Detective Conan Manga Gets New Live-Action TV Special

posted on by Egan Loo
High School Debut's Mizobata, Beck's Kutsuna return this spring as Conan, Ran

This year's 13th issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine is announcing on Wednesday that a new live-action television special adaptation of Gosho Aoyama's Detective Conan manga has been green-lit for this spring. The new special will retain the same cast as in last year's live-action special and subsequent series, including Junpei Mizobata (Hana-Kimi, 81diver, Shibatora, High School Debut) in the title role and Shiori Kutsuna (Mei-chan no Shitsuji, Beck, Gota Keshi: Jidan Kōshōnin Shirai Torajirō) as the heroine Ran. Tori Matsuzaka, Rei Okamoto, and Takanori Jinnai will also return as Conan's detective rival Heiji Hattori, Heiji's partner Kazuha Tōyama, and Ran's father Kogorō Mōri, respectively.

The new special is tentatively titled Meitantei Conan Drama Special: Kudō Shinichi Kyoto Shinsengumi Satsujin Jiken (Detective Conan Drama Special: Shinichi Kudō and the Case of the Kyoto Shinsengumi Murder). The original manga follows a brilliant detective trapped in a child's body, but the live-action spinoffs have been set before the manga, when the title character Shinichi "Conan Edogawa" Kudō was still a teenager. In the new special, Shinichi and Heiji compete to solve a murder at a Kyoto film studio.

Before Mizobata played Conan, there were already two previous specials with actor Shun Oguri (Hana Yori Dango, Hana-Kimi) in 2006 and 2007. To celebrate the 800th chapter of the original manga, Weekly Shonen Sunday is running a character popularity poll.

Viz Media will publish the 42nd manga volume under the title Case Closed in North America in April. Funimation released DVDs for the television anime adaptation and some of the anime films.

[Via Yaraon!]

Update: More information added.

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