Case Closed Movie 6: The Phantom of Baker Street
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The game is afoot! Conan Edogawa may look like he’s only in elementary school, my dear Watson, but he possesses perhaps the keenest eye for detail of any living detective. His latest case finds him trapped in a virtual recreation of 19th century London and pitted against none other than Jack the Ripper! To save his friends, Conan must follow in the footsteps of his hero – Sherlock Holmes – and crack a case that’s gone unsolved for over a hundred years. Catching the most notorious serial killer of all time is their only chance of survival, but Conan will have to be smarter than Sherlock to apprehend the Phantom of Baker Street!
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FUNimation Entertainment has recently released the sixth film of "Case Closed" titled "The Phantom of Baker Street". The film was shown in theaters on April 2002 and is the first film in the series written by Hisashi Nozawa and would once again feature a collaboration with Japanese rock band B'z who would sing the ending theme song "Everlasting".
In the sixth movie, "Case Closed: Phantom of Baker Street", the film begins with a news report about a 10-year-old kid named Hiroki Sawada who is a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The child is known for developing the DNA Search Program which can trace ancestors using skin and blood data and now developing a mechanical brain known as "Noah's Ark" which has grown five years old in one year.
We then see the young Hiroki initiate a program on his computer and says goodbye to it, alarms go on and his father and security go to check on him, they then realize that Hiroki has jumped off the building and has killed himself.
We then see Conan and the members of the Junior Detective League, Rachel and many others trying out a new virtual game to test out their detective skills. So, Conan and the Junior Detective League must go to virtual 19th Century London and participate in the game. But suddenly the artificial intelligence behind the game, Noah's Ark, has shut down any possibility for the detectives to exit the game and now the game becomes real. If they don't finish the game, each will die.
Noah's Ark has a goal is to reset society and eliminate children who were born from corrupt politicians and greedy doctors. If anyone tries to rescue them, they will also die.
So, Conan and the Junior Detectives are now in a virtual world where Jack the Ripper lives. Now, they must now try and find out how to catch the serial killer or else they will be killed.
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"Case Closed: The Phantom of Baker Street" is a film that came out back in April 2002. As the "Cased Closed" films move up each year, there is a noticeable difference in animation quality especially compared to the previous five films. Animation is detailed and much more vibrant and even more detail and shading on the surrounding and background artwork. This latest film does use of CG effects work but for the most part, animation and character designs are on par with the last film. Art backgrounds are detailed at times and well-painted, while character designs are similar as they were in previous films.
Audio is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 English and Japanese Stereo. English audio dialogue is clear from the center and music and sound effects are more front channel driven. Voice acting is well done for the English dub but for those who followed the Japanese series may get confused by the changing of the names. Japanese audio is well-done and for those who have a modern home theater receiver and a 5.1, 7.2 or higher setup, my preference was to have audio set on all channels for a more immerse soundscape.
Subtitles are in English.
"Case Closed: The Phantom of Baker Street" comes with FUNimation Entertainment trailers only.
I grew up with "Meitantei Conan" and I own several Japanese manga volumes which helped me learn Japanese and have watched the original Japanese anime series including the Japanese drama. But I have never seen any of the animated films before, so it was a pleasure to see FUNimation Entertainment show their dedication in releasing the films in the US.
As for "Case Closed: The Phantom of Baker Street", I knew one of these days there would be a film based on a virtual reality detective case (ala "Star Trek: The Next Generation" award winning episode "The Big Goodbye") and what best than to take on one of the mot notorious unsolved cases in world's history, the murders caused by Jack the Ripper. Especially how the writers would try to connect Jack the Ripper to modern times but also once again, showing how much Rachel cares about Jimmy and also would go out lengths to protect Conan.
It's important to note that one watching these films do not need to watch the TV series because the films do a good job introducing the characters especially how Jimmy Kudo became Conan. So, pretty much everyone can get into the films quite easily.
Like the previous films on DVD, there are no special features included but the FUNimation Entertainment trailers. I do wish that in future releases of films on DVD, the theatrical and teaser trailers and even the television commercials would be included.
Overall, "Case Closed: The Phantom of Baker Street" is another enjoyable "Cased Closed" film featuring Conan, Rachel and the Junior Detectives taking on another major case and film once again worth checking out!
In the movie Conan must now go back in time using a virtual reality system created by a young boy genius who was mysteriously killed, and solve both the crimes involving Jack the Ripper in the virtual reality system and also gather clues to discover who killed the young boy genius programmer and another person at the premier of the ne virtual reality system. It is not too violent, and it still has all of the wonderful pieces to a great mystery/detective movie.
Afterwards, Shinichi and company head off to London 1888, in order to uncover the real identity of Jack The Ripper.
Surprisingly, Jack the Ripper is not the only one present. With the mention of Inspector Lestrade, the gang finds out that Sherlock is also present in the game.
With the number of players dwindling, it is up to Shinichi to not only discover Jack the Ripper's identity, but also bring everyone that had lost back to life.
This movie was very good, with only a few problems, none of which were due to FUNimation. For example, there are subtitles on scenes that have been originally and dubbed in English. This was kind of horrible, but it did not take much away from the movie. FUNimation did not intentionally do that.
As was mentioned before, Sherlock makes an appearance and so do characters like Irene Adler and Professor Moriarty and Sebastian Moran.
As always, there is a Japanese audio track, for those of you who do not like the English dub.
I would suggest this movie to Sherlock fans and Detective Conan fans, as this meshes the world of Detective Conan with the world of Sherlock.