Kaito Kuroba

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Kaito Kuroba
Magic Kaito, Case Closed character
Kaito Kid.png
Kaito Kuroba in Kaito Kid disguise, as seen in a Case Closed TV special
First appearance Magic Kaito Ch. 1: "Return of the Phantom Thief" (1987)
Voiced by Japanese
Kappei Yamaguchi[1]
English
Jerry Jewell[2]
Profile
Aliases Kaito Kid
Kaito 1412
Relatives Toichi Kuroba[3] (father, deceased)
Chikage Kuroba (mother)

Kaito Kuroba (Japanese: 黒羽 快斗?, Hepburn: Kuroba Kaito), the true identity of the gentleman thief "Kaito Kid" (怪盗キッド?, Kaitō Kiddo, "Phantom Thief Kid"), is a fictional character and protagonist of the Magic Kaito manga series created by Gosho Aoyama. His father Toichi Kuroba was the original Kaito Kid before being killed by an unknown organization, while his mother was a former phantom thief known as the Phantom Lady. Kaito Kuroba then takes on the role of Kid after learning the organization is after a gemstone called Pandora and decides to find and destroy it.

Kaito Kuroba has also made significant appearances in Aoyama's Case Closed series. His strong resemblance to the protagonist of this series, Jimmy Kudo, allows Kaito to impersonate him without a mask. He is also voiced by the same voice actors as Jimmy. When Case Closed was localized into English, Viz Media chose the rōmaji Kaito Kid for the manga, while Funimation Entertainment referred to him as Phantom Thief Kid in the anime.

Appearances[edit]

In the Magic Kaito manga series[edit]

Kaito Kuroba is a seventeen-year-old high school student who is an adept magician due to the influence of his father, Toichi Kuroba.[3] Eight years prior to the series, Toichi had mysteriously died and was also the last time the Kaito Kid was spotted. In the present time, Kaito discovers a secret room in his home that was set up by his father to reveal itself on that very day. Finding the Kaito Kid's gadgets and costume in the room, Kaito dons the disguise and decides to confront Kid who has recently resurfaced after his eight years of absence. Kaito discovers Kid to be Konosuke Jii, his father's butler, who ascertains Toichi was the first Kaito Kid. Jii reveals his took on the role as Kid to lure out Toichi's murderer. Upon learning that his father was murdered, Kaito continues the role of the Kaito Kid as he searches for his father's killer.[3]

As the Kaito Kid, Kaito uses his skills of perfect disguise and the gadgets his father left him to complete his heists. The most prominent of those gadgets are his cape which transforms into a hang-glider, a gun that shoots sharp metallic playing cards, and smoke bombs.[4] To lure out the murderers, Kaito adopts a tradition of sending a note of his intending theft to the location beforehand.[5] After a successful heist, Kaito either returns the stolen treasures or throws them away.[6] As the Kaito Kid, Kaito eventually meets the organization who killed his father. He discovers they are searching for the gemstone called Pandora (パンドラ?) which grants immortality if the water it emits during Volley's Comet is drank. Pandora is hidden in a larger gemstone and can only be seen if shone under the moonlight. Kaito decides to search for Pandora with the intention of destroying it and begins focusing his heists on large gemstones.[6] As such, he begins the tradition of checking gemstones from his heists under the moonlight before returning them to their rightful owners.[7]

In the Case Closed series[edit]

Kaito Kuroba, as the Kaito Kid, appears in Aoyama's manga series Case Closed as an antagonist and occasional ally to his rival, Conan. He is introduced as Kaito 1412, but is referred to as Kid later on.[8] He is confronted by the protagonist of the series, Jimmy Kudo; teen detective turned child under the alias Conan Edogawa, who attempts to foil and capture him. Kaito also garners the attention of Jirokichi Suzuki who wants to capture Kid for fame.[9] In the Case Closed film series, Kaito reveals he knows Conan is actually Jimmy.[2] Due to Kaito's strong resemblance to Jimmy, he is able to disguise himself as Jimmy Kudo without a mask.[10]

Kaito has made six appearances in the films. In Case Closed: The Last Wizard of the Century, he steals a fabergé egg to return to its rightful owner while helping Jimmy on his investigation for an assassin.[2] In Case Closed: Magician of the Silver Sky, he continues his search for Pandora as Jimmy attempts to impede his heist.[10] Kaito makes his third appearance in Case Closed: The Private Eyes' Requiem, where he indirectly helps Jimmy solve an old murder.[11] His fourth appearance takes place in Case Closed: The Lost Ship in the Sky where Jirokichi baits him with a large gemstone on an airship as he attempts to capture him.[12] He is also featured in Lupin the 3rd vs. Detective Conan: The Movie and "Case Closed: Sunflowers of Inferno".

Skills and Abilities[edit]

Kaito is highly skilled in several areas which all contribute to the sole purpose of being Kaito Kid. He acquired most of his skills from his father.

Since his childhood, Kaito was trained as a magician by his father, Kuroba Toichi, who was one of the world's most prominent professional magicians, and the first Kaito Kid. Kaito has high level mastery of legerdemain which he keeps practicing extensively.

Kaito is also a great master of disguise, being able to impersonate almost anyone, and near impossible to differentiate the real person. He can do this incredibly fast. This is one of his trademark skills. He can even impersonate Jimmy/Shinichi without a mask. He is also skilled in acting and in perfectly imitating many voices of diverse kinds to make his disguises authentic and to some extent, ventriloquism. Conan finds this ability jarring.

Kaito is very athletic, has a good aim, skilled in gymnastics and can play many sports except ice skating and cue sports. He is also capable of pulling dangerous stunts and usually has good balance. He can fly his hang glider well and is dextrous in using his card gun. He can drive many vehicles and is an excellent pilot. For inexplicable reasons, Kaito has a hilarious case of Ichthyophobia.

Before each heist, Kaito and his assistant Jii spend many days gathering intelligence and plan very extensively down to the minute details and back ups, although there are times Kid has to pull off impromptu heists right on the spot.

According to the detective Saguru Hakuba, Kaito has 400 IQ. He can bypass most locks and security systems of incredible difficulty and he plans his heists very well with excellent back up plans. He can escape from many traps, hack computers and tweak security systems. Kaito is usually successful in his heists, although there are exceptions. When Jirokichi's team ran simulations of the latest ironclad security system against Kid's patterns, the result always ended in the system's failure as Kaito Kid always improves himself. One time, Jirokichi secretly asked Kid to rescue his dog trapped in the security system, which Kid agreed to and succeeded in doing so.

Kaito can also figure out secrets of complex magic tricks and possesses deductive abilities similar to Conan, Hakuba or Heiji. He can even invent his own tricks. Kaito has good general knowledge and also appears to have some expertise in judging the quality of gems, being able to distinguish the real one from the fake.

As Kaito Kid, he is good with girls who find his "bad boy gentleman charm" attractive and has a huge female fan base.

Reception[edit]

On a Case Closed character popularity poll, Kaito ranked as the top most popular character of the series.[13] On an online poll by Conan Movie.jp, he placed second with 19% of the votes.[14] John Sinnott from DVD Talk considers Kaito Kuroba as an interesting character as he was able to escape from Jimmy Kudo, the protagonist of Case Closed.[15] Rebecca Silverman, writing for Anime News Network, has also described him as "interesting", noting that it "is a lot of fun" to see how he can defy Jimmy, and be a "foil figure" to him.[16] SequentialTart.com's Amanda Tarbet remarks the Phantom Thief Kid to be an amusing character due to his gentlemanly manners and skills.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "コナンVS怪盗キッド" [Conan vs. Phantom Thief Kid]. 名探偵コナン. Season 3. September 22, 1997. Nippon Television Network System. Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation. 
  2. ^ a b c Case Closed: The Last Wizard of the Century (DVD). Funimation Entertainment. December 15, 2009. UPC 704400078040. 
  3. ^ a b c Aoyama, Gosho (May 15, 1988). "蘇る怪盗" [Returned Phantom Thief]. まじっく快斗 [Magic Kaito] (in Japanese). Volume 1. Shogakukan. ISBN 4-09-122081-9. 
  4. ^ Aoyama, Gosho (May 15, 1988). "警官がいっぱい" [Policemen Everywhere]. まじっく快斗 [Magic Kaito] (in Japanese). Volume 1. Shogakukan. ISBN 4-09-122081-9. 
  5. ^ Aoyama, Gosho (May 15, 1988). "怪盗キッドの忙しい休日" [Phantom Thief Kid's Busy Day]. まじっく快斗 [Magic Kaito] (in Japanese). Volume 1. Shogakukan. ISBN 4-09-122081-9. 
  6. ^ a b Aoyama, Gosho (October 14, 1994). "ブルーバースデー" [Blue Birthday]. まじっく快斗 [Magic Kaito] (in Japanese). Volume 3. Shogakukan. ISBN 4-09-122083-5. 
  7. ^ Aoyama, Gosho (October 14, 1994). "グリーンドリーム" [Green Dream]. まじっく快斗 [Magic Kaito] (in Japanese). Volume 3. Shogakukan. ISBN 4-09-122083-5. 
  8. ^ Aoyama, Gosho (August 9, 1997). "File 6. 邂逅" [File 7. Chance Meeting]. 名探偵 コナン [Detective Conan]. Case Closed (in Japanese). Volume 16. Shogakukan. ISBN 4-09-125046-7. 
  9. ^ Aoyama, Gosho (January 17, 2004). "File 7. 奇蹟" [File 7. Miracle]. 名探偵コナン [Detective Conan]. Case Closed (in Japanese). Volume 44. Shogakukan. ISBN 4-09-126414-X. 
  10. ^ a b Detective Conan: Magician of the Silver Sky (DVD). Shogakukan. November 17, 2010. ASIN B00450MNEC. 
  11. ^ Detective Conan: The Private Eyes' Requiem (DVD). Shogakukan. December 13, 2006. ASIN B000JGWC42. 
  12. ^ Detective Conan: The Lost Ship in the Sky (DVD). Shogakukan. November 17, 2010. ASIN B000666UY8. 
  13. ^ "Detective Conan popularity poll" (in Japanese). Ebookjapan.jp. May 12, 2011. Archived from the original on August 23, 2011. Retrieved June 2, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Detective Conan Movie 15 popularity poll" (in Japanese). Conan-movie.jp. Archived from the original on April 17, 2011. Retrieved August 22, 2011. 
  15. ^ John Sinnott (October 11, 2005). "Case Closed Season 5 Vol. 4 -The Phantom Thief Kid". DVD Talk. Retrieved January 15, 2011. 
  16. ^ Silverman, Rebecca (November 11, 2012). "Case Closed GN 44". Anime News Network. Retrieved April 25, 2014. 
  17. ^ Amanda Tarbet (January 18, 2010). "Case Closed Movie: The Last Wizard of the Century review". SequentialTart.com. Archived from the original on January 11, 2011. Retrieved January 11, 2011.