Case Closed: Sunflowers of Inferno is the 19th film released for the Case Closed franchise, and it was released to Japanese theaters on April 18, 2015.

Case Closed: Sunflowers of Inferno
English Publisher: Discotek Media
Format: Blu-ray
Release Date: January 25, 2022

The focus of the film is on Van Gogh’s seven “Sunflowers” paintings. At the beginning of the film, Sonoko and her uncle, Jirokichi Suzuki, win one of the “Sunflowers” paintings at an auction in New York City. At a press conference, Jirokichi announces a plan to gather all seven of Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” paintings from around the world for a grand exhibition. The conference is interrupted by a card being thrown onto the platform, and it’s from none other than Kaito Kid. Inspector Charlie, a New York Police Department professional who is part of the team to protect the “Sunflowers” chases after Kaito Kid but loses him. As the film progresses, we see that Charlie has made it his mission to catch Kaito Kid and take him down.

It turns out that Kogoro Mori is part of Jirokichi’s seven specialists to oversee the exhibition and protection of the “Sunflowers,” and this is how Conan gets involved with the story. The action really gets going when the plane that Sonoko, her uncle, the “Sunflowers” they purchased, as well as some of the seven specialists are on has an explosion and needs to make an emergency landing. It looks like Kaito Kid is behind it, yet he makes sure to rescue the “Sunflowers” and put it in a safe spot to be found. Charlie is insistent that Kaito Kid is behind what happened and will do anything to get his hand on the “Sunflowers,” but Conan doesn’t believe it. What’s happened up to this point doesn’t fit with Kaito Kid’s M.O.

Meanwhile, another one of the “Sunflowers” is currently being exhibited at a museum in Tokyo, and Kaito Kid sends a warning card about this “Sunflowers” being stolen. But when the police go to transport this one to safety, another Kaito Kid card is found on the lid that declares that the original has already been taken and replaced with a fake. Just when it seems like one of the seven specialists will be taking the painting to examine it at her workshop, Kaito Kid reveals that he’s there in disguise and takes the painting. A ransom is placed on the painting in order to get it back, and there’s quite a scene to get it back.

The film culminates with Jirokichi’s “Sunflowers” exhibit, where an action-packed climax ultimately reveals the truth about Kaito Kid and the real culprit behind everything that has happened. There’s also an interesting reveal that takes place regarding one of the “Sunflowers.”

I was riveted as I watched Case Closed: Sunflowers of Inferno. The opening scenes establish what the story is going to be about, and they also get Kaito Kid involved right from the get-go. I also thought that, overall, the story found ways include action and excitement as the story built without it feeling forced. I also liked the fact that the story utilizes Kaito Kid. He’s a character in the series that I like, but he doesn’t show up a whole lot in what I’ve seen. Getting to see Kaito Kid play a major role in one of the films was a treat.

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 had no complaints with either the video or audio quality for this release.

For bonus features, there were two teaser videos, a trailer for the film, and a textless version of the ending credits. The first teaser for the film threw me off, though. While the footage that appears in the teaser appears the film, most of the dialogue is exclusive for the teaser. The second teaser was consistent with what was seen in the film. The trailer is a standard movie trailer.

It should also be noted that the outer slipcase labels the release as Case Closed: Sunflowers of Inferno, but the cover artwork on the Blu-ray box itself and the Blu-ray Disc labels the film as Detective Conan: Sunflowers of Inferno.

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: Sunflowers of Inferno for your anime library.

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