Shinji Kotobuki

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Shinji Kotobuki
Kotobuki PR.png
Age 51
Nationality Japanese
Occupation HC Unit Chief Director
Affiliation Heinous Crimes Unit
Status Deceased
First appearance case#1:decoyman

Shinji Kotobuki is a character in The Silver Case. He is the Chief Director of the Heinous Crimes Unit.

Appearance and Personality[edit]

Kotobuki has a tough appearance, always wearing a dark suit and dark black sunglasses. He also always has a serious look on his face. Despite this, he is actually very kind and has a strong conscious. For this reason, he is very popular. He is insightful and has a lot of experience with investigation.

When he was in Regional, he reacted very negatively to the use of the common Japanese phrase "it can't be helped". It was his belief that detectives never use that phrase. However, near his death, he uses the phrase himself, seemingly in despair over the upcoming events of the story.


Kotobuki was originally a Chief Special Agent in the Regional Investigation Unit. He was involved in some capacity with the investigation known as the Silver Case, but was not involved in the actual arrest that his ally Tetsugoro Kusabi completed. Later, in 1990, Kotobuki founded the Heinous Crimes Unit with four other founding members: Kusabi, Kiyoshi Morikawa, Shigeo Ishikawa and Sawa Kobayakawa. Kotobuki stayed on as the chief for many years, providing support and guidance from his office in the 24 Precinct.

At the beginning of case#5:lifecut, Kotobuki is promoted to Deputy Commissioner, making Morichika Nakategawa the new director of the HC Unit. However, shortly after this, he meets privately with Kusabi. Seemingly due to Kotobuki's request, Kusabi shoots and kills him. The motivation for this arrangement is not fully clarified.

Official profiles[edit]

HC Unit Boss.
Deeply insightful and very conscientious and sympathetic. Consequently, his popularity is amazing.

Kotobuki doesn't directly go out into the field, but he provides crucial support from the sidelines. Cases are never solved by chasing them, from Kotobuki's point of view. "You have to wait patiently." He is a man who knows how to manage people. (case#1:decoyman profile)


The Silver Case characters
Protagonists Akira · Tokio Morishima
Heinous Crimes Unit Sumio Kodai · Tetsugoro Kusabi · Chizuru Hachisuka · Kiyoshi Morikawa · Morichika Nakategawa · Shinji Kotobuki · Sakura Natsume · Kenta Mikoshiba · Riley Kawabata
Other agents Daigo Natsume · Kenichi Sakamoto · Haruhiko Inomata · Ryu Munakata · Mokutaro Shiroyabu
Antagonists Kamui Uehara (Format Kamui, Kamui Fujiwara) · Ayame Shimohira · The Bat
Lunatics Ryo Kazan · Kyoko Kazan · Rumi Toba
Decoyman Yuriko Sonoda · Dr. Tachibana · Yuka Kawai · Kei Nanami · Kamui's children
Spectrum Koichi Sugita · Hikaru Kobayashi · Kenichi Hiruma · Mizoguchi · Typhoon residents · Koichi's classmates
Parade Daikichi Sakaguchi · Michiru Kosaka · Hanao Hiseki · Fuyuki · Chairman Yukimura · Riru Yukimura
Kamuidrome Tomonori Furuya · Nakama · Sayaka Baian · Missing girl
Lifecut Takeshi Kinjo · TRUMP · Nezu
Placebo Red · Erika Yukawa · S. Inohana · Bartender · Mulholland lady · Slash · Yuu · Uminosuke Hachisuka · Catherine
Administrators Kaoru Hachisuka · Sundance Shot · Daizaburo Kai · Marionette Mother
Face Minato Sawaguchi · Chinami Otomo · Kana Makino