Toho released a country-wide teaser on Tuesday, Nov 8th, to announce the release of the 26th feature film in the Detective Conan franchise. The latest film will be open for fans across Japan during the Golden Week of 2023 (a week-long holiday from 29th April to early May).

While the news has stirred a storm amongst the fans, the film is still without a name. The unveiled trailer focuses on the character Ai Haibara. It also hints at the word ‘Kuro’ which translates to black, and that can also mean the connection with the ‘Black Organization’- the prime antagonist of the story.

The last of the franchise – Detective Conan: The Bride of Halloween, came out in the theaters on April 15th, 2022, and is touted to sell a whopping 1,321,944 tickets for 1,907,467,150 yen (about US$15.06 million) in the first three days of its release thus, holding the record for the best opening weekend film. Currently, it is also being premiered at a Halloween special re-screening and is ranking at number #3 from the top. It has sold around 82,000 tickets in the first weekend of its re-screening and pushed past the last one- Detective Conan: Fist of Blue Sapphire- to emerge as the highest-grossing film in the Detective Conan franchise.

26th Detective Conan Film
26th Detective Conan Film

So far, 25 films have been released from the same series which have been produced by Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation, Nippon Television, ShoPro, and Toho. Animated by TMS Entertainment, the first seven were directed by Kenji Kodama, the next seven were directed by Yasuichiro Yamamoto, the 15th to 21st parts were directed by Kobun Shizuno, film 22nd was directed by Yuzuru Tachikawa, 23th and 24th were directed by Chika Nagaoka, and the most recent 25th was directed by Susumu Mitsunaka.

Detective Conan is a famous fictional character in the detective manga series written by Gosho Aoyama. Since Jan 1994, it has also been making series appearances in Shogakukan’s shōnen manga magazine Weekly Shonen Sunday with a collection of its chapters in over 102 tankōbon volumes as of September 2022.

The film faced some legal limitations when translated into the English language. Hence, the name was changed from ‘Detective Conan’ to ‘Case Closed’ in the dubbed version. The anime version has been produced by Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation and TMS Entertainment ever since 1996. Currently, there are over 1000 episodes made for the same which also makes it the fifth-longest anime series to date.

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