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A station in central Japan has been temporarily renamed Meitantei Konan (Detective Conan) to celebrate the upcoming release of the latest animated film about a popular young detective with a phonetically similar name.

Fans will be able to see a novelty signboard, installed by operator Nagoya Railroad Co. on Wednesday, at Konan Station on the Meitetsu Inuyama Line in Aichi Prefecture until June 30.

The latest film in the comic and anime franchise “Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet” will premiere on Friday and is partly set in Aichi Prefecture.

The series, which has a strong fan base in Asia, follows the story of a genius teenage detective who shrank into a young boy after being forced to take an experimental toxin and now cracks cases while enrolled in elementary school. He adopts the alias Conan Edogawa in a nod to the writer Arthur Conan Doyle.

A giant mannequin, known as Nana-chan, at Nagoya Station has been transformed into Shuichi Akai, a key character in the latest 'Detective Conan' film. | KYODO
A giant mannequin, known as Nana-chan, at Nagoya Station has been transformed into Shuichi Akai, a key character in the latest ‘Detective Conan’ film. | KYODO

As part of the collaboration, the platform and some other parts of the station will be decorated with characters from the series, with various events planned to generate excitement for the release of the movie.

Nana-chan, a giant mannequin famous as a meeting spot at Nagoya Station in the prefecture, has also been transformed into Shuichi Akai, a character who plays an important role as an FBI agent in the latest film.

The mannequin, holding a rifle in one hand, will be decked out in a beanie hat and leather jacket similar to the character until April 20.

The comic series, which has been running in a weekly magazine since 1994, is also popular overseas, with translations available in more than two dozen languages, including Chinese, Vietnamese, Indonesian, French, Spanish and English, under the title “Case Closed.”

It has also been running as an animated series since 1996, as well as having been adapted into feature films, video games and live action television specials.

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