On October 4, Crunchyroll announced that they are working with studio Liden Films to co-produce upcoming anime title Woodpecker Detective’s Office. The project is slated to stream on Crunchyroll in Spring 2020, which is based on Kei Ii’s novel of the same name.

The publisher will stream the title in North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, and the Middle East when it airs.

Crunchyroll revealed a key visual, as well as the major staffers attached to the project and two cast members. We break the details down below.

Key Visual

The image features Takuboku and Kyosuke airborne, against the backdrop of a Meiji-era cityscape.

Woodpecker Detectives Office Visual


Tomoe Makino will direct the title at Liden Films, with Shinpei Ezaki (Hanebad!, Monster Strike The Movie) serving as General Director. Shuichi Hara (Maid Sama!, Schwarzes Marken) is providing character designs, while Taku Kishimoto (Fruits Basket, Haikyu!!) takes charge of series composition.

Other confirmed crew members include:

  • Original Story: Kei Ii
  • Character Planning: Kaoru Saki
  • Music: MONACA
  • Production: Tohoku Shinsha / Liden Films
  • Planning: Kimikoe Project
  • Presented by: Woodpecker Detective’s Office Production Committee


The confirmed voice cast includes:

  • Takuboku Ishikawa: Shintarou Asanuma
  • Kyosuke Kindaichi: Takahiro Sakurai

Crunchyroll describes Woodpecker Detective’s Office as:

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!

Source: Crunchyroll (Email Communication)