The series began its serialization on January 19, Since Case Closed's premiere, over chapters have been released in Japan, making it the 21st longest running manga series. Several adaptations based on Case Closed have been made, including an anime series and animated films. A database consisting of all the cases from the manga was launched in Viz Media announced its licensing of the series on June 1, , and following Funimation Entertainment's English localization, released the series under the name Case Closed with renamed characters. The series follows high school detective Jimmy Kudo who was transformed into a child after being forced to ingest an experimental poison. The first volume was released on June 18, and is currently on-going.
The first tankoubon was also published by Shogakukan in ; it has spanned 94 published volumes as of December 18, , and continues today. The manga has been highly popular in Japan; the tankoubon has received multiple first places in bestselling lists. However, the company stopped after 15 volumes, and now Viz handles UK distribution. Each volume features information on a famous literary or film detective as well as a story recommended by Aoyama. Detective Conan Special manga volumes consist of short stories drawn by Gosho Aoyama's assistants.
Due to legal problems with the name Detective Conan , the English language releases from Funimation and Viz were renamed to Case Closed. The story follows the high school detective Shinichi Kudo renamed as Jimmy Kudo in the English translation who was transformed into a child while investigating a mysterious organization and solves a multitude of cases while impersonating his childhood best friend's father and other characters. The anime resulted in animated feature films , original video animations , video games , audio disc releases and live action episodes. Funimation licensed the anime series for North American broadcast in under the name Case Closed with the characters given Americanized names.
Jimmy Kudo, the son of a world-renowned mystery writer, is a high school detective who has cracked the most baffling of cases. One day while on a date with his childhood friend Rachel Moore, Jimmy observes a pair of men in black involved in some shady business. The men capture Jimmy and give him a poisonous substance to rub out their witness.