Hyoue Kuroda

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Hyoue Kuroda

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Japanese name: 黒田 兵衛
(Kuroda Hyōe)
Age: 50
Gender: Male
Occupation: Police Superintendent
Statistics
First appearance: Manga: File 913
Anime: Episode 810
Appearances: Chapters: 12
Episodes: 6
Movies: 0
OVAs: 0
Specials: 0
Openings: 1
Closings: 0
Cases solved: 2
Keyhole number: Volume 86
Actors
Japanese voice: Yukimasa Kishino[1]

Hyoue Kuroda (黒田 兵衛 Kuroda Hyōe?), is the former Nagano Police First Division Chief and a character within the manga and anime franchise Detective Conan. He is currently the Tokyo Police First Division Managing Officer.

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[edit] Background

Hyoue Kuroda was originally an officer from the National Police Agency.[2] At some unknown point in the past, he became the victim of an accident, which put him in a 10-year long coma; that accident was what caused him to lose his right eye. His hair turned white due to the stress of the accident and he looked like a completely different person, and he says that he's missing a few memories.[3]

After having recovered, Kuroda was assigned to Nagano Prefectural Police as the Chief of the First Division, where he first encountered Conan. Some time after the Kawanakajima murder case, he was transferred to Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department to replace Kiyonaga Matsumoto. He has heard rumors about Conan being 'the brain behind Sleeping Kogoro' and seems to have trust in him.

[edit] Personality

Kuroda is a very intimidating man, with the wound around his right eye being especially unnerving. Kogoro, Ayumi, Genta, Mitsuhiko and even Haibara have been scared by his demeanor and his face. His no nonsense approach to cases, coupled with his enigmatic persona keep those he works closely with on their toes. Unlike other policemen like Jugo Yukomizo, he is willing to listen to others than the police's thoughts on a case, as seen when he tells Kogoro that he is welcome to come with his own thoughts.

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[edit] Plot overview

[edit] Kawanakajima Murder Case (Manga: 913-917, Anime: 810-812)

This case marks Kuroda's first appearance. He came to the crime scene right after Shigeru Takeda's head was found in the river. Conan got surprised as he was a well-built and old one-eyed man, which partially fits Haibara's description of Rum. He hinted knowing that Conan was the brain behind the Sleeping Kogoro, which was a rumor he heard from the National Police Agency.

He was shown to be a scary person but in the end he turned out to be on Kansuke Yamato and Taka'aki Morofushi's side, helping them to catch the real killer in the case. Yui Uehara said that he had been in a coma for ten years after an accident and had pitch black hair before that. Kansuke jokely says that with a face like that he looked like a boss of some organization.

[edit] A Blog That Causes a Death (Manga: 918-920, Anime: 814-815)

Conan and Haibara were discussing about Kuroda. Ai said that they shouldn't worry because he didn't make any suspicious moves and he was in Nagano, far from the Black Organization. However, at the end of the case it was found out that he had moved to the Tokyo police department replacing Kiyonaga Matsumoto who presumably got promoted. A bit earlier in the case Takagi spoke with him (referring to him as the Superintendent), where he gave orders to Megure and Takagi that they should do what Conan tells them to do. When Takagi mentions that he was surprise to learn that Conan knew their new superintendent, he arrives saying that he had confident in at Conan could help with the case. He asked Conan to take care of him. Haibara got scared when Kuroda leaned in closer.

[edit] A Secret of the Big Couple (Manga: 925-927, Anime: 822-823)

Haibara said to Conan that she hadn't felt the Black Organization Aura from Kuroda. She had only gripped his shoulder because his face was and his expression were really scary. In fact, she implied Kuroda couldn't be Rum as he saw her and should have noticed she resembles Shiho Miyano. If this had happened, things would have gone out of control and Rum would've broken into Agasa's house and this didn't happen.

[edit] Rumi Wakasa's Neighbor Murder Case (Manga: 980, Anime: TBA)

Kuroda reads on his phone an article about Rumi Wakasa catching a killer and comments that it was well done.

[edit] Burning Tent Murder Case (Manga: 987-989, Anime: TBA)

Kuroda is sitting at his desk looking at the details of the Case from 17 years ago. Shiratori brings Kuroda the file on the robber case that occurred at the elementary school at the time Rumi began working there. Shiratori also informs him that the Detective Boys are going camping with Rumi soon and gives him a pamphlet for the camp grounds. Kuroda goes to the camp grounds and spies on Conan's group through the opening of his tent. The tent next to his catches fire and he is forced to reveal himself. He catches Rumi spaced out staring in his direction and asks her if they should call the police. As Yuminaga's team investigates, Rumi accuses Kuroda of spying on someone.

Both to Shiratori and to Yuminaga, Kuroda calls Conan: "Sleeping Kogoro's bag of wisdom", perpetuating the rumor further.

[edit] Speculation

[edit] Rum

Kuroda's full face

Kuroda has a bad right eye which he hides behind a darkened glasses lens, but it is shown to be closed similar to Kansuke's eye socket and not an artificial eye like Rum is described to have. Kuroda is well built, and with his white hair he could be considered old, but it is not obvious how he could be mistaken as a feminine man. Haibara explains to Conan that she was afraid when Kuroda leaned in to look at her closely because his face was scary, not because she recognized him or because the scent of the Black Organization emanated from him. Ai also says he must not be a Black Organization member because, if he was, Kuroda would have recognized her as Sherry the traitor and attacked Agasa's house right away.[14]

A collage of Kuroda's right eye

[edit] Relationship analysis

[edit] Family and friends

[edit] Nagano Police Detectives and Investigators

They have respect for him and follow his orders.

[edit] Conan Edogawa

Conan is suspicious of Kuroda. Kuroda on the other hand seems to have trust in Conan's abilities, even goes as far as to order the police to follow Conan's instructions. He calls him the 'Brains behind the Sleeping Kogoro'. When Kuroda becomes the new Police Superintendent in Tokyo, he greets Conan with 'Yoroshikuna' (Take care of me) which could mean that he's hoping for Conan's help in the future.

[edit] Rumi Wakasa

It is unknown if they had a history together, but Kuroda seems to know something about Wakasa-sensei, judging from his remark that camping wasn't something she did. In addition, Rumi also seems to know the purpose of Kuroda on the camping trip was to spy on her.

[edit] Name origin

The name comes from Kuroda Kanbei (黒田 官兵衛 Kuroda Kanbee?, a.k.a. Kuroda Yoshitaka (黒田 孝高)), Japanese daimyo of the late Sengoku through early Edo periods.

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Police
Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department Juzo MegureWataru TakagiMiwako SatoNinzaburo ShiratoriYumi MiyamotoKazunobu ChibaNaeko MiikeGinzo NakamoriShintaro ChakiInspector YuminagaKiyonaga MatsumotoHyoue KurodaInspector MomoseChosuke Takagi (Tottori) • Jinpei Matsuda (deceased) • Wataru Date (deceased) • Masayoshi Sato (deceased) • Officer TomeToshiro OdagiriDetective KobayashiDetective YokoyamaSuperintendent General HakubaScotch (deceased) • Manabu FujimakiDetective TakigawaDetective NakamuraDetective FukuiDetective KawanakaDetective SaitohDetective HoritaDetective TakanoDetective SogawaDetective OkumuraDetective SugitaDetective IdaDetective Hirota
Osaka Prefectural Police Heizo HattoriGinshiro ToyamaGoro Otaki
Nagano Prefectural Police Kansuke YamatoYui UeharaTaka'aki Morofushi (Komei)
Kyoto Prefectural Police Fumimaro AyanokojiDetective Kurumazaki
Other Prefectures Sango Yokomizo (Izu & Shizuoka) • Misao Yamamura (Gunma) • Jugo Yokomizo (Kanagawa) • Tsuyoshi Shikatsuno (Nara)
NPA Security Bureau Rei FuruyaYuya Kazami
Primary Tokyo MPD Cases Metropolitan Police Detective Love Story OneMPD TwoMPD ThreeMegure's Sealed SecretShinkansen Transport CaseMPD FourSerial BomberMPD FiveMPD SixJewelry RobberyMPD SevenFake WeddingMPD EightHammer ManThe Scar that Evokes the PastInspector Shiratori, Memories of the Cherry BlossomKobayashi-sensei's LoveA Video Letter of First LoveCo-Investigating with a First LoveThe Life-Threatening Broadcast of LoveThe Ex-Boyfriend Living Next to a Crime SceneMDP NineTaiko Meijin's Match of LoveChiba's Difficult UFO CaseThe Marriage Registration's Password
Other Significant Police Cases The Osaka Double Mystery (Osaka) • Festival Dolls Dyed in the Setting Sun (Tokyo-Theft) • The Red Horse Among The Flames (Tokyo Arson) • Furinkazan (Nagano) • A Dangerous Party of Two & The Mansion of Death and the Red Wall (Nagano) • Heiji Hattori and the Vampire Mansion (Osaka) • The Scarlet Return (NPA) • The Darkness of the Prefectural Police (Nagano NPA) • A song named ASACA (PSB NPA) • Captured in Her Eyes (Tokyo) • Crossroad in the Ancient Capital (Kyoto) • The Raven Chaser (Tokyo, Kanagawa, Shizuoka, Nagano, Kyoto, and Chiba)
Related Pages Police OrganizationLaw EnforcementMinor Law EnforcementTokyo Metropolitan PolicePSBFBICIATokyo Fire Department
Rum arc topics
Main interest RumCase from 17 years ago
Potential suspects

Hyoue KurodaRumi WakasaKanenori WakitaMary Sera
Taka'aki MorofushiSakurako YoneharaShukichi HanedaChikara KatsumataMuga Iori
Kiyonaga Matsumoto

Connections Kohji HanedaAsakaAmanda HughesTsutomu Akai
Related Articles APTX 4869APTX 4869 Victim listRum arc timeline
Cases of interest The Scarlet ReturnThree First DiscoverersHaneda Kouji's death caseSoul Detective Murder CaseA song named ASACABurning Tent Murder Case
Main Characters
Protagonists Shinichi KudoConan EdogawaRan MouriKogoro Mouri
Detective Boys Ayumi YoshidaMitsuhiko TsuburayaGenta KojimaAi Haibara
Family & Friends Hiroshi AgasaSonoko SuzukiEri KisakiYusaku KudoYukiko KudoHeiji HattoriKazuha ToyamaYoko OkinoSumiko KobayashiTomoaki AraideMakoto KyogokuShizuka HattoriJirokichi SuzukiEisuke HondouAzusa EnomotoSubaru OkiyaMasumi SeraShukichi HanedaSakurako YoneharaRumi Wakasa
Tokyo Metropolitan Police District Juzo MegureWataru TakagiMiwako SatoNinzaburo ShiratoriYumi MiyamotoKazunobu ChibaNaeko MiikeKiyonaga MatsumotoInspector YuminagaShintaro ChakiHyoue KurodaScotchOfficer Tome
Osaka Police District Heizo HattoriGinshiro ToyamaGoro Otaki
Nagano Police District Kansuke YamatoYui UeharaTaka'aki Morofushi
Other police districts Sango YokomizoMisao YamamuraJugo Yokomizo
NPA Security Bureau Rei Furuya (Bourbon)
FBI Shuichi AkaiJodie StarlingJames BlackAndre Camel
CIA Hidemi Hondou (Kir)Ethan Hondou
Black Organization The BossRumGinVodkaVermouthChiantiKornShiho MiyanoAkemi MiyanoElena MiyanoAtsushi MiyanoTequilaPiscoCalvadosRikumichi KusudaKi'ichiro Numabuchi
Magic Kaito Kaito KurobaKaitou KidAoko NakamoriGinzo NakamoriToichi KurobaChikage KurobaKonosuke JiiKeiko MomoiAkako KoizumiSaguru HakubaSnakeRose (OVA only) • Hakuba's HousekeeperSpider (TV special only)
Others "The Criminal"Hideo AkagiRyusuke HigoTakahiro SanadaFusae CampbellSoshi OkitaScar AkaiMary SeraKohji HanedaTsutomu AkaiMomiji OokaMuga IoriKanenori Wakita

[edit] References

  1. ^ Nagano seiyu.jpg
  2. ^ Volume 86, File 913, page 8
  3. ^ Volume 86, File 914, page 7
  4. ^ a b c File 920 (Volume 87)
  5. ^ a b File 915 (Volume 86)
  6. ^ a b File 913 (Volume 86)
  7. ^ a b c d e f g File 914 (Volume 86)
  8. ^ a b File 916 (Volume 87)
  9. ^ Volume 93, File 988
  10. ^ File 918 (Volume 87)
  11. ^ a b File 925 (Volume 87)
  12. ^ Volume 92, File 980
  13. ^ Volume 93, File 987
  14. ^ Manga Volume 87, File 10 (925), pgs 2-3