Misao Yamamura

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Misao Yamamura

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Japanese name: 山村 ミサオ
(Yamamura Misao)
English name: Inspector Magnum
Age: Unknown
Gender: Male
Relatives: Misae Yamamura (paternal grandmother)[1]
Occupation: Gunma Prefecture Police Inspector
Status: Alive
First appearance: Manga: File 136
Anime: Episode 96
Appearances: Chapters: 57
Chapters: 6
Episodes: 45
Movies: 3
Openings: 3
Closings: 2
Keyhole number: Volume 27
Japanese voice: Toshio Furukawa
English voice: Kent Williams (FUNimation)
Rayner Gabriel (Macias Group)

Misao Yamamura (山村 ミサオ Yamamura Misao?), also known as Detective Magnum in the English dub, is a character in the manga and anime franchise Detective Conan. Misao is a detective and police officer from the Gunma district who covers multiple divisions, including robbery cases, escorting criminals, traffic observation, and homicide cases. Later on in the series, Yamamura is finally promoted to an Inspector role[2], much to the chagrin of Conan and especially Kogoro.



Yamamura was born and grew up in the Gunma Prefecture. He became a police detective because he was a fan of Yukiko Kudo's television show in which she played a police woman, Dangerous Policewoman Story.[3] Yamamura, before being promoted to Inspector, was considered a rookie detective.[3] In his first case, he mentioned that the only reason why he was put on the case was because everyone else in his precinct had a cold.[3] His reputation grows after Conan knocks him out to solve a case, which gives him more assignments. Yamamura has a grandmother, named Misae Yamamura,[1] who sometimes gets indirectly involved in Yamamura's cases.[4]

Inspector Yamamura shows off his badge to Kogoro, Conan, and Ran.

The reaction of most characters when they see Yamamura is complete bewilderment; Kogoro even notes that he cannot believe that this is the only detective from the Gunma prefecture that can help him out during a murder case.[5] Misao also does other work in the department, including robbery cases, as well as covering traffic observations.[6] He also has escorted criminals to different places.[7]

In time, Yamamura was finally named an inspector, which he proudly showed off to Kogoro, Ran, and Conan. However, this annoyed Kogoro, who still called Yamamura "Yamamura-keiji" (Officer Yamamura) instead of "Yamamura-"keibu" (Inspector Yamamura); Conan expressed worry about the future of Gunma police with Yamamura in charge of other detectives, while Ran appeared to be the only one in support of Yamamura's new promotion.[4] Later, he is revealed to work for Division 1 of the prefectural police department which covers only homicide.[8]


Misao is terrified.

For being a detective, Yamamura makes many unnecessary mistakes, including not noticing completely obvious clues, and even feels fear at the sight of blood or a dead body. He is also incredibly naive and superstitious, fully believing that a "curse" was left by ghosts in a case, to the point of being scared.[9] He even messes up in trying to escort a criminal to Nakanojō forest, deserting his own post because he wanted to buy himself some lunch.[7] He also does not act in good conduct, publicly fawning over Yukiko Kudo when he found out who she was.[3] Misao also once got heavily distracted by a portable television that he brought during a case because he had wanted to watch a romantic drama that was airing at the time of an investigation.[10] And when it comes to Gunma, Misao doesn't even fully know the whole area, and has to be corrected by locals on certain things.[11]

However, even though he is a little clueless, Yamamura still knows the basics of his work and what to do in a crisis. For instance, he often writes in his notebook every piece of information he has been given about the case - even if that does not prevent him from forgetting what he has written,[12]. He is also very supportive, and always wants to lend a helping hand in solving a case. He is not completely lost during murder cases, figuring it out when Conan has to resort to giving out hand signs to him due to losing his voice from a cold.[5] Also, Misao is very handy in helping catch a criminal, having been used by Conan to help confront a criminal that was trying to proclaim their innocence.[13] He also helped catch another criminal, mostly through instructions Conan, pretending to be Kogoro, left for him on his cell phone as a text message.[9] He even tried giving Kogoro credit for the case, showing that unlike Kogoro, he can be modest.[9] However, Conan indicated in the text message that "Kogoro" wanted Misao to take all of the credit.[9]

Conan whispers to Misao an observation at a murder case.
Yamamura's cell phone.

Whenever Yamamura is involved in catching a criminal, he tends to become very excited. He noted that it felt like a "movie" when he had to shoot one of the runaway robbers in a bank robbery case.[6] He is extremely excited to be involved in helping Eri Kisaki and Conan catch the real killer in another case to the point of acting like a little kid after the killer was arrested, talking about how he acted and looked when confronting the killer.[13] His child-like reactions also manifest on the opposite end of the spectrum. One time when Yamamura decides that he is a bad police officer after making two big blunders during one case, it became up to Conan, Haibara, and the Detective Boys do their best to cheer him up so that he could feel better and lend them a hand in finding Mitsuhiko.[7] Still, he is quite conscious of the importance of his role in society and his profession, making him in morale - if not in skill - a true police officer.[7]


Plot overview

Suspicious Uncle Case (Manga: 136-138, Anime: 96)

Murderer Kogoro Mouri Case (Manga: 265-266, Anime: 199-200)

Fake Kogoro Mouri Case (Manga: 308-310, Anime: 243-244)

Disappearing Mitsuhiko Case (Manga: 358-360, Anime: 289-290)

Meeting with Vodka (Manga: 382, Anime: 310)

Suspicious Curry Case (Manga: 408-409, Anime: 331-332)

Cigarette Message Case (Manga: 469, Anime: 375)

Locked Car Murder Case (Manga: 509-510, Anime: 429-430)

Misao is the Gunma officer sent for the case because he knew Kogoro. He brings a camera and is excited by the idea of having an opportunity to record "Sleeping Kogoro" to show it to his Gunma co-workers. Nevertheless, he is not very helpful with resolving the case. He becomes disappointed at the end of the episode, realizing that he stopped his recording to save some battery and forgot to resume it later. He even asks Kogoro to repeat the deduction show so that he can get all of it on film.

Sealed Window Case (Manga: 531-532, Anime: 446-447)

Inspector Misao Yamamura arrived to investigate. Conan also tries to gather clues to help, but is limited to what he can do when a sneaky Eisuke starts to spy and watch him. Conan has to use different tactics so he won't seem suspicious to him. Conan sends a mail to Detective Yamamura as Mouri telling him who the actual culprit is. In the end, Conan said to himself, that the reason that he didn't put Detective Yamamura or Sonoko to sleep is because he noticed Eisuke was watching him.

Sonoko's Handkerchief Case (Manga: 542-543, Anime: 457-458)

Misao is the officer sent for this case, and brings a portable TV with him so that he will not miss his favorite drama, "The Maple Leaves of Winter", which he became a fan of, after his grandmother recommended it to him. This drama relates to the case, so he tries to make the suspects confess that they like the movie, without success. To his big disappointment, the drama episode that night was cancelled. He later appears to arrest the culprits, but only after they have already been defeated by Ran and Makoto.

Unsmashable Snowman Case (Manga: 557-558, Anime: 466-467)

Misao is sent for what seems to be a snowboard accident, and appears not to know the case's location very well, despite it being in Gunma. He first explains the victim's death as the result of a curse, and is then deeply convinced by the thesis of an accident; as a result, Conan tranquilizes him to expose the truth.

Onibaba Legend Murder Case (Manga: 580-581, Anime: 481-482)

In front of the events of the case, Misao first declares that the culprit is a member of the house - a correct conclusion - and wishes to proceed to a thorough investigation; however, realizing that none of the suspects could have committed the crime, he later concludes that the culprit is an outsider having used a trick. Misao is also surprised to encounter Agasa so frequently at crime scenes, and advices Conan to be exorcised of his habit of attracting crimes.

Silver Witch Case (Manga: 661-663, Anime: 545-546)

Kappa Murder Case (Manga: 720-721, Anime: 600-601)

Demon Dog Murder Case (Manga: 737-740, Anime: 611-613)

Cabin Trap (Manga: 816-817, Anime: 699-700)

Vampire's Mansion (Manga: 836-839, Anime: 713-715)

Bumper Brawn (Manga: 860-861, Anime: 744-745)

Kamaitachi Murder Case (Manga: 910-913, Anime: 808-809)

Zombie Movie Murder Case (Manga: 934-935, Anime: 830-832)

Edible Wild Plants Collecting Case (Manga: 1032-1034, Anime: 1011-1012)

Nagano-Gunma Prefectural Border Murder Case (Manga: 1082-1084, Anime: TBD)

Non-canon plot overview

A Mysterious Spring Beetle (Anime: 360)

The Raven Chaser (Movie: 13)

One of the murders of the case having happened on the Gunma border, Misao is called onto the investigation. He behaves as he always does, is immediately despised by Kansuke Yamato, and is even disrespectful towards Kiyonaga Matsumoto. Misao is one of the few inspectors (with Sango) to follow Kogoro's whimsical theory about the murder, and he is eventually the only one to come with him when he leaves the headquarters on his own, saying he is going to catch the culprit. He still plays a role in the movie, by hearing Vermouth dialing her Boss' phone number; the tune unconsciously makes him whistle the Nanatsu no Ko song, leading Conan to suspect that a member of the Organization infiltrated the meeting.

The Devil Hidden in the Tennis Court (Anime: 602)

A Happy E-mail Brings Sadness (Anime: 726)

The Dangerous Fossil Finding Trip (Anime: 939)

In the Onino village, Yamamura is called there after a possible murder has occured at the village's fossil excavating site and museum's toilet. The victim was the museum's owner who was poisoned and Yamamura quickly deduced that the victim is likely to have been murdered and that the two other guests are the suspects. After the sunset, Conan used Agasa to solve the case instead of Yamamura and, seeing the culprit, Yamamura exclaims himself that the culprit must show remorse and atone for his crimes which stuns the forensics officer and Conan before making a thumbs up since the case is solved. The Detective Boys approve his statement and make also a thumbs up except for Haibara who just stares at him. He then laughs out just like Kogoro.

Rube Goldberg Machine (Anime: 1111-1112)

Yamamura making a (non-sense) deduction.

While Yamamura is investigating a murder case within a villa resort, he meets Kogoro, Ran, and Conan, who also happen to be nearby. According to Conan's deduction, the victim in this murder case is murdered by a convoluted mechanical gimmick that undergoes several complicated movements and eventually combine to contribute to carry out a simple intent - in this case, murdering. This type of machine is generally being called "Rube Goldberg Machine". The victim is apparently the CEO and founder of a well-known restaurant "Cheom Cheom", which specialises in making Yangnyeom chicken. After some brief investigations, Yamamura finds out that the suspects with regards to this case seem to be somewhat intricate; therefore, Yamamura and the Mouri family start to fumble the case further. They then encounter numerous incidents that happened, related to the case, but just like a Rube Goldberg Machine, acting as each piece of device that makes up a Rube Goldberg Machine, propagating by every element...

Yamamura appearing on the TV.

After some indescribable efforts they etch, Conan figures out the truth to all of these Rube Goldberg Machine-like murder cases, and Inspector Yamamura gatheres all of the suspects at the police station. Due to the fact that Conan was originally using Shinichi Kudo's name to grant some findings to Yamamura, this made Yamamura think that Shinichi was in fact working alongside with him. Just as he explains the situation, he mentions about Shinichi: "Great detective Kogoro Mouri is here... but," says Yamamura. "the greater detective Kudo..." Conan then perceives that by letting Yamamura finishing this sentence, it might shatter Kogoro's vanity, and also make Ran feel confused. So right in time, Conan tranquillizes him and takes over this awkward speech, "Kudo Shinichi won't be solving this case either." Conan solves the case superbly with Yamamura fully asleep.

After all of that, Yamamura gained popularity, and the case got rather famous. He was interviewed and his speech was braodcast on the TV. In that programme, Yamamura claims that "their daily efforts that turned luck their way in the first place".

Relationships analysis

Kogoro Mouri

Misao met Kogoro from the case. He is a very big fan of him, to the point of fawning over him, acting as if he was Mouri's biggest fan, and often being the only one to approve and follow his more bizarre deductions. He considers that they are partners and that, when on a case together, they have a 100% chance to catch the criminal; however, Kogoro does not approve of the "partner" appellation.[16] Misao is very disappointed when he cannot film Kogoro during his "sleeping" form, musing that he wanted to show the other detectives at the Gunma Police Department.[17] However, when he finally does get to film Kogoro's sleeping deduction, he leaves the camera on pause during the whole deduction, showing off his carelessness.[16] He even cries heavily when he thinks that Kogoro has killed himself, not knowing that it was merely an imposter that looked like him.[17] However, this does not mean that Kogoro doesn't fall victim to Misao's bad deductions; the first time that Misao meets him, he announces that Kogoro is the killer without barely any evidence at all.[13] Although Kogoro does not like his detective skills, he considers Yamamura a friend on a purely personal level, especially when both detectives drink together.[17]

Misae Yamamura

Misae Yamamura is Misao Yamamura's paternal grandmother. They are very close. She lives in the Tottori prefecture, and he often talks about calling or visiting her. They seem to have the same interests: she recommended a romantic drama to Misao which later captivated him.[18]

Hiromitsu Morofushi

When Yamamura was young, he was friends with Hiromitsu Morofushi who called him Mit-chan. Together they built a hideout in a forest between Nagano and Gunma.

Name origin

Yamamura's name comes from mystery writer Misa Yamamura. In the english Funimation Dub, his surname is a reference to detective series Magnum P.I.

His last name Yamamura (山村) translates as "mountain village". His first name Misao (ミサオ) may have the meaning "chastity, fidelity", but since it is written with purely phonetic Katakana, no definite meaning can be assigned to it.


There is only one thing you should be doing... The only thing you should be doing is showing remorse and atone for your crimes!

— Talking to a culprit

Different looks

Episode 200
Episode 467
Episode 744

In other languages

Language Given Name Family Name
Flag of Japan Japanese 操 Misao 山村 Yamamura
Flag of Arab League Arabic Not Given يامورا Yāmōra
Flag of Indonesia Bahasa Indonesia Misao Yamamura
Flag of Catalonia Catalan Misao Yamamura
Flag of China Chinese (Simplified) 操 Cāo 山村 Shāncūn
Flag of US English Not given
Flag of France French Misao Yamamura
Flag of Germany German Misao Yamamura
Flag of Italy Italian Misao Yamamura
Flag of North KoreaFlag of South Korea Korean 영일 Young Il 정 Jung
Flag of Spain Spanish Misao Yamamura
Flag of Spain Spanish (Latin America) Not given
Flag of Thailand Thai มิซาโอะ ยามามูระ
Flag of Vietnam Vietnamese Misao Yamamura


  • In a late december interview, Gosho Aoyama revealed Yamamura didn't have any links with the Black Organization since readers have theorized he might be the boss since his and his grandma's postal code was the same as the boss's.
  • In File 1082 it's revealed he was once friends with Hiromitsu.

See also


Main Characters
Protagonists Shinichi KudoConan EdogawaRan MouriKogoro Mouri
Detective Boys Ai HaibaraAyumi YoshidaMitsuhiko TsuburayaGenta Kojima
Family & Friends Hiroshi AgasaSonoko SuzukiEri KisakiYusaku KudoYukiko KudoHeiji HattoriKazuha ToyamaYoko OkinoSumiko KobayashiTomoaki AraideMakoto KyogokuShizuka HattoriJirokichi SuzukiEisuke HondouAzusa EnomotoSubaru OkiyaMasumi SeraShukichi HanedaSakurako YoneharaRumi WakasaMomiji OokaMuga Iori
Tokyo Metropolitan Police District Juzo MegureWataru TakagiMiwako SatoNinzaburo ShiratoriYumi MiyamotoKazunobu ChibaNaeko MiikeKiyonaga MatsumotoInspector YuminagaShintaro ChakiHyoue KurodaKenji HagiwaraJinpei MatsudaWataru Date
Osaka Police District Heizo HattoriGinshiro ToyamaGoro Otaki
Nagano Police District Kansuke YamatoYui UeharaTaka'aki Morofushi
Other police districts Sango YokomizoMisao YamamuraJugo YokomizoFumimaro Ayanokoji
NPA and Public Security Bureau Rei Furuya (Bourbon)Hiromitsu MorofushiYuya Kazami
FBI Shuichi AkaiJodie StarlingJames BlackAndre Camel
CIA Hidemi Hondou (Kir)Ethan Hondou
MI6 Mary SeraTsutomu Akai
Black Organization The BossRumGinVodkaVermouthChiantiKornShiho MiyanoAkemi MiyanoElena MiyanoAtsushi MiyanoTequilaPiscoCalvadosRikumichi KusudaKi'ichiro Numabuchi
Magic Kaito Kaito KurobaKaitou KidAoko NakamoriGinzo NakamoriToichi KurobaChikage KurobaKonosuke JiiKeiko MomoiAkako KoizumiSaguru HakubaSnakeRose (OVA only) • Saguru's HousekeeperSpider (TV special only)
Others "The Criminal"Hideo AkagiRyusuke HigoTakahiro SanadaScar AkaiKohji HanedaKamen YaibaAmanda Hughes
Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department Juzo MegureWataru TakagiMiwako SatoNinzaburo ShiratoriYumi MiyamotoKazunobu ChibaNaeko MiikeGinzo NakamoriShintaro ChakiInspector YuminagaKiyonaga MatsumotoHyoue KurodaInspector MomoseChosuke Takagi (Tottori) • Jinpei Matsuda (deceased) • Kenji Hagiwara (deceased) • Wataru Date (deceased) • Masayoshi Sato (deceased) • Officer Tome (ao) • Toshiro Odagiri (ao) • Detective Kobayashi (ao) • Detective Yokoyama (ao) • Detective Kojima (ao) • Superintendent General HakubaManabu FujimakiDetective TakikawaDetective NakamuraDetective FukuiDetective KawanakaDetective SaitohDetective HoritaDetective TakanoDetective SogawaDetective OkumuraDetective SugitaDetective Hirota (ao) • Officer NumataDetective Terashima (ao) • Toshio Moroboshi (ao) • Female forensics member (ao) • Detective MiyazakiDetective TomokawaTadayoshi Uno (ao) • Detective Yama (ao) • Inspector Yuminaga's assistant
Osaka Prefectural Police Heizo HattoriGinshiro ToyamaGoro Otaki
Nagano Prefectural Police Kansuke YamatoYui UeharaTaka'aki Morofushi (Komei)
Kanagawa Prefectural Police Jugo YokomizoChihaya Hagiwara
Hokkaido Prefectural Police Kyohei NishimuraDetective Tamura
Kyoto Prefectural Police Fumimaro AyanokojiDetective Kurumazaki (ao)
Shizuoka Prefectural Police Sango YokomizoTomonori Ogawara (ao) • Detective Tsukumo
Other Prefectures Misao Yamamura (Gunma) • Tsuyoshi Shikatsuno (ao, Nara) • Tamekichi Matsushiro (ao, Gifu) • Shoji Terabayashi (Chiba)
Japanese Intelligence Agencies Rei FuruyaYuya KazamiHiromitsu Morofushi (deceased)
Primary Tokyo MPD Cases Metropolitan Police Detective Love Story OneMPD TwoMPD ThreeMegure's Sealed SecretShinkansen Transport CaseMPD FourSerial BomberMPD FiveMPD SixJewelry RobberyMPD SevenFake WeddingMPD EightHammer ManThe Scar that Evokes the PastInspector Shiratori, Memories of the Cherry BlossomKobayashi-sensei's LoveA Video Letter of First LoveCo-Investigating with a First LoveThe Life-Threatening Broadcast of LoveThe Ex-Boyfriend Living Next to a Crime SceneMDP NineTaiko Meijin's Match of LoveChiba's Difficult UFO CaseThe Marriage Registration's PasswordThe Target is the Metropolitan Police Traffic Department
Other Significant Police Cases The Osaka Double Mystery (Osaka) • Festival Dolls Dyed in the Setting Sun (Tokyo-Theft) • The Red Horse within the Flames (Tokyo Arson) • Furinkazan (Nagano) • A Dangerous Party of Two & The Mansion of Death and the Red Wall (Nagano) • Heiji Hattori and the Vampire Mansion (Osaka) • The Scarlet Return (NPA) • The Darkness of the Prefectural Police (Nagano NPA) • A song named ASACA (PSB NPA) • Captured in Her Eyes (Tokyo) • Crossroad in the Ancient Capital (Kyoto) • The Raven Chaser (Tokyo, Kanagawa, Shizuoka, Nagano, Kyoto, and Chiba)
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