Roller Coaster Murder Case
|Title:||Roller Coaster Murder Case|
|Japanese Title:|| ジェットコースター殺人事件 |
(Jetto Kōsutā Satsujin Jiken)
|Original airdate:|| January 8, 1996 |
April 4, 2009 (Remastered version)
|Manga source:||Volume 1: File 1 (001)|
|English Title:||The Big Shrink|
|Dubbed episode:||Episode 1|
|English airdate:||May 24, 2004|
|Cast:|| Shinichi Kudo |
|Suspects:|| Case 1: Owner/host, Guests |
Case 2: Hitomi, Aiko, Reiko, and Men in black
|Cases solved by:||Shinichi Kudo (x2)|
|Next Conan's Hint:||Skyscraper|
|Technical Director:||Kenji Kodama|
|Animation Director:||Masatomo Sudo|
|Opening song:||Mune ga Dokidoki|
|Closing song:||STEP BY STEP|
|Next episode:||Company President's Daughter Kidnapping Case »|
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The Roller Coaster Murder Case is the pilot episode of series, and aired on January 8, 1996 in Japan. It begins in the middle of a case where a murder was committed during a private mansion's party. This opening scene introduces both Inspector Megure and Shinichi Kudo for the very first time, as well as showcasing Shinichi's impressive deduction and soccer skills when he reveals the killer.
 Characters introduced
 Case 1: Crime at the Private Mansion
The episode starts in a mansion where a party has been interrupted by a murder: one of the guests, President Yamazaki of Yatsubishi Bank, was found dead with a bullet in his heart. The police, led by Inspector Megure, have been investigating the crime scene, but have no conclusive evidence. However, Shinichi makes his grand entrance and claims having figured out the case.
 Case 2: Roller Coaster Murder Case
Ran Mouri meets up with her friend Shinichi Kudo on their way to Teitan High School. After Shinichi explains to Ran why he quit the soccer team and tells her that he wants to become a detective like the fictional Sherlock Holmes, Ran reminds Shinichi of a promise he made with her: if Ran won the regional karate championship, Shinichi would go with her to the amusement park, Tropical Land. Shinichi demonstrates his deductive reasoning to Ran when he correctly deduces that a girl standing in line in front of them for the Mystery Coaster is a gymnast. Shinichi and Ran's date is cut short when a murder occurs while they're riding the roller coaster. Who is responsible for killing Kishida, and how did they do it?
 Episode Resolution: Chasing the Men in Black
 Manga to anime changes
- The first episode of the anime includes the Detective Boys who don't appear until many chapters later in the manga.
- Hiroshi Agasa and Kogoro Mouri also appear in this episode, whereas in the manga they make their debut in the Company President's Daughter Kidnapping Case.
- The mansion owner kills his wife in the manga. In the anime the owner kills his friend and business partner, Yamazaki.
- In the manga, Shinichi is asked for the football by a group of small children. In the anime, the ball is from his school's soccer team; Shinichi also scores a goal with the ball, instead of merely kicking it back.
- In the manga, when Ran is trying to kick Shinichi, he leaps out of the way rather than his face ending up under her skirt.
- In the manga, Reiko points out that Gin and Vodka could have committed the murder as they were behind the victim. Shinichi acknowledges that they look suspicious, but if they pulled off the murder, they would have anticipated the arrival of the police (which they don't, as they are in a hurry to pull off their transaction).
- In the manga, Shinichi uses a camera when spying on Vodka. In the anime, he simply eavesdrops on the deal going on.
 Dub changes
- The names of the characters in the Funimation Dub are:
- Hitomi - Haley
- Aiko - Ashley
- Kishida - Kenneth
- Reiko - Rikki
- In the English Dub, Agasa reactivates his rocket pack on purpose, whereas in the Japanese Version he does so unknowingly.
- In the English Dub, Kogoro takes offense to Ran's compliment of Shinichi, whereas the Japanese Version has him stating that he needs to make a living.
- In the English Dub, Ran sarcastically states that Shinichi looked at Hitomi's legs for the purpose of making a deduction, whereas in the Japanese Version she critiques him for knowing that Hitomi is a gymnast before shaking her hand.
- In the English Dub, Gin's reason for using the APTX 4869 was fear of leaving a bullet trail behind, whereas in the Japanese Version it was due to the cops still being around after the murder on the roller coaster.
 Remastered version
On April 4, 2009, a remastered version of the case was aired. A few modifications were made in this new version: the victim's head doesn't land next to the Detective Boys and the scene where the viewer could see blood on the roller-coaster was cut.