The Time-Bombed Skyscraper

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Title: The Time-Bombed Skyscraper
English Title: The Time-Bombed Skyscraper
Japanese Title: 名探偵コナン 時計じかけの摩天楼
(Meitantei Konan: Tokei-jikake no Matenrō)
Original airdate: April 19, 1997
English airdate: October 3, 2006
Broadcast rating when aired on television: 8.8% (aired on 4/8/2016)
Cast: Conan Edogawa
Ran Mouri
Kogoro Mouri
Juzo Megure
Ninzaburo Shiratori
Hiroshi Agasa
Sonoko Suzuki
Detective Boys
Shinichi Kudo
Minami Takayama
Case solved by: Shinichi Kudo (via Conan on phone)
Director: Kenji Kodama
Screenplay: Kazunari Kouchi
Storyboard: Kenji Kodama
Masato Sato
Producer: Masato Sato
Yasuichiro Yamamoto (asst.)
Kazuo Nogami (asst.)
Kazuhiko Ishii (asst.)
Atsushi Yano (asst.)
Animation Director: Masatomo Sudo (chief)
Akio Kawamura
Hirotoshi Takaya
Kumiko Shishido
Keiko Sasaki
Yoshihiro Shimizu
Kei Hyoudou
Seiji Muta
Masahiko Itojima (effects)
Theme song: Happy Birthday
Soundtrack: Detective Conan "The Time-Bombed Skyscraper" Original Soundtrack
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The Time-Bombed Skyscraper is the 1st movie in the Detective Conan franchise. It was released in Japan on April 19, 1997.

Characters introduced[edit]





The movie opens with a murder at Kurokawa Household.


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Location: Kurokawa household
Victim: Daizo Kurokawa
Age: 62 years old
Cause of death: Blunt-force trauma
Suspects: Mina Kurokawa, Daisuke Kurokawa, and Manami Nagazawa
While the victim sat at his computer, the culprit snuck up behind him and hit him over the head with a statue.

Kogoro deduced from the victim's dying message, JUN, that it points to Mina Kurokawa. This is because June is also the dry month (Minazuki) and she was born in June, which earns a scold from Mina herself. Conan then puts Kogoro to sleep and begins his own deduction.

Conan finds a strange letter (an invitation to a tea party) which is addressed to Shinichi Kudo.

While sorting mail at Professor Agasa's house, Conan finds a strange letter (an invitation to a tea party) which is addressed to Shinichi Kudo. The letter was sent from a man named Teiji Moriya who is a famous architect. Conan calls Ran Mouri using his Voice-Changing Bowtie to mimic Shinichi's voice and tells her that he can't go to the tea party and asks if she would go in his place. He tells her to bring her dad, Kogoro Mouri, and "that kid" (referring to Conan).

Ran says she will do it but only if he goes to a movie with her on Saturday. Conan tries to make her change the date, but she is determined that it has to be on May 3rd. She then asks him what his favorite color is: red or blue. He says that it's red. Conan leaves the pay phone and, while walking home, tries to figure out why Ran wants the date to be on May 3rd. While on the way home he meets Inspector Megure who introduces him to Ninzaburo Shiratori.

While eating dinner with Ran and Kogoro, Ran tells Conan that she's taking Shinichi to the movies on May 3rd and when it hits midnight she will give her gift to him (which is a red polo shirt). Conan then realizes that May 4th is his birthday.

Kogoro is pondering Moriya's quiz.

Conan tricks Kogoro into going to the tea party as Kogoro doesn't want to go in the first place. They meet Teiji Moriya and tell him that Shinichi couldn't make it but that Kogoro is another famous detective. Moriya gives everyone a quiz and asks them to solve it. Conan is the first to solve it, so he gets to go to see Moriya's gallery with Ran. While observing the pictures, Ran tells Moriya that she is going to the movies with Shinichi and is going to be watching it in one of the buildings he designed.

The next day, Ran goes out to get some food while Conan goes to Agasa's house, trying to think of what to do for his movie "date" with Ran. A news station on T.V. reports that someone stole a large quantity of octogen, which is the main component for plastic explosives. Right after the report, Professor Agasa receives a phone call asking for Shinichi. The caller, who is using a voice changing device, tells Shinichi that he is the one who stole the octagon and tells him to give him his mobile phone number. Conan tells him his number and the man instructs him to go to Greenbelt Park or else the kids will die.

Conan uses his skateboard and rushes to Greenbelt Park where he finds Genta Kojima, Ayumi Yoshida, and Mitsuhiko Tsuburaya playing with a remote controlled plane. Mitsuhiko tells Conan that a man with a mustache and a beard gave it to them. Conan notices that there is a bomb on the plane, so he takes the controller away from Mitsuhiko but he refuses to give it to Conan since it's Genta's turn. Conan tells them that there is a bomb on it and they drop it and the antenna breaks. The plane begins flying uncontrollably, so Conan uses his Power-Enhancing Kick Shoes and kicks the controller into the plane, blowing it up. Conan then realizes that this isn't a prank because those were plastic explosives. He then gets another call telling him about another bomb.



Location: Park
Suspects: Unknown bomber
Ayumi, Genta and Mitsuhiko were given a toy plane with plastic bombs attached to it by a mysterious man! Luckily, Conan manages to destroy it in the air and prevent casualties from occurring.

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Location: Road
Victim: Conan Edogawa
Injury: Improvised explosive device in cat box
Suspects: Unknown bomber
A second bomb is planted in a cat box alongside a stray cat, which was taken by an unaware old lady. Conan "borrows" a bicycle from a boy to catch up with her and manages to take the bomb to a riverside, where it explodes away from other people. However, Conan also suffers several injuries from the explosion.

After Conan finds the second bomb, he only just manages to bring it to a deserted place before it blows up, sending Conan flying into a tree. He wakes up in the hospital. They get another notice that there are more bombs planted somewhere on the train, along with the hint (X the XX). Trying to find possible suspects they discuss Shinichi's most attention-grabbing case.

Planted 5 Bombs


Location: Train tracks and a bridge
Suspects: Unknown bomber
Several bombs were planted on the train tracks. The culprit instructs the drivers to keep speeding up the trains or else the bombs will explode.

Megure reflects on a case that Shinichi solved in the past.

Accident (Past)

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Location: Nishitama City
Victim: Office lady
Age: 25 years old
Cause of death: Hit by a car
Suspects: Kohei Okamoto and Mayor Okamoto
While driving and smoking, Kohei Okamoto accidentally fatally hit a young woman. However, something doesn't match.

Shinichi is called to explain this accident by Megure.

Conan is able to figure out that the bombs are Between the Rail Tracks (X the XX) based on the bomber's 2 warnings, namely not to slow down below 60km/h and that the bombs would go off once the sun set. Conan explains that the bombs use sunlight to reset the time and consequently has the police navigate the trains out of the suspected route. All the bombs are then safely recovered. Later that day, Conan, Megure, Shiratori, and Kogoro go to Moriya's house.


  • Resolution[edit]

    Translation changes[edit]


    • The names of the characters in the Funimation Dub are:
    • Daizo Kurokawa - Magnum Cornhouser
    • Mina Kurokawa - Mina Cornhouser
    • Daisuke Kurokawa - Mortimer Cornhouser
    • Manami Nakazawa - Manami Goodsbe
    • Teiji Moriya - Leo Joel
    • In the English Dub, the name of Manami's husband is Kevin. He was not named in the original version.
    • In the English Dub, neither Kohei Okamoto or Mayor Okamoto are addressed by their name.


    • According to "The Legend of Red Thread" poster, the movie's original author is Issei Shinnai and it is directed by Shunzo Kano while starring Sansei Takayama and Wakkanai Yamazaki.
    • In the flashback scene, Kohei Okamoto and Mayor Okamoto drive a 1996 silver Toyota Crown Majesta S150. The license plate number is 新宿 33, す 32-59 (Shinjuku 33, Su 32-59).
    • In Night Baron Murder Case, Akiko Sayama was watching a movie on TV where there was a bomb on a skyscraper, referencing this case.
    • The bus Conan and his group were on in the beginning of The Man Who Fell Slowly was traveling to the Beika City Building, the site of the climax of this movie.
    • The TR Beika Line in real-life is JR Yamanote Line and the JR Tokyo inspired from JR Yamanote Line 205-0 series set 30.
    • Shinichi/Conan's birthday is May 4th.
    • Interesting note: Apparently, Ran and Sonoko had no idea that Conan was sent to the hospital earlier that day.
    • This movie is the first time that Conan receives a head injury.
    • This movie is the first time that Conan and the Detective Boys almost die in an bombing.
    • This movie is the first time that Ran almost dies in a bombing.
    • When Conan woke up in the hospital, he saw Kogoro, Agasa, Ayumi, Mitsuhiko, and Genta at his bedside, while Megure and Shiratori were outside the room.
      • No sooner did Conan wake up in the hospital bed, a worried Kogoro began getting onto him, with Agasa trying to hold him at bay. Most likely, that is because he was very worried about him. In fact that may be one of the first times that Kogoro shows concern and worry for Conan.
    • This movie is the first time that Conan was admitted into the hospital.
    • First time that Megure has his phone on speaker, so that everyone present can hear Conan using Shinichi's voice to solve a case.
    • First visible proof of Conan having a phone for just Shinichi, which is probably different from Conan's phone, although this is not canon
    • According to Ran, Shinichi always forgets his birthday, which is April 4th.
    • Agasa mentions to Conan, "Don't be silly! You know all calls from your house get rerouted here now,"
    • In this movie, Kogoro was also angry at Shinichi Kudo for placing 7 year old Conan in a dangerous situation, with bombs and a bomber.


    End credit music: Happy Birthday, by Kyoko.


    In other languages[edit]

    Language Title Translation
    Flag of Arabic Arabic اللحظة الأخيرة The Last Moment
    Flag of Catalonia Catalan (Catalan dub) El gratacel explosiu The exploding Skyscraper
    Flag of China Chinese 引爆摩天楼 To explode the Skyscraper
    Flag of Republic of China Traditional Chinese 引爆摩天樓 To explode the Skyscraper
    Flag of France French (Dubbed) Le Gratte-ciel infernal The Hellish Skyscraper
    Flag of France French (Subbed) Le gratte-ciel à retardement The delayed skyscraper
    Flag of Galicia Galician Explosión no rañaceos Explosion in the Skyscraper
    Flag of Germany German Der tickende Wolkenkratzer The Ticking Skyscraper
    Flag of Italy Italian Fino alla fine del tempo Until the End of Time
    Flag of South Korea Korean 시한장치의 마천루 Time-Bombed Skyscraper
    Flag of Iran Persian آسمانخراشی از بمب The Bombed Skyscraper
    Flag of Poland Polish Architekt zniszczenia Architect of destruction
    Flag of Brazil Portuguese (Brazil dub) Detetive Conan Detective Conan
    Flag of Spain Spanish (Castilian dub) Peligro en el rascacielos Danger in the Skyscraper
    Flag of Mexico Spanish (American dub) El rascacielos del tiempo The Time Skyscraper
    Flag of Thailand Thai คดีปริศนาระเบิดระฟ้า The Mysterious Sky-scraping Bomb Case
    Flag of Vietnam Vietnamese Quả bom chọc trời The Sky-scraping Bomb

    See also[edit]

    Detective Conan Movies
    Movies Movie 01: The Time-Bombed SkyscraperMovie 02: The Fourteenth TargetMovie 03: The Last Wizard of the CenturyMovie 04: Captured in Her EyesMovie 05: Countdown to HeavenMovie 06: The Phantom of Baker StreetMovie 07: Crossroad in the Ancient CapitalMovie 08: Magician of the Silver SkyMovie 09: Strategy Above the DepthsMovie 10: The Private Eyes' RequiemMovie 11: Jolly Roger in the Deep AzureMovie 12: Full Score of FearMovie 13: The Raven ChaserMovie 14: The Lost Ship in the SkyMovie 15: Quarter of SilenceMovie 16: The Eleventh StrikerMovie 17: Private Eye in the Distant SeaLupin III vs. Detective Conan: The Movie (crossover) • Movie 18: Dimensional SniperMovie 19: Sunflowers of InfernoMovie 20: The Darkest NightmareMovie 21: The Crimson Love LetterMovie 22: Zero the EnforcerMovie 23: The Fist of Blue SapphireMovie 24: The Scarlet BulletMovie 25
    Related Cases 16 Suspects!? (movie 4) • Conan, Heiji, and the Vanished Boy (movie 7) • Time Travel of the Silver Sky (movie 8) • Follow the Vanished Diamond! Conan & Heiji vs. Kid! (movie 10) • A Challenge from Agasa! Agasa vs. Conan and the Detective Boys (movie 11) • Magic File 2: Shinichi Kudo, The Case of the Mysterious Wall and the Black Lab (movie 12) • Lupin III vs. Detective Conan (crossover) • Magic File 3: Shinichi and Ran, Memories of Mahjong Tiles and Tanabata (movie 13) • Magic File 4: The Osaka Okonomiyaki Odyssey (movie 14) • Magic File 5: Niigata~Tokyo Souvenir Capriccio (movie 15) • Bonus File 1: Flower of Fantasista (movie 16) • The Missing Sweets in the Old Shop (movie 17) • The Coded Invitation (movie 18) • Promise with a J-Leaguer (movie 16) • Munch's Missing Scream (movie 19) • The Shadow Approaching Amuro (movie 20) • The Mystery of the Vanished Black Belt (movie 21) • The Melting Cake! (movie 22) • The J League Bodyguard (movie 16) • Intrigue at the Food Court (movie 23) • Beika Shopping District Dust Mystery (movie 24)