Thank you! I’m glad someone realizes the magnitude of Rum’s reveal. He’s the second in command, which is pretty much a confirmation that the arc after this one is the final one, the boss arc. So yes, in a way this is the first concrete confirmation we have that we are nearing the end. Still, the signs to this have all been there for a while. I made a topic about this around over two years ago: http://forums.dctp.ws/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=9183
Now, obviously I was wrong on a few things. The Bourbon arc’s finale was not the insane, game-changing climax I expected (though I certainly enjoyed it more than most here.) It only wrapped up the immediate plot threads while opening up even more mysteries. However, that doesn’t nullify the significant progress made in the Bourbon arc in several areas which usually goes unacknowledged. Going by your model, Act 3 made a lot more progress in story terms than appears on the surface. In superficial terms the plot seemed to stagnate, but on the contrary, it was setting into motion the beginning of plots that are likely going to play a big role in the end. I think it’s clear now that the reason that there are so many leftover plot threads from the Bourbon arc is because it is not time to resolve them, just like the Itakura mystery was left unsolved by the end of the Vermouth arc. I presume those mysteries will be answered either in the Rum arc or what comes after.
But to get back to my point. Consider certain things in the Kir/Bourbon arc:
-Akai’s faked death
. So Akai is undercover as Subaru, protecting Haibara. This entire thread is focused a lot on Akai and Haibara’s eventual confrontation, which has been foreshadowed since the Vermouth arc. Akemi’s unknown P.S., as well as Haibara’s recent suspicions of Subaru being Moroboshi Dai, point towards where this thread is going. I thought it would be resolved in the Bourbon arc, but evidently its resolution will be a huge event, which is why it was left unfinished at the end of the Bourbon arc. Still, make no mistake, this subplot is very much still relevant. Haibara’s suspicions won’t just vanish. Akai protecting Haibara as Subaru is meant as him redeeming himself for his role in her sister’s death, and will probably be what causes Haibara to forgive him eventually.
. This thread has been developing since the beginning of the Bourbon arc, as detailed in the topic linked above. Its absurd length is an indication, I think, that this is indeed the final suspicion arc. Again, it’s too big a plot to be resolved in the Bourbon arc when there are seemingly two more arcs to go, hence the reason it remains unfinished. Until then, I suppose we’ll continue to get strong hints of Ran’s suspicions every time she appears. What’s important is that the Bourbon arc set this into motion. Sera’s presence is obviously pushing Ran in that direction as well. Which leads to…
-Sera, the middle brother, and the mystery child
. The most controversial elements of the Bourbon arc. I think it’s interesting how late the middle brother and the mystery child were introduced in the Bourbon arc, literally in the last portion. As such, it makes sense that they are intended to last beyond the Bourbon arc, which is why they remain unresolved. Note that Sera, sometimes seen as Eisuke 2.0, is still around, and apparently has a history with Ran and Conan. That basically amounts to Sera having more staying power as a character. Unlike Eisuke, who mainly served as a suspicious force and a connection to the more important characters of the arc, Sera is more important in almost every single way. Actually has a past with Conan, has mysterious family members bouncing about, is the sister of a major, major character, and is the primary force pushing Ran’s suspicions. In short, she’s here to stay, as well as the middle brother and mystery child, whose actual purpose in the story remains a bit of a mystery. Since they are yet to be resolved, however, it is likely something important, especially in the case of the mystery girl. We’ve barely scratched the surface with Sera, and Gosho’s really stretching it out, so it’s probably very important. Noticing a possible patternn?
-Bourbon. Virtually everything about Bourbon remains a mystery. We’ve received hints, but like Sera, you get the impression that we’ve barely gotten into the true meat of his character (impressive, considering how great he’s been so far). Since Bourbon is connected in some way to Elena, his backstory is likely very important. We still don’t know why he hates Akai and the FBI, aside from a few hints, so it’s likely very important in that Gosho can’t reveal it yet.
. Not a very popular aspect of the DC manga around here, but it still exists nonetheless. There has been a lot of progress from the romance side of things, most of which occurred in the Bourbon arc. Think about it: Takagi and Sato are officially a couple, as are Kobayashi and Shiratori, Shinichi has confessed to Ran, Hattori has (kinda) confessed to Kazuha, Yumi and Shuukichi are moving closer together, and in general almost all of the romance subplots in DC are coming to a close, very gradually. Another sign of an ending in the foreseeable future, I think…Old plot points return
- Already mentioned in the thread linked above. Since then, the trend has continued, with Elena explicably becoming especially relevant again since she’s tied into Amuro’s story. I’d like to point out Shuukichi’s relation to Shogi and how that relates to Itakura’s program. If Shuukichi was just another character, it could be just a coincidence, but since it’s been heavily implied he’s the middle brother, well….The point I’m making is that the Bourbon arc set into motion several significant events/arcs that when taken together, point towards an approaching conclusion, however long it may take to get there
. Before, it was a manner of “If Detective Conan will end,” now it’s more along the lines of “When will DC end?” It’s an important distinction.
All that said, I’m curious as to how the Rum arc will play out. Right now Gosho seems to be giving equal importance to Sera’s story and Rum’s, which makes me think this arc won’t follow the structure that Gosho’s been using for his major arcs since the Vermouth arc. The last portion of the Bourbon arc followed no particular basic structure, and it’s possible Rum’s arc won’t either. I mean, is Gosho going to introduce a few suspects who could be Rum, one or two a red herring and the other the real one, or is he doing something different? It’s been about 10 chapters since we discovered Rum’s existence, and all we have are a few descriptions of him. I wonder if the sheer amount of unresolved mysteries left over from the Bourbon arc will take up a lot of space in the Rum arc so that Gosho won’t have to use the same formula? Or, of course, I could be completely wrong and he will, but it’s something to keep in mind.