PhantomWriter wrote:My reasoning is due to the Mystery Train itself being a hot mess. (So, uh, KID now knows some very secret, dangerous details about the Org. and in his original canon he fights against a similar organization, yet we're not supposed to expect him involved in the plot at all again? Really? That both makes him even more clearly a deus ex machina and also seems off.)
So Kaito being involved in that case is the main reason
why it's such "a hot mess?"
Or were you just scratching the surface, and Kaito is just one
of many prominent reasons
why Mystery Train is "a hot mess?"
PhantomWriter wrote:Some of the stuff in the Scarlet Series also bothered me. The only way to keep some of the status quo now, at least regarding Rei hunting after Akai, would be if Rei is nerfed to some extent. I was also bothered by Conan being the one who set up all of the Clash fake-death plot and Scarlet Series plot, according to several characters during the last chapter in that arc. You'd think the FBI agents who have far more practical experience and working knowledge of the Org/PSB players involved would be contributing more to the actual plotting of it, not just the actions as pieces on the board. It comes across as "character shilling."
One of DC's current problems is Gosho's current knack for status quo maintenance, right? How things will be stretched to ensure there's no major shake-ups... and for such a long period of time.
Shinichi/Conan is the one who made the fake death plan possible—without Yukiko and Hiroshi, Shuichi would've had to find another way to get ahold of fake blood producing devices and a disguise for his new identity. It's only "his" plan (this goes for both
Clash and Scarlet) because he's the one providing the connections, and, thus, the materials that make the plan work. Who says Shuichi just sat back and nodded while Shinichi/Conan outlined the whole thing? It's not like we've gotten to see them actually making their plans, flashback or otherwise.
Plus, there's the whole matter of Shinichi/Conan and Shuichi effectively making their own plans, separate from the FBI (exemplified with each of the plans in Clash and Scarlet)—after all, with Shinichi/Conan and Shuichi and the plans they make, unless you're on their level, or have skills related to a plan they have in mind (Andre's driving skills), it's nothing but need to know, until after the fact (Jodie and James in Clash), or as it's happening (Jodie in Scarlet). Even Jodie and James—Shuichi's superior—will be kept in the dark (unless discovered by accident, like with James). So that's the reason Shuichi is the only
FBI agent in on and making these plans, for sure.
Though, as we saw in File 948 and File 950, Jodie and Andre knowing Shuichi's secret, now, leaves them with a better standing than they had in the Bourbon arc—Shinichi/Conan and Shuichi/Subaru are less likely to plan behind their backs.
PhantomWriter wrote:The reason why I don't say major is because Mary is a gem of a character. She's perpetually done with pretty much everyone and it's refreshing.
*Looks at avatar*
Ah, so that's how much she's saving DC for you, huh?
If I recall correctly, didn't Rei/Toru used to be your avatar? If so, then I guess him turning out to be an undercover agent messed up his character for you.
When she's not done with pretty much everyone, she's being Shukichi's number one fan girl or literally coming to blows with Shuichi. I was actually surprised by the latter. The former, though, was just adorable.
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