Veteran soccer player Kazuyoshi Miura will play himself in the anime film "Detective Conan: Juichinin-me no Striker" (Detective Conan: the 11th striker), due to hit theaters nationwide on April 14.
The 44-year-old Miura, who scored 55 goals for the national team and is still playing for Yokohama F.C., is one of the best known figures in Japanese soccer.
It had already been announced that members of the men’s national team, including Yasuhito Endo and Yasuyuki Konno of Gamba Osaka, Kengo Nakamura of Kawasaki Frontale, and Seigo Narazaki of Nagoya Grampus, would provide the voices for their own characters in the film.
Miura said: "I hope that the collaboration with the hugely popular 'Detective Conan' series will open doors for children and new fans to become interested in J.League.”
The actress Mirei Kiritani will also join the voice cast. The filmmakers will record the crowd at the Fuji Xerox Super Cup 2012 on March 3, the day before this year's J.League season kicks off.
The movie is based on the popular manga series, also known as "Case Closed" by Gosho Aoyama, and is part of a series of films that began in 1997.
“Detective Conan” film adaptations have made more than 3 billion yen (about $38.7 million) at the box office every year since 2009.
Visit the anime's official website at (http://www.conan-movie.jp/).
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