Hi guys, first post here. English is not my first language so i'll try my best to explain myself properly. I used to be a great fan of this manga back in 2007 but as almost ten years have passed i'm not sure to be able to remember everything, plus i stopped reading it around Red vs Black, so i'm asking you to check carefully what i'm going to write below cause i might do some
I have found my old DC mangas and i started to read some cases from the first 30 numbers trying to find some hints about the boss. The starting point has been my convinction about the boss not only named but already phisically appeared and portrayed in these volumes: i think it would be better suited for the plot as well as in Gosho's style, as he likes to fool the reader, than a boss out of nowhere at the end of the manga. I searched for characters with at least two appearances in cases solved without putting Kogoro to sleep due to the fact that it's highly probable that a clever person like the boss should be able to find out that something's wrong, like Heiji or Eisuke did for example. He should not have seen Haibara in child aspect too. The Araide case in v24 is the only one where sleeping Kogoro explains facts apart from the suspects, it sounded suspicious to me even if Gosho did it cause it will be the key to unmask Vermouth in Halloween Party. I then bumped into the Vermouth quote, something like "the boss is very cautious, the kind to ruin a plan for overthinking", and i thought in another view of the HP story arc it could be perfectly suited for Araide. So here's my theory: Vermouth left fingerprints on Jodie's eyeglass, thus leading to unmask her as Chris Vineyard. Fbi then monitored Vermouth and saw her getting close to Araide. They thought she wanted to took his place, but it could also mean that real Araide and Vermouth know each other and got in touch while monitored. Once discover the FBI was getting closer, in order not to make the FBI suspect Araide, Vermouth is forced to actually replace Araide and search for Sherry disguised as him instead of simply search for her in every school and university. These are exactly the same questions on which Conan puzzles in file 458. Vermouth is then unmasked cause she was not aware of the housekeeper fact back in the Araide's father murder: if Araide was the boss he could inform her about these facts, avoiding her to be unmasked by stealing Kogoro's documentations and getting questioned by Jodie, however this suits the description of "cautious" and "the kind to ruin a plan by overthinking" perfectly. In the worst case scenario in fact Vermouth, knowing the above facts that she should not be aware of, would be caught by FBI, unmasking him too. After HP, real Araide in the Teitan phantom case asks Jodie if Vermouth is really a bad person, this might be connected to Chris as his favourite, an attempt to defend her. In the same case he sees Sleeping Sonoko, but i think it is of no interest as long as an high school student solves an easy case. Then in the 3 kittens case, the last Araide known to me apparition, he saw Haibara for the first time, but she was disguised as a male.
Other speculations: Araide's father surname is not known, maybe linked to Karasuma family? Plus Araide's mother died after being forced to drink alcohol, and she told the stepmother to take care of his son, not allowing him to take the way of his father, kinda strange since he was not a good person but not a criminal too.
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on February 6th, 2016, 6:36 am, edited 1 time in total.