|While only a second year high school
student, Kudou Shinichi is renown as a great detective.
Even the police call him in to solve difficult cases.
Needless to say, Sherlock Holmes is his hero, despite the
fact the man was a fictional character. Shinichi hopes to
become as famous as the mythical detective. In the past,
Shinichi had excelled at soccer (saying it's like the
violin for Holmes) but stopped joining the soccer team.
Keeping his head from growing to large is Mouri Ran.
She's also a second year student and wishes she could get
Shinichi to seriously commit to her.
On their date to an amusement park, Shinichi notices two men in black coats, instantly feeling something wrong about them. He follows them and witnesses an illegal type deal. Before he learns more, Shinichi is struck from behind and almost loses consciousness. From an earlier case, they recognize him as a detective. The long haired man decides to give him a potion from their organization that had yet to be tested on humans (why not?). Feeling hot and sick, Shinichi finally slips into unconsciousness.
Sometime later, Shinichi awakens to security guards talking to him. He soon finds out that his natural late-teen form has been changed into that of a child. After convincing his neighbor/scientist friend Agasa about his identity, Shinichi agrees with him that the only path to get his true form back would be to find the men who did this to him. Anything else would be more risky. While they talk in Shinichi's home (his parents are always away), Ran comes looking for Shinichi. Already in his old school uniform, Shinichi completes his disguise with some glasses and tells her that he's Edogawa Conan (two names from Holmes books). What else is Ran to do but to believe the boy? Agasa manages to convince Ran to take care of his 'nephew' Conan, explaining to Shinichi that her father is a detective and that would be the best way to get a lead on the clack trench coat men. Shinichi reluctantly agrees.
And so the series continues with various cases that Shinichi solves, typically using Ran's father (a hopeless private detective) as a cover. He makes friends in school (yes, he has to go back to elementary school for a second time) who love to play detective and are awed by Conan's skill and courage. Agasa becomes the 'Q' to the 'Bond'-like Shinichi/Conan. The charm of the series is the various mysteries that Conan has to solve and then figure out how to tell the right people (i.e. why would a policeman listen to a kid?). The pull of the series is the ultimate case involving the 'men in black' organization, which plays a larger role as the series continues into the thirties.
Rating -- 7