The Kindaichi Case Files

The Kindaichi Case Files
KindaishiCaseFiles vol1 Cover.jpg
Cover of The Kindaichi Case Files volume 1 as published by Kodansha
金田一少年の事件簿
(Kindaichi Shōnen no Jikenbo)
GenreDetective fiction, Mystery
Manga
Written byYōzaburō Kanari (File and Case series)
Seimaru Amagi (Other series)
Illustrated byFumiya Satō
Published byKodansha
English publisher
DemographicShōnen
MagazineWeekly Shōnen Magazine
Original run19922017
Volumes76 (List of volumes)
Series titles
  1. File series (1992 – 1997, 27 volumes)
  2. Short File series (1997 – 2000, 6 volumes)
  3. Case series (1998 – 2001, 10 volumes)
  4. New series (2004 – 2011, 14 volumes)
  5. 20th Anniversary series (2012 – 2013, 5 volumes)
  6. Return "R" series (2013 – 2017, 14 volumes)
  7. Kindaichi 37 series (2018 – Ongoing)
Light novel
Written bySeimaru Amagi
Illustrated byFumiya Satō
Published byKodansha
Original runSeptember 22, 1994April 20, 2001
Volumes9 (List of volumes)
Television drama
Directed byYukihiko Tsutsumi, Nozomu Amemiya, Toya Sato, Takaya Kurata
Written byTetsuya Oishi, Manabu Kato, Akihiro Tago, Hajime Narita, Masaki Fukasawa
Original networkNTV
Original runJuly 15, 1995September 16, 1995
Episodes8
Anime film
Operazakan - Aratanaru Satsujin
Directed byDaisuke Nishio
Written byMichiru Shimada
Music byKaoru Wada
StudioToei Animation
ReleasedDecember 14, 1996
Runtime94 minutes[1]
Anime television series
The File of Young Kindaichi
Directed byDaisuke Nishio
Music byKaoru Wada
StudioToei Animation
Original networkYTV, CTV, NTV
English network
Original runTV series
April 7, 1997
September 11, 2000
TV specials
November 12, 2007 –
November 19, 2007
Episodes148 + 2 (TV specials) (List of episodes)
Live-action film
Directed byYukihiko Tsutsumi
ReleasedDecember 13, 1997
Manga
Akechi Case Files
Written bySeimaru Amagi
Illustrated byFumiya Satō
Published byKodansha
DemographicShōnen
MagazineWeekly Shōnen Magazine[2]
Original run19982000
Volumes2 (List of volumes)
Anime film
Satsuriku no Deep Blue
StudioToei Animation
ReleasedAugust 21, 1999
Runtime91 minutes[3]
Original video animation
The Black Magic Murders
Directed byToshiaki Komura
Written byIsao Murayama
Music byKaoru Wada
StudioToei Animation
ReleasedDecember 17, 2012March 15, 2013
Episodes2 (List of episodes)
Manga
Takato Case Files
Written bySeimaru Amagi
Illustrated byFumiya Satō
Published byKodansha
DemographicShōnen
MagazineManga Box
Original run20132014
Volumes1 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
The Kindaichi Case Files R
Directed byYutaka Tsuchida (Season 1)
Yoko Ikeda (Season 2)
Produced byMichihiko Suwa
Shinji Shimizu
Written byAtsuhiro Tomioka
Miyuki Kishimoto
Takuya Matsumoto
Yoshifumi Fukushima
Music byKaoru Wada
StudioToei Animation
Original networkYTV, CTV, NTV
English network
Original runApril 5, 2014March 26, 2016
Episodes47 + 1 (TV specials) (List of episodes)
Television drama
The Files of Young Kindaichi Neo
Directed byHisashi Kimura, Shunsuke Kariyama
Written byYuya Takahashi
Original networkNTV
Original runJuly 19, 2014September 20, 2014
Episodes9
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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.[5][6] They are written by Yōzaburō Kanari or Seimaru Amagi (depending on series) and illustrated by Fumiya Satō.[7] The Kindaichi series, which started serialization in Weekly Shōnen Magazine in 1992,[7] is one of the earliest works in the mystery manga genre. In 1995, the manga won the Kodansha Manga Award for shōnen.[8]

The serialization of the new Kindaichi series started in 2004,[9][10] 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.[11]

The series 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,[6][12] and there has since been a live-action film,[13] four live-action drama series, three live-action television specials and further animated features for cinema and television.[12] 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.[14] A second season began airing on October 3, 2015.[15]

The collected stories are published in English by Tokyopop with the title The Kindaichi Case Files.[16] Only the first 17 volumes (the first series) have been released by Tokyopop. The series is airing on Animax Asia as The File of Young Kindaichi in Japanese with English subtitles.[17]

Overview

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[6] 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 to this, after being revealed the criminal usually attempts suicide.[18]