, also known as Kudo Shinichi
(工藤 新一, Kudo Shin'ichi
?) in Japan, is the main character of the anime and manga Case Closed
, known in Japan as Detective Conan
(名探偵コナン Meitantei Conan
). Viz romanized his original name as Shin'ichi Kudo
while Shogakukan's website romanizes it as Shinichi Kudoh
. He later takes on the alias Conan Edogawa
(江戸川 コナン, Edogawa Konan
?) to protect those around him from the Black Organization.
He's known as Savior of the Japanese Police Department (日本警察の救世主, Nihon Keisatsu no Kyūseishu) because of his legendary skills as a detective, he can solve cases in an instant. Later he changed his name to Conan Edogawa (江戸川コナン, Edogawa Konan), which is his alter ego after swallowing a poison — APTX 4869 by some men in black — known as the Black Organization. He made his ambition in capturing the Black Organization and trying to pull them away from the darkness and to find the antidote for the APTX 4869 to turn back into a normal high school student.
The idea of that Shinichi should turn into a child comes from the idea of a Tortoiseshell cat Sherlock Holmes. Gosho Aoyama's idea was the cat would indicate the crucial evidence needed to solve the case; a performance the child-turned Kudo does to help those around with the investigation. Gosho revealed his editor was against the name Conan due to the protagonist from the anime series Future Boy Conan, sharing the same name and had suggested to name him Doyle instead. Gosho stuck with the name Conan believing it would overtake the Future Boy series. According to Gosho, Kudo's catch phrase Shinjitsu wa Itsumo Hitotsu! (真実はいつもひとつ!; Literally meaning "There is only one truth!") was thought of by the anime series script writer and drawn into chapter 96 of the manga at the same time. In the English localization, the catch phrase was translated as "One Truth Prevails".
Conan's name comes from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle the creator of the most popular detective Sherlock Holmes and Edogawa Rampo the creator of the Japanese popular detective Kogorō Akechi.
Shinichi's given name is a pun on "one truth" which he usually uses as his slogan. The kanji "ichi" (一) means "one" in Japanese. Hower Shinichi's first kanji from his name the "Shin" (新) means "new" instead of "Shin" (真) meaning "truth". Kudo's last name (工藤) comes from the fictional detective Shunsaku Kudō created by Nobumitsu Kodaka. The first kanji from Kudō means "craft" or "construction" (工) which that the last kanji means "wisteria" (藤).
• Shinichi is dense when it comes to love or romantic subjects.
• Shinichi and Conan appear in other series, mostly from manga or anime series from Weekly Shōnen Sunday, the magazine where Detective Conan has been published weekly.
• Shinichi and Ran have the same blood type.
• Can be that the Shinichi is based from Kaito Kuroba from the Magic Kaitō manga and now anime series — the first project of Gosho Aoyama.
• Shinichi, along with Heiji Hattori, Kaito Kuroba and Saguru Hakuba, are sometimes referred to as 'The Four Geniuses' or 'The Gosho Boys' by fans. If Ai Haibara/Shiho Miyano is included, they are referred to as 'The Five Geniuses.'
• He was used as a character to promote people to follow the law in Japan, due to the popularity of the series.
• Shinichi's birth date was not initially known in the first place. In the first Detective Conan movie, his birth date has been revealed which he is born at May 4th, the day of the final fight of Sherlock Holmes between his nemesis Professor Moriarty at the Reichenbach Falls.