Philippine media company GMA Network has announced on Saturday that they will air the sixth television anime special of the Detective Conan franchise next month.
Detective Conan Episode One: The Great Detective Turned Small will premiere on June 1, which airs every Saturdays at 09:15am, right after the animated show Ben 10: Alien Force.
Just like the anime film One Piece Film: Z that it replaces, the two-hour TV special will be split into several parts, airing on the 30-minute timeslot for the next few weeks.
Detective Conan Episode One: The Great Detective Turned Small is the sixth television anime special of the popular detective manga series by Gosho Aoyama, which is being published in Shogakukan’s Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine since January 1994. As of April 2019, the manga currently has 96 volumes.
Shogakukan Asia, which distributes the manga series in the Southeast Asian region, describe the story:
Ace high school detective Shinichi Kudo was ambushed by a mysterious syndicate and fed a substance that shrunk him into a kid! Taking on the pseudonym “Conan Edogawa”, he must now track them down and find a cure… all while solving other cases along the way!
The television special is a retelling of the first two episodes of the popular anime series, with additional materials different from the original manga and television series.
The program, which commemorated the 20 years since airing of popular anime’s first episode, aired in Japan on December 2016.
Yasuichiro Yamamoto, who is the director of the long-running series and several film adaptations, returned to direct the television special, while its scripts were credited to Yamamoto and the show’s original scriptwriter, Hiroshi Kashiwabara.
Masatomo Sudo also returned as character designer and animation director, which was produced by V1 Studio.
Aoyama has personally supervised all production aspects of the TV special.
In the Philippines, Detective Conan was first aired in Filipino dubbing through free-to-air broadcaster GMA Network on September 2001. The popular anime has since been airing with new episodes on a seasonal basis, as recent as December last year.
The network has also aired several film adaptations of the franchise, including the first film, The Time Bombed Skyscrapper, and the second film, The Fourteenth Target, in September 2015.
Southeast Asian anime channel ANIMAX Asia aired the first 52 episodes of the anime series in January 2006, which was dubbing in English, but was removed from their line-up later the same year.