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.

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