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Case Closed, originally known in Japan as Detective Conan (名探偵コナン Meitantei Conan) is an anime series produced by TMS Entertainment, and based on the manga series created by Gosho Aoyama. Directed by Kenji Kodama and Yasuichiro Yamamoto, and has aired since January 8, 1996 on Nippon TV in Japan and is currently ongoing as of 2018. It has aired over 1000 episodes in Japan making it one of the longest running anime series.

Synopsis

Shinichi Kudo is a 17-year-old high school detective whom people call the "Modern Sherlock Holmes." However, one night after a date with his childhood sweetheart, Ran, Shinichi witnessed an illegal trade and was knocked unconscious and fed a drug that was supposed to kill him... but he woke up and found himself shrunken to a 7-year-old. In order to track down the men who did this to him, Shinichi reinvented his identity as Conan Edogawa and lived with Ran, whose father happened to be a hopeless detective, and with that came a series of murders and mysteries that he must solve.

Dubbing History

Prior to FUNimation's more well-known dub, an earlier English dub was produced for the Singaporean market in 2003 under the show's original title by Odex International. 52 episodes were recorded locally at Voiceovers Unlimited and aired on Channel i. The dub was directed by Chuck Powers. The dub may have been released on VCD, though any copies are extremely difficult to find.[1]

In 2003, the first 104 episodes were licensed by FUNimation Entertainment for distribution in North America, under the title Case Closed because of legal considerations (avoiding conflicts with the Conan the Barbarian series). Unlike most dubs produced by FUNimation, all of the voices and characters were "Americanized". Meaning most, if not all, Japanese names were changed. Examples include Shinichi being renamed Jimmy, Ran being renamed Rachel, and Kogoro being renamed Richard. FUNimation's conversion of the principal characters' names into Anglicized forms was heavily criticized by various parties.

Case Closed debuted on Cartoon Network as part of their Adult Swim programming block on May 24, 2004, though no more than 50 episodes were licensed from FUNimation due to low ratings. FUNimation released DVDs of their dubbed series beginning on August 24, 2004. Initially, the releases were done in single DVDs and future episodes were released in seasonal boxes. 130 episodes (in the international numbering, since in the original Japanese numbering only 123 was reached) have been released in total along with the first 6 films released between 2006-2010. FUNimation ceased dubbing of the series due to the DVD sales not justifying the cost of the license. Despite varying degrees of fan demand, it is highly unlikely that the dub will be continued (at least by FUNimation), with product manager Adam Sheehan stating that FUNimation was done with the show.[2] Since March 2013, FUNimation still streamed the series, until their license expired on May 4, 2018.[3]

A separate English adaptation of the series by Animax Asia premiered in the Philippines on January 18, 2006. Because Animax was unable to obtain further TV broadcast rights, their version comprised 52 episodes, much like Odex's dub.[4]

Cast

Image Character Original Name Seiyū Dub Actor
Shinichi Kudo - Detective Conan.png Jimmy Kudo Shinichi Kudo Kappei Yamaguchi Jerry Jewell
Conan Edogawa - Detective Conan.png Conan Edogawa Minami Takayama Alison Viktorin
Ran Mouri - Detective Conan.png Rachel Moore Ran Mouri Wakana Yamazaki Colleen Clinkenbeard
Kogoro Mouri - Detective Conan.png Richard Moore Kogoro Mouri Akira Kamiya R. Bruce Elliott
Juzo Megure - Detective Conan.png Inspector Joseph Meguire Inspector Juzo Megure Chafurin Mark Stoddard
Hiroshi Agasa - Detective Conan.png Dr. Herschel Agasa Professor Hiroshi Agasa Kenichi Ogata Bill Flynn
Genta Kojima - Detective Conan.png George Kaminski Genta Kojima Wataru Takagi Dameon Clarke
(eps. 1-86)
Mike McFarland
(eps. 91-123)
Ayumi Yoshida - Detective Conan.png Amy Yeager Ayumi Yoshida Yukiko Iwai Monica Rial
Mitsuhiko Tsuburaya - Detective Conan.png Mitch Tennyson Mitsuhiko Tsuburaya Ikue Ōtani Cynthia Cranz
Sonoko Suzuki - Detective Conan.png Serena Sebastian Sonoko Suzuki Naoko Matsui Laura Bailey
Yukiko Kudo - Detective Conan.png Vivian Kudo Yukiko Kudo Sumi Shimamoto Laurie Steele
Yusaku Kudo - Detective Conan.png Booker Kudo Yusaku Kudo Hideyuki Tanaka Randy Tallman
Heiji Hattori - Detective Conan.png Harley Hatwell Heiji Hattori Ryō Horikawa Kevin M. Connolly
Kazuha Toyama - Detective Conan.png Kristen Thomas Kazuha Toyama Yūko Miyamura Gwendolyn Lau
Kaito Kid - Detective Conan.png Phantom Thief Kid Kaito Kid Kappei Yamaguchi Jerry Jewell
Wataru Takagi - Detective Conan.png Harry Wilder Wataru Takagi Wataru Takagi Doug Burks
Eri Kisaki - Detective Conan.png Eva Kaden Eri Kisaki Gara Takashima Julie Mayfield
Sango Yokomizo - Detective Conan.png Inspector Worthington Sango Yokomizo Akio Ōtsuka Dameon Clarke
Gin - Detective Conan.png Gin Yukitoshi Hori Troy Baker
Vodka - Detective Conan.png Vodka Fumihiko Tachiki Christopher Sabat
Akemi Miyano - Detective Conan.png Michelle Hamlin /
Kendra
Akemi Miyano Masako Katsuki Clarine Harp
Sumiko Kobayashi - Detective Conan.png Liz Faulkner Sumiko Kobayashi Yuko Kobayashi
(ep. 112)
Stephanie Young
Yuko Katō
Ayako Suzuki - Detective Conan.png Angie Sebastian Ayako Suzuki Sumiko Motoi
(eps. 34-35)
Cynthia Cranz
Chiharu Suzuka

Additional Voices

Odex / Animax Dub

Odex Dub Singapore

Image Character Seiyū Dub Actor
Shinichi Kudo - Detective Conan.png Shinichi Kudo Kappei Yamaguchi Joseph Murray
Conan Edogawa - Detective Conan.png Conan Edogawa Minami Takayama
Ran Mouri - Detective Conan.png Ran Mouri Wakana Yamazaki Chio Su-Ping
Kogoro Mouri - Detective Conan.png Kogoro Mouri Akira Kamiya Chuck Powers
Juzo Megure - Detective Conan.png Inspector Juzo Megure Chafurin Brian Zimmerman
Hiroshi Agasa - Detective Conan.png Professor Hiroshi Agasa Kenichi Ogata Chuck Powers
Genta Kojima - Detective Conan.png Genta Kojima Wataru Takagi Brian Zimmerman
Ayumi Yoshida - Detective Conan.png Ayumi Yoshida Yukiko Iwai Alison Lester

Additional Voices

  • Patrick Fernando
  • Taaz Gill
  • Christian J. Lee
  • Denise Tan
  • Florence Yip

Animax Dub Hong Kong

Image Character Seiyū Dub Actor
Kogoro Mouri - Detective Conan.png Kogoro Mouri Akira Kamiya Russell Wait

Notes

  • With only the first half of Season 5 being dubbed, the debut of important character Ai Haibara was never dubbed. Oddly, the movies Funimation would later dub included Ai (renamed Vi), causing a plothole in the English Version of the series.

Transmission

Date(s) Channel Country
2004 Cartoon Network
(Adult Swim)
United States United States
2006 YTV Canada Canada

Video Releases

Distributor Year Format Contents Region Country
FUNimation Entertainment 2009-2010 DVD.jpg Episodes 1-83 1
NTSC
United States United States
18 Volumes
2008-2009 Episodes 1-130
5 Volumes
2009-2010 Episodes 1-130
5 Volumes
2013 Episodes 1-130
5 Volumes

See Also

References

  1. Detective Conan on the Lost Media Wiki. Retrieved March 20, 2018.
  2. **Do NOT Request More Case Closed** on the FUNimation forums. Retrieved March 20, 2018.
  3. Ressler, Karen. Funimation's Case Closed, KenIchi the Mightiest Disciple Licenses Expire. May 4, 2018. Anime News Network. Retrieved March 17, 2019.
  4. Detective Conan on Animax East Asia. (archived 19-Jun-2007). Retrieved March 20, 2018.

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