Detective Conan OVA 1: Conan VS Kid VS Yaiba Houtou Soudatsu Daikessen!!

Alt title: Meitantei Conan OVA 1: Conan VS Kid VS Yaiba Houtou Soudatsu Daikessen!!

OVA (1 ep x 23 min)
3.653 out of 5 from 1,920 votes
Rank #3,671

As a much-needed break from his sleuthing duties, Conan is looking forward to reading some newly-borrowed manga in the evening; however, once more, duty calls! Kogorou Mouri has been asked by the wife and daughter of the Raizou family to protect a Treasure Sword that has been "claimed" by the Kaitou Kid; however, Mine Raizou and his mother are certain they can handle the problem themselves. Conan, the Detective Boys and the rest of the gang must defend against Kaitou Kid's raid with the help of the young swordsman Yaiba!

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StoryNormally, a Detective Conan episode or movie is a thrilling, harrowing ride filled with clues to follow and a mystery to solve. While Detective Conan - Conan vs Kid vs Yaiba (aka OVA 1) has none of these qualities, those who enjoy a good dose of wackiness and zany fun will surely appreciate its merits.Detective Conan's creator was also at the helm of Yaiba - a comedic tale of the son of a swordsman and his exotic animal friends who take residence in Japan. Detective Conan OVA 1 merges this story and the story of Detective Conan together in a rather hilarious way: Conan is dying to read the Yaiba manga in the evening, but on the way home he gets sucked into an adventure that involves Yaiba himself!  There's no mystery to solve and absolutely nothing serious to digest, so you can instead sit back and enjoy the wild ride. Comedy abounds in a variety of situations: Kaitou Kid manages to woo all the female members of the Raizou family, Yaiba and Kaitou Kid square off in a harrowing air battle, names are mispronounced left and right, and more! Little else can be said about this thirty-minute OVA without spoiling. It's hilarious, it's a great detour from the usual seriousness of Detective Conan titles, and it has a laugh-out-loud ending that you won't necessarily expect. AnimationDetective Conan OVA 1's animation is neither good nor bad. It's decent and it works, though it's nothing groundbreaking or spectacular. Much of the OVA takes place at night (once Kaitou Kid is on the prowl for his would-be treasure) and thus, the colors are often muted. The character designs are exactly what one would expect from a Detective Conan title. SoundAs with the animation, Detective Conan OVA 1's audio is good enough - nothing offensive or detracting, and fits the tone of the OVA well. Like the TV series, Detective Conan OVA 1's soundtrack leans towards cheesy saxophone riffs and an overall campy feel. CharactersEach character plays his or her part to a tee: Yaiba is brash and cocky just like his regular self in the Yaiba anime; Kaitou Kid is suave for the ladies; and Conan still manages to drum up a bit of deductive thinking amidst the comedy. Fans of the normal Detective Conan series might not appreciate the overly-lighthearted feel of the characters' personalities in Detective Conan OVA 1 - to them I'd simply say "lighten up!"OverallWhile it's nothing like the regular series, movies, or even the other OVAs, Detective Conan OVA 1 is a wonderful tangent to the franchise's typically serious stories. If you've seen Yaiba and Detective Conan and enjoy comedy, this would be a great OVA to watch. New viewers of Detective Conan should pass this one by as there is no back story given of any of the characters, and die hard mystery fans should bear in mind that this OVA has little in common with any previous Detective Conan works.


I love OVA's.  It gives the animators free reign to mess around with the characters whose storylines are wedded to precise plots with their own expectations.  The characters in OVA can let their hair down and run with bizarre concepts.  Detective Conan: Conan vs. Kid vs. Yaiba Houtou Soudatsu Daikessen!! is pure fanservice for those who enjoy rival fiction.  Heroes (and villains) from three anime series are thrown together in a wild romp that seems to be just a little off.  Think of it as an animator's dream, as it all boils down to a manga-induced dream Conan had due to a generous supply of graphic novels from geeky Mitsuhiko.  This leads to the contest between Conan and Kaito Kid over a precious sword.  Coming in as unwanted help for Conan is the swordsman Yaiba Kurogane.  Following in his wake are a slew of all the characters one would expect in a Conan vs. Kid 23-minute epic contest of wits ... even Kudo Shinichi getting a long waited cameo. The twelve OVA's in the Detective Conan series (starting in 2001, ending in 2011) prove to be a showcase for the animation progress for the 1100 + episodes spanning over two decades.  And this in a franchise where the character design was the basic adjustment, and the cast of characters is reaching the depth of War and Peace.  The music ... this OVA just didn't hire a good band ... which the Conan franchise could shake up and adjust the tunes as the seasons went along.  This round the music was meh.  OVA’s seem to be just thrown together at times and don’t bring out the best in every area. Because this OVA mirrored the dream state, it didn't have the edge of your usual well-thought out episode of Conan or Kid.  This is what happens when the dramatic goes comic ... or campy.

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