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Hajime Kindaichi is a teenage crime solver who's part Sherlock Holmes and part Hardy Boy. Each story or file takes Kindaichi to various places where a murder has occurred. Using ingenious deduction to debunk ghosts, curses, myths or folklore, Kindaichi proves that no mystery is unsolvable. Hajime Kindaichi is a teenage crime solver who's part Sherlock Holmes and part Hardy Boy. Each story or file takes Kindaichi to various places where a murder has occurred. Using ingenious deduction to debunk ghosts, curses, myths or folklore, Kindaichi proves that no mystery is unsolvable.


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Hajime Kindaichi is a teenage crime solver who's part Sherlock Holmes and part Hardy Boy. Each story or file takes Kindaichi to various places where a murder has occurred. Using ingenious deduction to debunk ghosts, curses, myths or folklore, Kindaichi proves that no mystery is unsolvable. Hajime Kindaichi is a teenage crime solver who's part Sherlock Holmes and part Hardy Boy. Each story or file takes Kindaichi to various places where a murder has occurred. Using ingenious deduction to debunk ghosts, curses, myths or folklore, Kindaichi proves that no mystery is unsolvable.

30 review for The Kindaichi Case Files, Vol. 1: The Opera House Murders

  1. 5 out of 5

    Noninuna

    Nth time reading, my rating still haven't changed. I enjoyed the characters, the setting & the mystery. I'm biased because this is the book that I grew up reading, again & again. it's never disappoint me yet so 5 stars it is! Nth time reading, my rating still haven't changed. I enjoyed the characters, the setting & the mystery. I'm biased because this is the book that I grew up reading, again & again. it's never disappoint me yet so 5 stars it is!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mir

    Very traditional whodunnit with a dozen characters -- in this case, members of a high school drama club -- trapped on an island with a murderer. I would have liked a little more character development, particularly of the "detective" slacker boy. His transformation from goomba to bright, confident authority figure seems abrupt and unconvincing without more explanation than first exposure to crime. Overall it was an entertaining first installment of a mystery series, and I look forward to seeing mo Very traditional whodunnit with a dozen characters -- in this case, members of a high school drama club -- trapped on an island with a murderer. I would have liked a little more character development, particularly of the "detective" slacker boy. His transformation from goomba to bright, confident authority figure seems abrupt and unconvincing without more explanation than first exposure to crime. Overall it was an entertaining first installment of a mystery series, and I look forward to seeing more of the friendship between the two main characters, which here is years old but lacks detail.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mizuki

    A manga about a serial murder case, which is based on/pays homage to The Phantom of the Opera! What more can I ask for? Many years ago The Opera House Murders offered me the first taste from the Kindaichi Case Files series, the chilling murders and the heartbreaking ending of this murder mystery will always stay in my mind. Although I must admit after re-reading this story, I found some of the plot twists are a bit unrealistic and cliched, and the murderer had relied too heavily on coincidences. P A manga about a serial murder case, which is based on/pays homage to The Phantom of the Opera! What more can I ask for? Many years ago The Opera House Murders offered me the first taste from the Kindaichi Case Files series, the chilling murders and the heartbreaking ending of this murder mystery will always stay in my mind. Although I must admit after re-reading this story, I found some of the plot twists are a bit unrealistic and cliched, and the murderer had relied too heavily on coincidences. Plus the artwork is just...okay-ish for the most part. =__=

  4. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    A bit predictable, but still very good! However, I did not like the drawing style much and I prefer "Detective Conan" ("Case Closed") much more. Love, love, love Gosho Aoyama's style. This series was quite popular back in my high school days but I did not read it until now. A bit predictable, but still very good! However, I did not like the drawing style much and I prefer "Detective Conan" ("Case Closed") much more. Love, love, love Gosho Aoyama's style. This series was quite popular back in my high school days but I did not read it until now.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn Leonard

    This manga was brilliant from beginning to end.I was captivated by the classic animation style.Also it's wonderful devotion to a typical detective story.A very thrilling and crisply animated manga.I have no complaints. This manga was brilliant from beginning to end.I was captivated by the classic animation style.Also it's wonderful devotion to a typical detective story.A very thrilling and crisply animated manga.I have no complaints.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kira Dickson

    Copyright: 1993 Number of Pages: 231 Book Format: Paperback Reading Level: Teen Ages 13+ Genre: Mystery Lit Requirement: Manga Summary: Hajime Kindaichi is a slacker and a loser by school standards and when his friend Miyuki invites him to do the grunt work for the drama club a mystery happens. When the rehearsal for "Phantom of the Opera" is going on the cast members die like how the characters they are playing die. He has to use the detective skills his grandfather the famous detective Kousuke Kindai Copyright: 1993 Number of Pages: 231 Book Format: Paperback Reading Level: Teen Ages 13+ Genre: Mystery Lit Requirement: Manga Summary: Hajime Kindaichi is a slacker and a loser by school standards and when his friend Miyuki invites him to do the grunt work for the drama club a mystery happens. When the rehearsal for "Phantom of the Opera" is going on the cast members die like how the characters they are playing die. He has to use the detective skills his grandfather the famous detective Kousuke Kindaichi to solve the mystery of who is killing the actors. Response: I love this series. I just love rereading them over again. I have read this book twice now and I still love it.I love the mystery involved in the volume not to mention I personally love the opera "Phantom of the Opera". I also love the anime for this manga. If there is a manga then chances are there is an anime for the series. The animes go along with the mangas pretty well. I would recommend this series to those who love to read mystery and who wants to solve one.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Squidhat1989

    It was ok. I might have liked it more when I was younger. If I come across more of the series for cheap in the future I might pick them up because a lot of manga ends up being a fast read, but there are other series I want to read more. light and easy way to spend an hour or so.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Radclyffe U-Haul

    The sex comedy aspects really undercut the rest of it. A panty shot of the dead girl? Classy.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Bradley

    Pretty interesting. Decent read. =)

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kurtis Burkhardt

    Really great Detective/Mystery manga! It has like Sherlock Holmes feel to it😻🧐🕵️‍♂️😁❤️

  11. 5 out of 5

    hana

    this was the first comic i've read from volume one back then in junior high school. hajime kindaichi is one of my favorite detectives. he's smart, funny, and silly. this was the first comic i've read from volume one back then in junior high school. hajime kindaichi is one of my favorite detectives. he's smart, funny, and silly.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Dina Saad

    That was a very good beginning 😊

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    Preposterous nonsense, but the BEST preposterous nonsense. This series is pure catnip for anybody who read ‘And Then There Were None...’ and thought, “I would like to read a variation on this dozens of times over, but every crime should hinge on planning and timing set finer than a Swiss watch”. Hajime Kindaichi is the grandson of a famous detective (and I think this might be the only volume where he doesn’t swear on his grandfather’s name to solve a case), but is the classic ‘bored with school b Preposterous nonsense, but the BEST preposterous nonsense. This series is pure catnip for anybody who read ‘And Then There Were None...’ and thought, “I would like to read a variation on this dozens of times over, but every crime should hinge on planning and timing set finer than a Swiss watch”. Hajime Kindaichi is the grandson of a famous detective (and I think this might be the only volume where he doesn’t swear on his grandfather’s name to solve a case), but is the classic ‘bored with school because too smart’ archetype. He has his childhood friend Miyuki to stick up for him and she functions as the romantic tension and, to a certain extent, as his Watson as they end up embroiled in murder after murder. This time, through ridiculous happenstance they find themselves trapped on an island in a hotel fashioned after an opera house practicing for a production of Phantom of the Opera while a real-life phantom lurks behind the scenes. The bodies pile up as Kindaichi tries to solve the mystery. I love this series. Love it. This first volume wobbles a little, it’s got a lot more ‘have some nudity and panties because you might go read something else’ than later volumes, but the fundamentals are there. Detective Kenmochi, long-suffering sidekick, is introduced and gets completely upstaged at every turn (as he should, it’s not HIS book). The murder is presaged by a horrible (and insane, seriously it is absolutely crackers here) tragedy in the past and the killer, though doing vile misdeeds, always has a slightly sympathetic lens cast on them. The murders and solution make sense but obviously could never work in the real world. You could do an entire drinking game with just this series because it has a formula that it uses pretty much every single story. It’s not one that I really tire of though - mysteries are popular for a reason, and Kindaichi IS a great character when he gets going. I’d say that Case Closed is better written and has better art, but I would read a Kindaichi Case File over the former any day of the week. I really wish they’d start translating them into English again...

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    The Opera House Murders introduces us to Hajime Kindaichi, deceptively smart grandson of a famous detective and under-achieving best friend of straight-A student Miyuki Nanase. An isolated retreat for a drama club practice already darkened by the recent suicide of the former lead gets even more tragic when guest start dying in a similar manner to the play they're rehearsing - The Phantom of the Opera. This is a murder mystery with all the classical trimmings. Our cast and the setting is slowly es The Opera House Murders introduces us to Hajime Kindaichi, deceptively smart grandson of a famous detective and under-achieving best friend of straight-A student Miyuki Nanase. An isolated retreat for a drama club practice already darkened by the recent suicide of the former lead gets even more tragic when guest start dying in a similar manner to the play they're rehearsing - The Phantom of the Opera. This is a murder mystery with all the classical trimmings. Our cast and the setting is slowly established to start and then from the first strike on it's a tense race to figure everything out and stop the killings. The various layers to the story and twists to the mystery are extremely well done and all integrated together flawlessly. And while there are pieces of the motive not revealed until the end there are clues and a good chunk of it all is solvable as you read. Add in a carefully developed dark and dangerous atmosphere and a smart adversary and it all comes together quite impressively. There is a fair bit of exposition towards the end, but it's presented well and is needed to unravel all the cleverly connected elements of the solution. The art is detailed, clean, and easy to follow. This is all extremely important for a mystery, where establishing clues, characters and even the geography of their surroundings can all be vital to having the plot unfold properly. I've always loved a good mystery, and Kanari and Sato's manga about a deceptively bright high school student descended from a famous detective is a wonderful collection of them. The Kindaichi Case Files is a fantastic series and The Opera House Murders gets us off to a great start.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Melydely

    This book was AMAZING! The way the mystery was plotted was excellent, and the pictures inside looked like snapshots from the movie (if they made one). I give praise to Kanari Yozaburo for an excellent plot, and Fumiya Sato for great art. My friend insisted I read this, and this has probably been one of the best pieces of advice I've been given. But like a cigarette, it's addictive. Once my eyes read page one, I couldn't stop. Hajime Kindachi is well known for being a first class loser. His grades This book was AMAZING! The way the mystery was plotted was excellent, and the pictures inside looked like snapshots from the movie (if they made one). I give praise to Kanari Yozaburo for an excellent plot, and Fumiya Sato for great art. My friend insisted I read this, and this has probably been one of the best pieces of advice I've been given. But like a cigarette, it's addictive. Once my eyes read page one, I couldn't stop. Hajime Kindachi is well known for being a first class loser. His grades suck, and he has no friends, except for his childhood friend, Miyuki Nanase, a popular girl at school with high grades. And, Miyuki has a little crush on Hajime, so it's no surprise that when her drama group is invited to an isolated island for a chance at preforming, she decideds to ask Hajime to tag along as well. But the group's expected fun is turned upside down when suddenly, there is a a great storm, which means they aren't getting off the island for some time, and someone is murdered. Hajime and Miyuki immediately begin investigatiing the case. Who is the murderer? This is a great book for all you mystery lovers out there. But be advised. It's not for readers younger than 12, because it contains intense, realistic graphics and images that might scare the lights out of you! Once again, I'd like to thank Kanari Yozaburo and Fumiya Sato for creating such an intense, racing book.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Misa Niranon

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I'm going to go ahead and type this so I can get it off my chest. There are times when I get sort of a chill when I'm reading a book but there was a scene that I remember that sort of scared me. I couldn't stop staring at it. It's where the mask was outside of the window "looking in" in the middle of the night. Dude. She screamed. I would've screamed, too. I haven't seen or read 'The Phantom of the Opera' but I have a lot of friends that really enjoyed it. One of my friends actually cosplayed as I'm going to go ahead and type this so I can get it off my chest. There are times when I get sort of a chill when I'm reading a book but there was a scene that I remember that sort of scared me. I couldn't stop staring at it. It's where the mask was outside of the window "looking in" in the middle of the night. Dude. She screamed. I would've screamed, too. I haven't seen or read 'The Phantom of the Opera' but I have a lot of friends that really enjoyed it. One of my friends actually cosplayed as the phantom. After reading this, I am sort of interested and think that I would enjoy knowing a bit of the background while reading more about it. I think that I read this right after the first volume of 'Case Closed' and I enjoy reading stuff like this. Of course, there were tons of characters and then one by one they were dying. There weren't that many characters that died like I thought it would. There were a certain few. I didn't know that this was a series until I finished the book but I'm glad to see that I've read the first one. HAHA. Lucky. It was pretty good. The drawings weren't too bad. I would be happy to read another one of these.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lady Knight

    I was really impressed with this one! This being my first foray into mystery à la manga, I really do think that this style of storytelling really fits the subject matter. I'm eager to carry on with the series and see if my opinion changes. Kindaichi is your typical underachiever, he skips school, never pays attention when he does show up and is something of a class clown. But he would do anything for his best friend. When she begs him to come with her drama class to a secluded island to rehearse I was really impressed with this one! This being my first foray into mystery à la manga, I really do think that this style of storytelling really fits the subject matter. I'm eager to carry on with the series and see if my opinion changes. Kindaichi is your typical underachiever, he skips school, never pays attention when he does show up and is something of a class clown. But he would do anything for his best friend. When she begs him to come with her drama class to a secluded island to rehearse for their upcoming production of "Phantom of the Opera", he can't say no. Pretty soon though, things turn deadly as cast mates begin dying just like the characters in Leroux's book do... it's up to Kindaichi to solve the murders before there is no one left on the island! It helps that he's the grandson of the most famed detectives....

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    This edition of the Kindaichi Case Files is a bilingual version of the story from the Kindaichi Case series "Murder at the Hotel Opera" originally published in Japanese in the first 2 volumes of the Kindaichi Case Files in 1993. In this edition, translated Engish text is used in the main panels of the comic pages with the Japanese text annotated around the panels. This murder mystery story starts the Kindaichi mystery series and is an entertaining story that plays on the "Phantom of the Opera" as This edition of the Kindaichi Case Files is a bilingual version of the story from the Kindaichi Case series "Murder at the Hotel Opera" originally published in Japanese in the first 2 volumes of the Kindaichi Case Files in 1993. In this edition, translated Engish text is used in the main panels of the comic pages with the Japanese text annotated around the panels. This murder mystery story starts the Kindaichi mystery series and is an entertaining story that plays on the "Phantom of the Opera" as the theme of the murders. Kindaichi, the main character of the series, and his friend Miyuki are introduced here.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    This is one of my more memorable manga series. It goes along with Kindaichi, grand son of a famous detective, as murder seems to follow him at every turn. He's followed by his childhood friend (whom he won't admit he loves) and though he's really lazy, he's also smart, and ends up solving the case. He gets help from the cops too (or rather, they get help from him). It's like a mystery tv show but on paper, which is what I love the most about it. Only one other manga series I know can imitate the This is one of my more memorable manga series. It goes along with Kindaichi, grand son of a famous detective, as murder seems to follow him at every turn. He's followed by his childhood friend (whom he won't admit he loves) and though he's really lazy, he's also smart, and ends up solving the case. He gets help from the cops too (or rather, they get help from him). It's like a mystery tv show but on paper, which is what I love the most about it. Only one other manga series I know can imitate the suspense from a tv show, and thats the Monster series. I wish my public library has all the books to this series!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jeffrey

    What can I say? I love Kindaichi Shonen no Jikenbo. I keep hoping with the advent of digital books that someone will localize the remaining stacks and stacks of Kindaichi stories, but until then, I have to go back and re-read the old stuff after years of not seeing it so that it's somewhat new to me even if I still remember who the killer is. I wish that more was made of the fact that Kindaichi is a genius, but for some reason doesn't do well in school. It's mentioned here, but it doesn't seem to What can I say? I love Kindaichi Shonen no Jikenbo. I keep hoping with the advent of digital books that someone will localize the remaining stacks and stacks of Kindaichi stories, but until then, I have to go back and re-read the old stuff after years of not seeing it so that it's somewhat new to me even if I still remember who the killer is. I wish that more was made of the fact that Kindaichi is a genius, but for some reason doesn't do well in school. It's mentioned here, but it doesn't seem to come up in later volumes.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jessi

    Wish that my local library had this series. This is a very popular manga mystery series about a teenager who has Holmesian abilities though many of his teachers and classmates assume he's stupid. This book has him joining the drama club as they go out to a desolate island to practice for nationals. However, the drama club has a problem. One of their members committed suicide and now someone is trying to get even. This is framed around the Phantom of the Opera which the drama club is performing. Wish that my local library had this series. This is a very popular manga mystery series about a teenager who has Holmesian abilities though many of his teachers and classmates assume he's stupid. This book has him joining the drama club as they go out to a desolate island to practice for nationals. However, the drama club has a problem. One of their members committed suicide and now someone is trying to get even. This is framed around the Phantom of the Opera which the drama club is performing.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kellvea

    These books are truly amazing, its about a teenage boy who everyone thinks is dumb, but one teacher knows that he scored the highest on the entrance exam and that, in middle school, he took an IQ test and scored 180. In this book, he is exploring an old house and he's staying there for some time, but people end up being killed because of an old legend. I recommend this to everyone because its very interesting, once you've read one you cant stop. These books are truly amazing, its about a teenage boy who everyone thinks is dumb, but one teacher knows that he scored the highest on the entrance exam and that, in middle school, he took an IQ test and scored 180. In this book, he is exploring an old house and he's staying there for some time, but people end up being killed because of an old legend. I recommend this to everyone because its very interesting, once you've read one you cant stop.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jenna

    While the art style is a little dated, the humor is great and the mysteries grip you and you can't stop reading. I also enjoyed the panel layout, in that I didn't feel inundated with enormous speech bubbles and tons of text, and rather it was balanced (unlike Death Note, which is also great but made my head hurt at some points). I'm not too good at figuring out what the culprit did before the detective himself does, but I enjoyed watching it unravel. Must read more! Read up to volume 5. While the art style is a little dated, the humor is great and the mysteries grip you and you can't stop reading. I also enjoyed the panel layout, in that I didn't feel inundated with enormous speech bubbles and tons of text, and rather it was balanced (unlike Death Note, which is also great but made my head hurt at some points). I'm not too good at figuring out what the culprit did before the detective himself does, but I enjoyed watching it unravel. Must read more! Read up to volume 5.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Teen

    Hajime is a teenaged crime solver but even he isn't prepared when his friend Miyuki invites him to a rehearsal for "Phantom of the Opera" and the cast starts dying in ways mimicking events in the play. Hajime is a teenaged crime solver but even he isn't prepared when his friend Miyuki invites him to a rehearsal for "Phantom of the Opera" and the cast starts dying in ways mimicking events in the play.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Hadi Wijaya

    I prefer Kindaichi rather than Conan since it give long detective case in one book (sometime continue to other book) and give detail personality of each character. However, the movie doesn't hit that good. I prefer Kindaichi rather than Conan since it give long detective case in one book (sometime continue to other book) and give detail personality of each character. However, the movie doesn't hit that good.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sae-chan

    Nice graphics, over the top story. One thing didn't sit well with me, though. Is wearing pants like that the style at the time? I just knew that at one point Matsujun was playing Kindaichi. I saw the one with Dohmoto-san playing. Dorky enough :-) Nice graphics, over the top story. One thing didn't sit well with me, though. Is wearing pants like that the style at the time? I just knew that at one point Matsujun was playing Kindaichi. I saw the one with Dohmoto-san playing. Dorky enough :-)

  27. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Arias

    I loved this book along with the many other volumes in this series. Its got great art, not overly sexual like most manga can get, and it has a great story line. The illustrator did a good job adding the creepiness factor to this horror book. I recommend it to anyone into horror and comics/manga.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Karaoke OK

    [Series Length: 27 volumes / Read: volumes 1-4] (Would you like me to post a short review of this series? Feel free to place a request in my GoodReads InBox. Thanks!)

  29. 5 out of 5

    T.

    A fun, if not campy read. If you don't mind the "stereotypical mystery" and many cliches, it really is a fun read. A fun, if not campy read. If you don't mind the "stereotypical mystery" and many cliches, it really is a fun read.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Noctourne

    It had a few fanservice scenes that I would have been much happier without and I also think that the story was very dark...though understandably so. I think it did things well for a horror book.

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