The Kaitou Kid is the secret identity of Case Closed"s main character, but there are plenty of things most fans don"t know about Kid.

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Case Closed follows the story of one Shinichi Kudo/Conan Edogawa, a super-smart teenager who spends all his không lấy phí time solving criminal cases, who eventually runs afoul of an organization that decides to kill him. But instead, they wind up transforming him into a young child, who continues khổng lồ try & solve cases while hunting down the organization.

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But when he’s not dealing with murder cases & battling the đen Organization, he occasionally đơn hàng with a certain phantom thief known as The Kaito Kid. But what vày we really know about Kid? Well, as it turns out, quite a bit as he’s one of Gosho Aoyama’s earlier creations. Read on lớn learn about Shinichi/Conan’s most formidable foe, và one of the most famous gentlemen thieves in anime.

Something that could easily elude casual Case Closed fans is that the Kaitou Kid got his own anime a while back. In fact, the character actually predates Shinichi Kudo & Case Closed by several years, as Gosho Aoyama’s first chapter of the manga released in 1987 in the pages of Weekly Shonen Sunday. This series was later adapted into an anime series in the form of Magic Kaito 1412, which came out in the Fall of 2014. This series ran a full 24 episodes and brought us into Kaito Kuroba’s world.


It’s a little vague, but Kaito’s goal is fighting a shadowy organization that we’ve never actually known the name of. It"s referred khổng lồ as the "Magic Kaito Organization" in some circles but that seems lượt thích it implies Kaito is actually running the group rather than fighting it. Fans have occasionally suspected this is the same group as the black Organization, but in addition khổng lồ the naming schemes being entirely different, writer Aoyama has confirmed this not lớn be the case. In any case, after learning this group killed his father because he refused to help them find the Pandora, a gem which can give someone immortality, Kaito’s been working khổng lồ bring them out of hiding and shut them down.


When fans think of Lupin, they tend khổng lồ view him in a lighter sense than most thieves because of his personality. Well compared to lớn Lupin, Kaito’s somehow even less dangerous. His goal is to find the Pandora gem before The Organization does khổng lồ foil their crimes.

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Everything he steals is focused around this goal, & when a gem isn’t the Pandora? He just gives it back. Though he’s still a thief, Kaito’s goal is much closer lớn saving the world & avenging his father rather than being self-serving.


Despite his name literally being Kaito, Kaito Kuroba is actually not the first Kaito Kid. He isn’t even the second. His father Toichi Kuroba was the first Kaito Kid, taking on the role and performing capers for sometime before dying in a mysterious “accident”. The second Kaito Kid was Toichi’s assistant, Konosuke Jii. He played as Kaito to try and lure out the people who murdered Toichi, before Kaito took on the job for himself. Since taking on the job, he’s found Toichi’s secret room where all his Kaito Kid gadgets và tricks were, and learned more about the hidden world his dad was plunged into.

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Sometimes you’re simply born into your position. It certainly feels that way with Kaito, because his mom was a thief long before he or his father was. Chikage Kuroba was originally known as The Phantom Lady. As a hero of the people, Chikage would steal from massive corporations that made their money through shady means, so pretty much all of them, technically. Later in her career, she began stealing forgeries people were selling for money and giving them to lớn the police. After being saved by Kaito’s father Toichi, the two of them began dating.

Kaito just so happens to lớn look almost identical to Shinichi Kudo, the lead protagonist of Case Closed. The most likely reason for this is that Aoyama really wanted that design to take off, so he simply copied it over to the series he did alongside Magic Kaito. But it’s actually something that’s acknowledged in universe as well. Kaito has multiple times used this fact to lớn his advantage, helping him to get away despite not having a disguise handy. Like this, he’s even fooled Ran, Shinichi’s girlfriend.

Before Kaito Kuroba became the Kaito Kid, he specialized in magic tricks—he was great with sleight of hand & illusionary tricks. As Kaito Kid, this ability seems lớn be turned up to lớn eleven. With proper preparation, he’s managed to imitate dozens of different people.

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He’s able to lớn subsume himself into a role regardless of a person’s sex (he’s been a woman numerous times) or stature (he’s played everything from a maid khổng lồ an airline pilot). He’s even proven capable of looking lượt thích some children or playing his own rivals và enemies.

Normally, the most popular character of a television series is often a thành viên of the main cast. They might not be the main character, but they’re usually someone who’s in the show more often than not. But Kaito Kid only makes sporadic appearances in Case Closed, as the story is about Shinichi stopping a massive crime organization, not some kid who steals stuff only khổng lồ give it back. Nonetheless, in everything from online polls lớn polls in Shonen Sunday where Case Closed is published, Kaito typically tends khổng lồ come in either first or second.

There are layers to Kaito’s name. His last name, Kuroba, means “black feather”--referring lớn how he’s always battling with the law. It’s also how one pronounces “clover” in Japanese—and there happens to lớn be a clover on his monocle. “Kaitou” means Phantom Thief in Japanese, và when the original Kaitou Kid began performing his art, he was referred to lớn as “International Criminal #1412”. After a reporter referred khổng lồ him as Kaitou 1412, their messily written handwriting was read as “Kaitou Kid”, thus leading us to lớn the birth of Conan’s greatest gentleman thief.

Unfortunately, lớn this day there’s been no over to Kaito Kid’s storyline. Aoyama began working on Case Closed in the early 90’s and it took off as an immediate hit, resulting in him shelving this storyline. Since then, the remaining chapters have been turned into two more volumes, one released in 2007 và another in 2017. Ultimately, if anyone holds the (totally correct) view that Kaito Kid is a better series & would want to get an ending lớn it, they’d have lớn wait until Case Closed came to an end. But with the series at over 1000 chapters and counting, people shouldn’t their hopes up.

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Staff Writer for, Sage Ashford has also written for Comicon as well as other sites such as The Gamer, và has been doing freelance work since 2014, và been working for since 2017. His focus is primarily on spreading the word on obscure anime, comic books, & games whenever possible.Follow him on Twitter