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Kindaichi Shonen no Jikenbo


  • Title: 金田一少年の事件簿
  • Title (romaji): Kindaichi Shonen no Jikenbo
  • Also known as: Kindaichi Boy’s Accident Files / The Files of Young Kindaichi
  • Format: Renzoku
  • Genre: Mystery, suspense
  • Broadcast network: NTV

Season 1

  • Episodes: 8 + 2 Specials (Academy’s Seven Mysteries Murder Case & Snow Demon Legend Murder Case)
  • Viewership ratings: 29.9
  • Broadcast period: 1995-Jul-15 to 1995-Sep-16
  • Special: 1995-Apr-08
  • Air time: Saturday 21:00
  • Theme song: Hitorijanai by Domoto Tsuyoshi


A young man who showed little promise while a high school student becomes a master detective, just like his grandfather.

Synopsis for Special 1 (Academy’s Seven Mysteries Murder Case)

At Fudo High, the principal receives threatening letters from someone called the “Afterschool Magician,” who warns them to stop the plans to tear down the old school building. Scary rumours of students who died in the “Seven Mysteries of Fudo High” began to spread again, and it isn’t long before Kindaichi and Miyuki gets involved when the Mystery Club asks them to help investigate. When the members of the Mystery Club turns up dead one by one and Miyuki also gets attacked, Kindaichi realizes that he must solve it before anymore people are killed.

Synopsis for Special 2 (Snow Demon Legend Murder Case)

Kindaichi and Inspector Kenmochi are helping out with the filming of Shock TV, a reality show that pulls pranks to shock celebrities. The crew is filming at the house of a painter located in an area purportedly haunted by a legendary snow demon. These legends seemed come to life when an actress is murdered on television by the figure of a snow demon, to the horror of the cast.

Season 2

  • Episodes: 9 + Special (Legend of the Shanghai Mermaid)
  • Viewership ratings: 27.8%
  • Broadcast period: 1996-Jul-13 to 1996-Sep-14
  • Special: 1997-Dec-13
  • Air time: Saturday 21:00
  • Theme song: Kiss Kara Hajimaru Mystery by Kinki Kids


Kindaichi was the grandson of a famous detective, and although had an IQ of 180, did not do well in school. He cracked many cases using logic and the leads he could find at the scenes of murder. Although the murderers could be predictable at times, it is interesting to see how he solved the mystery. — Le Chateau de Jo

Synopsis for the Special

Kindaichi is off on yet another case, this time in Shanghai. When the father of a Chinese friend of the young Kindaichi is murdered at the circus, it is up to the ever-resourceful and clever young high-school detective to solve the case. But hidden in the background is the 4000 year-old legend of the Shanghai Mermaid. –NTV

Season 3

  • Episodes: 9 + Special (Murder on the Magic Express)
  • Broadcast period: 2001-Jul-01 to 2001-Sep-30
  • Special: 2001-Mar-25
  • Air time: Saturday 21:00
  • Special: Sunday 21:00
  • Theme song: Jidai by Arashi


The Young Kindaichi is back and better than ever! In this first of many cases, Kindaichi finds himself onboard a cruise ship in which the captain mysteriously disappears the day after a big party. A search of the ship finds nothing, except for little drops of blood on the light switch in the captain’s room. Might it be a clue perhaps? You bet! When what looks to be a case of serious foul play unfolds, the ship’s radio is found disabled-so much for contacting the authorities. So, far out at sea until they can reach land, it’s up to Kindaichi and friends to find the killer – and stay alive! — NTV

Synopsis for Special

When the head of the touring magician’s group “Magical Fantasy‿ is murdered on a train while on his way to Hokkaido, young Kindaichi, who also just happens to be on board, is fast on the case to find the culprit. But just as quickly as the case unfolds, the body disappears only to be rediscovered again, along with other new bodies. — NTV

Special – Kyuuketsuki Densetsu Satsujin Jiken

  • Tagline: 吸血鬼伝説殺人事件
  • Tagline (romaji): Kyuuketsuki Densetsu Satsujin Jiken
  • Also known as: Kindaichi Shonen no Jikenbo 2005: The Legendary Vampire Murders
  • Viewership ratings: 18.6%
  • Broadcast date: 2005-Sep-24
  • Air time: Saturday 21:00


Miyuki receives an invitation from her friend Hikune Youhei to the themed inn “Ruins”, located in a virtual ghost town haunted by the legend of a vampire. However, what Kindaichi had originally dismissed as spooky rumours with no basis became horribly real when their fellow guests staying at the inn are found dead one by one, with their bodies drained of blood and wounds in their necks that resembled vampire bites.


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