MY JAPANESE FAVORITE COMIC (PART 2)


Case Closed, known as Meitantei Conan (名探偵コナン?, lit. Great Detective Conan, officially translated as Detective Conan) in Japan, is a Japanese detective manga series written and illustrated by Gosho Aoyama. The series is serialized in Shogakukan‘s Weekly Shōnen Sunday since February 2, 1994, and has been collected in 74 tankōbon volumes as of December 2011. Due to legal considerations with the name Detective Conan, the English language release was renamed Case Closed. The story follows the adventures of Jimmy Kudo, a prodigious young detective who was inadvertently transformed into a child after being poisoned.

Since its publication, Case Closed has spawned a substantial media franchise. The manga has been adapted into an ongoing animated television series by Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation and TMS Entertainment; the animated series has reached its twentieth season. The series has spawned three original video animation series, fifteen animated feature films, three live action dramas, a live action series, numerous video games, and many types of Case Closed-related merchandise. A two-hour television special titled Lupin the 3rd vs Detective Conan was aired on March 27, 2009, and featured a crossover with the series Lupin III.

Funimation Entertainment licensed the anime series for North American broadcast in 2003 under the name Case Closed with the characters given Americanized names. The anime premiered on Cartoon Network as part of their Adult Swim programming block and was discontinued due to low ratings. The first six films were released on Region 1 DVD in North America. Viz Media later licensed the manga series for English-language publication in North America and used Funimation’s renamed title and cast.

Compilation volumes of the manga have sold more than 120 million copies in Japan. In 2001, the manga was awarded 46th Shogakukan Manga Award in the shōnen category. The anime adaptation has been well received and ranked in the top twenty in Animage‘s polls between 1996 and 2001. In the Japanese TV anime ranking, Case Closed often ranked in the top six. Both manga and anime have had positive response from critics for its plot and cases.

Characters

Main characters of the series

The series was created and is drawn by Gosho Aoyama. The protagonists from his earlier series Magic Kaito look very similar: Kaitou Kid has made a number of appearances as himself in the anime and manga of the series. The main protagonist of the Detective Conan series, Shinichi Kudo, and the protagonist of the Magic Kaito series, Kaito Kuroba are also similar. Hundreds of minor characters have been created and are always given backgrounds, motives, and personalities that put them under suspicion during the investigation.

The English adaption dubbed by Funimation, called Case Closed, has different names than the one in the manga published by Viz Media.

Protagonists

The series revolves around Shinichi Kudo and his “child version”, Conan Edogawa as well as his best friend Ran and her father Kogoro.

Picture Name English Name Role
Shinichi Kudo Jimmy Kudo Main character of the series. He was shrunk into a child after being forced to take a poison, called APTX 4869, created by the Black Organization.
Conan Edogawa Conan Edogawa “Child” version of Shinichi. He’s after the Black Organization to regain his original body. The show follows his journey and the different cases he encounters along the way.
Ran Mouri Rachel Moore Shinichi‘s childhood friend, and main love interest. She doesn’t know Conan‘s real identity. She’s the one taking care of him along with her dad, Kogoro.
Kogoro Mouri Richard Moore Private eye and Ran‘s father. Separated from Eri Kisaki, Ran’s mother.

Detective Boys

Main article: Detective Boys

The Detective Boys are called the “Junior Detective League” in the English version of the show. Notably, the Detective Boys are the only people that see the bowtie in action who aren’t suspicious about Conan’s identity. They have seen Conan use the bowtie, and even caught Conan using the bowtie to solve the case.

Picture Name English Name Role
Ayumi Yoshida Amy Yeager Member of the Detective Boys. She likes Conan.
Mitsuhiko Tsuburaya Mitch Tennison Member of the Detective Boys. Has a crush on Ayumi and Haibara. One of the most intelligent in the Detective Boys. He is great when it comes to science and logic.
Genta Kojima George Kaminski Member of the Detective Boys. Has a crush on Ayumi. Always saying he is the leader of Detective Boys. He loves to eat, especially eel rice.
Ai Haibara Vi Graythorn (movies)
Anita Hailey (manga)
Member of the Detective Boys. Former Black Organization member codename “Sherry”, real name “Shiho Miyano”, she invented APTX 4869.

Family & Friends

Main article: Family and Friends
Picture Name English Name Role
Hiroshi Agasa Herschel Agasa Professor who creates gadgets for Conan to use and the best friend of Yusaku Kudo.
Sonoko Suzuki Serena Sebastian Ran‘s best friend. Youngest daughter of the wealthy Suzuki family.
Eri Kisaki Eva Kadan Ran‘s mother, a very successful attorney. Married to, but currently living separately from Kogoro Mouri.
Yusaku Kudo Booker Kudo Shinichi‘s father. A famous author that is well-known in both America and Japan.
Yukiko Kudo Vivian Kudo Shinichi‘s mother. A retired actress, she can disguise well and can mimic voices without a voice changer.
Heiji Hattori Harley Hartwell Shinichi‘s rival detective and best friend from Osaka. Known as “Great Detective of the West”. He’s also a trained Kendo martial artist. Knows Conan‘s identity.
Kazuha Toyama Kirsten Thomas (anime)
Kazuha Toyama (manga)
Katrina Tolliver (video game)
Katie Thompson (card game)
Heiji‘s best friend since childhood and love interest. She is also a trained Aikido martial artist.
Sumiko Kobayashi Liz Faulkner Conan‘s homeroom teacher and Ninzaburo Shiratori‘s girlfriend. Also the self-proclaimed manager of the Detective Boys.
Tomoaki Araide Tomoaki Araide Kogoro‘s doctor, Teitan school nurse, and a high school basketball coach. He was once impersonated by Vermouth.
Eisuke Hondou Eisuke Hondou Ran and Sonoko‘s classmate, whom Conan finds suspicious. He is later discovered to be looking for his sister, Hidemi and wants to follow in the footsteps of his father and sister to be a CIA agent.
Subaru Okiya Subaru Okiya A person currently living in Shinichi‘s house, whom Haibara suspects is the member of the Black Organization known as Bourbon. Sometimes assists the Detective Boys and Conan on cases.

Law enforcement

Main article: Law Enforcement

Tokyo Metropolitan Police District

Picture Name English Name Role
Juzo Megure Joseph Meguire Inspector from the Tokyo Metropolitan Police District.
Wataru Takagi Harry Wilder Police officer who works with Inspector Megure. Currently involved with Detective Sato.
Miwako Sato Detective Saimone Female police officer who works with Inspector Megure. Currently involved with Detective Takagi.
Ninzaburo Shiratori Nicholas Santos Police inspector who works with Inspector Megure. Originally Detective Takagi‘s rival for Detective Sato‘s affection, he is currently involved with Sumiko Kobayashi.
Yumi Miyamoto Yumi Miyamoto A traffic enforcer and Detective Sato‘s best friend who is a compulsive tease.
Detective Chiba Detective Chiba Police officer who often works with Inspector Megure.
Naeko Miike Naeko Miike A traffic enforcer and Detective Chiba‘s childhood friend.
Kiyonaga Matsumoto Kiyonaga McLaughlin Superintendent of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police 1st Division, and Inspector Megure‘s superior.
Inspector Yuminaga Inspector Yuminaga The head inspector of the arson squad, and Kogoro Mouri‘s former superior.
Shintaro Chaki Bernie Biggers Superintendent of Tokyo Metropolitan Police 2nd Division.

Osaka Police District

Picture Name English Name Role
Heizo Hattori Martin Hartwell Heiji Hattori‘s father, and a police chief from the Osaka Police District.
Detective Toyama Chief Thomas Kazuha‘s father, and a detective from the Osaka Police District.
Goro Otaki Inspector Odin Inspector from the Osaka Police District, and a very close friend to Heiji Hattori.

Other police districts

Picture Name English Name Role
Sango Yokomizo Inspector Worthington Inspector from the Shizuoka Police District, known for his gruff personality.
Misao Yamamura Inspector Mangum Detective from the Gunma Police District, albeit a not very good one. Is later promoted to “Inspector”.
Jugo Yokomizo Jugo Worthington Sango Yokomizo‘s twin brother, also an inspector from Kanagawa Police District. He is not as easygoing as his brother.
Kansuke Yamato Kansuke Yamato Inspector from the Nagano Police District, partially disabled after surviving an avalanche.
Yui Uehara Yui Uehara Kansuke Yamato‘s former partner who has recently returned to the force.
Taka’aki Morofushi (Koumei) Taka’aki Morofushi Inspector from the Nagano Police District. Childhood friend and rival of Kansuke Yamato.

FBI

Main article: FBI
Picture Name English Name Role
Jodie Starling
(Jodie Saintemillion)
Jodie Starling
(Jodie Saintemillion)
An FBI agent on an undercover assignment against the Black Organization, and Ran‘s English teacher at one point.
Shuichi Akai Shuichi Akai FBI agent, considered by Gin as his rival, and the “Silver Bullet” that could take down the Black Organization.
James Black James Black High ranking FBI agent, Jodie‘s superior.
Andre Camel Andre Camel FBI agent, played a vital role in the protection of Rena Mizunashi.

CIA

Main article: CIA
Picture Name English Name Role
Hidemi Hondou (Kir) Hidemi Hondou An undercover CIA agent, also pretending to be TV reporter Rena Mizunashi.
Ethan Hondou Ethan Hondou Deceased CIA member who infiltrated the Black Organization. Hidemi and Eisuke‘s father.

Black Organization

Main article: Black Organization
Picture Name English Name Role
Anokata That Person Leader of the Black Organization.
Gin Gin
Melkior (manga, later changed to Gin)
Member of the Black Organization. High ranking executive member.
Vodka Vodka
Kaspar (manga, later changed to Vodka)
Member of the Black Organization. Often Gin‘s partner.
Vermouth Sharon Vineyard
Chris Vineyard
Member of the Black Organization. She is an actress and master of disguise. Considered the Boss’ “favorite,” and knows that Haibara and Conan are really Sherry and Shinichi.
Chianti Chianti Member of the Black Organization. Considered an excellent sniper.
Korn Korn Member of the Black Organization. Considered an excellent sniper.
Bourbon Bourbon Member of the Black Organization.
Shiho Miyano Shiho Miyano Codenamed Sherry, she was a scientist for the Black Organization and creator of APTX 4869. Her sister’s death caused her to betray the Black Organization. Her current alias is Ai Haibara.
Akemi Miyano Akemi Miyano Former member of the Black Organization, sister of Shiho Miyano, and the girlfriend of Shuichi Akai. She was killed by Gin for being a liability to the organization.
Elena Miyano Elena Miyano Shiho Miyano‘s mother. Deceased member of the Black Organization.
Atsushi Miyano Atsushi Miyano Shiho Miyano‘s father. Deceased member of the Black Organization.
Tequila Tequila Member of the Black Organization, originally trying to get programs and a list of the world’s top programmers. Accidentally killed by a bomb.
Pisco Pisco An executive member of the Black Organization and a family friend of the Miyanos. His last assignment was to kill a politician. He was killed by Gin for getting caught in the act.
Calvados Calvados Member of the Black Organization, another sniper. Kills himself after Shuichi Akai disables him. He was in love with Vermouth.
Rikumichi Kusuda Rikumichi Kusuda Member of the Black Organization, who pretends to be a patient in the hospital holding Kir. He commits suicide when his cover is blown.
Ki’ichiro Numabuchi Cornelius Graver Serial killer whom Conan runs into a few times. Former member of the Black Organization, who scheduled to be the original test subject for APTX 4869 before he escaped.

Magic Kaito

Main article: Magic Kaito
Picture Name English Name Role
Kaitou Kid Phantom Thief Kid Secret identity of Kaito Kuroba. Magician and thief known to be “uncatchable”.
Kaito Kuroba Kaito Kuroba High school student and magician. Aoko Nakamori‘s childhood friend, and love interest. Son of world-renowned magician Toichi Kuroba.
Aoko Nakamori Aoko Fuller Kaito Kuroba‘s childhood friend, and love interest. Daughter of Ginzo Nakamori.
Ginzo Nakamori Mace Fuller Inspector from Tokyo Metropolitan Police 2nd Division, who is obsessed with capturing Kaitou Kid.
Toichi Kuroba Toichi Kuroba Kaito Kuroba‘s deceased father. Once a world-renowned magician and the original Kaitou Kid.
Chikage Kuroba Chikage Kuroba Kaito Kuroba‘s mother.
Konosuke Jii Konosuke Jii Once Toichi Kuroba‘s attendant and friend, now Kaito‘s assistant.
Keiko Momoi Keiko Momoi Aoko‘s friend and classmate.
Akako Koizumi Akako Koizumi A witch who wants to seduce the Kaitou Kid.
Saguru Hakuba Saguru Hakuba High school detective trying to catch Kaitou Kid.
Snake Snake A mysterious man responsible for murdering Toichi Kuroba.
Hakuba’s Housekeeper Governess Saguru Hakuba‘s caretaker and driver, whom he calls ‘baaya.’
Spider Spider A newly established anime only character who appears to work under the same person Snake works under.

Others

Picture Name English Name Role
“The Criminal” “The Criminal” A generic depiction taking the place of an unknown culprit.
Yoko Okino Yoko Okino Idol star who is worshiped by Kogoro.
Hideo Akagi Harrison Akers A soccer player.
Azusa Enomoto Azusa Enomoto A kind worker at the coffee shop that is right under the Mouri Detective Agency, who sometimes has a case that she wants Kogoro to solve.
Makoto Kyogoku Makoto Kyogoku Sonoko Suzuki‘s boyfriend, and a karate champion that has been admired by Ran.
Shizuka Hattori Shizuka Hartwell Heiji Hattori‘s mother.
Jirokichi Suzuki Jirokichi Sebastian Sonoko‘s uncle, obsessed with embarrassing and outsmarting the Kaitou Kid.
Fusae Campbell Fusae Campbell Professor Agasa’s love interest.
Scar Akai Scar Akai Mysterious person who looks like Shuichi Akai.
Masumi Sera Masumi Sera A high school detective who transfers into Ran and Sonoko‘s high school class.
Tooru Amuro Tooru Amuro A private detective that has become Kogoro Mouri‘s apprentice.
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