Case Closed: The Time Bombed Skyscraper

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Case Closed: The Time-Bombed Skyscraper
Detective Conan: The Time-Bombed Skyscraper
名探偵コナン 時計じかけの摩天楼
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Directed byKenji Kodama
Written byKazunari Kouchi
Produced byMichihiko Suwa
StarringMinami Takayama
Kappei Yamaguchi
Wakana Yamazaki
Akira Kamiya
Kenichi Ogata
Taro Ishida
Music byKatsuo Ono
Distributed byToho
Release date
  • April 19, 1997 (1997-04-19)
Running time
94 minutes
Box office¥1.1 billion[1]

Case Closed: The Time-Bombed Skyscraper, known as Detective Conan: The Time-Bombed Skyscraper (Japanese:名探偵コナン 時計じかけの摩天楼, Hepburn:Meitantei Konan: Tokei Jikake no Matenrō) in Japan, is a 1997 Japanese animated feature film based on Gosho Aoyama's Detective Conan manga series and featuring detective Jimmy Kudo. The film takes place between episodes 54 and 55. Funimation released the film in North America.


While sorting mail at Dr. Agasa's house, Conan finds an invitation addressed to Jimmy from Leo Joel, a famous architect. Jimmy calls Rachel using his voice-changing bowtie and asks her to go in his place. Rachel agrees, on the condition that Jimmy goes to a movie with her on Saturday.

On Saturday morning, Conan receives a call from a strange man, who challenges Jimmy to a game. Conan accepts the challenge, and the mystery caller gives him clues leading to bombs hidden all over Tokyo. Conan finds and destroys every one. Because of the locations of the bombs - near structures designed by Joel - Conan deduces that the bomber is Joel, who planned to destroy his "inferior" works and create a perfect new building. Upon his arrest, Joel reveals the location for his final bombs: Beika City Building, the location of Jimmy and Rachel's date.

The bombs explode and seal the entrances and exits, trapping Rachel and others inside. Conan makes his way through the collapsing building, but a warped door blocks him off from Rachel. Using his tie and cell phone, he calls Rachel and asks her to look for the bomb. Rachel finds it in a large shopping bag. To disarm the bomb, Jimmy tells Rachel which wires to cut. However, Joel made two extra wires, one red, one blue. One of them is booby-trapped, but Jimmy has no idea which. Jimmy tells Rachel to cut either one. As the rescue team arrives and carries him away, Jimmy realizes that Joel knew that Rachel's favorite color was red and booby-trapped the red one. In the last few minutes, Rachel makes a desperate decision and cuts the blue wire because the red wire represents the red string of fate between Jimmy and herself.


Character Japanese voice actor English voice actor
Conan Edogawa Minami Takayama Alison Retzloff
Jimmy Kudo Kappei Yamaguchi Jerry Jewell
Rachel Moore Wakana Yamazaki Colleen Clinkenbeard
Richard Moore Akira Kamiya R. Bruce Elliot
Inspector Meguire Chafurin Mark Stoddard
Dr. Agasa Kenichi Ogata Bill Flynn
Amy Yeager Yukiko Iwai Monica Rial
Mitch Tennyson Ikue Ōtani Cynthia Cranz
George Kaminski Wataru Takagi Dameon Clarke
Nicholas Santos Kaneto Shiozawa Eric Vale
Serena Sebastian Naoko Matsui Laura Bailey
Leo Joel (Teiji Moriya) Tarō Ishida Kent Williams


For the last scene of the movie, an "episode" that original creator Gosho Aoyama wanted to include in the manga was used. He even got to draw the originals himself.[2]


Track Lyrics by Composing by Song by
1. Happy Birthday (theme song) Shikao Suga Shikao Suga Kyoko
2. キミがいれば (Interlude) Takayanagi Ren Katsuo Ōno Iori
3. 逢いたいよ (Interlude) Takayanagi Ren Katsuo Ōno Iori


The film was released in 13 theaters in Japan on April 19, 1997. On opening weekend, it grossed ¥8,554,500 ($68,965).[3] It went on to gross a total of ¥1.1 billion in Japan.[1]

Home media[edit]


The VHS of the movie was released October 19, 1997.[4] Its production was discontinued after switching to DVD in 2006.

Region 1 DVD[edit]

FUNimation released the English dub of The Time-Bombed Skyscraper on bilingual DVD on October 3, 2006. Unlike the series, the movie left the original animation entirely intact with no translations except for the opening title and ending credits. The opening title was replaced with an English version. The original Japanese credits were changed from a tour of Tokyo and recap of the movie to a capture of the final shot of the film (an aerial view of the characters and police cars at the crime scene).

Region 2 DVD[edit]

The DVD of the film was released on March 28, 2001.[5] A new DVD was released on February 25, 2011, significantly lowering the original price and added the trailer as a special feature.[6]


The Blu-ray version of the film was released on August 26, 2011.[7] The Blu-ray contains the same content as the DVD plus a mini-booklet explaining the film and the BD-live function.[7]


  1. ^ a b "名探偵コナン:劇場版新作が興収60億円突破 シリーズ最高記録を更新". MANTANWEB (in Japanese). 2016-06-06. Retrieved 19 April 2019.
  2. ^ Aoyama, Gosho (November 21, 2006). "Afterword". Case Closed. 14. San Francisco: Viz Media. p. 183. ISBN 1-4215-0444-8.
  3. ^ "Box Office for Time Bombed Skyscraper". Internet Movie Database (IMDB). Retrieved 15 May 2011.
  4. ^ "Detective Conan: The Time Bombed Skyscraper VHS". Retrieved August 10, 2011.
  5. ^ "Detective Conan: The Time Bombed Skyscraper DVD". Retrieved August 10, 2011.
  6. ^ "Detective Conan: The Time Bombed Skyscraper DVD (New)". Retrieved August 10, 2011.
  7. ^ a b "Detective Conan: The Time-Bombed Skyscraper" (in Japanese). Being Inc. Archived from the original on September 18, 2011. Retrieved August 10, 2011.

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