REVIEW / FILM REVIEW – 25th film in the “Detective Conan” franchise, “Detective Conan, The Bride of Shibuya” takes us through a new case led by our hero and his companions. Investigation, action, and twists are again on the program.
Detective Conan: a river work
In 1994, Gōshō Aoyama may not know it yet, but he publishes in the Weekly Shōnen Sunday his life’s work: Detective Conan. Now one of the highest-paid cartoonists in Japan, the mangaka can boast of having created a comic with the current longevity of almost 30 years and 100 volumes marketed.
Its animated adaptation is not left out either since, since the broadcast of its first episode on January 8, 1996, Detective Conan is still on the air with currently 1038 episodes. It’s more than another flagship series One Piecewhich she has 1018.
For the non-connoisseurs, Detective Conan follows Shinichi Kudo, a brilliant high school student which is promised a very bright future. He thus spends his time between studies and the company of his friend Ran (whom he secretly loves) and Professor Agasa. One day, while out for a walk, he overhears a private conversation between two men dressed in black. A keen observer and possessor of an investigative spiritShinichi quickly consider them shady and decides to follow them.
But he is trapped by the latter who inoculate him with a poison supposed to kill him. Except that, not only is he miraculously alive, but in addition, he rejuvenates and takes on the appearance of an 8-year-old child. Under the mysterious identity of Conan Edogawa, Shinichi then becomes a seasoned detective, whose goal will be to dismantle the organization of these men in black, while finding the solution to become an adult again.
A film for connoisseurs
The 25th-anniversary franchise film, Detective Conan: Bride of Shibuya starts with a bang with a very efficient parallel assembly. On one side, Conan and his friends attend a simulation of police intervention at a wedding. On the other, the policeman Toru Amuro who finds himself struggling with a mysterious bomber will be the main attraction of the film. Very quickly, the feature film wants to make us understand that manipulation, the search for truth, and attention to detail will be at the heart of the story.
Thereby, Detective Conan: Bride of Shibuya arrives on familiar ground for aficionados. The story is classic since it follows an investigation during which Conan and Toru Amuro will have to put out of harm’s way a dangerous bomber. Like the famous investigative novels written by Edogawa Ranpo (from which Conan took his name to hide his identity), the film is built like a real treasure hunt in which all the protagonists participate, as is the case in the animated series. . Moreover, the film does not linger to explain who are the secondary characters who surround the hero, proof that it is above all reserved for fans.
If Amuro is useful and present in the film, this is less the case for the character of Ai Habara. This is a shame because she has the same problem as Conan since she too suffered the effects of the rejuvenation following the poison. We would have liked to see more complicity between the two characters. Note, however, that in the film, Inspector Sato is entitled to more depth than the other characters, due to his painful past and the death of his former companion Matsuda.
A neat animation
However, where Detective Conan: Bride of Shibuya hits hard, it is in its visual aesthetics that is worth seeing. Thanks to this beautiful animation, the supercharged scenes are even more beautiful to see, and our hero’s gadgets have never looked so beautiful. Likewise, how the famous working-class district of Shibuya is highlighted is magnificent. In effect, he is like a character in his own right in the film through his reproduction in computer-generated images. The district is also honored during the end credits of the film, the perfect conclusion for this effective feature film.
Detective Conan: Bride of Shibuya by Susumu Mitsunaka, in theaters on May 18, 2022. Above the trailer. Find all our trailers here.