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Next year will mark the 20th anniversary of the popular Detective Conan anime franchise, and details on the upcoming 20th film of the series are gradually being revealed!

Twenty years is a long time for any series to continue, and we’re genuinely impressed that Detective Conan, also known by the title Case Closed, will soon be releasing movie number 20 in as many years, especially considering the amount of illustrating work that goes into creating an animated film. (And to think that the manga serial in Weekly Shonen Sunday has been going on even longer, since 1994!)

The release date of the new feature-length film, set on April 16, 2016, was announced early last month, along with a short promotional trailer. But a number of key details were held back, including the movie’s title.

▼ Here’s the top page of the movie’s official website, showing the release date, with a confident looking Conan pictured on the right and a caption reading “The door to the sanctuary will be opened” on the left.

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And now, much to the delight of fans, it has been announced that the title of the new movie will be Detective Conan: The Pure Black Nightmare (Meitantei Conan Junkoku no Nightmare), and in addition, an original illustration by series creator Gosho Aoyama has also been revealed.

▼ The recently released illustration features familiar characters from the police, FBI and the evil “Black Organization”, with Conan astride a horse in the center.


Aoyama has also left a mysterious message on the site saying, “The new movie has very “black” story, but what color you feel like after watching it is totally up to you.” Well, that kind of comment is sure to whet fans’ appetites! It’s no wonder they already sound quite excited on the Japanese internet, with a few even commenting that although they hadn’t gone to the theater to see some of the more recent films, they’ve especially keen to see this one!

▼ We’ll leave you with the promotional video that was released on the official site last month. And if you can’t wait to see more action from the brilliant detective, there’s apparently going to be another 30-second trailer coming out on December 12, so you may want to check that out as well!

Source: Cinema Today and Detective Conan movie official website via My Game News Flash Jin 
Images: Detective Conan movie official website (top page, news page