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Discotek Media Acquires ‘Case Closed’ 20th Anniversary Project; Plans Dub & More Releases

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Time passes. Seasons change. But through it all... one truth prevails!

Back in 2016 we saw the 20th anniversary of the Detective Conan/Case Closed property and the winter special was a big one known as Episode One that had a two-hour running time, commercials included where the first episode of the series was being newly animated and told to bring it into the modern side.  The special had some different staff than the TV series working on it with original creator Gosho Aoyama overseeing it. The project has Yasuichiro Yamamoto as the director and working on the script with Hiroshi Kashiwabara. Masatomo Sudo is back as the character designer for it and TMS/V1 Studio will be handling the animation. No exact date for it has been revealed yet.

Discotek Media has now stepped into this franchise for the first time with the pickup of this release with plans for a Blu-ray release on July 28th, 2020. They’re partnering with Bang Zoom to bring out a new dub for it with Steve Staley directing. Griffin Burns will play Shinichi while Wendee Lee will play Conan. The project does come with the traditional Case Closed logo used for the English side but the dub will be using the original Japanese names for the characters.

The TV series is being simulcast by Crunchyroll and Funimation released some of the show on DVD several years ago. Viz Media continues to bring out the manga.

Property concept: Shinichi Kudou, a great mystery expert at only seventeen, is already well known for having solved several challenging cases. One day, when Shinichi sees two suspicious men and decides to follow them, he inadvertently becomes witness to a disturbing illegal activity. When the men catch Shinichi, they dose him with an experimental drug formulated by their criminal organization and abandon him to die. However, to his own astonishment, Shinichi is still alive and soon wakes up, but now, he has the body of a seven-year-old, perfectly preserving his original intelligence. He hides his real identity from everyone, including his childhood friend Ran Mouri and her father, private detective Kogorou Mouri, and takes on the alias of Conan Edogawa (inspired by the mystery writers Arthur Conan Doyle and Ranpo Edogawa).

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