Case Closed Season 1 (DVD) Review
Jimmy Kudo is a brilliant teenage detective who has the world at his feet. His ability to crack cases that even hardened police officers can't solve is legendary but unfortunately for Jimmy, he's closed his last case. When he stumbles upon a major case he finds himself on the wrong side of some very bad people who capture poor Jimmy and feed him a drug which turns him back into a kid! So as not to give away his secret, Jimmy changes his name to Conan Edogawa and needless to say, hijnks ensue.
The animation quality has seriously dated which is completely understandable given its 18 year vintage. However, TMS have done a fantastic job in realising the overall aesthetic of the source material, the long-running manga series by Gosho Aoyama. Not only do the characters look like they do in the manga, but the setting does as well. Case Closed walks a fine line between being placed in a Japanese and a Western setting, a fact that is reflected through much of the series. Uniform police in the series look like Tokyo's finest while the detectives look like NYPD gumshoes. Even the name Conan Edogawa reflects the east meets west melding. Conan alludes to Sherlock Holmes creator Arthur Conan Doyle while Ranpo relates to Edogawa Ranpo, a Japanese mystery writer from the early 1900's (fun fact: Edogawa Ranpo is pseudonym and homage to American novelist Edgar Allan Poe). Conan Edogawa is a wonderfully innocent yet brilliant mind and sometimes characteristically resembles a chibi version of Sherlock Holmes and even Lupin III.