How immersive would you like your movie? Japan’s 4D theaters can make you feel like you’re a part of the action. And their recent re-release of a Detective Conan film is shaking things up in a big way!
In the Middle of the Action
Japan’s 4DX and MX4D theaters are making moviegoing more exciting than ever. If you’ve ever been to a theme park with a “4D” attraction, you know exactly what we’re talking about. Specially-equipped seats allow theater patrons to experience car chases, weather effects, and other action sequences as though they’re right there with the characters!
The Miyazaki classic Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro received the 4D treatment not long ago for an anniversary screening. Audience members — including voice actors and animators from the film itself — found themselves right in the middle of the action.
Many new titles, especially those heavily reliant on CG, come out in a special 4D format right off the bat. But nowadays, we’re seeing more and more standard films get spruced up for a re-airing.
The Darkest Nightmare
2016’s Detective Conan: The Darkest Nightmare is one of the latest anime series to be pulled into the 4D world. The franchise’s 20th film sees pint-sized sleuth Conan Edogawa and the Junior Detective League investigating an amnesiac woman known only as Curaçao.
In honor of the upcoming 22nd film, Zero the Enforcer, 4D theaters will be re-airing The Darkest Nightmare with a full raft of effect. And the first test audience was Conan himself! (Well, sort of.) The mascot iteration of the hero experienced the effects for himself, and admitted that he was left a bit shaken afterwards.
The Darkest Nightmare is the first Detective Conan installation ever to receive the 4D treatment, but it will only be airing for a limited time this winter and spring. Could it mean more of the famous character’s films will go 4D? We certainly hope so!
Would you go to a 4D anime film? Let us know in the comments!