Title: Meitantei Conan: Kudo Shinichi he no Chosenjo Also known as: Detective Conan: Kudo Shinichi's Written Challenge Broadcast date: 10/2/06 Genre: Detective Drama Cast: Oguri Shun, Kurokawa Tomoka, Jinnai Takanori, Iwasa Mayuko Plot: Kudo Shinichi is a famous high school detective. Just before his class trip, he receives a challenge letter. A kidnapper will abduct one of his classmates unless Shinichi can stop him! What is good: The mysteries are actually pretty difficult. What is bad: Unless you are a Detective Conan fan, this will probably be rather boring for you. Overall rating: C+ Overall: I usually get a lot of enjoyment out of detective series. As long as the detectives aren't completely moronic and the cases aren't extremely easy, I'll be there every step of the way. However, I found this 10th anniversary of the Detective Conan series completely boring. The actors were good depictions of their anime counterparts. Even though I never watched the anime past a couple of episodes, I could easily identify each character. There was just nothing there to give it that extra 'oomph.' Shinichi seemed to be walking through the mysteries despite the fact that he was having trouble solving them. It would have been nice if there was a little more personality for each of the characters. Especially since, in the overall timeline, this special takes place before the anime series actually starts. There is another special coming out next year. Hopefully the characters will be a little more three-dimensional.