Noah's Ark—the latest in VR technology and a milestone of human innovation—is set for a showcase to Japan's privileged children. They have the honour of beginning a new revolution in gaming; however, their carefree fun is cut short when a company employee is found murdered, with his dying message pointing to a clue hidden within the Ark.
Along with the Detective Boys and Ran Mouri, Conan Edogawa enters Noah's Ark to solve this mystery and ensure the perpetrator is caught. But once they're inside the Ark, it takes on a mind of its own, imprisoning them and the children within its worlds. To escape and bring the murderer to justice, Conan and company must navigate a simulated 19th century London and track down the infamous Jack the Ripper—with the lives of 50 innocent children depending on them.
The Anime Critic’s Review: Detective Conan Movie 06: The Phantom of Baker Street
Step into the mind-boggling universe of junior detective Conan Edogawa, a primary school child with the mind of an experienced private investigator. In “Detective Conan Movie 06: The Phantom of Baker Street,” one of the series’ highly acclaimed and beloved films, we take a dive into an augmented virtual reality game, where our protagonist, along with his friends, has to solve deadly riddles to survive. This time, the mystery re-enactment game is set in the Victorian London era, shrouded in the aura of Sherlock Holmes’ gripping tales.
Continuing on their unusual adventure, the children are not just battling against an anonymous challenger in the game but also deciphering a mysterious case hailing from the corporate world. A sudden suicide, a sinister AI and a high-stakes virtual game plot – the stakes are higher than ever. What will win? An AI’s vendetta or the determination of a young detective and his friends?
Storyline and Execution
Between witnessing a tragic event and getting stuck in an unprecedented gaming reality, each twist in the much-anticipated story of “Detective Conan: The Phantom of Baker Street” is gripping and laudable. The film beautifully meshes the sophistication of the real and virtual world, resulting in a tense atmosphere that will keep you hooked. The plot’s complexity is commendable; it’s well-structured and well-paced, giving you just enough time to catch your breath and hold on to your armchair before the next big twist hits you.
Conan’s character shines more than ever and barrels through the immense pressure with his intellect and steadfast determination. This film magnifies the grit and courage of the young characters as they face the dangerous game, revealing their strengths and exposing their fears, making them more relatable to viewers.
Animation and Music
The animation and graphic portrayal of Victorian London is simply stunning. The contrast of the gloomy pseudo-historical backdrop paired with advanced augmented reality technology is executed flawlessly; it feels as if you’re right there in the game with Conan. The sizzling soundtrack nudges your anticipation right where it needs to be and doesn’t disappoint.
“Detective Conan Movie 06: The Phantom of Baker Street” is a fantastic roller coaster ride of a thriller that packs in suspense, mystery, and gaming all in one package. This is one of those films that grab your attention from the get-go and refuse to let go until the credits roll. Whether you stream, rent, or buy it, this anime movie is an absolute must-see for not just Detective Conan fans, but also mystery and thriller genre enthusiasts.
The Anime Critic Verdict: It’s a massive thumbs up from me! From the compelling storyline, the immersive world-building to the high quality character development and animation – everything about this movie screams ‘Masterpiece’!
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