The movie is set on a state-of-the art Aegis vessel with the full cooperation of Japan's real-life Ministry of Defense and Maritime Self-Defense Force. The corpse of a Self-Defense Force member has been found—minus the left arm—and a spy has infiltrated the Aegis vessel. The heroine Ran is put in jeopardy, and Conan is forced to stand up against the dangerous Spy "X."
The best Conan movie so far! All the elements came perfectly together
I love how all the different groups like the beika police, kyoto police, marine force, shonen tantei, agasa and heiji all had their important parts in it. Everyone was working together with Conan as the central point.
The new boy they added was very cute too, I cried in the end.
And I thought it was SO COOL how Ran really fought evenly with the enemy. not just the usually 'ow no, Ran got caught again'. she was totally kicking ass!
And the way how she disappeared really seemed impossible to find her this time. Everyone's reaction
was so real.
As expected from a Conan movie: exciting and a very nice treat for conan fans :)
The story was good, and I loved how they incorporated real-life details about the Japanese self-defense force and the Aegis system.
Lovely end song. Art is the usual, but I especially liked how accurately the design of the destroyer was depicted. The movie has a nice, smooth development and many thrilling moments. I thought the ending was slightly exaggerated, but I won't spoil anything. The very last scene was really touching :')
I surprisingly enjoyed this more than I thought I would. Overall, it was a lovely thing that many Conan
fans if not all would enjoy and works as a stand-alone as well for others to enjoy just the same.
I went into this movie expecting to hate it. I remember watching it way back with a friend of mine and recalled it being boring, weak and annoying. Watching it today, however, made me realize that despite my negative recollection, this movie is not that bad. I'd even go so far as to say that it's actually one of the better Detective Conan movies I've seen so far.
To start, I'll admit to a certain bias of mine: my Dad is part of the US Coast Guard. As such, seeing things like rescue helicopters and US military ships in a Detective Conan movie feels like
a real treat. But it also helps give this film a way to stand out from the rest of the series. Add in a spy that threatens the safety of Japan and you've got yourself an intriguing 2-hour feature presentation.
It's also worth mentioning that Conan has a bit more agency than how much he usually gets in latter movies. The spy himself is one of the most menacing villains in the series so far and finding out the identity of the culprit is just so sad. That said, Conan calling Heiji to assist him admittedly feels a little tacked-on (it works cause he's in Kyoto, but still). Ran is still hopelessly dying for Shinichi to return someday(pun entirely intended :P). Other than that, only a few weak moments here and there keep this movie from being truly great (anyone tired of "using the toilet" yet?).
I also really liked the art style used in this movie, second only to movie 19. I LOVE painted backgrounds in anime and seeing it used here makes this movie very charming. The cinematography is also well done, successfully capturing the suspense and action in every scene. Admittedly, it does go a little over-the-top with scenes involving action and melodrama, but is still good nonetheless. The music is pretty standard with a few stand-out tracks that play anytime the Coast Guard takes action.
Overall, a pleasant surprise for an old fan like me. Because of this movie, I'm starting to feel a little more positive about watching the rest of the movies.
Not many of the Detective Conan movies really feel like they're episodes of the same show, but that generally isn't a problem at all. It's a movie, so the stakes have to be higher. But what if one movie managed to combine the big stories of the movies with the general feel and charm of the show? Well my friends, you would have the 17th movie: Private Eye in the Distant Sea.
Story (8/10): Conan and friends are boarding an Aegis Destroyer for a day of fun on the high seas. But, as usual for this group, trouble follows in the form of a severed
arm turning up in the ships filters. After that is a race against the clock to keep national secrets at bay, catch a set of spies, and to solve the murder of a lieutenant.
This story is big and relatively complex, but it really works well for the whole movie. While it does drag in certain sections, the mystery is split up into chunks for the audience to keep the flow moving. It may seem almost too wordy (and that's saying something for a Conan movie), but it captures the feeling of a thriller novel and keep syou on your toes as to what could happen next.
Plus, the resolution of everything is rather interesting and definitely fun for everyone watching.
Art (8/10): While it's getting repetitive for me to say that the art is really good, it just seems like every movie finds whole new ways to shine. Here, thanks to the frantic pace of the majority of the film, the characters are always moving around and their models are really well done. Also the few fight scenes are probably the best bits of animation in the whole thing.
If I must complain, the backgrounds here are supremely boring and it feels like the background characters are literally in the background for how much they move and do anything.
Sound (7/10): It's a Detective Conan music. So, as usual, it's pretty good.
Character (8/10): Leaving out the normal Conan cast (since they just tend to act like themselves), we have a somewhat big cast involving the crew on the destroyer and the police characters that end up popping up 2/5ths of the way through the movie. And luckily for us they are fairly important to the plot.
All the SDF characters are reasonable people and act as appropriate as military. While there are just a few too many, they are all fairly nice to watch. In particular, praise must be given to the singular female member of the cast there, since once she's really allowed into the plot, she becomes one of the highlights of the movie.
The villians are a bit mixed, though they do their job fairly well. Granted, there are only two people, but one is correctly villainous, while the other is kind of bland evil. But in the context of the movie it works.
(Also, major props to Ran for having a completely badass moment here. You go girl!)
Enjoyment (8/10): Thankfully, this is a huuuge step up from the last movie in all areas. I was really on the edge of my seat waiting to see where the plot would take us next. I just generally had a lot of fun with this movie and I'll take a thriller-mystery for the awesomeness that it is any day.
Detective Conan: Private Eye in the Distant Sea is a great return to form of the better movies (a la 13 and 14). The plot is solid, the movie cast well done, the action great, and just overall a generally fun movie for any one to just pick up and watch.
8/10 = a fun movie with a great plot and all around fun; maybe a bit too much jumping around, but you get used to it very quickly; DC fans will like this if they liked movies 13 and 14, but even non-fans can have fun with it;