Detective Conan Releases 20th Film in Its 20th Year

March 14, 2016

Unlocking Word Meanings

Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article. 

1. installment / ɪnˈstɔl mənt / (n.) – parts of something that are published or broadcast at different times
Example: They filmed the last installment of the four-part series in Taiwan.

2. premiere / prɪˈmɪər / (v.) – to show the first performance of something
Example: The movie will premiere next month.

3. turn into / tɜrn ˈɪn tu / (phrasal verb) – to be changed or transformed into something else
ExampleIn the story, the pumpkin turned into a carriage.

4. protagonist / proʊˈtæg ə nɪst / (n.) – the main character of a story
Example: Protagonists in most movies go through many problems but become successful in the end.

5. feat / fit / (n.) – an achievement produced by great skill or courage
ExampleThe character’s feats in the story made the book very exciting to read.


Read the text below.
The famous anime series Detective Conan, also known as Meitantei Conan, celebrated its 20th year on air with the release of its 20th film.

Last January, the popular anime, first televised in 1996, turned twenty. Earlier in the same month, the Japanese entertainment company Toho released a teaser video for the anime’s newest film installment, which will premiere in April.

The anime is based on a Japanese comic of the same name by Gosho Aoyama. Its story revolves around the adventures of a high school detective turned into a grade school boy by a criminal group called the Black Organization by drugging him with a mysterious pill. To protect his life and the people around him, the protagonist changed his name from Shinichi Kudo to Conan Edogawa. The anime highlights Conan’s feats in solving difficult crimes, especially murder cases, with the main goal of hunting down the Black Organization.

The 20th film titled The Darkest Nightmare will focus on Conan’s long-awaited encounter with the group responsible for changing his body. Previously released artwork by Aoyama shows familiar characters from previous films and TV episodes. Aoyama also mentioned that the new movie’s plot will be very dark, making Japanese fans express their excitement on the Internet.

Both Michihiko Suwa, the anime’s TV producer, and Minami Takayama, the artist providing Conan’s voice, agreed that the young detective’s stories remain relevant two decades after it was first released. Takayama said that everyone, from grandparents to their grandchildren, can enjoy it on TV and in the theater.

Viewpoint Discussion

Enjoy a discussion with your tutor.  

Discussion A

·         Would you be interested to watch Detective Conan’s new film? Why or why not?
·         Do you think the producers of the TV series intentionally created the 20th film on the anime’s 20th anniversary? Why or why not?

Discussion B

·         What do you think makes an anime popular among different generations?
·         Given the chance, what kind of anime would you want to make?

March 14, 2016