"Captured in Her Eyes" is one of my favorite Conan movies for good reason, because like many installations of the franchise, it keeps you on your toes from beginning to end and does a great job showcasing character chemistry throughout the work.
This film revolves around a series of murders committed against police officers, and the force believes it may be an inside job, so they keep the details scant from public knowledge. Yet when an officer is assassinated in Ran's prescence, she becomes traumatized and loses her memory in the event. To make matters worse, the killer knows that Ran witnessed the crime, and makes her the next target. Conan and his team have to piece together clues to uncover the identity of the killer before the killer can reach Ran. And the team finds that a task easier said than done!
The movie in and of itself is very well paced, and builds on its momentum as it goes forth, though not without some lighthearted moments, especially from Professor Agasa and the Detective Kids. I remember quite fondly some of the scenes where Ran and Conan are racing around Tropical Island in eluding the path of the killer, and having a love for mystery/thrillers, I thought it certainly did justice in light of the overall Conan franchise. Even if you haven't followed much of the Detective Conan series, it's a movie that can be enjoyed in its own skin.
Very nice production values, coloring, and animated fluidity. It follows consistently in the line of Conan movies that have much higher quality than the early part of the TV series noted, while retaining a feel that's both close to the character manga designs and a modern overall feel. The cel production with the settings are also well noted, even in the frantic, busy settings of Tropical Island.
The soundtrack of "Captured in Her Eyes" stays quite on par with the strong musical accompaniment noted from the series as well as former movies in the franchise. Mai Muraki, whom has contributed many selections to the Conan catalogue, performs the rather light-toned, yet romantically-inflected "Anata ga Iru Kara" as the ending theme.
Very nice VA work with respect to the Japanese release, I think most, if not all the characters were well noted in both the more serious and lighthearted settings of the movie, and there's an even balance of events in that to allow the film to immerse the viewer in the story, characters, and settings.
The characters are quite charming and even if you haven't seen much in the Conan franchise to this point, the movie does a decent job bringing you up to speed: A teen genius detective (Shinichi Kudo) who finds himself in the body of a kindergarten whiz kid (whom he names Conan Edogawa) solves a myriad of crimes all while hiding his identity from both friends and foes alike. That would be the bare thread the story provides you in terms of backstory, and it's enough to make the rest of the movie play accordingly to the development of the scenario and characters. I must say, like many of the other Conan movies, this does a great job with playing upon character chemistry, noting the relationship between Conan/Shinichi and Ran quite notably in the measure of her amnesia. The supporting cast have due weight in light of the events, and each plays an important part in racing to find the identity of the murderer.
Certainly not a Conan movie to miss. People new and old to the franchise will find something to love in this.