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Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbo: File Series (Manga)

Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbo: File Series

Alternative Titles

English: The Kindaichi Case Files
Synonyms: Kindaichi Shonen no Jikenbo
Japanese: 金田一少年の事件簿


Type: Manga
Volumes: 27
Chapters: 219
Status: Finished
Published: Feb 17, 1993 to Dec 16, 1997
Authors: Kibayashi, Shin (Story), Kanari, Youzaburou (Story), Satou, Fumiya (Art)


Score: 8.251 (scored by 892 users)
Ranked: #4022
Popularity: #2958
Members: 1,910
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Kindaichi (frequently with best-bud, Miyuki) travels to various places where a murder has taken place, typically involving ghosts, curses, myths and folklore of significant events from the distant past, and solves the mystery using ingenious deductions of curious clues and his cool magic.

(Source: Tokyopop)


Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbo: File Series was partially published in English as The Kindaichi Case Files by Tokyopop, who published the first 17 volumes between June 1, 2003 and May 13, 2008. Each volume has a subtitle, The Opera House Murders being the first, and The Undying Butterflies the final English volume.

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Feb 20, 2015
“Even if you hit rock bottom and wound up on the darkest place imaginable, I still believe there’s no life that can’t be salvaged.”

Classic Kindaichi File series is THE definitive murder mystery manga as far as I am concerned. Featuring a deceptively moronic protagonist with uncanny aptitude at deduction and problem-solving (as well as running into dead bodies...), it’s an episodic whoddunit consisted of 19 individual cases spanned across 27 volumes. Each episode tends to follow more or less the same structure: Kindaichi and his pseudo-girlfriend Miyuki got into a situation where they mingle with a handful group of strangers and/or acquaintances, read more
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Jan 21, 2015
This is a story about Kindaichi jr. , grandson of the famous fictional detective, Kindaichi.
Story: 8
I do not really know how to feel about having the grandson of a detective be one himself. It's like taking a big fictional character that you did not create and just say : let's give him a son! It's not really something you thought for hours about. Though, Kindaichi jr. is a very likable character, and you can somehow relate to his roots. The story in itself is quite good. The cases aren't just as detailed as Detective Conan, and a little bit difficult to understand, but this read more
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