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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.[1][2] They are written by Yōzaburō Kanari or Seimaru Amagi (depending on series) and illustrated by Fumiya Satō.[3] The Kindaichi series, which started serialization in Weekly Shōnen Magazine in 1992,[3] is one of the earliest works in the mystery manga genre. In 1995, the manga won the Kodansha Manga Award for shōnen.[4]

The serialization of the new Kindaichi series started in 2004,[5][6] but not on a regular basis. Kindaichi tankōbon were ranked 2nd and 3rd in a Japanese Comic Ranking in October, 2009.[7]

Kindaichi has also been adapted as an anime television series with 148 episodes,[2][8] a live-action movie,[9] and three live-action series. Toei Animation handled the anime adaption of the Kindaichi series.[8]

The collected stories are published in English by Tokyopop with the title The Kindaichi Case Files.[10] Only the first 18 volumes[11] (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.[12]

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