Photo/IllutrationThe redecorated Detective Conan-themed train is unveiled on June 21 in Yonago, Tottori Prefecture. The lead car of the train bound for Yonago is blue-themed, illustrated with the protagonist, Conan Edogawa, and a popular character known as Kaito Kid. (Fumi Yada)

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YONAGO, Tottori Prefecture--A special two-car train illustrated with characters from the popular "Detective Conan" anime series has been given a major facelift.

The Conan train, which runs on the Sanin Line of West Japan Railway Co. (JR West), went into operation on June 22.

The train was launched in 2012 as part of the Tottori prefectural government's "Manga Kingdom" initiative to promote the prefecture through cartoons written by manga artists hailing from the prefecture.

A second version with a new design was added in 2015. The latest version was refurbished using the first train, whose cars were painted yellow.

The lead car of the Tottori-bound train is illustrated with a red-themed romantic scene between the protagonist, Conan Edogawa (Shinichi Kudo), and the heroine, Ran Mori.

The lead car of the train bound for Yonago is blue-themed, featuring a face-off between Conan and Kaito Kid, his rival, and other illustrations.

The interior also features new drawings aimed at immersing passengers in the world of "Detective Conan" from inside and outside the train.

The cost of the facelift project, at 12 million yen ($110,700), was shouldered by the prefectural government.

“As the train features many memorable scenes from various episodes, fans can enjoy the designs very much. We hope it encourages them to visit Tottori Prefecture,” said Yoshiyuki Nomura, assistant chief of the Manga Kingdom Secretariat of the Tourism and Exchange Bureau at the prefectural government.