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The Disappearance of Edogawa Conan TV Special in December, Mai Kuraki Providing Theme

Thanks to the new issue of Shounen Sunday, the two-hour anime special The Disappearance of Edogawa Conan ~The Worst Two Days in History~ finally has a rough airdate. This “special collaboration” project will air this December on NTV & YTV’s special Friday Road Show block.

Originally teased one year ago in December 2013, the plot of the special is a Conan-infused version of the 2012 Japanese comedy film Kagi Dorobo no Method (The Key Thief’s Method). Kenji Uchida, the director on the original film, collaborated with Gosho Aoyama to craft the crossover work that essentially works Conan and various characters in the series into the plot of the film, which originally involved a fall in a bathhouse that gave one of the primary characters amnesia—a role now assumed by Conan himself.

The special is to be directed by former Conan movie director Yasuichiro Yamamoto, who has worked on various projects for the franchise in his career. In addition to stints helming the TV series, he was also the director responsible for movies Magician of the Silver Sky in 2004 through the fourteenth movie The Lost Ship in the Sky in 2010. From there, he took on a supervising role for the fifteenth and sixteenth movies.

Additionally, Mai Kuraki will provide a special theme song for the occasion, entitled “Dynamite”. The song will first be found on her upcoming greatest hits album Mai Kuraki BEST 151A -LOVE & HOPE-due out on November 12. The release also includes a great deal of songs familiar to Conan fans, including “Secret of my heart”, “Time after time”, “TRY AGAIN”, “Revive”, and “always”.

Source: Baidu, AnimeNewsNetwork & Mai Kuraki Official Website

Magic Kaito 1412 Trailer, Details, and Themes Revealed

The premiere of Kaitou Kid’s all new anime series Magic Kaito 1412 is right around the corner, with the first episode hitting the airwaves on October 4th. The series will run concurrently with Conan for a total of 24 episodes.

Thus far, very little information has been released indicating what the series will cover. Whether we will see adaptations, re-adaptations of the old Kid manga cases, or anime originals is thus far unconfirmed although an adaptation of 2011’s two-part manga flashback story introducing the “Phantom Lady” seems primed for inclusion. It was also previously revealed that certain events from Kid’s appearances in Conan will be shown from his perspective as well this time around.

It was recently announced that the opening theme for the series is to be “Kimi no Matsu Sekai” by debut girl group LAGOON. Another new group, REVALCY, will be providing the ending theme, titled “WHITE of CRIME”. Both songs will be released as singles on November 26th. Unlike with Conan in which most artists until recently have been signed to Being GIZA, both of the aforementioned acts are represented by Sony Music Japan.

Lastly, broadcaster YTV’s official English portal now includes the following synopsis for potential international distribution partners:

Kaito Kuroba is a seventeen-year-old high school student who is an adept magician due to the influence of his father, Toichi Kuroba who died mysteriously. Eight years after his father’s death, Kaito discovers a secret room in his home that was set up by his father to reveal itself on that very day. Finding Kid the Phantom Thief’s gadgets and costume in the room, Kaito dons the disguise and decides to confront Kid who has recently resurfaced after his eight years of absence. Kaito discovers Kid to be Konosuke Jii, his father’s butler, who ascertains Toichi was the first Kid the Phantom Thief. Jii reveals he took on the role as Kid to lure out Toichi’s murderer. Upon learning that his father was murdered, Kaito continues the role of Kid the Phantom Thief as he searches for his father’s killer.

Thanks to Conan #1 and Skyechan for the tips!

Magic Kaito 1412 Voice Cast Revealed

magickaito1412voiceactorsannouncementThe upcoming anime series featuring Kaito Kid in the limelight recently had its final title revealed: Magic Kaito 1412. As previously reported, the series will premiere on October 4th at 5:30 PM on NTV/YTV just before and on the same channel as Detective Conan.

Little is known about the actual plot of the series thus far. What has been revealed is that not only will the usual Kid mainstays appear, including childhood friend Aoko, her father Inspector Nakamori, the witch Akako, and rival Hakuba, at least one other cameo has been confirmed: Conan himself will also be making appearances. One intriguing direction for future episodes was previously revealed when it was mentioned that Magic Kaito 1412 would be showcasing events featured in the Detective Conan anime and manga but from Kid’s perspective instead.

While many familiar faces to Magic Kaito fans will be returning in this series, most of the voice actors have been changed—presumably due to the change in production studios and the increased workload due to going from occasional appearances in Conan to an infrequent guest series and now to a full-time solo series. Kappei Yamaguchi, who has voiced both Shinichi and Kid in the Detective Conan anime, movies, and OVAs from the beginning, will be reprising the lead role. However, most of the other roles have been re-cast.

Aoko will now be voiced by newcomer Mao Ichimichi. Aoko’s role had first been filled by Minami Takayama—Conan’s own voice actress—during earlier appearances including in Conan‘s fourth OVA and in episode 219. Akako, who once was voiced by Haibara’s voice actress Megumi Hayashibara in the character’s showing in the Conan series, will be voiced in this new rendition by Eri Kitamura. Hakuba will also be returning, but the role has now been given to Mamoru Miyano. The character had originally been covered by Akira Ishida in his only movie appearance (The Private Eyes’ Requiem), as well as both episodes in which he appeared in Conan (episodes 219 and 479) and the bout of episodes he made appearances for the previous Magic Kaito series.

Source: Anime News Network

New Anime Themes Compilation Announced

The latest compilation of music from the anime series has been announced and collects opening and ending themes from the previous collection’s release in 2011 to now. Titled THE BEST OF DETECTIVE CONAN 5, the release will come in both a CD-only and a special CD and DVD package that features creditless versions of the included openings and endings.

The CD edition will retail for 3,200 yen, while the CD and DVD package will cost 3,600 yen. Both will be available beginning October 22nd in Japan.

Track listing order to be announced

  • Butterfly Core — VALSHE
  • Q&A—B’z
  • TRY AGAIN—Mai Kuraki
  • Kimi no Namida ni Konnani Koshiteru—Natsu Iro
  • Miss Mystery—BREAKERZ
  • Misty Mystery—GARNET CROW
  • Ima Aitakute—DAIGO
  • Kimi no Egao ga Nani Yori mo Sukidatta—Chicago Poodle
  • Hitomi no Melody—BOYFRIEND
  • Koi ni Koishite—Mai Kuraki
  • Overwrite—BREAKERZ
  • Kanashi Hodo Kyou no Yuhi Kirei da ne—grram
  • Your Best Friend—Mai Kuraki
  • Pilgrim—B’z

Source: Being GIZA

Detective Conan Opening Ratings: The Results!

The polls are closed on the community ratings for the Detective Conan anime openings and the results are in! Many of them were surprisingly close and had to be settled by tiebreakers (entries that received the most 5-star votes were given ranking preference).

See how your favorites and not-so-favorites did below:


We will open another poll seeking ratings in the near future. Keep an eye out, and thanks for participating thus far!

Detective Conan Movie Ratings: The Results!

Over the past several months, we have been soliciting votes for each of the Detective Conan movies as part of a community ratings initiative. The goal, as you might have guessed, was to get a concise view of how the international community feels about each of the films in the Conan catalogue. We now have the results and are ready to share them below!


We will continue garnering ratings from everyone on various Conan subjects, so please give your input when possible. We hope this will culminate in a nice project for the community. In the meantime, the poll for the Detective Conan openings is still open and accepting votes as we speak.

We extend our thanks to all who participated in this project!

Lupin Live Action Movie Opens August 30th

After first tackling playing Kudou Shinichi in the earlier Detective Conan live action specials, actor Oguri Shun is now taking on the role of Lupin the Third in the character’s latest foray into film.

lupinthethirdmovieposterThe high-budget movie follows the crossover Lupin the Third vs. Detective Conan that opened in December of last year in Japan and was the most successful film in either franchise’s history, making ¥4.25 billion ($41.2 million) and pulling in 3.55 million admissions. Whether this solo entry in live-action form can match or exceed those numbers is still to be determined.

This latest globe-trotting Lupin feature sports an international cast and was shot on-location in Japan, China, Singapore, Thailand, and the Philippines. It bears noting that Lupin was previously the subject of an earlier live action effort in the form of 1974’s offbeat attempt to bring the character to life Lupin the Third: Strange Psychokinetic Strategy.

Lupin the Third premieres August 30th in Japanese theaters and is expected to open in various international markets in the near future. You can see more and stay updated on the film on its official website

“Greed” (Anime Opening 38) Music Video Out Now

The song “Greed” by upstart Japanese rock band KNOCK OUT MONKEY currently serves as the opening theme to the Detective Conan anime series. You can view the official music video here on the band’s official YouTube channel but be advised it is not safe for work due to suggestive imagery. The music video is full length, allowing you to hear the full song instead of the condensed opening version.

The single, the band’s third, will be released on August 20th for 1,000 yen (roughly $10 USD). You may pre-order the single here on CDJapan.

Case Closed Volume 51 Available Now, Volume 52 in October

caseclosedvolume51Case Closed continues to be published regularly in North America and related territories, where they have now surpassed fifty volumes. Volume 51 went on sale July 8th and is available both in paperback and digitally from various retailers. Those interested in the physical version may purchase it from several vendors, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Booksamillion, and RightStuf, while the digital version is available from the VIZ website, Amazon Kindle, Nook, and the iTunes Book Store.

You can also pre-order Case Closed Volume 52 now on participating retailers for an expected release date of October 14, 2014.

Rate the Detective Conan Openings (Final Week!)

Along with seeking community ratings for the Conan movies, we’re also covering other Conan topics, such as the many openings for the anime! As with that initiative, we are rating each opening with the 5 star system, with applicable scores as follows: ✩, ✩½, ✩✩, ✩✩½, ✩✩✩, ✩✩✩1/2, ✩✩✩✩, ✩✩✩✩½, and ✩✩✩✩✩.

Below is a brief compilation video, along with a text listing for your votes beneath it. Refresh yourself on all of the openings and leave your vote in the comments here by registering or leave your vote as a reply to this topic on the forums. Only ONE WEEK remains to get in your votes, don’t miss out!

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