Woodpecker Detective's Office Anime Heads to Crunchyroll in Spring 2020

Crunchyroll co-production gets new key visual and staff info

At today's NYCC panel, Crunchyroll busted out the crystal ball and looked further into the future for an upcoming simulcast announcement. Due out as part of the Spring 2020 season is Woodpecker Detective's Office, a Crunchyroll co-production based on the mystery novel by Kei Ii that will be available to members in North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, and the Middle East.


There's also a new visual and cast and staff info to go along with the news. First up, the synopsis:


It is the end of the Meiji Era.


The genius poet Ishikawa Takuboku, who’s struggling financially, starts a detective business out of his lodging in response to a certain murder case.

He calls it the Woodpecker Detective’s Office.


“The ghosts of the Twelve-Story Tower in Asakusa,” “the man-eating figure who wanders the streets on snowy nights”...


Takuboku involves himself in one bizarre case after another with his hometown acquaintance, Kindaichi Kyosuke, as his assistant.


Other literary men such as Nomura Kodo, Yoshii Isamu, Hagiwara Sakutaro, and Wakayama Bokusui are also dragged into Takuboku’s exploits as he races all around Tokyo at the height of Westernization!


Key visual:


Woodpecker's Detective Office




Original Story

Kei Ii


General Director

Shinpei Ezaki



Tomoe Makino


Series Composition

Taku Kishimoto


Character Planning

Kaoru Saki


Character Designs

Shuichi Hara





Animation Production

Liden Films



Tohoku Shinsha / Liden Films



Kimikoe Project


Presented by

Woodpecker Detective's Office Production Committee




Shintarou Asanuma as Takuboku Ishikawa:


A genius poet. Attended the same middle school as Kindaichi Kyosuke. Somewhat loose with money and women, but his good looks make him hard to hate.


Takahiro Sakurai as Kyosuke Kindaichi:


A part-time university lecturer. He loves Ishikawa Takuboku’s talent. Mild-mannered and easily pushed around by Takuboku.


Other cast members include Kenjiro Tsuda, Rikiya Hayashi, and Hayato Furusawa.


You can follow the official Twitter and visit the series' website for more.




Joseph Luster is the Games and Web editor at Otaku USA Magazine. You can read his webcomic, BIG DUMB FIGHTING IDIOTS at subhumanzoids. Follow him on Twitter @Moldilox. 

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