Taka'aki Morofushi

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Taka'aki Morofushi

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Profile
Japanese name: 諸伏 高明
(Morofushi Takaaki)
Age: 35
Gender: Male
Date of birth: unknown
Relatives: Mr. Morofushi (father, deceased)
Mrs. Morofushi (mother, deceased)
Hiromitsu Morofushi (younger brother, deceased)
Occupation: Nagano Prefecture Police Inspector
Nicknames: Komei (高明)
Statistics
First appearance: Manga: File 682
Anime: Episode 558
Appearances: Chapters: 25
Chapters: 1
Episodes: 16
Openings: 2
Closings: 1
Keyhole number: Volume 65
Actors
Japanese voice: Sho Hayami
Nobuhiko Okamoto (young)

Taka'aki Morofushi (諸伏 高明 Morofushi Takaaki?), more commonly known as Komei (高明 Kōmei?) is a character in the manga and anime franchise Detective Conan.

Background

Morofushi's parents died prematurely, and while he remained in Nagano, his younger brother Hiromitsu was taken in by relatives in Tokyo and thus separated from Morofushi.

Morofushi first met Kansuke Yamato in elementary school.[1] Morofushi's exploits were so well known there that a book about a child solving a case in an elementary school, titled "Kōmei-kun from Second Grade Class A!", was based off of him (another character in the book was based off of Yamato).[1] Morofushi cherishes the book, keeping it in the glove compartment of his car, as the author was a friend of his.[1]

After (presumably) graduating from high school, Morofushi went to Tokyo to do a university degree, and finished top of his class. Then (presumably) he returned to Nagano and joined the prefectural police force, where climbed the ladder over the years and eventually became an Inspector. He once abandoned his job briefly in an attempt to save Yamato (who had been left to die in an avalanche),[1] and while Yamato was eventually safe, Morofushi was demoted and sent to work at a local police station.[1]

Personality

Morofushi is generally shown to be calm and well-mannered, in contrast to the quick-tempered Yamato. According to Yamato, Morofushi tends to ignore others completely while investigating a case, and sometimes even goes out of his jurisdiction. If he has to, Morofushi will put his life on the line.

Skills

Morofushi is highly skilled at the art of deduction, unlike many of the other police characters in Detective Conan. He also knows a lot about the Three Kingdoms era (an era in Chinese history lasting from 220 CE to 280 CE), and frequently quotes two of the most prominent military strategists of that era, namely Zhuge Liang (诸葛亮) and Zhou Yu (周瑜).

Appellations

Plot overview

Red Wall Case (Manga: 682-686, Anime: 558-561)

Morofushi is the first to realize that by looking at red things for a long time and then looking at something white, one sees green in the afterimage (this dying message thus implies the Italian flag, a vital clue to uncovering the culprit). While he texts Yamato "the late Kōmei" as a hint, he is abused by the culprit, who smacks Morofushi's head and renders him unconscious. The culprit later sets the house on fire to kill Morofushi, but he is able to escape before the whole house is engulfed by flames.

Later on, together with Conan and Yamato, Morofushi devises a scheme to trick the culprit to that the police can arrest him with ease.

Eye for an Eye (Manga: 783-784, Anime: 653-654)

It is revealed that Morofushi has managed to get back to the prefectural police force.

The Red Woman (Manga: 874-875, Anime: 754-756)

Kawanakajima Murder Case (Manga: 913-917, Anime: 810-812)

Kaitou Kid and the Fairy's Lips (Manga: 1018-1021, Anime: 983-984)

Morofushi arrives at the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Headquarters to retrieve an envelope addressed to him, and stumbles upon a case involving Kaitou Kid after meeting Jirokichi Suzuki. While talking on the phone with Yamato, Yui Uehara mentions that he had a younger brother who had moved to Tokyo after their parents' deaths and working in MPD. Morofushi replies that he has not been in touch with his younger brother, and thus does not know where he is or what he is doing.

After seeing through Kid's tricks and "solving" the case, he meets up with Sato and Takagi, who hands him the envelope. Inside, Morofushi finds a phone with a huge hole on the screen and the letter "H" written on the back. Morofushi thus realizes that it is his brother Hiromitsu's phone, and conjectures that he has been working for the Public Security Bureau and died while carrying out some undercover mission. The number "0" is on the back of the envelope, which reminds Morofushi of the time when Hiromitsu called him and told him excitedly that he had made a friend nicknamed "Zero" in Tokyo.

Nagano Snowy Mountains Case (Manga: 1028-1031, Anime: 1003-1005)

Morofushi, along with Yamato and Uehara, investigates the video footage of the crime scene shot by Kogoro. He sees Amuro in the video and realizes that he has met him before. After thinking for a while, Morofushi recalls that when he was studying in Tokyo, he met up with Hiromitsu, who took "Zero" with him and told him that they were good friends and that both aspired to be a police officer. Morofushi thus suspects that the envelope was sent by Amuro. Shortly after this, his former boss, Kuroda, talks to him in private; the conversation is not revealed to us readers, but it can be deduced from his subsequent behavior that Morofushi is instructed by Kuroda to pretend to not know Amuro.

After finally arriving at the crime scene, Morofushi greets Kogoro only and asks him who Amuro and Wakita are (Kogoro replies that they are his apprentices). As Yamato yells at him, telling him enter the church and start doing work, Morofushi goes past Amuro and says "every moment is precious and not a moment should be wasted." with the inner monologue "time is money, as the saying goes."

Nagano-Gunma Prefectural Border Murder Case (Manga: 1082-1084, Anime: TBD)

Morofushi became acquitance with Yamamura learning that he was friends with Hiromitsu

Relationships analysis

Hiromitsu Morofushi

Taka'aki and Hiromitsu Morofushi are siblings. After their parents' death, Hiromitsu was taken in by relatives in Tokyo and was separated from Taka'aki, but they still kept a good relationship. Their contact was forced to stop when Hiromitsu quitted the Tokyo MPD and "took on another assignment" (i.e. began working for the PSB). Afterwards, Hiromitsu became an undercover and died during his mission, but Taka'aki was not aware of this until he retrieves Hiromitsu's broken phone four years later and infers from the phone the fate of his younger brother.

Kansuke Yamato

The rivalry between Yamato and Morofushi is mostly friendly, in which they see who can solve a case first. The two are also friends, and although they sometimes clash (with Yamato being quite rude to Morofushi), the overall relationship is not affected, and they keep working closely.

Morofushi is grateful that Yamato has introduced him to Conan, as he realizes after the Red Wall Case that Conan is highly intelligent.[1] He even believes, and confides this to Yamato, that if it were not for Conan's observations, they would have never even come close to solving the case.[1] He even compares Conan to a young version of Zhuge Liang.[1]

Name origin

The Komei nickname in kanji with a katakana reading.

Morofushi's name has a lot to do with Zhuge Liang (诸葛亮), a prominent Chinese military strategist living in the Three Kingdoms era. The courtesy name of Zhuge Liang is "孔明", which is pronounced as "Kōmei" in Japanese. Morofushi's given name "高明" is also pronounced in this way with the on'yomi reading, or the Sino-Japanese reading ("Taka'aki", on the other hand, is the kun'yomi reading, or native reading, of "高明"). Furthermore, the on'yomi reading of Morofushi ("Shofuku") is somewhat similar to the Japanese pronunciation of the Chinese surname 诸葛 ("Shokatsu").

Quotes

Make no intrusion into others' affairs. When it comes to relationships between close people, outsiders must never interfere.[citation needed]

Trivia

  • During Morofushi's first appearance, after hearing him noting that the case is under his department's jurisdiction and learning his name, Conan inwardly commented "Shokatsu no Kōmei" (Komei's jurisdiction). This is a pun on the Japanese reading of Zhuge Kongming.

Different looks

Episode 558
Episode 653
Episode 810

In other languages

Language Given Name Family Name
Flag of Japan Japanese 高明 Taka'aki 諸伏 Morofushi
Flag of China Chinese (Simplified) 高明 Gāomíng 诸伏 Zhūfú

See also

References

Main Characters
Protagonists Shinichi KudoConan EdogawaRan MouriKogoro Mouri
Detective Boys Ai HaibaraAyumi YoshidaMitsuhiko TsuburayaGenta Kojima
Family & Friends Hiroshi AgasaSonoko SuzukiEri KisakiYusaku KudoYukiko KudoHeiji HattoriKazuha ToyamaYoko OkinoSumiko KobayashiTomoaki AraideMakoto KyogokuShizuka HattoriJirokichi SuzukiEisuke HondouAzusa EnomotoSubaru OkiyaMasumi SeraShukichi HanedaSakurako Yonehara
Tokyo Metropolitan Police District Juzo MegureWataru TakagiMiwako SatoNinzaburo ShiratoriYumi MiyamotoKazunobu ChibaNaeko MiikeKiyonaga MatsumotoInspector YuminagaShintaro ChakiHyoue Kuroda
Osaka Police District Heizo HattoriGinshiro ToyamaGoro Otaki
Nagano Police District Kansuke YamatoYui UeharaTaka'aki Morofushi
Other police districts Sango YokomizoMisao YamamuraJugo YokomizoFumimaro Ayanokoji
NPA and Public Security Bureau Rei Furuya (Bourbon)Hiromitsu MorofushiYuya Kazami
FBI Shuichi AkaiJodie StarlingJames BlackAndre Camel
CIA Hidemi Hondou (Kir)Ethan Hondou
MI6 Mary SeraTsutomu Akai
Black Organization The BossRumGinVodkaVermouthChiantiKornShiho MiyanoAkemi MiyanoElena MiyanoAtsushi MiyanoTequilaPiscoCalvadosRikumichi KusudaKi'ichiro Numabuchi
Magic Kaito Kaito KurobaKaitou KidAoko NakamoriGinzo NakamoriToichi KurobaChikage KurobaKonosuke JiiKeiko MomoiAkako KoizumiSaguru HakubaSnakeRose (OVA only) • Saguru's HousekeeperSpider (TV special only)
Others "The Criminal"Hideo AkagiRyusuke HigoTakahiro SanadaScar AkaiKohji HanedaRumi WakasaMomiji OokaMuga IoriKamen YaibaGomeraNight BaronDetective Samonji
Police
Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department Juzo MegureWataru TakagiMiwako SatoNinzaburo ShiratoriYumi MiyamotoKazunobu ChibaNaeko MiikeGinzo NakamoriShintaro ChakiInspector YuminagaKiyonaga MatsumotoHyoue KurodaInspector MomoseChosuke Takagi (Tottori) • Jinpei Matsuda (deceased) • Kenji Hagiwara (deceased) • Wataru Date (deceased) • Masayoshi Sato (deceased) • Officer TomeToshiro OdagiriDetective KobayashiDetective YokoyamaDetective YamamotoDetective KojimaSuperintendent General HakubaManabu FujimakiDetective TakigawaDetective NakamuraDetective FukuiDetective KawanakaDetective SaitohDetective HoritaDetective TakanoDetective SogawaDetective OkumuraDetective SugitaDetective IdaDetective HirotaOfficer NumataDetective TerashimaToshio MoroboshiMiss TomeDetective SaitoDetective MiyazakiDetective TomokawaTadayoshi UnoDetective YamaInspector Yuminaga's assistant
Osaka Prefectural Police Heizo HattoriGinshiro ToyamaGoro OtakiYakumaru
Nagano Prefectural Police Kansuke YamatoYui UeharaTaka'aki Morofushi (Komei)
Kanagawa Prefectural Police Jugo YokomizoChihaya Hagiwara
Hokkaido Prefectural Police Inspector NishimuraDetective Tamura
Kyoto Prefectural Police Fumimaro AyanokojiDetective Kurumazaki
Shizuoka Prefectural Police Sango YokomizoTomonori OgawaraDetective Tsukumo
Other Prefectures Misao Yamamura (Gunma) • Tsuyoshi Shikatsuno (Nara) • Tamekichi Matsushiro (Gifu) • Shoji Terabayashi (Chiba) • Ayami Ogino (Saitama) • Detective Motohashi (Yamanashi)
Japanese Intelligence Agencies Rei FuruyaYuya KazamiHiromitsu Morofushi (deceased)
Primary Tokyo MPD Cases Metropolitan Police Detective Love Story OneMPD TwoMPD ThreeMegure's Sealed SecretShinkansen Transport CaseMPD FourSerial BomberMPD FiveMPD SixJewelry RobberyMPD SevenFake WeddingMPD EightHammer ManThe Scar that Evokes the PastInspector Shiratori, Memories of the Cherry BlossomKobayashi-sensei's LoveA Video Letter of First LoveCo-Investigating with a First LoveThe Life-Threatening Broadcast of LoveThe Ex-Boyfriend Living Next to a Crime SceneMDP NineTaiko Meijin's Match of LoveChiba's Difficult UFO CaseThe Marriage Registration's PasswordThe Target is the Metropolitan Police Traffic Department
Other Significant Police Cases The Osaka Double Mystery (Osaka) • Festival Dolls Dyed in the Setting Sun (Tokyo-Theft) • The Red Horse within the Flames (Tokyo Arson) • Furinkazan (Nagano) • A Dangerous Party of Two & The Mansion of Death and the Red Wall (Nagano) • Heiji Hattori and the Vampire Mansion (Osaka) • The Scarlet Return (NPA) • The Darkness of the Prefectural Police (Nagano NPA) • A song named ASACA (PSB NPA) • Captured in Her Eyes (Tokyo) • Crossroad in the Ancient Capital (Kyoto) • The Raven Chaser (Tokyo, Kanagawa, Shizuoka, Nagano, Kyoto, and Chiba)
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