December 8, 2009

The Lost Ship in the Sky Revealed (Updated)

14th film based on Gosho Aoyama's manga opens in April with airship, jewel heist

The official website for the anime films based on Gosho Aoyama's Detective Conan manga has announced that the 14th film, Detective Conan: The Lost Ship in The Sky, will open in Japan on April 17. The website promises that Conan, a brilliant detective trapped in a child's body, will face his rival Kid the Phantom Thief in the new film. This is the first film in which Rikiya Koyama replaces Akira Kamiyaas the voice of the character Kogoro Mouri after Kamiyaleft the role in September.
In the film's story, Kid has his eyes set on the "Lady of the Sky" jewel aboard Bell 3, the largest airship in the world. However, a mysterious terrorist gorup called Red Shamu-neko has hijacked the airship itself, along with Conan and his allies Kogoro and Ran.
This year's Detective Conan: The Raven Chaser film set the franchise record for attendance and earned over 3.4 billion yen (about US$35 million). The first 12 films were seen over 25 million times in theaters.
Image © 2010 Gosho Aoyama/Detective Conan Production Committee
Update: Viz Media is releasing the original manga in North America under the name Case Closed, and FUNimation Entertainment shipped DVDs for the television anime adaptation and some of the earlier films.

October 27, 2009

Rikiya Koyama to Voice Detective Conan's Kogoro Mouri

Akira Kamiya replaced after 13 years; YamatoAki Sora's casts also updated

The official website for Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine serialization of Gosho Aoyama's Detective Conan (Case Closed) manga has revealed that Rikiya Koyama will replace Akira Kamiya as the voice of Kogoro Mouri in the anime.
Kamiya had announced on his official blog on September 18 that he would no longer play this major role in the television series. Kamiya had played the character of Kogoro — the character Ran's father and the private investigator who deals with the pint-sized Detective Conan — since the anime launched in 1996.
Rikiya Koyama
Update: In related news, Noriko Yume has replaced the original voice actress of the heroine Yuki Kodai, Youko Asagami, in the Uchuu Senkan Yamato Fukkatsu-hen revival of the Space Battleship Yamato space opera franchise. Author and Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara (Season of the Sun) is credited with the story.
Akita Shoten has posted a website with an updated cast list for the anime adaptation of Masahiro Itosugi's Aki Sora "line-crossing" manga. Shiho Kawaragi and Sayaka Kinoshita will play Aki and Sora respectively, replacing Eri Kitamura and Asami Imai from the drama CD's cast. Kana Ueda and Tae Okajima will play Nami and Kana, respectively.
Thanks, Evan Jacobson and dormcat.
Image © Gosho Aoyama/Shogakukan, YTVTMS

September 17, 2009

Detective Conan's Akira Kamiya to Leave Kogoro Mouri Role

Veteran voice actor apologizes to fans, creator, cast members, staff

Veteran voice actor Akira Kamiya has announced on his official blog on Friday morning that he will no longer play the major role of Kogoro Mouri in theDetective Conan (Case Closed) anime series. He said that he cannot discuss the reasons and other details, but humbly acknowledged fault in this situation.
Akira Kamiya
Kamiya then offered his apologies to all of the fans for this turn of fortune. He also offered his apologies to the manga creator Gosho Aoyama, lead voice actress Minami Takayama (Conan Edogawa), voice actress Wakana Yamazaki (Ran Mouri), voice actorKenichi Ogata (Hiroshi Agasa), the other members of the cast, the staff of APU Studio, the YTV network, and the publisher Shogakukan. Kamiya has played the character of Kogoro, the private investigator who deals with the pint-sized Detective Conan and the father of Ran, since the anime launched in 1996.
Image © Gosho Aoyama/ShogakukanYTVTMS
Update: More background information added.
Update: Kamiya added in a Saturday blog entry that despite media reports of trouble regarding compensation, the issue was unrelated to the ongoing issue of low compensation for television regular actors. Source: J-Cast News

July 17, 2009

Funimation Licenses 4 More Detective Conan Movies

The North American anime distributor Funimation is announcing at the Otakon convention in Baltimore today that it has licensed four of TMS Entertainment's Detective Conan films. The films are: Detective Conan: The Last Magician of the Century (1999), Detective Conan: Captured In Her Eyes (2000), Detective Conan: Count Down to Heaven (2001), and Detective Conan: The Phantom of Baker Street (2002). All four films are based on the main character from Gosho Aoyama's Detective Conan manga — a prodigy detective trapped in a seven-year-old's body.
Funimation will begin releasing the movies individually this winter. Viz Media has been releasing the manga in North America under the name Case ClosedFunimation is releasing the animated television version of Detective Conan under the name Case Closed as well, and it licensed the first two Detective Conan films: Case Closed The Movie: The Time Bombed Skyscraper (1997) and Case Closed: The Fourteenth Target (1998).
Image © Gosho Aoyama/Shogakukan • Yomiuri-TV • UNIVERSAL MUSIC • Sho-Pro • TOHO • TMS
Update: More background information added, and corrected date on Case Closed: The Fourteenth Target. Thanks, doubleO7.

February 2, 2009

Detective Conan, Yatterman's Timeslot Moves Announced

Fates resolved after news show replaces anime in coveted "golden time" slot

The official website for the anime adaptation of Gosho Aoyama's Detective Conan manga has announced on Monday that the television series will move from Mondays at 7:00 p.m. to Saturdays at 6:00 p.m. on April 4. The Yattermananime remake is also moving from Mondays at 7:30 p.m. to Sundays at 7:00 a.m.
Newspapers had reported in December that the Japanese broadcaster NTV would be launching an hour-long weekday news program at Conan and Yatterman's current timeslot. However, NTV's network of affiliates had been silent about the fate of Conan and Yatterman until now. Japanese fans had launched an online petition with over 1,200 entriescalling for Detective Conan to continue.
The schedule changes effectively end "Anime 7," the brand created to promote the back-to-back showings of Detective Conan and Yatterman in Japanese television's "golden time" slots in the evening. Keisuke Iwata, the head of rival TV Tokyo's AT-X animation channel and animation division,noted in his Wednesday lecture that many anime can no longer broadcast in "golden time" slots on key stations due to falling ratings.
Viz Media is releasing the original manga in North America under the name Case Closed, and FUNimation Entertainmentshipped DVDs for the television anime adaptation. Takashi Miike's live-action film adaptation of Yatterman will open in Japan on March 7, while the next Detective Conan film,Meitantei Conan: Shikkoku no Chaser (Detective Conan: The Raven Chaser), will open in April.
Images © Gosho AoyamaShogakukan • YTV • TMS © TatsunokoYomiuri TV 2008

Source: Anime News Network