Anime Review: Detective Conan OVA: A Secret Order From London

Anime Review:
Detective Conan OVA: A Secret Order From London

What this is about: Watching all of the anime shows so you don’t have to! — I’m taking a look at the first episode of every show from the Spring 2011 anime season that has been subtitled, and giving it a thumbs-up or thumbs-down. For more information about me and my reviews, click here.

Series Premise: Detective Conan is a long-running manga and anime series by Gosho Aoyama, with dozens of manga volumes and hundreds of anime episodes over the past two decades. The story follows the adventures of a young detective, who has been poisoned and transformed into a young boy, where he continues to solve mysteries while hiding from his enemies under the name of Conan Edogawa. In April 2011, the eleventh Original Video Animation special, subtitled “A Secret Order from London”, was released as a side-story in conjunction with the fifteenth feature length film.

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ep. tl;dr review: Wild goose chase as Ai mistaken for missing child star and possibly secret spy! Kiddie adventure with kiddies.

Episode Summary: Ai and Ayumi head to a high-class supermarket when they get a yen for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. They soon discover they are being tailed by Mitsuhiko and Genta, who believe that Ai may secretly be a child star that disappeared from England the year before…and possibly a British spy! But it turns out the girls are also being tailed by a man in woman in dark glasses and suits, who are ultimately revealed to be talent scouts. After various misunderstandings are cleared up, the kids head back to the Professor’s residence, where Subaru is retrieving a package why he is away. The package contains peanut butter and jelly, which the Professor was secretly hiding from Ai.

My Reaction: First of all, it’s peanut butter and grape jelly…not blueberry jelly. Close but no cigar, Japan. Try again next time.

In any case, I’m watching this not as a Detective Conan fan, but I have watched a little bit here and there (including last year’s movie and related OVA), and I’m slightly familiar with the concept but not fully familiar with the characters. First off, the star of the show, Conan, is largely absent from this OVA special as he flies off to England for the movie plot. Instead, we are treated to a thirty-minute silly adventure with the little kiddies…oh well. With Conan away, the focus turns to Ai Haibara, the sarcastic pint-sized girl who, like Conan, has also been turned into a younger version of herself and maintains a secret identity because of that. But that’s about all I know about her, or her past.

We end up with a rather silly outing as Mitsuhiko puts two and two together and ends up with twenty-two, deducing that Ai is someone that she is not. Of course, all the wacky hijinx are borne out of this misunderstanding, just remember that not everything is as it seems in the Detective Conan universe. It’s a fairly light-hearted and a bit amusing short story, seems to me fun for the Conan fans, but also can be enjoyed by non-fans as well who are not familiar with the series. While the Detective Conan stories are never amazing, one thing I do like about them is generally you do not need to be intimately steeped in the arcane lore of the back-story to appreciate the individual stories, which is a cue I wish many other shows would take into consideration.

Now if they would just get around to subtitling the related movie itself, that would be nice (just waiting for the DVD source to be available, most likely). There’s a very dedicated and loyal subtitling community for Detective Conan, so I’m sure it will out eventually.

The verdict:


  • First Episodes from the Spring 2011 Season receiving a thumbs-up: Steins;Gate, Deadman Wonderland, Hanasaku Iroha, Dog Days, Moshidora, Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai, Tiger and Bunny, Fireball Charming, Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko, A Channel, Sengoku Otome: Time Paradox, Nichijou, Yondemasu-yo Azazel-san, C – The Money of Soul and Possibility Control, X-Men, Blue Exorcist, Kaiji Season 2, Hyouge Mono, Showa Monogatari, Detective Conan OVA 11: A Secret Order from London
  • First Episodes from the Spring 2011 Season receiving a thumbs-down: Sket Dance, Softenni, Happy Kappi, Astarotte’s Toy, Dororon Enma-kun Meeramera, Inazuma Eleven Go, Hidan no Aria, Suzy’s Zoo Daisuki Witzy, Seikon no Qwaser Season 2, The World God Only Knows Season 2, Toriko, Maria Holic Alive, 30-sai no Hoken Taiiku, Oretachi ni Tsubasa wa Nai, Pretty Rhythm Aurora Dream, Fairy Tail OVA, Plastic Nee-san, Yu-Gi-Oh: Zexal, Nana to Kaoru OVA, Shukufuku no Campanella OVA, Gintama, Tono to Issho: Gantai no Yabou, Hen Zemi, Hoshizora e Kakaru Hashi, Honto ni Atta Reibai Sensei, Senjou no Valkyria 3, Seitokai Yakuindomo OVA, Amagami SS OVA, Katte ni Kaizou, Digimon Xros Wars Season 2, Seibu Tetsudou Ekiin Tako-chan, Highschool of the Dead OVA, Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt OVA
  • Coming up next (in this order – 53 down, 4 to go!): Kung Fu Cooking Girls, Appleseed XIII, Asobi ni Iku yo OVA, Fujilog

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