PhantomWriter wrote:I am bothered by the use of "Time is Money."Spoiler:People have figured it's likely an anagram, when translated, of Wakita's name.
(I'm not inclined to think it's meaningless or just flavor text, as Rum then tells Bourbon to hurry up, which would be otherwise redundant after mentioning that expression used to tell people to hurry up.)
Assuming for the sake of argument that Rum is warning Bourbon of Wakita, that means Rum knows Wakita's name and of Wakita's movements. Questions that bug me about this include:
- How did he learn Wakita's name? Was Rum out for sushi one night, went to the place Wakita works at, and figures that Wakita is somehow anti-Org.? Or did Wakita do something in the past that makes it clear his affiliations?
- How did he know Wakita was in the area investigating? Surveillance? Where is Rum, then? Are there cameras in the area near the Kudo house? Why would they be there in the first place (since only now does Rum care and want Bourbon to investigate)?
- What if Wakita was really just some fishmonger delivering food and happened to look at his phone soon afterward? Even if he's following the Kudo stuff, perhaps Wakita's just a big fan of the Kudos or of detectives in general? Seems an odd leap to make, imo.
Assuming for the sake of argument that Rum is Wakita, it could easily be Rum warning Bourbon what his cover identity is and not to bother going after him during the Shinichi investigation, preventing Bourbon from wasting time with a red herring.
I think Wakita somehow is antagonistic to Rum. And Rum wants Bourbon to beat Wakita in order to gain info about Shinichi. But let's say Wakita is a small fry working for Gin, and his job is to spy on Kogoro, then it's quite unlikely that Gin would let him handle such a big expose as Shinichi's murder was a job that Gin himself screwed up. I think Wakita has some other reason to gain info about Shinichi than protecting Gin's ass.
Also the last chapter showed Wakita in a rush for doing stuff. Rumi's expression was hidden and Kuroda gave a knowing smirk. Maybe these three little vignettes are a leading pathway to their identity.
Now in Kouji murder case there were three people involved who weren't Rum, (The person who had taken the Shogi piece, Akai Tsutomu, Asaka).
Now in Kuroda's memory when he was comparing Kohji case with Wakasa's neighbour case, two images propped up, Kohji lying dead and Wakasa Rumi fidgeting. Now these two images weren't taken from newspapers. So Kuroda had seen Rumi lurking around the crime scene.
Rumi probably hadn't fought with Rum, if that was the case she would know that Kuroda by any chance is not Rum and despite they saw each other She never seen to recall that Kuroda was the other person who saw her in Kohji murder scene.
Also the finger jab style of blinding people is probably a hint of a Tsutomu vs Rum fight. So my current speculation is Rum killed Kohji and was going to clean-up suddenly le wild Tsutomu appears and Tsutomu kicks his ass(Weak Horse??) Rum escapes, but Tsutomu chased him, Wakasa Rumi was coming to Kohji's room, sees a big man running out(Tsutomu), rushes to Kohji's room, sees the dying message, fiddles with the scene and escapes with the shogi piece.(If you lok closely at Kohji's corpse, it has bruise marks over bot the eyes, such bruises won't have been possible if he was hurt while wearing the spectacles. So somebody put the spectacles over his corpse. But that's not a clean-up, probably it's out of affection. As loved one's often make the corpse as close as possible to the living person. So somebody with a relation to Kohji touched him after he was killed.)
When she was escaping ,Kuroda saw her. That's why the fidgeting image of Rumi in his memory. Now who ca see Rumi and think she's Kohji killer and has the chance to be present at the crime scene, Asaka.
Also his appearance has changed a lot that's why Rumi can't recall seeing him.(probably in his youth, he was a splitting image of Iori)
So now the three Rum suspects are shown to be a) Chasing a lead(Wakita), b) Investigating the said lead with a bit more info.(Rumi+APTX list) c) Smirking like he had figured out everything(Kuroda)
So I 'll go for Kuroda=Asaka.
Wakita=Tsutomu.(Also Wakita's love of idioms and Tsutomu talking in Idioms, also I stumbled upon as kuroda failed to be papakai. As he was never swapped( swap fallacy) and given Shuichi's accounts, we can conclude there were evidence that Tsutomu was injured in an altercation,(they never found his body remark) so we can infer that Tsutomu kicked Rum's ass and got injured while doing it and thus Rum was able to see his face. If that's the case he would know who really is Rum. But he lacks proof so he joined the Org. and is trying to bring Rum down by fighting it from within.)