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Detective Conan Anime Reveals 20-Part 20th Anniversary Project

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
TV anime special with kabuki actor Ichikawa Ebizō XI, real escape game, 20th film announced

This year's 49th issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine is revealing on Wednesday that the Detective Conan anime franchise will have a 20-part project to celebrate the anime's 20th anniversary. The 20th anniversary project is titled "20 Bullets."

The Detective Conan TV anime series premiered in January 1996, and the first anime film opened in Japan in April 1997. The 20th anniversary project is spanning the 20th anniversaries of both the TV anime and the anime film series.

The magazine is also revealing the first three parts of the project. The first part is a TV anime special. The "one hour two-part special" will feature guest star Ichikawa Ebizō XI, a famed kabuki actor. The special will feature Conan and Ebizō competing in a "detective recital contest." Ebizō will play himself in the special. The "Detective Conan TV Anime Special Conan to Ebizō: Kabuki Jū-hachi ban Mystery" (Detective Conan TV Anime Special Conan and Ebizo: Kabuki #18 Mystery) special will air in two parts on January 9 and January 16.

The second part is a real escape game at the OPA building in the Shinsaibashi district of Osaka. The game is titled "Shinsaibashi Chocolate Satsujin Jiken" (The Shinsaibashi Chocolate Murder Case). The event will include three different games that players can experience: "Police Legwork," "Secret Room Murder On-site Inspection," and "Household Search of the Enemy Hideout." The real escape event will start on December 12. A permanent Detective Conan store will also open in the same building on the same day. Ticket information is available on the event's website.

The third part is the announcement of the 20th anime film that will open in spring 2016. The official website for the anime film series will stream a promotional video starting on November 4 at 10:00 a.m. (November 3 at 8:00 p.m. EST). The film will have a limited amount of "black visual leaflets" available in TOHO theaters in Japan starting on November 7, and the leaflets will reveal a secret about the film. The first 2016 issue of Weekly Shonen Sunday will reveal the film's subtitle and an illustrated poster when it goes on sale on December 12.

The 19th film in the series, Detective Conan: Sunflowers of Inferno, opened in Japan on April 18.

Future issues of Weekly Shonen Sunday will reveal more details about the already announced parts of the "20 Bullets" project, as well as what the other 17 projects will be.

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