She's what you call a protagonist.
Hee! That made me laugh. And you're correct on that point (and besides, she had like, three seconds in the intro. How is that too big of a role anyway?)
I know everyone will feel differently about this opening, but I really feel like you guys are overreacting. The opening was cheesy, yes. But ALL Detective Conan openings are cheesy, in my opinion. And I love their cheesiness. The openings are adorable bits of fluff, and nothing more.
That being said, the angle at which they approached this opening was indeed a bit different from the usual. I wonder if maybe they were not so much trying too hard as they were trying for something new. I love all the openings (even Tear Drops - le gasp! o_O), but they are all very much the same thing (minus millions of boxes of dancing girls). I wouldn't say this new opening is very original either, but maybe they were attempting to achieve something different... Hence the flying words, action hero Heiji, pokemon shounen tantei-dan, goth loli Haibara, princess Ran. XD
Haha, writing all of that makes me laugh at myself, but I really liked each of those silly additions...
No, I don't think they were trying something new. They do this all the time. They try to make the opening all artsy and fancy, but each time these days they're trying too hard. I don't think anyone's overreacting. I like the cheesiness too. But a spade's a spade, and when it looks obvious that they're throwing stuff at a wall, I'm going to point it out. The bad song choice doesn't help matters. And besides, if this ISN'T the worst opening, then which one is?
"I wouldn't say this new opening is very original either, but maybe they were attempting to achieve something different..." is the EXACT point I was getting at. And is also why I came up with the conclusion that they're trying too hard. And it doesn't work at all, IMO. It wasn't even adorable fluff. It was just... a mess.