Serinox wrote:Nobody of Amanda's relatives and acquaintances knew who Asaka was or how Asaka came to be Amanda's bodyguard; Asaka was probably an agent from the FBI or the CIA, to whom Amanda had contact, for some reason. Maybe either of these agencies had reasons to believe that Amanda's regular security personnel was compromised (perhaps there were already hints that Amanda would become a target of the BO), and she agreed to replace them for an agent (if the Asaka in hotel killed Amanda and was Rum, then either Rum replaced Asaka before taking the job or Rum had already infiltrated either the CIA or the FBI and had put himself up for the job that way).
Maybe the gender was hard to tell? I mean, if Hotta didn't just pull the "Asaka is a woman" thing out of his ass (which he might've, since the guy was a massive fraud), there must've been rumours about it floating around somewhere, right?
I really like your idea that Asaca was actually an intelligence agency's agent. That could explain most, if not all, of the issues I raised, especially why Amanda would let Asaca be her bodyguard and why Asaca's gender was not known (because no one besides Amanda knew Asaca). There are quite a few interesting possibilities that can go from there (well I only thought of two like you). One, Asaca, who is also Rum, is a BO agent who was in an intelligence agency and used his/her job to approach and kill Amanda. Two, Rum disguised as Asaca (who's a member of an intelligence agency) to kill Amanda. He also killed the real Asaca to fully takeover Asaca's identity (like how Vermy planned to kill Araide), which could explain why Asaca disappeared after the murder better than possibility one because in one Asaca was assumed to not have used a disguise and it would be more difficult to completely avoid someone from recognizing him/her, unless he/she got a plastic surgery or hid at somewhere remote. But I see a weakness with possibility two: why would BO care so much about Asaca if he/she was only a hijacked identity?
Btw, I was thinking about how disguises might still be limited by height and build in DC (okay I know movies aren't canon but in m13 Irish disguised as Matsumoto and both Irish and Matsumoto are very tall and have very wide shoulders. Also, in file 936 page 4, you can see that the real Azusa is around the same height as Sonoko, but in file 954 page 12, you can see the Vermy Azusa as noticeably taller than both Ran and Sonoko). Is Gosho usually consistent with his characters' height? So I was thinking that if Asaca is indeed Rum, then Rum has a slender built and long hair sometimes so he can easily disguise as either gender (and thus the being feminine part of Rum's description is a physical characteristic). If Rum's femininity is not displayed in physical appearance but instead in something else like physical movements and speech patterns, then it will be much harder to detect. Especially speech patterns may get lost in translation (I recall reading file 259, a file in desperate revival, and wondering if Shinichi was merely joking or if there were real differences in speech patterns ie the more polite form in the raw version when he told Haibara that it is disgusting of her to use Conan's voice and speak in a girly manner. There is no distinction between male and female speech in my language).