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Episode 281
(Int. Episode 303)

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Title: The Small Eye-Witnesses
Japanese title: 小さな目撃者たち
(Chiisana Mokugekisha-tachi)
Original airdate: June 10, 2002
August 22, 2020 (Remastered)
Broadcast rating: 13.20%
Remastered rating: 7.9%
Filler case: #95
Season: 10
Manga source: TV Original
Cast: Conan Edogawa
Kogoro Mouri
Detective Boys
Kamen Yaiba
Case solved by: Conan Edogawa
Next Conan's Hint: Kamen Yaiba's special move
TV show (Remastered version)
Director: Yasuichiro Yamamoto
Screenplay: Michiru Shimada
Storyboard: Masakazu Amiya
Episode director: Johei Matsuura
Animation director: Akiko Kawashima
Character design: Masatomo Sudo
Junko Yamanaka and Kumiko Shishido (design works)
Opening song: I can't stop my love for you♥
Closing song: Yume Mita Ato de
Prev episode: « Hooligan's Labyrinth
Next episode: The Mystery of the Water-Flowing Stone Garden »
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The Small Eye-Witnesses (小さな目撃者たち Chiisana Mokugekisha-tachi?) is the 281st episode of Detective Conan anime.





In an abandoned house, Ayumi, Mitsuhiko, and Genta are playing a horror story using store nude mannequins, but Ayumi repeatedly blows the mood because her fear always makes way for amusement at the sight of Mitsuhiko and Genta wielding mannequin arms. They become alarmed, however, when in one of the next rooms they hear glass shattering, and upon investigating, they witness two men calling each other Kurata and Suzuki arguing: Suzuki, apparently wishing to ditch the transportation company he's working for in favor of a better salary, has already diverted some of his company's loyal customers to their rival, Sanada Transportation. The argument quickly escalates into a fight, and while the Detective Boys are at a loss about what to do, one of the men soon lies dead.


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Location: Abandoned house
Victim: Tatsuo Suzuki
Cause of death: Blunt force trauma
Suspects: Eizo Kurata

The Detective Boys waste no time calling up Conan at the Mouri Detective Agency, but while they do, the killer parks a truck outside and prepares to dispose of the body. Impulsively, they hitch a ride on the truck in order to find out where it will go and are able to escape the culprit's notice as he deposits the body inside, but in the excitement Ayumi has forgotten her Detective Badge, which she had just used to call Conan, and with no time to retrieve it before the killer departs from the scene (and it being the only badge they had brought along), Ayumi, Mitsuhiko and Genta have no way of telling Conan about the course of their ride and eventual point of destination.

The ride leads the Detective Boys through an unknown part of the city and out into the mountains, where they become ear witnesses of the culprit burying his victim's body, before they return back to the city. They abandon the truck when it is forced to stop at a red light, and while Mitsuhiko and Genta memorize the truck's license number as it drives away, Ayumi calls up Conan. The next day, Conan, his friends and Kogoro investigate the murder scene and trace the truck to the nearby Kurata Transportation Company, where Genta recognizes one of the men they have seen from a portrait of the company's president, Kurata, hanging in the reception area. The receptionists are also able to identify Suzuki as the company's director, and they also reveal that Suzuki had intentions of starting his own company and as a result has gotten into a harsh argument with Kurata, consolidating the Detective Boys' testimony. In addition, as of this morning, neither Kurata nor Suzuki has been accounted for.

The group finds the truck in question in the firm's parking lot, but a puddle of what the Detective Boys have taken for the victim's blood in the cargo section turns out to be red paint, which makes Kogoro abandon the children in disgust. Conan, however, continues the investigation and begins to backtrack the truck's route and the place where the body is buried from the few pieces of reliable information the Detective Boys have been able to gleam during their nocturnal ride: a branch establishment of a supermarket chain called "White Duck"; a number of certain gas stations they have gone past; a nearby train line; and the point of time at which the truck stopped at an appliance store, remembered by Genta through the climax of a Kamen Yaiba episode that was running on a TV screen inside the store's shop window. They proceed into the mountains and find the body's resting place, but are unaware that the killer has noticed their actions and followed them. And after they dig up the body, a major surprise awaits the Detective Boys.


  • Resolution


    • The Kurata transportation truck is a 1999 Toyota Dyna.

    BGM listing

    # Song Title Romaji Translation OST
    1 I can't stop my love for you♥ I can't stop my love for you♥ I can't stop my love for you♥ I can't stop my love for you♥
    2 (Unreleased Sound Effect/BGM)
    3 恋のトランプゲーム占い (世紀末ヴァージョン) Koi no Toranpu Gēmu Uranai (Seikimatsu Vājon) Love's Fortune-Telling Card Game (Last Century Version) Detective Conan "The Last Wizard of the Century" Original Soundtrack
    4 小五郎の推理 Kogorō no Suiri Kogoro's Deduction Detective Conan "Countdown to Heaven" Original Soundtrack
    5 新一のテーマ Shin'ichi no Tēma Shinichi's Theme Detective Conan Original Soundtrack 3
    6 緊迫 Kinpaku Tension Detective Conan Original Soundtrack 2
    7 ターゲット サスペンスC Tāgetto Sasupensu C Target Suspense C Detective Conan "The Fourteenth Target" Original Soundtrack
    8 新一のテーマ Shin'ichi no Tēma Shinichi's Theme Detective Conan Original Soundtrack 3
    9 夜の探索 Yoru no Tansaku Night Search Detective Conan Original Soundtrack 4 ~Isoge! Shōnen Tanteidan~
    10 黒い影─挑戦 Kuroi Kage - Chōsen Black Shadow - Challenge Detective Conan "Captured in Her Eyes" Original Soundtrack
    11 新少年探偵団のテーマ Shin Shōnen Tanteidan no Tēma The New Detective Boys' Theme Detective Conan "Captured in Her Eyes" Original Soundtrack
    12 推理 (オリジナルver.) Suiri (Orijinaru ver.) Deduction (Original ver.) Detective Conan Original Soundtrack 2
    13 悪のテーマ (パート2) Aku no Tēma (Pāto 2) Theme of Evil (Part 2) Detective Conan Original Soundtrack 2
    14 記憶喪失(影) Kiokusōshitsu (Kage) Amnesia (Shadow) Detective Conan "Captured in Her Eyes" Original Soundtrack
    15 哀の予感~ジンのテーマE Ai no Yokan ~ Jin no Tēma E Ai's Premonition ~ Gin's Theme E Detective Conan "Countdown to Heaven" Original Soundtrack
    16 真相究明 Shinsō Kyūmei Investigating the Truth Detective Conan "The Fourteenth Target" Original Soundtrack
    17 犯人のアジト Hannin no Ajito The Culprit's Hideout Detective Conan Original Soundtrack 1
    18 殺意 Satsui Murderous Intent Detective Conan "The Fourteenth Target" Original Soundtrack
    19 漆黒の殺意 Shikkoku no Satsui Jet Black Murderous Intent Detective Conan "Captured in Her Eyes" Original Soundtrack
    20 名探偵コナン メイン・テーマ (天国ヴァージョン) Meitantei Konan Mein・Tēma (Tengoku Vājon) Detective Conan Main Theme (Heaven Version) Detective Conan "Countdown to Heaven" Original Soundtrack
    21 夢みたあとで Yume Mita Ato de After I've Been Dreaming Yume Mita Ato de
    22 コナンの勝利 Konan no Shōri Conan's Victory Detective Conan Original Soundtrack 1


    In other languages

    Language Title Translation
    Flag of Arabic Arabic الشهود الصغار The Young Witnesses
    Flag of Malaysia Bahasa Melayu Saksi-Saksi Muda Young Witnesses
    Flag of Catalonia Catalan (Catalan dub) Els petits testimonis The little witnesses
    Flag of Valencia Catalan (Valencian dub) Joves testimonis Young witnesses
    Flag of Galicia Galician As testemuñas xuvenís The youth witnesses
    Flag of Germany German Kleine Augenzeugen Small Eye-Witnesses
    Flag of Italy Italian Giovani testimoni Young Eye-Witnesses
    Flag of Chile Spanish (American dub) Los pequeños testigos The little witnesses
    Flag of Spain Spanish (Castilian dub) Los jóvenes testigos The young witnesses
    Flag of Thailand Thai เหล่าพยานตัวน้อย The little witnesses
    Flag of Vietnam Vietnamese Những nhân chứng nhí bất đắc dĩ The Accidental Small Eye-Witnesses

    See also

    Episodes of Season 10
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