|Japanese name:|| 松田 陣平|
|First appearance:|| Manga: Chapter 366|
Anime: Episode 301
|Appearances:|| Chapters: 10|
|Keyhole number:||Volume 36|
|Japanese voice:||Nobutoshi Canna|
Jinpei Matsuda (松田 陣平 Matsuda Jinpei) is a character in the manga and anime franchise Detective Conan.
Jinpei Matsuda was originally a member of the Tokyo Police bomb squadron. His partner Hagiwara was killed four years previously by a serial bomber who had sworn revenge on the police for the accidental death of his partner. When the killer resurfaced three years ago, Matsuda's superiors, fearing that he would become reckless due to personal interest, transferred him to Inspector Megure's department, where he was promptly partnered with Miwako Sato, then a rather new detective.
Sato was at first put off by his direct manner, but then the bomber appeared in their district less than a week later, depositing an explosive charge in a Ferris wheel at an amusement park. When Matsuda attempted to disarm the bomb, the killer trapped him inside and revealed the existence of yet another bomb hidden in the city. As the countdown of the Ferris wheel bomb would wind down, the name of the second bomb's location would be gradually displayed, claiming a policeman's life for the life of innocents, as the bomber had intended. Matsuda sent the bomb location to Sato via SMS just as the final seconds ran out, his last thoughts being regret that he would not be able to drink to his partner's memory following the apprehension of the culprit.
Matsuda's death haunted Sato for years to come, as she had fallen in love with him, and she kept his final message on her cell phone as a reminder of him. When the bomb killer was finally caught by her and Takagi, she managed to put behind the haunt of her past, though she promised herself never to forget about Matsuda.
Upon his transfer to the Tokyo Metropolian Police, Sato found Matsuda rather blunt and aloof, since he spoke out his mind no matter what anybody would think. However, despite his personal interest in the case which eventually claimed his life, Matsuda remained cool and professional, placing the safety of Sato (for whom he had come to care as well) and innocents over his own life - qualities which had won Sato's heart.
 Plot overview
Matsuda was shown in a series of Miwako Sato's flashbacks in which he was depicted solving the case of the bombing and sending Sato the location of the 2nd bomb, shortly before dying in the explosion on the Ferris Wheel.
 Relationships analysis
 Family & Friends
 Miwako Sato
Jinpei was Miwako Sato's love interest who died inside the Ferris Wheel planted with a bomb, where he waited for the last few seconds before the explosion of the bomb in order to obtain the clue to figuring out the culprit behind the bombing cases. While Sato originally found him cold and aloof, they still grew close and cared deeply about each other, falling in love at some point of time after he transferred to Sato's division and met her. His death haunted Sato for a long period of time, and she kept his last message to her in her cell phone as a memento of him. However, Sato was able to let go of Jinpei's death following the apprehension of the bomb culprit as well as Takagi's advice towards her and also deleted his last message to her as a sign of putting his death behind her. Regardless, Sato vows to never forget about him. She has also apparently cultivated a slight fear of Ferris Wheels as shown when she was stunned and shocked upon seeing a Ferris Wheel while chasing a culprit in the amusement park, when she had been on a date with Takagi some time after, to the point that it caused her legs to give in and for her to burst into tears.
 Rei Furuya
 Character popularity
- In honor of the release of the 800th manga chapter, Shonen Sunday held a popularity poll/contest containing 91 Detective Conan characters to choose from. Matsuda placed 13th overall with 123 votes.
 Name origin
|“||Nah... You don't need to forget anything. Whether you can move on or not is totally up to you. It is when you forget when your old man really dies, you know?||„|
— To Miwako Sato (Chapter 370)
 In other languages
- Matsuda's character design appears similar to that of the character Spike Spiegel from the anime Cowboy Bebop.
 See also
- ^ Manga Chapter 371: Serial Bomber Case
- ^ Manga Chapter 373: Serial Bomber Case
- ^ Movie 20: The Darkest Nightmare
- ^ "Shonen magazine detective conan official poll results published [magazine pic"]. eva. 2012-02-28. http://forum.dctp.ws/index.php?topic=8024.msg651566#msg651566. Retrieved on 2012-02-29.