Future Boy Conan (未来少年コナン Mirai Shōnen Konan) is an anime that premiered in Japan in 1978, being broadcast between April 4 and October 31 of the that same year by NHK. This series was directed by Hayao Miyazaki, the current director of Studio Ghibli. The series consists of a single season that contains 26 episodes of approximately 30 minutes each.
It has been regularly broadcast across Japan on the anime satellite television network Animax, who have also translated and dubbed the series into English for broadcast across its respective English-language networks in Southeast Asia and South Asia.
On July 8, 2021, it was announced GKIDS picked up the distribution rights for Future Boy Conan and would be releasing the anime in North America. The anime was restored in 4K resolution and had a new English dub recorded in Vancouver. The dub was released on November 16, 2021.
The story takes place in the 21st century, 20 years after World War 3. The world as we know it has been destroyed, and 12 year old Conan lives on an island with his grandfather, believing they are the only two survivors of the war. But one day Conan discovers an unconscious girl on the beach. She is 11 year old Lana, and she's fleeing from the evil rulers of Industria, who want to kidnap her and use her as a bait to convince her grandfather (who has fled from Industria himself) to give up the lost secret of solar energy, which would allow Industria to rule over the world. After Lana is kidnapped from the island, Conan decides to rescue her and sets sail to Industria.
A English dub seems to have been done in 1992 by Streamline Pictures in the United States at some point, as a sample of it can be seen on the Conan Digital Library game for the Panasonic Japan 3DO. This short clip features Mike Reynolds as the voice of Captain Dyce. The first two film compilations of Future Boy Conan (1979) and Future Boy Conan: The Big Giant Robot's Resurrection (1984) were released in Japan Airlines, Streamline was planning to release the anime in North America on VHS. Before they could release it on VHS, however, Alexander Key's estate found out about it. Apparently, they were so angered by the idea of Future Boy Conan coming to America that they filed a cease and desist order, This resulted in Streamline Pictures giving the rights back to NHK. The show and the compilation films would not be released to the US market until the 2020s, and the clip from the Conan Digital Library game is the only clip of Streamline Pictures English dub of Future Boy Conan that have been surfaced online.