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Case Closed is written by mangaka Gosho Aoyama, an avid fan of Sherlock Holmes – and of which his manga seems to be heavily influenced.
The series is about a boy named (En.) Jimmy Kudo, an ace detective at the age of 18. Just as Sherlock Holmes, Kudo helps the professional detectives solve their cases when they are unable to themselves. This, however, inevitably leads to a plot against his life. Upon investigating a particularly dark and puzzling case, he finds himself ambushed and administered a poison called APTX 4869. This drug, designed to kill, results in an unforeseen development, transforming Kudo into an elementary-age student. Realizing that the organization that developed the poison would soon learn of his survival, Jimmy Kudo adapts to the alias of Conan Edogawa (after the author of Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) and takes residence in the home of his High School sweetheart (en.) Rachel, and her father, a detective named Richard Moore – posing as a relative to himself. Soon Conan manages to contact a trusted family friend and ingenious inventor by the name of Dr. Herschel Agasa. Although unable to supply a cure, Agasa does manage to supply him with some secret-agent like gadgets, such as a wristwatch tranquilizer gun. With this new asset, Conan begins to solve, unbeknownst to all but Dr. Agasa, Richard Moore’s cases – using a voice modulator as well to adapt his voice to the circumstances. As he covertly aids Richard, he tracks the whereabouts of the mysterious organization in hopes of finding a cure.
The series is still continued today and has had a total release of thirty-six tankōbon novels. It’s highly recommended for mystery lovers, especially of teenage years.
The series has, however, some downsides. The series is rated [approx.] age 14+, for some fairly unsavory crime scene illustrations. If the reader is familiar with the Phoenix Wright series, it is of similar relation to that level of graphics. As the rating, I’d recommend the series to teenagers and adults, rather than young audiences. The content is to be expected in it’s genre, and is fortunately not overly gruesome, as some literary and cinematic works have produced tenfold worse.