Sth to read for those long days.
Ah ok, so I missunderstood you about Sera.
So I think it would be correct to assume that Wakita somehow knows, just like Sera that Kogoro is a fraud, but the former felt a hard time to pin the stuff on Conan.
I misread this part.
A double playing Tom Cruise makes the double as Tom Cruise for the time being.
Erm no. Tom Cruise stays Tom Cruise and the double stays the double - just preteding to be TC - not actually being TC.
To make it short:
Kuroda is obv a good character
Rumi is one aswell.
So only Wakita is left for the bad guy-position.About Kuroda
Well... Kuroda says its on his own. "Your the brain behind sleeping Kogoro".
I think Gosho didnt chose those words just4fun but to point out: Hey, this guy knows about Conan [and he´s on our side].
And he saw Conan in action in his opening chapters (I think it was 913 or sth?).
And well, I think if I were for 10 years in coma and suffer memory loss, I wouldnt kick instantly asses aswell.
Btw: Its still possible that Kuroda = Amuros boss = Tsutomu
We still dont know which agency Tsutomu belonged to. Maybe it wasnt MI6 but PSB/NPA?
But I guess we agree that Kuroda =/= BO, but more likely = Amuros boss/ or Tsutomu.
But most important : A good character.About Rumi
I guess Ais reaction is enough: She´s good aswell
So since 2/3 suspects are obviously good - I tend to believe the third one isnt.
- Jokes about Rum (if he was Tsutomu, would he call Rum weak? Since he didnt catch him for 17 years, I doubt that).
- Didnt met Ai yet (other two did).
Gosho even managed to let him appear at Agasas without Ai being there.
- The Yaiba-hint:
I have another interpretation: Since this is the Rum arc one might see Rum as the boss (of this arc)/the one with the highest position.
So Wakita as his representative is actually the "second in command that appears in todays episode".
I actually dont see Wakita being interested in Kogoros protection. (still possible though).
Since 977 there wasnt one single panel that he spend a thought about Kogoro, but rather Conan/Shinichi.
(if "This one is pretty quick witted.." is related to Conan)
There was no single panel showing him watching the street, the window of Kogoro or whatever.
Additionally he only wants to accompany Kogoro during a murder - not a regular - case.
So I believe that he actually is after Conan and is using Kogoro only as an excuse.
Why? I tell that later.
I admit though that there wasnt any clear sign of interest in Conan in 975-977, but more in his later appearences.
Isn't Rum's latest mission given to Bourbon makes Bourbon his own representative?
Theres a difference between a representative and a simple worker/peon.
Try to see it as "secretary/right hand vs simple peon".
Vermouth in relation to the boss is a more a representative while
f.e. Korn is a peon.
And now your/the most deciding question:
The thing is, if Rum already has one representative working for him why is he relying on Bourbon?
Its a test and a trap.
Its quite interesting that in polls most people voted for "Sniffing about rats in the BO" as Rums objective.
Now Rum (from his pov) gives Bourbon a perfect mission to prove his loyalty.
In the context of the manga nearing towards his end (were in a do or die situation) and the last big clash being near (Bo vs Conan & friends)
I think every character will find his ultimate position.
So this will be a test that Bourbon will end up failing and therefore dying or escaping and fight on Conans side.To sum it up / what I believe:
Rum met Conan and Kogoro.
Rum noticed Conans skills, but didnt get to see sleeping Kogoro.
Rum saw 3 murder cases
being solved with Conan nearby but without seeing sleeping Kogoro.
Rum suspects Conan of being someone else.
Rum therefore sends his representative to do that job [Wakita] since Rum is on his own mission [killing Mary].
Rum tests Bourbon.
So is there a person who noticed Conan skills and already saw him solve 3 murder cases but didnt ever saw sleeping Kogoro?