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Episode 25
TV Episode 25
Title: The False Kidnapping and Hostage Case
Japanese title: 偽りの身代金誘拐事件

(Itsuwari no Minoshirokin Yūkai Jiken)

Broadcast rating: 16.2%
Filler case: #7
Original airdate: July 22, 1996
Season: 1
Manga source: TV Original
Cast: Conan Edogawa

Ran Mouri
Kogoro Mouri
Inspector Megure

Case solved by: Conan Edogawa
Next Conan's Hint: Scuba gear
Director: Kenji Kodama
Screenplay: Yuuichi Higurashi
Storyboard: Masato Sato
Episode director: Masato Sato
Animation director: Akio Kawamura
Opening song: Mune ga Dokidoki
Closing song: STEP BY STEP
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Conan Edogawa Conan Edogawa Ran Mouri Ran Mouri Kogoro Mouri Kogoro Mouri Juzo MegureJuzo Megure


Situation []

Kogoro and Megure are tasked with a critical case that involves the kidnapping of a girl named Naoko Takei, who is being held hostage in a van near a warehouse by the harbor. When the group plus Ran, Conan and Naoko's father Katsuhiko Takei approach the van, however, the kidnapper panics and drives the van into the sea itself, killing both Naoko and themself. It turns out Naoko was a classmate of Shinichi and Ran, and as Megure asks Ran about her, Conan thinks of how she was an awkward and quiet "lonely rich kid".

In the following days, Conan befriends a young woman named Akiko Hanai, who works as both Takei's secretary and Naoko's former caretaker. As he gathers information, he realises that Mr. Takei had more than one enemy thanks to his corrupt business tactics... and that there's a slim chance that Naoko may be still alive. But he has to be very fast and careful if he wants to uncover the truth and save her.

Ransom Kidnapping

EP25 Case

Location: Takei household
Victim: Naoko Takei
Suspects: Unknown kidnapper
A dramatic chase leaves two people dead…or does it? What does a diving watch, a sun tan and five million dollars add up to? Another tough case for Conan. Can Conan put it all together before the kidnappers make their next move?

People []

Resolution []

The kidnapper is Akiko Hanai. 20 Years ago, Mr. Takei drove a fellow businessman to bankruptcy and then to insanity; he killed his wife and younger son Masahito and then himself, leaving his eldest daughter alone. She was adopted by her relatives, who changed her birth name; when she grew up, deciding to look for Takei and work for him under this new identity, to keep an eye on the man who ruined her life.

Akiko kidnapped Naoko after an outing and then faked her own death as well as the girl's, to prove Takei's affection for his child. Naoko never was held hostage in the van: Akiko played the role of both the kidnapper/driver and the victim, and drove the van into the sea to fake her and Naoko's deaths. When they were speaking, Conan noticed that at some point Akiko pinched her nose in a strange manner -- to unclog her nose and ears after taking said "dive" and resurfacing too fast afterwards. He also saw that she was quite tanned save for her wrist, where she likely had a special wristwatch used by divers.

Later, Akiko contacts Takei and, still hiding her identity, tells him that Naoko is still alive, and that he should come alone to the same warehouse and bring five million dollars/yens if he wants to recover her. However, Takei uses false money as ransom; this enrages Akiko, and she decides to kill him as punishment via dousing him in gasoline and then gets ready to burn him to death. As she does so, she reveals her identity to Takei and adds that she would've released Naoko without even taking the ransom, had Takei cared enough for his child to use real money. Conan, who greatly reminds Akiko of the deceased Masahito, appears and talks her out from her murder plans.

Naoko is soon found unharmed by the police, and brought to the presence of Akiko and Takei. She ignores her father when he calls out to her and goes towards Akiko instead, giving her a hug and saying that now she knows her reasons, and forgives her for everything.


  • Katsuhiko Takei Car Driver Name Mercedes-Benz 500 E [W124]
  • Akiko Hanai kidnapped car is a 1993 Toyota TownAce & Drive Mercedes-Benz 600 E [W124].

BGM listing[]

# Song Title Romaji Translation OST
1 胸がドキドキ Mune ga Dokidoki The Pounding of My Heart Mune ga Dokidoki
2 緊迫 Kinpaku Tension Detective Conan Original Soundtrack 2
3 脅迫 (パート2) Kyōhaku (Pāto 2) Threat (Part 2) Detective Conan Original Soundtrack 2
4 沈む夕陽 (アコースティックver.) Shizumu Yūhi (Akōsutikku ver.) Depressing Sunset (Acoustic ver.) Detective Conan Original Soundtrack 2
5 犯人のアジト (忍び込みver.) Hannin no Ajito (Shinobikomi ver.) The Culprit's Hideout (Creeping In ver.) Detective Conan Original Soundtrack 2
6 蘭のテーマ (優しさver.) Ran no Tēma (Yasashisa ver.) Ran's Theme (Gentle ver.) Detective Conan Original Soundtrack 2
7 沈む夕陽1 Shizumu Yūhi 1 Depressing Sunset 1 Detective Conan Original Soundtrack 2
8 事件現場2 Jiken Genba 2 Scene of the Case 2 Detective Conan Original Soundtrack 2
9 事件現場3 Jiken Genba 3 Scene of the Case 3 Detective Conan Original Soundtrack 2
10 沈む夕陽2 Shizumu Yūhi 2 Depressing Sunset 2 Detective Conan Original Soundtrack 2
11 沈む夕陽1 Shizumu Yūhi 1 Depressing Sunset 1 Detective Conan Original Soundtrack 2
12 緊迫 Kinpaku Tension Detective Conan Original Soundtrack 2
13 コナンのテーマ (バラード・ヴァージョン) Konan no Tēma (Barādo・Vājon) Conan's Theme (Ballad ver.) Detective Conan Original Soundtrack 1
15 蘭のテーマ Ran no Tēma Ran's Theme Detective Conan Original Soundtrack 1


See also[]


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