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Postby Aluecard » April 24th, 2008, 10:33 pm

8) Suspicious Death 8)
In volume 58, Akai and Conan plan an elaborate scheme to reinfiltrate Kir in the organization. Gin forces Kir to kill Shuuichi near the Reiha falls to prove her loyality to the organization. Shuichi is aware that it is a set-up, but he also realizes that Kir would be killed if he does not come. Before Kir kills him, they exchange the following dialogue:

Shuichi: "That you would go this far..."

Kir: "I was also surprised... that it went so smoothly...

The name of the place could be a reference to the Reichenbach falls, where Sherlock Holmes faked his death. Due to this and several significant inconsistencies[, Shuuichi Akai may not have died. It is widely held in the Case Closed fandom that a recently introduced character, Subaru Okiya (japanese order: OKIYA Subaru), is actually Shuuichi. Mainly because the character's name is a clever pun on a part of Char Aznable's real name:'KIYASUBARU' (romanized as 'Casval'). Also because Conan hands the keys to his ' house, even when he is suspected of being a new black organization member called Bourbon, after Okiya quotes Holmes: "My dear Watson, you as a medical man are continually gaining light as to the tendencies of a child by the study of the parents. Don't you see that the converse is equally valid?"

Shuuichi's Second Appearance

In volume 32, James Black is kidnapped by false policemen because he looks like Randy Hawk (in Case Closed, a famous, animal-loving, oil tycoon from Oklahoma). Conan saves him from the kidnappers, but James leaves with Shuuichi Akai before the police's interrogation. James reveals that he knew all along that his kidnappers impersonated policemen. He states that he came to Tokyo because Shuuichi specifically requested his help to track down his  ('koibito', lit.: loved being ). In japanese, the word 'koibito' is gender-neutral and most likely a codename for Shuuichi and James' target. A notable metaphor Shuuichi uses is that he want to make his koibito pay in 'tears of blood' ('chi no namida') for having parted from him. James mentions that he is surprised that Shuuichi cut his long hair. Shuuichi then states that he cut his hair to improve his luck ('gen-naoshi'). Shuichi Akai's haircutting may be a reference to what sumo wrestlers do when they retire, as gen-naoshi is sumo terminology.


Ran  and Shuuichi

In volume 34, Ran  becomes very ill and falls unconscious. She has a flashback/dream sequence in which she remembers traveling to New York at some point in the past along with her friend, kudo and his mother, who were going to see a play in which Vivian's friend, Sharon Vineyard was directing.

When the play ends, Vivian sends them home in a taxi and says she'll catch up with them later, since Ran is coming down with some kind of illness. They are warned to be careful, since the NYPD has been after a dangerous serial killer that had had been seen in the area.

A few minutes later, the cab is driving through a dark alleyway when ran loses the handkerchief that Sharon had given her, which flew out the window and blew towards what looked like an abandoned warehouse. She becomes very upset because she considers it an important keepsake, so they stop the cab and kudo got out to get it. He goes into the building, but he does not return. ran is worried, so she gets out and follows him.

As she does not see kudo  she begins to cry. An FBI agent appears along with a long-haired Shuuichi, whom he refers to as 'captain'. Shuuichi orders Ran to leave the area immediately. However, she goes into the building looking for kudo anyway. Neither realize that they are in the same building in which the serial killer is hiding. They are eventually confronted by the man on the fire escape of the building, but when he tries to shoot at them, he slips backwards and the scaffolding breaks. Before he can fall to his death, Ran and Shinichi catch him and pull him back up to safety. When he asks them why they saved him, kudo  replies "I don't know why you would kill anyone, but a logical mind isn't needed to save a life." Ran then collapses from a fever which had been getting worse, and Shinichi carries her away, warning the killer not to bother shooting at them, since the police who blocked the street would hear the shot (the gun didn't have a silencer). It is later reported that the serial killer committed "suicide".


In volume 37, Conan and Ran cross Shuuichi in the streets of Tokyo. He states that ran l is always crying and that she reminds him of " a woman similar to [Ran]...who kept up appearances, crying behind my back...a stupid woman"[. Ran later tells Conan where she knows Shuuichi from. Conan suspects that Shuuichi had something to do with the serial killers death. Upon hearing that his comrade was from the FBI, Conan asks himself what FBI agents would be doing in Japan.

Shuuichi keeps an eye on Anita (Ai Haibara) but tries to avoid her. In volume 42 of Case Closed, he reveals to Jodie that he cannot speak to "that auburn-haired girl" yet. He saved Jodie, Conan, and Anita by breaking Calvados' legs and shooting Vermouth who wore a bulletproof vest. It is then revealed that Vermouth was the serial killer in New York and that Shuuichi chased. It was because of the events in New York City that Vermouth nicknamed  (Ran) "Angel" and conan (kudo ) "Cool Guy". Before Vermouth escapes, Shuuichi grazed her cheek with one of his bullets. The way he hits her makes it seem like Vermouth shed a "tear of blood". Therefore, she could be his target. However this is unlikely, because it is made clear that he shot her there to make sure that she was not wearing another mask. The reason he cannot speak to Anita may be that he has not completed his mission.
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