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♫ Never lookin’ back again… They’re comin’ to America… ♫

The fine folks at Discotek Media have revealed the cover artwork for their upcoming releases of the Detective Conan / Lupin The Third crossovers. Both the television special and the feature film will hit stores on October 27 of this year.

Crossover Special Crossover Movie

The artwork choices (which are identical to the Japanese home video release covers) were predictable, but in no way is that a bad thing. And they did a great job with the English logos. Discotek’s doin’ the Lord’s work right ‘ere.

Hard to believe it’s been over half a decade since we’ve been able to talk about a Detective Conan DVD release in North America. It’s a feeling I’ve missed.

I’ll add entries for these to the Home Video guide once we have more information!

– MagicBox

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*Takes Sip* *Pauses* *SPIT-TAKE*

So this happened today.

I’m too excited to type (as if I’d been typing anything recently anyway).

Buy them. Buy twelve copies of each one. We’ve been given a second third fourth chance. Don’t waste it.

Very excited to see where this takes us.

– MagicBox

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Double Digits, Baby!

On this day (May 24th) ten years ago (2004), at 12:30 AM, the very first episode of Detective Conan aired on American televisions as “Case Closed.”  Happy tenth birthday, Conan!  Celebrating a franchise’s anniversary is a little bittersweet when the franchise you’re celebrating is pretty much dead in America, but I still wanted to throw a little party.  I thought about typing up a little retrospective about the series’ ten years in America, but I decided that a recap of things we already know wouldn’t have been very interesting.  Instead, I decided to write about a few obscure Case Closed things you might not have ever heard about.

Conan 101-08

First, check out Case Closed 101, a “special preview” of the series starring Colleen Clinkenbeard that was only released on now-rare promotional DVDs in 2006.  It includes a summary of the proceedings along with my own personal thoughts.

Pierre Bernard 01

After that, jump over to Conan On Conan: “Pierre Bernard’s Recliner Of Rage,” where I talk about the series’ short appearance on Late Night With Conan O’Brien.  It’s about as strange as it sounds.

I hope you guys enjoy them!  More comparisons are on the way!  Here’s to another ten years!  I guess?  If something exciting actually happens?

– MagicBox

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2014 New Years Predictions?

*checks calendar*

Hey, it’s annual update time!

Happy New Year, everyone!  364 days is the longest I’ve ever gone without a new post since this site’s creation, and since I didn’t submit my most recent stuff until literally the last minute of 2013, you might as well just bump that number up to a full 365.  It’s pathetic, and I know it.  January 1st is turning into my annual apology day, it seems.  But hey, I’ve paid such little attention to this blog that all of you probably didn’t even expect me to update anyway.  So really, I disappointed nobody!

… That sounded better in my head.

Anyway, you might have noticed that I posted 11 new comparisons in 2013 (and all on New Year’s Eve, to boot).  We’re finally finished with “season” one!  Well… almost.  The first thing you might notice about these newest comparisons is that they’re… not quite finished.  My “thoughts” sections are much shorter than what you’ve probably come to expect, and you’ll notice that I don’t even go into too much detail about the edits beyond merely listing them.  That’s because all of these are currently in the “first draft” stage.  I usually don’t upload a comparison until it’s in the “third draft” stage (at the earliest), but I went ahead and posted them anyway because I so badly wanted to meet my New Year’s Eve deadline.  Basically, they’re good enough to post and spark discussion, but not quite up to my usual standards of quality and detail.

In addition, my internet’s been acting awfully strange.  I’ve been trying all week to upload the screencaps I took for these comparisons, but nothing on my side is cooperating.  I know, excuses, excuses.  THE POINT IS, over the next few days** you can expect these pages to be updated with images, additional information, and my usual essays.  Then we can finally progress into “season” two.

** I really do mean the “next few days,” by the way.  None of that “goodbye until next January!” nonsense I pulled last year.

Hmm, what else?  I was going to go over my predictions from last year, until I realized that I only made one prediction.

Since this year’s movie seems to be about the ocean and battleships, I predict we’ll get some sort of “Sea Selection” DVD with some of the series’ most popular water-based episodes.

Boy, was I wrong.  2013 gave us a lot of new Detective Conan goodies (nine music CDs, TWO feature films, a 3DS game, etc.), but no new wave (pun intended) of water-related discs.  Instead, Japan saw new “Character Selection” discs for Heiji Hattori and Kaitō Kid (the second volume for each), along with a compilation DVD focusing on Professor Agasa’s gadgets and another DVD compiling the entire “Desperate Revival” story arc.  Pretty random, but still cool.

So, predictions for this year?  Viz will stay the same.  They started releasing the Case Closed manga digitally last year.  It’s nice to see them keeping the series relevant.  I was very disappointed to see that they didn’t revise their translation at all (Gin and Vodka are still “Melkior” and “Kaspar” in the early volumes, for example).  You’d think that would have been the perfect opportunity to fix things.  What a waste.

FUNimation will stay the same.  FUNi actually put the series (dub and sub) up for online streaming last year, so that’s pretty cool.  None of the Cartoon Network video edits were fixed, though.  I e-mailed them about that (… twice) and was never acknowledged.  Oh, well.  I was only trying to help.  I would say that FUNimation’s the one to watch this year, but I only say that because they’re less predictable than Viz.  Do I think it’s enough to expect any Case Closed news from them, though?  I certainly wouldn’t make any bets.

So… yawn?  As for me and my contribution to the fandom, I’m hoping to finish the “season” two comparisons by year’s end.

Hey, quit laughing.  It could happen.

Japan usually plays things pretty safe as well, so I don’t expect anything crazy from them this year.  After all, we just had that Lupin The Third crossover film.  I think TMS will take it easy this year.  I do enjoy predicting the next batch of “Character Selection” DVDs, though!  Hmm, this is harder since they’re apparently giving certain characters multiple volumes.  I still think Satō, Takagi, or Inspector Megure deserve their own discs, so I’m going to stick with that.

Be sure to post your predictions in the comments!  Here’s to a fantastic 2014!

– MagicBox

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2013 New Years Predictions?

“I’ll certainly try to get comparisons out in a speedier fashion this year!”

… Said the worst webmaster ever.

Welp, I sure made 2012 a pretty pathetic year for this lil’ fansite of mine.  College and life got in the way, blah, blah, blah, excuses, excuses.  Of course, as of now, I’m officially a college graduate!  :D  So now I’ll either have to buckle down and make this site a bigger priority or find a new excuse for my laziness.  The only upside is that I only got four comparisons completed in 2012, so it shouldn’t be too hard for me to “beat my record” this year.

Although I haven’t posted anything new, I have been tweaking the site during my absence.  Check out the new, improved layout for the DVD Directory, for example.

Oh, I did start a brand new project about half-way through last year, but it has nothing to do with Detective Conan.  I’m not sure if any Digimon fans are reading right now, but if anyone’s interested, I’d like to invite you to check out Magic’s DiGiMONMUSiC Database.  I love importing Digimon CDs, so I wrote myself a little “buyer’s guide” since there really isn’t a single useful Digimon Discography on the entire internet.  Once I was done, I figured I might was well put it online for other people to use!  I completely copied the layout I chose for this site, but I’m really pleased with how it turned out.  And don’t worry, it won’t compete with this site for attention, because it’s actually finished.  That’s right, I actually *finished* a project for once!  Aren’t you proud?

Okay, enough self-promotion.  Since it’s January 1st, I figured now would be the best time to give my now-annual New Year’s predictions for Detective Conan!  But first, let’s see how my “predictions” for 2012 turned out.

Aoyama will keep spitting out new manga chapters.  I suspect nothing major will develop in the main plot.

Hmmm, did anything major happen in the manga this year?  I realize now that this was kind of a silly prediction to make considering I don’t regularly follow the manga’s progression in Japan.  I don’t think anything particularly amazing happened; I don’t remember any news blowout or anything.

TMS will keep spitting out new episodes, our annual OVA, our annual Magic File movie tie-in, and our obligatory annual feature film.

I was pretty much right on the money here.  The TV anime kept airing as usual.  “The Eleventh Striker” came and went, with a brand new “Magic File” side-story to compliment it.  One OVA came out.  There was also one new live-action special this year, along with six new Magic Kaito specials (if those count).

Absolutely nothing interesting will be announced regarding music releases.

I was dead-on here.  Two opening theme CD singles and three ending theme CD singles were released, along with a soundtrack for Movie 16 and a single for that film’s ending theme.  And… that was it.  The usual routine.  We did get a CD Drama this year, though, and that was pretty unexpected.  I suppose that’s technically not a “music release,” but I’m still willing to say I was half-wrong because I really didn’t see that coming at all.

Now that all of the feature films have been released on Blu-Ray in Japan, the only high-definition home video release I expect to see for this series is for “The Eleventh Striker” (in seperate “regular” and “special” editions for both DVD and Blu-Ray).  On DVD, the series will continue with its four-episode-per-disc “Part X” releases.  In December, we’ll get another two additions to the “DVD Selection” series, featuring volumes for Sato and Takagi and either Inspector Megure or Professor Agasa.

I was right about the blu-rays.  All we got was “Eleventh Striker” getting a “regular” and “special” edition.  On DVD, the series received ten “Part 20” volume releases, three live-action releases, and three Magic Kaito releases.  I was dead wrong about the “DVD Selection” discs, though.  We didn’t get any character volumes at all!  We did get a “Soccer Selection” disc to promote Movie 16, but nothing else.

FUNimation will announce absolutely nothing for 2012.

Yup.  Moving on…

Viz will release their quarterly volumes of the English manga, but nothing else (guide books, art books, etc.) will be announced.

Yup.

The Wii game will never make it to America, despite being fully translated and dubbed.

And… yup.

So really, Japan kept going as usual (though they did shake things up a little with the CD Drama), while absolutely nothing happened stateside.  Seriously, I don’t say this often, folks, but thank goodness for Viz.  At least we’re getting the most important part of this franchise translated and released in America.  I’d prefer a monthly schedule (or even every two months), but I’ll take what I can get at this point.

So what do I think will happen in 2013?  About the same, actually.  Some of FUNi’s reps appeared on an AnimeNewsNetwork podcast recently and confirmed (once again) that FUNi simply isn’t touching this series anymore.  Viz already has its quarterly manga volumes up for pre-order on websites, so we know those are coming (again, thank goodness).  And now that the Wii U is here, any and all hope of getting “The Mirapolis Investigation” in the good ol’ U-S-of-A is lost.

On the Japanese side, I’m pretty much keeping my predictions from last year.  At this point, we know what we’re getting: Manga chapters, TV Episodes, a feature film, an OVA, a Magic File, DVD volumes, a DVD/Blu-Ray for the feature film, and some CD singles.  I do hope they mix it up with the music releases this year, though.  I’d love a new background music collection.  I guess the only prediction I’ll change is the “DVD Selection” one.  Since this year’s movie seems to be about the ocean and battleships, I predict we’ll get some sort of “Sea Selection” DVD with some of the series’ most popular water-based episodes.

Happy New Year!

– MagicBox

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2012 New Years Predictions?

Since we’re a little over a week into the new year, I figured it’s about time I did what every other fansite does and come up with some predictions for what will happen to good ol’ Conan in 2012.  The thing is, Detective Conan is one of the most boring franchises to think of predictions for because the exact same stuff happens every year.  Seriously.  2011 stirred things up a little bit with the premiere of that live-action spin-off series and the occasional Magic Kaito specials, but given that last year was a pretty big one for the franchise (with the celebration of the anime’s 15th anniversary and all), I expect 2012 to be comparatively calm.

With all of that said, here are my “predictions” for 2012.

– Aoyama will keep spitting out new manga chapters.  I suspect nothing major will develop in the main plot.

– TMS will keep spitting out new episodes, our annual OVA, our annual Magic File movie tie-in, and our obligatory annual feature film. “The Eleventh Striker” is looking okay so far, I guess.  But seriously, another bombing plot?  Can we please get something else?

– Absolutely nothing interesting will be announced regarding music releases.  The TV series’ opening and ending themes will continue to change every 15 episodes or so, and CD singles will be released for all of them.  The 16th movie will receive a CD single for its ending theme (likely in multiple editions) and an original soundtrack album featuring Katsuo Ōno’s score.  Other than that, I predict we’ll get absolutely nothing (especially considering we just had a new “Best of…” release a few months ago).

– Now that all of the feature films have been released on Blu-Ray in Japan, the only high-definition home video release I expect to see for this series is for “The Eleventh Striker” (in seperate “regular” and “special” editions for both DVD and Blu-Ray).

– On DVD, the series will continue with its four-episode-per-disc “Part X” releases.  In December, we’ll get another two additions to the “DVD Selection” series, featuring volumes for Sato and Takagi and either Inspector Megure or Professor Agasa.

– FUNimation will announce absolutely nothing for 2012.  No new episodes.  No feature films.  Absolutely nothing.  I’d love to be proven wrong on this, but their “we might consider licensing more movies someday” schtick merely seems to exist so that the fans who constantly bug them about the series will shut up.

– Viz will release their quarterly volumes of the English manga in January, April, July, and October, but nothing else (guide books, art books, etc.) will be announced.

– The Wii game will never make it to America, despite being fully translated and dubbed.  Seriously, folks, the ship has sailed.

That’s it, I guess.  I mean, is there anything else?  When was the last time anything truly mind-blowing happened?  The voice actor switch for Kogoro?  This series has been pretty predictable for years now, and nothing unique really happens unless there’s some sort of tragedy (like last year’s horrific earthquake, for example), and I pray nothing like that occurs.

I’ll certainly try to get comparisons out in a speedier fashion this year!  I’m just as sick of still being in “season” one as you all are.  Got predictions of your own?  Be sure to leave them in the comments!

Happy New Year!

– MagicBox

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New Feature: The Chuck Huber Villain Counter™!

Hey, all!  Sorry it’s been so long since my last update, but classes are finally done and I’m out of school until January (4.0, baby!).  So now that I have some free time, I’ve been able to get more comparisons done.

Since I just posted Episode 009 below, I thought I might introduce a brand new feature to go along with the comparisons: The Chuck Huber Villain Counter™!

If you’ve been watching the episodes/movies of Case Closed that FUNimation has released, you might have noticed that voice actor Chuck Huber has played a lot of jerks in this show.  Like, a ton.  Whether he’s voicing a murderer, an antagonist to Conan and friends, or just a douche bag in general, it seems Mr. Huber always gets stuck playing the bad guy.  I’ve certainly noticed, and our top scientists at Magic’s Detective Agency have created this tracker using state-of-the-art technology so that we can find out just how many jerks this guy has played in Case Closed!

Here’s how it works: Go to the “Episode / Movie Thoughts” section of each comparison.  If you see a line of text that looks like this…

“Chuck Huber Villain / Murderer / Douche Bag Count:”

… then you know that Mr. Huber voiced a meanie in that episode!  We’re only at episode 009, and our count is already at #3!  This’ll be interesting, folks.  Stay tuned as more comparisons are posted for updates to our counter.  Once the episodes are completed, the Chuck Huber Villain Counter™ (!) will apply its technology to the movies as well.  Movie 02, we’re looking at you.

– MagicBox

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