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Subaru Okiya

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Profile
Japanese name: 沖矢 昴
(Okiya Subaru)
Age: 27
Gender: Male
Relatives: Tsutomu Akai (father, deceased)
Mary Sera (mother)
Shukichi Haneda (younger brother)
Masumi Sera (younger sister)
Occupation: Graduate student
FBI agent
Status: Fake identity
Statistics
First appearance: Manga: File 622
Anime: Episode 509
Appearances: Chapters: 74
Chapters: 1
Episodes: 52
Movies: 2
OVAs: 1
Specials: 0
Openings: 16
Closings: 0
Cases solved: 5
Keyhole number: Volume 60
Actors
Japanese voice: Ryotaro Okiayu

Subaru Okiya (沖矢 昴 Okiya Subaru?) claims to be engineering student, and currently resides in Shinichi Kudo's house next to Professor Agasa. From his first appearance, he was strongly hinted to be the Black Organization member Bourbon—however, Tooru Amuro was revealed to be Bourbon.[1] Subaru is in fact Shuichi Akai in disguise after faking his death with the help of Conan Edogawa and CIA Agent Hidemi Hondou.

Background[edit]

Gosho Aoyama's colored drawing of Subaru Okiya in the keyhole for volume 60.

Subaru Okiya is a graduate student attending Tohto University to earn a doctorate degree in engineering. He originally lived at a boarding house, where the landlord's son nicknamed him "Red Man," after a firetruck, because he frequently saw him watering the plants. After the boarding house burned down in the Red, White, and Yellow Arson Case, Conan suggested he move into Shinichi's house, explaining to Agasa and Haibara that someone living in the house would help to hide his (Shinichi's) disappearance. When Haibara protested, Conan cheerfully responded that someone who loves Sherlock Holmes cannot be a bad person - much to Haibara's consternation.[2] Nevertheless, Conan decided to keep from Subaru which persons - specifically Ran - were closely connected to Shinichi.[3]

Subaru is left-handed and greatly admires the deductive power of Sherlock Holmes. He is also an excellent detective as he was able to solve several mysteries including the paper airplane case[4], the Ikkaku Rock case[5], and the 13 red shirts mystery.[6], although he seems to possess more of Mycroftian personality when it comes to cases. He is also shown to be calm in crisis situations and quite skilled at hand to hand combat, capable of knocking a knife out of someone's hand[7] and easily knocking out a kidnapper without so much as ruffling his clothing.[8] Subaru also knows how to enable the tracking function of Conan's glasses and that they track the detective boys' badges despite the fact Conan has never used the glasses in front of Subaru.[8]

Personality[edit]

Subaru is generally shown to be quiet and reserved, often seeming unfazed by normally stressful situations, such as when Ran attacked him while he was brushing his teeth, believing he had broken into Shinichi's house[9], or when a murderer grabbed Ayumi as a hostage.[7] He often tends to behave in a friendly and modest manner, smiling and rubbing the back of his head whenever someone compliments him or says anything about him. He enjoys cooking and seems ready and willing to help with various tasks. He doesn't mind interacting with the Detective Boys, is always polite to them, and listens to their theories during cases. He is often shown drinking bourbon whiskey.

Subaru becomes more serious while working on cases and enjoys revealing the truth to others similar to Conan. Sometimes he speaks mysteriously, leaving the meaning and intentions of what he said open to interpretation. Subaru has a more menacing side seen whenever he takes to the offensive or is intently focusing on something. In this frame of mind, Subaru triggers Haibara's Black Organization sense.

Attributes[edit]

Haibara senses the Black Organization aura from Subaru.

Intelligence[edit]

Subaru is an intelligent character with observation and case solving abilities comparable to Conan's. On his first meeting with Sonoko and Ran, he correctly deduces they had been to the restaurant "Welcome Burger" and what they had to eat while they were there.[10] He tends to hold back to allow Conan or others to present their conclusions rather than take center stage himself.[11]

Black Organization aura[edit]

Subaru emits what Haibara describes as the aura of the Black Organization when he is intently focused on another person[12] or is acting as an aggressor.[13] Haibara only gets the feeling from him transiently.

Subaru knocks a knife out of a hostage taker's hands

Hand to hand combat[edit]

Subaru knows Jeet Kune Do. He demonstrates that he is skilled in hand to hand combat when he knocks away the knife a culprit had been using to hold Ayumi hostage with one hand and rescues her from the culprit's grasp in the same quick movement. [14] He also easily knocks out a kidnapper without so much as ruffling his clothing, although he later comes up with the excuse that he found the kidnapper passed out near the stairs, most likely from losing his footing.[8]

Subaru is also shown to possess great physical resilience: Upon their first encounter, Ran, mistaking Subaru for a burglar, kicked him straight in the jaw, but unlike her many other victims, that blow failed to knock him out instantly.

Hacking[edit]

Subaru Okiya hacked into Kogoro's computer to see what cases he had received from his website. Later he hacked into Haibara's Phone and saw the message that Vermouth had sent her.

Cooking[edit]

Jodie and Camel are shocked to learn that Shuichi can cook

Subaru is a good cook,[15] although he describes his own cooking skills modestly

He often uses cooking as an excuse to gain access to Agasa's house, or get involved in cases with Haibara, Conan, and the Detective Boys in 542-543- He promised to cook the Detective Boys fish

He was able to gain access to Agasa's while Haibara was out by cooking food for the Professor

623) - His coverup for spying on Agasa's was that he wanted to bring over some extra curry

672-674) - Subaru probably heard via listening devices Conan had been kidnapped but Agasa's car was in for repairs, so he brought over some cream stew as an excuse to get involved

Stews and soups seem to be his specialty: Cream Stew, beef stew, curry, etc.

He also learned from Yukiko to be a very capable cook. This was meant to help better keep a low-profile as Subaru.[16] At the same time, he would often uses his dishes as an excuse to interject himself into cases at Professor Agasa's house.

Pain Tolerance[edit]

As Shuichi Akai, he arranged to be hit by Akemi Miyano's car, in order to meet her in order to infiltrate the Black Organization. He was hospitalized after the hit.

He may have known how to do it, with less damage to himself, but he was still hit by a moving car.

Driving[edit]

Shuichi is a skilled driver. He can overtake many cars quickly in heavy traffic conditions and drift around a U-turn.[17]

Disguise[edit]

Shuichi learned how to act and properly apply his Subaru disguise by himself thanks to Yukiko Kudo and equipment from Professor Agasa.[18]

Accordion[edit]

He apparently at one point held a part-time job playing the accordion, making decent money from it.[19]

Language[edit]

In addition to his native language, having worked in the United States as an FBI agent for a long time, Shuichi is also fluent in English, but he is half English.

Appellations[edit]

Plot overview[edit]

Timeline[edit]

Main article: Shuichi Akai timeline

Non-canon plot overview[edit]

Dimensional Sniper (Movie: 18)[edit]

Subaru is first seen watching Agasa demonstrating his newest inventions to the detective boys from the Kudo resident. Later he is seen leaving the hospital, where Masumi Sera has been hospitalized. After that he is seen doing his own investigation into the sniper.

The Beika City Shopping Center Garbage Bin Mystery (Anime: 1002)[edit]

This episode is a pre-story to Movie 24.

The Scarlet Bullet (Movie: 24)[edit]

Subaru is first seen discussing with Conan about the kidnapping incident, which is similar to the WSG kidnapping incident that occurred in Boston, USA, 15 years ago. When Subaru chase a VIP from England who was kidnapped, he is seen been attack by Masumi and Mary. He remove his disguise as Subaru as the disguise is broken. He is also seen towards the end of the movie back into his car with his disguise, unknown that Mary hides in his’s car and points the gun to his head and threatens him and the FBI as they risked the life of an important VIP. After that, he smiles at her and reply her as she calls him brat.

Relationships analysis[edit]

Conan Edogawa[edit]

Conan trusts Subaru since he knows his real identity, and they maintain an amicable relationship. Conan easily lends Subaru the keys to his house.[2] Conan also trusts Subaru to help in cases that put him in close contact with both Ai Haibara and him, like switching out the gasoline in a container for water to solve a case,[33] or calling him to pick up everyone when Agasa’s car broke down.[34] Subaru respects Conan and his intelligence and they both can solve cases at about the same level. Conan tells Haibara he is trustworthy because he is a fellow Sherlock Holmes fan, much to her annoyance. Subaru is one of the few characters who knows Conan is Shinichi after confirming his earlier suspicions by listening to Conan make a phone call as Shinichi.

Hiroshi Agasa[edit]

Subaru and Agasa maintain a good relationship with one another. The professor often asks him for favors, like picking the detective boys up from a fishing trip. Agasa also lets Subaru come over and cook from time to time and he will make Agasa food to return the favor, like stir-fried onions and curry. Agasa also seems well informed about when Subaru has free time and is available for favors or when he is on the road.

Ai Haibara[edit]

Ai Haibara doesn't trust Subaru because he gives her the chills which she only gets from those who have been in the Black Organization. She hides from him behind Conan when they meet in person and avoids being alone in Agasa's house when he is around. On his part, Subaru is kind to Haibara and seems to look out for her.

Haibara's opinion changes, however after Subaru consoles her when Conan is being abducted by a culprit in a crime. It is revealed afterwards that this is because what he said was similar to what Shuichi Akai had once told her when he was the lover of Haibara's sister, Akemi Miyano. Because of this, Haibara gains trust in Subaru and starts calling him by his first name.[35]

Rei Furuya[edit]

They have not directly met, though Subaru has seen Rei Furuya many times. In most instances, Subaru is the one to notice Rei but avoids Rei seeing him for some reason. During the thirteen red shirts case, both Subaru and Rei (as Scar Akai) are present with the hostages. When Subaru is about to send his deductions about the bomber's identity to Kogoro's phone, he sees Rei, and before Rei can see him, disappears from the area. During the Conan Edogawa kidnapping case, Subaru leans out the door to shoot at the tires of the car Conan's in, but Rei's car passes by him, prompting Subaru to close the door to avoid Rei. At the end of the Bell Train Mystery arc, Subaru is shown observing Rei and Vermouth from a distance with a smirk, opening one of his eyes which looks like Shuichi's and giving a strong hint that he is Shuichi. If it is true then based on what has been said about Shuichi and Rei's relation, it's likely he sees Rei as an enemy, though not to the extent that Rei views him.

Masumi Sera[edit]

Masumi Sera is Shuichi Akai's younger sister. To avoid disclosing his identity, Subaru tried to avoid acting conspicuously in front of her. During the Mystery Train case, he carried the unconscious Masumi back to her room. As he was about to leave, Masumi mumbled 'Shuu-nii' in her sleep, and that made him smile. In the movie Dimensional Sniper he was seen leaving the hospital, where Masumi was hospitalized after getting shot, hinting that he was visiting her. While she was unconscious, he left a bouquet in her room, which Ran and Sonoko find. During the Antique Facet Case, when he realize Masumi showing suspicious movements around Agasa's house, he shows up and keep an eye on her. He realize that Masumi was trying to pressure Haibara. He ended up by interrupting her investigation to prevent Masumi get involved into dangerous situation.

Yukiko Kudo[edit]

Yukiko teaching Subaru

Yukiko Kudo taught Subaru disguising and cooking. She would stop by every week to check on him.

Hints that Okiya was Akai[edit]

People who know Subaru's real identity[edit]

The only people aware of Subaru's identity as Shuichi Akai are Conan, Agasa who made the voice changing choker, Yukiko who came up with the disguise, Yusaku and the members of the FBI. Bourbon suspected Subaru for a while and finally confirmed it in episode "The Unsolved Cocktail Case". Kaito Kid also knows something is going on, after taking a photo of Subaru with his voice changing chocker showing, but probably doesn't care much due to it's irrelevance to his life. Haibara and Masumi are also more suspicious about Subaru's secret identity.

Name origin[edit]

Subaru's name comes from Casval (キャスバル Kyasubaruキヤスバル Kiyasubaru) Rem Deikun, the real name of Mobile Suit Gundam character Char Aznable, whom Shuichi Akai is also named after.

Quotes[edit]

If I had to choose, I'd say black because it is a color that covers things inside me that I don't want known. Well, I hate the color black for the same reason as well.

— File 623 page 7, Subaru Okiya responding to Inspector Yuminaga's question about what is his favorite color.

0.12%... That would be the probability that a criminal will succeed in escaping. That's about 1 in every 1000 people; however, of those that fall under the devil's influence, many grow tired of leading a false life and living in fear. If we eliminate those who eventually surrender to the police and those that opt for suicide, the amount that do successfully escape amounts to nearly zero. Are you prepared to endure the feelings of loneliness and pressure as a result of your actions?

— File 666 page 14, Subaru Okiya speaking off the top of his head trying to provoke a culprit holding Ayumi hostage into turning his knife on him instead. It worked.

Although... I would like to serve that lot some hot and bitter coffee... that lot waiting so anxiously in the heat for their prey...

— File 703 page 5, Subaru Okiya talking to a waitress about the Black Organization staking out the Beika Department store.

Remember how there was a robbery at that bank? There was someone I knew in the footage from that robbery, so I was trying to find out if they use that bank. If that person uses it, they must live nearby. I was hoping to run into them.... Well, coincidentally they were also on this floor, but it turned out to be a look-alike, so I didn't say anything. I know that person from a long time ago, so there is no way I would mistake them with a look-alike.

— File 704 page 16, Subaru Okiya talking to Conan about his encounter with Scar Akai.

I’m not too keen on thieves. Well, thieves that steal physical objects I mean. As for thieves that steal lives well…

— Episode 887

In other languages[edit]

Language Given Name Family Name
Flag of Japan Japanese Subaru 沖矢 Okiya
Flag of Arab League Arabic سوبارو Sūbāru أوكيا Ōkiya
Flag of Catalonia Catalan Subaru Okiya
Flag of China Chinese Mǎo 沖矢 Chōngshǐ
Flag of France French Subaru Okiya
Flag of Italy Italian Subaru Okiya
Flag of North KoreaFlag of South Korea Korean 수현 Soohyun Choi
Flag of Malaysia Malay Subaru Okiya
Flag of Thailand Thai สึบารุ โอกิยะ
Flag of Indonesia Bahasa Indonesia Subaru Okiya

Gallery[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • Subaru Okiya is left handed.[52]
  • Subaru likes to drive on Namiki road by the Teimuzu River because the green trees and foliage are calming. He also likes to water plants for this reason.[53]
  • Subaru's favorite color is black.[53]
  • Subaru's Subaru 360 is depicted as white in the manga version. In anime version, the car is colored red, which could be a hint about his real identity as Shuichi Akai.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Manga Chapter 823
  2. ^ a b Manga Volume 60 File 5: The New Neighbor
  3. ^ Manga Volume 60 File 638 - Paper Airplane
  4. ^ Manga Volume 61 File 8-10: Paper Airplane
  5. ^ Manga Volume 64 File 2-4: Ikkaku rock
  6. ^ Manga Volume 67 File 5-8: 13 Red Shirts case
  7. ^ a b Manga Volume 64 File 3: Thirst for Blood
  8. ^ a b c Manga file 755: "Communications Code"
  9. ^ Manga Volume 61 File 8: Paper Airplane
  10. ^ Manga Chapter 638
  11. ^ Red, White, and Yellow case, Ikkaku Rock, Red Shirts case.
  12. ^ Red, White, and Yellow case
  13. ^ Ikkaku Rock, 252 case
  14. ^ Manga Chapter 666: Thirst For Blood
  15. ^ Manga Volume 66, File 7 (692): "The secret of the warehouse"
  16. ^ The Scarlet Return
  17. ^ Manga Volume 41, File 7, page 14: "The Enclosing Surrounding Net"
  18. ^ Manga Volume 85, File 5 (898), pg 2: "Scarlet Epilogue"
  19. ^ The Wizard of the Ripples (Part One)
  20. ^ a b c File 843: A Parcel for Kudo-samakata (Volue 80)
  21. ^ a b c d e File 948: The Clenched Scissors (Volume 89)
  22. ^ Chapter 801
  23. ^ a b File 950: The Clipped Letters (Volume 90)
  24. ^ a b c d e f File 954: Sanction of the Betrayal (Volume 90)
  25. ^ Chapter 638
  26. ^ Chapter 638
  27. ^ File 949: Sweet Scent (Volume 90)
  28. ^ a b File 955: Whereabouts of the Betrayal (Volume 90)
  29. ^ Episode 684: Froth, Steam, and Smoke (Part 1)
  30. ^ Movie 18: Dimensional Sniper
  31. ^ After Ran intentionally told him the wring name of Shinichi
  32. ^ File 898 (Volume 85)
  33. ^ Manga Volume 61 File 7: Crackle
  34. ^ Manga Volume 61 File 5: Burn
  35. ^ Chapters 800-803:When Objects Collide
  36. ^ Examples of Shuichi's left handedness
    • Shuichi prepares to attack one of the bus jackers with his left hand. (289)
    • Shuichi's handgun in is his left waist-high pocket meaning it must be drawn with his left hand. (354)
    • Shuichi's handling of the rifle indicates a left handed preference. He holds it with a left handed style grip, puts the rifle over his left shoulder while keeping his finger on the trigger, and pumps the rifle in a flashy way using only his left hand. (434)
    • Shuichi uses his left eye to look through the scope with his left index finger on the trigger and his right hand stabilizing which is the same way Gin, who is known to be left-handed, is holding his rifle. (504)
    • Shuichi uses his left hand to pull back a curtain. (599)
    • Shuichi uses his left hand to pull out can of coffee, open it one handed, and pick the can up when he drops it. (600)
    • In episode 552, a photo of Shuichi is used for the "next Conan hint" which is left-handed.
    Examples of Subaru's left handedness
    • Subaru is brushing his teeth with his left hand. (638)
    • Subaru rips a paper out of his notebook and writes on it with his left hand. (639)
    • Subaru pushes up his glasses with left hand. (640)
    • Subaru is holding his glass of bourbon with his left hand. (640)
    • Subaru knocks away a knife using his left hand. (666)
    • Subaru is using his left hand to hold the spatula while stir-frying onions. (691)
    • Subaru is holding Conan's glasses in his left hand. (755)
  37. ^ Manga Volume 12 Files 7-10, Volume 13 File 1: Holmes Freak Murder Case
  38. ^ Manga Volume 24 File 10 Page 11: "The Bullet from the Past". The password for the APTX data in "Reunion With the Black Corps"M was “Sherringford” – one of the names Sir Arthur C. Doyle considered for his protagonist before choosing “Sherlock Holmes,” a likely indication that someone in the Black Organization is a fan of the detective.
  39. ^ Manga Volume 61 File 8 Page 13: Paper Airplane
  40. ^ a b Manga Volume 35 File 4 Page 2: Title Golden Apple
  41. ^ Manga Volume 33 File 1 Page 14: Sato's Engagement Bet
  42. ^ Manga Volume 37 File 8 Page 1: White Snow, Black Shadow
  43. ^ a b Volume 76, File 5, page 11, Chap 800: "Online Client"
  44. ^ a b Volume 76, File 7, page 10, Chap 802: "Don't make that kind of face..."
  45. ^ Volume 58, File 5, page 15, Chap 602: "Clash of Red and Black"
  46. ^ Volume 58, File 2, Page 6, Chap 599
  47. ^ Volume 67, File 8, page 16, Chap 704
  48. ^ Manga Volume 65 File 3 Pages 3-4: The Fated Individual
  49. ^ Manga Volume 60 File 3 Page 8: Red, White and Yellow
  50. ^ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Char_Aznable
  51. ^ Chapter 755 page 14: Communications Code
  52. ^ * Subaru is brushing his teeth with his left hand. (638)
    • Subaru rips a paper out of his notebook and writes on it with his left hand. (639)
    • Subaru pushes up his glasses with left hand. (640)
    • Subaru is holding his glass of bourbon with his left hand. (640)
    • Subaru knocks away a knife using his left hand. (666)
    • Subaru is using his left hand to hold the spatula while stir-frying onions. (691)
    • Subaru is holding Conan's glasses in his left hand. (755)
  53. ^ a b Manga Volume 60, File 4, Page 7: Kuroshiro-kun
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