jimmy_kud0_tv2 wrote:Rei is currently 29. In your theory, had Shiho been born (18 years ago) then the Rei in the flashback would be 11 years old or older.
To me, that Rei flashback in the tea hospital case came across a bit differently. We know that Elena told Rei that she would have to go away soon. I feel like that was supposed to be a lead in for her appearance at the Dejima household (Atsushi's old house) 20 years ago where it looked like they had run away from the BO and were hiding. If the two events are connected in this way, Rei would not have been able to meet Shiho as she would not have been born until around 2 years later. If Rei is currently 29. Then he would have been roughly 8~9 at the time of his Elena flashback in this theory.
Your argument is basically that Rei looked too young to be 2 years older. It's hard to really pinpoint someone's age when u have only one panel to go with(Shuukichi, in the Akai flashback, and Mary's different heights is a clear example that one panel can be deceiving). Also, we didn't have anything to compare his height with, and it's an overkill to assume Elena's height when we don't officially know it.
Also, if they really were in hiding during their appearance at the Dejima household, Are you saying that Conan's assumption, that the black cars stationed outside are BO surveillance, is false?(or are u saying it wasn't BO survelliance?)
It makes more sense that they were simply visiting with the pretense of meeting a friend, while being watched by the BO(when in reality, Atsushi wanted to discuss with Dejima about his situation). Elena's and Atsushi's submitted behavior(just staying put and not even stopping Akemi from fooling around), as well as Atsushi looking outside the window, made it seem like they didn't want to overstep their boundaries, meaning that they knew they were being watched, and I don't see why they would act that way if it wasn't the BO. If it was the MI6 for example, why even bother visiting Dejima and involve him, when they already got help?
Also, they allegedly died in a BO laboratory that burned down. That means that they must have still ended up in the BO somehow(if they had fled), so Rei could've still met Shiho during that time.
jimmy_kud0_tv2 wrote:Plus, in Mystery Train, when he thinks he is talking to Shiho who is really Kaitou Kid, he says "Hajimemashite" (File 823 second to last panel), which is usually used for first time greetings as "Hajime" means "first". Which he then follows up in file 824 by saying that he has met her parents and sister, but never includes her in that thought.
That's not an incorrect choice of phrase, considering that that it was a one-sided meeting in the past, making this moment the first formal and proper meeting with her(if he indeed was in her presence when she was a baby). He didn't have to include her because they never formerly met in the past, compared to Akemi, who he must have met properly, since she knew about his rivalry with Rye.
jimmy_kud0_tv2 wrote:For the longest time I always wondered if the idea that it was a smell was literal, such as Gin, Vermouth, and Akai all smoking the same kind of cigarette only available to BO members or something weird like that. Or maybe a special location they had been to had caused them to smell a certain way (such as someone who works in an car repair place may smell like oil). However both of those things sound like something that Conan could still figure out since he had been in close proximity to them.
I've also wondered about its possible literal, or at the very least "scientifical", explanation. One of the best treats Gosho could give us is a well planned-out logical explanation to the source of this "ability", and the reason to its inconsistencies.
The closest thing I came up with is that Maybe it's an ability that's inherited from her mother's British side(meaning that it's a sci-fi explanation). Her mother was maybe able to sense people's intentions through their "smell"(still an ambiguous term, but maybe referring to "intent"), hence why she wanted to leave the BO in the first place(she knew that an "accident" might happen, after smelling the mastermind's intentions, if they stayed for too long). The inconsistencies in Haibara's ability might be because she still hasn't fully grasped the ability, and she has only been using it subconsciously(which follows the pattern I mentioned before). And if we add Mary into the mix, maybe her strong bias against Conan might be due to her sensing his "scary" strong intention to catch her without second thought, hence why he's different and a potential danger(demon). Akemi didn't have this ability because she might not even be Elena's biological daughter.
Again, just a stretched out possible explanation based on nothing but the off-chance that there actually is a legitimate explanation.