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Detective Conan, Yatterman's Timeslot Moves Announced

posted on by Egan Loo
Fates resolved after news show replaces anime in coveted "Golden Time" slot

The official website for the anime adaptation of Gōshō 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 Yatterman anime 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 entries calling 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 Entertainment shipped 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.

Source: Saishin Anime Jōhō

Images © Gōshō Aoyama/ Shogakukan • YTV • TMS © Tatsunoko, Yomiuri TV 2008

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