Jimmy Kudo

Jimmy Kudo
Case Closed character
Shinichi Kudo.png
Conan Edogawa.png
Jimmy Kudo, shown in his regular form (top) and his "Conan Edogawa" form (bottom) from the anime
First appearance Case Closed manga File 1
Case Closed episode 1
Created by Gosho Aoyama
Voiced by

Kappei Yamaguchi (Teenager)[1]
Minami Takayama (Child)[1]

Jerry Jewell (Teenager)[2]
Alison Viktorin (Child)[2]
Nicknames Detective of the East
Aliases Conan Edogawa
Notable relatives Booker Kudo (father)
Vivian Kudo (mother)

Jimmy Kudo, also known as Shinichi Kudo (工藤 新一 Kudō Shin'ichi?) in Japan, is the protagonist of Gosho Aoyama's series Case Closed, which is known in Japan as Meitantei Conan (名探偵コナン?, lit. Great Detective Conan, officially translated as Detective Conan). A High-school Detective, he is forced to in ingest the lethal poison APTX 4869 after his encounter with Gin and Vodka. Due to a rare side effect, the poison shrinks him into a child and he adopts the pseudonym Conan Edogawa (江戸川 コナン Edogawa Conan?) to hide from those who poisoned him. He moves in with his childhood friend Rachel Moore and her father Richard Moore as he awaits the day he can take down Gin and the syndicate he belongs to, the Black Organization.


Creation and conception

The idea that Jimmy Kudo would be turned into a child stemmed from the idea of a Tortoiseshell cat Sherlock Holmes as a protagonist.[3] Gosho Aoyoma's idea was the cat would indicate the crucial evidence needed to solve the case; a performance the child-turned Kudo does to help those around with the investigation. Gosho revealed his editor was against the name Conan due to the protagonist from the anime series Future Boy Conan, sharing the same name and had suggested to name him Doyle instead. Gosho stuck with the name Conan believing it would overtake the Future Boy series. According to Gosho, Kudo's catch phrase Shinjitsu wa Itsumo Hitotsu! (真実はいつもひとつ!?, lit. There is only one truth!) was thought of by the anime series script writer and drawn into chapter 96 of the manga at the same time.[3] In the English localization, the catch phrase was translated as "One Truth Prevails".[4]


In the Case Closed manga and anime series

Conan using his homing glasses

Jimmy appears at the beginning of the series is a 17-year-old student at Teitan High School in Tokyo.[5] He was already well-known as a brilliant young detective who closed many difficult cases that the professionals could not.[6] After a date with his childhood friend Rachel Moore at a theme park, Kudo leaves Rachel and follows Gin and Vodka suspecting they are criminals.[7][8] Gin attacks Kudo and forces him to ingest the poison APTX 4869 (四八六九 Yon Hachi Roku Kyuu?)intending to kill him and leaves him for dead.[9] However, instead of killing Jimmy, a rare side-effect occurs shrinking him into a young boy.[10] With advice from Dr. Herschel Agasa, Kudo adopts the identity of Conan Edogawa, devised from the names of Arthur Conan Doyle and Edogawa Rampo in order to prevent Gin and his syndicate, the Black Organization from returning to kill him and those around him. Kudo pretends to be a distant relative of Agasa's and is placed in Rachel's care whose father, Richard Moore, owns a Detective Agency which may allow him to run into a case involving the Black Organization.[11] As for Jimmy Kudo's disappearance, he convinces Rachel he is off solving a very difficult case and will return once the investigation is concluded.[12]

As a child Conan is forced to attend Teitan Elementary where he forms a detective club the Junior Detective League with his school friends.[13] Conan is forced to adapt to his new daily life and has become accustomed to attending elementary school and helping Richard solve crimes with the use of his gadgets invented by Agasa. The most prominent of these are: his bowtie, allowing him to impersonate anyone's voice;[14] his customized glasses which allow him to track and listen through his covert listening devices;[15] his super sneakers which multiply his kicking force;[16] his wrist watch stun gun allowing him to tranquilize Richard or a criminal;[17] his Solar Powered skateboard[18] and latest to his arsenal, the ball dispenser belt.[19] Conan eventually meets Harley Hartwell, a detective from Osaka who is seeking to challenge Kudo in a deductive battle. After drinking a Chinese Alcohol known as Paikaru while sick with a cold, Conan reverts back to a teenager and corrects a deduction made by Harley.[20][21] In their second encounter, Harley is able to deduce Conan's identity as Jimmy Kudo.[22] The series progresses and Conan befriends biochemist Shiho Miyano, a former member of the Black Organization and the inventor of APTX 4869. She took the poison to escape the organization and adopts the pseudonym Anita Hailey. She resides with Agasa and intends to help Conan take down the Black Organization [23] She invents a prototype antidote to the APTX 4869 allowing Conan to temporarily become Jimmy again to which Conan uses when Rachel suspects his true identity.[24][25] During the events of Holmes' no Mokushiroku, Kudo, while in his original form, confesses his feelings to Rachel.[26]

Conan's investigation on the Black Organization leads him to discover the FBI's existence in Japan where they are also investigating on the syndicate.[27] His collaboration with FBI agent Akai Shuichi allows them to capture the Organization's member Kir. They discover she is a CIA agent and returns her to the organization to spy from within. [28]

In other media

Jimmy Kudo has appeared in every featured films of the series, both the original video animation series, Shōnen Sunday Original animations and the Magic Files, and is the protagonist in all Case Closed related video games. He is the protagonist in the novels of the series.[29] In the 2006–2007 live action series, he is portrayed by Shun Oguri as a teenager and Nao Fujisaki in child form.[30][31] In the 2011 live action movie and series, Junpei Mizobata portrays the teenage Kudo.[32][33]

In 2006, the Japanese government used Conan in campaigns to help promote crime awareness among children.[34] Targeting the same audience, Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs used Conan and his friends in two pamphlets: one to promote the ministry's mission, the other to introduce the 34th G8 summit held in the country in 2010.[35][36] Conan and his friends were also featured in the sixth installment of the Anime, Heroes and Heroines commemorative stamp series issued by Japan Post in 2006.[37]


In the survey "friendship" developed by rankingjapan.com in which people had to choose what anime character they would like to have as a friend, Kudo ranked third.[38] In Newtype magazine Kudo ranked fourth and ninth in the 2001 and 2010 polls for most popular male anime character respectively.[39][40] In the Animage's Anime Grand Prix awards from 1998, Kudo was voted as the tenth most popular male anime character.[41] Mania Entertainment rated Conan as the third greatest anime detective.[42] Jimmy Kudo and Conan Edogawa were the second and third most popular characters in the series defined by a poll on ebooksjapan.jp.[43]


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