Although it’s taking place inside a VR game, I would have expected quite a bit of mystery from a Detective Conan movie set in the era of Sherlock Holmes. Even more since said game is about investigating the case of Jack the Ripper, one of the great unresolved real-life murder mysteries. But what do we get instead? Conan first goes to Holmes’ place (who is currently absent due to his investigation of the Baskerville case), then goes to meet Moriarty, has him kinda summon the culprit, and off we go to the showdown. Bah. Holmes appearing literally out of thin air on the train didn’t help either.
Art and animation are quite good, as one would expect from a Detective Conan movie. However, the story was a major disappointment for me, so I won’t keep the DVD.
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.