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Case Closed


Mangaka: Gosho Aoyama 青山 剛昌
Born: 21st of Jun, 1963
Original Publisher: Shogakukan
English Language Publisher:
Published: January 1994
Status: Ongoing
Number of Volumes: 88
Serialized: Weekly Shonen Sunday 週刊少年サンデー
Genre: Mystery, Drama
Demographic: shonen

People call teenage gumshoe Shinichi Kudo the "Modern Sherlock Holmes”; he’s so renowned that local law enforcement agencies even frequently ask him for help. One night while on a date with Ran Mouri, he catches two mysterious “men in black” in the middle of committing a crime. They end up knocking him out and administering an experimental poison that is supposed to kill him without showing up in an autopsy, , however, the poison just transforms him into a child instead of killing him.

On the run from the gang that poisoned him, Shinichi assumes the pseudonym Conan Edogawa, a combination of the names Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Ranpo Edogawa, the later being a very famous Japanese mystery writer.

Now, as six-year-old Conan Edogawa, he has to track down the men who tried to kill him, all the while hiding the truth from his family and friends, lest the men in black kill them all for knowing too much. Fortunately enough, he is able to move in with his erstwhile girlfriend Ran Mouri, whose father just happens to be the world’s worst private detective. Conan solves his cases for him, using the adult PI as cover.

Meanwhile, he also has to attend elementary school again, where he makes friends with a group of classmates who form their own detective club.
Background & Impact
The long-running manga series has inspired an equally prodigious anime series that has over 800 episodes.

Nineteen feature films based on the Case Closed series have been released.

The manga itself is the seventh best selling manga of all time, having sold over 140 million volumes worldwide. That's almost one volume per person living in Japan.