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~ MAKOTO-SAN, YAMAMURA-KEIBU, RUM AND CROWS ~

Ah, Rum paranoia… We didn’t have anything like that since Vermouth times. I mean, you know, Akai-san’s trick was very simple and most of us easily guessed most of it. Rum, on the other hand, forced all of us to re-read / re-watch the old cases again and again without an end. So, I think it’ll be interesting to return to Suspect is Kyōgoku Makoto case (Manga Files 859-861 / Anime Episodes  744-745). It is one of those cases with a lot of “why?” and right after the publication I brought a question about if Yamamura-keibu is real, or not here, in this blog. Because even though Rum wasn’t introduced back then, Yamamura still looked very suspicious. And now, after we have to think about both Rum and Tōichi-san’s return (the latest Magic Kaito chapter), this case becomes even more interesting.

First of all, let’s remember the three biggest points in why Yamamura-keibu in this case is so susicious. First, he totally forgot about Makoto-san, like he never met him. And it is very close to how it was about Araide-sensei. Because remember Sonoko’s Red Handkerchief case (Manga Files 541-543 / Anime Episodes 457-458)? He wasn’t supposed to be there. And it was like he wasn’t there at all in the end. I mean, try to look at it as somebody, who wasn’t there. Makoto-san was supposed to be a part of his karate championship. Which was on the TV. He appeared to help Sonoko and the others, but then rushed back right away, so, for those, who may wanted to do a quick check on him, he was on the championship. In other words, like in Araide-sensei’s case, the ones, who weren’t on the crime scene, just won’t know the important detail. It may be a small detail that Yamamuraforgot” about Makoto-san, but actually it’s the biggest reason to make you feel like something’s fishy there. But, of course, there’s more.

Second point is that Yamamura doesn’t speak like he usually do near occhan. Even occhan himself noticed that. Yamamura came out with some sort of smart excuse, but in the end he returned to his old way of talking. Almost like somebody in disguise learned how real Yamamura should act. So, having all the new info we know now in mind, who can that be? Vermouth / Bourbon? Makes no sense, since they just checked everything they wanted and usually Aoyama-sensei show them after such appearance. So… Rum? Interesting thought. Especially if we’ll look at the page 10 of Manga File 860. Right after the rain started, Yamamura quickly said that everybody should find the shelter and ran away with his left eye closed. Almost like he wanted to protect it from the rain (for those, who forgot, Rum has an artificial eye).

But that’s where we’re coming to the dead end. And the reason is that Conan exists outside of the time. Technology evolves both in the real life and in manga / anime, but at the same time the core story is old. So, we just can’t tell how should we think about Rum’s artificial eye. Should we assume that it’s an old kind of artificial eye? The one that looks real, but can’t more like the real one? The core story is old, after all, and main characters may be created long ago. Or should we take it that it’s something modern? Something that looks almost exactly like real thing. Here’s the video of the modern artificial eye, for example. You can tell the difference, but it isn’t that easy to spot. In the Wedding Eve case (Manga Files 793-795 / Anime Episodes 667-668) author wrote a lot about the modern science, so, I think that we should at least consider the possibility of the modern prosthetic device. Even though the old school stuff will look more evil and cool. Anyway, as we can see in both manga and anime, Yamamura’s eye in Suspect is Kyōgoku Makoto case can freely move. How to think about it is up to you. And so is how to think about if rain can do any damage in such case, or not.

But aside from Yamamura there’s another interesting thing to think about. I mean, of course, the famous mail from the middle brother of Sera family: “Have you already met the wizard?” The English translation here is a bit tricky actually, because Japanese “魔法使い” literally means “Magic (mahō) user (tsukai)”. So, it can be anything. Wizard, witch, magician… And, of course, it brings a lot of thoughts. The funniest one would be the one about how that question was about Yamamura, but unfortunately, there was no even a chance for him to get in the photo that Masumi took. Just because he wasn’t there at the time, he was in the Sunday Bowl (サンデーボウル) building. And the chance of middle brother knowing about Rum in disguise in this case is… Yeah, very small. If we’ll translate “mahōtsukai” as a “witch” we can think about the Vermouth. Which looks more realistic. Masumi did meet her in The Jet-Black Mystery Train case (Manga Files 818-824 / Anime Episodes 701-704) after all.

But after the latest Magic Kaito case, the whole thing becomes complicated as hell. All thanks to Akako-san’s words: “In Norse mythology, Odin, the god of war and death is accompanied by two crows and the greek god of the sun, Apollo, had a crow working for him…” Fangasm, mind exploded. But let’s think about it slowly. First of all, the crows are Black Organization’s thing and its leader has something from the crow in his / her name (hello, Karasuma Renya!) Second, the Odin is well known as one eyed god. Surprise-surpsise, on the most of the well known images he doesn’t have the left eye (the picture that is included in this post is Odin the Wanderer (1896) by Georg von Rosen. A lot of pictures show him with the right eye damages, so, it means nothing, but hey! So, we have one-eyed god accompanied by crows. The first thought? Yeah, it’s Rum (I’ve already spoke about direct connections between Meitantei CONAN and Magic Kaito for like a million times, I don’t think it’ll be fun to repeat myself again, just read my old posts if you’ve missed them). The thought is especially interesting since, according to the Norse tales, Odin gave his eye for the price of wisdom. And judging by what we see about the Kuro no Soshiki (Black Organization), it fits extremely well.

And now we have Tōichi-san, who has returned as Kaitō Corbeau, while Corbeau means “Raven” in French. Again, a million of possibilities. Tōichi-san and Chikage-san as two crows? Very possible. Tōichi-san working for Kuro no Soshiki? Sounds crazy, but more than possible. Remember Kudō Shinichi’s NY Case (Manga Files 350-354 / Anime Episode 286-288)? Manga File 350 to be precise. It was clearly said and shown that both Sharon and Yukiko learned their disguising techniques from one certain famous magician. And as it was said by Chikage-san in Magic Kaito Manga Chapter 30, Tōichi-san was extremely famous beck then. Moreover, after his disappearance, he moved to America for some reason and stayed there until not so long ago (the reason why he wanted to leave the message to Kudō Yūsaku in Kudō Shinichi’s Childhood Adventure, which is Manga Files 570-573 / Anime Episodes 472-473?). And, as you should remember, the whole head of the Kuro no Soshiki was in America until around the Reunion with the Black Organization case (Manga Files 238-242 / Anime Episodes 176-178). Coincidence? Judging by how Magic Kaito villains are still looking for Pandora Gem, we may actually have two rival groups here.

Finally, Akako-san’s line about the Apollo and the crow working for him makes you think about The Jet-Black Mystery Train case, where Conan made Kaito-kun to help him. Looks pretty symbolic. Apollo has been variously recognized as a god of music, truth and prophecy, healing, the sun and light, plague, poetry, and more. Note the word “truth”. Also, Apollo is always described as both beautiful and athletic. Hello, Kudō-kun! But of course, it’s just my funny thoughts. Like most of the stuff near the end of this text. Don’t think about the last part of this text too seriously, it’s just something for fun. So, I think I’ll end here today. But still, a lot of things to think about. Meitantei CONAN fans sure don’t have enough time to sleep…

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~ MYSTERIOUS WIZARD ~

One of the most intriguing parts of the main story now is who’s that mysterious wizard that was mentioned by Sera family’s middle brother in his mail to Masumi (Manga Files 859-861 / Anime Episodes  744-745). I’ve already shared some thoughts in my previous post, but today I want to share my favorite one.

First of all, let me tell you why I dislike the popular theory about how it was a question about Conan-kun. The thing is - it doesn’t make any sense to me. Just think about it. Not so long ago, in the same case, Masumi-san sent the picture of Conan to her brother and brother replied that “as long as it’s him, it’s OK”. And then near the end of the case brother asking Masumi about if she met the wizard. If it’s about Conan, then it’s extremely stupid question. Of course she met him, she just sent the picture oh him! And since the middle brother is the most intelligent in the family (according to Masumi), it’s not like he’ll ask something that obvious. So, who’s the wizard?

In my opinion it’s really interesting to look at “wizard” mail not as a separate event, but together with what happened in Bathroom Where Ran Collapsed As Well (Manga Files 856-858 / Anime Episodes 740-741). As you can see, the cases are placed really close to each other and the possibility for them to be a part of the same exact series of events is high. At the beginning of Bathroom Where Ran Collapsed As Well case Masumi is taking photo of Conan. It looks like she’s doing it just for fun, but since it’s obvious now that she knows his true identity, pictures of Conan aren’t something she’ll play with. Moreover, soon after it Conan will receive a picture in exchange. The one in The Red Woman Murder Case (Manga Files 872-875 / Anime Episodes 754-756). I’m talking about “the little sister from outside the territory”, of course.

Before, Masumi acted like she’s alone in her hotel room. She never acted like she has something to hide, even though we saw her alone here and there. Also, she was often in her underwear during such situation, while not so long ago she started to wear clothes at home. And even though she appeared in the series long ago, she never took pictures of Conan in such way. So, why now? The only reason I can see, she was asked to bring the picture. Asked by somebody new, somebody, who just appeared. And it must be somebody really close to her, since Masumi likes Conan a lot and won’t risk his life by showing the picture of him to random people. Mysterious girl, whose identity after Taikō Koisuru Meijin-sen (Manga Files 899-902 / Anime Episodes 785-786) looks most likely like the mother of the family, fits perfectly. All ideas about the mysterious girl being the middle brother (never liked those) lost all sense after it became obvious that mysterious girl doesn’t trust Conan much, while mail from the brother clearly stated that Conan can be trusted.

Now look at it from timeline perspective. In Manga File 856 Masumi takes a picture of Conan for somebody really close to her. Somebody really trusted. Somebody, who just arrived. And in File 861 brother asks her if she’s already met the wizard. If you’ll look at it like this, it becomes obvious that it’s a question about somebody, who Masumi waited for, while her strange reply and look may be easily explained by how she thought about what she’ll do during The Red Woman Murder Case. Since she wanted to show the mysterious girl to Conan so much, the girl must be related to Conan somehow and it looks like Masumi thoughts were all about that during the final part of File 861.

In this case 魔法使い (mahōtsukai, literally - magic user) with Haibara-san on picture in the Next Conan’s Hint (Episode 745) may be a perfect hint. Not only for the next episode, but also for the “wizard’s” identity. Remember, in one of the Sherry’s Soliloquies Haibara-san said that the mysterious girl looks like her?

But why mahōtsukai? That’s, I’m afraid, we should wait for. Thare’s a lot of mysteries about the girl. Why she doesn’t look six years old, even though Shiho-san’s drug was supposed to work regardless of the age (Original Silver Bullet? Personal development?) From where did she get all that technical data? Like about spying devices, etc. But anyway, “wizard” / “witch” fits her pretty well both as the codename and personal description.

That’s it. My favorite theory about mahōtsukai for the moment. As usual, feel free to share any thoughts with me if you’ll feel that way.

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MeitanteiSonoko’s Monthly Fanart Digest: June 2015!
Tsuchikura Miroku special!

It’s time for another Monthly Fanart Digest!
This month Aoyama Gōshō-sensei and Kaitō KID celebrated their
birthdays and the whole fanart community exploded with tons of
KID-related works, but I decided not to make KID special this time.
Not so long ago I’ve already made special issue dedicated to
Sunflower of Inferno movie
and it was all about KID. And even though
there can’t be enough KID, the main reason for this digest is to show
you all kinds of works, so, let’s not to focus on KID this time.
And still, this one is a special issue. It’s an “one artist special
dedicated to artist Tsuchikura Miroku (土倉弥勒). I’ve already
showed you some of his (Her? You just can’t tell in the net) works
before, but this time I decided to make some sort of “best of
compilation. Because, I think that everybody will agree, these
works are absolutely awesome. Don’t forget to visit Miroku’s
page on PIXIV and give him some likes.

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