Young Kindaichi Files

Young Kindaichi Files is an anime series
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Hajime Kindaichi, grandson of a famous detective, swears on the name of his grandfather to solve every murder case he finds. He's 17, a bit of a delinquent with a bad record of attendance at his high school, but he's got a mind like a steel trap, a gift for sleight-of-hand, and a lot of help from childhood friend Miyuki Nanase.

Based on the 1992 manga in Shonen Magazine by Yozaburo Kanari and Fumiya Sato, YKF features the descendant of a famous sleuth-the Kosuke Kindaichi created by crime novelist Seishi Yokomizo in 1946, whose most famous cases include The Man with Three Fingers and the live-action movie The House of Inugami (1976). As with Lupin III, there were legal wrangles with the indignant executors of the original, though these were resolved with an out-of-court settlement as the series' popularity steadily increased. The manga spun off into a 1995 live-action TV series, and the first volume was adapted into Nishio's anime movie YKF: Murder at the Hotel Opera (1996). YKF rode a post-X-Files wave of interest in detective stories, making it and rival Conan the Boy Detective two of the greatest anime hits of the 1990s. Rather than limiting the mysteries to the 25-minute sessions of single episodes, writers favored two- and three-part dramas, increasing the suspense and readily lending themselves to feature-length video releases. Just some of Kindaichi's TV cases include The Waxworks Murders, Death by the Devil's Symphony, and The Killer on the Haunted Train. Araki's designs for the 1997 TV series were revamped by Hidemi Kama for the 1999 movie Deep Blue Slaughter, in which Kindaichi hunts a murderer stalking a newly built Okinawa beach-resort.

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Name Young Kindaichi Files
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Romaji: Kindaichi Shonen no Jiken Bo
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Start Year 1996
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Aliases Young Kindaichi's Casebook
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