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THE KINDAICHI CASE FILES (Japanese : 金田一少年の事件簿, Hepburn : Kindaichi Shōnen no Jikenbo) is a Japanese mystery manga series based on the crime solving adventures of a high school student, Hajime Kindaichi, the supposed grandson of the famous (fictional) private detective Kosuke Kindaichi . They are written by Yōzaburō Kanari or Seimaru Amagi (depending on series) and illustrated by Fumiya Satō . The Kindaichi series, which started serialization in Weekly Shōnen Magazine in 1992, is one of the earliest works in the mystery manga genre. In 1995, the manga won the Kodansha
Kodansha
Manga
Manga
Award for shōnen.

The serialization of the new Kindaichi series started in 2004, but not on a regular basis until 2012. The manga resumed regular serialization in 2012 to commemorate the 20th anniversary. The regular weekly serialization continued in 2013 with the title changed to The Kindaichi Case Files R (Returns) (金田一少年の事件簿R, Kindaichi Shōnen no Jikenbo Ritānzu). Kindaichi tankōbon were ranked 2nd and 3rd in a Japanese Comic Ranking in October, 2009.

The series has also been animated by Toei Animation
Toei Animation
, first as a feature film, with Kappei Yamaguchi
Kappei Yamaguchi
as the voice of Kindaichi, released in 1996 and then a television series, with Taiki Matsuno voicing Kindaichi in this and subsequent productions for 148 episodes from 1997 to 2000, and there has since been a live-action film, four live-action drama series, three live-action television specials and further animated features for cinema and television. A new anime television series adaptation, titled The Kindaichi Case Files R (Returns), began airing on April 5, 2014 and concluded on September 27, 2014. The voice actors of the main characters from the first anime television series reprise their roles. A second season began airing on October 3, 2015.

The collected stories are published in English by Tokyopop
Tokyopop
with the title The Kindaichi Case Files. Only the first 17 volumes (the first series) have been licensed by Tokyopop; the rest are unlikely to see print in the United States unless their relatively poor sales improve. The series is airing on Animax Asia
Animax Asia
as THE FILE OF YOUNG KINDAICHI in Japanese with English subtitles.

CONTENTS

* 1 Overview * 2 Characters

* 3 Media

* 3.1 Manga
Manga
* 3.2 Light novels * 3.3 Anime * 3.4 Video games * 3.5 CD books * 3.6 Live action series * 3.7 Live action film * 3.8 Detective
Detective
Conan many question why a model student like Miyuki is friends with a slacker like him. Deep down inside, Miyuki feels Hajime is not an idiot, and they seem to have a love that neither has yet fully expressed. She possesses remarkable logic and perception, although she is obviously not as gifted as he is. Miyuki is the president of Fudo High's student council . Isamu Kenmochi (剣持 勇, Kenmochi Isamu) Voiced by: Jūrōta Kosugi and Isao Natsuyagi (Anime film only) Played by: Masato Furuoya (1995 show), Masaya Kato , Tomomitsu Yamaguchi

A Tokyo
Tokyo
homicide police inspector who met Kindaichi on his first case, and was so impressed that he has lent the youngster his unquestioning support ever since. He is often the investigating officer on Kindaichi's cases, and provides the official stamp of approval Kindaichi often needs to pursue his investigations. He believes fully in Kindaichi's ability. Kengo Akechi (明智 健悟, Akechi Kengo) Voiced by: Toshiyuki Morikawa
Toshiyuki Morikawa
Played by: Mansaku Ikeuchi

An extremely intelligent, elite-level police detective (superintendent), who is Kenmochi's supervisor. He is an arrogant and snobbish character that becomes a rival to Kindaichi in crime-solving. However, Akechi (indeliberately) not only helped Kindaichi solve the case, but also aided him out of trouble. His relationship to Kindaichi is abrasive at the least, but they have an unspoken mutual respect for each other's abilities. He often compares the crimes in Japan to his experience in Los Angeles
Los Angeles
. He is proficient in English and French . Ryuta Saki (佐木 竜太, Saki Ryūta) and Ryuji Saki (佐木 竜二, Saki Ryūji) Voiced by: Keiichi Nanba (Ryuta Saki) Played by: Tomohiro Hara (1995 show), Jun Hasegawa (2001 show) (Ryuta Saki) Played by: Daiki Arioka (Ryuji Saki)

He is obsessed with filming through a V8 camera . He basically shoots everywhere at any time. His tape helped Kindaichi solved the case. In "The Santa Slayings", his tape recorded a critical piece of evidence and he was killed for this. In "Kindaichi the Killer", his younger brother, Ryuji Saki, who very much resembled his elder brother, approached Kindaichi at a party, telling him his elder brother told him in a dream that Kindaichi would be in trouble. Soon after, Ryuji helped Kindaichi avoid a murder trap. Afterwards, Ryuji claims himself as Kindaichi's assistant and sometimes really helps Kindaichi in solving cases. In the anime series, Ryuta survived the attack in "The Santa Slayings" story arc and Ryuji did not appear later on. Reika Hayami (速水 玲香, Hayami Reika) Voiced by: Mayumi Iizuka

A famous actress and singer, first appearing in "Death TV", who initially appeared to be arrogant but turned out to be weak and desperate for protection. After this case, Reika has had a crush on Kindaichi and sent her only Valentine\'s Day gift, a heart-shaped chocolate, to him without revealing her name. Since then, she and Miyuki seem to be rivals over Kindaichi. In "Playing the Fool", Reika's past, that even she lost memory of, was revealed. In "Reika's Kidnapping", it was revealed that Reika's real mother is veteran actress Keiko Mitamura, but throughout the series Reika never knew it, and it was a secret that only Keiko and Kindaichi know. Fumi Kindaichi (金田一 二三, Kindaichi Fumi) Voiced by: Haruna Ikezawa

Kindaichi's cousin. First appeared in "Saint Valentine's Murders" in manga and "The Undying Butterflies" in the anime television series, and later became a regular character appearing in the majority of cases for an extended period. Fumi has good reasoning skills (although not as good as Kindaichi), she even solves a few mysteries on her own. She sometimes pokes fun at Kindaichi when nobody else is around. Inspector Kenmochi nicknames her "Chibikin" (meaning little Kindaichi). Yoichi Takato (高遠 遙一, Takatō Yōichi) Voiced by: Kenichi Ono Played by: Hiroki Narimiya

Kindaichi's nemesis, also known as "The Puppeteer From Hell" (地獄の傀儡師, Jigoku no Kugutsushi). He is known to be extremely intelligent, considers himself to be the evil twin of Kindaichi, and describes their relationship as parallel lines. He is the only son of Reiko Chikamiya, an internationally known magician, who in turn drove Takato to be a magician himself. What he uncovered about the murder of his mother triggered what he is today. A twisted, cold-hearted magician who considers his devilish setups for the perfect crime as masterpieces, and tolerates no mistakes from the people he uses as his puppets.

MEDIA

MANGA

Main article: List of The Kindaichi Case Files chapters

In Japan, there is a total of 71 volumes with 44 full cases, 17 Kindaichi's short cases, 7 Akechi's short cases, and 1 Takato's full case. Together, the volumes have sold over 90 million copies in Japan, making it one of the best selling manga of the 1990s. There are currently 11 volumes in the new re-run after serialisation of Detective
Detective
School Q completes.

17 volumes have been published in North America, all except 2 with a complete story. New readers are recommended to read the volumes in order, since later stories sometimes reference killers or characters from previous tales, especially Kindaichi's nemesis, who will reappear in at least one of the mysteries not yet published. In general, all the mysteries followed a certain theme (such as a famous legend/story), or have a certain modus operandi. Various bilingual (Japanese-English) volumes have been released.

The spinoff manga Kindaichi Case Files: The Mini-Vacation was released in English on Manga Box .

LIGHT NOVELS

Main article: List of The Kindaichi Case Files light novels

The novels were written by Seimaru Amagi and illustrated by Fumiya Satō. 9 volumes were released in Japan between September 22, 1994 and April 20, 2001.

ANIME

See also: List of The Files of Young Kindaichi episodes

Produced by Toei Animation
Toei Animation
and directed by Daisuke Nishio , the anime adaptation of the original manga aired on Nippon Television
Nippon Television
between April 7, 1997 and September 11, 2000, spanning 148 episodes plus one special episode. In addition, two animated films were released on December 14, 1996 and August 21, 1999 respectively. Seven years after the conclusion of the TV anime, two new animated episodes were aired in Japan on November 12, 2007 and November 19, 2007 respectively.

On April 6, 2007, DVD collector's box of Kindaichi was released by Warner Home Video
Warner Home Video
to mark the 10th anniversary of airing of the original TV anime.

To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the series, two special episodes based on "The Black Magic Murders" were released on DVDs in November 2012 and February 2013.

An anime television series, The Kindaichi Case Files R aired from April 5 to 27 September 2014. A second season aired from October 3, 2015 to March 26, 2016. They are streamed on Crunchyroll
Crunchyroll
.

VIDEO GAMES

7 Kindaichi video games were released as of September 17, 2009. All of them were released in Japan only. Many of the game voice actors differ from those in the anime version.

NO. TITLE PLATFORM RELEASE DATE

1 "The Kindaichi Case Files: Hihō Island: The New Tragedy" (金田一少年の事件簿 悲報島 新たなる惨劇, "Kindaichi Shōnen no Jikenbo Hihōtō Arata Naru Sangeki") Windows , PlayStation
PlayStation
November 29, 1996

2 "The Kindaichi Case Files: Star Viewing Island: Sad Demon of Revenge" (金田一少年の事件簿 星見島 悲しみの復讐鬼, "Kindaichi Shōnen no Jikenbo Hoshimitō Kanashimi no Fukushūki") Sega Saturn
Sega Saturn
( Hudson Soft
Hudson Soft
) January 15, 1998

3 "The Kindaichi Case Files: Hell Park Murder Case" (金田一少年の事件簿 地獄遊園殺人事件, "Kindaichi Shōnen no Jikenbo Jigoku Yūen Satsujin Jiken") PlayStation March 26, 1998

4 "The Kindaichi Case Files: Azure Dragon Legend Murder Case" (金田一少年の事件簿 青龍伝説殺人事件, "Kindaichi Shōnen no Jikenbo Seiryū Densetsu Satsujin Jiken") PlayStation August 5, 1999

5 "The Kindaichi Case Files: 10th Year's Invitation" (金田一少年の事件簿 10年目の招待状, "Kindaichi Shōnen no Jikenbo Jūnenme no Shōtaijō") Game Boy Color
Game Boy Color
December 16, 2000

6 " Detective
Detective
Conan & The Kindaichi Case Files: The Meeting of the Two Famous Detectives" (名探偵コナン"> The first issue of the crossover series between Case Closed and The Kindaichi Case Files

NTV aired four live action series in 1995, 1996, 2001, and 2014. Specials were aired in 2005, 2013, and 2014.

Tsuyoshi Dōmoto of the Kinki Kids and Rie Tomosaka starred as Kindaichi and Nanase Miyuki in the first two series. In season 3, Matsumoto Jun of Arashi starred as Kindaichi and Suzuki Anne starred as Nanase Miyuki. In season 4, Ryosuke Yamada starred as Kindaichi while Haruna Kawaguchi portrayed Nanase Miyuki.

In 2005, a special based on "The Legendary Vampire Murders" was aired featuring Kamenashi Kazuya of KAT-TUN and Ueno Juri as Kindaichi and Nanase Miyuki.

In 2013, a special based on "Treasure in Kowloon, Hong Kong" was aired featuring Ryosuke Yamada of Hey! Say! JUMP and Haruna Kawaguchi as Hajime Kindaichi and Miyuki Nanase.

In 2014, a special based on "Gate of Jail Private School Murders" was aired also featuring Ryosuke Yamada and Haruna Kawaguchi .

LIVE ACTION FILM

A live action film entitled Shanghai Mermaid Legend Murder Case, was released on December 13, 1997 in Japan. The film was directed by Yukihiko Tsutsumi and starring Tsuyoshi Dōmoto and Rie Tomosaka. It is an adaptation of the Kindaichi novel of the same title.

DETECTIVE CONAN ">'s Case Closed and Weekly Shōnen Magazine's The Kindaichi Case Files. The magazine ran between April 10, 2008 and September 25, 2008.

RECEPTION

THIS SECTION NEEDS EXPANSION with: Reviews . You can help by adding to it . (August 2013)

In 1995, the manga won the Kodansha
Kodansha
Manga
Manga
Award in the shōnen's category.

Allen Divers of Anime News Network
Anime News Network
said that while The Kindaichi Case Files "presents some whoppers", the series also has mysteries that are very "familiar", calling it "the Japanese version of the Hardy Boys
Hardy Boys
or Nancy Drew
Nancy Drew
." In Manga: The Complete Guide Jason Thompson described the mystery scenarios as "inventive and intricate, offering genuine brain teasers", but criticised the artwork as "bland".

REFERENCES

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Animax Asia
to Air , Grimgar, Ashes and Illusions, Kindaichi R". Anime News Network
Anime News Network
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Manga
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Sankei Shimbun
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File
of Young Kindaichi Returns Manga
Manga
Gets 2nd Anime Adaptation in October". Anime News Network
Anime News Network
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Tokyopop
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Animax Asia
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Manga
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EXTERNAL LINKS

* Tokyopop
Tokyopop
manga website * Kindaichi 20th anniversary website * Toei Animation\'s Kindaichi website * Yomiuri TV\'s Kindaichi R website * Toei Animation\'s Kindaichi R website * The Kindaichi Case Files (manga) at Anime News Network
Anime News Network
's encyclopedia

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Detective
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