I briefly mentioned Okiya and “Bourbon” in my previous post about the Clash of Red and Black arc. This time around, let’s have a closer look on these mysterious characters. Episodes 509-511 covered manga files 622-624 from Vol. 60, and files 638-640 from Vol. 61, which are somewhat part of the Black Organization arc. I say “somewhat” because I’m not sure about who this new BO member is exactly (codename: Bourbon). Naturally, theories about the identities of Okiya and Bourbon are all over the DC fanbase. For the purpose of simplicity in this post, I shall refer to it as “the Okiya arc” and subcategorize it as part of the BO arc. ** WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD**
A QUICK SUMMARY OF “THE OKIYA ARC” — Episodes 509-511 deals with two cases. Case #1 (episode 509 and the first half of 510) introduces us to two new significant characters in the BO arc. Rena warns Jodie-sensei about a new BO member who has been deployed, an agent who is highly skilled in intelligence gathering as well as observation and discernment., whose codename is “Bourbon.” Jodie and Conan believe that Bourbon’s target is Haibara/Sherry. Jodie notes that they can’t risk an FBI agent protect to Haibara because that might make it obvious to the BO that she’s Sherry, so Jodie asks Conan to keep an eye on Haibara for them. Anyway, case #1 is an arson case regarding an apartment owned by a classmate of the Detective Boys, which happens to be near the Professor’s house. We are introduced to a guy named Okiya Subaru, a graduate student of Engineering living in the apartment. We also learn that Okiya is a fan of Sherlock Holmes. Remember that Haibara gets a chilly feeling whenever a BO member is nearby? For some reason, it seems that she gets this vibe whenever she gets close to Okiya. As usual, Conan solves the case. Okiya learns about Professor Agasa and asks if the kids could introduce the two of them. Okiya asks the Professor if he can stay at the house for a while since the apartment burned down, he offered to help out with the Prof’s research. Haibara is against this, so Conan offers to let Okiya live at Kudo’s house next door. Haibara asks if that’s really okay, to which Conan replies that it is since he thinks a Holmes fan can’t be a bad person.
Case #2 (second half of episode 510 and the entire episode 511) gives us a better insight on Okiya Subaru. It’s 1 month after the first case. Ran and Sonoko drop by Kudo’s house to do some cleaning. Surprise! They find a guy living there. Thinking that he’s a burglar, Ran gives him a hard karate kick (ouch). They later learn that he’s Okiya and got permission from Conan (and Shinichi-niichan) to live there for a while and sort of be the “caretaker” of the house. Conan informs Ran that “Shinichi-niichan” doesn’t want Ran to talk much about him when she’s around Okiya. The second case involves a kidnapping and paper airplanes as clues. Shinichi/Conan and Okiya have a deduction showdown (NOT face-to-face, of course). Apparently, Okiya has excellent deduction skills as well. He and Conan arrived at the same conclusions at about the same time, every time. They both solve the case and save the day. At the end of the episode, Sonoko mentions that Okiya was probably drinking to celebrate his correct deduction. Ran explains to the confused Conan that they noticed some alcohol at Kudo’s house that wasn’t there before. With a smile on his face, we see Okiya drinking a glass of… guess what?… Bourbon.
MY IMPRESSION — I’ve been holding out on talking about this guy until the manga file got animated. So, who exactly is Okiya? Who could Bourbon be? Are they the same person or not? Could Okiya be Akai in disguise? Let’s try and address some of these questions, shall we?
Conan offered Okiya to stay at Kudo’s house next door to Prof Agasa’s, telling Haibara that a Holmes fan can’t be a bad person. ^_^; Heh, either Conan is becoming stupid naive or he suspects something, I don’t know. It’s most likely the latter, though it could also be that he knows something that we obviously don’t. Enter the suspicions from other DC fans that Okiya might actually be Akai in disguise. It’s a possibility too. I mean, I personally (and stubbornly) refuse to believe that Akai is dead! With this flicker of hope in mind, Akai posing as Okiya is a very welcome possibility for me. Akai is a sharp and clever guy, so him as Okiya is not far-fetched either. Did he know much about Holmes? I don’t know. But that could also be some sort of sign or a hint between Akai and Conan, so Conan would know who Akai is when he takes on his disguise, which in this assumption is Okiya. The engineering student bit of info might also be a way of staying close to protect Conan and especially Haibara, who Akai has some history with (Haibara’s older sister was his girlfriend). Ah, but this part leads me to another question… If Okiya is Akai in disguise, why does Haibara feel frightened whenever she’s near Okiya? Hmm, maybe because Akai was also part of the BO for a time as a spy, so Haibara gets the chills. Other than the time when Conan pretended to be Haibara and she gets saved by Ran (ep 345) and the bus hijack incident (ep 230), has Haibara even been near Akai before he died? I ‘m not so sure, but I don’t think so. Hence, I’m also not sure if she feels frightened when near Akai.
At this point in time, I’m still absolutely uncertain, but I’m leaning towards the “Okiya might be Bourbon” theory. Some of the possible clues that makes me lean towards this are: (1) As mentioned earlier, Haibara always gets this strange and cold feeling of fear whenever any BO member is nearby. The chilly vibes which she appears to feel whenever she gets close to Okiya suggests to us viewers that he might be “Bourbon.” (2) Rena says this “Bourbon” person has great skills at gathering intelligence and observation. Sounds to me like he’s a very smart guy. Okiya easily fits this description after exhibiting those deduction skills that rival Shinichi’s. Although, I must note that Rena did not give any indication if Bourbon was in fact a man or a woman. (3) Episode 511′s ending, with Okiya drinking a glass of bourbon with a suspicious smile on his face? It’s either a dead giveaway that he is Bourbon or it’s merely something that’s aimed to mislead us on purpose.
I’m honestly not sure about the real identity of either Okiya or Bourbon. Of course, it’s also very much possible that Okiya is an individual separate from either Bourbon or Akai, that he is who he says he is: Just a grad student who’s a Sherlock Holmes fan. Perhaps, another ally for Conan. So far, Bourbon’s gender has never been mentioned so it’s also likely that “he” could be a “she” instead. In this regard, this may be a bit off, but isn’t it probable that Vermouth may be disguising as Okiya too? She did it before with Dr. Araide (ep 345). I haven’t seen her in a while either, plus disguises are her specialty after all. Although, if this is the case, Okiya would probably have been drinking vermouth instead of bourbon. Hmm. Hey, just a thought.
** END OF SPOILERS **
Note that these are just merely my own personal thoughts about the whole Okiya and Bourbon business. I’m sure we’d eventually get a better idea on this little identity crisis in future manga files, since I think further clues will be scattered about in future chapters which will involve the BO arc, Okiya or Bourbon.
Okay, I’m just glad that I’ve relieved myself of these hypotheses about the mysterious identity stuff. My mind can feel at ease now. ~LOL. I’ll be looking forward to the follow-up on this arc in the manga, and to the day when the Okiya/Bourbon/Akai mystery is solved. ^^
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