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The series follows the crime solving adventures of a high school student, Hajime Kindaichi , the supposed grandson of the famous fictional private detective Kosuke Kindaichi. Produced by Toei Animation and directed by Daisuke Nishio , the anime adaptation of the original manga aired on Nippon Television between April 7, and September 11, ,  spanning episodes plus one special episode.
In addition, two animated films were released on December 14, and August 21, respectively. Seven years after the conclusion of the TV anime, two new animated episodes were aired in Japan on November 12, and November 19, respectively.
The series consists of episodes with each case spanning between 1 and 4 episodes. A double-length TV special was aired on October 13, between episodes 23 and There is rumored to be seven mysterious murders in the Fudo High School, although only six have been solved.
High school student Hajime Kindaichi is invited by the Mystery Research Team leader, Ruiko Sakuragi to help her solve the seventh riddle. There is a threatening note from the "After-School Magician" that if the old school building is demolished, the school principal will be murdered. That night, the Mystery Club see a figure in a mask and then a body hung above a candle pentagram, but when they reach the room, it is empty.
However, the next morning, Sakuragi is found hanged in the locked forbidden biology room in the same way as the unsolved seventh mystery. It is later revealed that she solved the last of the Seven Mysteries after she saw a corpse of a student from 10 years ago hidden within the walls. Hajime swears to solve the mystery. Hajime and Miyuki go on a tour of the Hiren Lake Resort in place of his friend Shigeru Kikkawa where the participants stand to win a membership pass.
A news flash announces that Jason, an axe murderer has escaped from a nearby prison. The next morning, they discover that one of the group has been killed with an axe and the only bridge to the resort has been burned down. Company president Saburou Kayama decides to leave with a suitcase full of money, but he is also killed and the suitcase returned. Then, Miyuki is injured by a booby trap in the woods. Hajime and Miyuki take part in a mystery night held in an old castle which contains a wax museum.
A mysterious Mr. Redrum has invited ten people involved in criminal investigation to participate with a chance to win ownership of the castle. Inside, they invitees find wax dolls of themselves. That night, Megumi Toma the Toma Detective Agency President and her wax doll, are found stabbed in the back, with the only clue the two cue balls she was holding.
Detective Kenmochi asks Hajime for help catching a phantom art thief, a so-called Kaitou Gentleman who leaves calling cards announcing his next target. He takes Hajime and Miyuki to the mansion of the master artist Gamou Gouzou. There, Hajime meets Sakura Izumi, a former school friend who has been declared Gouzou's heir based on a stolen painting of his daughter which was sent to an art competition by the Kaitou Gentleman.
The painting is stolen and Sakura is assaulted and her hair cut and Hajime believes that it was done by one of the group staying in the mansion. Meanwhile, Gouzou's lover, Dr. Satomi Kaitsu plans to poison Sakura but she is strangled to death and the portrait of her is stolen. Upon arrival at the island, they discover the decomposed body of Mimasaka, stuffed into a grandfather clock. The only clues are a Yamawara statue, a set of eight dolls, an old song whose lyrics are supposed to provide clues to the location of the treasure.
In Tottori folklore, the Yamawara defends the treasure on the island and kills those who get close, hence the name of the island. The treasure hunters insist on continuing with the hunt and they discover that there is one extra guest who must be the killer.
The next morning, Hajime notices a doll missing, and Asato Kakimoto is found dead in his lodge with blood splattered all over the walls and ceiling, but everyone has an alibi. Michael Henry, the French executive member of the Toutou Philharmonic Orchestra, is found dead at the bottom of a staircase in the villa of Shuichiro Mido, composer of "The Devil's Suite" based on his three poems.
The only clue is a key clasped in his hand. Hajime helps in the search to find the famed composer's lost work along with Inspector Akechi.
Also present are the other orchestra committee members; conductor Takehiko Natsuoka, opera singer Yurie Kazekura and violinist Arisa Kure. Suddenly, Mido's manager Yuka Yamane finds Kazekura dead in the collector's room, her head covered by a helmet as described in Mido's poems.
Meanwhile, they find a written copy of the poems comprising "The Devil's Suite" and Akechi gives it to Hajime to solve the mystery of the two deaths.
Hajime and Miyuki travel with Detective Isamu Kenmochi to Kuchinashi village in Okuhida Hida region of Gifu Prefecture after kenmochi received a letter from Shino, a childhood friend who married into the Tatsumi family as the second wife. She has been receiving death threats from the "Cursed Warrior" since her husband, Kuranosuke Tatsumi's death, when his will named Seimaru, Shino's son as his heir.
They suspect Ryunosuske, Tatsumi's son from his first wife, Ayako. The will is to take effect after the current Warrior Festival. Suddenly, someone dressed as Kaneharu, a samurai warrior attacks the house.
Later, a man claiming to be Saburou Akanuma visits with his face covered and offers to reveal the identity of the Cursed Warrior at midnight. However, he is found dead in a locked room without a head. Shino says that Akanuma claimed to be Seimaru's twin whom she believed was stillborn. That night, while walking, Miyuki falls and is threatened by a sword-wielding warrior. Miyuki asks Hajime to help out with drama club camp at an island Opera Hotel where a small group of students plan to re-enact the Phantom of the Opera.
Eight students have already left the club after Fuyuko Tsukishima, the girl who was selected for the lead role, killed herself in front of the other members. She jumped from the roof after her face was disfigured by acid. During dinner on the first night of the camp, the new lead actress, Orie Hidaka is murdered by a falling chandelier.
They suspect a mystery guest named Kagetsu who arrived earlier covered in bandages. When Hajime and the others visit his room, they find it empty and a message "Burned in the flames of Hell" scrawled on the wall in blood.
Saburo Ogitani, the 43 year old head surgeon of Kiyomasa Hospital is killed and his head is crushed by a falling statue while holding a bell with a red ribbon. While Kenmochi is investigating the murder, Hajime is admitted to the hospital after overeating at a gyoza dumpling challenge and Kenmochi drags him off to help in the investigation. Later, Hajime and Myuki encounter the old woman Taki Mizushima who regularly visits the hospital and has a similar bell on her cane.
Kine tell Hajime that her bell is the reminder of a doctor Akihito Kiyomasa who tried to save her son Kazuo 3 years ago by ringing a similar bell to help him regain consciousness.
Kazuo actually died from the side effects of an experimental drug used at the hospital introduced by Head Doctor Tomoaki Kiyomasa. However, Akihito shouldered the guilt and committed suicide by jumping from a cliff, holding the bell, but his face was unrecognizable. During the night, Head Nurse Kazuko Takazawa is grabbed by a cloaked figure and later, Hajime and Miyuki encounter the same figure ringing a bell.
Suddenly Head Nurse Kazuko Takazawa is thrown from a window and dies holding a bell. Hajime calls everyone together, and explains that the murderer killed Ogitani and Takazawa with the intention of forcing Tomoaki to admit his malpractice and he accuses the youngest daughter, Eiko Kiyomasa of the murders. She admits that she blamed Ogitani, Takazawa and Tomoaki for Akihito's death and wanted them dead. They are interrupted by the news that Taki Mizushima is being brought to the hospital after she was hit by a car.
The family operate to save her, and Eiko resists the temptation to kill Tomoaki. During this double-length special episode, Inspector Akechi foils a plan by the Gentleman Thief to steal a masterpiece painting on the cruise ship Queen Angelica while sailing the Atlantic Ocean.
The popular author Goryu Tachibana throws a party at his villa in Karuizawa where he declares that the person who successfully decodes a phrase will have the rights to publish his next book, a non-fiction book which will expose the name of somebody present. Akira Kamoshita of Otoba Publishing House engages Hajime to attend, however during the party Tachibana harasses Miyuki and when Hajime intervenes, he accidentally removes Tachibana's hairpiece and the writer immediately excludes Otoba Publishing from competing.
Later, Hajime goes to apologize, but he is found with the body of Tachibana who had been bludgeoned to death with a blunt object by someone who also knocked Hajime unconscious. Nagano Prefectural Police Inspector Shigeru Nagashima concludes that all the evidence points to Hajime who is then arrested for Tachibana's murder against Inspector Kenmochi's advice.
However, Hajime escapes police custody and attempts to find the killer. Inspector Kenmochi takes Hajime and Myuki on the Cobalt Marine, not a cruise ship, but a cargo freighter with accommodation to Okinawa. Meanwhile, Captain Kozo Takamori has received a letter from a Ghost Captain stating that the cruise of death has begun.
Takamori asserts that it was sent by one of the disgruntled crew and accuses the Navigator Mikihiko Wakaouji. When Hajime is ill the next morning he discovers that Second Mate Joji Mizusaki and female crew member Yoko Katori are romantically involved. Also, Captain Takamori appears to have disappeared although when they enter his locked room it appears that he was just eating breakfast.
A passenger and reporter for a ship magazine Yoshikazu Akai suggests it is just like on the Mary Celeste. The crew then discover the communications equipment has been destroyed. Hajime calculates the time that the person responsible for the captain's disappearance left his room and checks everyone's alibis but the results are inconclusive. That night, Hajime finds Shiramine beaten and buried in the snow, however the injuries are not serious. CCTV footage shows the culprit hitting Shiramine with what appears to be a set of skis in a cover, but Hajime deduces that it was frozen towels as the skis are locked up at night.
She breaks down and admits she did it because she believes that Shiramine deliberately sabotaged Shibusawa's skis which caused him to have a debilitating accident. However, Shibusawa regains consciousness from a coma and tells Suzumori that Shiramine is not to blame because he adjusted his skis himself. The Fudoh Ski Club goes on to win the competition, but without the help of Hajime who still cannot ski.
Hajime, Myuki and Detective Kenmochi board a sleeper train for the Sequestrum Plain Motel in Hokkaido after the police receive a threatening letter from the self-named "Puppet Master from Hell". On board the train, they are entertained by members of the Fantasy Magic Team.
They receive a phone warning from the Puppet Master that a bomb will explode on the train in 20 minutes. The train stops and everyone alights, however the leader of the magic team and Yumi's husband, Fumio Yamagami is missing. Akechi arrives because he is a fan of the magician team, and the bomb goes off, but it only distributes rose petals. Another phone message directs them to the body of Yamagami. They flee his cabin as set of small explosions go off, but then find his body has been removed.
Everyone checks into the motel, but a little while later Yamagami's body is discovered and he is strung up like a marionette in the room of a mysterious masked guest, Mario Totsune. Miyuki convinces Hajime to join her on a trip to a village in Hokkaido to help with the filming of a TV show. They stay at the villa of the reclusive artist Isen Himuro and then drive in a mini-van to the annex across the river to set up a video camera system. The annex is now a 20 minute drive away after the bridge collapsed.
When they return, Hajime is surprised to find Kenmochi and Akechi in the village after their vehicle broke down. While watching the remote camera images in the annex, a Snow Demon appears and kills actress Rie Kano with an axe.
Detektif Kindaichi Series
It is one of the earliest works in the mystery manga genre. The series has been adapted by Toei Animation first as a feature film in and then a episode anime television series broadcast from to , and there has since been a live-action film, four live-action drama series, three live-action television specials and further animated features for cinema and television. A new anime television series adaptation, titled The Kindaichi Case Files R Returns , began airing on April 5, and concluded on September 27, A second season began airing on October 3,
The series follows the crime solving adventures of a high school student, Hajime Kindaichi , the supposed grandson of the famous fictional private detective Kosuke Kindaichi. Produced by Toei Animation and directed by Daisuke Nishio , the anime adaptation of the original manga aired on Nippon Television between April 7, and September 11, ,  spanning episodes plus one special episode. In addition, two animated films were released on December 14, and August 21, respectively. Seven years after the conclusion of the TV anime, two new animated episodes were aired in Japan on November 12, and November 19, respectively. The series consists of episodes with each case spanning between 1 and 4 episodes. A double-length TV special was aired on October 13, between episodes 23 and