December 23, 2010

Aoyama’s Acting Debut in “Aibou”; Conan’s 2011 New Year Greetings

Detective Conan’s author, Aoyama Gosho, is making his acting debut!

As many fans probably know, Aoyama Gosho frequently visits different places to gather ideas and background information for his manga series Detective Conan. This time, it appears that while gathering information on the set of TV Asahi’s popular drama “Aibou”, Aoyama spoke to the staff and eventually decided to make his acting debut. He plays a forensic identification specialist in the New Year’s Day special episode of the series, which will air at 9:00pm on Jan 1, 2011.

Aibou: Season 9
Interestingly, Aoyama Gosho and Mizutani Yutaka, who plays the protagonist

December 21, 2010

[Insider!] New Affiliate

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December 10, 2010

Detective Conan OP #30 “tear drops” [Updated]

Detective Conan’s new opening theme song has been announced!

The 30th opening theme song of the Detective Conan anime, entitled “tear drops”, is a song from the debut single of a new five-member all-girls group, Caos Caos Caos. The song will be used in the anime from 8th Jan 2011, while the single will be released on 23rd February 2011.

Update A two-minute preview of the song:

December 8, 2010

Detective Conan ED #37 “Fifteenth Night Crisis ~I Miss You~” [Updated]

The 37th ending theme song of the Detective Conan anime has been announced!

Hundred Percent Free’s new single “Juugoya Crisis ~Kimi ni Aitai~”, or “Fifteenth Night Crisis ~I Miss You~”, will be the 37th ending theme song of the Detective Conan anime. The single will be released on 26th Jan 2011, while the song will be used in the anime from 08th Jan 2011.

Update Here are the covers of this single:

Detective Conan Cover

Hundred Percent Free Cover

December 6, 2010

Detective Conan 2011 New Year Greeting Cards

Detective Conan has released a series of New Year greeting cards for 2011:

If you’re in Japan, be sure to get one of these and send it to your friends and family!

Images ©

December 5, 2010

Detective Conan Movie 15: Quarter of Silence

The 15th Detective Conan movie has been revealed!

A poster of the 15th Detective Conan movie, Quarter of Silence, was bundled with this week’s Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine:

The tagline of the 15th movie is “We will survive, definitely…” This time, Shizuno Koubun will be directing the movie while Yamamoto Yasuichirou, who directed the 8th to 14th Detective Conan movies, will act as the chief director. Not coincidentally, the 15th Detective Conan movie installment’s Japanese title literally translates to “15 minutes of silence.”

Visit dcfc Movie 15 page for more information on this movie.

Detective Conan: Quarter of Silence will open in Japanese theaters on April 16th, 2011.

Source:  dcfc | Detective Conan Fan 

December 4, 2010

Detective Conan: Quarter of Silence Revealed, New Precure Teaser

The official website for the anime films based on Gosho Aoyama's Detective Conan manga has confirmed that the 15th film, Detective Conan: Quarter of Silence, will open in Japan on April 16, 2011. The story begins with a threat against the Tokyo governor, but Conan's quick thinking prevents any fatalities when a subway tunnel is blown up. Conan learns there may be a connection to a village that was relocated for the construction of a dam, and he races to stop the criminal before the next attack.
The website is streaming a teaser trailer. (In the linked page, select the "Trailer 特報" button on the bottom.) The Detective Conan anime franchise is celebrating its 15th anniversary.
Toei Animation began streaming the second teaser trailer for the Eiga Precure All-Stars DX3 Mirai ni Todoke! Sekai o Tsunagu Niji-Iro no Hana (Precure All-Stars DX3: Deliver the Future! The Rainbow-Colored Flower That Connects the World) film. (In the linked page, select the "特報2" button on the right.)
Like the two previous Precure All-Stars DX magical girl films, the new film will combine the casts of all the Pretty Cure (Precure) television series to date. This 10th Precure film will open in Japan on March 19, 2011.

Thanks to skyechan for the news tip.

Image © 2011 Gosho Aoyama/Detective Conan Production Committee
© 2011 Eiga Precure All-Stars 3 Production Committee

Source: Anime News Network

December 2, 2010

Detective Conan - Anime Schedule: December 2010

Anime Schedule: December 2010

Dec 25, 2010
Manga: Vol. 69 Files 01-03

Dec 18, 2010
Manga: Vol. 69 Files 01-03

Dec 11, 2010
Type: Anime Original

Dec 04, 2010
Manga: Vol. 69 Files 04-06

November 9, 2010

Detective Conan Anime & Movies: 15th Year Anniversary

The Detective Conan anime and movies celebrate their 15th year anniversary next year!

The first episode of Detective Conan aired on 08 January 1996. In the blink of an eye, the Detective Conan anime is now approaching its 15th year of airing. Similarly, the 15th Detective Conan movie will open next year. Hence, 2011 will be the 15th year anniversary for both the television anime and the Detective Conan movies.

To celebrate this occasion, a special Detective Conan website has been set up. The website (in Japanese only) contains congratulatory messages from celebrities and a list of recommended episodes chosen by the main characters’s voice actors and actresses. In addition, a series of six videos entitled “Conan vs. Suwacchi Special Talk” will be available on the website. The videos will be added one per week on Saturdays. The first video showed an interview with Suwacchi (Suwa Michihiko), the chief producer of the Detective Conan anime, and a puppet Conan:

Here are links to the pages on the website (Japanese only):

Besides the special website, previously aired episodes of Detective Conan will also be available on online Japanese video sites. While the first episode is available for free, the other episodes are priced from 336-420 yen in sets of four episodes each. Episodes that aired in 1996 (episodes 01-42) will be available this year, while episodes that aired from 1997-1999 will be available next year.

October 31, 2010

Detective Conan’s Author Draws Popular Character From “Black Lagoon” [Updated!]

Detective Conan’s author Aoyama Gosho draws Revy, a main character of the series Black Lagoon.

Black Lagoon is serialized in Sunday GX, a monthly manga magazine published by Shogakukan, which also publishes Shonen Sunday (the magazine that serializes Detective Conan). In accordance with the 10th year anniversary of Sunday GX, a special collaboration has been made between the author of Detective Conan and Black Lagoon. Aoyama’s drawing of Revy, Black Lagoon’s highly popular character, will be bundled as a poster with the October issue of Sunday GX.

Update: Here is part of Aoyama’s drawing:
Image © Aoyama Gosho, Monthly Sunday GX
Credits: Scanned by Mihuakuaibao

For comparison, here’s the cover of volume 01 of the Black Lagoon manga, with Revy on it:
Cover of volume 01 of the Black Lagoon manga with Revy on it

Black Lagoon’s story follows a team of mercenaries known as the Lagoon Company, which smuggles goods around the Southeast Asian seas during the early 1990s. Their base of operations is located in the fictional city of Roanapur in Thailand, and they transport goods in a torpedo boat named “Black Lagoon”. (Edited from Wikipedia’s summary)

September 10, 2010

Detective Conan ED #36 “Tomorrow is the last Time”

The 36th ending theme song of the Detective Conan anime will be Kuraki Mai’s new song “Tomorrow is the last Time”, which will be used from 18th September 2010.

The song is included in Kuraki Mai’s upcoming 9th album, “FUTURE KISS”, which will be released on 20th October 2010.

Update The release date of this album has been pushed back to 17th November 2010.
Limited Edition

Normal Edition
Tracks list:
  2. wana
  3. Revive (Detective Conan’s 25th opening theme song)
  4. Watashi no, shiranai, watashi. ~precious ver.~
  5. SUMMER TIME GONE (Detective Conan’s 29th opening theme song)
  6. I scream!
  7. Drive me crazy
  8. I can do it now
  9. Beautiful~comfortable ver.~
  10. I promise
  11. sound of rain
  12. Tomorrow is the last Time (Detective Conan’s 36th ending theme song)
  13. anywhere

Update: Please click here for the lyrics & video of the 36th ending theme song.

sources: ytv, Kuraki Mai’s official website

Source: dcfc | Detective Conan Fan

September 8, 2010

Conan’s Twitter Exceeds 10,000 Followers

Edogawa Conan’s official Twitter account, started on 14th July this year, has exceeded 10,000 in its followers’ count!

A wallpaper made from a drawing of the ongoing London arc in the manga has been released to mark this special event:

Also, the fifth chapter of the London arc, File 747 “Holmes’ Code”, will be released on Shonen Sunday’s free online manga reading site Club Sunday this Friday (10th September). If you can read Japanese, be sure to check it out!

Sources: Conan’s Twitter account, Club Sunday

September 3, 2010

2011 Calendar; Ending Theme Song 36

The 2011 Detective Conan calendar will be on sale from October 2010!

Cover of the 2011 Detective Conan Calendar

2011 Detective Conan Calendar

>>Date of release: October 2010
>>Size: 45cm × 52cm, 7 sheets
>>Price: 1,680 yen

Also, the Detective Conan anime’s new (36th) ending theme song has been decided. It will be from the same singer of its recently changed opening theme song—Kuraki Mai. The popular Japanese singer’s new single “Tomorrow is the last Time” will be used and this will be the 5th time she sings an ending theme song for the Detective Conan anime.

The song will be used from 18th September, and the single’s release date is yet to be confirmed.

Source: dcfc | Detective Conan Fan

August 26, 2010

Volume 69 Tops Japanese Comic Book Sales; New Keyhole Image

Within a week of its release, the 69th Japanese volume of the Detective Conan manga has topped the charts for weekly Japanese comic book sales!

According to Oricon’s Japanese comic book rankings, the best-selling manga for the week of August 16-22, 2010 was Detective Conan’s 69th volume:
Detective Conan Volume 69
  • Author: Gosho Aoyama
  • Publisher: Shogakukan
  • Date of release: 18 Aug 2010
  • Price: 440 yen
  • Estimated number of copies sold this week: 330,262 copies
  • Estimated total number of copies sold: 330,262 copies
  • Last week’s rank: -
  • Highest rank: 1st place
  • Number of weeks on chart: 1 week
Here’s the keyhole character in this volume—the star player of the Spirits soccer team, Akagi Hideo.

Source: Oricon’s Japanese comic book rankings

August 25, 2010

Conan On Cover Of SS Issue 39; File 745′s Hint

“The brain of Japan goes out to the world!”

Conan is on the cover of this week’s Shonen Sunday issue!

August 15, 2010

Tombow’s Detective Conan Campaign

Have you ever wondered what Conan, Ran, the Detective Boys, Shinichi or Heiji would look like in a different school uniform?

For the summer of this year, Japanese school uniforms manufacturer and retailer Tombow will be running a special Detective Conan campaign. The tagline for this campaign (the yellow words in the image below) is, “You won’t see this in the manga or the anime: Conan in a tsume-eri school uniform!”

“Tombow School Uniforms x Detective Conan
The 2010 Summer Campaign Starts Now!”

“There is always only one truth.”

“For school uniforms, visit Tombow!”

August 5, 2010

Singer Rina Aiuchi to Retire

30-year-old cites health as partial reason; also sang on MÄRMonster Rancher, others

30-year-old singer Rina Aiuchi unexpectedly announced on Friday that she will be retiring from the entertainment world. Aiuchi delivered the news during a fan club-only concert in Osaka and said that she has decided to retire partly because of her health, with which she has experienced problems in the past. She plans to end her musical career with a concert at Amagasaki City in Hyōgo Prefecture on September 26. Her last album, appropriately titled Last Scene, will ship on September 15.
Aiuchi was born in Osaka on July 31, 1980, and she made her professional singing debut in 2000. She performed various songs for the Detective Conan (Case Closed) television anime series and movies, as well as MÄRMonster Rancher, and other television anime series.
Source: Sankei Sports via Tokyograph

July 25, 2010

New Shinichi & Ran Statues In Aoyama’s Hometown

Two new bronze statues of Shinichi and Ran have been created in Gosho Aoyama’s hometown.

Born in Hokuei town in Japan’s Tottori prefecture, Gosho Aoyama (47) has made a name for himself as a manga artist, with his most notable work being the Detective Conan series. On 20th July 2010, two new bronze statues of main characters Shinichi & Ran, a reproduction of a scene from the start of Detective Conan, were officially unveiled in the open space near the Gosho Aoyama Manga Factory, a museum in Aoyama’s hometown that celebrates his success.

The statue of Shinichi has a height of 130cm while the statue of Ran has a height of 120cm. Both statues cost a total of 6 million yen, or about 60,000 USD, to produce. The statues were based on a scene from volume 01 of the Detective Conan manga, where Shinichi talks about his dream of becoming a detective to Ran. The maker of the statues therefore hopes that this can become a place where young fans of the series gather and talk about their own dreams and ambitions.

Source: dcfc | Detective Conan Fan

July 14, 2010

Shōnen Sunday Issue No. 3000, Conan’s Twitter Starts

Shōnen Sunday celebrates its 3000th issue this week!

Started in 1959, Weekly Shōnen Sunday, the weekly shōnen manga magazine published by Shogakukan, has finally reached its 3000th issue! The Detective Conan manga has been serialized in Shōnen Sunday since 1994, and File 741 will be published on 14th July 2010 in the 3000th issue of the popular magazine.

To celebrate its 3000th issue, Shōnen Sunday will be giving out the following gifts to its readers:

1. Toshocard (prepaid card used at Japanese bookstores) with all the Shōnen Sunday characters: 

2. Quo card (prepaid card used at various shops in Japan) with self portraits of all Shōnen Sunday authors:

3. Detective Conan Toshocard:

4.Conan’s version of Tamagotchi iD

Besides special giveaways, Detective Conan’s Twitter will also start today (14th July) in accordance with the release of the 3000th issue. “Edogawa Conan’s Twitter Account” will pick up lines of dialogue from the Detective Conan manga and tweet them. Places where Tweets come from will vary between “Mōri Detective Agency”, “Teitan Elementary School”, “Agasa’s Residence” and the like. Occasionally, “secret tweets” which reveal hints about the Detective Conan manga’s storyline will also be tweeted. (Editor’s note: We’ll put up the news of such “secret tweets” if we see any!)

A special collection of comments from all of Shōnen Sunday’s current manga authors, aptly named “The Authors’ Tweets”, is also included in the 3000th issue of Shōnen Sunday. Gosho Aoyama’s line is: “When it’s issue number 4000, will I still be alive? (laughs)” (“4000号のとき、俺、生きてるかなぁ(笑)”). Considering the fact that Aoyama is 47 this year and the 4000th issue will be published about 20 years later, let’s hope for the best!

Source: Web Sunday news
Images © Shogakukan

Aoyama Gosho Draws Conan In France

Where did Gosho Aoyama, the author of Detective Conan, go to during his recent two-week break?
Yes, you guessed it, he went to France. On 6th July 2010, Gosho Aoyama went to support Japanese road bicycle racer Arashiro Yukiya in the 3rd stage of Tour de France, which spans 213 kilometers from Wanze (Belgium) to Arenberg (France). While the race was expectably a tedious one, Aoyama’s visit definitely seemed to have brightened up Arashiro’s day.

Arashiro and Aoyama

The next day, on 7th July, Aoyama attended a Detective Conan fan-meeting event named “Dedicace Gosho Aoyama”. The following video is a live recording of Aoyama drawing a portrait of Conan, and its title translates to “Dedication by Gosho Aoyama – Kana (Hall of Fnac – July 2010)”. (Kana is a French manga publisher and Hall of Fnac is the place where the event was held.)

While the chapter published right after his break, File 741, does not seem to contain any content related to his recent trip to France, we might just see some French-related content soon!

Source: dcfc | Detective Conan Fan

June 26, 2010

Det. Conan Anime Cited in Korean Teen Killing's Aftermath

The police in Seoul accused a gang of five teenaged dropouts of killing a fellow 15-year-old female gang member on June 12, and a boyfriend of one of the gang members allegedly suggested that they drain the body's blood to make disposal easier, in a manner inspired by the Detective Conan (Case Closed) anime. According to the police, the gang had kidnapped the victim, Kim Jeong, for four days before unintentionally killing her. The suspects' reported motive was the victim's gossip about the male gang leader's "very bad behavior." All of the suspects except the 19-year-old boyfriend (identified only by his family name Lee) are 15 years old.
Two English reports described the blood-draining's source of inspiration as manga, but Korean reports say the source was the Detective Conan anime which Lee had seen when he was in junior high school. (In the Korean language, the words for "anime" and "manga" are related.) In particular, the British website Metro included an image of an unrelated Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Tsumihoroboshi-hen manga volume in its article.

April 14, 2010

Shonen Sunday Mag Offers Detective Conan Anime DVD

This year's 20th issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine went on sale on Wednesday with a mail-away offer for a special Detective Conan: Kid in Trap Island original animation DVD. In this entirely new story produced specifically for the DVD, Conan leads a group of young detectives against the phantom thief Kaitō Kid, who has his eyes set on a jewel at a hotel on an isolated island.

Source: Anime News Network

March 6, 2010

Detective Conan, Shin-chan Film Trailers Streamed

14th Detective Conan film, 18th Crayon Shin-chan film to both open on April 17

The official website for the anime films based on Gosho Aoyama's Detective Conan manga has begun streaming the second 30-second teaser trailer and the full 95-second trailer for Detective Conan: The Lost Ship in The Sky on Saturday. Conan, a brilliant detective trapped in a child's body, will face his rival Kid the Phantom Thief (Kaitō Kid) in the new film. The 14th film in the franchise will open in Japan on April 17.
Not coincidentally, the Animax anime channel has scheduled a Magic Kaito television program on the movie's opening day, and there are retail listings for a Detective Conan x Magic Kaito manga volume at the end of this month. 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 group called Red Shamu-neko has hijacked the airship itself, along with Conan and his allies Kogoro and Ran. This is the first film in which Rikiya Koyama replaces Akira Kamiya as the voice of the character Kogoro Mouri after Kamiya left the role in September
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. Viz Media is releasing the original manga in North America under the name Case Closed, and FUNimation shipped DVDs for the television anime adaptation and some of the earlier films.
The website for the 18th Crayon Shin-chan anime film, Crayon Shin-chan: Chō Jikū! Arashi o Yobu Ora no Hanayome, has also begun streaming its second 30-second teaser trailer and full 100-second trailer on Saturday. For the first time in the series, the film will depict the future of the title character and his previously unseen bride, Tamiko. The film will open on April 17.
The publisher Futabasha revealed plans for a manga "sequel" to the original Crayon Shin-chan four-panel comedy manga this summer, even though the creator, Yoshito Usui, passed away in September. The television anime series version has also continued after Usui's passing.

Source: Saishin Anime Jōhō (link 2)
Image © 2010 Gosho Aoyama/Detective Conan Production Committee
© Yoshito Usui/Futabasha, Shinei, TV Asahi, ADK 2010

Source: Anime News Network

January 24, 2010

News: Lupin III vs. Detective Conan TV Special in the Works

Original story about treasure will unite popular manga thief, manga detective

This year's ninth issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sundaymagazine will announce on Wednesday that a "Lupin III vs. Conan" television special will bring together the most famous manga thief and one of the most popular manga detectives. An original story revolving around a treasure will unite the two heroes from Monkey Punch and Gosho Aoyama's manga stories for a "legendary match."
Source: 2ch
Update: Wednesday's Weekly Shonen Sunday issue has revealed that the special will air in March on NTV and Yomiuri TV's network of affiliates.