Anime Review: Detective Conan Movie: Lost Ship in the Sky

(Originally published on Livejournal on 12/12/10)

Anime Review:
Detective Conan: The Lost Ship in the Sky

What this is about: I made the promise that I would review every new subtitled anime show (excluding blatant yaoi and/or porn) released during the Spring and Summer 2010 seasons, so now I am going back to review a handful of shows that I missed over the past few months for one reason or another. This time around, it’s Detective Conan: The Lost Ship in the Sky, the fourteenth feature-length motion picture in the long-running series that debuted on April 17th, 2010.

tl;dr review: Terrorist group threatens to release deadly toxin from a hijacked airship; It’s Detective Conan and Kid Kaitou to the rescue!

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Spoiler-Free Description: A terrorist group steals a deadly bacteria from a government laboratory and threatens to release it on the public. At the same time Jirokichi Suzuki announces the maiden voyage of his grand airship (the largest in the world), where he challenges Kid Kaitou to steal a priceless jewel aboard the airship. Detective Conan, as well as several of his friends and acquaintances, embark on the airship’s first six-hour trip to Osaka. Halfway through, they discover the bacteria is loose on the ship; the terrorist group boards the ship and takes control, and threaten to crash it into Osaka, putting millions at risk. But to Conan, everything doesn’t quite add up, and he must solve the real mystery before the airship reaches its destination.

My Thoughts: Detective Conan (known as ‘Case Closed’ in the United States) is one of the longest-running and most popular manga series on the shelves today, with over seventy volumes in print. This success has also been adapted into over 600 anime episodes, countless specials and over a dozen movies. Given all that, I am familiar with the basic story and the premise, even though I’ve never really paid attention to the franchise — and that minuscule foreknowledge (which was also reprized in a two-minute intro at the start of the movie) is enough to get started. There were some characters that I was unfamiliar with, but a deep, intimate understanding of all the characters is not necessary to enjoy the show.

The plot is fairly straightforward, even though it takes a bit of time to really get the ball rolling. And then Detective Conan starts his sleuthing, and there’s an unexpected twist! Then a *second* unexpected twist! Looking at the clock there’s still twenty minutes left…and then a third unexpected twist! Okay, M. Night Shyamalan it’s not, but still fun to watch the sharp turns in the plot nonetheless.

The Verdict: – GRADE: B. A light diversion. Nothing amazing, but it kept me (a non-Detective Conan fan) watching until the end.

For more info:

Wikipedia Entry:
Anime News Network entry:
Official trailer:

Going backwards again, there are a handful of shows from the Spring and Summer 2010 Season that slipped through the cracks: Bohemian Rhapsody featuring Leiji Matsumoto, Planzet Movie, Tatami Galaxy Special, Shin Koihime Mousou OVA

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