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Although not actually present, Hakuba was mentioned in [[The Gathering of the Detectives! Kudo Shinichi vs. Kaitou Kid|'''Episode 219''': The Gathering of the Detectives! Kudo Shinichi vs. Kaitou Kid (2 Hour Special)]].  During the Kid case, set some time before [[Shinichi Kudo | Shinichi]] was shrunk, Kaito thinks to himself that the heist will be much easier without Hakuba around, as he has apparently returned to England.  Kid was therefore not expecting a challenge, so when the officers trick him into revealing himself and successfully locate him in the ventilation shafts, Kid wonders aloud who, if not Hakuba, could be helping the police.  
 
Although not actually present, Hakuba was mentioned in [[The Gathering of the Detectives! Kudo Shinichi vs. Kaitou Kid|'''Episode 219''': The Gathering of the Detectives! Kudo Shinichi vs. Kaitou Kid (2 Hour Special)]].  During the Kid case, set some time before [[Shinichi Kudo | Shinichi]] was shrunk, Kaito thinks to himself that the heist will be much easier without Hakuba around, as he has apparently returned to England.  Kid was therefore not expecting a challenge, so when the officers trick him into revealing himself and successfully locate him in the ventilation shafts, Kid wonders aloud who, if not Hakuba, could be helping the police.  
  
Hakuba also made a cameo of sorts in the tenth Detective Conan movie, Requiem of the Detectives.  Claiming that someone dear to him had been captured by the theme park, he assisted Conan and Heiji in their investigations that day but later disappeared after they were separated by attackers.  It is later revealed that 'Hakuba' was actually the Kaitou Kid in disguise.
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Hakuba also made a cameo of sorts in the tenth Detective Conan movie, [[The Private Eyes' Requiem]].  Claiming that someone dear to him had been captured by the theme park, he assisted Conan and Heiji in their investigations that day but later disappeared after they were separated by attackers.  It is later revealed that 'Hakuba' was actually the Kaitou Kid in disguise.
  
 
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Saguru Hakuba

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Japanese name: 白馬 探
(Hakuba Saguru)
Age: 17
Gender: Male
Date of birth: August 29th
Relatives: Chief of Police Hakuba (first name not given; father)
Unnamed Grandfather
Nicknames: Detective of the East[1]
Statistics
First appearance: Magic Kaito Chapter 15
Manga: Chapter 299
Anime: Episode 219
Appearances: Manga: 8
Anime: 2
Movies: 1
Keyhole number: Volume 30
Actors
Japanese voice: Akira Ishida
Magic Kaito character

Saguru Hakuba (白馬 探 Hakuba Saguru?) is a character in the manga Magic Kaito, who has made multiple appearances in the manga and anime franchise Detective Conan. Hakuba is another teenage detective, just like Shinichi Kudo and Heiji Hattori. However, he does a lot of his work in England, as well as Japan, and has handled more cases than even Shinichi and Heiji. His main goal is to capture the Kaitou Kid.


Appearance and Skills

Hakuba Saguru has brown-blonde hair; his eye color is usually blue in the manga, but brown in the anime. According to Hakuba's own introduction to Aoko, Hakuba is 180 cm tall (5'11"), weighs 65 kg (143 lbs), was born on August 29th under the Virgo zodiac, and is blood type 'A'.[2]

In the Twilight Mansion case, he showed himself to be skilled at billiards, and to have at least basic knowledge of hawking.

He also seems to have an eidetic memory, just as Shinichi, Heiji and Kaito have proven themselves to have, and is capable of remembering long strings of data, particularly (in Saguru's case) precise times down to the millisecond.

Personality

How come you did that?

As a detective, Hakuba takes great interest in learning culprit's motives, asking "How come you did that?" Hakuba also pays a great deal of attention to time, carrying a pocket watch that only loses 0.001 seconds per year. Hakuba even notes during the Adam's Smile painting heist that Kaitou Kid is a minute and 13.02 seconds late.[3]During his first appearances in Magic Kaito, Hakuba is seen often wearing an Inverness cape and a deerstalker, much like the stereotypical portrait of Sherlock Holmes. In later appearances he has given up this look opting for a suit instead.

His speech is usually formal and polite, like his attire; for example, he uses the more humble pronoun 'boku' to refer to himself during the Detective Koushien case, while Heiji uses 'ore,' which is a cockier and less polite way of referring to oneself. However, Hakuba displays a distinct sense of arrogance himself, particularly during his earlier appearances. He displays an arrogant assurance in his ability to capture the Kaitou Kid, and conveys a superior attitude towards Inspector Nakamori's men in volume 3 of Magic Kaito. In the Detective Koushien case in Detective Conan he frequently mocked Heiji, calling him rash and hotheaded.

Hakuba also appears to be something of a flirt. He kissed Aoko's hand and tried to sweet-talk her into going on a date with him, [4] And during the Detective Koushien he was particularly attentive to the female detective present, even promising that he would "solve the case for her." However, it's possible that in both of those cases his actions were at least partly intended to irritate Kaito and Heiji, respectively.

Family

Hakuba's father is the Metropolitan Chief of Police in Japan. His mother is British. His family also apparently runs a research laboratory in Japan. His father appeared only once in Magic Kaito, when he asked Inspector Nakamori to look after Saguru.

In subsequent appearances in both manga series, Saguru's sole caretaker seems to be a housekeeper whom he refers to as 'baaya'[5] or 'governess' in the English translation.[6]

Relationship analysis

  • Saguru Hakuba and Kaito Kuroba

The relationship between Hakuba and Kaito is a rather tense one; Hakuba convinced himself early on that Kaito was indeed Kid, and during the first few volumes he's constantly throwing out offhand comments that show his suspicion. However, later on in the Manga, we have a small scene where Hakuba calls Kaito from Paris in order to give him some information on 'Chat Noir', a dangerous, fellow gem thief trying to outshine Kid.[7] Though Kaito continues to vehemently deny being Kid, Hakuba gives him the information anyways, ending the conversation with, "Do your best at least. I don't want to see you lose to anyone before I capture you myself". Whether that was his actual motive, or if he was merely concerned for Kaito's well being, or a mix of both, is unknown.

  • Saguru Hakuba and Aoko Nakamori

Prior to the heist in Volume 3, Chapter 3, Hakuba seems to flirt with Aoko after Kaito turns down Aoko's offer to go to the Prince Prince concert. Hakuba and Kaito then make a bet that if Hakuba manages to catch Kid then Hakuba will go to the concert with Aoko, and if he fails to capture the thief, Kaito will go instead. When interviewed before the heist, Hakuba notes "Tonight's battle has a special meaning to me".[8] Although initially excited to have Hakuba want to go to the concert with her, Aoko during the actual heist seems to want Hakuba to fail so that she can go to the concert with Kaito instead. This relationship has not been touched upon much since then because of Hakuba's limited appearances in Magic Kaito and Detective Conan.

Plot overview

Main Article: Saguru Hakuba Appearances

In Magic Kaito

Prior to arriving in Japan sometime around February 23, 1990, Hakuba spent time as a detective in England and attended London Bridge School. According to Hakuba's father, Saguru is most interested in meeting the infamous Kaitou Kid and is taken to the Adam's Smile painting heist. Hakuba fails to capture Kid but begins collecting clues as to Kid's true identity.

On February 24, 1990 (much to Kaito's dismay) Hakuba transfers into Ekoda High School Class 2-B and continues his mission to unmask Kid. He is now the classmate of Kaito Kuroba, Aoko Nakamori, Akako Koizumi, and Keiko Momoi.[9]

Although Magic Kaito is no longer frequently continued, Hakuba has made several appearances in the cases that have come out alongside Detective Conan. He telephoned Kaito from Paris to give him information on the thief known as Chat Noir, and also appeared in the Dark Knight arc, where he arrived too late to stop Kid's theft but correctly deduced his methods and kept up with Kaito in uncovering the identity of the mysterious 'Nightmare.'

In Detective Conan

Saguru's first appearance in Detective Conan was in the Twilight Palace case, where he was one of six detectives invited to investigate a murder that had been committed 40 years ago in an old mansion. During the case it is revealed Hakuba has a pet hawk named Watson whom he got in England. [10]

Heiji and Saguru didn't get along during the Detective Koushien.

His second, and only other canonical appearance, was in the Detective Koushien case. Although he initially believed that he was to represent the 'east' in a contest between four high school detectives, in fact the competition had been arranged by a woman seeking a detective 'with a strange accent' who had incorrectly accused her friend of committing a murder. Thinking that Hakuba's Japanese might be accented due to his time in Britain, she invited him, as well as Heiji Hattori, who is well known for his strong Kansai accent.

During the Detective Koushien, it was stated that Hakuba had returned to England sometime before the case, and had returned to Japan specifically to compete in the koushien, thus explaining his absence from the Kaitou Kid heists in Detective Conan.

Although not actually present, Hakuba was mentioned in Episode 219: The Gathering of the Detectives! Kudo Shinichi vs. Kaitou Kid (2 Hour Special). During the Kid case, set some time before Shinichi was shrunk, Kaito thinks to himself that the heist will be much easier without Hakuba around, as he has apparently returned to England. Kid was therefore not expecting a challenge, so when the officers trick him into revealing himself and successfully locate him in the ventilation shafts, Kid wonders aloud who, if not Hakuba, could be helping the police.

Hakuba also made a cameo of sorts in the tenth Detective Conan movie, The Private Eyes' Requiem. Claiming that someone dear to him had been captured by the theme park, he assisted Conan and Heiji in their investigations that day but later disappeared after they were separated by attackers. It is later revealed that 'Hakuba' was actually the Kaitou Kid in disguise.

Trivia

  • The name 'Saguru' means 'to search' in Japanese. His last name, Hakuba, means 'white horse.'
  • Saguru, along with Shinichi, Heiji and Kaito, are sometimes referred to as 'The Four Geniuses' or 'The Gosho Boys' by fans. If Ai/Shiho is included, they are referred to as 'The Five Geniuses.'
  • Saguru's eyes are blue in his manga appearances, but brown in the anime.
  • In the tenth Detective Conan movie it was stated that Hakuba had been studying Criminal Science in London.
  • Saguru wasn't given an English name in Case Closed. In Volume 30, the Twilight Mansion case and his only translated American appearance to date, he was simply referred to by his original name, like the other one-shot detectives in the case.
  • In Magic Kaito, Saguru acquires a strand of the Kid's hair and runs a genetic scan on it, determining that the Kid is a fifteen-to-seventeen year old male with a higher-than-average IQ. He then runs this information against a database of Tokyo teenagers and comes up with a list of possible Kaitou Kids, at the top of which was Kaito Kuroba's name. However, it's interesting to wonder whether Shinichi Kudo, another sixteen-year-old Tokyo resident with a similar build and above-average intelligence, made Saguru's list.

See also

References

  1. ^ Episode 479: Three Days with Heiji Hattori.
  2. ^ Aoyama, Gosho (1994-10-15). "Chapter 3" (in Japanese). Magic Kaito. 3. Tokyo: Shogakukan. ISBN 4-09-122093-5. 
  3. ^ Aoyama, Gosho (1994-10-15). "Chapter 2" (in Japanese). Magic Kaito. 3. Tokyo: Shogakukan. ISBN 4-09-122093-5. 
  4. ^ Aoyama, Gosho (1994-10-15). "Chapter 3" (in Japanese). Magic Kaito. 3. Tokyo: Shogakukan. ISBN 4-09-122093-5. 
  5. ^ Aoyama, Gosho (1994-10-15). "Chapter 7". Magic Kaito. 4. Shogakukan. ISBN 4-09-122093-5. ("Dark Knight")
  6. ^ Aoyama, Gosho. "Chapter 4-7" (in English). Detective Conan. 30. Shogakukan.  ("Twilight Mansion Case")
  7. ^ Aoyama, Gosho (1994-10-15). "Golden Eye Part 1" (in Japanese). Magic Kaito. 4. Tokyo: Shogakukan. p. 18. ISBN 4-09-122093-5. 
  8. ^ Aoyama, Gosho (1994-10-15). "Kaitou Under Scrutiny" (in Japanese). Magic Kaito. 3. Tokyo: Shogakukan. ISBN 4-09-122093-5. 
  9. ^ Aoyama, Gosho (1994-10-15). "Chapter 2" (in Japanese). Magic Kaito. 3. Tokyo: Shogakukan. ISBN 4-09-122093-5. 
  10. ^ Aoyama, Gosho. "Chapter 4-7" (in English). Detective Conan. 30. Shogakukan.  ("Twilight Mansion Case")
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
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