Detective Conan is about an elementary school boy named Conan Edogawa. He solves mysteries and crimes through reasoning and logic and with the help of friends and nifty gadgets. Conan is really a 17-year-old famous high school detective, Shinichi Kudo. While investigating some suspicious activities, Shinichi was knocked over the head by a man dressed in black. During his semi-conscious state, an experimental drug was forced down his throat that was meant to kill him. Instead, Shinichi was shrunk into a little kid. In order to prevent the men who did this to him from hurting his friends and family (and to keep his girlfriend from finding out who he really is), Shinichi changed his name to Conan Edogawa (a combination of his favourite author Arthur Conan Doyle and Edogawa Rampo) and now lives with his girlfriend Ran and her dad, a mediocre private detective.
Ran takes this little boy under her wing and brings him to her home. His mind is as keen as ever and he continues to solve mysteries, always allowing Ran's father take all the credit. Conan has a mission - to find the criminals who did this to him and get the antidote to that drug. Each episode contains a mystery that Conan has to solve. Unlike a lot of 'kids shows', the solutions aren't always obvious and form enjoyable brain teasers.
Although there are several other crimesolving anime already made, Detective Boy Conan stands out as an original for numerous reasons. First, it's obviously aimed at children (though some things in the first few episodes only older children would really appreciate), but nothing in the show talks down to the kids. All of the cases are fairly complex, and it's actually quite fun to watch Conan take them apart piece by piece. The other big thing Conan has going for it is its original approach: the now tiny Conan still has a great mind, but he can't bring in the criminals himself. He gets help from his young friends, and Ran deals with any tough guys that might come his way. And of course, in the end, he never gets credit for his work, but hey...that's the life of a boy detective. A fun episodic story and good animation quality, but watch out for the first couple of opening and closing songs...they're really awful. Aside from some of the music, this is a good show for all ages, and strongly recommended.
Has been added to the 2000-01 lineup for Fox Family Channel. Cross your fingers that they don't screw up the dub...