Detective Conan Movie 1: The Time Bombed Skyscraper

Alt title: Meitantei Conan Movie 1: Tokei Jikake no Matenrou

Movie (1 ep x 94 min)
4.021 out of 5 from 4,258 votes
Rank #886

Conan, the man whose body was shrunk to that of a child's after being forced to ingest an experimental poison, is approaching his birthday. He receives an invitation from a famous architect... but the invitation is addressed to Shinichi - his adult self - and so Conan sends Ran and Mori in his place instead. Soon afterwards, his adult self also receives a challenge: the wager is the city itself - bombs have been planted everywhere! Conan must now find the bombs and discover the mystery behind the perpetrator using his top notch skills of deduction!

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After 1 year of airing on TV, Detective Conan would finally get his chance to shine on the big screen. In 1997, the first ever Detective Conan movie, The Time-Bombed Skyscraper, was released to the public and became every fans' favorite movie. Despite its shortcomings, this movie is still very fun to watch to this day. Throughout the movie, Conan has to find bombs spread throughout the city before they blow up. Seeing him chase down and deduce the location of these bombs is one of the highlights of this movie. Another thing is how much Ran plays an active role in the finale. In later films, she would rarely be allowed to be any more than a damsel in distress. Speaking of finale, everything done there is just so good, it has to be seen to be believed. On the other hand, I do want to say that the culprit isn't that hard to figure out. Because of that, many people may get bored as they wait for Conan to finally catch up with them. Also, The version that I saw had some pretty shabby subtitles. While the translation itself was great, the editing and formatting was nonexistent. Characters' dialogue keeps getting mixed with title cards and song lyrics. While there are many better subtitled versions out there, the one I reviewed is quite literally a mess. With all that said, this movie still has some charm going for it. Despite being nearly 25 years old, the art style is so well done that people can still enjoy it. If you have just started watching Detective Conan, then definitely watch this movie when you can. It's definitely a very good first impression!

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