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Detective Conan: Zero’s Tea Time

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Kennedy Unthank

TV Series Review

Even the most epic of criminal-punching detectives have to figure out what to do in their downtime. After all, life isn’t always gun fights and car chases.

That’s what Detective Conan: Zero’s Tea Time, an offshoot miniseries in the same universe as the nearly 1,000-episode Case Closed, explores.

Netflix’s six-episode series follows Rei Furuya as he lives his many different lives. In one life, he’s an ingenious private detective. In another, he’s a public security bureau agent for the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department. In yet another, he’s a simple café worker going by the alias Toru Amuro.

And though we do see Rei as he catches criminals, we’ll primarily watch what he does outside of delivering justice, such as taking care of the café or helping a child learn how to ride a bike. Of course, frequent references to Zero’s Tea Time’s parent show will cause the casual viewer ample confusion: It’s apparent that this spinoff is for those who are already fans of Case Closed.

But for those who have seen that show, or for those who want to view this miniseries anyway, they’ll be happy to hear that the content in it is minimal. Light violence is present, some profanity is occasionally used and one woman is seen bathing with visible cleavage. And as mentioned, though he’s in his downtime, Rei will still have to stop the occasional ne’er-do-well. But that’s to be expected in a day in the life of a crime-busting detective—no matter how quiet the rest of the day might be.

Episode Reviews

Apr. 5, 2022 – S1, Ep1: “TIME.1”

Rei Furuya is a man who wears many hats. In this episode, we watch as he takes on the role of Toru Amuro, a friendly worker at a coffee shop.

A woman talks about her prescription medication. Rei and another man shoot at a firing range.

Apr. 12, 2022 – S1, Ep2: “TIME.2”

Rei and his right-hand man, Yuya, chase after a criminal, and Rei encourages Yuya to improve his personal health habits.

People drink wine, and we see a couple people flambé using alcohol. A woman wears a dress that slightly reveals cleavage. A criminal tries to stab a man, and Rei punches the criminal in his abdomen. A man is implied to have been shot in a flashback.

“B–tard” is used once.

Apr. 19, 2022 – S1, Ep3: “TIME.3”

Rei catches a dangerous driver. Later, Rei and Yuya join together to eat curry.

A woman is seen bathing, and her cleavage is visible. (The camera intentionally focuses on her body while hiding her face.) She also drinks champagne.

A man crashes his car into a police officer on a motorcycle, breaking the officer’s arm. Rei uses the motorcycle to smash the man’s windshield. Rei and Yuya pray before a meal.

There is one use of “d–n.”

Apr. 26, 2022 – S1, Ep4: “TIME.4”

Rei races to catch a thief, and he also teaches a child how to ride a bike.

A man tries to steal a woman’s makeup bag. A child falls off his bike.

May 3, 2022 – S1, Ep5: “TIME.5”

Rei meets an unexpected visitor at the coffee shop, and he wonders what to do with a puppy.

A montage shows a car being wrecked repeatedly. A puppy rifles through garbage. The dog has cuts and bruises on its body from various dangers. The puppy is almost hit by a car.

May 10, 2022 – S1, Ep6: “TIME.6”

Rei takes his new puppy to get its shots, and he comes up with a name for it.

Rei and Yuya practice martial arts, and Rei slams Yuya onto the ground. A man attempts to steal an item, and he threatens to hurt a baby. The man throws the baby in its carriage at Rei (which Rei catches and keeps safe), and Rei takes the man down to the ground. Rei’s puppy smacks its head into a guitar. A man asks for an alcoholic drink.

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Kennedy Unthank

Kennedy Unthank studied journalism at the University of Missouri. He knew he wanted to write for a living when he won a contest for “best fantasy story” while in the 4th grade. What he didn’t know at the time, however, was that he was the only person to submit a story. Regardless, the seed was planted. Kennedy collects and plays board games in his free time, and he loves to talk about biblical apologetics. He doesn’t think the ending of Lost was “that bad.”

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