And so I purchased the rest in Chinese. I told you my reading of this series was all over the map, but glad you liked it. And good to know the adaptation of Shanghai is a good one. The anime is probably going to be one of my next stops in the series and might start with that particular story. I suppose only a tiny fraction of my regular blog readers are aware, or have read, a Japanese "light novel. Young Adults and have an average length of fifty thousand words with the distinguishing characteristic that the books are illustrated with manga artwork depicting various scenes or characters from the story — naturally our beloved detective story is fairly represented in light novels.
Some of these light mystery novels have been translated into English. Zaregoto series: kubikiri saikuru Zaregoto: Book 1: The Kubikiri Cycle , by the pseudonymous "NisiOisiN" is an extremely odd, but very good locked room novel, with apparently impossible decapitations on a small, isolated island in the Sea of Japan. The Demon of Dartmoor , I'm sure these series convey very little to most of my readers, but during the late s, Kodansha published a quadrilogy of light novels part of detective series most of you should be aware of by now.
The Kindaichi Case Files is a long-running manga series that has spawned numerous anime adaptations, live-action TV series, video games and nine light novels, which were penned by Seimaru Amagi — who's responsible for some of the best stories in the manga series e.
And expensive. So maybe its time someone reprinted them in an omnibus edition, because Murder On-Line proved to be a pure, plot-driven detective story with an ingenious alibi-trick worthy of Christopher Bush and Agatha Christie. A trick that made the story a quasi-impossible crime novel, but not close enough to label it such. Murder On-Line is a mystery novel reminiscent of Yukito Ayatsuji's Jakkakukan no satsujin The Decagon House Murders , and Peter Lovesey's Bloodhounds , in which " a group of crime and suspense fiction fans " from a chap-group, the On-Line Lodge, meet each other offline at an isolated, practically deserted mountain ski-resort, Silverwood Lodge — they only know each other by their online aliases.
The names they picked for themselves are "Agatha," "Watson," "Ranpo," "Patricia," "Sojo," "Spenser" and "Sid," but one of them has a third secret identity.
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An identity simply known as "Trojan Horse" and this person has murder in his or her heart. Hajime Kindaichi and Nanase Miyuki end up Silverwood Lodge after getting lost in the snowy mountains, but when the group of mystery fans learn Kindaichi is the grandson of the celebrated detective, Kosuke Kindaichi , they insist they stay the night. And a blizzard effectively strands them there. Only " two more characters " who showed up to play the game.
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The first murder is committed that very same day, but everyone has an alibi: "Agatha" was being intimate with "Ranpo. Kindaichi and Miyuki were together. There's " an alibi for everyone. However, as good as the alibi-trick is, it doesn't meet my qualifications to be regarded as either a locked room mystery or impossible crime. Back in , I posted a comment to a blog-post by Dan, of The Reader is Warned , entitled " But is it a locked room mystery?
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The case of the impossible alibi ," which asked if an alibi-trick can be considered an impossible crime. My answer is that an impossible alibi can't solely relay on eyewitnesses or physical pieces of evidence i. Monk and the Sleeping Suspect , There must be a serious physical limitation placed on the murderer and Christie wrote a rather well-known detective novel that used this kind of impossible alibi to perfection.
This was simply not the case here and the alibis fall apart when you consider two, or more, people working together. The chat-group alibi is not exactly rock solid either, because they all had laptops and the murderer could have been chatting from the victim's cottage. The group could even have suspected the two outsiders, Kindaichi and Miyuki. Something that was not considered or even mentioned in the story.
And the clueing was a bit scant. The solution is still hinted at, but not as strong as in the best stories from the anime or manga series. However, you can probably blame the light novel format for that.
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Kindaichi mysteries are whodunnit stories featuring usually multiple gruesome murders, often with a supernatural tinge. They are typically of the style of John Dickson Carr, and frequently feature a locked room mystery or other seemingly "impossible" crimes, such as a murder occurring when all surviving suspects have apparently airtight alibis. A notable distinction of The Kindaichi Case Files is that the killers are not depicted as psychopathic murderers and the murders are never committed for financial reasons alone.
The identified killers all have deep rooted problems, often involving great emotional trauma through the greed or thoughtlessness of others, as their reasons for committing the murder s. Thus the killers are often portrayed as sympathetic figures, as opposed to cold, calculating killers in some other mystery series. Hajime Kindaichi High school student Hajime Kinda'ichi is unmotivated, lazy, and a little lecherous, much to the exasperation of childhood friend Miyuki Nanase. However, only a few people see his great intelligence and deductive prowess by his IQ, possibly inherited from his grandfather, private detective Kosuke Kindaichi.
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Miyuki Nanase is the childhood friend and next door neighbour of "Hajime-chan"; many question why a model student like Miyuki is friends with a slacker like him. Deep down inside, Miyuki feels Hajime is not an idiot, and they seem to have a love that neither has yet fully expressed.
Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbo 3 - Shouryuu Densetsu Satsujin Jiken is the third and last game for the Playstation console and used as the first one a mix between 2D graphics for the characters and 3D graphics for the inside buildings part , featuring japanese voice acting for the game characters and beautiful anime sequences.
The game featured 4 different cases in the Seiryu Hotel. Manufacturer's description: Kindaichi Case Files, a popular comic? Kindaichi boy becomes, the goal is to solve a number of cases in Ryuugasaki hot springs surrounded by sea and mountains. Four scenarios to solve one of 43 characters weave a rich character.