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This page describes revelations about the Black Organization mostly in the order they occur in the plot. For a fully chronological order of events, please see Timeline.

Due to early episodes of the anime not following Gosho's plots in the manga precisely, details about Gin, Vodka, and the Black Organization were not initially included in several episodes and had to either be included via a different plot-relevant episode[1] or a rerelease of the episode with the plot elements reintroduced.[2] These changes are noted in the appropriate points in the timeline. The anime has come to adhere much more closely to Gosho's plot and art as time goes on, due to the tendency for crucial foreshadowing to be hidden in the details of a single panel months before its significance comes to light.


Timeline of events

History prior to Conan shrinking

  • >50 years ago: The Black Organization’s main research project, of which APTX 4869 will eventually become a part, is initiated.[3]
  • 30 years ago: Atsushi Miyano moved out of his father's house to work for the Black Organization. Atsushi's childhood friend Souhei Degima takes up residence in it.[4]
  • ≈20 years ago: While studying for an acting role, Sharon Vineyard learned disguise techniques from Toichi Kuroba alongside the aspiring young Japanese actress Yukiko Kudo.[5][6]
  • ≈20 years ago: Atsushi Miyano, Elena Miyano, and a 4-5 year old Akemi visited Atsushi Miyano's father's house then occupied by his childhood friend and playmate Souhei Degima.[4]
  • 20 years ago: Vermouth kills Jodie Starling's father.[7]
  • 5 years ago: Shuichi Akai begins infiltrating the Black Organization and begins dating Akemi Miyano.[8]
  • 5 years ago: Shiho Miyano is known to be working for the Black Organization as a scientist at the age of thirteen. She may have started to work even earlier.[9]
  • 4 years ago: Ethan Hondou sacrifices his life to protect his daughter Hidemi Hondou's cover when she makes a mistake.[10]
  • 2 years ago: Shuichi Akai receives the codename Rye, and is called to work under Gin, but is rejected from the Black Organization after Rum in disguise as an old man, which caused Andre Camel exposed Akai's identity as an FBI agent. Rum sent a picture of Akai and Camel to Korn, ordering him to assassinate them once in sight.[11][12]
  • 2 years ago: Tequila shows up at the office of computer graphics designer/games system engineer Itakura Suguru to say he was interested in the particular “system program” Itakura stopped developing one year ago.
  • 1 year ago: In New York City, Vermouth tries to lure out and kill Shuichi Akai while disguised as a serial killer. Her plot fails when Akai shoots her in the stomach. Ran encounters Akai while he was looking for the serial killer. Vermouth later runs into Shinichi and then Ran on a fire escape stairway. While preparing to shoot them, Vermouth slips off and is saved from falling to her death by the two teens.
  • 1 year ago: Suguru Itakura is given a forced one year deadline to finish the program Tequila was interested in one year ago.
  • <1 year ago: Sharon Vineyard "died" and Chris Vineyard came out in public (not counting movies and private interviews given to reporters) for the first time at her funeral.

Current timeline

Shinichi is given APTX 4869 after being caught eavesdropping.

Gin, Vodka, and the Shrinking of Shinichi Kudo (Manga: 1, Anime: 1)

Gin and Vodka arrive at Tropical Land for a blackmail deal. When they ride the roller coaster to confirm that their mark arrived alone, they get caught up as suspects in a murder case that Shinichi Kudo solves. Shinichi follows Vodka to the blackmail transaction, where a businessman pays a briefcase full of money in exchange for photographic evidence of his involvement in weapons smuggling. Gin sees Shinichi eavesdropping and knocks him out with a metal pipe; due to the police and public presence, rather than shoot Shinichi they feed him the Black Organization's new experimental poison, APTX 4869. Leaving him for dead, they are unaware that the poison has transformed sixteen-year-old Shinichi to six-year-old Conan Edogawa, who swears to expose them and their crimes.

Akemi Miyano's Robbery (Manga: 13-16, Anime: 128)

Gin confronting Akemi Miyano.

Manga version

In order to free both her sister and herself from the Black Organization, Akemi Miyano accepts the mission to rob one billion yen from a bank. To increase the chances of her sucess, she hires a driver and a giant-like man as assistants. However, the driver, Kenzo Hirota, disappears with the cash after the robbery, forcing Akemi to search for him. She hires Kogoro under the alias "Masami Hirota", supposedly Kenzo's teenage daughter. Kogoro luckily manages to find Kenzo for Akemi; after she is left alone with Kenzo, she and their third partner kill Kenzo and stage his death as a suicide hanging after taking the money.

Gin gives Akemi some "sleeping pills" with the instructions to dose the drink of her remaining partner; when she does, she discovers too late that they were poison. Recognizing the cutthroat duplicity, she leaves the one billion yen in suitcases at the front desk of the hotel where the giant-like man died and takes empty cases to go meet Gin and Vodka. She leaves the hotel just as Conan arrives with Kogoro and Inspector Megure, having been tracking her since the death of Kenzo. At the meeting place amidst shipping crates, Gin demands the money, but Akemi refuses until they release her sister as agreed. Gin informs her that her sister is far too valuable to the organization to ever let go, and the robbery was a trick to get rid of Akemi rather than let her leave with knowledge of the organization. Conan arrives at the meeting location just in time to find Akemi alone, bleeding out from a gunshot wound. Akemi tells Conan that the Black Organization was the true mastermind behind the robbery; that they like to dress in black to resemble crows, but she knows little else from having been kept at the edges. Rather than let them have the money, she asks Conan to retrieve the one billion yen from the hotel before the Organization can get their hands on it. Conan is helpless to do anything but watch her die, and the police rule her death as a suicide because only her fingerprints are found on the gun that killed her. Conan privately reaffirms his grim determination to expose the Black Organization for all their crimes.

Conan talks to a dying Akemi.

Anime version

Even though Akemi Miyano/Masami Hirota was introduced much earlier into the anime series in episode 13, the case had all mention of the men in black edited out. In order to fix the gaping plothole, the animators reintroduced her with a remix of the original case that included the Black Organization elements episode 128, while her previous appearance is ignored.

In episode 128, Akemi Miyano, works as a bank teller under the alias "Masami Hirota" to prepare for the upcoming robbery. With the assistance of Shirou Kaizuka (a racecar driver) and Kishi (one of the bank guards), Akemi steals one billion yen from a transport van. However, soon after the Black Organization murders Akemi’s two accomplices and a lipstick-smeared facemask is left at the crime scene in order to frame Akemi as the third robber (which she is), who killed her partners to keep all the money herself (which she didn't). Akemi manages to meet with Gin and Vodka anyway and demands the release her sister and herself from the Organization, as promised, before she gives them the one billion yen. However, she is betrayed and killed by Gin. Vodka finds the key of the locker where Akemi hid the money inside her pocket and they leave the scene, without knowing that it’s only a fake. By the time Conan finds out Akemi's location, it is already too late. It is in this moment that Conan learns about the Black Organization being the true mastermind behind the robbery. In her last words, Akemi gives Conan the real key and asks him to find the stolen money before Gin and Vodka do. Her death is concluded to be a suicide by the police, because only her fingerprints are found on the gun that killed her.

Conan encounters Gin and Vodka.

The Bullet Train Bomb (Manga: 33, Anime: 5)

The anime episode with this plot was reworked so that the two "men in black" are simply lookalikes of Gin and Vodka, not the men themselves. As a result, this section summarizes only the manga events.

Gin and Vodka board a bullet train to complete a transaction: selling information about gold for 400 million yen. They arrange the meeting place to be a dining car on the second floor of the bullet train. On the way to their seats, Gin and Vodka coincidentally encounter Conan. However, neither of them recognize that he is actually Shinichi Kudo, because they are unaware of the rare shrinking effect of APTX 4869. Vodka simply orders Conan to get out of the way and they take their seats, which are very near the Mouris', without paying further attention to him. When Gin and Vodka go to make the transaction, Conan plants an eavesdropping bug in the seat ashtray. Once they return, he overhears them discussing how the black briefcase they exchanged for 400 million yen has no information about gold, but is a bomb their client is sure to set off without meaning to at a specific time. Conan also learns their codenames at this time. They leave the train at Nagoya station, before the explosion is set to occur when the client dials a specific phone number as instructed to learn how to open the case; the number is actually the bomb activator. It is unknown if Gin, Vodka, or the Organization know that Conan was the one who found the bomb and kicked it off the train just before it exploded.

Tequila appears at the Mantendo Convention.

Tequila at the Mantendo Convention (Manga: 114-116, Anime: 54)

At the Mantendo Convention, Conan encounters the man code-named Tequila. Tequila appears at the Mantendo Corporation convention to buy a list of the best programmers in the world from one of the company employees, Hideaki Nakajima.[13] The exchange occurs by the two men bumping into each other in the hallway and exchanging claim tickets for the convention hall's coat-check area. Tequila uses the claim ticket to obtain Hideaki's company briefcase; however, both men are unaware that Hideaki's ticket was previously switched with that of his co-worker with the intention of killing him via a briefcase-bomb. When Tequila opens the briefcase, the explosion kills him.

Later, when Conan-a-Kogoro solves the case and orders Hideaki to reveal where he met with Tequila, Hideaki confesses that they met at the bar Le Cocktail in the "Black Building" in Beika. However, although Conan rushes to the building as soon as he learns of it, just before he can reach the bar it is destroyed in an explosion of such degree not a scrap of evidence remains.

Ai Haibara, AKA Sherry (Manga: 176-181, Anime: 129)

Shiho swallows the APTX 4869.

Shiho Miyano already resented the Black Organization for dictating her life and then taking the incomplete APTX 4869 to use as a poison. When she learns that her sister was killed after getting more involved in the Organization for Shiho's sake, Shiho boycotts her research until she receives an explanation for why Akemi died. The Organization will not, and since her refusal to work and her knowledge of the Organization makes her a liability, decides to execute her unless she relents. Handcuffed inside a gas chamber, she takes a dose of APTX 4869 to die on her own terms. To her surprise, she also shrinks into a child, which frees her from the handcuffs and lets her escape through a ventilation pipe in the room.[14] She attempts to reach Shinichi Kudo's house, as she already suspected his identity as Conan Edogawa after discovering that between two separate sweeps in his house by her team to confirm whether Shinichi was dead by the poison, the grade-schooler clothes in Shinichi's house disappeared. Shiho had noted a single mouse in all her research that shrank instead of died, and during a lunch date after the billion yen robbery, Akemi described Conan as a miniature adult living with Shinichi's childhood friend.

Strain causes Shiho to collapse outside of Agasa's house, who takes her in and agrees to become her guardian. Shiho chooses the alias "Ai Haibara" to hide her identity and joins Conan's class at Teitan Elementary. At school, the Detective Boys befriend her before a classmate asks them to find his missing brother. During that case, a witness mentions a woman dressed completely in black. Conan accidentally lets slip aloud that he is after her because she might be connected to the men in black who shrunk him; the Detective Boys are understandably confused at the comment, but he dismisses it and heads off alone to investigate. The Detective Boys follow him with Haibara help, and together they foil the operation and the police arrest the counterfeiters. Despite the woman's clothes, she knows nothing about the Organization. Elsewhere, Gin speaks on the phone with an unknown party about a missing person who must be alive because no body has found; Gin wants him dead or alive.

Haibara cries on Conan after asking why he hadn't saved her sister.

Conan walks Haibara home, as she lives at 2-22 Beika, in Conan's neighborhood. On the way home, to Conan's utter shock and horror, Haibara reveals her identity as Sherry, the creator of the APTX 4869 poison. Informing him that she marked his status as deceased in the Organization, and that she had never intended to create a poison, does little to diminish his anger. Agasa mentions that as the creator, she might be able to create an antidote; however, Haibara cannot remember all the data, and the research facility was already demolished by the Organization in an explosion to cover their tracks. She mentions that if the drug continues to be used as a poison, the odds are high that someone else will shrink and the Organization will realize the possible effect, and if she is discovered Conan's cover will also be blown. She also remembers that she sent a floppy disk with drug and organization data to Akemi by accident, years ago, and they might be able to find the find the disk in the possession of Akemi's old professor, Masami Hirota. Conan finds the name familiar, but can't remember why. Learning that they are friends of Akemi, Masami invites them to come retrieve the disks, but in the three hours it take to reach his house, the professor is murdered and all computer data and disks stolen. Investigating the scene, Conan and Haibara speculate the Organization would have had record of Shiho's actions, but they recognize Vodka's disguised voice on the answering machine and both know that the message would have been erased if the Organization had been the culprits. The Organization could not have obtained the floppy; Conan defies Haibara's expectations and proves the "accidental death" is a murder. To Conan's surprise, Haibara's response is to break down in tears and demand why he couldn't be clever enough to save her sister's life—Akemi Miyano used her professor's name as her alias to hire Kogoro.

A week later, the disk is released from police evidence and Haibara tries to access it from Agasa's computer. However, it has been protected with the Night Baron virus, which deletes all the data whenever the disk is accessed from a computer that does not belong to the Organization. Another brief scene with Gin and Vodka reveal that Hirota was the man they wanted dead or alive, and they are determined to find Sherry and whoever may have helped her escape.

Osaka Serial Killer Case (Manga: 185-188, Anime: 118)

During a visit to Osaka, Conan and Heiji get caught up in a serial killer case. The dead and the suspects all attended the same driving school, along with infamous serial killer Ki'ichiro Numabuchi, who escaped from prison not long before. Conan ends up with Officer Ootaki, tracking down Numabuchi on Mt. Minoo outside Osaka. The police arrest Numabuchi but he attempts to escape and stabs Conan in the process; only the protection charm Heiji lent Conan saves Conan's life. It turns out Numabuchi was involved in the accidental death of the father of the man behind this set of serial killings, and was intended to be the scapegoat because he already killed several others.

Pisco, Vermouth, and the return of Shiho Miyano (Manga: 238-242, Anime: 176-178)

Haibara dreams of Gin discovering her identity, and plans to leave before the Detective Boys can be put in danger through association with her. She recognizes Gin's rare porsche in the Beika neighborhood and cannot stop Conan from planting a bug in the car. The overhear a plan for a murder at a wake at the Haido City hotel, but Gin also finds an auburn hair he recognizes as Shiho's, and stakes out the hotel to catch her, assuming she'll try to interfere. Haibara tries to stop Conan, but follows when she cannot change his mind. Pisco recognizes her childhood form and on Gin's order, kidnaps her from the wake after he murders the target. Conan tries to find the murderer as well as Haibara, forcing Pisco to require the help of Vermouth to escape police scrutiny.

Shiho shot by Gin.

While they are being questioned, Haibara investigates Pisco's computer in the wine cellar and then drinks baijiu on Conan's orders. She grows back into Shiho to escape up the fireplace chimney onto the snow-covered roof. However, Gin and Vodka intercept her on the roof; Gin shoots her several times as torture to make her answer how she escaped the gas chamber. When she refuses, Gin is about to kill her when Conan shoots Gin with the tranquilizer needle and orders Shiho via th voice-changing bowtie to escape back down the chimney. Gin shoots himself in the arm to stay awake, while Vodka tries unsuccessfully to shoot Conan, letting Shiho escape successfully just before she reverts to Haibara. Pisco is waiting for her in the wine cellar and praises her success with continuing her dead parents' research, but he is still under orders to kill her. Conan again comes to the rescue, tricking Pisco into accidentally starting a fire. Conan escapes with Haibara in the smoke and Gin arrives through the chimney and executes Pisco for getting caught on camera before Pisco can tell Gin the truth about Shiho. Haibara plans to leave the city, worried the Organization will find her, but Conan convinces her that staying put is the best thing to do exactly because Gin expects her to run and will never look for her in Beika again. Haibara also says that the disk with Organization data was lost in the fire, though this is later shown to be a lie Conan is unaware of.[15] Gin and Vodka also escape the police along with Vermouth, who now intends to stay for a while in Japan. Gin also wants to find the "man" on the roof who helped Shiho escape.

The Desperate Revival (Manga: 251-260, Anime: 188-193)

Vermouth takes the place of Tomoaki Araide, the doctor at Teitan elementary and high school.[16] Soon afterwards, the FBI who had followed Vermouth from America raid Araide’s office and see pictures of Conan, Ran, and Shiho tacked to her dartboard.[17] Vermouth works undercover to undermine the FBI and learn more about Conan, Haibara and their friends and family. As Araide, she witnesses Shinichi Kudo perform in a school play and solve the murder.[18]

Vermouth disguised as Dr. Araide protects Conan on the hijacked bus.

Busjacking and Akai's introduction (Manga: 287-289, Anime: 230-231)

At a bar after completing an assassination, Gin and Vodka are approached by Vermouth in a barman's disguise. Vodka is fooled, but Gin knows her instantly and is unamused. He asks if she found what she was looking for in Japan yet, but Vermouth plays coy about her goal and flirts with Gin instead. Elsewhere, Conan, Haibara and the detective boys are on a bus to go skiing. Conan and Haibara quietly discuss the Organization and Haibara reveals that she can recognize the presence of one of them by a distinctive "smell" only Organization members emit. She explains that she couldn't identify Pisco at the wake because she wasn't sure—he was overshadowed by someone with a stronger scent and evil aura. Almost immediately, Ai reacts to the sudden presence of a member on the bus just before Araide and Jodie, and an evil-eyed man in a dark ski cap all board the bus. When a busjacking occurs, Vermouth as Araide protects Conan from the busjackers. Ai is certain Vermouth, whose presence she recognizes, is on the bus, but she does not tell Conan. Vermouth observes how Conan foils the busjackers and orders him to treat a wounded arm before letting the police question him about the case. The same day, Vermouth also steals the police department's records of all the cases in Tokyo that included the involvement of Kogoro Mouri. Once she has the necessary information to testify as Araide in the trial for his father's death, and has successfully baited out the FBI to surveil Kogoro's apartment, she returns the files.[19]

Mermaid's Curse Case (Manga: 281, Anime: 222-224)

Prior to her defection, Shiho visits Mermaid Island, famous for the legendary life-extended mermaid flesh. The visit was likely part of her research for APTX 4869.

Sato's Marriage Arrangement (Manga: 328-330, Anime: 253-254)

As Araide, Vermouth helps Ran and Conan interrupt Shiratori's would be engagement to Miwako Sato. She witnesses Conan use the Voice-Changing Bowtie to impersonate Wataru Takagi, and comes up with a story when Conan can't think fast enough.

Time To Pick The Apple (Manga: 340, Anime: 272)

Vermouth's pictures of Conan, Ran, and Shiho

Following the Battle Game Trap case with Jodie, Vermouth is seen writing a somewhat teasing letter to Gin, asking if he believes in heaven. She also throws a dart at the picture of Shiho tacked onto her dartboard. Conan and Ran are on the dartboard as well, with the captions "Cool Guy" and "Angel", respectively. This is the first time the readers see these pictures, but it is heavily implied that Jodie and the FBI already know of them.[17]

Ran saved Vermouth (who was disguising as a serial killer) back in New York

Vermouth in New York City (Manga: 350-354, Anime: 286-288)

In a flashback to one year ago, high school first-years Shinichi and Ran meet Vermouth under her original name of Sharon Vineyard, Yukiko's old friend and fellow actress. Sharon gets Yukiko out of a speeding ticket by impersonating a police captain. Shinichi is shocked that Sharon's disguise was so flawless; Sharon and Yukiko both learned disguise from a famous Japanese magician, but Sharon was always the better at it. By this time, Sharon has already established her secondary identity as her own estranged daughter, Chris Vineyard, for possibly as long as ten years. Sharon has had a bitter life but takes a shine to Ran, though she seems to sense ahead of time that when Ran saves the life of an actress, something bad would happen, but leaves rather than try to prevent it. While Shinichi solves his second solo murder, Sharon goes out in disguise as an older male serial killer, though the reasons for her assignment remain unknown. On the way back to the hotel, Shinichi and Ran encounter Vermouth as the serial killer, wounded by an earlier firefight with the FBI. Vermouth nearly shoots Ran but the railing Vermouth was leaning against unexpectedly crumbles. Ran, with Shinichi's help, saves Vermouth from falling to her death. Vermouth demands to know why Shinichi would have done such a thing, and Shinichi counters that unlike murdering, no reason is needed to save a life. Ran faints, and Shinichi lets Vermouth go in order to get Ran home safely, confident that Vermouth wouldn't shoot them because it would summon the FBI she wouldn't be able to escape with her injuries. However, he promises that eventually he will put Vermouth in jail. Vermouth creates a fake suicide scene for the serial killer, though she makes Shinichi suspicious with the lack of blood and fingerprints at the death scene, but with no leads the police cannot pursue her and she presumably moves on to another assignment.[20]

The Haunted House Mystery (Manga: 355, Anime: 274)

While still recovering from the fever that restored her memories of New York, Ran receives a check-up from Vermouth in her Araide disguise. At this point, Vermouth still needs to give testimony at court about the Araide family murder case but she has already obtained and returned the case files. Vermouth is having some difficulty keeping in character; one of her patients says that Dr. Araide has been acting like a stranger. Also, Vermouth claims to have sent Araide's grandmother and housekeeper Hikaru ahead to Aomori, which is strange because it was established in Files 235-236 that Araide didn't trust them (especially the maid) to take care of themselves.

Ki'ichiro Numabuchi's profile was sent to the drug development division so Shiho could test the APTX4869 on him.

Numabuchi and Mitsuhiko (Manga: 358-360, Anime: 289-290)

Ki'ichiro Numabuchi was a murderer who was sought by the Black Organization to become one of their assassins, but his mental instability soon exempted him from that career. Instead, he was to become a human guinea pig for the new APTX 4869 poison, under the supervision of Shiho Miyano. However, while Shiho had been given his file for research, she didn't get to meet Numabuchi personally; knowing about his impending fate, he escaped the Black Organization. During his flight, he panickedly murdered several people he suspected of being Black Organization pursuers.[21]

Several months after his re-arrest in Osaka, Numabuchi is escorted into a forest in Gunma after having claimed that the body of a fourth victim was buried there. In truth, he intends to pay a last visit to his childhood friends, the fireflies living in the forest, before his execution. He escapes from Misao Yamamura in the forest and Haibara becomes highly unnerved that she fails to sense him while they look for Mitsuhiko, who was attempting to collect some fireflies as a surprise for Haibara and Ayumi. Numabuchi encounters Mitsuhiko with a captured firefly, but rather than hurt him, Numabuchi carries him to the search parties and does not resist being arrested on.[22]

Footsteps of Darkness (Manga: 377-383, Anime: 309-311)

Two years ago, Suguru Itakura was coerced via a year of stalking to finish a computer program of unknown purpose for the Black Organization. Itakura's phone contact was Vermouth,[23] who told him

We can be both of God and the devil, since we're trying to raise the dead against the stream of time.

— Vermouth's reply to Itakura's demand of who she thinks she is.

For the "sake of the world", Itakura planned to deliver the program unfinished and flee the country. Conan manages to fool Vodka into arranging a meet at an unfinished train station; however, Gin realizes it is a set up. He nearly catches Conan hiding in the lockers, but leaves and takes the disk with him. Conan couldn't crack the password protection on the disk, so he couldn't find out more about the Organization, while Gin knows that someone is trying to investigate them.

Four Porsches (Manga: 420-422, Anime 338-339)

Haibara is sick. Conan says that Dr. Araide (Vermouth) didn't pick up, so they go to a different clinic located near a shopping center where they can wait for the appointment time. Conan ends up surprise-interviewed outside a café famous for its porridge, which causes Akai to head there under the assumption Haibara will be there as well. Akai overhears Agasa call Araide, since he can't get to the other clinic due to the case. Jodie gives Agasa, Araide and Haibara a ride to Agasa's house, where Vermouth treats Haibara. While there, Vermouth bugs Agasa’a house. Later, Vermouth is seen in her office with the dart board pouring herself a drink. She takes Sherry's picture off the dartboard, says she's coming for Sherry, and burns it.

Hidden Bathroom Secret (Manga: 423-425, Anime: 340-341)

Through her bugs in Agasa's house, Vermouth overhears Agasa tell Conan about a possible line of information through an old friend of Haibara's father. Professor Miyano rented out his childhood home to his old friend. Twenty years ago, he visited with Elena and Akemi to speak with his friend, but never had the chance to and then never returned. Akemi returned once more a few days before she died and hid something in the bathroom of the house. The Organization broke into the house twice—once to plant a bug to see if Akemi hid anything or returned, and again to remove the bug after it was determined none of the inhabitants knew about anything hidden. After solving the murder, Conan found what Akemi hid and turns it over to Haibara. They are cassette tapes recorded by Elena Miyano for Shiho, labeled for each of her childhood birthdays. Anticipating she would die soon, Elena left the tapes as a legacy for Shiho, but Akemi never had the chance to give them to Shiho.

Elsewhere, Vermouth calls Calvados and discusses killing 'her': either Shiho or Jodie.

Showdown with Vermouth and the FBI (Manga: 429-434, Anime: 345)

Vermouth reveals her existence to Conan and knowledge of his identity by sending an invitation to a costume party addressed to both Conan and Shinichi. The same invitation is sent to Kogoro. At the party itself, Vodka attends and is shocked to learn that "Shinichi Kudo" is supposedly alive and present to solve the murder mystery. However, the true identity of Shinichi is actually Heiji acting to mislead Vermouth, so Shinichi's survival is not confirmed to the bulk of the Organization.

Vermouth removes the disguise of Dr. Araide.

Over the course of events, Vermouth is revealed to be Dr. Araide, Chris Vineyard, Sharon Vineyard, the murderer of Jodie's FBI-agent father 20 years ago, and the silver-haired serial killer in New York. Vermouth intended to lure out and assassinate Sherry with the help of Calvados, but the combined efforts of Conan, Jodie, Akai, and even Ran foil the attempt, despite Haibara's initial intention to die to protect the people in her life she cares about. Ran, who hid in Jodie's car to arrive at the confrontation, turns herself into a shield for Haibara before anyone can shoot her. Vermouth flashes back to New York, and Ran saving her life despite thinking she was the serial killer, and cannot bring herself to shoot her "angel". Calvados is neutralized by Akai, but Vermouth escapes with Conan. After contacting the boss, who order her "back to his side", she discovers that Conan recorded the sounds of her phone dialing, and he orders her to take him to the boss or he'll deduce the address himself from the phone number. She acknowledges Conan's skill and says she'll stop pursuing Sherry, but then fills the car with sleeping gas to create a "duel" between them. Vermouth wakes up first, but rather than killing Conan as he expects, she merely destroyed the recorder and escapes to a roadside phone booth where she calls Gin and Vodka to pick her up. Gin asks if she recognizes the name Shinichi Kudo; even as she recalls the memory of Shinichi in New York after they saved her life, she denies knowing him.

Shuichi Akai is considered by many people in the Organization, including the boss (but not Gin), to be a "silver bullet" who could destroy the Organization. Vermouth thinks Shinichi is a silver bullet himself, but she deliberately leaves him alive. She has no qualms with trying to kill Akai, since she believes that only one silver bullet is necessary, but this implies that Vermouth may wish to see the Organization ended.

Boss's phone number

In Episode 394, Conan figures out the boss' number, but Haibara warns him not to call it because it is "Pandora's Box", Conan then thinks he can get Detective Takagi to figure out who the number belongs to. But then Haibara warns if he does, Detective Takagi will be killed.

Assassination plot with Chianti, Korn, and Kir (Manga: 499-504, Anime: 425)

Black Organization´s members.

In episode 425, the Black Organization introduces three new members, Chianti, Kir, and Korn, who first make their introduction in the 16th Opening episodes before their actual appearance in the series. Episode 425 is also the first to show the most Black Organization members in one episode. Chianti and Korn are introduced in the very beginning of episode 425 as highly trained assassins that Gin recruits after seeing their sniping skills. Kir is first introduced to Conan and the others as a news reporter (Rena Mizunashi) and a friend of Yoko Okino's, however, she is revealed as a member of the black corps later on. After encountering FBI during her mission, Kir tries to flee, but gets knocked unconscious and crashes, resulting in her getting taken by the FBI agents. In the manga, Heiji Hattori mentions she has been seen in Osaka before.

The Shadow of the Black Organization (Manga: , Anime: 462-465)

In episodes 462-465, the Black Organization reveals some information about Kir and Eisuke's father. Eisuke appears to be linked to the Black Organization, as Conan notices similarities between him and Kir, and he also appears to be gaining info on the secret behind Kogoro's cases. In addition, Vermouth is revealed to be linked to another murder case. In the following episode 466, Conan tells Haibara and Agasa that the boy involved in the previous case told a mysterious man (unknown, but sometimes thought to be Rikumichi Kusuda, as they have the same outer appearance, though, his face is shadowed) that he had seen Kir before.

Whereabouts of the Black Photograph (Manga: , Anime: 484-485)

In episodes 484-485, Conan investigates more on Eisuke and belief that he and his father may have a possible link to Rena Mizunashi and the Black Organization. This later leads to further investigations in episode 491-494 with a possibility that Eisuke and Rena are related when they watch a video tape from years ago.

The Clash of Red and Black (Manga: 595-609, Anime: 491-504)

Bourbon, Subaru Okiya, and Scar Akai

Jodie calls Conan and tells him that Rena Mizunashi reported a new member of the Black Organization, Bourbon, is looking for Sherry. As Conan and Haibara investigate a normal case, Haibara feels that an organization member is around. The organization member which she felt is implied to be one of the innocent suspects, Subaru Okiya. Conan invites Okiya to live in the Kudo's house since Okiya's apartment was burnt. Okiya appears in other cases later on.

Ambush for Scar Akai (Manga: 700-704, Anime: 578-581)

Masumi Sera and Tooru Amuro

ANIME 646-647

Bourbon and Vermouth aboard the Mystery Train (Manga: 818-824, Anime: 701-704)

In chapter 823, Bourbon is confirmed to be Tooru Amuro and Okiya to be Shuichi Akai.

Bourbon Returns

Contrary to Conan's expectations, Bourbon has decided to stay nearby because he has become interested in Conan Edogawa and Sleeping Kogoro.

Akai's Return and Bourbon's True Identity (Manga: 893-898, Anime 779-783)

-Akai faked his death with Conan and Hidemi's help, using small blood detonators,blank cartridges and switching place with Rikumichi Kusuda's body.

-Subaru Okiya is confirmed to be Akai in disguise thanks to Yukiko's disguise skills and Agasa's Voice-Changing Choker which can be used in the neck to change the voice.

-The Subaru Okiya that Bourbon confronted is revealed to be Yusaku in disguise to throw suspicions away from Akai.

-Amuro's real name is Rei Furuya. He is a member of the National Police Agency infiltrating the Black Organization, the men who chased Jodie and Camel are members of the same agency.

-Rei's hatred towards Akai results from a certain man whom Akai regrets what happened to him.

-Kir sends an email to Akai, informing him of a new member of the organization in the move. His codename is Rum. He appears to be close to the boss. Akai even warns his FBI colleagues that he is more terrifying than Gin.


The 3 Descriptions of Rum (Manga: File 906-908 ; Anime: 792-793)

Conan visualizes 3 different descriptions of Rum with an artificial eye.

Conan asks Haibara about Rum, she told him that she knew he is the Organization number 2, and she heard he has 3 different descriptions; a huge built man, a feminine looking man and an elder man. At the end of the case, she remebered that Rum lost his eye in an accident and one of his eyes is artificial.

Hyoue Kuroda

Kuroda, formerly Nagano Police First Division Chief, is the 1st suspect of Rum's identity, as he possesses a huge built and white hair that makes him look older, on top of that, lost his right eye during an accident 10 years before the current timeline. He is aware how good Conan is as a detective calling him "Sleeping Kogoro's bag of wisdom". He was transferred to Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department to replace Kiyonaga Matsumoto, becoming First Division Managing Officer of Tokyo Police. Haibara tells Conan she didn't sense the Organization's aura from him, and that if he was Rum he would recognised her as Shiho Miyano, yet nothing had happened yet.

Kohji Haneda's Murder Case from 17 years Ago (Manga: 948-950, Anime: 861-862)

Kohji Haneda, was killed 17 years ago throygh unknown means while he was in America to participate in a chess tournament. For some reasons, his name is among the victims who were killed by APTX 4869. At the same time, a famous America investor Amanda Hughes was killed in her hotel room and her own bodyguard Asaka is missing. Asaka is believed to be the murder of Amanda and Kohji. The only clue left in the crime scene , is some shattered mirror glaces containing the letters P,T,O and N which belongs the compagny "PUT ON MASCARA".After the end of the case, Subaru and Conan manage to discover's Kohji's dying message, substracting p,t,o and n from PUT ON MASCARA. What remains is U MASCARA, the letters can be rearranged to decipher the dying messga which is ASACA RUM, meaning Rum was the mastermind of this incident.

Soul Detective Murder Case (Manga: 951-953, Anime: 863-864)

Conan suspects that the missing bodyguard from Kohji Haneda's case Asaka is Rum, however since it is not known whether it is a name or a surname, Asaka's gender can't be determined. Meanwhile, Kogoro was invited by the soul detective Gaito Hotta in his show so he could solve Kohji case by summoning the latter's spirit. However, he was murdered in his own hotel room before meeting Kogoro. The only information that Hotta has is that he heard that Asaka was holding a small mirror believing that Asaka is a woman, and was going to pretend that he summoned Kohji's spirit saying i'm about to be killed by a woman. After the end of the case, Gin and Vodka discuss about the case, Gin comments that the case case was a job that Rum has screwed up. Gin is more intrigued about Kogoro who got involved in the case, sticking his nose into the Organizations's matters. Gin immediately suggests the detective to be finished off before he becomes more dangerous.

A Song named ASACA (Manga: 954-957, Anime: 866-867)

Rokumichi Hado, a famous Rock musician, who took a hiatus 17 years ago, has released a new song called "ASACA". Seeing that the title ressembles the dying message of Kohji Haneda's case, Bourbon and Vermouth were tasked of investigating the contents of the song. However, Hado commited suicide for personal reasons. By the end of the case, the title of the song turned out to be a mere coincidence and unlrelated to the Black Organization. It seems that the Organization is aware of Kohji's dying message and is paranoid about it.

Rumi Wakasa and Kanenori Wakita

Rumi Wakasa, a woman whose name bears a similiar ressemblence to Khoji's dying message (ASACA RUM), has become the Deputy Homeroom Teacher of Conan's class. She appears to be clumsy and incapable teacher. However, out of sight of the others, she appears to a be a skilled fighter with an intimidating look. She is also intelligent, as she helped Conan solve cases, using her clumsiness to give him hints. She appears to be interested in Conan, as the latter noticed her suspicious actions that led him involved into various cases. During the Burning tent murder case, she reacted when one of the suspects mentioned a prostethic eye, and was shocked when she saw the superintendent; Hyoue Kuroda. During the case, Haibara and Conan noticed that Rumi can't see through her right eye, making her a suspect of Rum's true identity. At the end of the case, Conan notices that Rumi is carrying an object that has the shape of a shogi piece in her backpocket.

Kanenori Wakita is a sushi chief at Beika Iroha Sushi next to Mouri Detective Agency. He is the 3rd suspect of Rum's identity, due to his huge build, being middle-aged and also due to having an eyepatch that covers his injured left eye. Conan, worried about Rum, wants to know what happened to Wakita's eye. Wakita offers, "Horrible stuff, that was! Wanna see?" which is immediately rejected by Conan, Ran and Kogoro Mouri. He is a fan of mysteries, and also appears to have deductive skills, as Wakita correctly guesses which horse Kogoro must have bet on to cause him to visit Beika Iroha Sushi and order the highest quality servings. He also cleverly and decisively comes up with excuses to keep all the suspects from leaving the sushi bar when they try to leave to avoid being accused. After Conan solved the pickpocket case as Sleeping Kogoro, Wakita requests to be Kogoro's disciple, in exchange for cheap sushi, which Kogoro accepts.

The Shadow Approaching Shinichi Kudo and the True Identity of the Boss

Kyoto School Trip Case (Manga: 1005, Anime: 928)

In this case, Conan turns into Shinichi Kudo, and solves a double murder case along with Heiji Hattori and Masumi Sera. After the case is solved, the public began discussing the case with one of them mentioning Shinichi among the detectives who solved the case in a tweet. The news of Shinichi being involved became a huge uproar in the media. Meanwhile, Kuroda and Wakita are seen reading an article that mentions the involvement of Shinichi in the case, while Rumi, whose body is scarred, is checking the APTX victims list on her laptop, where Shinichi and Kohji Haneda's name are highlighted.

Missing Maria Higashio Case (Manga: 1006-1008, Anime: 941-942)

Renya Karasuma, the Boss of the Organization.

Yusaku Kudo and Yukiko Kudo managed to convince the fan to withdraw her claim of seeing Shinichi, in an exchange for an autograph. The fan managed to do so by telling the media in a new tweet that the Shinichi Kudo she saw was nothing but an illusion. Heiji Hattori also calmed the media down claiming the one thay saw is Soshi Okita who ressembles Shinichi. However, the Black Organization quickly saw through the deception, as Rum sends an email to Bourbon, asking him to gather information about Shinichi, telling him to hurry up as "Time is Money", which the latter agrees. At the end of the case, Yusaku told Conan that he discussed with Subaru about Kohji Haneda's case, and both came into concusion that ASACA and Rum aren't two words, but one word instead which is "CARASUMA". Yusaku quickly recognised this name as Renya Karasuma, the most millionaire in Japan who is supposed to be dead a long time ago. Yusaku and Yukiko decided to stay in Japan to think of a plan. From now on, they're in a do-or-die situation. Just what Conan wanted.

We finally reached the identity of the Boss of the Organization. All for the sake of returning to his original form.

Infiltrates the Kudo Resisdence (Manga: 1012, Anime: 954)

Bourbon infiltrates the Kudo house to search the information about Shinichi.

Rum's Personality (Manga: 1029, Anime: 1004)

Conan asks Bourbon if he knows Rum. Bourbon refuses to answer, but describes Rum as being "exceedingly impatient".

Vermouth in London (Manga: 1048-1049, Anime: 1045-1046)

During the timeline of Holmes' Revelation, Vermouth disguise as Tsutomu Akai to lure out and murder his wife, Mary Akai for the infiltration of MI6. As her disguise was quickly exposed, she decided to poison her with APTX 4869, which is created by her sister, Elena Miyano. However, she could only watch Mary jumps into the river and leave directly, without confirming her status.

Investigate Yusaku Kudo (Manga: 1060, Anime: 1072)

Rum order Vermouth to investigate Yusaku Kudo as a threat to the organization. But Yusaku tricked them. So Vermouth comments that the investigate was a let down so she didn't kill him, but she can do it any time if it need to be.

Eliminating FBI (Manga: 1061-1066, Anime: 1077-1079)

The Black Organization hack the FBI Communication code and killed several FBI members. When the FBI decide to planted a fake code, Rum was able to detect it and able to counter trap and attacked one of the FBI members, Andre Camel instead. They decide to find Camel due to Korn remembers he has seen Camel before. However, they were fooled into thinking to have successfully eliminated Camel. After that, Korn remembers Camel is the photo from Rum send to him 2 years ago when Rye's allegiance to the FBI was exposed, Rum send a picture of Akai and Camel to Korn, ordering him to assassinate the FBI agents once in sight. Rum then puts on his disguise as Kanenori Wakita and drops off at Iroha Sushi.

Hunting Asaka (Manga: 1103-1109, Anime: TBD)

See also


  1. ^ Gin and Vodka's names are revealed in the manga in Volume 4, File 33, Page 11, on the train; in the anime, the train-bomb is perpetrated by unnamed lookalikes.
  2. ^ Episode 128 is a remix of Episode 13, with the Black Organization elements returned.
  3. ^ Volume 19, File 189, Page 6: The Endangered Ball; Episode 130-131: The Stadium Indiscriminate Threatening Case
  4. ^ a b Volume 41, File 423: "A Mystery Left by a Visitor"
  5. ^ Volume 34, File 350, Page 17: "Golden Apple 1"
  6. ^ Yukiko started her career while in high-school. Yukiko is 37 currently so the time frame while Yukiko was studying as a beginning actress is approximately 20 years ago when Yukiko was 17 or 18.
  7. ^ Volume 42, File 433, Page 8: "The Truth Behind the Mask"
  8. ^ Volume 58, File 599: "Akai's Past"
  9. ^ Akai started infiltrating the Org five years ago. He did so by becoming Akemi’s girlfriend in order to get close to Shiho and use her influence to get in. (Volume 58, File 599, Page 9: "Akai's Past"). According to the FBI’s description, Shiho was “a scientist for them” at the time. Furthermore this took place in Japan since everyone was speaking Japanese, Akemi lived in Japan, and the FBI bust two years prior to the current timeline was in Japan (Volume 58, File 607, Page 8: "Camel's Past"). If Shiho is 18 now, she would be 13 at the time Akai started infiltrating the Org and she was already a scientist for them at this point and high ranked.
  10. ^ Volume 57, File 595, Page 10: "Crow's Song"
  11. ^ Volume 58, File 607, Page 8: "Camel's Past"
  12. ^ Volume 100
  13. ^ Volume 12, File 116, Page 18
  14. ^ Volume 18, File 179, Page 8
  15. ^ Manga: File 251, page 9.
  16. ^ Manga: File 251
  17. ^ a b In Jodie's intro case and later, she calls Conan "Cool Guy", meaning she saw the pictures prior to her intro and most likely prior to joining Teitan high because she became a teacher after she tracked Araide there.
  18. ^ The Desperate Revival (Manga: 255–257, Anime: 190-191)
  19. ^ Manga: 336, Anime: 269.
  20. ^ After Ran recovers her memories of New York, Shinichi mentions his investigation to her in The Haunted House Mystery (Manga: 355, Anime: 274).
  21. ^ Manga Chapter 360: Disappearing Mitsuhiko 3
  22. ^ Manga Chapter 358-360: Disappearing Mitsuhiko Case
  23. ^ The Bell Tree Express, 818-824
Black Organization
High ranking The BossRumGinVermouth
Other agents VodkaKir (undercover) • ChiantiKornBourbon (undercover)
Deceased agents Akemi MiyanoTequilaKenzo Masuyama/PiscoAtsushi MiyanoElena MiyanoCalvadosRikumichi KusudaEthan Hondou (undercover) • Hiromitsu Morofushi/Scotch (undercover)
Former agents Shiho Miyano/Sherry (Ai Haibara) • Shuichi Akai/Dai Moroboshi/Rye (undercover) • Ki'ichiro Numabuchi
Extended canon Yoshiaki Hara (movie only) • Irish (movie only) • Masaaki Okakura (movie only) • Arrack (special manga only) • Generic (special manga only) • Blackbeard (special manga only) • Kate Lauren (playstation only) • Curaçao (movie only) • Stout (movie only) • Aquavit (movie only) • Leona Bucholz/Riesling (movie only) • Man in bar (tv special only) • Pinga (movie only)
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