Anime Blu-ray Review: Case Closed Episode One: The Great Detective Turned Small

Case Closed Episode One: The Great Detective Turned Small was a television special for the 20th anniversary of the Case Closed (aka Detective Conan) anime. The special, which aired on Japanese television in 2016, is a re-telling of the first episode and part of the second episode of the anime series.

Case Closed Episode One: The Great Detective Turned Small
English Publisher: Discotek Media
Format: Blu-ray
Release Date: July 28, 2020

With a 94-minute runtime, additional scenes were added to expand out the story. To me, the new scenes helped to flesh out the story and add more detail that wasn’t available to the viewer originally. These new scenes include Sherry doing an experiment on the poison that becomes important in the story, another scene of Black Organization members Gin and Vodka to help establish them as characters before they appear at Tropical Land, and a scene at Sonoko’s house that helps to explain the murder at the party that opened the original series.

Another thing I appreciated was the references to characters who didn’t exist originally in the story but came about later in the series. As a viewer who has seen the more recent episodes of Case Closed, it was kind of exciting to see these characters making appearances in this story.

Even though the story that takes place at Tropical Land, as well as what happens after Shinichi shrinks down because of poison, is similar to what was seen in the original, there were still the occasional difference. Probably the most notable difference was the fact that the decapitation scene on the roller coaster is a little more gruesome than what was depicted originally.

The ending credits for the special include some of the footage from the original episode, and it really emphasizes just how much the character designs and animation has changed over 20 years. I have to say that the character designs and animation are much cleaner in the later episodes than in the earlier ones. It’s not to say that these elements were bad early on, it’s just that they look just so different after watching more recent episodes of the franchise over the past few years.

I really enjoyed the Case Closed Episode One: The Great Detective Turned Small special. I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect of this remake of the establishing story of the series, but it exceeded my expectations. If you’re a fan of Case Closed and haven’t already seen the Case Closed Episode One: The Great Detective Turned Small, I would highly recommend it.

When it comes to the Blu-ray release, it has 1.77.1 16:9 / 1080p High Definition video. The audio includes English DTS-MA 5.1, Japanese DTS-MA 5.1, and Japanese LPCM 2.0. I was surprised and impressed that this release included Japanese 5.1, because that isn’t common for North American anime releases. I had complaints with either the video or audio quality for this release.

Unfortunately, the only bonus feature included on this release is a clean opening. Normally, this would disappoint me, but with how hard it had been to get Case Closed releases in the United States after FUNimation lost the license, I’m grateful to have the chance to even have this release be available for North American fans.

It should also be noted that the outer slipcase labels the release as Case Closed Episode One: The Great Detective Turned Small, but the cover artwork on the Blu-ray box itself and the Blu-ray Disc labels the special as Detective Conan Episode One: The Great Detective Turned Small.

If you’re a fan of the Case Closed anime and are trying to acquire home video releases for the series, I would recommend acquiring this release of Case Closed Episode One: The Great Detective Turned Small for your anime library.

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