PhantomWriter wrote:I can understand her distrust in Kudo, too. Kudo has a lot of issues with keeping a low profile compared to others.
The key is, what does she think has changed about him over the course of 10 years?
Unless you combine the problematic implications of him not keeping a low profile now
, and his tendency to be a sentinel for murders even when he actually was
7—he didn't need to keep a low profile, back then
—I find it hard pressed to buy that the primary
cause of her sudden "keep your guard up around that monster lurking in the dark" attitude is how much of a low profile he keeps.
On the topic of Rumi = Asaka, I do have to wonder whether or not she was a BO agent, as well, 17 years ago. I have to wonder whether or not she became Amanda's bodyguard on the BO's behalf (to give Amanda a false sense of security, which Rum would then have a free hand to exploit)—she was perfectly fine with standing by and getting Amanda murdered (just like with the golfer's girlfriend)—but the unexpected murder of Koji (since he may very well have been Rumi's boyfriend or brother) turned her against the BO (just like the death of Shiho's/Sherry's loved one turned her against the BO).
Perhaps it's his puppeteering of Kogoro? That's something I think we as readers/viewers have gotten a bit too used to. She perhaps rightly guessed the intention with Agasa and Conan's original plan to make Kogoro into a great detective- to use him as a lure to dig into Org. related cases. Problem is, with how the Org. acts, that is likely to get Kogoro in a lot of hot water if one isn't careful. While I don't doubt that the various adult characters of certain stripes are used to more morally ambiguous actions, the fact that someone her daughter's age is acting like that and seems to have no problems with using the father of someone he cares about as bait would be disturbing.
Considering his contradictory actions, too, that could compound matters. By contradictory actions, I mean how he wants to find out what's going on with her. However, every time Masumi approaches him or tries to get him to come alone to speak with Mary, he flakes or he brings people along, essentially cancelling the meeting. Especially weird, since it should be obvious that Masumi is an ally and, before the flashback, it should have been obvious that Mary was shrunken with the hints Masumi gives about her family makeup. He's supposed to be intelligent and he knows for a fact that the shrinking effect exists. But, when there's a murder or when he's with people who don't know about the Org. or the poison, THEN he decides "I need to investigate the mysterious girl living with Sera right now
," even though it's quite obvious she's in hiding. It comes across as him being short-sighted, especially since that would raise questions about who Mary is and why Masumi kept lying to everyone about things like "I'm living alone" and "My dad's dead. I only have an older brother in Japan- the other died in the line of duty- and my mother's back in America."
As for Asaka and Rum, we don't have enough information to determine if Asaka was Org. or not, unless Ai's reaction in that camping case was her Org. sense going off. There's so little that we know and it makes sense that we don't know a lot. It's a cold case from seventeen years ago. An investigator vanished, as did the prime suspect, and the murderer (assuming they're different people). And the files/photos of the investigation are under a completely different country's jurisdiction, leaving us only with the information the uploader gave, which may be incomplete.
Morally ambiguous actions aren't the purview of the Organization alone, either, so I wouldn't necessarily assume Wakasa's willingness with that golfer case to be a sign that she's in the Org. We've seen characters driven so strongly by vengeance that they will do things otherwise repugnant in the pursuit of their endgoal. Rei's a pretty good example of that, considering how his plans for Akai would get Kir killed, too, and killing off two useful allies would hurt his organization's presumable goal of "bring down the Black Org."
But, for the sake of argument, the main scenario I could see the idea of Asaka being Rum's lackey working with would be if they suspected that Amanda knew something incredibly important and was going to spread that information very soon, thus killing her ASAP was a priority. Otherwise, if the Org. had an inside person like that, why not wait until another place or another time, when there'd be less risk of someone walking in on them or finding out something and them needing to be killed in turn? (Which is precisely what Rum had to do anyway- kill another person, who in turn had enough time to leave a message pointing to the culprit that Rum didn't have time to clean up.)