Time-Travelling Detective Conan Manga Gets Promotional Video

posted on by Jennifer Sherman

Shogakukan released a new series of Detective Conan manga books on Wednesday that explore Japan's history. The publisher began streaming a promotional video for the books last week.

In the 12-volume series, Conan Edogawa and friends help "Time Drifter" children who travel back in time. The "history entertainment manga" includes an adventure story that educates readers about Japan's history from ancient times to the present. Other Detective Conan characters such as Kogorō Mōri, Ran Mōri, and Kaito Kid also appear in the books.

Each volume features a standalone story that covers one historical period. The books are easy to understand so that readers as young as first grade in elementary school can enjoy them.

Shogakukan is releasing the series in four waves of three volumes each. Volumes 1, 2, and 8 shipped on Wednesday, and each volume costs 980 yen (about US$9). People who buy two volumes from the books already on sale or those (volumes 3,4, and 10) that will ship on December 22 can apply to receive a DB Badge-style pencil sharpener. The deadline to request a pencil sharpener is February 19.

Detective Conan creator Gosho Aoyama's assistant Eiichi Yamagishi and Muneo Saitō are responsible for the Nipponshi Tantei Conan (Japanese History Detective Conan) manga.

The Detective Conan franchise revealed its 22nd anime film as Meitantei Conan Zero no Shikkōnin (Detective Conan: Zero's Executioner) on Wednesday. The film will center on Tōru "Zero" Amuro and open in Japan on April 13.

Source: Anime! Anime! (Kōtarō Nakase)

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