Conan was invited to a party with many other guests. They were there to test a new virtual game system, when a murder mystery occured. Now Conan must go into the game system to figure out who the murderer is with the help of the famous book character Sherlock Holmes. The lives of 49 kids testing the game are in his hands.
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Detective Conan: The Phantom of Baker Street is the sixth movie in the series and...its pretty disappointing. The concept of the film is GREAT however there is a lot of set backs here that I really just could not accept compared to how well written the previous movies were.
The plot is basically this: Conan and his friends up end up trapped in a virtual game that takes them to old London where Sherlock Holmes is going up against Jack the Ripper.
Right off the bat, that plot sounds SO COOL! The problem with it more has to do with the structure and how much was wasted than what could have been done. The mystery of this storyline wasn't very good(almost a tad obvious) and on top of it..the identity of the killer is revealed to you in the beginning.
My personal opinion on the story structure as well: I would of had the plot be where Conan finds himself in this old London and tries to deduce how he is even there while fighting Jack the Ripper with Sherlock Holmes. Not only does that provide a sense of thrill but a huge mystery aspect and him being inside of a game would of been a fairly good twist.
The only real positive I can find is that Shinichi's Dad gets some pretty cool screentime! Otherwise...ehhh...this film is kind of laughable compared to the quality of the past five films. Its not "the worst Conan movie ever" but its pretty heavily disappointing that the Sherlock Holmes idea got almost kind of wasted by poor writing decisions.
As somebody who is a fan of Sherlock Holmes.. I DO NOT think this film hit the nail on mixing it with Conan all too well. There was definitely some cool interactions(I laughed at a particular line that Conan says to Sherlock's Nemesis) but..it just doesnt live up to what I KNOW Detective Conan can be. If this was the VERY FIRST MOVIE I'd be giving this a MUCH higher score but because I've already been exposed to amazing titles like "Captured in Her Eyes" and "The 14th Target" I really feel spoiled in great writing. read more
I've seen all the Conan movies currently (which I could find) subbed (11), and this movie, "The Phantom of Baker Street" was the movie I enjoyed most.
Let Detective Mouri drag Conan (Shinichi), Ran, Professor Agasa and the Detective Boys with him to another party where he was invited to, with lots of kids, celebrity's and known people from the anime. Don't forget the highly anticipated murder which will occur....
Then you get a good story for Conan to solve, but what's more? This isn't a regular party, this is a party for kids to test out the beta-cocoon, a game terminal formed like a cocoon, which takes on the five senses we humans have, then they let the people think they're somewhere else, we got several stage's, Paris Dakar Rally, Treasure Hunters and more, and of course a theme for a Conan movie, England, a 100 years ago, the time, where Sherlock Holmes lived.
But, before the actual story, with Conan begins, we get an intro, of a very young protagonist in the computer world, he created one of the best A.I. systems in the world, but he couldn't take it anymore, his step-father pushed him to his limits, and he decided to let the program free, he let it escape via phone line, and then ended his live.
Now, when Conan enters the game, Ran and the remaining Detective Boys find a way to get tickets for the cocoon beta test too, together with some snobs we meet in the beginning they visit the old england, while the other kids go to different stage's, but then an error occurs, the A.I. "Noah's Ark" has the game and pretty much the whole building under his control, if all 50 kids die in the games, fail they're objectives or run out of they're time limit (if they have one, like Paris Dakar), they'll vanish from the game world and are put to sleep, if really all 50 lose, they'll die,cause these kids are the future, but everyone is corrupt, so the A.I. wants to change their minds, not to follow in daddy's footstep.
Pretty cool story huh? Well, there's another story in each game world, Conan and the gang have to solve the mystery of JTR (Jack The Ripper), and then capture him, sacrifice's are made, puzzle's are solved, death is around each corner. If they.. succeed, they will find the killer of the one who created this game..
So you get it, a cool story within a cool story, then about the art, the style's the same as in the series, yet better animated, and more things are realistic now, movements, carriage's and such. The sound, the ending is sweet and beautiful (mixed with the movie) and all the sfx's and such are amazing!
The characters basically stay the same, we can yet see another horrified and afraid Kogorou (Det. Mouri), which I think is a good side of his, we can see what he will sacrifice to save his daughter (not so much in this movie, but there's a hint.), we can see Professor Agasa from a side we've not seen him before (not totally). The rest stay the same, new introduced characters are basic type's too, like the murderer, the victim(s), and the snobby, irritating, dumb rich snobs which are introduced.
An anime movie where you can't take you're eye's from, when it's not humorous, it's intresting, when it's not intresting, it's exciting, when it's not exciting, it's beautiful.
Obvious clue of intrest can be told from the Movie's title, that the storyline will deal with Holmes. This asspect of the storyline for Detective Conan fans is a good thing, because if you know Conan/Shinji, you know that he is a major Conan Doyal fan.
Also, there is the odd technollogy which does not exist yet, the virtual reality system. This is a change from most Detective Conan storylines as we are dealing with something that has not come into being yet. For the most part, new technollogies are introduced as possibilities when they become possibilities, so this adds an interesting effect. Even Dr. Asaga's inventions have some bases in current reality.
Also, the story line is quite involved with the details of who when and why, the clues being dropped all throughout the virtual reality world. If one doesn't yet know about Sherlock Holmes, I do suggest learning somethings, as that would make the movie even more enjoyable then it is.
I loved the renditions of the art work. The big feature in this one was London. The details are just how I've seen them in picture books, including Big Ben, the clock tower in all its full glory. Also, there are some funnies that got programmed into the virtual reality game, but you will have to keep your eye out for them.
There was enough new sounds that I felt like I was actually transported along with Conan and the others. The electronic noises and some of the music were really nice to hear and made for a nice change in pase.
There were quite a few unique individuals here, including four new kids who Conan meets at the sneek peak release of the virtual game. They have... for the most part, a good deal of development along the way character wise, as because they are rich kids, they are a tad snobby.
I enjoyed a lot of it, getting to see Sherlock Holmes, and even one of my favorite murder mysteries that still remains unsolved even to day. I happen to love how they handled the theory about the murderer and worked it into the plotline. Who is it and what did they do? I really can't tell as that would be a major spoiler in itself, and I... who tends to not mind spoilers, was glad this one wasn't spoiled for me.
While I think most people would actually like this, I am thinking there might be some people who might have a problem with the truthfully non existant technollogy in here, but that, along with the Sherlock Holmes theme, helps to make this movie as great as it was. Plus... think about it... if Dr. Asaga can create the devices he can, the virtual reality system could certainly exist too.read more
The story in this Detective Conan film was definitely the weakest part of it for me. It makes many attempts to do something, but doesn't follow the rules required to do that thing. One thing it tried to do was have a suspenseful mystery, but the film reveals who the murderer is early on, creating a mystery story that doesn't really matter, because we, the viewer already know who did it. The method the murderer used also didn't end up being very interesting. Aside from ruining the mystery elements, the film also does a poor job of creating suspense and tension. The newly introduced characters are put in life-threatening situations, but because they're in the same situation as the main cast, there's never any reason to be worried, because you're always assured that they're going to survive with them. What we're left with is a story about an adventure in a game world, that ends up being moderately exciting, but nowhere near as exciting as it could have been if a proper mystery was in place alongside it.
The art was pretty decent. It goes one step above the Detective Conan TV series, and does end up having some nice looking moments. However, there are also some pretty mediocre looking CGI shots in there as well. However, those CGI shots make up a minority of the film, and they're pretty easy to ignore. For the most part, the art is pretty acceptable, and looks pretty decent, even by today's standards.
The soundtrack doesn't stand out, but it also doesn't get in the way. It's pretty average. The audio mix is pretty average as well. The voice acting (I watched it in Japanese) is what you'd expect to hear from Detective Conan. It's quality work, and is enjoyable, but also doesn't amaze.
Your standard Detective Conan characters are here in spades, and they're all just as interesting as they are in the TV series. There's a few new characters introduced, but none of them manage to be very interesting or deep, so for that, the characters lose a few points from me. Still, this is easily the best aspect of the film.
This managed to be a pretty average experience. I felt like the lack of suspense made it much more tepid than it otherwise would have been, and if it wasn't for Conan & crew being such an interesting and eclectic cast, I would have been somewhat more bored with this film.
Overall, I give Detective Conan: the Phantom of Baker Street a 6/10read more