16 January, 2022 — Shunsuke Michieda has been announced to play the role of Hajime Kindaichi in Nippon TV’s live-action drama remake of the mystery series The Kindaichi Case Files.
It’s been eight years since the last drama adaptation of this famous series, Kindaichi Shōnen no Jikenbo N (neo) — 金田一少年の事件簿N (neo), starring Ryosuke Yamada from Hey! Say! JUMP.
The main role of Hajime Kindaichi has been played by talents from Johnny’s Entertainment since Tsuyoshi Domoto (KinKi Kids) first landed the part in 1995.
Since then, other idols from the same agency have taken turns playing this crime-solving high school student.
- Domoto Tsuyoshi (堂本剛 — KinKi Kids) → 1995
- Matsumoto Jun (松本潤 — 嵐) → 2001
- Kamenashi Kazuya (亀梨和也 — KAT-TUN) → 2005
- Yamada Ryosuke (山田涼介 — Hey! Say! JUMP) → 2013
Five years ago, during a ZIP! interview, Michieda revealed that he wanted to be involved in a future remake of The Kindaichi Case Files after seeing his Yamada’s involvement in the series. Michieda constantly attributes his dream of becoming a Johnny’s idol to Yamada Ryosuke and Kimura Takuya (SMAP). He deeply admires both of his seniors and views them as role models.
“He (Yamada) was the 4th person to play the part, wasn’t he? That’s why I also want to act in this drama. It doesn’t matter if I play the 5th generation or whatever generation. I want to do it. And then I sent in my resume.”Michieda Shunsuke (道枝駿佑 — なにわ男子)
“Many of my seniors have played this role so I think that this is a drama that has a lot of history behind it. So, I’ll accept the baton that’s being handed to me by my seniors and I won’t try to copy their performance. Instead, I want to find a Kindaichi that only I can play. And then properly deliver the role.”Michieda Shunsuke (道枝駿佑 — なにわ男子)
Michieda admits that when he found out he had gotten the part, he burst into tears and cried in the Johnny’s Entertainment office. He then contacted his family via their family group chat to tell them the news.
Kindaichi Shōnen no Jikenbo is a mystery manga series that follows the adventures of a high school student named Hajime Kindaichi as he solves crimes and other mysteries. Despite his laid-back demeanor, Hajime is the grandson of Japan’s greatest detective.
The manga series was originally written by Yōzaburō Kanari and serialised in Weekly Shōnen Magazine in 1997. And later series were written by Seimaru Amagi.
The anime adaptation of the series aired for a total of 148 episodes from 1997 to 2005.
While the manga ended in 2017, a continuation began serialisation in 2019. And the series now follows a since-graduated Hajime, who initially left the sleuthing business but was inevitably drawn back into solving mysteries once more.
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