When I saw the preview for this episode last week, I have to admit that I didn’t have very high hopes for it because it appeared to be a filler episode that features the Detective Boys. But by the time I was finished with this episode, I was pleasantly surprised. While it wasn’t as good as a canon storyline from the manga, it’s better than many of the fillers that feature the Detective Boys.
I should also add that this Detective Boys episode also includes Ai, who was completely absent from the previous Detective Boys story (and nothing was ever mentioned in the dialogue as to why Ai wasn’t with the group). In fact, Ai played a very important part in this story.
So, basically, Conan and the others go to see a taping of an episode of the Masked Yaiba, and Conan and Ai notice a man who didn’t appear to be there because he’s a Yaiba fan. After the taping, a woman loses a ten million yen bill in the wind, and the kids chase after it. They don’t find her bill, but they find several counterfeit ones. When they discover a phone underneath a nearby vending machine, along with a ten million yen bill, Genta, Ayumi, and Mitsuhiko decide they’re going to do a stakeout to watch for the counterfeiter. Conan leaves to call the police, and he asks Ai to stay with the others. While Conan is gone, a suspect shows up and the others decide to tail them. Unfortunately, they are caught and imprisoned, and they discover the man that Ai and Conan noticed at the Yaiba taping is also imprisoned with them.
So the story focuses on Conan trying to find his friends and rescue them. While a little bit of what happens leaves the audience wondering how Conan happened to be at the right location at the right time, it’s still an engaging enough story that I was willing to utilize my willing suspension of disbelief.
From the preview, it looks like the next episode will also feature the Detective Boys. But this preview gives the impression that the tone of it will be more like this week’s episode than many of the other Detective Boys stories. Hopefully, the next episode will be as engaging as this one was.