Challenge Letter to Shinichi Kudo
Challenge Letter to Shinichi Kudo (工藤新一への挑戦状 Kudō Shin'ichi e no Chōsenjō) is a live-action drama series starring Junpei Mizobata as Shinichi Kudo that takes place before the events that begin the story of Detective Conan. The series began airing every Thursday at 23.58 JST - 0.38 JST the following day, from July 7, 2011 to September 29, 2011. Prior to the series three live-action specials were produced, with a fourth special produced afterwards.
The following is a listing of the main cast of the drama series according to the Chart section of the official series website.
|Conan Edogawa||Minami Takayama||Minami Takayama only provides the voice for Conan, since she already voices him in the main series.|
|Shinichi Kudo||60px||Shun Oguri|
|Junpei Mizobata||Mizobata is the 2nd actor to portray Shinichi in live-action following Shun Oguri.|
|Kappei Yamaguchi||Yamaguchi voices Shinichi in the post credits' narration in A Challenge Letter to Shinichi Kudo ~Prologue Until Goodbye~.|
|Ran Mouri||60px||Tomoka Kurokawa|
|Shiori Kutsuna||Kutsuna is the 2nd actress to portray Ran in live-action following Tomoka Kurokawa.|
|Kogoro Mouri||Takanori Jinnai||Jinnai has portrayed Kogoro in all live-action adaptations.|
|Sonoko Suzuki||60px||Mayuko Iwasa|
|Sayaka Akimoto||Akimoto is the 2nd actress to portray Sonoko in live-action following Mayuko Iwasa.|
She was also a member of the AKB48 idol group.
|Eri Kisaki||Nene Otsuka|
|Miwako Sato||Natsuhi Ueno|
|Wataru Takagi||Yuichi Tsuchiya|
|60px||Hajime Hirata||60px||Hironobu Nomura||Hironobu Nomura voices Hajime Hirata, the main villain in the 13-episode series.|
Other notable cast
|Ai Haibara||Megumi Hayashibara||Hayashibara does the voiceover for Haibara, just likes Takayama does for Conan.|
|Heiji Hattori||Tori Matsuzaka|
|Kazuha Toyama||Rei Okamoto|
|Hiroshi Agasa||60px||Ryosei Tayama|
|Shiho Miyano||60px||Yu Kashii|
|Juzo Megure||60px||Masahiko Nishimura|
|#||Title||Original airdate||English airdate||Plot|
|1||File. 1 - The High School Detective Before Becoming Conan, Uncovering the Murder Affair Mystery!||July 7, 2011||-|
|Yuuhei Tsubouchi, a professional cameraman, strangles Momoko Aida after thinking she was going to leave him for another guy and covers up his murderous act by ransacking her apartment to look like a robbery. Will Shinichi Kudo be able to prove Tsubouchi's guilt?
|2||File. 2 - The Live Broadcast Locked Room Murder! Expose the Secret of the Psychic's Curse||July 14, 2011||-|
|Shinichi Kudo is a guest on a live TV program called "The Showdown" where he tests his deductive abilities against the psychic abilities of Jiro Washimi. The TV program goes horribly wrong however when Washimi seems to kill the show's host, Takayuki Harada, using his psychic powers. Are psychic powers really to blame or was it simply a trick by the real murderer?|
|3||File. 3 - The Court Murder Case Behind Closed Doors! Expose the Hostess' Murder Trick||July 21, 2011||-|
|Shinichi Kudo, Ran Mouri, Kogoro Mouri attend a trial at which Eri Kisaki is a witness for the defendant Reika Saito's alibi. Things get out of hand though when Reika Saito begins insulting Eri Kisaki and Eri Kisaki threatens to kill her, pointing at Reika Saito with her hand in the shape of a gun. Much to everyone's surprise, a gunshot is heard when Eri Kisaki says "bang" & Reika drops to the floor dead. Can Shinichi Kudo prove Eri Kisaki's innocence?
|4||File. 4 - Perfect Crime! The Notice of a Murder at a Wedding, Reveal the Mystery of the Locked Room Poisoning Trick!||July 28, 2011||-|
|Shinichi Kudo loses a game against Ran Mouri and Sonoko Suzuki during lunch so now he must play a penalty game: he must accept every request for a favor for the rest of the day. Before Ran Mouri can ask for Shinichi Kudo to take her out to a restaurant, Kogoro calls Shinichi Kudo and asks for him to assist with the wedding party of Kensuke Motoki and Kanon Shimabara. Later on, one of the guests, Nana Matsumoto, drops dead from what seems to be poison. Kensuke asks for Shinichi Kudo to prove his innocence, but is this pme favor Shinichi Kudo can't complete?
|5||File. 5 - The Amnesiac Actress's Magnificent Murder Trick - The Perfect Crime at the Summer Villa||August 4, 2011||-|
|Shinichi Kudo, Ran Mouri, and Sonoko Suzuki are at movie director Akihiro Nagata's villa where Shinichi Kudo is practicing for a possible role in one of Akihiro Nagata's films. Nagata's wife and famous actress Chisato becomes jealous and enraged when she catches Nagata "demonstrating" a kiss on rising actress Saori Kisaragi and even threatens her with a knife. Akihiro Nagata calms Chisato down as villa manager Kana Ishihara prepares tea for the group. Suddenly, Akihiro Nagata collapses from poison in his tea and Chisato suffers a shock so great that she loses her memory! It's up to Shinichi Kudo to reveal the truth, find Akihiro Nagata's murderer, and prove whether or not Chisato has truly lost her memory.|
|6||File. 6 - The Twenty Ladies' Magnificent Killing Kiss! The Killing Intent Hidden in the Murder Equation!||August 11, 2011||-|
|Shinichi Kudo and Ran Mouri in disguise, accompanied by Wataru Takagi, spy on Kogoro Mouri flirting with the hostesses at the Cristiano cabaret club. Kogoro Mouri and variety show educator Masato Mine are invited to participate in 1 of the club's games in which the men receive kisses on the cheek from nineteen of the hostesses while a decanter of wine is filled and the grand prize is a kiss from lead hostess Kumi Amagi. Mine wins the game, so Kumi drinks his decanter of wine and prepares to kiss him, only to collapse to the floor dead instead. How did the murderer ensure Kumi would end up with the poison? Was the game truly luck, or can Shinichi Kudo reveal the secret behind winning the game and catch the murderer?|
|7||File. 7 - The Blood Smeared Kin's Inheritance Murder! Reveal the Mystery Behind the Kidnapping Trick!||August 18, 2011||-|
|After attending the funeral of a famous ramen chain owner, Sonoko gets kidnapped along with Yuri Noguchi! Miki, Yuri's sister, receives a phone call from the kidnapper demanding a large amount of money in diamonds. Shinichi Kudo and Ran Mouri manage to get to Sonoko Suzuki and Yuri safely, only to find Miki was murdered when she was separated from them! Who killed Miki and why?|
|8||File. 8 - A Girl's Willpower, Revenge on the Molester! The Surveillance Camera's Hidden Murder Trick||August 25, 2011||-|
|Shinichi Kudo and Ran Mouri are riding a bus in Beika when Ran Mouri is suddenly touched on her butt by molester Osamu Sawada. After chasing the molester, Shinichi Kudo and Ran Mouri come across a case at the Beika Residence apartments where Katsuyo Miyano's respirator ceased working and she lies between life and death. Is Makoto Yamashita responsible for the respirator trouble through neglect or is there more to this case, and what does Sawada's obsession with Yukari Miyano's black underwear have to do with anything?
|9||File. 9 - Heiji Hattori and the Locked Room Unseen Weapon Murder Mystery! The East-West Detective Reasoning Battle||September 1, 2011||-|
|Osakan high school detective Heiji Hattori and his best friend Kazuha Toyama are on their way to visit Teitan High School when they witness a thief steal a purse. Heiji Hattori chases after the thief only to run past Shinichi Kudo and Ran Mouri on their way back from school. They capture the thief only to suddenly hear a woman scream in a nearby house. When owner Yoshino Fujimaru gets home and lets them in, the three are surprised to find Hideko Nakajima dead on a couch with a shard of glass protruding from her neck.
|10||File. 10 - Mystery of the Corpse That Teleported 200 Kilometers! Reveal the Wicked Woman's Perfect Crime Plan||September 8, 2011||-|
|Ran video-chats with Yukino Mizutani, Kogoro Mouri's client who apparently is under domestic abuse and being stalked by her lover, Kensuke Kubo. In the middle of the conversation, Yukino seems to be attacked by Kubo and screams for help. Ran Mouri calls Shinichi Kudo to Beika Mansion where Yukino lives; rushing there, she bumps into Kubo and later deduces that he is the culprit. However, Yukino is nowhere to be found – her corpse is discovered six hours later at a weekly mansion in Saitama, which is 200 km far from Beika Mansion; therefore, it's impossible for Kubo to be the culprit..|
|11||File. 11 - A Kiss is the Reason for Killing, a 20-year-old Revenge Murder! The Mystery of the Perfect Alibi||September 15, 2011||-|
|Shinichi Kudo invites Ran Mouri to have dinner in the restaurant on the thirty-eighth floor of the Beika Center Building for a reason. Meanwhile, a murder occurs: the victim is Taiji Tatsumi, the president of the Games company. Shinichi Kudo suspects the director of Games, Satoru Oba, but he has been with the president's daughter, Sakurako Tatsumi, all the time. Can Shinichi Kudo solve the case and go back to confess his intention to the waiting Ran Mouri on time?
|12||File. 12 - I'm the Killer! Three Independent Murderers? Reveal the Mystery of the Disguised Murder!||September 22, 2011||-|
|Machiko Sonoda, Ran Mouri's computer school teacher and Kogoro Mouri's drinking buddy, is found lying still – presumably dead – behind the closed shutter of Beika City Bank's safe-deposit box floor. There is a warning – the moment the shutter is open or the police make a move, the bank will be exploded. When asked for the murder culprit, all three suspects – Yuzo Nimura, Yoko Sakai and Ryosuke Hasegawa – raise their hands. Can Shinichi Kudo find the true culprit and prevent the 'explosion'?|
|13||File. 13 - Ran Dies! Expose the Mystery of the Final White Room Challenge from the True Culprit to the Genius Detective||September 29, 2011||-|
|Right after Ran Mouri admits being the criminal behind everything, she and Shinichi Kudo are separated and put to sleep. Hearing Wataru Takagi's voice, Shinichi Kudo wakes up, finding himself at Beika Marina and Ran Mouri lying still nearby. However, Ran Mouri is declared dead by a Medical Examiner named Hajime Hirata, and will be dissected to find out the cause of death; Shinichi Kudo can't do anything, being taken to the police station as an important witness. He and Kogoro Mouri later deduce Ran Mouri is only in an "apparent death" condition and may be revived. Will Shinichi Kudo be able to locate the true culprit of the white room? More importantly, can he save Ran Mouri?
|Special||Title||Original airdate||English airdate||Plot|
|1||A Challenge Letter to Shinichi Kudo ~Prologue Until Goodbye~||October 2, 2006||-|
|The story takes place when Shinichi Kudo was still a high school student. A letter of challenge is sent to Shinichi Kudo, a high school detective who continues to successfully solve difficult cases! "I'm going to do a kidnapping during the Teitan High School field trip." The match with the life at stake between Shinichi Kudo and the culprit who bravely gave a warning before committing his crime begins!|
|2||Shinichi Kudo Returns! Confrontation with the Black Organization||December 17, 2007||-|
|Conan Edogawa, Ran Mouri, Kogoro Mouri, Sonoko Suzuki, Haibara Ai, and Hiroshi Agasa attends a party for the "Miss Japanesque" awards, where the strongest candidate to win gets a threatening letter!! Conan Edogawa and Haibara Ai who came to the judging location temporarily transforms back to their original bodies after eating a cake!! While there, a murder takes place, and Shinichi Kudo must solve the case. Then, the Black Organization that was targeting the two jumped into action!! This life-threatening drama with the hotel as the stage has begun.|
|3||A Challenge Letter to Shinichi Kudo ~The Mystery of the Legendary Bird~||April 15, 2011||-|
|What is the legend of a mysterious bird that has been passed down from generation to generation in a remote village? Shinichi Kudo, Ran Mouri, Sonoko Suzuki, Eri Kisaki, and Kogoro Mouri are invited to a village by a leading fast food restaurant company owner. However, an impossible kill was successively happening before them!! Were the victims really sacrifices for the mysterious bird god!? Then, what is the meaning of the mirror shards left at each scene?|
|4||Shinichi Kudo and the Kyoto Shinsengumi Murder Case||April 12, 2012||-|
|Shinichi Kudo and Ran Mouri are invited to the set of a jidaigeki in Kyoto. On their airplane ride to Kyoto, a murder mystery arises. As well, when they finally reach the set in Kyoto, they become involved in another murder mystery, where the high school detectives of the East and West Shinichi Kudo and Heiji Hattori compete to solve a murder at the Kyoto film studio. Will Shinichi Kudo be able to solve the mystery?|
|#||Episodes||Song name||Artist||Release date||Oricon chart peak|
|1||Special 3||To You...||Dream||April 13, 2011||-|
|2||TV series||Kimi to Zutto...||yu-yu||August 24, 2011||-|
|3||Special 4||Sakura Uta||yu-yu||April 4, 2012||-|
|Episodes||File 1 • 2 • 3 • 4 • 5 • 6 • 7 • 8 • 9 • 10 • 11 • 12 • 13|
|Specials||A Challenge Letter to Shinichi Kudo ~Prologue Until Goodbye~ • Shinichi Kudo Returns! Confrontation with the Black Organization • A Challenge Letter to Shinichi Kudo ~The Mystery of the Legendary Bird~ • Shinichi Kudo and the Kyoto Shinsengumi Murder Case|
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