Detective Conan: Private Eye in the Distant Sea | Movie review

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Japanese title: 名探偵コナン 絶海の探偵
Alternative English title: Case Closed: Private Eye in the Distant Sea
Release date in Malaysia: September 12th 2013 (GSC JFF 2013 only)
Rated: P13
Distributor / studio: GSC Movies / TMS Entertainment
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English, Chinese, Malay
Genre: Animation
Running Time: 110 minutes
Director: Shizuno Kobun
Cast: Takayama Minami, Yamazaki Wakana, Koyama Rikiya

Synopsis: The movie is set on a state-of-the art Aegis vessel with the full co-operation 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”.

Verdict: I’ve never read the Detective Conan manga series or watch any of its animes and watching this film sort of made me glad that I didn’t. Maybe I’m just too old for this? Simply put, Case Closed: Private Eye in the Distant Sea may be passable to old fans but to the audience like myself, it’d be just one hell of a boring Japanese cartoon about the Sherlock Holmes-cum-James Bond titular protagonist that appears like a kid going around solving an uninteresting murder case on a ship ’cause it’s all talk, totally dull with no character conflicts, action-less, typical anime logic, and again, the case is not intriguing at all. The predictable, cheesy ending is so unintentionally hilarious, I almost feel embarrassed to be in the cinema hall. Not to mention about the pointless, cheap, laggy 3D CGI’s. Maybe little kids might like the movie, that is if they’re educated enough to read and understand the tiny and fast subtitles.

Girlfriend’s opinion: “I’m a fan of the comics but not this film.”

Opinion of a father who’s with his kid: “Not very nice to watch.”

Malaysian censorship: A patriotic Japanese kids anime with absolutely nothing to censor and yet this film’s classified as P13 along with all the other films released recently that have topics of sex and violence. #ApaNih

Rating: 1 / 5

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  1. Nana Eddy

    i loved the series! hehe. but it has always been cheesy and predictable. That's probably the beauty of it. It is meant to be watched in your relax time, and just enjoy the moving pictures without having to think much. hehe
    Manga/anime with good and interesting sleuthing by far is Hajime Kindaichi. Conan is really meant more for kids.

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