Cover of the first tankōbon volume of Magic Kaito, as published by Shogakukan on April 18, 1988.
|Genre||Comedy-drama, crime, Kaitō|
|Written by||Gosho Aoyama|
|Magazine||Weekly Shōnen Sunday|
|Original run||1987 – ongoing|
|Anime film series|
|Directed by||Toshiki Hirano|
|Produced by||Masahito Yoshioka|
|Music by||Atsushi Umebori|
|Released||April 17, 2010 – December 29, 2012|
|Anime television series|
|Magic Kaito 1412|
|Directed by||Susumu Kudo|
|Written by||Kunihiko Okada
|Music by||Taku Iwasaki|
|Original run||October 4, 2014 – ongoing|
Magic Kaito (Japanese: まじっく快斗 Hepburn: Majikku Kaito?) is a Japanese phantom thief manga series written and illustrated by Gosho Aoyama, that began in Shogakukan's Weekly Shōnen Sunday in 1987. The story tells of a thief named Kaito Kid (怪盗キッド Kaitō Kiddo?). Aoyama stopped work on the manga after the first two tankōbon volumes were published in 1988, and only occasionally updates it: the third volume was published in 1994 and the fourth volume in 2007; two more chapters were released in 2011, and another three chapters will be released between October 1 and October 15, 2014. Kaito Kid and other characters from Magic Kaito make occasional appearances in Detective Conan, another manga series by Aoyama that has also been adapted into an anime.
Several animated television specials based on the series have been produced, with twelve having aired between 2010 and 2012 to date. A 24 episodes anime series titled Magic Kaito 1412 (まじっく快斗1412?) was created by A-1 Pictures and began airing on October 4, 2014.
Kaito Kuroba is a normal teenage student whose father died under mysterious circumstances eight years ago. Eight years later, he is made aware of his father's secret identity; a famous international criminal known as Kaito Kid, and that he was murdered by a mysterious organization because he tried to steal a gem which was also targeted by them. The goal of the organization is to find within a year the Pandora Gem, a mystical stone said to shed tears during the passing of the Volley comet (which happens once every 10,000 years): drinking these tears bestows immortality.
He vows to prevent the organization from gaining immortality, and assumes his father's thief identity as he begins his quest for the gem. His only clues as to the gem's location are that it glows red under the full moon and that it is a doublet: a gem hidden within a larger gem. Thus, it would have to be a relatively large one with a bizarre history, and always stored in a place that never receives moonlight. He thus researches and steals famous priceless gems with odd histories from incredibly well-defended areas, but returns them after the very next full moon as they are not the Pandora.
The protagonist, Kaito Kuroba (黒羽 快斗 Kuroba Kaito?) is a smart, quirky and almost arrogant 17 year old boy who is an excelled illusionist. He is childhood friends with Aoko Nakamori, who he is in love with. Kaito is also the thief known as Kaito Kid (怪盗キッド Kaitō Kiddo?). He gives the police notices describing when, where, and what he is going to steal in a heist, and often ends up returning the item that he stole because it wasn't what he was looking for, the Pandora gem. His Japanese voice actor is Kappei Yamaguchi and his English voice actor is Jerry Jewell.
Aoko Nakamori (中森 青子 Nakamori Aoko?) is Kaito's childhood friend and love interest. She is an obstinate, impulsive and lighthearted girl. As the daughter of Inspector Nakamori, she despises the Kaito Kid. Her Japanese voice actresses are Ayumi Fujimura in the specials and Mao Ichimichi in Magic Kaito 1412, Yukiko Iwai in episode 76 of Detective Conan, Minami Takayama in episode 219 and OVA 4 of Detective Conan.
Saguru Hakuba (白馬探 Hakuba Saguru?) is a famous high school detective based out of Japan and Kaito's rival. As the son of a high police official, he had many chances to capture the Kaito Kid. He believes that Kaito is the Kaito Kid but lacks the evidence. His Japanese voice actors are Akira Ishida in the Magic Kaito specials and in Detective Conan, and Mamoru Miyano in Magic Kaito 1412.
Akako Koizumi (小泉 紅子 Koizumi Akako?) is a witch with real magic, which causes her to be very critical of Kaito's "sleight-of-hand" magic. She knows that he is Kaito Kid. Akako is very much a seductress, and is "trying to make every man her slave". She is at first angry at Kaito because she cannot "control" him, but later on she grows to love him. Her Japanese voice actresses are Miyuki Sawashiro in the Magic Kaito specials, Eri Kitamura in Magic Kaito 1412, and Megumi Hayashibara in Detective Conan.
Ginzo Nakamori (中森 銀三 Nakamori Ginzō?), renamed "Mace Fuller" in Funimation Entertainment's Detective Conan dub, is the inspector in charge of capturing the Kaito Kid. His Japanese voice actor is Unshou Ishizuka and his English voice actor is Jay Jones.
Toichi Kuroba (黒羽 盗一 Kuroba Tōichi?) was the original Kaito Kid and Kaito Kuroba's father. He taught Kaito how to be a magician. When he was Phantom Thief 1412 he was once stopped by Yusaku Kudo, but managed to escape. Yusaku is the one who came up with the name "KID" by rearranging the lines in the number 1412, and it is implied that Yusaku found out his secret identity. As a magician Toichi taught Yukiko Kudo and Sharon Vineyard the art of disguise for their acting careers. During his life as a thief, he tried to steal a gem which was also targeted by a mysterious organization, and was thus killed during a magic trick involving an escape, all done in a way that seemed like an accident. His Japanese voice actor is Shuuichi Ikeda.
Written and illustrated by Gosho Aoyama, Magic Kaito has been serialized in Weekly Shōnen Sunday since 1987. It was halted in 1988 after two tankōbon volumes, but new chapters have been occasionally released since then, with the third volume published in 1994 and the fourth one in 2007; two chapters not yet collected in a volume were released in 2011. Also, in 2011 all four volumes were republished in "Treasured Editions" from August 15 to December 16. Two versions of each volume were released, one containing a DVD of one of the TV specials.
While there has not been an official English-language release of the manga, it has been translated and released in Italy, Spain, Germany and Taiwan, by Star Comics, Planeta DeAgostini Comics, Egmont Manga & Anime and Chingwin Publishing Group respectively.
List of manga chapters
|1||April 15, 1988||ISBN 978-4-09-122081-3|
|2||October 15, 1988||ISBN 978-4-09-122082-0|
|"The Hustler VS. The Magician" is actually the second chapter Aoyama created for the series, but it was never ran in the magazine.|
|3||September 15, 1994||ISBN 978-4-09-122083-7|
|4||February 16, 2007||ISBN 978-4-09-121005-0|
- Chapters not yet in tankōbon format
- Phantom Lady (Part 1) (ファントム・レディー（前編） Fantomu Redī (zenpen)?). Published on August 17, 2011.
- Phantom Lady (Part 2) (ファントム・レディー（後編） Fantomu Redī (kōhen)?). Published on August 24, 2011.
- Midnight Crow (Part 1) (真夜中の烏（ミッドナイト・クロウ）（前編) Mayonaka no Karasu (Middonaito Kurō) (zenpen)?). Published on October 1, 2014.
- Midnight Crow (Part 2) (真夜中の烏（ミッドナイト・クロウ）（中編) Mayonaka no Karasu (Middonaito Kurō) (chūhen)?). Published on October 8, 2014.
- Midnight Crow (Part 3) (真夜中の烏（ミッドナイト・クロウ）（後編) Mayonaka no Karasu (Middonaito Kurō) (kōhen)?). Published on October 15, 2014.
Several animated TV specials based on Magic Kaito has been created. All have been directed by Toshiki Hirano, produced by TMS Entertainment and aired on Nippon Television Network System during Detective Conan's time slot. Several have been titled as "Detective Conan Specials" despite the fact that none have had anything to do with Conan. The first aired on April 24, 2010.
List of specials
|Ep. no||Title||Original airdate|
|1||"Detective Conan Special: Secret of the Birth of the Kaito Kid"
"Meitantei Conan Supesharu 「Kaitō Kiddo Tanjou no Himitsu」" (名探偵コナンスペシャル 「怪盗キッド誕生の秘密」)
|April 24, 2010|
|After being in remission for eight years, the Kaito Kid suddenly makes a reappearance by robbing a jewelry store. The news about the theft spreads around the school of Kaito Kuroba, a prankster magician. When his friend Aoko Nakamori informs him that the Phantom Thief uses magic as well, Kaito decides to catch him, claiming that his tricks are the best. At home, Kaito finds a secret room which was timed to reveal itself on that day and discovers a room full of Kaito Kid's equipment. Later that day, inspector Ginzo Nakamori, Aoko's father, learns that the Phantom Thief is targeting a jewel known as the Moon's Pupil and prepares an ambush at the jewel's location. Meanwhile, Kaito deduces that eight years ago is the same time, his father, Toichi Kuroba, died and suspects the original Phantom Thief was his father. To confirm that theory, he decides to don the Kaito Kid costume to confront the current Kid. Kid manages to successfully steal the Moon's Pupil but is confronted by Kaito. The current Kid reveals that he is Jii Kounosuke, Toichi's servant who confirms that Toichi was the Kaito Kid and also reveals that Toichi’s death eight years previous was the result of murder. Kaito decides to take over the role of Kid, and he and Jii escape from the police. Later the next day, as Kaito is admiring the Moon’s Pupil, Aoko comes and scares him with a fish which causes him to toss the Moon's Pupil into the air and fall into the fish's mouth. Consequently, Inspector Nakamori finds the jewel when he cooks the fish for dinner that night.|
|2||"Detective Conan Special: Kaito Kid's Summer Festival: Kaito Kid's Busy Date"
"Meitantei Conan Natsu no Kaitō Kiddo Matsuri "Kaitō Kiddo no Isogashii Dēto"" (名探偵コナン 夏の怪盗キッド祭り 「怪盗キッドの忙しいデート」)
|August 6, 2011|
|During Kaito's latest heist of the Angel Crown, a crown embedded with jewels, Nakamori sees his face and begins to suspect Kaito to be the Kaito Kid. After failing to steal the crown, Kaito leaves behind a calling card announcing the time and date of his second attempt. Nakamori shares his suspicions with Aoko, who decides to take Kaito out on a date at Tropical Land on the day of Kid's heist to prove his innocence. Kaito, realizing Aoko's intentions, concludes he must use her to establish an alibi while also completing his heist to clear his name. While watching a movie, Kaito sneaks away and completes the heist while demonstrating his perfect disguise ability, throwing off Nakamori's suspicions. He returns to Aoko before she notices his disappearance who expresses relief Kaito was not Kid.|
|3||"Detective Conan Special: Kaito Kid's Summer Festival: The Princess Loves Magic"
"Meitantei Conan Natsu no Kaitō Kiddo Matsuri "Ōjousama wa Majikku ga Osuki"" (名探偵コナン 夏の怪盗キッド祭 「王女様はマジックがお好き」)
|August 13, 2011|
|Princess Anne, a European princess, travels to Japan with Detective Delon. She announces she is hosting a party for magicians and publicly challenges Kid to steal her jeweled necklace, the Beaucoup de Soleil à Paris. Delon opts to capture Kid and removes Nakamori from the case. Nakamori, saddened by this, asks Kaito to help him enter the party so he could attempt to catch Kid before Delon does. After doing so, Kaito dons the disguise and uses Delon's inexperience to successfully enter the Princess' room. Anne reveals she is a big fan of the Phantom Thief and goes along with Kaito's plan allowing him to escape and gives Nakamori credit for foiling Kid's heist.|
|4||"Kaito Kid Special: The Witch That Sheds no Tears"
"Kaitō Kiddo Supesharu "Majo wa Namida o Kobosanai"" (怪盗キッドスペシャル 「魔女は涙をこぼさない」)
|September 24, 2011|
|The witch Akako Koizumi, using her magic mirror, learns that the Kaito Kid is the only male in the world immune to her charms. She transfers to Kaito's school and deduces his identity when she fails to charm him on Valentine's Day. Akako decides to confront Kid on his next heist and uses her magic to predict the time and location. Kaito escapes Akako's attempts at his life but is trapped by a magic circle atop Tokyo Tower. She demands Kaito into eating her chocolate which will enslave his will to her but is freed when the snow disrupts the magic circle. Nakamori, under the influence of Akako's magic, attempts to shoot Kid but hits a gas tank causing an explosion and knocking Akako off the tower. Kaito saves her, convincing her enslaving him through magic is wrong, and departs.|
|5||"Kaito Kid Special: The Fated Blue Birthday"
"Kaitō Kiddo Supesharu "Unmei no Burū Bāsudē"" (怪盗キッドスペシャル 「運命のブルーバースデー」)
|October 29, 2011|
|After a successful heist, Kid receives a phone call from a payphone and is told to stop stealing gems. At school, Kaito promises Aoko he will attend her birthday party, which is on the same day as his heist for the gem known as the Blue Birthday. Kaito succeeds but is met by an organization and learns that they are the cause of his father's death. After seemingly killed by a man codenamed Snake, the organization steals the Blue Birthday and departs. Kaito follows them and learns the organization are searching for an immortality granting jewel known as Pandora which resides in a large gemstone and can only be found if shone in the moonlight. After determining the Blue Birthday is not pandora, Kaito threatens to find and destroy Pandora before they can find it. Unable to make it to Aoko's birthday in time, Kaito rigs an apartment complex's lights to spell out Happy Birthday Aoko. Elsewhere, the organization contacts their boss who decides to hire the magician known as Spider to counter Kid.|
|6||"Kaito Kid Special: Love on the Ski Slope on Christmas Eve"
"Kaitō Kiddo Supesharu "Ivu wa Koisuru gerende de"" (怪盗キッドスペシャル 「聖夜は恋するゲレンデで」)
|December 24, 2011|
|Kaito's class travel to a ski resort and hosts their own class costume couple skiing contest. Aoko partners with an unpopular classmate after being told by Akako that Kaito is her partner. Akako places a magic charm on Kaito in an attempt to make him become enamored by her, but is ineffective on Kaito who remains dejected by Aoko's pairing. Kaito is told by Aoko's partner that Aoko wants to be with him and the two agree to switch places. Kaito and Aoko win the contest dressed as Kaito Kid and his bride.|
|7||"Kaito Kid's Summer Festival: Magic Kaito (The Brilliant Rival)"
"Natsu no Kaitō Kiddo Matsuri Majikku Kaitō "Kareinaru Raibarutachi"" (夏の怪盗キッド祭り まじっく快斗「華麗なるライバルたち」)
|August 4, 2012|
|Kaito aims to steal a gem in the right eye of a bronze statue from a museum. There, Saguru Hakuba is chasing after Spider, the magician hired to kill Kid. Kaito's heist is successful and after confirming it is not pandora, returns it and flees. He is confronted by Spider but is able to ward him off with Hakuba's help. Hakuba decides to stay in Japan until Spider is captured and enrolls in Kaito's class. In the end, Spider's identity is revealed to be the famous magician, Gunter Von Goldberg.|
|8||"Kaito Kid's Summer Festival: The Secret of the Red Tear"
"Natsu no Kaitō Kiddo Matsuri "Reddo Tiā no Himitsu"" (夏の怪盗キッド祭り 「レッド・ティアーの秘密」)
|August 11, 2012|
|Kaito cancels his heist of the Red Tear after remembering his father telling him the secret to the gem. However, Kaito runs into the gem's owner, Jody Hopper, and sees Snake following her. Deducing the organization is after the gem, Kaito attends Jody's magic show and protects her from the organization. After successful eluding Snake, Kaito reveals when the gem is shone with light from fire, the gem emits pictures of Jody's childhood and a message from her grandfather telling her to regain her love for magic regardless of her parent's death.|
|9||"Kaito Kid Special: The Witch, The Detective, and The Phantom Thief"
"Kaitō Kiddo Supesharu "Majo to Tantei to Kaitō to"" (怪盗キッドスペシャル 「魔女と探偵と怪盗と」)
|September 29, 2012|
|Kaito Kid strikes again, leaving the jewel behind where the Police got confused on what he is after. Hakuba then found an evidence left by Kid, his strand of hair. Then after they examined the hair, they found out that it belong to a high school student. After putting an all-nighter, Hakuba suspected Kaito then invites him. Where Akako intervene saying it is a trap. Knowing that it is all a trap he took up the challenge. Kaito's identity was almost revealed until another Kaito showed up which is Akako, flying with a broom. Spider then caught Akako and used her to take Kaito out but failed. Hakuba then interfere saying Spider is Gunter von Goldberg which is a fake name. Spider escaped and Hakuba failed to reveal the identity of Kaito Kid. Kaito returned again the stolen jewel and Aoko shouted that Kaito Kid is a gay.|
|10||"Magic Kaito: The Reminiscent Golden Eye"
"Majikku Kaito "Tsuioku no Gōruden Ai"" (まじっく快斗 「追憶のゴールデン・アイ」)
|November 3, 2012|
|11||"Kaito Kid Winter Special: The Teary Crystal Mother"
"Fuyu no Kaitō Kiddo supesharu "Namida no Kurisutaru Mazā"" (冬の怪盗キッドスペシャル 「涙のクリスタル・マザー」)
|December 22, 2012|
|12||"Kaito Kid Winter Special: Tears of Love of the Dark Night"
"Fuyu no Kaitō Kiddo supesharu "Dāku Naito ni Ai no Namida wo"" (冬の怪盗キッドスペシャル 「ダーク･ナイトに愛の涙を」)
|December 29, 2012|
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