CJ 4DPLEX and Anime Expo have announced that the “first annual ‘4DX Anime Film Fest'” will be held at this year’s convention at Regal LA Live on July 3-4, 2019. The event will include 4DX screenings of the Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer, Mobile Suit Gundam 00 the Movie: A Wakening of the Trailblazer, and Mobile Suit Gundam NT anime films.
A 30-minute Q&A panel will follow the screening of Mobile Suit Gundam NT at 2:00 p.m. on July 4, 2019. Scriptwriter Harutoshi Fukui and English voice cast members Griffin Puatu (voice of Jona Basta) and Erika Ishii (Michele Luio) will participate in the panel. The event will mark the 40th anniversary of the anime series.
The Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer screening will be held on July 3, 2019 at 7:30 p.m., and the Mobile Suit Gundam 00 the Movie: A Wakening of the Trailblazer screening will be held on July 3, 2019 at 10:20 p.m. All of the screenings will be free with regular admission to the convention, but tickets will be required.
4DX screenings include effects such as motion-synchronized seats, fog, wind, rain, vibrations, and scents.
Anime Expo will be taking place July 4-7, 2019 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California.
This year’s 23rd issue of Shogakukan’s Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine has announced that Gosho Aoyama’s Detective Conan manga will take a four-issue break, from the 24th through 27th issues. Aoyama will conduct research during the hiatus.
The manga previously took two other one-month breaks from January to February 2019 and in the magazine’s 16th through 18th issues in March-April 2019. Aoyama also conducted research during those two breaks.
Weekly Shonen Sunday had previously noted that Meitantei Conan Zero no Tea Time (Detective Conan: Zero’s Tea Time), the spin-off manga series by Takahiro Arai centering on the character Tōru Amuro, will have new chapters when the main Detective Conan manga is on hiatus, and will not publish chapters of the manga otherwise.
This year’s combined 21st and 22nd issues of Shogakukan’s Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine has announced that Gosho Aoyama’s Detective Conan (Case Closed) manga will again inspire an anime film in 2020. The film will be the 24th film in the franchise.
Additionally, the June 2019 issue of Shogakukan’s Shōnen Sunday S magazine has published the final chapter of the manga adaptation of the 2010 anime film Detective Conan: The Lost Ship in The Sky. The manga launched in September 2018. Yutaka Abe and Jirō Maruden drew the manga. Yasuichiro Yamamoto is credited for the film’s direction, and Kazunari Kouchi is credited for the film’s screenplay. The film was the 14th film in the anime film series.
The June 2019 issue of Shōnen Sunday S also revealed that it will launch a manga adaptation of the franchise’s 22nd film, Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer, in the magazine’s July 2019 issue on May 25, 2019. Abe and Maruden will again draw the manga. Yuzuru Tachikawa is credited as the film’s director, and Takeharu Sakurai is credited for the film’s script.
This year’s 15th issue of Shogakukan’s Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine has announced that Gosho Aoyama’s Detective Conan manga will take a one month hiatus, starting with the magazine’s next issue and continuing through the 18th issue. Aoyama will conduct research during the hiatus. The manga will resume in the magazine’s 19th issue on April 10, 2019.
The manga recently returned from a four-week hiatus that began on January 16, 2019 and ended on February 13, 2019. Aoyama also conducted research during that hiatus.
Weekly Shonen Sunday previously noted that Meitantei Conan Zero no Tea Time (Detective Conan: Zero’s Tea Time), the spin-off manga series by Takahiro Arai centering on the character Tōru Amuro, will have new chapters when the main Detective Conan manga is on hiatus, and will not publish chapters of the manga otherwise.
The Tokyo Anime Film Festival (TAAF) has announced the winners of its Animation of the Year awards for works and individuals. Zombie Land Saga won the television category for works and Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer won the animated film category.
The winners of the individual awards include:
- Original Work/Screenplay Category: Jukki Hanada
- Director Category: Yoshiaki Kyougoku
- Animator Category: Hitomi Kariya
- Sound/Performance Category: Mamoru Miyano
There was also a winner for the Background/Color/Video Category but the winner declined the award.
Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer also won the film category for the festival’s Anime Fan award, which is based on fan votes. On the television anime side, Zombie Land Saga ranked at #5 while Banana Fish took the top spot.
The judges chose from 524 titles that debuted in whole or in part between October 15, 2017 and October 13, 2018. TAAF will take place from March 8-11, 2019.
The official website for the Detective Conan films has announced two guest cast members for Meitantei Conan: Konjō no Fist (Detective Conan: Fist of Blue Sapphire), the 23rd anime film:
- Ikusaburo Yamazaki is Leon Lo
- Mayuko Kiwakita is Rachel Cheong
Franchise regulars Minami Takayama, Wakana Yamazaki, and Rikiya Koyama return as Conan Edogawa, Ran Mouri, and Kogoro Mouri. Kappei Yamaguchi reprises his role as Kaitō Kid.
Tomoka Nagaoka is directing the film. Takahiro Okura is writing the script. Katsuo Ono returns to compose the music.
Meitantei Conan: Konjō no Fist is scheduled to open in Japanese theaters on April 12, 2019.
Digital Entertainment Group Japan (DEG Japan) has announced the winners for its 11th annual Blu-ray Prizes, with the Blu-ray Disc release for Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer winning the Anime (Japanese Film) category.
The awards honor the past year’s Japanese Blu-ray Disc releases that best utilize the format’s features in video, audio, and other aspects.
The Blu-ray Disc release of Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer shipped in October 2018, and the deluxe edition Blu-ray Disc release of the film topped Oricon’s weekly overall Blu-ray Disc rankings and animation Blu-ray Disc rankings. The regular edition Blu-ray Disc release ranked #4 in the overall Blu-ray Disc rankings, and #2 in the animation Blu-ray Disc rankings. The deluxe edition release had sold 61,755 copies as of December 2018.
The film opened in Japan in April 2018, and earned the highest opening weekend record for the franchise. It is now also the highest-earning film in the franchise.