Interview with Gosho Aoyama in January

Ask Gosho dayAs has been the case in the last few years, Gosho Aoyama will once again be taking up some of his time during his Christmas and New Year holidays to answer several questions from fans surrounding the Detective Conan manga and his work in general. This annual encounter, the “Let’s Talk with Aoyama Gosho-sensei Day“, is set to be held on January 3rd, 2015 in the Gosho Aoyama Manga Factory located in Hokuei, Aoyama’s hometown, in the Tottori Prefecture.

Detective Conan Episode 754 Now Streaming on Crunchyroll; Full Simulcast Details Revealed

Detective Conan 754After a long wait, Detective Conan is finally making its simulcast debut! Episode 754—”The Tragedy of the Red Woman (Steam)”—is now available for viewing on Crunchyroll’s website, complete with English subtitles. To watch the episode, click here.

New episodes will be added every Tuesday at 3:00 PM EDT. Detective Conan episodes on the website are available in SD, 480p, 720p, and even 1080p (with HD options reserved for subscribers).  You may begin a free 14 day trial of their premium subscription service here, which costs $6.95 a month and includes HD and subtitled access to all of their anime offerings without any advertisements.

Given the great deal of speculation surrounding this point since the original announcement, we are pleased to confirm that the Crunchyroll subtitles do retain the original Japanese names, the Japanese episode order, and Japanese honorifics.

This is the first time in years that there has been an officially-subtitled Detective Conan episode, so should you wish to see the series become a success and continue indefinitely, please show your full support. Tell your friends that may be interested and consider adding a review for the series on Crunchyroll’s website.

Conan & Kindaichi DS Translation Subsite Open: Full English Release Expected in December

TestWe have long been preparing our translation for one of our most challenging and ambitious projects: a complete English localization of the Nintendo DS video game Detective Conan & Kindaichi Case Files: Chance Encounter of 2 Great Detectives.

We are nearly at the point where we can finally make it available to everyone to enjoy. The game has required more time than virtually any other endeavor we have ever tackled, with a script as long as all of the Detective Conan movies combined. Coupling that with disassembling all of the game data and reworking all of the game’s graphics into English has been a monumental task, but we are doing our best to meet everyone’s expectations.

For more information on the game, check out the new Conan & Kindaichi Subsite. There, you can learn how you will be able to play as well as check out screenshots and videos from the history of the project.

Our current estimated window for release is DECEMBER 2014. Stay tuned for more information as we continue working toward our targeted date and feel free to discuss the project on our forums in the designated discussion topic.

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Latest Detective Conan Episodes to be Simulcast Subtitled on Crunchyroll! [UPDATE]

Crunchy Roll Case ClosedAt long last, it has been announced that all new episodes of Detective Conan will be simultaneously streamed around the time of their Japanese airing on Crunchyroll. The episodes will be available to viewers in the United States and Canada, subtitled in English.

Their press release is reproduced below:

One of the announcements from Crunchyroll’s NYCC panel this morning was the addition of Case Closed, AKA Great Detective Conan. More information is coming, but for now you can get ready to add more whoddunnits to your weeks in the future with simulcast episodes of the long-running mystery anime.

Case Closed will be available in the United States and Canada.

Based on the Weekly Shonen Sunday manga by Gosho Aoyama—which has been serialized since 1994, racking up 85 volumes and counting along the way—the Case Closed anime series has quite the history behind it. It’s been running since 1996, and soon you’ll be able to catch the latest episodes on Crunchyroll.

UPDATE: A further post on the Crunchyroll website has clarified that they will only be streaming the latest simulcast episodes at this time, meaning back catalogue episodes are not currently included. It is currently unknown which episode count will be used (as the original Case Closed localization split specials into multiple half-hour parts and counted each as a separate episode), though it would stand to reason the Japanese episode numbers are most likely. It is likewise unconfirmed whether Crunchyroll will utilize the Case Closed dub names or not, but precedent suggests the Japanese names will remain intact.

As stated in the update, however, the exact start date has not yet been revealed:

And now for a title that many of you have been asking for, Case Closed, known in Japan as Detective Conan, will finally be making its simulcast debut here on Crunchyroll for members in the USA and Canada! Details on air times will be announced later, and we will be only streaming the simulcast episodes at this time.

Kayumi Iemasa, Voice Actor of James Black, Passes Away at 80

Kayumi Iemasa James BlackVoice actor Kayumi Iemasa, who portrayed a litany of iconic anime characters, passed away on September 30th at 80 years old. His career spanned decades, with performances as hundreds of recognizable characters in many, many successful series. Conan fans will recognize him as the voice of FBI head agent James Black, a role he performed from 2001 all the way to this year’s movie Dimensional Sniper. He also had a cameo role in the previous year’s crossover film Lupin the Third vs. Detective Conan: The Movie.

Unfortunately, it is expected that his performance in the eighteenth movie was his last recorded contribution to the Conan series.

Source: AnimeNewsNetwork

First Six Magic Kaito Episodes Confirmed: “Hustler vs. Magician” & “Black Star” Included

Magic Kaito 1-6 Episode ScheduleHot on its premiere one week ago, we now have confirmation of what to expect in the the first six episodes of the new Magic Kaito 1412 anime series:

Oct 4—Ep 1 / Based on Chapter 1
“The Revived Phantom Thief Kid”

Oct 11—Ep 2 / Based on Chapter 19
“Blue Birthday”

Oct 19—Ep 3 / Based on Chapter 13
“Hustler vs. Magician”

Oct 26—Ep 4 / Based on Chapter 15
“A Great Detective in Broad Daylight”

Nov 1—Ep 5  / Based on Chapter 6
“The Scarlet Temptress”

Nov 8—Ep 6 / Based on Chapters 23-24
“Black Star”

While almost all have been touched upon in the former Magic Kaito/Kid the Phantom Thief series, the third episode, “Hustler vs. Magician”, scheduled for October 19th will be seeing an adaptation for the first time.

The episode airing on November 8th entitled “Black Star” will be an adaptation of later chapters that were previously adapted as the first part of Detective Conan episode 219, a two hour special by the title “Gathering of the Great Detectives”.

Source: Baidu

Special thanks to Conan#1

Movie 18 Rental DVD Out Thursday, Retail DVD & Blu-ray Available November 26th & More News

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The eighteenth Detective Conan movie, Dimensional Sniper, that opened in Japanese theaters back in April and in other territories in the months since will be available at retail outlets on both DVD & Blu-ray beginning November 26th in Japan. However, the customary early rental period for the DVD version will begin this Thursday, October 2nd.

In accordance with past years, the retail version will be available in both standard and limited edition forms on both DVD & Blu-ray. The limited editions contain similar extras to past releases, including a special sleeve case and second bonus disc with unannounced extras. All four include a postcard featuring art from the movie drawn by Gosho Aoyama.

Magic Kaito Blu-ray Normal Edition CoverAccording to the same listing on Tsutaya, the first two of four tentatively-titled “Treasured Selections” will be issued on Blu-ray beginning December 26th and followed by two more on January 23rd. No further details are currently available as to what this entails, but early indications are they will feature select episodes from the TV series making their Blu-ray debut.

Lastly, the previously reported Blu-ray version of the earlier Magic Kaito anime series will be issued in a standard Blu-ray edition beginning October 17th. Unlike the previous pressing that was limited to 1412 copies and contained numerous extras, this set will contain only the episodes and will be priced at 11,412 yen.

Source: Tsutaya & Being GIZA

Thanks to bluesun for his contributions to this article

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!

New Magic Kaito Chapters in October, Conan Manga Goes on Hiatus

mkFollowing the announcement of a Magic Kaito anime series adaptation a few weeks ago, Shonen Sunday’s latest issue is reporting that a new Magic Kaito story spanning 3 chapters will be published in October from the 44th to the 46th issue of the magazine. This will be the first Magic Kaito story to be published in 3 years. The latest volume was released in 2007.

Consequently, Detective Conan will be going on hiatus for several weeks. After File 908’s publication next week, no new file will be released until the end of October.

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