Detective Conan Important Episode List


For the sake of those who might want to get into or try to convince a friend to get into Detective Conan for the story but find the insanely high episode count and history of nearly 2 decades daunting, I've compiled a list of canon episodes that are actually important as well as listed the reasons someone may believe them to be important (so you can make your own judgments as you go as to whether you yourself really think you should have to watch them or not). As hinted there, this is not a list of "must watch" episodes (the episodes labeled *Main Plot* are closer to that, but still not quite the same thing, because at least the occasional dose of character development here and there is "must watch" in its own way), but rather a list of episodes you may not want to miss depending on what aspects of the series you are trying to follow. There are tons of great "normal" cases that are self-contained throughout the series that naturally are left out, which are really the original point of the series, but if you just want to get around all of that and watch the series for just the overall story and characters, this might prove useful for that. Of course, there are still a ton of episodes, but cutting a good two-thirds of the series out should ease the pain of entry a bit.

An updated note on more recent episodes: Since the series started, and especially in the last few years, Aoyama has gotten infinitely better at weaving the story into the individual, unrelated manga cases. These days basically every canon case contains at least a bit of plot advancement, so plot advancement has become a lot more gradual and stretched out rather than happening in chunks scattered here and there. As a result, the more recent episodes pretty much all have some level of importance, except for anime original filler episodes, of course. Although, and I've stated as much before in the comments, as this list is about easing the barrier of entry, it is more the early episodes that really matter for trimming the fat. As you get closer and closer to completely caught up, it doesn't really matter all that much anymore anyway. In short, this list starts to lose meaning the further you get in the series and the closer to caught up to the present you are.

Another updated note on recent updated updates: Since DC has had some direct crossovers with the Magic Kaito manga over the years, yet those parts of the DC anime never had the Magic Kaito parts that gave them context animated as well, those crossovers have never really had their full and proper effect for anime only fans. However, now that Magic Kaito has finally received a proper anime adaptation, I have taken the liberty of working the timings of these all-important crossovers into where they fit in with their DC episode counterparts, making the crossovers whole once more. The Internet can thank me later. The only issue is that the Magic Kaito episodes are totally out of order, but the order really does not matter for that series like it does with Conan, as the series is completely episodic beyond pretty much the first episode, so you can ignore that and watch that series out of order all you want .

Note this uses the original Japanese episode numbers. The Funimation English dub version (aka "Case Closed" although the more recent official subs have adopted that name as well) stopped before it ever got to anything really big in the story anyway, so watching that would kinda defeat the purpose. Update: I went ahead and added the English dub episode numbers as well where applicaple in brackets (as [ENG #]). I still would recommend against using this list with the English dubbed version, especially considering that version was cancelled ages ago. Further update: And now more recently Funimation has let the license for those early dub episodes lapse, so you can't really watch them anywhere anyway.

The movies are completely optional, seeing as they are generally not canon and have nothing to do with any sort of plot from the series proper (update: this is becoming less true recently), but still recommended based solely on outstanding quality (most of the time). Note their placement in the list is based on minimizing spoilers for the main series, thus they are based primarily on their release dates relative to where the original manga was at the time. This consideration is because the movies tend to have spoiler references to things from the anime that came before the release of each particular movie, and sometimes after, since the movies are often clearly being targetted at fans of the original manga more than anime-only fans. So watching a movie too early can be dangerous if you don't like spoilers.

Included Episodes:

Included Episodes by Time (1 hour specials counted as 2 episodes, etc.):

Ignoring character arc subplots and sticking with main plot only (not recommended):

Main Plot by Time:

Total Episodes So Far:

Total Episodes So Far by Time:

Last Updated:
- changelog
(First written March 12, 2013)

1-2 (manga 1-5|V1F1-5): Initial setup. The main characters Edogawa Conan/Kudou Shinichi, Mouri Ran and Kogaro, Professor Agasa, Inspector Megure, Gin, and Vodka all get their introductions, among many other things. *Main Plot*

3 (manga 6-9|V1F6-9): Character development and some elements introduced for the first time.

4 (manga 36-39|V4F7-10): Mitsuhiko, Ayumi, and Genta's first focus episode.

5 (manga 33-35|V4F4-6*): More minor character development with shades of preparation for episode 7, and the manga version includes and reveals some important info about Gin and Vodka, but the anime changed this by replacing them with one off characters for some reason.

7 (manga 26-29|V3F7-9): Main character development. Marks the first time Ran comes somewhat close to exposing Conan's identity. *Main Plot*

10 (manga 68-71|V7F8-V8F1): Introduces some minor recurring elements that will be referred to countless times in the future.

11 [ENG 11-12](manga 62-67|V7F2-7): Events referenced in some character development in a later episode. (1 Hour Special)

12 [ENG 13](manga 81-83|V9F1-3): Introduces the turbo skateboard and detective badge, as well as makes the Detective Boys into... the Detective Boys.

13 [ENG 14](manga 13-16|V2F4-7*): Introduces Miyano Akemi (note her importance was far more immediately obvious in the manga [although not the full breadth of it by any means], but the anime creators were idiots, in a way they really liked to be at this point of the anime, and changed the ending of this episode completely and therefore had to make a special original followup episode later on when they got to adapting the part of the manga where the implications of that ending started becoming extremely important [fortunately I think they learned from this incident and stopped doing things quite so dumb from that point on]). *Main Plot*

18 [ENG 19](manga 78-80|V8F8-10): Introduces Superintendent Matsumoto.

20 [ENG 21](manga 17-19|V2F8-10): Introduces the Elasticity Suspenders, and the manga version was the first introduction of the Detective Boys.

27-28 [ENG 28-29](manga 84-86|V9F4-6): Mouri Kogoro character development.

32 [ENG 33](manga 105-107|V11F5-7): Introduces Kisaki Eri, Ran's mom.

34-35 [ENG 35-36](manga 40-44|V5F1-5): Suzuki Sonoko development (was her first appearance in the manga).

43 [ENG 44](manga 49-51|V5F10-V6F1): Introduces two characters, the naming of whom would spoil the end. Also has some Black Organization reference. *Main Plot*

48-50 [ENG 49-51](manga 92-98|V10F2-8): Introduces Hattori Heiji as well as being the first time Conan manages to temporarily return to his original body. *Main Plot*

54 [ENG 56](manga 114-116|V12F4-6): Some Black Organization stuff. *Main Plot*

57-58 [ENG 59-60](manga 117-121|V12F7-V13F1): Hattori Heiji major development. *Main Plot*

Movie 1: The Time-Bombed Skyscraper

Magic Kaito 1412 eps. 1-2: Introduces Kaitou Kid and Nakamori Ginzo.

76 [ENG 78-79](manga 156-159|V16F6-9): First appearance of Kaitou Kid in DC. (1 Hour Special)

77-78 [ENG 80-81](manga 150-153|V15F10-V16F3): Heiji case. Some Conan development.

81-82 [ENG 84-85](manga 144-146|V15F4-6): Voice actor references galore.

96 [ENG 99-102](manga 131-138|V14F1-8): Main character development. (2 Hour Special)

100-101 [ENG 106-107](manga 173-175|V18F3-5): Main character development.

118 [ENG 124-125](manga 185-188|V19F5-8): Heiji case. Introduces Toyama Kazuha. (1 Hour Special)

128 (manga 13-16|V2F4-7*): "The Black Organization: One Billion Yen Robbery Case" *Main Plot*

129 (manga 176-181|V18F6-V19F1): Introduces Haibara Ai, possibly the second most central character to the overall plot after Conan himself. (2 Hour Special) *Main Plot*

130-131 (manga 189-191|V19F9-V20F1): Introduces Sato Miwako.

132-134 (manga 192-196|V20F2-6): Kaitou Kid.

136-137 (manga 200-203|V20F10-V21F3): Character development.

Movie 2: The Fourteenth Target

141-142 (manga 211-214|V21F11-V22F3): Heiji case.

146-147 (manga 208-210|V21E8-10): "Metropolitan Police Detective Love Story" (also introduces Miyamoto Yumi)

153-154 (manga 219-221|V22F8-10): Introduces Kyogoku Makoto.

156-157 (manga 231-233|V23F10-V24F2): "Metropolitan Police Detective Love Story 2"

162 (manga 204-207|V21F4-7): "The Locked Room in the Sky: Kudou Shinichi's First Case" (1 Hour Special)

166-168 (manga 246-250|V25F4-8): Heiji case.

170-171 (manga 234-237|V24F3-6): Introduces Araide Tomoaki (becomes extremely important later on). *Main Plot*

174 (manga 225-230|V23F4-9): Heiji case. (2 Hour Special)

176-178 (manga 238-242|V24F7-11): "Reunion with the Black Organization" *Main Plot*

Movie 3: The Last Wizard of the Century

188-193 (manga 251-260|V25F9-V26F7): "The Desperate Revival" *Main Plot*

199-200 (manga 264-266|V27F1-3): Character development.

205-206 (manga 267-269|V27F4-6): "Metropolitan Police Detective Love Story 3"

212-213 (manga 273-275|V27F10-V28F2): Haibara development.

217-218 (manga 284-286|V28F11-V29F2): Megure development.

Magic Kaito 1412 eps. 4-6: Introduces Hakuba Saguru and the origin of the long-standing rivalry between Conan and Kid.

219 (manga MK23-24|V4C3-4 & DC299-302|V30F4-7): Kaitou Kid. Also some background stuff that will be important later on. (2 Hour Special) *Main Plot*

220-221 (manga 276-278|V28F3-5): Introduces Heiji's mom.

222-224 (manga 279-283|V28F6-10): Heiji case.

226-227 (manga 270-272|V27F7-9): Introduces Jodie Saintemillion. *Main Plot*

230-231 (manga 287-289|V29F3-5): Introduces Akai Shuuichi (important to the max [and Badass Incarnate]), gives Jodie-sensei and Araide-sensei development, and some Black Organization on the side. *Main Plot*

238-239 (manga 293-295|V29F9-11): Heiji case.

Movie 4: Captured in Her Eyes

240-241 (manga 296-298|V30F1-3): Character development.

242 (manga 303-304|V30F8-9): Some Haibara development and very minor Black Organization info.

253-254 (manga 328-330|V32F11-V33F2): "Metropolitan Police Detective Love Story 4"

258-259 (manga 325-327|V32F8-10): Introduces James Black. Also, some Shuuichi development. *Main Plot*

263 (manga 314-321|V31F8-V32F4): Heiji case. (2 Hour Special)

266-268 (manga 331-334|V33F3-6): Some Makoto development. Plus more Shuuichi. *Main Plot*

269-272 (manga 335-340|V33F7-V34F1): Some Black Organization info, and some Jodie development. Also, more Shuuichi. *Main Plot*

277-278 (manga 341-343|V34F2-4*): Lots of Heiji and Jodie. *Main Plot*

Movie 5: Countdown to Heaven

279-280 (manga 344-346|V34F5-7): Haibara development and some Black Organization clues. *Main Plot*

284-285 (manga 347-349|V34F8-10): More Shuuichi. *Main Plot*

286-288 (manga 350-354|V34F11-V35F4): "Kudou Shinichi's New York Case" (extremely important Shuuichi, among other things) *Main Plot*

289-290 (manga 358-360|V35F8-10): Some Black Organization info. *Main Plot*

291-293 (manga 361-365|V35F11-V36F4): Heiji Case.

301,302,304 (manga 366-373|V36F5-V37F1): Sato and Takagi development. (304 is 2 Hour Special)

307-308 (manga 377-379|V37F5-7): Build up. *Main Plot*

309-311 (manga 380-383|V37F8-V38F1): "Contact with the Black Organization" *Main Plot*

312-313 (manga 384-386|V38F2-4): Followup, Haibara development, and Black Organization backstory. *Main Plot*

Movie 6: The Phantom of Baker Street

323-327 (manga 390-397|V38F8-V39F5): Heiji case.

329-330 (manga 398-400|V39F6-8): Haibara development.

333-334 (manga 413-416|V40F10-V41F3): Character development.

335-336 (manga 417-419|V41F4-6): Yukiko development and even more Shuuichi. *Main Plot*

338-339 (manga 420-422|V41F7-9): Haibara, Shuuichi, Jodie, and Araide development. *Main Plot*

340-341 (manga 423-425|V41F10-V42F1): Haibara development. *Main Plot*

343-344 (manga 426-428|V42F2-4): Jodie and Ran development. *Main Plot*

345 (manga 429-434|V42F5-10): "Head-to-Head Match with the Black Organization: A Dual Mystery on a Full Moon Night" (2.5 Hour Special) *Main Plot*

Movie 7: Crossroad in the Ancient Capital

346-347 (manga 435-437|V42F11-V43F2): Some Haibara followup development.

Magic Kaito 1412 ep. 16: Crossover with DC 356. They both spoil each other heavily, so maybe watch whichever is more important to you first. But, if you only want to watch one over the other, pick DC.

356 (manga 453-456|V44F7-10): Kaitou Kid. (1 Hour Special)

358-359 (manga 404-406|V40F1-3): "Metropolitan Police Detective Love Story 5"

361-362 (manga 457-459|V44F11-V45F2): Jodie and Araide development. *Main Plot*

381-383 (manga 441-449|V43F6-V44F3): Heiji case. (383 is 2 Hour Special)

385-387 (manga 470-474|V46F2-6): Black Organization info. *Main Plot*

Movie 8: Magician of the Silver Sky

390-391 (manga 450-452|V44F4-6): "Metropolitan Police Detective Love Story 6"

394-396 (manga 475-478|V46F7-10): Kaitou Kid.

398-399 (manga 479-482|V46F11-V47F3): Some set up and building suspense.

400 (manga 483|V47F4): Major character development. *Main Plot*

406-408 (manga 487-490|V47F8-11): Heiji case.

421-422 (manga 410-412|V40F7-9): Agasa development.

425 (manga 499-504|V48F9-V49F4): "Black Impact! The Moment the Black Organization Reaches Out" (2.5 Hour Special) *Main Plot*

429-430 (manga 508-510|V49F8-10): Introduces Hondou Eisuke. *Main Plot*

431-432 (manga 511-514|V50F1-4): "Metropolitan Police Detective Love Story 7"

Movie 9: Strategy Above the Depths

449 (manga 535-537|V52F3-5): "Metropolitan Police Detective Love Story - Fake Wedding" (1 Hour Special)

457-458 (manga 541-543|V52F9-11): Sonoko and Makoto development.

462-465 (manga 550-555|V53F7-V54F2): "The Shadow of the Black Organization" *Main Plot*

469-470 (manga 544-547|V53F1-4): Kaitou Kid.

472-473 (manga 570-573|V55F6-9): Kaitou Kid + significant main character development.

Movie 10: The Private Eyes' Requiem

479 (manga 559-566|V54F6-V55F2): Heiji case. (2 Hour Special)

484-485 (manga 582-584|V56F7-9): Eisuke development. *Main Plot*

487 (manga 576-578|V56F1-3): "Metropolitan Police Detective Love Story 8: The Left Hand's Ring Finger" (1 Hour Special)

490 (manga 518-522|V50F8-V51F1): Heiji case. (1 Hour Special)

491-504 (manga 585-590,595-609|V56F10-V57F4,V57F9-V59F1): "Clash of Red and Black" (longest Black Organization arc to date by far) *Main Plot*

Movie 11: Jolly Roger in the Deep Azure

507-508 (manga 619-621V59F11-V60F2): Eisuke development. *Main Plot*

509-511 (manga 622-624,638-640|V60F3-5,V61F8-10): Introduces Okiya Subaru (awesome to the max). Also, some Black Organization info. *Main Plot*

Magic Kaito 1412 ep. 21: Crossover with DC 515. Lots of repitition between the two, so watch whichever you like more first.

515 (manga 631-634|V61F1-4): Kaitou Kid. (1 Hour Special)

516-517 (manga 613-618|V59F5-10): Heiji case. Also introduces Yamato Kansuke and Uehara Yui. (516 is 1 Hour Special)

Movie 12: Full Score of Fear

521-525 (manga 635-637,646-654|V61F5-7,V62F5-V63F2): Major development for the main characters (and Heiji is part of it this time). (521 and 522 are 1 Hour Specials) *Main Plot*

532-535 (manga 667-673|V64F4-10): Development for Superintendent Matsumoto, Takagi, and Sato.

537-538 (manga 674-676|V64F11-V65F2): Kaitou Kid.

542-543 (manga 664-666|V64F1-3): Subaru development. *Main Plot*

557-561 (manga 680-686|V65F6-V66F1): Some character stuff for some of the main characters, introduces Morofushi Takaaki, and some Inspector Yamato and Uehara development.

563-564 (manga 677-679|V65F3-5): Big FBI and Black Organization goings on. *Main Plot*

568-569 (manga 687-689|V66F2-4): Inspector Shiratori and Kobayashi-sensei development.

Movie 13: The Raven Chaser

573-574 (manga 693-695|V66F8-10): Heiji case.

578-581 (manga 699-704|V67F3-8): Subaru and Jodie development, and some Black Organization activity. *Main Plot*

583-585 (manga 705-708|V67F9-V68F1): Inspector Shiratori and Kobayashi-sensei development.

586-587 (manga 712-715|V68F5-8): Kaitou Kid. (note: the latter half of 585 is actually part of this arc)

592-593 (manga 716-718|V68F9-11): Ran development.

610-613 (manga 734-740|V70F5-11): Heiji case.

616-621 (manga 743-752|V71F3-V72F1): "Holmes’ Revelation" (major main characters development) *Main Plot*

622-623 (manga 753-755|V72F2-4): Haibara and Subaru development. *Main Plot*

624 (manga 741-742|V71F1-2): Introduces Miike Naeko.

Magic Kaito 1412 eps. 9-11: Lead-in to DC 627-628 followed by those episodes from Kid's perspective. Regardless of how some of the other crossovers may be, this one is entirely meant for Magic Kaito to come before DC. The manga chapters these were based on were actually released as a lead-in to the Detective Conan chapters the DC episodes were based on, and it makes a lot less sense without that lead-in.

627-628 (manga DC731-733|V70F2-4 [prologue MK29-30|V5C1-2]): Kaitou Kid.

Magic Kaito 1412 eps. 3, 7, 8, 12-15, 17-20, 22-24 can be watched whenever you want.

Movie 14: The Lost Ship in the Sky

646-647 (manga 768-770|V73F6-8): Introduces Sera Masumi. *Main Plot*

648-650 (manga 771-774|V73F9-V74F1): Sera development. *Main Plot*

Movie 15: Quarter of Silence

651 (manga 778-780|V74F5-7): Heiji case. Also some Sera development. (1 Hour Special) *Main Plot*

652-655 (manga 781-786|V74F8-V75F2): Heiji case. Introduces Yonehara Sakurako.

656-657 (manga 775-777|V74F2-4): Sera and Subaru development. *Main Plot*

659-660 (manga 790-792|V75F6-8): Detective Chiba and Miike development.

667-668 (manga 793-795|V75F9-11): Introduces Amuro Tohru. *Main Plot*

671-674 (manga 796-800|V76F1-5): "Detectives' Nocturne" (major development for Subaru, Sera, and Amuro, and some Black Organization) *Main Plot*

675-676 (manga 801-803|V76F6-8): Some mild Sera development and Black Organization build up. *Main Plot*

681-683 (manga 804-808|V76F9-V77F2): "The Life-Threatening Broadcast of Love" (major development for Sato and Takagi and lesser development for Sera and Amuro) *Main Plot*

684-685 (manga 809-811|V77F3-5): Haibara and Subaru development. *Main Plot*

690-691 (manga 812-814|V77F6-8): Subaru, Sera, and Conan's dad development. *Main Plot*

Movie 16: The Eleventh Striker

699-700 (manga 815-817|V77F9-11): Haibara and Sera development with a bit of important Subaru and Amuro; build up for the following big event. *Main Plot*

701-704 (manga 818-824|V78F1-7): "The Pitch Black Mystery Train"; big Black Organization event AND Kaitou Kid at the same time. If that is somehow in some universe not enough for you, it has important development of varying degrees for Haibara, Conan's mom, Shuuichi, Subaru, Sera, and Amuro. *Main Plot*

705-706 (manga 825-827|V78F8-10): Some followup with some plan details and Amuro. *Main Plot*

710-715 (manga 831-840|V79F3-V80F1): Heiji case.

722-723 (manga 841-843|V80F2-4): A bit of Amuro and Subaru development. *Main Plot*

724-725 (manga 828-830|V78F11-V29F2): Kaitou Kid.

727-728 (manga 844-846|V80F5-7): Slight Sera development. *Main Plot*

731-732 (manga 847-849|V80F8-10): Introduces Haneda Shuukichi, a bit of development for Yumi, and a tiny bit of Chiba and Miike. *Main Plot*

734 (manga 850-852|V80F11-V81F2): Some Black Organization with a bit of Jodie development. (1 Hour Special) *Main Plot*

Movie 17: Private Eye in the Distant Sea

740-741 (manga 856-858|V81F6-8): Minor Sera development.

744-745 (manga 859-861|V81F9-11): Some Makoto and significant Sera development. *Main Plot*

746-747 (manga 862-864|V82F1-3): "Kaitou Kid VS Kyogoku Makoto"

748-749 (manga 869-871|V82F8-10): "Metropolitan Police Detective Love Story [9]"

754-756 (manga 872-875|V82F11-V83F3): Sera development and introduces Sera's sister from outside the territory. *Main Plot*

759-760 (manga 876-878|V83F4-6): Sera and Sera's outside sister development. *Main Plot*

763-764 (manga 879-881|V83F7-9): Heiji case.

770-771 (manga 888-890|V84F6-8): Amuro development. *Main Plot*

772-773 (manga 882-884|V83F10-V84F2): Shinichi case.

779-783 (manga 891-898|V84F9-V85F5): The "Scarlet" series. A Black Organization-related series with big development for Amuro, Subaru, and basically all of the FBI characters of any significance. *Main Plot*

Movie 18: Dimensional Sniper

785-786 (manga 899-902|V85F6-9): Haneda Shuukichi and Yumi development, plus a bit of Subaru and Sera's outside sister. *Main Plot*

787-788 (manga 903-905|V85F10-V86F1): Some Sera and Sera's outside sister development. *Main Plot*

792-793 (manga 906-908|V86F2-4): Some Black Organization info. *Main Plot*

808-809 (manga 909-912|V86F5-8): Heiji case.

810-812 (manga 913-917|V86F9-V87F2): Introduces Kuroda Hyoue, plus some development for Yamato, Uehara, and Morofushi. *Main Plot*

814-815 (manga 918-920|V87F3-5): Kuroda development.

Movie 19: Sunflowers of Inferno

822-823 (manga 925-927|V87F10-V88F1): Some Kuroda followup.

827-828 (manga 928-930|V88F2-4): Sera, Shukichi, and Sera's outside sister development. *Main Plot*

830-832 (manga 931-935|V88F5-9): Heiji case.

836-837 (manga 936-938|V88F10-V89F1): Amuro, Sera, and Shuuichi development. *Main Plot*

843-844 (manga 939-941|V89F2-4): Tiny hints related to Sera's outside sister.

847-848 (manga 942-944|V89F5-7): Detective Chiba and Miike development. There is also a lot of random recap for little details from the main plot, in case you need a refresher.

849-850 (manga 945-947|V89F8-10): Yumi development, plus contains some really important background on Haneda Shuukichi if you look really closely. Also relevant to Shuuichi. *Main Plot*

853-854 (manga 921-924|V87F6-9): Shinichi case.

861-864,866,867 (manga 948-957|V89F11-V90F9): Black Organization setup with some Subaru, Amuro, Sera, and Sera's outside sister development. *Main Plot*

Movie 20: The Darkest Nightmare

872-874 (manga 958-962|V90F10-V91F3): Heiji case. Introduces Ooka Momiji. Also a very brief follow up for Ran from episodes 866-867 that doesn't give any new information nor turn into anything and is ultimately just a handwave, if you're into that and really can't wait to see it.

878-879 (manga 969-971|V91F10-V92F1): Sera development. *Main Plot*

881-882 (manga 972-974|V92F2-4): Shinichi case, with development for Sera, Shuuichi, et al. *Main Plot*

885-886 (manga 981-983|V92F11-V93F2): Heiji and Amuro case. Introduces Iori Muga. And some Momiji development.

887-888 (manga 963-965|V91F4-6): Kaitou Kid.

889-890 (manga 966-968|V91F7-9): Introduces Wakasa Rumi. *Main Plot*

894-895 (manga 975-977|V92F5-7): Introduces Wakita Kanenori. *Main Plot*

896-897 (manga 978-980|V92F8-10): Rumi-sensei development. *Main Plot*

909-910 (manga 987-989|V93F6-8): Kuroda and Rumi-sensei development. *Main Plot*


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