Detective Conan: The Crimson Love Letter

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Detective Conan: The Crimson Love Letter
Theatrical release poster
Japanese 名探偵コナン から紅の恋歌
Directed by Kobun Shizuno
Screenplay by Takahiro Okura
Based on Case Closed
by Gosho Aoyama
Music by Katsuo Ono[1]
Distributed by Toho Company, Ltd.
Release date
  • April 15, 2017 (2017-04-15)
Running time
112 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese
Box office ¥6.87 billion[2]

Detective Conan: The Crimson Love Letter (名探偵コナン から (くれない)恋歌 (ラブレター), Meitantei Konan: Kara Kurenai no Rabu Rettā) is a 2017 Japanese animated film directed by Kobun Shizuno and written by Takahiro Okura. It is the twenty-first installment of the Case Closed film series based on the manga series of the same name by Gosho Aoyama, following the 2016 film Detective Conan: The Darkest Nightmare. The film was released in Japan on April 15, 2017.[1]


A bombing case at Nichiuri TV in autumn. The Satsuki Cup, which crowns the winner of Japan's Ogura Hyakunin Isshu based competitive karuta tournament, is currently being filmed inside the facility. The incident results in a big commotion and, while the building is burning to ashes, the only people left inside are Heiji and Kazuha. They get rescued just in time by Conan, who rushes to the scene. Both the identity and motive of the bomber are unknown.

While confusion takes over due to the explosion, Conan meets a mysterious beautiful girl who claims she is "Heiji's fiancée". Her name is Momiji Ooka and she is the Kyoto High School karuta champion. As fate would have it, Kazuha is going to face Momiji in the Hyakunin Isshu competition, so she begins to train with the help of Heiji's mother, Shizuka, who is a skilled Karuta player.

At the same time, in a Japanese house in Arashiyama, Kyoto's outskirts, the reigning Satsuki Cup champion is murdered. Pictures of the crime scene reveal Momji's presence. Additionally, several Karuta cards were spread around the victim.

Conan and Heiji, along with the Osaka and Kyoto police departments, begin their investigation on the Satsuki Cup and the related murder case. As the inquiry goes on, they come across a secret connected with the Hyakunin Isshu.



Aoyama cited the live action adaptations of Yuki Suetsugu's manga series Chihayafuru among his inspirations for making Hyakunin Isshu and karuta subjects of a Conan film. He noted the Kyoto-based Karuta Queen, or national champion in the women's division, as depicted in Chihayafuru, as the model for characters in The Crimson Love Letter.[3]


For its opening weekend Detective Conan: The Crimson Love Letter set a new franchise record by selling 987,568 tickets and earning ¥1,286,928,000. The film grossed ¥6,89 billion over its theatrical run in Japan and thereby broke the cumulative Box Office record for the series as well.[2][4]

In January 2018, the film was nominated for the Japan Academy Film Prize of "Excellent Animation of the Year."[5]



  1. ^ a b c d e f g "21st Detective Conan Film Features Heiji Hattori, Kazuha Toyama". Anime News Network. November 25, 2016. Retrieved November 28, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b 歴代興収ベスト100 [Cumulative Box-office earnings, top 100 ranking] (in Japanese). Kogyo Tsushinsha. August 6, 2017. Archived from the original on August 8, 2017. Retrieved August 25, 2017. 
  3. ^ "「名探偵コナン」青山剛昌先生×「ちはやふる」末次由紀先生スペシャルコラボ". 青山剛昌/名探偵コナン製作委員会. 2017. Retrieved August 23, 2017. 
  4. ^ "21st Detective Conan Film Earns 6.35 Billion Yen, Sets New Record For Film Franchise". Anime News Network. May 29, 2017. Archived from the original on June 3, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Japan Academy Film Prize Announces Five Titles for "Excellent Animation of the Year"". Crunchyroll. January 16, 2018. Archived from the original on January 16, 2018. Retrieved January 16, 2018. 

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