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Kindaichi Shonen no Jikenbo
(The Case Files of Young Kindaichi)

Bourei Gakko Satsujin Jiken (File 2)

[ production info ]

Length: 23 minutes
Rating: NR, Parental Guidance Advised
Format: Japanese Language

[ plot summary ]

What a way to wake up other than having a nightmare about meeting Hanako in the toilet! It looks like Hanako wants to play and have fun with Hajime... In the meantime, Inou still hasn't returned from when he ran off or disappeared from the dare to go into the school. Could something have happened to the youth during the game? Deciding to go looking for Inou, the two groups of students go through the cemetary to look for any clues for Inou's whereabouts. However, while in the cemetary, they find more than they expected. Apparently, in the year Showa 13 (1938), a girl named Hanako was buried in the cemetary. Could it be the infamous Hanako of school ghost fame? However, nearby Hanako's grave, Inou's body was soon discovered; his shirt bloodied. Could he have been killed by Hanako or is there a more earthly explanation for his death? Hajime is off to find the truth behind the death of Inou.

Digging into the past of the art group's relations, Hajime finds that all is not well amongst the four. However, something is bothering Kindaichi, and so the students all decide to go back to Bourei Gakkou to look for more clues and find out just what exactly happened. Will Kindaichi figure out what happened to Inou or was it Hanako's curse which killed the youth?

[ capsule review ]

This second installment to this story builds on the story of Hanako and works at revealing details about the art club members. Typical to the Kindaichi series, this second episode serves to add background information to the story which potentially will reveal information as to the means and motive for the murder. The story continues to build with increased character development of the various art club members and we find that there is some angst regarding a nude painting that Inou had done. The identity of the nude's model however is at the center of some debate causing some difficulty for Kunieda Maki.

The slow revealing of information much of which seems irrelevant as it's revealed, may all fall into place later at the wrap-up when the actual murderer is revealed. Perhaps the weakest point would be in the voice acting of Kunieda Maki. While not an easy role to play, certain aspects of the voice acting tend to be a touch over-acted. Miyuki on the otherhand is well within character and is very well timed. Likewise, Shishijima and Narusawa upon returning to the school were well acted.

Unfortunately, as the audience slowly works towards the identity of the murderer, certain clues are not visible for the viewer save to be aware of what is being looked for. The actual identity however for said information is not revealed which makes it more important to keep aware of who did what when, and keeping the identity of all of the incidental characters straight. Thus there is the question at the end, whether we have all the pieces to the puzzle by which to identify the culprit? This minimal approach to revealing clues is this series' weakpoint which is true throughout. Often the information revealed is not complete to the point where the culprit can be identified by the audience; at least not without a strong sense of doubt.
- JN, 00.05.14

[ café rating ]

Original: Subbed: Dubbed:
Story: 4 stars N/A N/A
Direction: 4 stars N/A N/A
Acting: 4 stars N/A N/A
Animation: 3 stars N/A N/A
Music: 3 stars N/A N/A
Translation: N/A N/A N/A
Overall Rating: 4 stars N/A N/A

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