Crayon Shin-chan's next film also delayed from its April 24 release
Toho announced on April 3 that the latest Detective Conan/Case Closed anime film, The Scarlet Bullet, alongside the slate of films to be released over the next month from the production studio, will be postponed to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and abide by the request of governors from all around Japan to limit entertainment-based activities. There has been no new date set for the release of the films, which also includes the next Crayon Shin-chan film and The Confidence Man JP: Princess, to check the official websites of the now delayed films.
Previously released trailer for Detective Conan/Case Closed: The Scarlet Bullet:
Detective Conan/Case Closed: The Scarlet Bullet was set to be released on April 17 and will be centered around a big sporting event in Tokyo (that only happens every 4 years) and the unveiling of a new high-speed maglev Shinkansen train from Nagoya to Train. The film and the Crayon Shin-chan anime films join Princess Principal Crown Handler and Fate/stay night [Heaven's Feel] iii.spring song in being delayed in Japan due to the new coronavirus measures which came into effect after the Tokyo 2020 Olympics were postponed.
Gosho Aoyama, the manga creator of Detective Conan/Case Closed, drew a special message for people on the delay:
映画を楽しみにしてくださっていた皆さまへ、青山先生からの直筆メッセージを公開いたします。 pic.twitter.com/Qe9uTEtEDb— 劇場版名探偵コナン【公式】 (@conan_movie) April 3, 2020
The message in the Tweet reads: "I apologize to everyone, but it'll be a while until the film is able to be released. It's a very hard situation, but everyone is doing their best!"
Synopsis for Detective Conan/Case Closed: The Scarlet Bullet:
The world's largest sports festival "WSG: World Sports Games," which only takes place once every four years, is scheduled to be held in Tokyo soon. And it is also announced that the world's first "vacuum superconducting linear" train will start running from Nagoya to Tokyo in conjunction with the opening ceremony. Then, the event's prominent sponsors are kidnapped at a party venue. Shuichi Akai is monitoring the incident and the FBI is waiting for an instruction from him. Meanwhile, Conan finds a connection between the kidnap and the abominable WSG successive abduction that happened in Boston 15 years ago, which was also investigated by the FBI. Is this just a coincidence? What will happen in Tokyo where people are gathering from all over the world?
Detective Conan/Case Closed: The Scarlet Bullet was set to be the first Detective Conan/Case Closed anime film to be released in the Reiwa era and was a celebration of the then-upcoming Olympic games.
Daryl Harding is a Japan Correspondent for Crunchyroll News. He also runs the YouTube channel about Japan stuff called TheDoctorDazza, tweets at @DoctorDazza and posts photos of his travels on Instagram.