Magic Kaito 1412

Overall Rating: 9/10

**Quick disclaimer, while im writing this review I feel like it’s more an comparison to his counter show Detective Conan, many apologies**

Episodes: 24

Source: Manga

Genres: Romance, Adventure, Comedy

Premiered: Fall 2014


Just recently I have sort of been obsessed with Detective Conan lately, and one big part of the Detective Conan is Kaito Kid aka Kaito Kuroba.

In 2014, A-1 pictures released a 24 episode series about the mysterious character Kaito Kid that hardly anyone knows anything about.

Without furthur a do, Magic Kaito 1412.

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Snynopsis

Eight years after the mysterious death of his father, Kaito Kuroba, a slightly mischievous but otherwise ordinary teenager, discovers a shocking secret: the Phantom Thief Kaito Kid—also known as “The Magician Under the Moonlight”—was none other than his own father. The former thief was murdered by a criminal organization seeking a mythical stone called the Pandora Gem, said to shed a tear with the passing of the Valley Comet that comes every ten thousand years. When the tear is consumed, the gem supposedly grants immortality.

Vowing to bring those responsible for his father’s death to justice, Kaito dons the Phantom Thief’s disguise, stealing priceless jewels night after night to find the Pandora Gem before his enemies can use the power for themselves.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


My Opinion

We’ve seen many appearances of Kaito kid since 1997, many of them episodes being in the pair show Detective Conan. Do we really know much about this Theif? Well that’s where this series comes in!

Compared to the character design we got in the late 90’s Kaito looks more like himself then Shinichi Kudo, and even though Aoko does look similar to Ran Mouri, she also has her own character design.

The series starts off showing how Kaito became Kaito kid and the only reason he does what he does is to the find a Gem before others do, and I like that there is a whole series dedicated to this great character, and we get the back story but It wouldn’t be a great story without the addition of the conan group as from the episodes 16 and 21 and it is nice to see Sonoko’s insane Uncle joining the fray as well.

I am a big fan of this franchise and I have to say I love the side story which is so much different from all the murders I’ve seen solved in the last couple of months, its nice to get something different.

Even though I think this is a fantastic series, It isn’t as top notch as its side series Detective Conan.


Characters

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Kaito Kuroba is no dout Kaito kid, his childish nature and amazing talent as a magician he is able to become to the thief he is without being caught, as we’ve seen in the conan franchise a child’s mind is better than an adult’s and it definitely shown in this series!

Kaito Kuroba is a 17-year-old boy living in Tokyo, he is the son of the late Toichi Kuroba who was a world renown magician. Kaito become the Theif Kaito kid and let me tell you it was so nice to see the story of Kaito kid and its origins.

I can say for certainty that Katio is well and truly a pervert which adds to his childish nature, there is a scene in the first episode of him checking out what colour underwear Aoko was wearing. But even with this childish nature he is a nice person and hates to see them upset.

Aoko Nakamori is Kaito’s childhood best friend and is the daughter of Inspector Nakamori that we’ve met plenty of times in Detective Conan as he vows to capture kaito kid not knowing he lives RIGHT NEXT DOOR to him.

Aoko Nakamori is very beautiful for 17 and in early years has said to resemble her counter part Ran Mouri.

Unlike Ran, Aoko is more lady like and Plays the piano, and she’s actually very good, she gets embarrassed really easily you can see from the first episode she is teased for having white underware on when Kaito makes her reveal it to the class.

Much to our surprise, she hates Kaito Kid because what he does to her father, and she hates to see him hurt and making him work such long hours.

Jii is Kaito’s friend and used to be his dad’s assistant back in the day, he owns a billiards parlour called the Blue Parrot that doubles as the kid’s secret base and where he gets his inventions, which it is hinted heavily that Professor Agasa invents them but obviously doesn’t know it!

Jii is loyal to the Kuroba family which makes him an excellent ally

Hakauba Saguru is ANOTHER high school detective (honestly how many can japan have!!) unlike our boys Heji and Shinichi he is a total ladies man and he even asks Aoko to go out with them but also in the same sentence making a bet with Kuroba which sounds to me like he didn’t really care if he went or not.

Hakauba splits his time between London and japan and apparently has solved many more cases then Heiji Hattori (Osaka’s high school detective) not that’s actually been proven, in my eyes he’s a bigot and only cares about the fame and glory.

Akako Koizumi is stunnly beautiful and can say rivals that of Aoko and in the valentine’s episode she is adored by all of the boys in her class, she unfortunately can’t charm Katio and gets angry, Akako is actually a witch

In episode 5, it is revealed to her that Kuroba is Kaito kid, but he constantly tells her she’s mistaken despite her cold demeanour she has a softer side, we see her in many episodes going up against kaito.

The organisation are the antagonists of this series more than Hakabua and Akako. The Organisation with no connection to Conan’s Black organisation.

This organisation 8 years ago killed the first Katio kid Toichi Kuroba it seems their main game is to collect the gem called ‘The Pandora gem’ and use it for bad uses, they are seen many times trying to kill Kaito but never succeed, they even go far as to use assassins.

I personally think there less motivated then the black organization which makes them incredibly boring.


The Animation

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Kuroba and Aoko

Magic Kaito was released in 2014 and since we’ve only seen these characters in a secondary role in Detecive, conan being the first appearance back in 1997 (Episode 76 Detective Conan).

The character designs have very much changed as Kaito doesn’t resemble Shinichi all that much as he does in Conan to fool his friends, as this show is pretty much about him and his story. (even though conan and others are in other episodes).

The animation for this is definitely top-notch for the magic that happens to make this series a good one.


The Story

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Kaito Kuroba is a magician that takes after his famous father Toichi Kuroba who died 8 years prior to the story. Kaito attends Ekoda High school in Tokyo with his Childhood best friend Aoko Nakamori.

The story starts right at the beginning of Kaito’s journey as Kaito kid, He discovers that his father was murdered by a mysterious group after a special gem that could also be interpreted as ‘The Phillophers stone’ but was given the name ‘The Pandora gem’.

in episode 4 we meet ANOTHER High school detective and that makes 3-4 high school detectives that i seem that is too over the top and that the Police shouldnt be reliying on them so much.

In episode 5 we meet a woman that can do actual magic, now with the show being about tricks and illusions, it’s strange we get a storyline that magic does exist, it doesn’t make sense to bring that into the story.

Most episodes are the same and some are different. In episode 6 Shinichi finds out about kaito kid but that isn’t the way it’s shown in the partner show, and they seem to be making a lot of different story lines which i do find quite annoying and I wish they would just keep the timelines as one.

The story has many twists and turns and it even ends on an abrupt note and we dont get the full scope of the story and leaves us with more awnsers then questions


My Favourite Episode

Aoko Nakamori’s Birthday!

My favourite episode has to be episode 2!

When I first watched this series, I would have never thought that Aoko could be Inspector Nakamori’s daughter, as the only time I’ve ever seen him was making a total fool of himself trying to capture Kid (kaito)

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What is so beautiful about this episode is that he rushes to celebrate the last few minutes of Aoko’s birthday and sets up a display for her on the side of the building right in front of her bedroom window (if that isn’t love what isn’t, am I right? Lol)

1 Comment

  1. Not surprised there is a lot of comparison art. Considering that as you pointed out detective conan originated from kaito kid. I did give this show a shot back in 2014/15, when it was first airing. I pretty much dropped the epi reviews I was doing.

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