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|Japanese name:||黒田 兵衛 |
|Date of birth:||unknown|
|Occupation:||Police Superintendent/PSB High-ranking officer|
|First appearance:||Manga: File 913 |
Anime: Episode 810
|Keyhole number:||Volume 86|
|Japanese voice:||Yukimasa Kishino|
|English voice:||Richard Epcar|
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.
- 1 Background
- 2 Personality
- 3 Appellations
- 4 Plot overview
- 4.1 Kawanakajima Murder Case (Manga: 913-917, Anime: 810-812)
- 4.2 A Blog That Causes a Death (Manga: 918-920, Anime: 814-815)
- 4.3 A Secret of the Big Couple (Manga: 925-927, Anime: 822-823)
- 4.4 Rumi Wakasa's Neighbor Murder Case (Manga: 980, Anime: 896-897)
- 4.5 Burning Tent Murder Case (Manga: 987-989, Anime: 909-910)
- 4.6 Crimson School Trip Case (Manga: 1005, Anime: 941)
- 4.7 Missing Maria Higashio Case (Manga: 1008, Anime: 941-942)
- 4.8 Policewomen Serial Murder Case (Manga: 1014-1017, Anime: TBD)
- 5 Non-canon plot overview
- 6 Speculation
- 7 Relationship analysis
- 8 Name origin
- 9 Different looks
- 10 See also
- 11 References
Hyoue Kuroda was originally an officer from the National Police Agency. 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. Detective Yui thinks that Kuroda has a prosthetic right eye as a result of the accident that put him in the coma. 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.
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 Yokomizo, 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.
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.
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 surprised to learn that Conan knew their new superintendent, he arrives saying that he was confident that Conan could help with the case. He asked Conan to take care of him. Haibara got scared when Kuroda leaned in closer.
Haibara said to Conan that she hadn't felt the Black Organization Aura from Kuroda. She had only gripped his shoulder because his face and 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.
Kuroda reads on his phone an article about Rumi Wakasa catching a killer and comments that it was well done.
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.
After the case is solved, Kuroda, along with Wakita, is seen reading something on his phone, that mentions Shinichi's involvement in the case.
He is seen reading the article where the blogger who claimed that she saw Shinichi wrote he was nothing but an illusion, with a smirk on his face.
Kuroda appears at the crime scene of the murder of the second policewoman from the traffic division. He tells Chiba and Shiratori that the case concerns a serial murder of policewomen.
At the end of the case, Kuroda is seen talking with Amuro on the phone, who questions him about his meeting with the Kudos, calling him by his codename "Bourbon".
Non-canon plot overview
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.
Hints Hyoue Kuroda might be Rum
- He is either missing or has a prosthetic for his right eye.
- He took interest in the name Wakasa Rumi, which is similar to one anagram of Haneda Kohji's hint "U MASCARA", which is "ASACA RUM", and went so far as to spy on Wakasa.
- He seems to match both the old man and strong man descriptions.
Hints Hyoue Kuroda might not be Rum
- He met Haibara Ai, who said he should have recognized her as Sherry and taken action against her.
- He knows Bourbon works for the NPA, but has taken no action against him.
- With his beard, he may have a hard time presenting himself as the feminine man.
- He might also be a NOC and his code name is RUM.
Family and friends
Nagano Police detectives and investigators
They have respect for him and follow his orders.
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.
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.
It was revealed in Zero the Enforcer that he is a superior of Zero, and canonically in file 1017. He seems to be in contact with Amuro, and is also aware of the latter involvement with the Black Organisation; calling him by his codename "Bourbon".
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.
- ^ Nagano seiyu.jpg
- ^ Volume 86, File 913, page 8
- ^ Volume 86, File 914, page 7
- ^ a b c File 920 (Volume 87)
- ^ a b File 915 (Volume 86)
- ^ a b File 913 (Volume 86)
- ^ a b c d e f g File 914 (Volume 86)
- ^ a b File 916 (Volume 87)
- ^ Volume 93, File 988
- ^ File 918 (Volume 87)
- ^ a b File 925 (Volume 87)
- ^ Volume 92, File 980
- ^ Volume 93, File 987
- ^ Manga Volume 87, File 10 (925), pgs 2-3
|Rum arc topics|
|Main interest||Renya Karasuma • Rum • Case from 17 years ago|
|Potential suspects||Hyoue Kuroda • Rumi Wakasa • Kanenori Wakita|
|Connections||Kohji Haneda • Asaka • Amanda Hughes • Tsutomu Akai|
|Related Articles||APTX 4869 • APTX 4869 Victim list • Rum arc timeline|
|Cases of interest||The Scarlet Return • Three First Discoverers • The Detective Boys in a Grove • Just Like a 17 Years Old Crime Scene • Soul Detective Murder Case • The Stage of Betrayal • Burning Tent Murder Case|