Makoto Kyogoku

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Makoto Kyogoku

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Profile
Japanese name: 京極 真
(Kyōgoku Makoto)
Age: 18[1]
Gender: Male
Weight: 79kg
Date of birth: Unknown[1]
Occupation: Karate Champion
Nicknames: "The Prince of Kicks"
Statistics
First appearance: Manga: File 219
Anime: Episode 153
Appearances: Chapters: 27
Episodes: 19
OVAs: 1
Openings: 2
Keyhole number: Volume 25
Actors
Japanese voice: Nobuyuki Hiyama

Makoto Kyogoku (京極 真 Kyōgoku Makoto?) is a character in the manga and anime franchise Detective Conan. Makoto is Sonoko Suzuki's long distance boyfriend.

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[edit] Background

Makoto attended Haido High School, where he was a prominent member, and eventually the captain, of his karate team and became known as "The Prince of Kicks". He noticed Sonoko cheering on her friend Ran during a martial arts tournament, and became interested in her.[2]

Some time later, he worked in his family's inn as a waiter, where he encountered Sonoko again, this time in company of Ran and Conan.[2] Soon, however, Sonoko was stalked by a crazed serial killer who suspected her of having taken a picture of him at his latest murder (which she hadn't) and therefore wanted to both silence her as a potential witness and kill her because he hated brown headed girls in general. Makoto saved her just in the nick of time, earning her affection, but his constant participation in martial arts competitions and a studying period overseas prevented them from seeing each other often enough.[2] Sonoko always does her best to maintain contact with him, though, including sending him little trinkets and gifts that she makes herself, and Makoto has stayed loyal to her. He usually gets caught up in one of Sonoko's silly romantic schemes. His fighting skills have proven to be incredibly handy for Conan, having saved Conan, Sonoko, and Ran from being in dangerous peril many times.

[edit] Personality

As a master martial artist, Makoto is usually cool and collected, especially in crisis situations, and also a keen observer. The only thing which does throw him off is his affection for Sonoko, for whom he will go great lengths, even forsake an important tournament just to meet her. However, Makoto's bashfulness around her, his dedication to his fighting skills and some competitive impulse keep him jumping from one obligation to the other, so their relationship is rendered a bit difficult.

As a comic relief, Makoto always bears a plaster above his left brow as a mark for his fighting competitiveness.

[edit] Abilities and skills

[edit] Martial arts

Makoto Kyogoku sending various criminals flying from the ground (notice the height).

Makoto is depicted as one of the most powerful teenage martial artists throughout the whole series. In reference to his incredible ability, he is nicknamed the "Prince of Kicks". He has acquired championships in some international Karate tournaments.[3][4] Makoto also had a 400 win streak from matches around the world that was broken only when he skipped a tournament to be introduced to Sonoko's parents and lost by default.[5]

Makoto's extraordinary might is carried over into real life combat against criminals carrying weapons and firearms.[6][7] As a show of his ability, Makoto was surrounded by 11 men armed with BB pistols. Despite wearing a gasmask that limited his field of view, he caught all the BBs they fired and knocked out all 11 men.[8] In another case, his unarmed combat sends a group of gangsters flying in a short period of time.[7] Even his kick alone can break the enemy's sword into two.[9] The people who have suffered from his attacks are usually depicted with severe injuries, such as bleeding or loosing some teeth. Many often pass out or become unable to move.[9]

[edit] Keen Mind

Makoto is shown to have an astute mind due to his extensive training, being able to identify Kaito Kid disguised as Sonoko because of a difference in finger lengths. This is possible because he can take full dimensions of a person he meets in moments. It is a habit of analyzing his opponents physical features with a glance.

[edit] Agility

As a skilled and well-trained martial artist, Makoto is fast and agile. His observational skills and quick reaction time enable him to dodge a bullet[6] and block sword slashes.[7]

[edit] Stamina and pain tolerance

Makoto seems completely immune to pain, dismissing a knife sticking in his arm as nothing too significant.[2]

[edit] Plot overview

[edit] Sonoko's Dangerous Summer Story (Manga: 219-221, Anime: 153-154)

[edit] The Revival of the Dying Message (Manga: 243-245, Anime: 172-173)

Sonoko bought a new handphone just for Makoto.

[edit] The Battle Game Trap (Manga: 271-273, Anime: 226-227)

[edit] Megure's Sealed Secret (Manga: 284-286, Anime: 217-218)

[edit] Murderous Pottery Class (Manga: 305-307, Anime: 228-229)

Makoto mistook Sonoko's handmade clay cup as a flower vase.

[edit] Bloody Valentine (Manga: 331-334, Anime: 266-268)

Makoto was jealous of whom Sonoko was referring to as the one she likes.

[edit] The Trembling Police Headquarters: 12 Million Hostages (Manga: 369-373, Anime: 304)

[edit] The Suspicious Spicy Curry (Manga: 407-409, Anime: 331)

[edit] Sonoko's Red Handkerchief (Manga: 541-543, Anime: 457-458)

Makoto was confused about Sonoko's letter and decided to camp in that forest until the day of the meeting comes.

[edit] The Detective Memoir of Monkey and Rake (Manga: 716-718, Anime: 592)

[edit] White Day of Betrayal (Manga: 725-727, Anime: 608-609)

Makoto won the competition for Sonoko's white day present. Although she was happy at first, at the end of the episode, she was seen asking Makoto whether he was planning to give anything else.

[edit] Deduction Showdown at the Haunted Hotel (Manga: 768-770, Anime: 646-647)

[edit] Tennis Club Meeting (Manga: 825-827, Anime: 705)

Makoto is learning tennis and hopes that he would be able to play with Sonoko someday. Upon seeing his video message, Sonoko immediately brings Ran, Kogoro, Conan and a special coach along to practise with her.

[edit] Jeet Kune Do vs. Karate (Manga: 859-861)

Makoto mistook Sera as a guy flirting with Sonoko and Sonoko did not interrupt their fight as she wanted to see it for herself.

[edit] Twin Bets (Manga: 862-864)

Makoto managed to uncover Kid's disguise as Sonoko. Upon asking him, he blushed shyly and said that it was because Kid's ring finger is longer than his index finger, unlike Sonoko.

[edit] Relationships analysis

[edit] Family & Friends

[edit] Makoto's family

Not much is known about Makoto's family except for that Makoto's father owns the Kawaraya Inn that Conan, Ran, and Sonoko stayed at in Izu. During the summer, Makoto occasionally helps at the hotel and works as a waiter at the Nagisa Sea Shop restaurant located on the nearby beach.[2] In Sonoko's Red Handkerchief Makoto mentions that his younger sister requested that he tape "The Maple Leaves of Winter" for her.[10]

[edit] Sonoko Suzuki

Sonoko originally met Makoto Kyogoku while vacationing, where he was a waiter at a restaurant and worked at his family's inn in his spare time. At first, neither she, Conan, nor Ran recognized him, because he wore glasses to hide his features. After he later protects her from getting killed by a crazed serial killer, Sonoko and Makoto entertain a long distance relationship while Makoto goes to study abroad, which is additionally hampered by the fact that he tends to be a little bashful around her.[2]

Sonoko presenting the chocolate she made to Makoto.

Makoto often saves Sonoko from dangerous peril, like in a snow lodge,[6] and in a forest.[7] Sonoko loves to use some kind of concocted scheme to get Makoto to come to her, usually in some romantic way, to create a romantic and dreamy experience for her.[7] This, however, doesn't always end in success, but he sometimes does stumble through her little schemes.[6][7] He often warns her of the way she is dressed, because he believes that guys will try to come after her because of it.[2][6]

Sonoko gives the chocolate she made to Makoto.

Sonoko often wants to show Makoto that her feelings for him are stronger than he thinks, planning simple ideas to make him feel special. However, these often go in awry, as she either cannot make what she had planned to make, like when she promised to make him a home-made sweater, but had to resort to buying one in a mall,[11] or Makoto has no idea what she gave him is, like when he believed that the pottery she sent him was supposed to be for flowers.[12] Sonoko keeps a photo of Makoto in her bag, and uses it as a good luck charm for when she takes exams.[13] She has also made him a chocolate, trying to make him feel jealous by not saying who it was for, thus forcing him to visit her in a snow lodge to ask her what was going on.[6] When he finds out that indeed, she made him the chocolate, he gets very embarrassed himself.[6]

Although long distance relationships can be hard to be in, and despite her constant flirting with any other attractive boy she stumbles upon, Sonoko has generally stayed faithful to Makoto, other than dreaming of meeting up with the Kaitou Kid, though this is mostly to see him up close more than anything else. Makoto also stays faithful to Sonoko.

[edit] Character popularity

  • In honor of the release of the 800th manga chapter, Shonen Sunday held a popularity poll/contest containing 91 Detective Conan characters to choose from. Makoto placed 18th overall with 67 votes.[14]

[edit] Name origin

Makoto's last name presumably comes from Natsuhiko Kyogoku [1], the author of mystery novels such as Ubume no Natsu and Mōryō no Hako.

[edit] Quotes

[edit] In other languages

Language Given Name Family Name
Flag of Japan Japanese 真 Makoto 京極 Kyogoku
Flag of Catalonia Catalan Makoto Kyogoku
Flag of France French Makoto Kyogoku
Flag of Germany German Makoto Kyogoku
Flag of Vietnam Vietnamese Makoto Kyogoku
Flag of Saudi Arabia Arabic ماكاتو Makato Not given
Flag of Finland Finnish Makoto Kyogoku
Flag of Republic of China Traditional Chinese 真 Zhēn 京極 Jīng Jí
Flag of China Chinese 真 Zhēn 京极 Jīng Jí
Flag of North KoreaFlag of South Korea Korean 경구 Kyung Goo 오 Oh
Flag of Thailand Thai มาโคโตะ เคียวโกขุ

[edit] Trivia

[edit] See also

[edit] References

  1. ^ a b Conan drill page 55 listed 16-18 as the age range
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Episode 153-154: Sonoko's Dangerous Summer Story
  3. ^ Episode 173: "The Revival of the Dying Message"
  4. ^ Episode 609: "White Day of Betrayal"
  5. ^ Manga Volume 82, File 1 (862), pg 2: "Iron Wall"]]
  6. ^ a b c d e f g Episode 266-268: The Truth Behind Valentine's
  7. ^ a b c d e f Episode 457-458: Sonoko's Red Handkerchief
  8. ^ Manga Volume 82, File 1 (862), pg 11: "Iron Wall"]]
  9. ^ a b Volume 52, File 543: "Superman"
  10. ^ Volume 52, File 543 "Superman", page 17: "実はあのドラマ、妹に頼まれてビデオに録っていたんですが…" ("Actually, my sister asked me to record that drama for her.")
  11. ^ Episode 217-218: Megure's Locked Away Secret
  12. ^ Episode 228-229: The Murderous Pottery Class
  13. ^ Episode 304: Trembling Metropolitan Police Headquarters 12 Million Hostages
  14. ^ "Shonen magazine detective conan official poll results published [magazine pic"]. eva. 2012-02-28. http://forum.dctp.ws/index.php?topic=8024.msg651566#msg651566. Retrieved on 2012-02-29. 
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