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Crunchyroll to Stream The File of Kindaichi Returns Anime

posted on by Egan Loo
Streaming of detective anime to debut on Saturday at 6:30 a.m. ET

Media distribution service Crunchyroll announced on Friday that it will stream The File of Kindaichi Returns (Kindaichi Shōnen no Jikenbo R) anime series this season. The show will begin streaming on Saturday at 6:30 a.m. ET. The stream will be available in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Netherlands, Turkey, Latin America (Central and South America including Caribbean), Spain, Portugal.

The title character Hajime Kindaichi is a high school student who solves any case or mystery with his IQ of 180. He usually seems dull, but when there is a case, he demonstrates remarkable deductive skills inherited from his famous detective grandfather.

The series is reuniting the voice cast of the earlier 1997-2000 television series adaptation of Yōzaburō Kanari, Fumiya Sato, and Seimaru Amagi's detective manga. Taiki Matsuno plays Kindaichi. Akiko Nakagawa plays his childhood friend Miyuki Nanase, Juurouta Kosugi plays police inspector Isamu Kenmochi, and Toshiyuki Morikawa plays Kindaichi's rival Kengo Akechi.

Just like 14 years ago, Kindaichi Shōnen no Jikenbo R will run right before the Detective Conan anime. The 1997-2000 Kindaichi Case Files anime ran before Detective Conan at 7:00 p.m. on Mondays to start the "Mystery Hour" of two detective anime.

The first Kindaichi Case Files television anime ran from April 1997 to September 2000. Video Research reported that its highest ever rating in Tokyo's Kanto area was 19.0%, and it averaged 14.8%. The manga also inspired two anime films, two television anime specials in November 2007, as well as several original video anime. The manga just inspired a separate new web anime from FROGMAN (Eagle Talon, Thermae Romae) in January.

The manga also led to several live-action adaptations, including January's special set in Malaysia with Ryōsuke Yamada of the boy band Hey! Say! JUMP. KinKi Kids group member Tsuyoshi Dōmoto, Arashi member Jun Matsumoto, and KAT-TUN member Kazuya Kamenashi also played the title role.

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