Kindaichi Case Files
Kindaichi Case Files (金田一少年の事件簿 Kindaichi Shōnen no Jikenbo?) is a serialized 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 Manga Award for shōnen.
The serialization of the new Kindaichi series started in 2004, but not on a regular basis. Kindaichi tankōbon were ranked 2nd and 3rd in a Japanese Comic Ranking in October, 2009.
Kindaichi has also been adapted as an anime television series with 148 episodes, a live-action movie, and three live-action series. Toei Animation handled the anime adaption of the Kindaichi series.
The collected stories are published in English by Tokyopop with the title The Kindaichi Case Files. Only the first 18 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.