Conan could be at home reading tons of manga, but instead he has a new case: A samurai family has asked Mori to protect their family heirloom, an ancient sword, from Kaitou Kid who has announced to steal it. Unfortunately, not all members of the samurai family actually appreciate the help, and then there’s this strange kid named Yaiba living with them who’s weird enough to give even the hardened Kaitou Kid a major headache…
summary by Taleweaver
Highs: Genuinely funny crossover; good animation; great seiyuu chemistry
Lows: Plot, what plot?
Not everyone who loves the Detective Conan franchise knows that Aoyama Gosho, Conan’s creator, received quite a bit of critical acclaim even before the now famous detective series. His older creation was Yaiba, the action-comedy about a samurai boy living with a relatively normal modern family. This Detective Conan OVA brings both worlds together – with a bang!
Even though the Conan franchise has its share of laughs, an entire season of it usually doesn’t have as many funny moments as this twenty-five-minute barrage of slapstick humor, outrageous combat scenes and weird situations. Serious danger? Life-or-death situations? Hard deduction on possible perpetrators? None of that! Just Conan, Kid, Yaiba and explosions galore.
While not as shiny as your average Detective Conan movie, the animation in this OVA is still of a very good quality and highly enjoyable. The many action sequences rarely resort to re-used cels, and what little CGI appears is absolutely unintrusive. Add to that a splendid set of voice actors willing to absolutely overblow their dialogue with cheesy drama and you have everything you need to laugh your pants off. Then again, with Mitsuishi Kotono and Hayashibara Megumi in a single production, what can possibly go wrong?
To answer above question: you could forget to write a plot. That’s what happened here. Conan vs. Kid vs. Yaiba is so full of action, laughs and weirdness that there is no time for a plot whatsoever. People meet, people fight, funny things happen and then it’s over. There is no mystery for Conan to solve, no great plans for Kid to make, in short: this is absolutely unlike any Detective Conan episode ever. If you watch Conan for its Sherlocky Holmesiness only, you won’t like this.
However, if you don’t mind the general lack of detective work, Conan vs. Kid vs. Yaiba is very entertaining to watch. There’s nothing serious about it, of course, but that’s how Yaiba generally is, and this OVA is meant to capture the best of both worlds, Conan’s and Yaiba’s. And with this goal in mind, we have a winner.
Conan vs. Kid vs. Yaiba, along with a collection of other OVAs, can be downloaded legally in the United States HERE.