A list of characters who appear in Case File nº221: Kabukicho.
Pipe Cat Bar, 221st Avenue, Kabukicho
A quiet and non-talkative detective who lives in the building that houses PCB. His passion appears to be rakugo, which he uses to explain his deductions. He's formerly a rakugo performer before he became a detective.
When he does his sketch, Sherlock plays Hatsu and Kuma. Hatsu is the logical character and Kuma is the sarcastic/pessimistic character.
- The Alleged Car: Has a green kei car that is troublesome to operate. Watson was able to fix it due to a spark plug issue.
- Bizarre Taste in Food: He has a peculiar taste in food such as eating fried rice with canned fruits and while at Moriarty's birthday party, he eats some sushi with cake frosting dipped in.
- Catchphrase: "You wanna know?". Happens every time someone asks him how he could have solved the case.
- Foreshadowing: One way to suggest that Sherlock may have experience in conducting rakugo is the presence of a rakugo stage in his apartment.
- Genius Slob: His apartment is a mess and he relies on Watson to clean it up.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's an asshole to Watson and sometimes treats him like shit. But he seems to have a kind side such as letting James crash into his place because the latter admires his rakugo skills and helps out Lucy in finding the lost money.
- Large Ham: While doing his rakugo deductions, he becomes a lot more expressive and goofy-looking. Although, it is expected in rakugo since the performer must stay in character.
- Master of Disguise: Part of the myth gag to the Sherlock Holmes franchise. He simply disguises himself as various people in order to get the drop on POIs while staking them out.
- The Quiet One: Sherlock doesn't talk much and stays on the side, preferring to examine crime scenes for anything that stands out of place.
- Sherlock Homage: Based on the novel version of Sherlock. He's very quiet, but uses his acting skills in the form of rakugo, where he uses it to explain his clues and anything else he finds in crime scenes and being a Masterof Disguise. He also wears a modern deerstalker-type hat.
- Sherlock Scan: Of course, he's Sherlock Holmes for nothing if he hadn't used this.
- Slasher Smile: Sherlock tends to do this when he's asked if the person wants to know where his deductions come from.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Sherlock didn't appreciate Watson bailing him from being shot by Cobra at the end of "Why Not Join the Staring-At-Eye-Moles Squad?", mostly because he didn't know that Watson would be able to locate him and take out Cobra.
A young doctor who works in a hospital on the west side of Shinjuku for a year, he's advised to seek out Sherlock Holmes if he wants answers to his problem. Watson later uses his medical experience/knowledge of the medical community to help Sherlock, the police and their allies.
- Big Damn Heroes: Saves Sherlock at the end of "Why Not Join the Staring-At-Eye-Moles Squad?" by knocking out Cobra from the back with a vase.
- Butt-Monkey: He's a gullible newcomer to the East Side, and is therefore constantly getting tricked by others or putting his foot in his mouth. As James notes, this makes him a prime target as far as the residents of east side are concerned.
- The Caretaker: He ends up being one for Sherlock after he moved into his apartment. Then, Sherlock lets him do all the household chores.
- He Knows Too Much: Prior to the start of the story six months ago, he found a miniaturized transmitter inside a corpse of a young girl while doing an autopsy and reported about it to his boss. Afterward, his life was threatened, forcing him to flee from the West Side and ask Sherlock's help on his predicament.
- Naïve Newcomer: Since he's new to the East Side, he doesn't know much about the place and residents. James has to guide him out of pity.
- The Watson: Like almost all the Watsons in the Sherlock Holmes franchise, his presence is maintained in order to ask questions about a case on behalf of the audience. But like his recent counterparts, he's not the flanderized bumbling idiot as initially portrayed in the older adaptations.
A young high school student who stays in PCB. He appears to know Sherlock on a personal basis.
- Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: This version of Moriarty seems to be on friendly terms with Sherlock, unlike the novel version who is just a one-shot villain who wants Sherlock dead for dismantling his criminal empire. Their first meeting is even different where James met him when he's a child in a playground, practicing his rakugo.
- Age Lift: Inverted. James Moriarty is a high school kid instead of an old man and he gets along with Sherlock.
- Friend to All Children: He seems to be the ringleader of Kabukicho Irregulars as he knows them personally.
- The Gadfly: He likes to tease Sherlock every once in a while, much to Sherlock's annoyance.
- Mr. Exposition: He usually provides information to Watson regarding Kabukicho and its inhabitants.
- Nice Guy: Well he did help feed the hungry kids... by taking Watson's cash. Later on, he gives advice to Watson regarding Kabukicho.
The owner of PCB and the building that houses it. Also assisted Watson in finding a play to stay in Kabukicho while trying to get Sherlock to take his case.
- Drag Queen: This version of Mrs. Hudson is a crossdressing singer who owns the bar, Pipe Cat.
- The Fashionista: She loves to dress up in different clothes.
- Larynx Dissonance: She's voiced by Junichi Suwabe and David Wald, who are known for their baritone voices, but give a feminine touch to it.
- Mission Control: Played With. She acts as the one who calls in the detectives for a case and explains to Watson how they determine both the pay rate and how many detectives are assigned to the case. The elephant on her building also seems to act as a signal to the others for when a case is closed.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Allowed Watson to stay in the building after he finds out that Moriarty pilfered his wallet for any cash he has.
- Unlimited Wardrobe: In every episode, she wears a different outfit.
A plainclothes officer assigned to the Tokyo Metropolitan Police's Shinjuku Police Station by the west side.
He holds the rank of Inspector.
- Hero of Another Story: Lestrade's experience in working in the Shinjuku ward.
- Inspector Lestrade: He is the Trope Namer as he arrests a client who is suspected to be the killer even before the detectives started their investigation.
- Mythology Gag: Lestrade holds the rank of Inspector in the TMPD, similar to his original novel counterpart.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: He's very tired of the TMPD's incompetence, which is why he agreed to work with other like-minded detectives.
A private detective who's known to be a neat freak and scared of anything (most of them) gruesome. He also wants to strike rich.
- Canon Foreigner: He only exists in the show.
- Fan Boy: Of the rock star B-zo in "The Dream of Fuyuto Kyogoku, the Ace". Little did he know that he's one of the main suspects in the episode's case.
- Only in It for the Money: Kyogoku only wants to be a PI to make a quick buck and someday retire with as much money he can save up.
- Emphasized in "Why Not Join the Staring-At-Eye-Moles Squad?" where he ditches Fujiko as a potential client since it wasn't a S-rank with bonus case.note
- The Rival: To Sherlock. He tries to get one step ahead of him as the first episode shows him, erasing the messages from the victim's phone after reading them so he can finish the case before anyone does.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: He wears a suit and a bowtie with white gloves, which makes him look like a butler.
An ex-police officer who currently spent most of his time in retirement being a hired detective. He's known to be a drinker and gambler when he's not busy.
An ex-yakuza wakashu who decided to strike on his own as a private detective. He sometimes manages the Pipe Cat Bar.
- Canon Foreigner: He only exists in the show.
- A Day in the Limelight: "Kobayashi the Man, Giving It His All" is based entirely on his time with the Kaneko-gumi before he was tossed out.
- Embarrassing Nickname: He was given the demeaning nickname "Tama" ("Kitten") when he was thrown out of the gang, as he was considered too weak to be a "tiger" ("tora").
- Fan Boy: Of his client Fujiko in "Why Not Join the Staring-At-Eye-Moles Squad?", despite her being a supposed idol is just a sham by the suspects apprehended by Sherlock.
- Friend to All Children: Like Moriarty, he's nice to the Kabukicho Irregulars and offers them food. He even risks his life to save them from his former boss.
- The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: While most of the detectives in the show are actual police officers or experienced private investigators, Kobayashi strikes out because he's from the criminal underworld who decided to be a PI.
- Minion with an F in Evil: His general soft-heartedness made him a terrible thug, which is why he eventually got chased out by the branch of the crime family he worked for.
One of two female detective who runs into Sherlock and company. Usually seen alongside Lucy, her older sister.
She's from Aomori Prefecture.
Another detective who's seen to be working usually alongside Mary, being her older sister. Known to be "very handsome" by the public.
Like Mary, Lucy is from Aomori Prefecture.
- Action Girl: Lucy does all the fighting with the Morstans.
- Big Sister Instinct: She's very protective of Mary and is very suspicious of guys having an interest in her. She even works hard to support Mary's education.
- Canon Foreigner: Mary doesn't have a sister in the original canon thus, Lucy only exists in this show.
- A Day in the Limelight: "Offside is the Best Side" focuses on her and her relationship with Mary.
- Lady Looks Like a Dude: Easily confused for a guy, thanks to her lean frame and Contralto of Danger, the latter easily noticeable in English, Japanese and Italian.
- My Sister Is Off-Limits!: Doesn't like it if guys like Watson try to talk to Mary.
- Promotion to Parent: After their parents died, Lucy becomes Mary's caretaker. When the social services tried to take Mary away, Lucy grabs her sister and runs away together to Kabukicho.
- Those Two Guys: Or two girls, since she's seen with Mary.
- Wholesome Crossdresser: Because of her looks, she looks very handsome when she dresses up as a host on a suit.
- Would Hurt a Child: Subverted in "Why Not Join the Staring-At-Eye-Moles Squad?". Lucy didn't realize that the Kabukicho mascot she did a drop kick attack on was an Irregular kid.
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- Nice Girl: Fujiko has a smile on her face despite what has happened to her especially when Saori pretended to be nice to her so that she has one less distraction to bust the wall in the basement to get to Cobra's pawn shop.
- See Pipe Cat Bar, 221st Avenue, Kabukicho
The infamous Serial Killer who targets women, regardless of who they are and what social/economic class they're from.
A mysterious robber who targeted a bank carrying gold bars.
- Animal Motifs: Cobra. His costume is cobra-themed, including gloves are fashioned after a Cobra's head. The theme even extends to his rival being known as The Mongoose, after the animal best known for fighting cobras.
- Mythology Gag: He's based on story themes from The Speckled Band, which prominently features exotic snakes.
A supposed idol talent recruiter/scout and trainer. He happens to Kitaro the Mongoose, another known criminal.
- In the Hood: Was wearing a purple hoodie when he was caught with Saori by Sherlock.
- Mythology Gag: Partly based on story theme from The Speckled Band since a mongoose in real life is known to kill snakes in the wild.
- The Rival: To Cobra that he's willing to stage a heist with Saori on his pawn shop front.
- Walking Spoiler: Talking about Kita in any way would eventually reveal he's Kitaro.
A part-time employee with Fujiko, working at her floral shop in Kabukicho. She's Kita's inside woman.
- Walking Spoiler: Talking about her would reveal that she's working together with Kita.
A known actor and singer who Kyogoku admires.
- Walking Spoiler: Would be hard not to mention that he's in a conspiracy to frame Pu as a killer.
A Yakuza sub-boss who works under Kaneko, and was Toratarō's former superior.
- Beware the Silly Ones: For all his Large Ham tendencies, he's ultimately the unfunny sort of criminal thug who goes around harassing people for money, or maiming them as punishment.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: He wears a pair of glasses and is a cruel gangster.
- Gratuitous Rap: Whenever he introduces himself, he decides to break down into impromptu rap sessions.
- Karma Houdini: Sugimoto decides to end his life by committing suicide by jumping from the building after getting high rather than conduct yubitsume to be publicly humiliated.
- Large Ham: He is first introduced chopping at the air in broad daylight, because he hamtastically declares he is "cutting the sun". Then he starts rapping.
- Smug Snake: He's decent at making money for his gang, but certainly not the criminal mastermind he likes to believe he is.
- Would Hurt a Child: He would have smashed Yoshio's arm to teach him a lesson in not crossing the Yakuza.
The daughter of Shinjuku Mayor Sebastian Moran, she was targeted by Jack prior to the start of the series. She was also the person Watson and his team in West Shinjuku conducted an autopsy on.
A group of rowdy children who spend their days after school running cons and robbing hapless people blind. While their tentative leader is Yoshio, they all look up to James Moriarty as a role model.
- The Artful Dodger: A whole gang of them. They even practice pick pocketing on dummies in their spare time. They at least promise they only rob from the rich.
- Baker Street Regular: Like in the original stories, Holmes frequently hires them to supply information or other kinds of help.
- Fatal Flaw: Greed, naturally. As young, headstrong children, they occasionally rob from people they should have left alone, such as Yakuza thugs.
- Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Played for Laughs. When Moriarty warns Watson that he's about to get tricked by one of their cuter looking members, the girl immediately gives an unchildlike grimace before announcing she'll just go gambling instead.
The boss of "Kaneko Financing", a Yakuza crime group thinly veiled as a loan company.
- Neighborhood-Friendly Gangsters: He was the one who arranged for Watson to escape to Kabukicho and seek Holmes' help, and is usually a friendly and respectable figure in the area.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: His leadership is marked by strict, but generally harmless loans and collections. Of course, it is likely that people know better than to take his mercy for granted.
- When Lucy failed to pay back her loan on time, he had her make up the difference by working at a host club, when everyone was genuinely afraid she would be forced into prostitution.
- When Toratarō essentially betrayed him by allowing a person who owed them money to skip town, he simply threw him out of the gang (which he wasn't suited for anyways), and patiently waited for him to work jobs until he gave back the equivalent amount.
- He decides to take the detectives' side over Sugimoto, one of his underlings, because the latter was more disruptive to the area.