only so many ways someone can get bumped off, and only so many possible motives for someone to do it) The only problem is that I doubt Funimation will be dubbing any more episodes (please prove me wrong Funi..) so set 3 or 4 or whatever might be the last they ever release, when in fact they could release 20 sets and not reach the end of the series. The Black Organization is a truly worthwhile enemy, despite this being a "For kids" anime (considering it's 10 years old now, anyone that was a kid when it premiered, is now out of highschool probably. The stories have always been mature, but they are getting even moreso now. Yes, that's right, it's 10 years old, 500 episodes in, and it's STILL GOING IN JAPAN. You may never see the ending if you prefer dubs and don't speak Japanese).
This is the cheapest Detective Conan has ever been in the US, and I believe it's finally time for me to purchase it, considering that I've been a fan for many years now, and have thus far relied on my friend and on funimation TV reruns to get my Conan fix. Case Closed (Detective Conan in Japanese) is a gigantic investment as far as time and money goes, and considering that there are entire 26 episode animes you can get for the same price, I can see why people might be reluctant about this anime (especially considering the ratings were terrible on Cartoon Network), but if you give this show a chance, you might find a full 500 episode (and counting) saga to delve into.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
The best anime to learn JapaneseApril 13 2011
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I am bilingual and teach some English and Japanese Case closed uses correct Japanese grammar and words compared with other Anime and the characters speak very often (other anime use weird Japanese). If you force yourself to stick to this anime learning Japanese every day through this, I am sure it will take less than half a year until you start understanding it. Although, only watching it won't help, so looking up and understanding one sentence a day in the anime or other academical approach is needed, for learning Japanese though Anime!
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Finally, the Season Set.July 6 2008
Douglas Paul Smallish
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I've been waiting and waiting for this. Now I can get the DVD Season Sets.
Right now I have the Cartoon Network's [adult swim] made for TV recorded on my PC. The [adult swim] episodes run from season 1 to season 3 and season 3 is just a partial set. It's missing episodes: 050 - The Book Without Pages, 051 - Driving a Bomb, 052 - The Last Dive. However, the Video Quality is seriously lacking and I love watching these in the original Japanese voice over. I have the first 80 episodes spanning season 1 to season 5 and filling in after the [adult swim] recordings with DVD copies. Season 5 is only partial, I'm just missing 3 episodes: 081 - Murder and Mahjong, 082 - The Revengeful Robber, 083 - Dead Hobo.
Here's a list of the most complete list available in the English voice over (Season designation may not be exact):
Season 1 001 - The Big Shrink + 002 - The Kidnapped Debutante + 003 - Beware of Idols + 004 - Fish Marks the Spot + 005 - The Time Bomb Express + 006 - Tragic Valentine + 007 - The Case of the Mysterious Gifts + 008 - The Art Museum Murder Case + 009 - Festival Fiasco + 010 - Deadly Game + 011 - Moonlight Sonata Murder Part 1 + 012 - Moonlight Sonata Murder Part 2 + 013 - Kidnapped: Amy + 014 - Mystery Mastermind + 015 - The Shooter + 016 - The Two Faced Brother + 017 - A Loan Repaid + 018 - Case of the Hi-Jacked Department Store + 019 - Wedding Day Blues +
Season 2 020 - Fashion Sense + 021 - The Disappearing Act + 022 - Lights, Camera ... Murder + 023 - Smooth Sailing Part 1 + 024 - Smooth Sailing Part 2 + 025 - Better Off Forgotten + 026 - The Counterfeit Ransom Kidnapping + 027 - Jack Attacks! + 028 - Richard's Class Reunion Part 1 + 029 - Richard's Class Reunion Part 2 + 030 - The Computer Murder Case + 031 - The Missing Melody + 032 - Murder at the Television Studio + 033 - Murder at the Local Diner + 034 - A Hunting We Will Go + 035 - Mountain Villa Murder Part 1 + 036 - Mountain Villa Murder Part 2 + 037 - Wrong Place at the Wrong Time +
Season 3 038 - Prickly Past + 039 - Flames of Confusion + 040 - Billionaire Birthday Blues Part 1 + 041 - Billionaire Birthday Blues Part 2 + 042 - Left in Tatters + 043 - Karaoke Killing + 044 - Conan is Kidnapped + 045 - Unhappy Birthday + 046 - Unexpected Visitors + 047 - A Game of Murder + 048 - No Immunity for the Diplomat Part 1 + 049 - No Immunity for the Diplomat Part 2 + 050 - The Book Without Pages + 051 - Driving a Bomb + 052 - The Last Dive +
Season 4 053 - The Mist Goblin Murder Part 1 + 054 - The Mist Goblin Murder Part 2 + 055 - Weapon of Choice + 056 - Game Gone Bad + 057 - Train Trick + 058 - The Sunfish Murder + 059 - Footsteps of the Hero Part 1 + 060 - Footsteps of the Hero Part 2 + 061 - Shopping Can Be Murder + 062 - Illustrated Murder + 063 - Ghost Ship Murder Part 1 + 064 - Ghost Ship Murder Part 2 + 065 - Movie Mayhem, Gomera! + 066 - The Three Fingerprints + 067 - The Crab and Whale +
Season 5 068 - Moonless Murder + 069 - The Case of the Murdered Actress + 070 - The Stalker + 071 - Knight Baron Mystery Part 1 + 072 - Knight Baron Mystery Part 2 + 073 - Knight Baron Mystery Part 3 + 074 - Triple Terror + 075 - The Ship Wreck Murder S.O.S.! + 076 - Jinnai, King of Death + 077 - Phantom Thief 1412 Part 1 + 078 - Phantom Thief 1412 Part 2 + 079 - Mysterious Masked Murder Part 1 + 080 - Mysterious Masked Murder Part 2 + 081 - Murder and Mahjong - 082 - The Revengeful Robber - 083 - Dead Hobo -