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

Bourei Gakko Satsujin Jiken (File 3)

[ production info ]

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

[ plot summary ]

Kindaichi has just revealed the identity of the murderer of Inou. But how did the murderer kill Inou if s/he was always with the other students? Using a few tricks, Kindaichi reveals how very possible it was to murder Inou. This third episode for this story reveals the means, motive and manner in which the murder was successfully carried out. However, there is one small mystery which remains. Will Kindaichi figure out the secret of the ink/blood staining on Inou's shirt when he died, or could it be that Hanako really exists and she cursed Inou on his death?

[ capsule review ]

In this third episode, we finally have the full story of the murder; the means, opportunity and motive are slowly revealed. The accusations, denials and explanations continue at a good pace to maintain the viewers' interest in the story and carry out explanations. Perhaps this episode's greatest strength is the voice acting. Both Kindaichi's and Narusawa's characters are both solidly portrayed, with excellent timing and pacing.

Also, the reminder of the original story revealed in the first file about Hanako brings to question whether there may in fact have been a ghost involved at one point in this story. This reminder of the supernatural adds a touch of humour to an otherwise sad story of murder; a twist which is most fitting with Hanako's "Play with me".

While this story had a solid story behind it, we can see why it could prove difficult to get into the Kindaichi series in general. While the stories tend to be solid, the full revelation saved for the final episode where the full facts are revealed compared to only partial information being revealed in the body of the story makes for some frustration as it severely hampers any arm-chair sleuths in figuring out the means of the murder as the story progresses. Even so, this is definitely a series for the more serious mystery buff.
- 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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