Pandora Gem

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Kid testing a gem to see if it is Pandora. (OVA 10)

The Pandora Gem (パンドラ Pandora Gem?) is the target of both Kaitou Kid and the organization that Snake is working for. It is supposed to grant its possessor immortality.

The name of the Pandora Gem probably comes from Pandora's Box, a Greek Myth about a woman who foolishly opens a box that contains the evils of the world.

Background

An imaginary simulation of the Pandora Gem

According to Snake's unnamed sub-boss in the Magic Kaito case "Blue Birthday", the Pandora Gem is a jewel hidden inside a larger jewel that will glow red under the moonlight. According to myth, if the Pandora Gem is held under the moonlight at the time of the (fictional) Volley Comet, which passes close to Earth every 10,000 years, then the gem will "cry". Anyone who drinks these tears will then become immortal.[1]

Plot overview

Magic Kaito

Kaito Kuroba decides to become the Kaitou Kid with the intention of drawing his father's murderers into the open. It isn't until after several high-profile heists, however, that his father's murderer appears, in pursuit of the Blue Birthday sapphire.

Snake shoots Kid and takes possession of what he thinks is the Blue Birthday, but Kid survived thanks to having put the real Blue Birthday gem in his breast pocket. Snake goes to an old-fashioned mansion on the edge of the city, where a mysterious balding man with a mustache praises Snake's work, saying "This jewel could be the one he is searching for." The man then explains what the Pandora Gem is: a jewel hidden within a larger jewel that can be identified because it glows red under the moonlight and will, at the time of a comet, "cry tears of immortality". Kid reveals himself to the two men, and vows to find Pandora before they do and "smash it to bits."[2]

In subsequent Kaitou Kid cases, notably the "Red Tear" case (in which Snake appears again), Kaito is shown to be searching for the Pandora Gem.

Detective Conan

The Pandora Gem has never been mentioned directly in Detective Conan, since real magic doesn't exist in the Detective Conan world, however Kaitou Kid has made it clear that he is looking for something as he often says he is returning a jewel "because it's not the one I'm looking for".

It should be noted that in the manga Kid is rarely shown holding gems to the moonlight, while in the anime he does it three times: OVA 4 (Conan, Kid, and the Crystal Mother), OVA 10 (Kid in Trap Island) and movie 14 (The Lost Ship in the Sky). OVA 4 is actually adapted from a Magic Kaito chapter, but it was modified to include characters from Detective Conan and all dialogues referring to Pandora were removed; in movie 14 Kid also thinks "no light passes between it" while he is checking the jewel. In Kaitou Kid VS Makoto Kyogoku he adds holding the gem to the moonlight as part of his trick and returns the real gem when confronted by Makoto.

At this point, no direct connection has been made between the organization with animal codenames and the Black Organization. Despite the fact that the Pandora Gem is never mentioned, the myth of Pandora is brought up twice in Big Adventure in the Eccentric Mansion[3]: first Ai Haibara discourages Conan Edogawa from investigating the phone number of the Boss of the Black Organization saying that the address is like "Pandora's Box", and then at the end of the case, when Kaitou Kid discourages Conan from investigating his true identity, saying that Pandora opened the box because she was curious about the content, while opening it after discovering what is in there is not very interesting.

Trivia

References

  1. ^ Aoyama, Gosho. "Chapter 6" (in Japanese). Magic Kaito. 3. Shogakukan.  ("Blue Birthday")
  2. ^ Aoyama, Gosho. "Chapter 6" (in Japanese). Magic Kaito. 3. Shogakukan.  ("Blue Birthday")
  3. ^ Volume 46 files 7-10; anime episode 382-394

See also

Magic Kaito Organization
High Ranking Magic Kaito BossMagic Kaito Sub-boss
Other Agents SnakeSpider (TV special only) • Rose (OVA only)
Related Articles Pandora Gem
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 GemNonchalant LupinCrow