Anime Soundtrack Review: Detective Conan Theme Song Collection

Detective Conan Theme Song Collection is a six-track CD of theme songs and insert songs from the Detective Conan (aka Case Closed) anime series.

Detective Conan Theme Song Collection
Publisher: Universal Music
Release Date: December 16, 1996

The first song on the disc is “The Pounding of My Heart” by THE HIGH-LOWS, which is the iconic first opening theme song for the Detective Conan anime series. This opening appeared during the first 30 episodes of the series. From the opening notes, you recognize this song instantly if you’ve ever watched the early episodes of the anime. The CD includes the full-length version of the song, and it’s just as catchy in its full-length form as it is in the shortened version that’s used in the anime.

The next track on the disc is “Because I’m By Your Side” by THE HIGH-LOWS, which was used as an “insert song” in Episode 12, “Ayumi’s Kidnapping Case.” It’s a mid-tempo track, and it sounds like something you would expect to hear accompanying flashbacks. I’m not sure if the FUNimation Entertainment release of this episode would have included this or not. It’s a good song, but I can honestly say that I don’t immediately recognize it.

This is followed by “Step By Step” by ZIGGY, which was the first ending theme for Detective Conan. This ending theme was used for the first 26 episodes of the series. This is an iconic ending theme for the series. It’s a very upbeat track that makes you want to rock out. This is also the full-length version of the song, and it remains just as catchy throughout its entire runtime as the shorter version that’s used for the anime.

Next is “Happy End” by ZIGGY, which was used as an “insert song” for two episodes: Episode 17 (“Department Store Hijacking Case”) and Episode 33 (“Detective Boys Survival Case”). This track is strongly influenced by the American rock sound of the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. It almost sounds like something you could hear coming out of a jukebox at a period themed diner. This track is very catchy, and it sounds familiar to me. While I couldn’t tell you in what context the song is used in these two episodes, the song still sounds very familiar.

The next track is “Feel Your Heart” by VELVET Garden, which was used as the second opening theme song for Detective Conan. It appears in episodes 31-52 of the series. According to the liner notes in the disc, this version is the “TV Opening Edit,” and it clocks in at about two-and-a-half minutes. While this is a good song, I have to admit that it’s not quite as memorable as the first opening theme is.

The final track on the disc is “Lover’s Labyrinth” by heath, which was the second ending theme song for the Detective Conan anime. It appeared in episodes 27-51 of the series. It’s a much more aggressive sounding song than the other theme songs that appear on this disc. It’s a song that has rock elements but seems to focus a little more on the electronics. Musically, it kind of makes me think of a watered-down pop version of Ministry’s material from early in the band’s career. I really can’t think of a better way to describe this track. LOL! But I really like it, though.

Overall, I like the songs on Detective Conan Theme Song Collection. However, it’s a little disappointing that this release only has six tracks on it. I’m guessing that they wanted to have a CD out there to promote the anime sooner rather than later, and had to settle on this short release in order to have something out before the Detective Conan anime hit the one-year anniversary of its premiere.

This CD is the only Detective Conan CD that features the first two opening and ending themes for the anime. The Detective Conan theme song series CDs that were released a little later do not include these particular tracks. And since this CD was first released over 20 years ago, it’s not easy to come by now.

My husband had been trying to track this particular CD down for years, and finally found that CDJapan had it available… and that it was new, not used. He surprised me with this as a gift during Christmas 2020.

If you’re a fan of the Detective Conan anime and want to own the first two opening and ending themes of the series on a physical format, then you have to track down a copy of the Detective Conan Theme Song Collection CD. Like I said, as of this writing, the only retailer that still seems to have new copies of this disc is CDJapan.

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