Shinan-Kudogawa wrote: ↑
May 7th, 2020, 3:43 am
DCUniverseAficionado wrote: ↑
May 6th, 2020, 10:46 pm
Shinan-Kudogawa wrote: ↑
May 5th, 2020, 5:40 am
Again Gosho might be pulling a super twist with Rumi = Rum, while double/triple red herring us, towards believing she is not Rum with the assumptions..
But in the unlikely event he does that, I'll just think, "Oh, so he's going this route." Rumi has been presented far too uniquely and suspiciously for me to be surprised by her being Rum.
True, to a certain degree. However, with the pace he is going at, Gosho is for some reason neglected focus for the time being on Wakita and Kuroda. Logically, it would mean to remove a 1st -non-Rum character, to leave the tense atmosphere of guessing between the remaning two characters. As if, he presented three characters as candidates, and while buidling the mystery around them. Focusing on one of them, with some distinguished trait, as to eventually reveal the character to be a different person, while keeping the readers on guessing between the remaining two. A logical pathway of story telling, however, what I mean by a super twist. Is that while Gosho may reveal Rumi to be another character than a Rum candidate. Leaving us guessing between only Kuroda and Wakita, he'd pull a joker twist card, and reveal that in fact we judged too quickly,
and Rumi fooled us to be the actual Rum. Again this is possible theory for Gosho to utilize if he watns to surprise the readers, although it is not much a trait of Gosho to fool us then show us. He'd rather create a mystery, then reveals the truth, rather than tricking the reader, and then revealing the truth.
That is, of course, in the event that we declare the matter resolved the instant the fake reveal happens. And that would depend, for instance, on how much time would pass between the fake reveal and the actual reveal. Is it only a few files, a few cases, or does it take a few years, instead? I can see Goshō pulling a fake reveal, but I can't see him taking years to reveal it (even with these long delays between cases/files). In which case, with such a narrow time frame, I definitely wouldn't let my guard down.
But even if the time frame was longer, the reveal that the uniquely suspicious Rumi was actually Rum still wouldn't surprise me. In a long-running mystery series with continuity, you keep an eye on the suspects until the series comes to a close, due to the possibility that the author will try to mix things up. The only ones you can drop you guard on are the ones who appeared long ago and have never appeared again (i.e., Dr. Araide, post Vermouth arc... and this only applies as long as he doesn't appear again).
As for the focus lately being on Rumi rather than Kanenori and Hyōe—I think that's more due to these long breaks than anything else. Were Gosho still able to keep to his 2007-2013/2016 pace of about 40 files per year/12 cases per year, then instead it taking two years to get from the Shūichi/Bourbon confrontation (1,009–1,012) to the case we just finished (1,051–1,054), we would've gotten that entire range of cases in (give-or-take) a year instead of two. We'd really
be ahead of where we are now, were that the case, and thus be able to tell whether or not Kanenori and Hyōe taking backseats to Rumi was a trend beyond this current point. But since we aren't, it's created the feeling that Kanenori and Rumi have less focus.
jason342 wrote: ↑
May 7th, 2020, 8:40 am
The one character that has sort of been sidelined at this point in the story, is none other than tsutomu akai. The character i once was sure was the identity of kuroda. With the recent developments i have been second guessing my previous assumption of him still being alive and lurking like a demon in the shadows as mary and gin would put it. What i also want to know is why Mary and Gin are familiar with the same quote. I assume they both got it from tsutomu who must have heard it from Rum if he was confronted by him,
as to Rum tsutomu was the Demon in chasing him after the kohji case at the behest of the Haneda family.
Anyway i digress. I doubt that tsutomu is alive sadly and if he is then i don't see him with his intelligence service links leaving his wife alone to face them without having her back, which we clearly see was not the case in the london when she was duped by vermouth into thinking he would meet her at the bride. Tbh that blunder was more a fault of Mary's than his, but the fact that she slipped up so carelessly tells me that she missed him and was desperate and almost suicidal to risk exposing herself like that. I get the feeling that she knew deep down that he had perished once contact ceased between them for years until she saw the ghost of her husbands face worn by the witch with many faces on the bridge. She must have needed that reassurance that he was really dead.
But it seems to be implied that Mary hasn't heard from the real Tsutomu (beyond the final text message he left to her) since he left, 17 years ago, before Masumi was even born. So Mary would have to have heard that quote from him before he left to investigate the Kōji case. The fact that Gin is using an old quote of Tsutomu's seems to indicate that he's still alive, and has a connection to Gin, which implies he's in the BO (or was alive long enough to create an impression in Gin, enough for Gin to still use that quote in present day).
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