After brilliantly solving yet another difficult case in London, Professor Layton and Luke receive their next challenge from one of Layton’s former students, Jenice. Now a talented opera singer, Jenice recently received a visit from a young girl who claims to be the reincarnation of her deceased friend Milena and insists she’s discovered the key to eternal life. To investigate, the Professor and Luke travel to the Crown Petone Theater for a special opera performance, but what they find there quickly becomes a game of life and death with dire consequences...
After robbing a casino and finding out the entire take was counterfeit, Lupin and Jigen are off to the duchy of Cagliostro to find the source of this trickery, and to stop it. Upon arrival, the two become entangled in a car chase between a woman in a wedding dress and several men in a black car. Before she is kidnapped, this woman passes off a ring to Lupin, a ring that sparks his interest more than counterfeit money ever could. Unfortunately for Lupin it also grabs the attention of those who want the ring back, and would kill him for it in a heartbeat.
These two films are really remarkably similar. Both are often humorous, fast-paced, and have distinct visual styles, not to mention European settings. Layton is much more kid-friendly than Lupin (though Castle of Cagliostro features a kinder, gentler protagonist than most of the Lupin movies and specials), but if you enjoy the ridiculous over-the-top plot and unbelievable yet completely entertaining antics of one film, you'll very likely enjoy the other.
Unlike the series which tends to lean towards adult themes, the more gentle nature of Lupin in CoC shares many similarities with Professor Layton atED. They are both action packed tales of master puzzle solvers trying to save damsels from wicked men.
Eleven-year-old Chizuko Mikamo is a victim; she is aware that her cruel relatives have been slowly poisoning her, but she can't do anything to escape her fate except starve herself. Luckily for her, the infamous thief, Twenty Faces, has arrived to steal her household's most valuable treasure: Chizuko herself. Alongside Twenty Faces, Ken, Skipper and the rest of the gang, Chizuko travels to exotic lands and strange places in search of valuable treasure. But, as she soon discovers, there's much more to the mysterious Twenty Faces than she could ever have bargained for...
Shinichi Kudo is a famous teenage detective who follows in the footsteps of his favorite hero, Sherlock Holmes, solving difficult cases with ease. One day, while investigating suspicious activity during one of his cases, he was captured and forced to try a deadly experimental drug which ended up being less than fatal, shrinking his body to the age of seven. To cope with the new appearance, he took on a new name, Conan Edogawa. Can he, with his new alias and help of friends and family, capture the culprit?
In the early 20th century, Kazuya transfers to a prestigious academy as part of an exchange program between Japan and Saubure, a small European country. But while Kazuya would love to make friends and have a typical school life, the boy is shunned by his ghost story-loving peers who believe that he's a "Black Reaper" to be feared. Things change one day when Kazuya wanders to the top of the library and discovers a lush botanical garden, and a beautiful, small, blonde-haired girl named Victorique who rarely leaves the building and is fascinated by unsolved mysteries. Together, the two develop a budding friendship and take on many chilling and dangerous cases that even the famous local detective Grevil can't solve.
In the late nineteenth century, Sherlock Hound is a crafty canine with a penchant for sleuthing. Alongside his trusty sidekick Watson, Sherlock Hound will solve the hardest of cases with ease. Whether it’s tracking down the origin of green balloons, helping launch the start of an air mail service from London to Paris, or tracking down a missing gold statue, Sherlock Hound will always get to the bottom of things – that is, if the wily Moriarty and his henchmen don’t get in the way!
Professor Layton and Sherlock Hound are two entertaining and still family friendly looks into the detective genre. They definitely have a similar feel and tone, and will appeal to the same audience, though Sherlock is definitely better for the kiddies.