Clock Tower (Black Star)

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The clock tower in the Magic Kaito manga.
The clock tower in the anime of Detective Conan.
The clock tower in Magic Kaito 1412.

The unnamed clock tower from the "Black Star" story in chapter 23-24 of Magic Kaito (adapted as the first segment of episode 219 from the anime of Detective Conan and episode 6 of Magic Kaito 1412) is a Taishō-style architecture building, the setting of a heist by Kaitou Kid and the chronologically first location he encounters Shinichi Kudo at.

Location[edit]

The exact location of the clock tower so far is unknown, but it seems to be close to Tokyo Tower, since its bell can still be heard from the roof of the upper observation deck of the latter. Inspector Ginzo Nakamori tells Juzo Megure - who still works at the Beika Police Station back then - that even despite their different departments, this isn't the place he's in charge of anyway, implying for it not to be set in Beika. The familiarity of the students at Ekoda High School with the building and the fact that Kaito Kuroba and Aoko Nakamori met for the first time as elementary students in front of the clock tower could mean that it's somewhere in the Ekoda Area. This is also corroborated by one of the policemen in charge, Yoichi Sensui, hailing from there. It's also across a currently unnamed train station. According to Akako Koizumi's premonition, Shinichi Kudo will fly in "from the east", which could mean that the tower is somewhere to the west of Beika, which would roughly fit with the location of Ekoda to the north-west of Tokyo Bay.

Plot overview[edit]

Past[edit]

The clock tower was created by Futoshi Takarada's father fifty years ago, when he was in charge of the town as a mayor, who hired a foreign clock master to design it for him and handed the building down to his son after his death.

Approximately ten years ago, Aoko Nakamori, still in elementary school age, was waiting for her father to pick her up, but did not manage to do so because the police work was preventing him from doing that. The young Kaito Kuroba noticed that, introduced himself to her and cheered her up, starting their friendship.

Black Star (MK Manga: 23-24, Anime: 219, MK1412: 6)[edit]

Kaitou Kid announces to steal the clock of the bell tower, which is supposed to be moved to an unnamed theme park. Futoshi Takarada is acting furious about this note, but actually uses the opportunity for a scam, by having already replaced the gems in the arms of the clock with imitations, trying to sell the real things thanks to the high offers he gets because of Kid's announcement before the tower itself gets moved away. Kid seemingly manages to steal the arms of the clock, which is part of a trick, leaving behind a message for inspector Ginzo Nakamori and the policemen that helps to delay the moving of the tower, causing the police to examine the place and noticing the fake diamonds embedded. The city buys the clock tower for a way cheaper price and decides against moving the object to the theme park.

Model[edit]

Clock tower of Koriyama Public Hall.

The real life model for the building in the manga of Magic Kaito and the anime of Detective Conan is the clock tower of the Koriyama Public Hall in Koriyama City, located in the Fukushima Prefecture, with the main differences being that the upper part was changed to the place where the bell is integrated and a bigger clock face. The clock was removed for a long time until it was reintegrated into the tower in 1998[1], possibly inspiring Gosho Aoyama to his story in 1999.

References[edit]

Setting
Cities and TownsEducational InstitutionsPrefectures of JapanRailway Lines and Stations
Character's Homes Akako KoizumiJirokichi SuzukiKudo familyKuroba familyMouri familyNakamori family
Educational Institutions Ekoda High SchoolKohnan High SchoolTeitan Elementary School
Hotels & Inns Haido City Hotel
Towns & Cities Beika WardBeika TownEkodaGinzaHaidoShibuyaToshimaYaoya
Train Stations Beika StationTokyo Station
Other Locations Beika AquariumClock Tower (Black Star)Nippon BudokanTokyo SkytreeTokyo TowerTropical Land
Magic Kaito
Main Characters Kaito KurobaKaitou KidAoko NakamoriGinzo NakamoriAkako KoizumiSaguru Hakuba
Secondary Characters Toichi KurobaChikage KurobaKonosuke JiiKeiko MomoiSnakeSuperintendent General HakubaRose (OVA only) • Spider (TV specials only) • List of minor Magic Kaito characters
Manga Magic Kaito Volume 1-5Volume 1Volume 2Volume 3Volume 4Volume 5Magic Kaito Chapters not yet included in a VolumeMagic Kaito Manga Listed By Heist
OVA adaptations Conan vs. Kid vs. Yaiba - The Grand Battle for the Treasure Sword!!Conan, Kid, and the Crystal Mother
Magic Kaito: Kid the Phantom Thief specials The Revived Phantom ThiefKaitou Kid's Busy DateThe Princess Prefers MagicA Witch Sheds No TearsThe Fated Blue BirthdayLove on the Ski Slope on Christmas EveThe Splendid RivalsThe Secret of the Red TearThe Witch, the Detective, and the Phantom ThiefThe Reminiscent Golden EyeThe Tearful Crystal MotherTears of Love for the Dark Knight
Magic Kaito 1412 Season 1
Crossovers The Gathering of the Detectives! Shinichi Kudo vs. Kaitou Kid (DC anime only)
Related Articles List of characters who know Kaitou Kid's identityKaitou Kid's GadgetsMagic Kaito OrganizationPandora GemEkodaNonchalant LupinCrowList of Kaitou Kid Heists Items