A Challenge Letter to Shinichi Kudo ~The Mystery of the Legendary Bird~

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Drama Special 3


Title: A Challenge Letter to Shinichi Kudo ~The Mystery of the Legendary Bird~
Japanese Title: 工藤新一への挑戦状~怪鳥伝説の謎~
(Kudō Shin'ichi e no Chōsenjō ~Kaichō Densetsu no Nazo~)
Original airdate: April 15, 2011
Characters: Shinichi Kudo
Ran Mouri
Kogoro Mouri
Eri Kisaki
Sonoko Suzuki
Juzo Megure
Case solved by: Shinichi Kudo
Director: Tsukasa Shirakawa
Screenplay: Takehiko Hata
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Shinichi, Ran, Sonoko and Eri travel to a remote area in the mountains where there is a legend of a large Otori bird, similar to shrikes, that takes people and make them its "hayanie". A hayanie is when an animal is forcefully stabbed and impaled onto a branch or barbed wire by the Otori bird. While visiting the village, the four meet up with the Wakura family, which consists of a father, two sons, and two daughters. But almost immediately, someone ends up impaled atop God's Perch, a shrine devoted to pleasing the giant Otori, and the village is thrown into chaos. Soon after, another victim surfaces and the telephone lines are cut. The wooden bridge leading from the village to the outside world is even destroyed. It soon becomes apparent that the culprit is targeting the Wakura family, and Shinichi investigates. But the mysteries pile up on each other and the impossible murders get even more puzzling. Just who is the culprit and what is their aim? And how did they accomplish a murder that only a giant shrike appears to be capable of?


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Location: Mozutobi Shrine God's Perch
Victim: Sho Kozaka
Cause of death: Stab wound
Suspects: Otori Bird

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Location: God's Perch
Victim: Ryoji Wakura
Cause of death: Stab wound
Suspects: Otori Bird


  • Resolution[edit]


    Insert song titled "to you" by Dream.

    Differences between the novel and the live action drama[edit]

    Note: The following are only details that have connection to the murder plot or are important to the content. Many other small details were changed in the drama as well.
    • In the novel, the God's Perch is a wooden log on two pedestals and is put next to the Sacrificial Tree which has a pointed branch, while in the drama, the Perch is a pointed perch-like part of a stone monument. Therefore, even though they share the same principle, the murders are a bit different between the two versions.
    • In the drama, the TV crew is completely omitted. Sho Kozaka, a graduate student, replaces Okada as the first victim.
    • Ironically, in the drama, Ryoji is the one who is killed, while Yoichi and Kotomi remain alive (the culprit fails to kill Kotomi, and Yoichi never becomes a target).

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