a.k.a. Meitantei Conan: Tantei-tachi no Chinkonka – Requiem
Conan’s latest case brings him into quite a predicament: An anonymous villain has assigned him to solve a crime without any information on what happened and only cryptic clues towards some evidence. His unseen “client” has somehow found out about his identity, and he’s not allowed to contact the police. Conan only has one day to solve the case or he, Mori, Ran and all his friends will die. Even with the help of Osaka’s Hattori Heiji and the involvement of Kaito Kid, how will the kid detective prevail against these odds?
summary by Taleweaver
Highs: Thriller setup works out well; intriguing side-characters; all three major players in one story
Lows: Drops logic for suspense once too often; Hayashibara Megumi needs a new job
Old recipes can make tasty dishes, and The Private Eyes’ Requiem is a good example of that adage. While the plot of this movie – detective has to solve case before time runs out – has been seen many times before, it’s the delivery that makes it worth watching.
The thriller elements may seem strange for a kids’ movie from the Detective Conan franchise at first, but they quickly turn out as the production’s greatest asset. Between suspense, excitement, a distinctively dark background plot and only occasional humor, The Private Eyes’ Requiem turns out surprisingly entertaining, even for an older audience. The movie even manages to give most of its side-characters (especially the opposition) intriguing personalities without being too cliché about them, a detail that has often dragged down other productions in the past. Finally, Detective Conan fans will be delighted to find all three major players – Conan, Heiji and Kaito Kid – within a single movie, and even with more than just cameo appearances. Kudos for weaving a genuinely exciting plot around these three.
As with most good detective movies, the viewer has a chance at guessing the truth before it’s revealed here. Unfortunately, doing so also reveals an astounding amount of plot holes. To name only the worst: If the “client” wants the case truly solved, why is he not giving more help on the case? If his plan is to make the detective focus on solving everything before the day is over, why does he endanger the lives of Conan’s friends long before the deadline, forcing him to commit quite some time on saving them? And how on earth did he manage to involve Kaito Kid with his act? Sure, all these oddities make the movie more exciting, but they’re strangely inconsistent with the usually solid plots of the Detective Conan franchise.
One final note: Hayashibara Megumi, the voice of Haibara Ai, definitely needs a new assignment. The Private Eyes’ Requiem is by far her worst seiyuu job in a long time; she doesn’t sound her mysterious self, she only sounds uninterested here. Someone give the grande dame of voice acting a better role. She sticks out like a sore thumb in an otherwise decent and entertaining production ranging in the upper half of the Detective Conan movies.