Zerozaki4869 wrote:Chikara Katsumata, is he really a Rum horse?
If you mean "Rum candidate" yeah.
As a male, he fits the liquors-for-men codename pattern. He's old enough to be Rum. He appeared sans suspect box in chapter 899, and he dropped his own name in file 900. By file 906, Gosho said Rum had appeared (but this could refer to Lum Invader, so your call here). Chikara is conveniently linked to shogi which the dead Koji Haneda was interested in.
Chikara checks all three Rum-type boxes. Chikara is a strongly built man. Traditional japanese clothing for men is considered to be very old fashioned (versus the western suit) and would age him up in the eyes of those who do not know he wears a kimono because he plays shogi professionally. Other shogi players such as Haneda Shuukichi and Haneda Kohji meticulously care for their appearance because they are photographed often, and so they possess or carry beauty products more typically associated with women, like handmirrors and folding fans. Assuming Chikara possess beauty items like his peers, someone who knew might assume he was feminine. It's unclear if Chikara has a fake eye due to his limited number of appearances.
And Chikara gives Shuukichi a reason to matter, as the side of good in a Gosho-like "Shogi Showdown of Ultimate Destiny" versus the BO #2 and his mentor Kohji's killer.
Chikara is my favored Rum candidate at the moment. The others I don't like as much by process of elimination. Two of them have pretty strong "disqualifiers", assuming a loyal Rum (I hope so <_<)...
> Rumi has "Close interaction with Haibara" counting against her.
> Hyoue is doubly out by "Close interaction with Haibara" and "uncomfortably close to knowing Conan's secrets"
> Iori is basically Akako's monster butler post-flogging with a bishie stick. He's also the side character of Momiji who is the side character of Kazuha who is the side character of Heiji who is the side character of Shinichi. Maybe if he were more related to the main plot, I'd consider him viable.
> Wakita has just one major chapter to his name so he's a tough call. I think he's out by appearance alone though; he looks like a freaking beaver. Bigtime DC bad guys tend to be some variation of pretty or tough because that is still cool, but rarely are they bizarre. (Yes, I fully acknowledge this is a very arbitrary and subjective reason, but it makes artistic sense and Gosho has mostly stuck to it -- you want your glaring panel of meanies to look menacing and not have people get distracted by facial features that are too bizarre.)