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Kindaichi Case Files
Kindaichi Case Files
Cover of Kindaichi Case Files volume 1 as published by Kodansha
(Kindaichi Shōnen no Jikenbo)
Genre Detective fiction, Mystery
Written by Yōzaburō Kanari (File and Case series)
Seimaru Amagi (Other series)
Illustrated by Fumiya Satō
Published by Kodansha
English publisher
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Weekly Shōnen Magazine
Original run 1992 – ongoing
Volumes 65 (List of volumes)
Series titles
  1. File series (1992 – 1997, 27 volumes)
  2. Case series (1998 – 2001, 10 volumes)
  3. Short File series (1997 – 2000, 6 volumes)
  4. New series (2004 – 2011, 14 volumes)
  5. 20th Anniversary series (2012 – 2013, 5 volumes)
  6. Return "R" series (2013 – ongoing, 3 volumes)
Akechi Case Files
Written by Seimaru Amagi
Illustrated by Fumiya Satō
Published by Kodansha
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Weekly Shōnen Magazine[1]
Original run 19982000
Volumes 2 (List of volumes)
Takato Case Files
Written by Seimaru Amagi
Illustrated by Fumiya Satō
Published by Kodansha
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Manga Box
Original run 20132014
Volumes 1 (List of volumes)
Light novel
Written by Seimaru Amagi
Illustrated by Fumiya Satō
Published by Kodansha
Original run September 22, 1994April 20, 2001
Volumes 9 (List of volumes)
Anime film
Directed by Daisuke Nishio
Written by Michiru Shimada
Music by Kaoru Wada
Studio Toei Animation
Released December 14, 1996
Runtime 94 minutes[2]
Anime television series
Directed by Daisuke Nishio
Music by Kaoru Wada
Studio Toei Animation
Network Nippon Television
Original run TV series
7 April, 1997
11 September, 2000
TV specials
12 November, 2007 –
19 November, 2007
Episodes 148 + 3 (TV specials)
Live-action film
Directed by Yukihiko Tsutsumi
Released December 13, 1997
Anime film
Satsuriku no Deep Blue
Studio Toei Animation
Released August 21, 1999
Runtime 91 minutes[3]
Original video animation
The Black Magic Murders
Directed by Toshiaki Komura
Written by Isao Murayama
Music by Kaoru Wada
Studio Toei Animation
Released December 17, 2012March 15, 2013
Episodes 2
Anime television series
Kindaichi Case Files R
Directed by Yutaka Tsuchida
Music by Kaoru Wada
Studio Toei Animation
Network YTV, NTV
Original run 5 April, 201427 September, 2014
Episodes 25
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Kindaichi Case Files (金田一少年の事件簿 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.[4][5] They are written by Yōzaburō Kanari or Seimaru Amagi (depending on series) and illustrated by Fumiya Satō.[6] The Kindaichi series, which started serialization in Weekly Shōnen Magazine in 1992,[6] is one of the earliest works in the mystery manga genre. In 1995, the manga won the Kodansha Manga Award for shōnen.[7]

The serialization of the new Kindaichi series started in 2004,[8][9] but not on a regular basis until 2012. The manga resumed regular serialization in 2012 to commemorate the 20th anniversary. The regular weekly serialization continues in 2013 with the title changed to 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.[10]

Kindaichi has also been animated by Toei Animation, first as a feature film, with 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,[5][11] and there has since been a live-action film,[12] four live-action drama series, three live-action television specials and further animated features for cinema and television.[11] A new anime television series adaptation, titled 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.[13]

The collected stories are published in English by Tokyopop with the title The Kindaichi Case Files.[14] 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.[15]


Kindaichi mysteries are whodunnit stories featuring (usually multiple) gruesome murders, often with a supernatural tinge. They are typically of the style of John Dickson Carr, and frequently feature a locked room mystery[5] or other seemingly "impossible" crimes, such as a murder occurring when all surviving suspects have (apparently) airtight alibis.

A notable distinction of The Kindaichi Case Files is that the killers are not depicted as psychopathic murderers and the murders are never committed for financial reasons alone. The identified killers all have deep rooted problems, often involving great emotional trauma through the greed or thoughtlessness of others, as their reasons for committing the murder(s). Thus the killers are often portrayed as sympathetic figures, as opposed to cold, calculating killers in some other mystery series.

In addition of this, after being revealed the criminal usually attempts to commit suicide.[16]


Hajime Kindaichi (金田一 一 Kindaichi Hajime?)
Voiced by: Taiki Matsuno and Kappei Yamaguchi (Anime film #1 only)

Fudo High School student Hajime is unmotivated, lazy, and a little lecherous, much to the exasperation of childhood friend Miyuki Nanase. However, only a few people see his great intelligence and deductive prowess by his -180 IQ, possibly inherited from his grandfather, private detective Kosuke Kindaichi (a fictional character written by Seishi Yokomizo; called the "Japanese Columbo" by some; However, the creators of this series did not get permission from Yokomizo's family, and they eventually complained when the series became popular. It appears to have been settled without a lawsuit, and Kosuke as Hajime's grandfather is not explicitly mentioned in the later episodes). His catch phrases are, "In the name of my grandfather...", when he commits himself to solving a murder mystery, and, "This mystery is solved!", indicating to readers that they are now in possession of all facts needed to correctly deduce the killer's identity and methods. He is also an accomplished sleight of hand artist. He is billed to have been quite unpopular with girls, but his kindness, intelligence and comical antics have in fact captured the hearts of many female characters throughout the story, such as Miyuki Nanase, Reika Hayami, Sakura Gozo, and Masumi Takamori. Despite his clumsiness and myriad other flaws, he is a loyal friend and a first-rate detective. Hajime was introduced to the School's Mystery Club (ミステリー研究会 Misuterī Kenkyūkai?) by Ruiko Sakuragi and became a member of it. His reasoning abilities were highly praised by Sakuragi.

Miyuki Nanase (七瀬 美雪 Nanase Miyuki?)
Voiced by: Akiko Nakagawa

The childhood friend and next door neighbor of "Hajime-chan"; 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. Her birthday is November 24, as stated in "The Murderer From the Screen". She possesses remarkable logic and perception, as demonstrated by her 'filling in' for him to solve a murder mystery in the live-action series while the latter was being warded for appendicitis, although she is obviously not as gifted as he is. Miyuki is the president of Fudo High's student council. Miyuki was first introduced to the Mystery Club by Ruiko Sakuragi along with Hajime, she serves as the president of the Mystery Club after Sakuragi's death.

Isamu Kenmochi (剣持 勇 Kenmochi Isamu?)
Voiced by: Jūrōta Kosugi and Isao Natsuyagi (Anime film only)

A 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

An extremely intelligent, elite-level police detective (superintendent), who is Kenmochi's supervisor. First appearing in "Death TV", he is presented as 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. He is proficient in English and French. In "The Magical Express", it's revealed that he met Reiko Chikamiya before her death, and this eventually helps Kindaichi solve the case. In "Murder at Hell's School", (disguised as a math teacher) he claimed that he had actually been a teacher in a very famous prep-school for three years. His name may be a reference to the classic Japanese detective Kogoro Akechi created by Edogawa Rampo.

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.

Ryuta Saki (佐木 竜太 Saki Ryūta?) and Ryuji Saki (佐木 竜二 Saki Ryūji?)
Voiced by: Keiichi Nanba (Ryuta Saki)

Ryuta Saki first appeared in "Smoke and Mirrors" as a member of the Mystery Club. 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.

Yosuke Itsuki (いつき 陽介 Itsuki Yōsuke?)
Voiced by: Hiroaki Hirata

A freelance writer who first appeared in "Legend of Lake Hiren" and they become friends after the case. Later on, he helped Kindaichi during his run in "Kindaichi the Killer". Since then he has become a press/media contact for Kindaichi and uses his position as a writer to perform background checks on suspects. His sources are very reliable—however, in "Kindaichi the Killer", Itsuki will discover that one of his friends, who supposedly tries to help, may be a prime suspect... Also appears in a small role in "The Gentleman Thief."

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. Fumi has good reasoning skills (although not as good as Hajime), 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).

Sota Murakami (村上 草太 Murakami Sōta?)
Voiced by: Gō Aoba (first series) and Shintarō Asanuma (R)

Kindaichi's classmate, a member of the Mystery Club. He seems to have developed an affection for Miyuki.

Ruiko Sakuragi (桜樹 るい子 Sakuragi Ruiko?)
Voiced by: Emi Shinohara

The late president of the Mystery Club, Kindaichi's senpai. She appeared in "Smoke and Mirrors". She was murdered for her accidental discovery of the dark secret of the Seven Mysteries of Fudo High.

Makoto Makabe (真壁 誠 Makabe Makoto?)
Voiced by: Takumi Yamazaki

A member of the Mystery Club and an award winning mystery writer. First appeared in "Smoke and Mirrors". His novels are in fact penned by Tomoyo Takashima.

Tomoyo Takashima (鷹島 友代 Takashima Tomoyo?)
Voiced by: Urara Miura

A member of the Mystery Club, first appearing in "Smoke and Mirrors". She is the ghostwriter of Makoto.

Emiri Miura (美浦 エミリ Miura Emiri?)
Voiced by: Mami Kingetsu

A member of the Mystery Club and a skilled dowser. She first appeared in "Amakusa Treasure Murders".

The Gentleman Thief (怪盗紳士 Kaitō Shinshi?)
Voiced by: Asako Dodo

A professional art thief who not only steals famous artworks themselves but also their "themes". First appeared in "The Gentleman Thief". She often disguises herself as Maki Daigo (醍醐 真紀 Daigo Maki?), a art magazine journalist.

Yoichi Takato (高遠 遙一 Takatō Yōichi?)
Voiced by: Kenichi Ono

Kindaichi's nemesis, Professor Moriarty to Kindaichi's Holmes, also known as "The Puppeteer From Hell" (地獄の傀儡師 Jigoku no Kugutsushi?). First appeared in "The Magical Express." 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.

Eiji Tono (遠野 英治 Tōno Eiji?)
Voiced by: Shigeru Nakahara

A Fudo High School student. First appeared in "The Legend of Lake Hiren". He committed a series of murders in an attempt to punish the person who failed to rescue his lover during the sinking of the Oriental passenger liner. He escaped by motorboat and appeared to perish in the motorboat explosion. One year later, Kindaichi, Miyuki and Yosuke were surprised to find him alive in "The Undying Butterflies". The Eiji lookalike is now called Hikage Miyama (深山 日影 Miyama Hikage?) and he loses his memory. He finally marries Ageha Madarame, one of the major characters in "The Undying Butterflies" and starts a new life.

Takashi Senke (千家 貴司 Senke Takashi?)
Voiced by: Masami Kikuchi

Kindaichi's old friend and he is also a student at Fudo High School. He first appeared in "No Noose is Good Noose" and later appeared in "Forest of Cerberus". His lover Rio Mizusawa was a dog trainer. However, Rio was terminally ill and only had 6 months to live. Soon after she died in suspicious circumstances. It emerged that her sudden death was the direct result of an improper experiment by a group of medical students. Takashi determined to take revenge on the students responsible for Rio's death. He took their lives one after another and linked the attacks with the legendary Cerberus.

Kentaro Izawa (井沢 研太郎 Izawa Kentarō?)
Voiced by: Kōki Uchiyama

Hajime's childhood friend and a genius in computer programming. First appeared in "Jashūkan Murders". At the young age, Kentaro's parents and younger sister were abducted by robbers for money during a ski holiday in Karuizawa and left unconscious in a car and subsequently died from carbon monoxide poisoning. Kentaro was sick and stayed in a hotel when the tragedy happened. Kentaro was later adopted by Ryūnosuke Ema who was a mycologist and lived in his mansion Jashūkan with three other friends. Kentaro learns the truth of the tragedy from Takato's message and seeks revenge on his parent's killers, leading to the events in "The Black Magic Murders".

Ruriko Tokiwa (常葉 瑠璃子 Tokiwa Ruriko?)

Kindaichi's old friend from the childhood, a very talented violinist. She appeared in "Jashūkan Murders". She was adopted by mycologist Ryūnosuke Ema as a child after she lost her parents. She lived in Jashūkan with Kentaro Izawa and two other friends. One day when reading a magazine brought by Kindaichi, she was shocked to know that her parents died from poisonous fungi due to misleading information provided by Ryūnosuke. She then told her friend Hiro Araki that Ryūnosuke was a murderer. Hiro said he knew that and asked her to forget about it. Ruriko was furious and fatally wounded Hiro with a hammer. Later she poisoned Ryūnosuke. Unknown to her, Hiro was actually referring to another murder committed by Ryūnosuke which was irrelevant to her parent's death.

Shigeki Kuronuma (黒沼 繁樹 Kuronuma Shigeki?)

A solicitor who appeared in "Spirit of the Snow". Shigeki's life partner Yuika Kamishiro died two years ago in a mysterious accident. Upon discovery of Yuika's body, Shigeki fell as a result of shock and suffered facial injuries. It was later revealed that Yuika died from hypothermia after her clothings were forcibly taken away by Misa Sekura, Wataru Masui and Dōzaki brothers who were at the same time trapped in the snowfield. Shigeki decided to avenge Yuika's death. He enlisted the help of Tsuguo Dōzaki who was also one of his targets to carry out the revenge plan. Shigeki and Tsuguo murdered Misa, Wataru and Tsuguo's older brother Kazushi who tried to murder Tsuguo beforehand. Tsuguo then alternately played the roles of his twin brother and himself which further complicated the murder mystery. Tsuguo was finally murdered by Shigeki. When revealed as a murderer, Shigeki attempted to commit suicide.

Giselle Tsukuyomi (月読 ジゼル Tsukuyomi Jizeru?)

A poet and half-sister of Yoichi Takato. She appeared in "Mansion of Rosenkreuz". Giselle is a specialist in language of flowers and her hobby is poem chanting. She wears Gothic Lolita style clothing. Born Giselle Misaki (美咲 ジゼル Misaki Jizeru?), she was one of the survivors in a hotel fire when she was little. Her mother was burnt to death in the tragedy and she suffered a large cross shaped burn to her back. Giselle takes revenge on the person who attempted to steal the blue rose cultivated by her mother and set fire to the hotel where the rose exhibition was held.


The main titles[edit]

The titles have more or less a literal translation. As of May 2008, Tokyopop has canceled the series. The volume that would have been released next, had it been continued, is Volume #18 "The Burial Francs".

These titles, as well as some details, may be changed by Tokyopop if it releases these volumes in the future.

FILE Series[edit]

  1. The Opera House Murders[14] is the first Kindaichi mystery, and the story on which the first anime movie is based. Miyuki corrals Kindaichi into assisting the school drama club in rehearsing The Phantom of the Opera at an isolated island hotel. But a killer stalks the high school group, one who can walk across mud without leaving footprints, and it's up to Kindaichi to solve the case, fighting time, weather, and Police Inspector Kenmochi, who fails to take the young man seriously (for the last time).
  2. The Mummy's Curse[17] sees Kindaichi and Miyuki visit a classmate about to get married, accompanied by a teacher, who was a boyfriend of the bride. The small hexagram-shaped village in which the classmate lives is packed with wealthy aristocrats who keep mysterious, cut-up mummies in their luxurious homes. But things turn serious when a murder is committed in a locked chapel, and the aristocrats start dying one by one. For Kindaichi, this case is more than the mummies' curse. After finding a connection between the victims and the tragic accident involving the burned church 27 years ago, Kindaichi finally reveals the murderer and the village's dark past!
  3. Death TV[18] follows Kindaichi and Kenmochi as they assist in the production of Shock TV, a prank-pulling reality show. Fun turns to fright when one of the show's victims is slaughtered by someone dressed up as a legendary snow demon called the "Yukiyasha", while the crew (including pop star Reika Hayami) watches in horror via TV broadcast. The trouble is, how was the murder committed when all the suspects were a twenty minute drive away from the crime scene?
  4. Smoke and Mirrors[19] hits Kindaichi's high school when he and Miyuki are asked to join the school's Mystery Club and attempt to track down a series of urban legends called "The Seven Mysteries of Fudo High." It seems the school has been receiving threatening letters from someone who calls himself "The Afterschool Magician" stating that his home in the old campus area must not be destroyed. But the school's legendary bogeyman turns out to be all too real, a shadowy figure who is able to make himself, and the corpse of one of Kindaichi's classmates, vanish in less than two minutes from a locked room. With Miyuki nearly killed, this case may be too much for Hajime Kindaichi...
  5. Treasure Isle[20] is rumored to hide a vast bounty of gold said to be guarded by the legendary beast "Yamawara", which Kindaichi and other treasure hunters gather to search for. But the host is killed before the group even arrives, and a bloody slaying takes place during a time in which none of the people on the island could have done it. Will the island's mythical monster-guardian claim more victims?
  6. The Legend of Lake Hiren[21] involves a legend about a pair of lovers who drowned themselves in a lake, but the lake itself now houses an exclusive resort whose shares could be worth millions. Kindaichi and Miyuki join a focus group evaluating the resort. But the group is soon stalked by an escaped killer who fashioned his slaying after those of Jason Voorhees, and wouldn't you know it, the only bridge to civilization has been cut off...
  7. The Santa Slayings[22] revolve around an exclusive hotel and one of its most unusual guests, a red-bearded man whose dress resembles that of Santa Claus. His very mythos is a shadow hanging over a prominent acting guild staying at the hotel, putting on a murder mystery weekend game. But the murders turn all too real, and Kindaichi becomes personally involved when one of his friends becomes a victim, and the only other person found in the locked room... is him!
  8. No Noose is Good Noose,[23] or so they say at an exclusive college prep school that Kindaichi is conned into attending by his mother. But the high-pressure school is known for driving its students to suicide by hanging. It's in this atmosphere that a teacher begs Kindaichi's help in finding a mysterious vandal who seems to be targeting her. But the vandal soon graduates to murder, and seems to have the ability to evaporate from locked rooms. Can Kindaichi make the grade?
  9. The Headless Samurai[24] is a legend in a small town, warning of betrayal and blood. A childhood friend of Kenmochi asks him for help when this myth comes to life and begins threatening her. Then a mysterious stranger is killed in a sealed room, and Kindaichi has to deal with headless corpses, greedy heirs, and an entire village too scared to talk.
  10. Kindaichi the Killer!?[25][26] (In the American series this book is found split into both books 10 and 11, changing the number order of the books following.) Kindaichi is invited by an old acquaintance to help his publishing editor acquire the rights to a new book by a famous writer. The eccentric, arrogant author throws a code breaking contest at his villa to determine the lucky recipient. Unfortunately, the writer is murdered, and it's impossible for anyone to have committed the crime except one person: Hajime Kindaichi! Soon Kindaichi is in a race against the police and the killer to break the code and clear his name.
  11. Playing the Fool[27] is something Kindaichi is loath to do, especially when it comes to women. Pop star Reika Hayami invites Kindaichi and Miyuki to the Tarot Lodge, high in the snowy mountains, which immediately sets off a rivalry between the two women. Joining them is a motley crew including Reika's manager, a lost skier, and an obsessed fan. But the weekend turns tragic when Reika's father's darkest secret threatens to reveal itself, and terrifying murders occur. Can Kindaichi protect Reika, and figure out how a killer slipped in and out of a room under constant observation?
  12. The House of Wax[28] is holding a murder mystery weekend, which Kindaichi and Miyuki are invited to by Superintendent Akechi. There they find numerous wax figures, including replicas of each participant. However, they soon find out that this is more than a mere game: the mysterious host, "Mr. Redrum," uses the wax figures to show a murder scene before actually killing the victim with the same method under seemingly impossible circumstances. Now Kindaichi must find the host that calls himself a murderer before the body count rises.
  13. The Gentleman Thief[29] is a famous thief who steals famous artworks, as well as their "themes", by destroying or mutilating the object featured in the artwork. However, it seems that this time he has gone too far, by killing the father of one of Kindaichi's friends. But solving this case will be difficult, since all the suspects apparently have perfect alibis...
  14. Graveyard Isle[30] is one of the remnants of the US's island hopping in World War II, where Japanese soldiers committed harakiri. Not exactly the place Kindaichi and his friends wanted to spend a week's vacation, especially with a group of college wargamers. But all too soon, they have violent death to deal with, including a murder that could only have been committed by a ghost...
  15. The Magical Express[31] is where the mystery starts, a train that runs between Tokyo and a remote town, featuring magic shows put on by a group of prominent magicians. Drawn there by a threat by the mysterious "Puppetmaster," Kindaichi, Miyuki, Kenmochi, and Ryuji Saki witness a corpse vanish from a locked cabin. The murders continue at an isolated hotel, and the detectives are faced with serious questions. Who is the "Puppetmaster"? And what's his relation to the late head of the magic troupe, Reiko Chikayama? Was Reiko's death really an accident?
  16. The Undying Butterflies[32] are no beautiful insects, but a harbinger of disease and death. Kindachi and Miyuki infiltrate the estate of a wealthy butterfly collector in pursuit of a killer from the past who should be dead. But then people start dying, pinned like butterflies, murdered when no one could possibly have done it. Has the resurrected killer started another bloody rampage? Or is there something more sinister afoot?
  17. Burial Francs is a burial practice in a small French village, where a franc is buried with the dead. For one of Kindaichi's childhood schoolmates, however, it was an omen of death for her and her colleagues! Amidst trying to enjoy the bridal competition show and to protect the innocent lives from getting involved, will Kindaichi figure out this "Burial Francs" who is killing off people one by one? What's his connection to Kindaichi's friend?
  18. The Devil's Artifacts is the nickname given to four artifacts that were said to be cursed — but Kindaichi, who was hired to dig them up, didn't believe in the old tale... until people started dying because of it. Now, with people's lives (and his salary!) at stake, Kindaichi must find out the identity of the artifacts' "guardian" and where they are hidden.
  19. Reika's Kidnapping is exactly what it sounds like, the kidnapping of pop idol and Kindaichi's friend, Reika Hayami. After escaping from a villa, she claims that her kidnapper was a clown. Kindaichi soon deduces that the mystery clown has to be one of the crew working the movie Reika was appearing in. But which?

CASE Series[edit]

  1. Forest of Cerberus: Kindaichi and the group of friends visit the Forest of Cerberus to hunt mushrooms. Things start going wrong when their villa is burnt down, and they are forced to take refuge in an abandoned hospital with a group of medical students. Remnants of test animals, including a cage marked Cerberus, still remain there... Not to mention rabies-infested dogs stalking the halls, and a shadow that resembles the Cerberus of legend. Then the medical students begin dying one by one, their deaths accompanied by vicious claw marks! Is the ancient Greek guardian of the underworld the killer? Will it matter if Kindaichi can't get himself and his friends out alive?
  2. The Murderer From Screen: The head of the movie club at Fudo High, grandson of Japan's king of cinema, offers Miyuki a starring role in his latest project. But when the other participants start dying, the crew notices a resemblance between their deaths and scenes from the club's previous film, Scorpion. The case seems solved when the director apparently kills himself, clutching the only keys to not one, but TWO locked doors separating him and the suspects. But Kindaichi isn't so sure the case is closed. Who is making life imitate art?
  3. Divine Treasure of Kotousu is a long lost treasure belonged to Catholics in ancient Japan, guarded by a White Hair Ghost. Not caring much about the legend, Kindaichi — who desperately needed the money and by invitation — went to Kotousu to hunt for the treasure. However, the treasure hunters start dying, one during a time when all the hunters have rock-solid alibis! Will Kindaichi be able to find the murderer, and get some money for himself too?
  4. Ghost of Yukikage Village: One of his childhood friends has died in the remote Yukikage village, so Kindaichi goes to pay his final respects. However, the death isn't all it appears to be, and soon more of Kindaichi's friends are dropping dead. Who is the killer, and what does the original death have to do with these new murders?
  5. The Plot of Russian Dolls: Ryuji Saki asks Kindaichi, Miyuki, and Kenmochi to help him solve a puzzle that leads to the inheritance of a famous mystery writer. But the puzzle deepens when the heirs start losing their heads... literally! Usually, Kindaichi would have enough problems figuring out how the killer got into a locked room with the only key also locked away, but to make things worse, a figure from Kindaichi's past -— his nemesis, Takato -— returns with a bet: if Kindaichi finds the murderer first, he will let the killer face justice. Otherwise, Takato will allow the killer to continue his bloody work... then will execute him! Can Kindaichi protect both the future victims and the murderer?
  6. Circus du Murder: Miyuki, Kindaichi, and his know-it-all cousin, Fumi, are invited by Kenmochi to join him and his wife Kazue at an inn located on a tropical island. There, they meet a circus troupe named the Goblin Circus, who live near the resort. When a storage room is found wrecked, along with mysterious gigantic footprints and a message on the wall that reads "MONSTER IS BACK", the troupe members are suspiciously quiet. However, some members have been secretly discussing a 2.3 m tall performer who disappeared a year ago, nicknamed "Monster". With the storm which prevents them from escaping the island and two clowns found dead, Kindaichi must find the culprit: is it really the "Monster", or someone else with an axe to grind?
  7. Judgment of Gankutsuō: Looking over a traveler's brochure, Kindaichi discovers that his old nemesis is in Hong Kong, and up to no good. Indeed, Takato's latest scheme involves assisting a murderer who calls himself the Gankutsuō ("The Count of Monte Cristo"). Ultimately, Takato manages to frame Kindaichi for the murders, just to prove he is the smarter man! Now, Kindaichi must prove his innocence by finding Gankutsuō, and make his nemesis pay for his crimes, once and for all!

NEW Series[edit]

  1. Legendary Vampire Murders: A month after Kindaichi went on his bicycle riding vacation, he sends a letter to Miyuki, inviting her and Kenmochi to a themed inn named "Ruins", where one of their former classmates has a part-time job. The inn is located in a virtual ghost town due to rumors regarding vampirism that sprung up a few years past. The rumor comes to life when guests of the inn are found dead, their bodies drained of blood, with two puncture wounds on their necks—which appear to be vampire bites. Worse, the murders are impossible, unless the killer really is a vampire... or one Miyuki Nanase...
  2. The Third Opera House Murders: Kindaichi, Miyuki, and Kenmochi return to the island Opera House Hotel for the third time (the second was detailed in the first of a series of Kindaichi novels by Seimaru Amagi), this time after the death of the hotel's owner, Kurosawa. The hotel and island has been bought by an old friend of Kurosawa, who wishes to honor his memory with a final performance of The Phantom of the Opera, before tearing the place down for good. Along with Kindaichi and gang, the new owner has invited members of Kurosawa's old theater troupe. However, tragedy strikes again when murders occur before the performance can take place.
  3. Gate of Jail Private School Murders: Back from his bicycle riding and applying for a top quality but extremely hellish school, Kindaichi once again encountered a murder on the day of his application exam... but Kindaichi kind of expected it. The exam site and the school itself were two of the locations on a "crime site tour" list compiled by his nemesis Takato — who, in his twisted mind, believed that these locations could be used to plan murder (thus Kindaichi's bike tour around Japan). To make it worse, Takato has recently escaped prison, and initiated his list of murder. Now, also sending the list to Akechi, Takato (disguised as an English teacher, unknown to them but revealed to readers) silently challenged them to figure out the common point among the murders and find his client... or is he planning something else for them? And lastly, is he going to make all the possible murder sites a reality?
  4. Spirit of the Snow Kindaichi Hajime was offered to receive a portion of a rich man's wealth as it written in his will. Seduced by money, Hajime along with Miyuki to the top of snowy mountain where all of the recipient of old man's wealth gathered. As Hajime discover more about the legend of a snow spirit, the recipients of the wealth begin to die one by one.
  5. Fudo High School Festival Murder Case Kindaichi attended a "maid café" hosted by the school's photo club only to discover a mysterious death. This case lasts only for four chapters, making this the shortest Kindaichi case (besides from the short stories) thus far.
  6. Chidamari's Murderer Kindaichi is forced to join "Go" club of his school.. by then, they go for a friendly match with a school. Then, one of the player has been killed at a place called "chidamari"- (the bottom of the Go board). Is it related to the legendary chidamari story? Kindaichi must find out who is the real culprit despite all the alibi they have. This short case has been published together with Fudo High School Festival Murder Case.
  7. The Black Magic Kindaichi's old friend from Karuizawa telling the truth behind the death of a company director, due to the curse of the puppet by using 'black magic'. Therefore, there's a tragedy lies behind the series of the black magic murders and the mask of the 'Puppet from Hell', Youichi Takatoo. Is it really a black magic murders, or just an illusionist murder?
  8. Murder Committed by Inspector Kenmochi Three delinquents who committed a murder a few years back were released from jail and attends the same school with Kindaichi. Due to Kenmochi's grudge towards them, the trio was targeted by an unknown killer, and Kenmochi became the suspect of the murders. Kindaichi knows that Kenmochi is not the killer and he must find out who the real killer is.
  9. The Alchemy Kindaichi joins the television game show and leads a group of television crew (including Reika Hayami the pop singer) and the participants to a deserted island, where an extremely intelligent physicist died. Then, one by one, the television crew was knock down by a masked killer who hold a huge weapon. Reika became the prime suspect of the case. This arc featured the main characters from Detective Academy Q which they make a cameo appearance, along with Saburomaru as the minor character, appearing only a few pages.
  10. House of Games Kindaichi and Miyuki take a ride after the festival for free of charge after realizing that he had overspend his cash. Then, suddenly he fall asleep. When he wake up, he found out that he was wearing a death masked (similar to Saw film reverse beartrap along with Miyuki and a few other people who ride the bus. He found out that he and people in the basement required to play a deadly game, in order to survive til the end.

20TH ANNIVERSARY Series[edit]

  1. Human Eater Research Institute Kindaichi and Miyuki were invited by their ex-classmate, teenage genius Midorigawa Mayu, to her deceased father's research institute, nicknamed the Man-eater Research Institute, to investigate the mystery behind a series of suicides of researchers. During their stay at the institute, visitors committed suicide one by one. However, Kindaichi believed that these incidents were in fact murder and promised to uncover the truth.
  2. Treasure in Kowloon, Hong Kong Miyuki was discovered by a modelling agency to participate in a fashion show in Hong Kong. Upon arrival, Miyuki was kidnapped and Kindaichi met a Hong Kong model, Lan Yeung, who looks exactly the same as Miyuki. The kidnap of Miyuki and the series of murders of VIPs at the fashion show seemed to point to the truth behind a local legendary gang leader, Emperor Dragon, and his hidden treasure, the Dragon Eye, in Hong Kong.
  3. Midnight Castle Kindaichi and Miyuki joined the Midnight Castle Tour to experience the life of blind people. In complete darkness, a murder happened.
  4. Mansion of Rosenkreuz Kindaichi's nemesis, Takato, sought help from Kindaichi after he received an invitation (also a threat letter) from an unknown person, Mr. Rosenkreuz, to the Mansion of Rosenkreuz, a mansion shaped as a Christian Cross and surrounded by a sea of roses. Guests gathered at the mansion to celebrate the successful cultivation of "the perfect Blue Rose," only to be murdered one by one.

R (RETURNS) Series[edit]

  1. The Myth of the Snow Goblin A luxurious resort, Snow Goblin Skiing Resort, was looking for a new face for the brand. Miyuki was selected to be one of the potential girls, in replacement of her injured classmate. During Kindaichi and Miyuki’s stay at the resort, one of the guests vanished without a trace. While people deemed it the attack of the mythical Snow Goblin, Kindaichi believed it was, in fact, murder.
  2. The Haunted Academy Kindaichi and Miyuki set off to a deserted island, where 200kg of gold was believed to be hidden in the ruins of an old school campus. They met Akechi and Kenmochi on the island, who were following traces of Takato. Meanwhile, three university students of the Ruins Investigation Club were murdered one by one. Was it the doing of Undead Headmaster, the wandering ghost of the haunted school, or was it another crime masterminded by Takato?
  3. Fen-fire Murders Mystery Kindaichi reunited with 8 of his childhood friends at White Fox Village for the funeral of Tsukie Marie, who had recently been murdered and dressed as a fox spirit. As his friends were murdered one by one, Kindaichi vowed to discover the truth behind the murders.

SHORT FILE Series[edit]

The short cases of Kindaichi[edit]

  1. Murderous Intent of Below Freezing 15 Degrees
  2. Who Killed the Goddess?
  3. The Twin Murderer
  4. Christmas Eve Murder
  5. The Murder in the Mirror Labyrinth
  6. Fumi Kindaichi's Kidnapping
  7. The Adventure of Fumi Kindaichi
  8. Lost Ransom
  9. Alibi in the Film
  10. The Homicide Restaurant
  11. Homicide of the Blood Dyeing Pool
  12. Departed Spirit School Murder Case
  13. Puzzle of Instantaneous Disappearance
  14. The Challenge from Mysterious Gentlemen Thief
  15. Morning Sound of Gunshot at 4.40 am
  16. The Bee Poison Sword Murder Case
  17. The Strange Intrigue of the Female Doctor



In Japan, there is a total of 68 volumes with 40 full cases, 17 Kindaichi's short cases and 7 Akechi's short cases. Together, the volumes have sold over 90 million copies in Japan, making it one of the best selling manga of the 1990s.[33] There are currently 11 volumes[34] in the new re-run after serialisation of Detective School Q completes.

As of November 4, 2008, 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.

Light novels[edit]

The novels were written by Seimaru Amagi and illustrated by Fumiya Satō. 9 volumes were released in Japan between September 22, 1994[35] and April 20, 2001.[36]


Produced by Toei Animation and directed by Daisuke Nishio, the anime adaptation of the original manga aired on Nippon Television between April 7, 1997 and September 11, 2000,[11] 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.[37]

On April 6, 2007, DVD collector's box of Kindaichi was released by Warner Home Video to mark the 10th anniversary of airing of the original TV anime.[38]

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.

A new anime television series adaptation is scheduled to air from April 5, 2014.[39] It is also streaming on Crunchyroll. In addition, Anime Sols is currently crowdfunding the North American DVD release of the new show. [40]

Video games[edit]

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 "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 November 29, 1996[41]
2 "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 (Hudson Soft) January 15, 1998[42]
3 "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[43]
4 "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[44]
5 "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 December 16, 2000[45]
6 "Detective Conan & Kindaichi Case Files: The Meeting of the Two Famous Detectives" (名探偵コナン&金田一少年の事件簿 めぐりあう2人の名探偵 "Meitantei Konan to Kindaichi Shōnen no Jikenbo Meguri Au Futari no Meitantei"?) Nintendo DS February 5, 2009[46][47]
7 "Kindaichi Case Files: Devil's Killing Navigation" (金田一少年の事件簿 悪魔の殺人航海 "Kindaichi Shōnen no Jikenbo Akuma no Satsujin Kōkai"?) Nintendo DS September 17, 2009[48]

CD books[edit]

Kodansha released two CD books in 1996 and 1997 respectively. Both have been made into anime. However, nearly all CD books voice actors are not the same as those in the anime version.

No. Title Publisher Release Date
1 "Kindaichi Case Files: Devil Suite Murder Case" (金田一少年の事件簿 悪魔組曲殺人事件 "Kindaichi Shōnen no Jikenbo Akuma Kumikyoku Satsujin Jiken"?) Kodansha January 17, 1996[49]
2 "Kindaichi Case Files: Death God Hospital Murder Case" (金田一少年の事件簿 死神病院殺人事件 "Kindaichi Shōnen no Jikenbo Shinigami Byōin Satsujin Jiken"?) Kodansha April 21, 1997[50]

Live action series[edit]

The first issue of the crossover series between Case Closed and Kindaichi Case Files

NTV aired four live action series in 1995, 1996, 2001, and 2014.[51] Specials were aired in 2005,[52] 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[edit]

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.[12][53] It is an adaptation of the Kindaichi novel of the same title.

Detective Conan & Kindaichi[edit]

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Weekly Shōnen Sunday and Weekly Shōnen Magazine, the two magazines collaborated to publish twelve biweekly magazines consisting of chapters from Weekly Shōnen Sunday '​s Case Closed and Weekly Shōnen Magazine '​s Kindaichi Case Files.[54][55] The magazine ran between April 10, 2008 and September 25, 2008.[55]


In 1995, the manga won the Kodansha Manga Award in the shōnen '​s category.[7]

Allen Divers of Anime News Network said that while Kindaichi Case Files "presents some whoppers", the series also has mysteries that are very "familiar", calling it "the Japanese version of the Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew."[56]


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