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Detective Conan - Watching Guide

Detective Conan, without its filler episodes, is the most intricate and rewarding anime series from the mystery/crime solving genre in anime history. Since this show is a bit of everything (ranging from its main plot that covers the conspiracy of the Black Organization, to episodic mystery cases, to romance arcs, etc.), I've sorted this list according to the show's thematic categories.
1 Detective Conan

Detective Conan

Episode numbers in this list are according to the original numbers, and not the numbers given by funimation (see wikipedia Detective Conan Episodes for details). 

1) Black Organization Arcs (Main Plot)

If you are only interested in the main plot that covers the Black Organization's conspiracy, the following episodes are relevant. Major character introductions and developments are included. Sticking to the episodes marked with an asterisk will help get you through the main plot very quickly, but you will come across side characters and character developments you do not know if you skip episodes not marked by an asterisk. The characters in Detective Conan are intricately related to one another, which is what makes this series special. Therefore, I advise you not to skip any of these.

  • Introduction to Gin and Vodka (Episode 1* Roller Coaster Murder Case, Episode 2 President's Daughter Kidnapping Case [Major relationship development], Episode 3 An Idol’s Locked Room Murder Case [Major relationship development], Episode 4 City Coded Map Case [major character development], Episode 5 The Bullet Train Bombing Case,  Episode 6 Valentine Murder Case [First appearance of a regular side character], Episode 12 Ayumi-chan Kidnapping Case [Introduction of a new gadget]Episodes 20 A Haunted Mansion Murder Case [New gadget], Episode 32 Coffee Shop Murder Case [First appearance of a regular side character], Episode 43* Conan Edogawa Kidnapping Case [First appearance of major side characters], Episode 48-49* Diplomat Murder Case [First Appearance of a regular side character], Episode 54* Game Company Murder Case, Episode 57-58* Holmes Freak Murder Case [major relationship development], Episode 76* Conan vs. Kaitou Kid [First appearance of a regular side character], Episode 118 The Naniwa Serial Murder Case [First appearance of a regular side character]

-> Intro arc reduced to 17 episodes 🤭

  • Introduction to Sherry (Episode 128* The Black Org: 1 Billion Yen Robbery Case, 129* The Girl from the Black Org and the University Professor Murder Case, 130-131 The Indiscriminate Threatening Stadium Case, 153-154 Sonoko's Dangerous Summer Story [First appearance of a regular side character]) 

-> Sherry arc reduced to 6 episodes 

  • Introduction to Vermouth and the FBI (Episode 170-171* The Blind Spot in the Darkness, 176-178* Reunion with the Black Org, 189-192* The Desperate Revival, 219* The Gathering of the Detectives! Shinichi Kudo vs Kaito Kid [becomes meaningful in retrospect] , 222-224 And There Were No Mermaids [becomes meaningul in retrospect], 226-227* The Battle Game Trap, 230-231* The Mysterious Passenger, 242 Genta's Misfortune, 253-254 Metropolitan Police Detective Love Story 4  [major character development], 258-259* The Man from Chicago, 269-270 The Forgotten Momento from the Crime, 271-272 Secret Rushed Omission, 277-278* English Teacher vs. Great Western Detective, 279-280 Hooligan's Labyrinth, 284-285 Chinatown Deja vu, 286-288* Shinichi Kudo's New York Case, 289-290 Mitsuhiko in a Forest of Indecision, 307-308* On the Trail of a Silent Witness, 309-311* Contact with the Black Org, 312-313 Festival Dolls Dyed in the Setting Sun, 329-330 Friendship Can't Be Bought with Money, 335-336 Secret of the Touto Film Making Centre, 338-339* Four Porsches, 340-341* The Secret Hidden in the Bathroom, 343-344 The Convenience Store Trap, 345* Head-to-head Match With the Black Org; Two Mysteries of the Night of the Full Moon, 346-347 Find the Buttocks' Mark!, 356 Kaitou Kid's Miraculous Midair Walk [major character development], 361-362 Teitan High School's Ghost Story)

-> Vermouth arc reduced to 62 episodes 

  • Introduction to Kir and the CIA (Episode 385-387 Dissonance of the Stradivarius Violin, 394-396 Big Adventure in the Eccentric Mansion, 425* Black Impact! The Moment the Black Org Reaches Out!, 429-430 The Two Who Can't Return Anymore, 457-458 Sonoko's Red Handkerchief [major character development], 462-465* The Shadow of the Black Org, 479 Three Days With Heiji Hattori, 484-485* Whereabouts of the Dark Photograph, 491-504* Clash of Red and Black!, 507-508 The Blind Spot in the Karaoke Box)

-> Kir arc reduced to 34 episodes 

  • Introduction to Bourbon (Episode 509* Red White Yellow and the Detective Boys, 510-511 Conan vs. W Code Mystery, 516-517 Fuurinkazan The Mysterious Armoured Knight, 542 The Disappearing Fish at Ikkaku Rock, 558-561 The Mansion of Death and the Red Wall563-564 Detective Boys vs. Burglar Gang, 578-581* The Calling of Red Omen Crisis, Episode 616-621* Holmes' Revelation [major relationship development], 622-623 Emergency Situation 252, 646-647* The Deduction Showdown in the Haunted Hotel, 648-650 Detective Agency Confinement Case, 656-657 Professor's Video Site, 667-668* Wedding Eve, 671-674 Detectives' Nocturne, 675-676 Won't Forgive Even One, 681-683 The Life-Threatening Broadcast of Love, 684-685 Foam Steam and Smoke, 690-691 Yusaku Kudo's Unsolved Case, 699-700 The Shadow That Approaches Haibara's Secret, 701-704* The Raven Mystery Train, 705-706 Conan Inside The Locked Room, 722-723 The Cold and Sweet Delivery, 724-725 Kaito Kid and the Blush Mermaid, 727-728 The Treasure Chest Filled With Fruits, 731-732* The Ex-Boyfriend Living Next to a Crime Scene , 734* Jodie's Memories and the Cherry Blossom Viewing Trap, 739 Kogoro In The Bar, 740-741 Bathroom Where Ran Collapsed As Well, 744-745 The Suspect Makoto Kyougoku, 754-756 The Tragedy of the Red Woman, 759-760* The Love Novel With Unexpected Results, 770-771* The Tense Tea Party, 779-783* The Scarlet [Trivia: Conan's screentime is barely a minute long in episode 782])

-> Bourbon arc reduced to 79 episodes 

  • Introduction to Rum and the AKAI family (Episode 785-786 Taikou Meijin's Match of Love, 787-788 The Mystery Sinking in the Midsummer Pool, 792-793 Three First Discoverers, 810-812* The Darkness of the Prefectural Police, 814-815 The Actress Blogger's Locked Room Case, 827-828 Ramen So Good, It’s To Die For 2, 836-837 The Unfriendly Girls Band, 843-844 The Detective Boys in a Grove, 849-850* The Marriage Registration's Password, 853-854* Memories from Sakura Class [major relationship revelation], 861-862* Just Like a 17-Year-Old Crime Scene, 863-864* The Spirit Detective's Murder, 866-867* The Traitor's Stage, 878-879 The Blind Spot in the Changing Room, 881-882* The Magician of the Waves, 889-890* The New Teacher's Skeleton Case, 894-895* The Tokyo-Style Detective Show Next Door, 896-897* The Woman With White Hands, 909-910* Mystery of the Burning Tent, 927-928* The Crimson School Trip [major relationship development], ,941-942* Find Maria-chan!, 952-954* The Unsolved Cocktail Case, 971-974* The Target is the Metropolitan Police Traffic Department

-> Rum arc reduced to 50 episodes, ongoing

2) Best of Best Episodic Case Mysteries

These are episodic side stories that have nothing to do with the Black-org main plot, but are masterpiece episodes that involve hardcore detective work in often macabre and sinister cases of mystery. Highly recommended that you watch at some point.

  • Episode 11 Moonlight Piano Sonata Murder Case
  • Episode 22-23 Cruise Ship Serial Murder Case
  • Episode 27-28 Kogoro's Reunion Murder Case
  • Episode 34-35 Mountain Villa Bandaged Man Murder Case
  • Episode 42 Karaoke Box Murder Case
  • Episode 46 Alpine Hut in the Snowy Mountain Murder Case
  • Episode 50 Library Murder Case
  • Episode 52 The Mist Goblin Legend Murder Case
  • Episode 68-70 Night Baron Murder Case
  • Episode 84-85 Ski Lodge Murder Case
  • Episode 96 Caught Up with the Great Detective! Two Murder Cases!
  • Episode 136-137 The Old Blue Castle Investigation Case
  • Episode 162 The Sealed Chamber in the Sky! Shinichi Kudo's First Case
  • Episode 174 The 20 Year Old Murder Case: The Symphony Serial Murders
  • Episode 184 A Cursed Mask Coldy Laughs (A very rare case of a well made TV original filler)
  • Episode 403-404 The Mysterious Angel's Mansion (A very rare case of a well made TV original filler)
  • Episode 415-417 The Evil Spirit Appears on An Unlucky Day
  • Episode 418 Home of Beika's Grenier (A very rare case of a well made TV original filler)

-> total of 28 selected episodic episodes

3) Shinichi-Ran Canon Arcs 

These are canon episodes that focus specifically on the romance between the two main protagonists. Highly recommended that you watch at some point.

  • Episode 2 President's Daughter Kidnapping Case
  • Episode 10 Blackmailing A Pro Soccor Player Case
  • Episode 48-49* Diplomat Murder Case
  • Episode 100-101 The Memories of First Love Case
  • Episode 188-193* The Desperate Revival 
  • Episode 286-288* Shinichi Kudo's New York Case
  • Episode 472-473 Shinichi Kudo's Childhood Adventure
  • Episode 521-523 Murderer, Shinichi Kudo; Shinichi's True Face and Ran's Tears; What She Really Wants to Ask
  • Episode 608-609 White Day of Betrayal
  • Episode 616-621* Holmes' Revelation 
  • Episode 772-773 Shinichi Kudo Aquarium Case
  • Episode 853-854* Memories from Sakura Class
  • Episode 927-928* The Crimson School Trip

-> Shinichi-Ran Episodes reduced to 33 episodes (Episodes 2, 48-49, 188-193, 286-288, 616-621, 853-854, 927-928 are covered in the Black org arcs)

4) Kaitou Kid Episodes

Kaitou kid (the thief) is one of the most important side characters in the Detective Conan franchise, who made his first appearance in the series as a mysterious thief/magician and a rival of Detective Conan. Since then, numerous episodes have been dedicated to narrating Kaitou Kid's battle against several other side characters in the show. If you’ve finished watching episodes related to the main plot and are interested in knowing more about Kaito Kid, watch these episodes below.

[Fun fact: Kaito Kid has his own manga franchise, and this franchise existed long before Detective Conan.]

  • Episode 76* Conan vs. Kaitou Kid
  • Episode 132-134 Magic Lover's Murder Case
  • Episode 219* The Gathering of Detectives! Shinichi Kudou vs. Kaitou Kid
  • Episode 356 Kaitou Kid's Miraculous Midair Walk
  • Episode 394-396 Big Adventure in the Eccentric Mansion
  • Episode 469-470 Kaitou Kid and the Four Masterpieces
  • Episode 472-473 Shinichi Kudo's Childhood Adventure
  • Episode 515 Kaitou Kid's Teleportation Magic
  • Episode 537-538  Kaitou Kid vs the Strongest Vault
  • Episode 586-587 The Kirin's Horn that Disappeared Into the Darkness
  • Episode 627-628 The Ryoma Treasure Battle Between Conan and Kid
  • Episode 724-725 Kaito Kid and the Blush Mermaid
  • Episode 746-747 Kaito Kid vs Makoto Kyogoku
  • Episode 887-888 Kaito Kid and the Trick Box

-> 16 episodes (Episodes 76, 219, 356 and 724-725 have been covered in the black org arcs)

5) Metropolitan Police Department Series

These are side stories that focus on cases involving members from the Metropolitan Police Department. The majority of these is plain romance rather than serious mystery. Recommended if you’ve finished watching episodes relating to the main plot and are interested in the side characters belonging to the police.

  • Episode 146-147 Metropolitan Police Detective Love Story
  • Episode 156-157 Metropolitan Police Detective Love Story 2
  • Episode 205-206 Metropolitan Police Detective Love Story 3
  • Episode 253-254 Metropolitan Police Detective Love Story 4 
  • Episode 304 Trembling Metropolitan Police Headquarters and 12 Million Hostages 
  • Episode 358-359 Metropolitan Police Detective Love Story 5
  • Episode 390-391 Metropolitan Police Detective Love Story 6
  • Episode 431-432 Metropolitan Police Detective Love Story 7
  • Episode 449 Metropolitan Police Love Story - Fake Wedding
  • Episode 487 Metropolitan Police Detective Love Story 8 
  • Episode 532-535 The Scar of First Love - An Old Scar and a Detective‘s Spirit
  • Episode 568-569 Inspector Shiratori, Memories of the Sakura
  • Episode 583 The Love of Kobayashi-sensei
  • Episode 584 The Lost Love of Inspector Shiratori
  • Episode 585 The Love of Sakura that Exceeds Time
  • Episode 624 The Video Letter of the First Love
  • Episode 659-660 The Joint Investigation with First Love
  • Episode 681-683 The Life-Threatening Broadcast of Love 
  • Episode 731-732* The Ex-Boyfriend Living Next to a Crime Scene
  • Episode 748-749 Metropolitan Police Detective Love Story 9
  • Episode 785-786 Taikou Meijin's Match of Love
  • Episode 847-848 Chiba's UFO Case
  • Episode 971-974The Target is the Metropolitan Police Traffic Department

-> 40 episodes (Episodes 253-254, 681-683, 731-732, 971-974 have been covered in the black org arcs)

6) Hattori Heiji Related Case Files

Heiji is one of the very few people who know Conan's true identity. Recommended if you’ve finished watching episodes relating to the main plot and are interested in the side character Hattori Heiji.

  • Episode 48-49* Diplomat Murder Case
  • Episode 57-58* Holmes Freak Murder Case 
  • Episode 77-78 Distinguished Family's Consecutive Accidental Death Case
  • Episode 118 The Naniwa Serial Murder Case
  • Episode 166-168 Tottori Spider Mansion Demon
  • Episode 174 The 20 Year Old Murder Case: The Symphony Serial Murders
  • Episode 189-192* The Desperate Revival 
  • Episode 220-221 The Client Full of Lies
  • Episode 222-224  And There Were No Mermaids [meaningful in retrospect]
  • Episode 238-239 The 3 K's of Osaka Case
  • Episode 263 The Osaka Double Mystery: Naniwa Swordsman and Toyotomi's Castle
  • Episode 277-278* English Teacher vs. Great Western Detective
  • Episode 291-293 Solitary Island of the Princess and the Dragon King's Palace
  • Episode 323-324 Heiji Hattori's Desparate Situation!
  • Episode 325-327 The Red Horse Among the Flames
  • Episode 345* Head-to-Head match With the Black Organization: Two Myssteries of the Nights of the Full Moon 
  • Episode 381-382 Whose Reasoning Show
  • Episode 383 Miracle at Koshien Ball Park! The Defiants Face the Dark Demon
  • Episode 406-408 Conan and Heiji's Reasoning Magic
  • Episode 479 Three Days with Heiji Hattori
  • Episode 484-485* Whereabouts of the Dark Photograph
  • Episode 490 Heiji Hattori vs. Shinichi Kudo! The Grand Deduction Battle!
  • Episode 491-492* Clash of Red and Black!
  • Episode 516-517 Fuurinkazan The Mysterious Armoured Knight
  • Episode 521-523 Murderer Shinichi Kudou; Shinichi's True Face and Ran's Tears; What She Really Wants to Ask
  • Episode 571-572 Treasure Battle in the Haunted Warehouse
  • Episode 573-574 The Whereabouts of the Embarassing Charm
  • Episode 610 The  Victim is Shinichi Kudou
  • Episode 611-613 Inubushi Castle, The Flame of the Demon Dog
  • Episode 651 Conan vs. Heiji: THe Detective Deduction Battle Between the East and the West
  • Episode 652-655 The Design of Poison and Illusion
  • Episode 710-711 Everyone Was Watching
  • Episode 712-715 Hattori Heiji and the Vampire Mansion
  • Episode 763-764 Conan and Heiji, Code of Love
  • Episode 808-809 The Kamaitachi Inn 
  • Episode 830-832 A Cottage Surrounded By Zombies
  • Episode 872-874 Conan and Heiji's Nue Legend
  • Episode 916-917 Kendou Tournament of Love and Mystery
  • Episode 927-928* The Crimson School Trip
  • Episode 941-942* Find Maria-chan!
  • Episode 965-968 Great Kaijuu Gomera vs. Kamen Yaiba

-> 90 episodes (Episodes 48-49, 57-58, 118, 222-224, 277-278, 345, 484-485, 491-492, 516-517, 927-928, 941-942 have been covered in the black org arcs).

7) Kyougoku Makoto and Sonoko Related Episodes

Side stories that focus on the romance between Karateka Kyougoku Makoto and Suzuki Sonoko.

  • Episode* 153-154 Sonoko's Dangerous Summer Story
  • Episode 172-173 The Revival of the Dying Message
  • Episode 217-218 Megure's Locked Away Secret
  • Episode 228-229 The Murderous Pottery Class
  • Episode* 266-268 The Truth Behind Valentine's Murder
  • Episode* 457-458 Sonoko's Red Handkerchief
  • Episode 608-609 White Day of Betrayal
  • Episode* 744-745 The Suspect, Makoto Kyogoku
  • Episode* 746-747 Kaito Kid vs. Kyogoku Makoto

->Episodes 153-154, 457-458 covered in the black org arcs.

8) Kisaki Eri's Court Case Files

Side Stories that focus on the professional life of lawyer Kisaki Eri and her relationship with Mouri Kogorou. Recommended if you’ve finished watching episodes relating to the main plot and are interested in the side characters Kisaki Eri and Mouri Kogorou.

  • Episode 32 Coffee Shop Murder Case
  • Episode 114-115 Scuba Diving Murder Case  
  • Episode 199-200 Mouri Kogorou, Suspect
  • Episode 264-265 Courtroom Battle: Kisaki vs. Kogoro (TV original)
  • Episode 297-298 Courtroom Confrontation 2: Kisaki vs. Kujo (TV original)
  • Episode 333-334 Alike Princesses
  • Episode 474 Love of Lawyer Eri Kisaki
  • Episode 489 Courtroom Confrontation 3: Prosecutor as Eyewitness (TV original)
  • Episode 505-506 Lawyer Eri Kisaki's Testimony
  • Episode 528-529 Might Over Mystery
  • Episode 540-541 The Day Kogorou Mouri Discontinues His Detective Business (TV original)
  • Episode 589-590 The Worst Birthday
  • Episode 606-607 Courtroom Confrontation 4: Juror Sumiko Kobayashi (TV original)
  • Episode 901-902 Lawyer Kisaki's SOS

-> 25 episodes (Episode 32 has been covered in the black org arcs)

2 Detective Conan: Episode One - The Great Detective Turned Small

Detective Conan: Episode One - The Great Detective Turned Small

Watch - Watch any time after having watched up until episodes 770-771* The Tense Tea Party, and 772-773 Shinichi Kudo Aquarium Case. 

This is a TV special (written by the original mangaka) and an in depth retelling of the first episode of the Detective Conan series. Since this TV special retells the episode from the viewpoint of characters that have appeared after episode one and up until episode 771, it is crucial that you watch after finishing episodes up until episode 771 (the ones I listed as episodes relating to the main plot). Episode 772-773 is not important to the main plot, but serves as a prequel to the TV special. 

3 The Disappearance of Conan Edogawa: The Worst Two Days in History

The Disappearance of Conan Edogawa: The Worst Two Days in History

Skip - TV special not relevant to the main plot. 

4 Detective Conan Movie 1: The Time Bombed Skyscraper

Detective Conan Movie 1: The Time Bombed Skyscraper

All movies from the Detective Conan franchise are made so that they don't add to or deviate from the main plot told in the TV series. Therefore, the movies are completely optional. If you are going to watch the movies, though, I strongly suggest watching each movie after having watched up until certain episodes of the TV series, since the movies (aired every year) generally tend to feature characters in parallel to new characters introduced in the TV series.

Optional This is the very first movie from the franchise. The mystery in this one is good, and the story highlights the romance between Shinichi and Ran.

This was aired straight after episode 54, but watchable anytime after episode 6 Valentine Murder Case (=Introduction of Suzuki Sonoko) of the TV series.

5 Detective Conan Movie 2: The Fourteenth Target

Detective Conan Movie 2: The Fourteenth Target

Optional (Recommended) - I recommend this one personally because it depicts the process of a detective's work in an interesting way; as Ran struggles to understand the cause behind Kogorou's past 'misdeed', she discovers that she can not arrive at the truth based on facts alone.

This was aired straight after episode 97, but watchable anytime after episode 32 Coffee Shop Murder Case of the TV series (=after the introduction of Kisaki Eri).

6 Detective Conan Movie 3: The Last Magician of the Century

Detective Conan Movie 3: The Last Magician of the Century

Optional (Recommended) - I recommend watching this movie for its production value. The general atmosphere in this show is fabulously mysterious, as the story involves treasure-hunting in a historical castle, Russian spies and the mysterious Kaitou Kid. This is also the first movie that features Kaitou Kid and Hattori Heiji.

Aired straight after episode 140, but watchable anytime after episode 130-131 The Indiscriminate Threatening Stadium Case (=after the introduction of Haibara Ai).

7 Detective Conan Movie 4: Captured In her Eyes

Detective Conan Movie 4: Captured In her Eyes

Optional (Recommended) - Recommended because this one is considered to have one of the most emotional and traumatic storylines in the movie franchise. Recommended after watching the first of the Metropolitan Police Detective series (episodes 146-147) because a lot of the characters from this episode appear in this movie.

Aired straight after episode 186, but watchable anytime after episode 146-147 Metropolitan Police Detective Love Story.

8 Detective Conan Movie 5: Countdown to Heaven

Detective Conan Movie 5: Countdown to Heaven

Optional (Recommended) - This is the first movie that is black-organization related. It doesn't add anything to the main plot of the TV series, but the black org appearance does make the story dramatic. It also touches on the character development of Haibara Ai that is seen in episodes 130-131 of the TV series.

Aired straight after episode 230, but watchable anytime after episode 130-131 The Indiscriminate Threatening Stadium Case.

9 Detective Conan Movie 6: The Phantom of Baker Street

Detective Conan Movie 6: The Phantom of Baker Street

Optional (Recommended) - Recommended as movie 6 is deemed among fans as a masterpiece.

Aired straight after episode 274, but watchable anytime after episode 130-131 The Indiscriminate Threatening Stadium Case (=after the introduction of Haibara).

10 Detective Conan Movie 7: Crossroad in the Ancient Capital

Detective Conan Movie 7: Crossroad in the Ancient Capital

Skip - For fans of Hattori Heiji. Basic knowledge of the romantic relationship between Kazuha and Hattori, Ran and Shinichi is required.

Aired straight after episode 315, but watchable anytime after episode 220-224 And Then There Were No Mermaids (major character development between Kazuha and Hattori) . 

11 Detective Conan Movie 8: Magician of the Silver Sky

Detective Conan Movie 8: Magician of the Silver Sky

Skip - For fans of Kaitou Kid. Knowledge of the character development of Kaitou Kid is required. 

Aired straight after episode 356, and watchable anytime after episode 356 Kaito Kid's Miraculous Midair Walk (major Kaitou Kid episode).

12 Detective Conan Movie 9: Strategy Above the Depths

Detective Conan Movie 9: Strategy Above the Depths

Skip - For fans of Mouri Kogorou since there is a rare highlight of Kogorou's judo and deduction. Basic knowledge of the romantic relationship between Ran and Shinichi is required.

Aired straight after episode 393.

13 Detective Conan Movie 10: The Private Eyes' Requiem

Detective Conan Movie 10: The Private Eyes' Requiem

Skip - Detectives galore. Includes detectives who appeared in episode 219. Knowledge of the character development of Kaitou Kid is also required.

Aired straight after episode 434, but watchable anytime after episode 219 The Gathering of the Detectives! Shinichi vs Kaito Kid.

14 Detective Conan Movie 11: Jolly Roger in the Deep Azure

Detective Conan Movie 11: Jolly Roger in the Deep Azure

Skip - For anyone who is interested in the friendship between Ran and Sonoko. Also for anyone who wants to see Ran do karate underwater. Basic knowledge of the romantic relationship between Ran and Shinichi may be required, but is not a must.

Aired straight after episode 469.

15 Detective Conan Movie 12: Full Score of Fear

Detective Conan Movie 12: Full Score of Fear

Skip - Watchable just for the classical soprano music. Basic knowledge of the romantic relationship between Ran and Shinichi is required.

Aired straight after episode 501.

16 Detective Conan Movie 13: The Raven Chaser

Detective Conan Movie 13: The Raven Chaser

Optional (Recommended) - Recommended because it's black org related. Again, the story does not add on to the main plot told in the TV series, but it's thrilling nonetheless.

Aired straight after episode 530, but watchable anytime after episode 425 Black Impact! The Moment the Black Org Reaches Out! (=introduction of regular black org members) .

17 Detective Conan Movie 14: The Lost Ship in the Sky

Detective Conan Movie 14: The Lost Ship in the Sky

Skip - Somewhat entertaining. Another movie that features Kaitou Kid. There's alot of action in this one, and some emerging bromance between Conan and Kaitou Kid. Basic knowledge of the relationship development between Conan and Kid is necessary. The VA for Mouri Kogorou has changed from Kamiya Akira to Koyama Rikiya.

Aired straight after episode 570, but watchable after episode 356 Kaito Kid's Miraculous Midair Walk (introduction to Jirokichi).

18 Detective Conan Movie 15: Quarter of Silence

Detective Conan Movie 15: Quarter of Silence

Skip - Contains loads of skateboarding action. Basic knowledge of the relationship between Shinichi and Ran is necessary.

Aired straight after episode 610.

19 Detective Conan Movie 16: The Eleventh Striker

Detective Conan Movie 16: The Eleventh Striker

Skip - Largley insignificant plot that revolves around football.

Aired straight after episode 651.

20 Detective Conan Movie 17: Zekkai no Private Eye

Detective Conan Movie 17: Zekkai no Private Eye

Skip - Largely insignificant plot that revolves around Japan's national marine defence.

Aired straight after episode 693.

21 Detective Conan Movie 18: The Sniper From Another Dimension

Detective Conan Movie 18: The Sniper From Another Dimension

Recommended (Optional) - A rare case in which a major main-plot related revelation is made in the movie. Basic knowledge of Sera Masumi and Okiya Subaru is required.

Aired straight after episode 734. It means a lot when you watch this straight after episode 734 Jodie's Memories and the Cherry Blossom Viewing.

22 Detective Conan Movie 19: The Hellfire Sunflowers

Detective Conan Movie 19: The Hellfire Sunflowers

Skip - Another Kaitou Kid related movie. Basic knowledge of Kaito Kid and his accomplices is necessary.

Aired straight after episode 773, watchable after episode 356 Kaito Kid's Miraculous Midair Walk (=major Kaito Kid episode).

23 Detective Conan Movie 20: The Darkest Nightmare

Detective Conan Movie 20: The Darkest Nightmare

Optional (Recommended) - Another black org related and thrilling movie that contains lots of action. Basic knowledge of Kir, Akai, Amuro and RUM is necessary.

Aired straight after episode 813, watchable after episode 810-812 The Darkness of the Prefectural Police.

24 Detective Conan Movie 21: Kara Kurenai no Love Letter

Detective Conan Movie 21: Kara Kurenai no Love Letter

Skip - For those who are interested in the romance between Heiji and Kazuha. Basic knowledge of the relationship between the two is required.

Aired after episode 855, best watched after episode 916-917 Kendou Tournament of Love and Mystery and before episode 927-928 The Crimson School Trip.

25 Detective Conan Movie 22: Zero The Enforcer

Detective Conan Movie 22: Zero The Enforcer

Optional (Recommended) - Provides insight on the professional duties of Amuro. Basic knowledge of Amuro is necessary.

Aired straight after episode 898, but watchable after episode 779-783 (The Scarlett series).

26 Detective Conan Movie 23: The Fist of Blue Sapphire

Detective Conan Movie 23: The Fist of Blue Sapphire

Skip - For those who are interested in the battle between Kyogoku Makoto and Kaitou Kid, and the romantic relationship between Kyogoku and Sonoko.

Aired straight after episode ??, but watchable after episode 746-747 Kaito Kid vs Makoto Kyogoku.

27 Detective Conan Movie 24: Hiiro no Dangan

Detective Conan Movie 24: Hiiro no Dangan

Optional (Recommended) - to be aired.

28 Lupin III Special 21: Lupin III vs Detective Conan

Lupin III Special 21: Lupin III vs Detective Conan

Skip - A cross over of the Detective Conan and Lupin 3rd franchise. Comedy. Lots of fun for audiences who know both franchises.

29 Lupin III vs Detective Conan: The Movie

Lupin III vs Detective Conan: The Movie

Skip - 2nd crossover of the Detective Conan and Lupin 3rd franchise.

30 Magic Kaito

Magic Kaito

Optional (Recommended) - This was a 12 episode series that was spontaneously aired in the place of Detective Conan episodes between 2010-2012. Fans like to say that Kaito Kid "hijacked" Conan's frame. 

The series is based on the original manga Magic Kaito (penned by the same mangaka as Detective Conan, and existed before Detective Conan), and focuses on the life of Kaitou Kid. The most interesting thing about this series is that the major Kaitou Kid episodes (i.e., episode 356 Kaitou Kid's Miraculous Midair Walk)  that were aired in the Detective Conan franchise are retold from Kaitou Kid's perspective. 

I would recommend watching the Kaito Kid episodes I listed above (even at the least up until episode 356 Kaitou Kid's Miraculous Airwalk), if you truly want to enjoy the parallel story telling.

The opening sequence of the series is a parallel of or the same opening animation sequence used in the detective conan series (Openings 32 and 34 of the Detective Conan series). 

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Magic Kaito 1412

Skip - This is a remake of the Magic Kaito series, albeit by a different studio. They changed the character design, animation style and VAs, massively. Conan makes cameo appearances in this version as well.

It’s made so that it is watchable without prior knowledge of the Detective Conan series, but if you can, I would recommend watching the Katou Kid episodes I listed above + the original version of the Magic Kaito series.

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Halex Jul 28, 2020

Hi, I added your Guide to the Watching Guide List where I'm trying to collect them all. Let me know if you create another one.