Detective Conan: 25 Case Closed Facts You Need To Know!

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Case Closed, also known as Detective Conan in Japan, is a long-time ongoing manga and anime series by writer Aoyama Gosho. Case Closed is a worldwide famous anime and manga franchise that began its serialization back in January 1994, and from that day, it is still ongoing with a much large fanbase.

Detective Conan was serialized in 1994 in Shogakukan’s shonen manga and was made available in the magazine Weekly Shonen Sunday but due to legal issues, when Detective Conan was made available in English Language, Funimation and Viz Media renamed it as “Case Closed.”

The anime follows the adventure of Shinichi Kudo, a high school detective who gets shrunk into a child due to scientific experimentation and solves crimes while looking for a cure by adopting the pseudonym “Conan Edogawa.”Throughout the series, Conan goes on the adventure of being a detective and solving the criminal cases of theft, murder, and much more with the help of his friends and allies.

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Case Closed (Credits: Shogakukan Asia)

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The Characters:

Shinichi Kudo as Conan Edogawa

Shinichi, the protagonist of the series, is a brilliant high school student that plays the role of detective and solves criminal cases under the pseudonym Conan Edogawa as he got shrunk into a child due to a drug.

Shinichi Kudo| Conan Edogawa
Shinichi Kudo| Conan Edogawa in Case Closed (Credits: Shogakukan Asia)

Ran Mouri

Ran Mouri, the female protagonist of the series, is the childhood friend of Shinichi and his beloved. Ran being a martial artist, has a supportive role next to Shinichi and often assists Shinichi in his investigations.

Ran Mouri,The female protagonist in Case Closed
Ran Mouri in Case Closed (Credits: Shogakukan Asia)

Kogoro Mouri

The Father of Ran Mouri, Kogoro Mouri, is a private detective and assists Conan in his investigations. Kogoro has a reputation as a heavy drinker and gambler, yet he has a strong sense of intuition when it comes to solving a case.

Kogoro Mouri
Kogoro Mouri in Case Closed (Credits: Shogakukan Asia)

Ai Haibara

Ai Haibara is a former member of the criminal organization, The Black Organization, which was behind the incident of Shinichi’s condition. Haibara works as an ally of Shinichi and assists him in his investigations by using her vast knowledge in the field of science.

Ai Haibara
Ai Haibara in Case Closed (Credits: Shogakukan Asia)

Heiji Hatori

Heiji Hatori is a high school Detective from Osaka and also a rival to Conan. Heiji though a rival to Conan, often teams up with Conan for investigations. Heiji has a strong sense of justice and always puts himself in danger for others. Heiji has a straightforward personality and is a skilled martial artist.

Heiji Hattori
Heiji Hattori in Case Closed (Credits: Shogakukan Asia)

Yusaku Kudo

Shinichi’s Father, Yusaku Kudo, is a famous mystery writer. Yusaku has a sharp intellect and occasionally appears in the series to support and assist his son Shinichi as Conan.

Yusaku Kudo
Yusaku Kudo in Case Closed (Credits: Shogakukan Asia)


Vermouth is a recurring antagonist in the series and a popular actress who is a member of the Black Organisation who was behind Shinichi’s Condition and gave him the drug. Vermouth plays a major role in the series Plot.

Vermouth in Case Closed (Credits: Shogakukan Asia)

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Facts You Need to Know!

1. Gosho Aoyama and his reason for creating detective conan

Gosho Aoyama, the creator of Detective Conan, also called Case Closed, is highly influenced by classic mystery writers like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, Edogawa Rampo, and Ellery Queen.

Gosho Aoyama, Creator of Case Closed
Gosho Aoyama, Creator of Case Closed (Credits: Torushome/Twitter)

Because of this interest, Aoyama wanted to pay homage to the classic mystery writers who inspired him in the genre and also to make a series that would be suitable for people of all ages.

To fulfill this, Aoyama created Case Closed in 1994, a series that features complex and challenging cases with mysteries.

2. The Origin Of Conan Edogawa’s Name

Shinichi Kudo, The protagonist of the Case Closed series, takes up the pseudonym “Conan Edogawa” after he shrunk into a child. The name for Shinichi, according to Aoyama, refers to his favorite mystery writers, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and Edogawa Rampo.

Conan Edogawa name origin
 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Conan Edogawa, and Edogawa Rampo (Credits: Shogakukan Asia)

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is the creator of the iconic detective character Sherlock Holmes while Edogawa Rampo, on other hand, was a Japanese mystery writer referred to as the “Father of Japanese Mystery Fiction.”

Aoyama being a fan of mystery dramas, wanted to pay homage to his favorite two mystery writers, and therefore for the pseudonym for Shinichi, Aoyama took the first name of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.”Conan” and “Edogawa” of writer Edogawa Rampo, while for Shinichi’s signature, his had was modeled same as the hat worn by Sherlock Holmes.

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3. FBI knew about Conan’s Real Identity

In the series, Conan’s identity was made sure to be hidden, but still, the FBI was aware of Conan’s identity as Shinichi Kudo. In Fact, FBI Agent Jodie Starling is one of the few characters of the core crew who know the truth about Conan’s situation.

Jodie Starling
Jodie Starling in Case Closed (Credits: Shogakukan Asia)

Jodie initially meets Shinichi on the plane to Los Angeles in the first episode/chapter of the series, where she witnesses him solving the murder case and notices his exceptional skills. Later in the series, She encounters Conan (Shinichi in child form) and realizes that he is actually Shinichi Kudo.

4.Eri Kisaki and His Cat

Eri Kisaki is a supporting character in Case Closed series. She is a successful lawyer and mother of Ran Mouri and has a soft spot for her pet cat, Goro.

Eri Kisaki and her cat Goro
Eri Kisaki and her cat Goro in Case Closed (Credits: Shogakukan Asia)

Goro, who is shown as a cute small blue cat, is a Himalayan cat with blue eyes. Goro is shown as loyal and affectionate to Eri and accompanies her on investigations. Eri told Conan in an episode that Goro is her “Guardian Angel,” and Eri gives him credit for helping her solve the cases.

5. BO’s Phone Number is a tune of a children’s song

The Black organization, or BO for short, is the main antagonist group in Case Closed. The secretive organization had all the criminals and assassins who were responsible for several high-profile cases and other criminal activities.

The Black Organization in Case Closed
The Black Organization in Case Closed (Credits: Shogakukan Asia)

One of the intriguing detail of the BO was that their phone number is a tune from a popular Japanese Children’s song. The Bo’s phone number represented the tune of “Nanatsu no Ko” (Seven Children), which is a popular children’s song in Japan. The tune is played as a ringtone whenever members of the BO receive a call on their cellphones, and it also serves as a secret code to identify other members of the organization.

6. Reason Why Kaito started being a Kid Looking for “PANDORA.”

Kaito Kuroba is the main character of the spin-off series of Case Closed, Magic Kaito. Kaito is a teenage magician who is also known as the notorious thief, “Kaito Kid.”One of the major motivations for becoming Kaito Kid was his search for the legendary gemstone called “PANDORA.”

Kaito Kid
Kaito Kuroba as Kaito kid in Case Closed (Credits: Shogakukan Asia)

Kaito’s father, Toichi Kuroba, was also a famous magician and thief who had been in search of Pandora before his death. When Kaito learns about it, He takes up the search in honor of his father and in the hope of uncovering the truth behind his father’s death.

In the Detective Conan series, Kaito Kuroba is the main character of the spin-off series Magic Kaito. He is a teenage magician who also moonlights as the notorious thief “Kaito Kid.” One of Kaito’s major motivations for becoming Kaito Kid is his search for the legendary ” Pandora ” gemstone.”

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7. The reason why Haibara always protected Ran

Ai Haibara, whose actual name is Shiho Miyano, is a former member of the Black organization, and ever since she left the organization, she joined forces with the main protagonist, Conan Edogawa. Throughout the series, Haibara shows a strong sense of protectiveness towards Ran Mouri even though previously she expressed hatred towards her.

Haibara Ai and Ran Mouri
Haibara Ai and Ran Mouri in Case Closed (Credits: Shogakukan Asia)

The reason behind her hatred was because of Ran Mouri’s father, Kogoro Mouri. As Kogoro was a famous detective and Haibara a criminal and member of the Black Organization, Haibara saw Kogoro as her enemy, due to which Haibara also hated Ran. Later, when Haibara came to Conan, she saw Ran in a positive light and started to protect her.

8. Kaito’s Father and Shinichi’s Father’s Rivalry

In the series, Kaito Kuroba’s father, Toichi Kuroba, and Shinichi’s Father, Yusaku Kudo, were known for their rivalry. Toichi Kuroba was a renowned magician and thief, and Yusaku Kudo was a well-known detective; both were experts in their fields and had a friendly rivalry.

Toichi Kuroba and Yusaku Kudo
Toichi Kuroba and Yusaku Kudo in Case Closed (Credits: Shogakukan Asia)

Toichi and Yusaku had mutual respect skills and often engaged in friendly competition. Also, their rivalry became a major plot point in the series when it was revealed that Toichi was actually Kaito Kid and was also the target of Yusaku’s investigation for a long time.

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9. Shinichi and KID met before Shinichi’s Shrunk

Shinichi Kudo and Kaito Kuroba, also Known as KID, are portrayed as rivals who often put themselves into a battle of wits. While most of their interactions take place after Shinichi’s transformation as Conan Edogawa, it was revealed in the series that the two met before Shinichi was shrunk.

Kaito Kid and Shinichi
Kaito Kid and Shinichi in Case Closed (Credits: Shogakukan Asia )

The encounter took place when Shinichi and Ran went on a ski trip, and they stumbled upon a robbery in progress. The thief was none other than Kaito kid, who was disguised as a Skiing instructor at the time. Shinichi quickly found out about his disguise. This encounter becomes a significant plot point later in the series when KID discovers that Conan Edogawa is Shinichi.

10. Shinichi’s First Case

Shinichi’s first Case was when, while in high school, he, along with his childhood friend, was on a plane headed toward Los Angeles.

Shinichi's First case
Shinichi’s First Case in Case Closed (Credits: Shogakukan Asia )

The Case was shown in episode 1, where Shinichi and Ran experienced a murder in the restroom of the plane, and Shinichi, with his intellectual power and detective skills, helped in solving the Case and also saved Ran. This Case was the pivotal point that gave an opening to the character of Shinichi as a detective.

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11. Conan’s Idol-Sherlock Holmes

Shinichi Kudo, who became Detective Conan, The brilliant and clever detective of the series with a keen eye for detail, works on solving mysteries, walking in the footsteps of his idol, The famous British Detective Sherlock Holmes.

Conan's Idol-Sherlock Holmes
Conan Edogawa matches similarities with Sherlock Holmes in Case Closed (Credits: Shogakukan Asia)

Throughout the series, Conan often refers to and draws inspiration from Sherlock Holmes’s cases and methods. Shinichi even shares physical similarities with Sherlock Homes, such as the hairstyle, and even wears the same signature hat as Sherlock Holmes.

12. Conan Has Two cellphones

Conan Edogawa, who is Shinichi Kudo, to hide his identity uses two cellphones in the series. One cellphone was a regular phone he used to communicate with his friends and family. This phone was similar to others with basic functions of calls, sending messages, and access to the internet.

Conan and His two cellphones in Case Closed
Conan and his two cell phones in Case Closed (Credits: Shogakukan Asia)

The second cellphone was a specialized device that Conan used for his detective work. This phone was much more advanced than regular smartphones and is equipped with a variety of features that help Conan solve cases. For example:- the phone has a feature of a tracking device that can locate people and objects and a voice changer that can alter Conan’s voice.

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13. Conan told Agasa first about his truth

Shinichi was drugged by the black organization, due to which he shrunk into a child and worked as a detective with the pseudonym Conan Edogawa in search of a cure for his situation. In the series, it was revealed that Conan tried many times to tell the truth to Ran but failed; instead, he went to Professor Agasa and told him the truth about what happened to him and that he was Shinichi Kudo.

Professor Agasa and Conan in Case Closed
Professor Agasa and Conan in Case Closed (Credits: Shogakukan Asia)

Professor Agasa is a family friend of Shinichi and the inventor of various gadgets that Conan uses in his detective work. After knowing the fact about Conan’s situation, Agasa helps him to find the cure and also provides him with the gadgets so that he can use them to hide his real identity.

14. Shinichi is perfect but is tone-deaf.

Shinichi Kudo, or Detective Conan, shows his incredible detective skills. Having a brilliant mind, a versatile body, and a personality, has numerous talents like soccer and swimming.

Detective Conan singing
Detective Conan singing in Case Closed (Credits: Shogakukan Asia)

The only weakness or lack of skill Shinichi had was that he was called tone-deaf or singing off-key in the series and which was true. Shinichi being a versatile personality didn’t have his hand on singing and lacked musical ability, which even led him to various awkward and embarrassing situations in the series. One of the memorable scenes was when Shinichi tried to play guitar for Ran, but he ended up breaking the strings.

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15. Shinichi’s Appearance is a mix of his mother and father.

Shinichi has a charming personality with messy black hair and piercing blue eyes. However, if we look closely, his notable facial features and appearance is a combination of his mother and father.

The Kudo's family in Case Closed
The Kudo family in Case Closed (Credits: Shogakukan Asia)

Shinichi’s Father, Yusaku Kudo, who is a successful mystery writer and known for his sharp wit and intelligence has messy black hair and a face shape that is similar to Shinichi’s.

Also, Shinichi’s mother, Yukiko Kudo, who is a former actress and known for beauty and elegance, has piercing blue eyes, which Shinichi also inherited.

So, Shinichi has a mix of traits of his parent’s personalities with Messy black hair, Face shape, sharp wit, and intelligence from his father and The charm and piercing blue eyes from his mother.

16. The ending of Case Closed is planned in Gosho Aoyama’s mind

Case Closed, also known as Detective Conan, is a legacy in the Japanese mystery series, which has been running for over 30 years. The series has been a subject of speculation many times and a topic of discussion over how the series will end. The series creator, Gosho Aoyama, had said that the ending had been planned by him and there was no room for speculation as it had been decided from the very beginning back in 1994.

Gosho Aoyama and Case Closed
Gosho Aoyama and Case Closed (Credits: Shogakukan Asia)

According to an interview with the Japanese magazine Da Vinci in 2017, Aoyama revealed that he had the ending of “Case Closed” in mind and has been dropping hints and clues throughout the series that would eventually lead up to the conclusions.

Aoyama also said that he keeps a notebook with him in which he writes down all the clues and events in the series, ensuring that each piece of mystery fits together perfectly at the end. Aoyama, to date, has made sure the storyline is consistent with evident attention to the details and careful planning of every plot twist.

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17. Black Organization and Its Three high ranked members.

The Black organization in Case Closed is the main protagonist group of the series. The organization is behind all the dark activities held in the series and has seven key members who have been identified throughout the series:-Gin, Vodka, Vermouth, Bourbon, Korn, Chianti, and the Boss Anokata.

The Black Organization
The Black Organization (Credits: Shogakukan Asia)

Gin, Vodka, and Vermouth are the top three highest-ranking members on the top charts of the black organization.

  • Gin is often seen as the right-hand man of the Boss and is a ruthless killer with a cold demeanor and is known for his signature style of wearing sunglasses and a fedora hat.
  • Vodka, on the other hand, is the lackey of Gin or, say, the subordinate who is responsible for carrying out mundane tasks. Vodka is less aggressive than Gin and is known for his tall stature and slow, deliberate mannerisms.
  • Vermouth is a female member of the black organization who is a mysterious American actress known for her beauty and charm. Vermouth is often seen wearing extravagant outfits and uses her feminine features to manipulate those around her. She is considered one of the most dangerous members of the organization.

18. The real identity  of Subaru Okiya

Subaru Okiya is the one who was first introduced as the new neighbor to the Mouri Detective agency in Case Closed. He is a tall, skinny man with a stoic personality and often helps Conan in his investigations. However, it was later revealed that Subaru Okiya is an imposter, and his true identity is much more vicious.

Subaru Okiya
Subaru Okiya in Case Closed (Credits: Shogakukan Asia )

Subaru’s real name is Shuichi Akai, one of the former members of the FBI who is known for his incredible detective skills and his rivalry with Gin from the Black organization. Shuichi Akai had been assumed dead for several years but lived in disguise as Subaru Okiya to investigate the black organization’s activities.

Subaru also had a reason to be with Conan, as he wanted to protect Haibara. Subaru was in love with Haibara’s sister Miyano Akemi who was shot dead by Gin, which resulted in Subaru and Gin’s rivalry. For the inside information of the Black organization, it was revealed that Bourbon, who is an active member of the organization, was giving Subaru the information as he is the younger brother of Subaru and has been keeping his profile low.

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19. Eri Kisaki and Yukiko Kudo were in the same high school

Eri Kisaki, who is a famous lawyer and mother of Ran Mori, and Yukiko Kudo, who is a famous actress and mother of Shinichi Kudo, were classmates in high school and had a rivalry with each other as they entered the beauty pageant competition where they had a neck to neck competition

Eri Kisaki and Yukiko Kudo
Eri Kisaki and Yukiko Kudo during High School in Case Closed (Credits: Shogakukan Asia )

Their high school rivalry didn’t end there as later on, they both fell in love with the same man, Yusaku Kudo, the famous mystery writer, and detective, but Yusaku chose Yukiko and got married. Eri Kisaki married Kugoro Mori, who is also a famous detective.

Years after high school, they remained friends and shared their personal life with each other. Even when Yukiko and Eri find out, Conan is actually Shinichi, they help him in his investigations.

20. The Worldwide fanbase of Case closed.

Case Closed, also known as Detective Conan, is a legacy mystery series with a large and devoted fanbase worldwide. The series has been translated into numerous languages, including English, Spanish, French and German, and others. The popularity of Case Closed has spawned a multitude of merchandise, including figurines, apparel, and collectible cards.

Case Closed
Case Closed (Credits: Shogakukan Asia)

Case Closed has fans of all age groups who occasionally host fan events, even cosplays. The series has been aired in more than 20 countries and has been mentioned in the series Lucky Star and the video game Persona 4. In China, Case Closed is known as “Meitantei Conan” amount its fans.

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21. The DC will continue

Case Closed has been running for over 30 years and gives a consistent captivating storyline of twists and mysteries. Case Closed has been adapted into OVA, movies, and games with a growing fanbase.

Case Closed
Case Closed (Credits: Shogakukan Asia )

According to the creators of Case Closed and Aoyama Gosho has told that they will maintain making the series as long as the fans love it. Not only that, Aoyama had said that even he doesn’t have any plans to end the series any time soon and wants to entertain the viewers for more years to come.

22. Conan worked with Kaito Kid and Lupin

Case Closed has various crossover events, with one such event being the crossover between Case Closed, Kaito Kid, and Lupin III. The special was called Lupin III vs. Detective Conan: The Movie, and it was released in Japan on December 7, 2013.

Case Closed and the Crossovers
Case Closed and the crossover (Credits: TMS Entertainment)

The story in Movin Lupin III vs. Detective Conan revolves around the great gentleman thief who is a certain treasure called the “Crimson Heart.”In his pursuit of the treasure, he comes across Conan and his friends, who are also looking for the same treasure, and realizes that they both have a common enemy, the Black Organization, and team up to take down the organization.

The other crossover is the movie where Conan and Kaito Kid work together despite their rivalry as a thief and detective and work together to stop the black organization.

The crossovers were a huge success, and there was another crossover due to the huge success, which was released in 2019, called Lupin III vs. Detective Conan: The Mystery of the Legend of the Monster Bird.

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23. Conan used other people to solve cases

Conan Edogawa, the main character in Case Closed, formerly known as Shinichi Kudo, often worked with his friends and allies to solve cases. Due to his transformation from a child, he was limited to directly confronting criminals, and as a result, he often relied on his friends and associates to help him gather evidence and solve cases.

Conan and Ayumi Yoshida
Conan and Ayumi Yoshida in Case Closed (Credits: Shogakukan Asia)

One of Conan’s most trusted associates is his friend and classmate Ayumi Yoshida, who acts as a decoy and distracts suspects, gathering information while Conan observes from a distance.

24. The series of manga and anime

Case Closed has been a manga since 1994 and is still ongoing, with over 100 volumes published. The manga was later adapted as an amine for a wide audience and was premiered in January 1996, which eventually gained the hype and is still ongoing, with over 1000 episodes aired to date.

Case Closed Manga Volumes 1 to 10
Case Closed Manga Volumes 1 to 10 (Credits: Shogakukan Asia) 

The manga and anime adaptation of Case Closed has been loved worldwide, with each of the adaptations having a wide audience and viewership. The series has been translated into multiple languages like English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Chinese and has also been adapted into movies, video games, and spin-off manga series.

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25. Case closed used the comic time period

Case Closed incorporated the elements of the “Comic time period” (Bubble Era) of Japan. The comic time period is a term used to refer to the economic boom that occurred in Japan during the 1980s and early 1990s, which was characterized by rapid economic growth and a general sense of optimism and prosperity.

Professor Agasa invention of tracking glasses
Professor Agasa’s invention of tracking glasses (Credits: Shogakukan Asia)

In the world of Case Closed, the characters depicted a modern, technologically advanced society with cell phones, computers, and other modern gadgets playing a prominent role in their daily life chores. However, the series also incorporated elements like payphones and outdated computer technology to create a unique and nostalgic environment.

One example of Case Closed technology is Professor Hiroshi Agasa, who is a brilliant scientist and inventor who invented gadgets for Conan to help in his investigations.

Case Closed is a series with Thrilling and intricate cases with a unique blend of mystery, action, and comedy and has been gaining the hearts of its viewers for over two decades. The series creates an environment with its storyline, which is intensely mystical and intriguing, and it makes one watch it till the end. Case Closed is a franchise, and its legacy is consistent with its storyline, its perplexing cases, and loyal to the fans, which grows with every passing year.

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