Anime Soundtrack Review: The Best of Detective Conan

The Best of Detective Conan is a 16-track CD of theme songs from the Detective Conan anime series.

The Best of Detective Conan
Publisher: Zain Records
Release Date: November 29, 2000

This CD includes five opening theme songs from the Detective Conan (aka Case Closed) anime, eight ending theme songs from the anime series, and theme songs from three of the Detective Conan anime films.

The first track on the CD is “Mystery” by Miho Komatsu, and it was used as the third opening theme for the Detective Conan anime. It appeared in episodes 53-96. This is another upbeat and iconic theme song from the series. In fact, this theme song was so iconic that years later, a new version was recorded and used as an opening theme. It’s one of those songs that a Detective Conan fan will instantly recognize from its opening notes. It appears in its full-length version on this disc, instead of the shortened version that was used in the anime. I think this song is just as strong in its full-length version as it is in its shortened version.

The next song on the CD is “Spinning the Roulette Wheel of Destiny” by ZARD, which was used as the fourth opening theme song from the anime series. It appeared in episodes 97-123. The opening flamenco guitar grabs the listener’s interest because it’s not something you’d expect to hear from an anime theme song. After a slow vocal intro, it becomes a midtempo song. This is another standout theme song because of these choices.

It should be noted that the fifth opening theme song, “TRUTH ~A Great Detective of Love~” by TWO-MIX was left off this collection. I find this to be rather puzzling, especially when you factor in that one of the members of TWO-MIX is the voice actress for Conan Edogawa.

This means that the next track on the disc is “Just Barely Chop” by B’z, which was the sixth opening theme for the anime. It appeared in episodes 143-167. This would be the first opening theme on this disc I’m not familiar with, since this is past the point that FUNimation Entertainment released the series in North America. This theme song rocks, though. Musically, it kind of makes me think of Queensryche, and there are times that the lead vocalist kind of sounds like he’s trying to emulate Geoff Tate, the lead singer of Queensryche.

This is followed by “Mysterious Eyes” by GARNET CROW, which was used as the seventh opening theme song for the Detective Conan anime series. It was used in episodes 168-204. This one has a pop rock feel to it, and it’s a midtempo track. I really like how this track feels musically, and I think it sounds like a good opening theme song for an anime.

Next is “This Love Is Thrill, Shock, Suspense” by Rina Aiuchi, which was used as the eighth opening theme for the series. It appeared in episodes 205-230. This one is an upbeat track, and it sounds like an anime opening theme from the late 1990’s/early 2000’s. That doesn’t mean it’s a bad song, though. It’s enjoyable enough, even though it sounds dated now.

The next song on the CD is “Romance of Light and Shadow” by Keiko Utoku, which was the third ending theme song for Detective Conan. It appeared in episodes 52-70. Musically, it relies on an acoustic guitar. It’s a slow-to-midtempo track, and it has a mellow sound to it. It’s a memorable ending theme, and I recognized it instantly when I heard it while listening to this disc.

This is followed by “The Summer Without You” by DEEN, which was used as the fourth ending theme for the anime series. It appeared in episodes 71-83. This is another midtempo track, which has an emphasis on piano. In some respects, the instrumental intro to this song kind of makes me think of Trans-Siberian Orchestra for some reason. This is another ending theme I recognized instantly when I heard it on this disc.

Next is “Just One Wish” by Miho Komatsu, which was used as the fifth ending theme for Detective Conan. It appeared in episodes 84-108. This is a midtempo track that has an emphasis on piano and strings, although there is some percussion and electronic elements included. This is another memorable ending theme song from the anime.

The next song on the CD is “Like Standing on Ice,” which was also performed by Miho Komatsu. This was the sixth ending theme song, and it appeared in episodes 109-131. Unlike the previous song, this one is more upbeat. Miho Komatsu has the voice to pull off both of these songs, and this ending theme is just as memorable as “Just One Wish.”

This is followed by “Still For Your Love” by Rumania Montevideo, which was used as the seventh ending theme song for the Detective Conan anime. It appeared in episodes 132-152. This is the first ending theme to appear on this disc that I hadn’t heard before, since it started in an episode that wasn’t released in North America by FUNimation Entertainment. When it starts, it sounds like it’s going to rock out, but then it becomes a midtempo song. Just when it seems it’s not going anywhere, it starts to rock at about a minute-and-a-half. It’s not a bad song, but it takes it a while to go anywhere musically.

Next is “Free Magic” by WAG, which was used as the eighth ending theme for the anime series. It appeared in episodes 153-179. This one is a rock song that sounds like it took some inspiration from The Beatles’ material from the late 1960’s. It’s not a bad song, but it sounds like a typical anime song for a shonen anime that’s trying to sound a little different by channeling The Beatles.

The next song on the CD is “Secret of My Heart” by Mai Kuraki, which was used as the ninth ending theme for the anime. It appeared in episodes 180-204. Musically, it makes me think of something that would have been recorded in the West by one of the teen pop stars of the late 1990’s/early 2000’s. However, I like the flow of this song, especially the flow of the vocal delivery in the chorus. It’s a nice midtempo track.

This is followed by “Summer’s Illusion” by GARNET CROW, which was used as the 10th ending theme for Detective Conan. It appeared in episodes 205-218. Like their opening theme song that appeared earlier on this disc, this one has a laid-back pop rock sound to it. It’s an enjoyable enough midtempo theme song.

After this, the disc focuses on theme songs from some of the Detective Conan anime films. However, it should be noted that “Happy Birthday” by Kyoko, which was used as the theme for the first Detective Conan film (The Time-Bombed Skyscraper), is inexplicably left off of this release. Instead, we have “Like I’ve Returned to When I Was a Teenage Girl” by ZARD, which was the theme song for the second Detective Conan film, The Fourteenth Target. This song has a very different sound and feel to it than their previous song on the disc. This piano-based ballad sounds really nice, though, and it shows that the vocalist for ZARD is capable of singing songs of different sounds and tempos.

Next is “ONE” by B’z, which was used as the theme for the third Detective Conan film, The Last Wizard of the Century. While this song has more of a rock sound than the previous two anime film themes did, it’s still mellower than the opening theme song that B’z did that appeared earlier on this disc. It’s nice to hear that they’re capable of having more to them than just sounding like a copy of Queensryche.

The final track on the disc is “Because You Are Here” by Miho Komatsu, which was used as the theme song for the fourth Detective Conan film, Captured in Her Eyes. This is another piano-based theme song, and stylistically, it fits with the previous two songs that Miho Komatsu performed for the franchise. I have to say that she has a good voice, and I can hear why she was asked to perform on several theme songs.

Overall, The Best of Detective Conan is a very enjoyable listen for fans of the Detective Conan anime series. There are several memorable theme songs included on this disc. And while the others may not be as memorable, they are overall rather enjoyable to listen to. This CD is worth it for fans of Detective Conan who want to own as much of the music from the series as possible in their music collection.

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