Why I think Rumi is RUM
(Note that all Puns are intended)
RUM the 2nd-in-Command of the Karasuma Organization a.k.a Black Organization who are supposed to be an organization under the deceased Renya Karasuma.
RUM is a single person but has Three different descriptions such as
1. An Effeminate Person
2. An Old Person
3. A Strong Person
The Manga series has particularly given us 3 suspects who one-way or other match to these description pretty much and thus becomes Difficult.
To put into perspective, How Important RUM as a character is, picture this. The whole timeline from the beginning of the series has been not more than 6 months approximately, and if you count all the encounters BO and Shinichi/Conan has gone through it’s no surprise that RUM came (from wherever he/she was, Boss will follow soon xD).
The 3 suspects are Wakita Kanenori, Hyoue Kuroda and Rumi Wakasa
While my Prime Suspect is Wakita Kanenori and I rule Kuroda out due to my reasons, It is interesting to see that a Character like Rumi Wakasa is Quite Intriguing.
Rumi Wakasa is the Deputy Homeroom teacher of the Class that Conan, Haibara & Co. are the students of. She is a new Teacher who came in the middle of year, while this may not be weird and as Haibara said THIS year, a lot of students have joined, so it may not be particularly out of the blue that a teacher also joined.
Now, coming to the point I think she could be RUM.
She has at times shown some exceptional physical strength. Her blows are quite hard enough to knock down a person in a single punch which for a Teacher is Weird and not something that can be associated, for a Homeroom Teacher moreover.
She is an effeminate character (sure) and strong which matches with the First description and hence she comes in the spotlight. Though her being strong is not that big of a shot that she is RUM, many women are strong.
Some panels have shown her with the APTX list, a list of all the people that the Apotoxin-4869 was used, dead or alive. Shinichi was the first person who was stated UNKNOWN and later changed to DEAD by Haibara to hide his identity.
A Homeroom Teacher having the APTX list, which is most likely only exclusive to the BO, is very blue (or black xD). Even if somehow She managed to get her hands on, UNLIKELY, she practically knows what’s on the list, to whom it belongs to and what she is doing with it.
Rumi is supposedly a teacher, who is Sloppy at the certain level.
Bumping her head here and there and acting all clumsy at first was a genuine act but later as she is shown signs of not just acting clumsy but also acting spontaneously as a strong fighter-like character with her over the top instincts in the most unfavorable situations are giving away that she as a character of in the alias of Rumi and her real character has a lot to offer, which we will see later and eventually that depends whether or not she sides with Conan which decides how she turns up.
The Burning Tent case, where Haibara notices the vague fact that She can’t see from her Right eye.
Gosho tends to foreshadow every suspect in a certain way, here being whiting a single left or right eye to give a sense of suspicion on that person. While one may not be able to understand what or who is the suspect but that foreshadowing at least 51% confirms that person’s involvement in it is major.
Moving On, the fact that Rumi is very close to Conan and Haibara, two people who have been fed the poison and survived, gives her an advantage over Kuroda and Wakita, in a certain sense, Its Kuroda who is the least of all to have a relation in any sense to Conan. Wakita is also kind of close to Kogoro due to his restaurant being close to Detective Agency.
Digging more in to the previous topics such as her Aforementioned Suspected Disguise which seems kinda odd and makes you think that her being sloppy is a part of that or due to her eye problems.
The only thing that can throw the Eye part off the track is that in a cetain frame she was shown having a Tear in her Right eye which was supposedly thought to be the non-working eye, but then again even an artificial eye can cause Tears so it may not be so much significant.
In a matter of Rumi, both Conan and Haibara are on opposite terms with her. While Conan believes she is strange and suspicious and he believes that she could be potential danger in a sense, On that other hand , Haibara seems to have a liking towards her even though she was uncertain and suspicious at first due to her eye.
I think Haibara’s liking is due to the fact that when Ayumi was captured by the basketball player cum killer in the Burning Tent Case her affection on recovering her back gave haibara a sister-motherly feeling which she seems to have forgotten and seeing her in that sense could have trigger those feelings for her.
Now then let’s talk about her Other Skills which are opposite of her certain Disguise, people believe.
Her Observational Skills, are top-notch. They are the type of skills one develops rather than have it from birth itself.
As seen some frames, she manages to stay at a certain place and yet go unnoticed so well that one might have to wonder, how does she do it. This is something a teacher cannot do or have a requirement in any sense unless, and as I suspect her to be someone or an Agent have, cause its needed in Field Jobs.
Not to mention, her knowledge of understanding a situation is also quite impressive. The Pro-Golfer case gives those vibes where she remains calm, understood the situation, made a plan to inculcate Conan in it while staying off-guard.
Even when the case was about to end, she Swiftly and unnoticed hit the golfer so easily, one might think How and Why.
While this fact may be unnecessary but She claims to have a liking towards Whiskey. Which apparently has the same method to that of RUM just a different ingredient. So it may not be far off that She or Gosho were potentially foreshadowing her relation to Rum.
so most likely the next person should be a Woman/Female. And by that order Rumi fits the bill.
I know that this order is very bullshit but it could be something.
The Burning tent case is also important because we get to know that Kuroda has some sort of involvement/relation/knowledge of the case which was 17 years ago. The case later gives us an insight in to what could be a character development from the past. It seems kuroda and Rumi happen to have a bit of knowledge about each other at least. Their conversation gives us something lip-smacking about 2 vital suspects having a conversation means some development.
Also, why RUM is asking for Shinichi from Amuro could be, Since Rumi has the APTX-list and she made Conan and Haibara her prime suspects (why, I don’t know) but it could be make sure that whether Conan and Shinichi are same or not. Like Gathering both of them together at the same time. RUM most likely wants to hit 2 targets with 1 stone sort, and this idea doesn’t seem wrong, its efficient and something a No.2 of an Organization could be working.