Characters: Magic Kaito

Characters from Magic Kaito

Kaitou Kid/Kaito Kuroba

Voiced by: Kappei Yamaguchi

Main Character of Magic Kaito. Eight years after his father's death, he discovers his father's identity as the original Kaitou Kid and later takes on the role himself in order to search for the gem called Pandora and stop the people who murdered his father from obtaining it.

While not under the guise of Kaitou Kid, Kaito seems to be rather popular in school and likes to pull harmless pranks on people. He also loves to demonstrate his magic skills and seems to hate seeing other people upset. While good at many things, he cannot skate and has an unexplained extreme fear of fish.

In Detective Conan, his main job is just to supply an adversary every now and then, but usually isn't important to the overall plot until chapter 824, where he's been helpin helping Conan to fool the Black Organization into believing Shiho Miyano is dead.

Mandatory naming note: He's got a huge number of layers here. Kuroba means '"black feather" - referring to flight and likely to his black hair, as well as Kid's apparent alignment according to the police. The name also possibly references magpies (birds who horde shiny objects). Kaito is a pun on both "kaitou" and the English "kite", which matches the appearance of his hang glider and once again refers to flight. The name Kuroba deliberately has 'black' in it as the majority of characters in Magic Kaito had colour-themed names. Still another point for the name is that 'clover' is spelled 'Kuroba' in Japanese- Kaito's monocle has a clover on it.

Tropes associated with Kaito:

  • The Ace: Smart, athletic, and good-looking
  • Alliterative Name
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Aoko.
  • Beyond the Impossible: He can perfectly imitate anyone's voice, even girls and young children. Conan requires a device created by a Mad Scientist to do that, and when he first witnesses Kaito's ability this is what he thinks.
  • Bishōnen
  • Canon Immigrant: In Detective Conan.
  • Chick Magnet: Got a whole bunch of chocolates for Valentine's Day.
    • Clueless Chick Magnet: Since that was the first time he came to school on Valentine's Day, he has no idea why all of these girls are suddenly just handing him chocolate for free.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Aoko.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: He has a habit of mentally logging information about a girl's panties. He seems to like white ones.
    • In his first appearance in Conan, he drugged Ran and disguised himself as her. Conan thought he had also stripped her to get her dress and Kaito teased him with the possibility. He actually didn't: he was the bellboy who took Ran's cocktail dress to her, and in the meantime he made a copy.
  • Common Eye Colours: Violet, for mysteriousness.
  • Disguised in Drag:
    • Kaitou steals Sonoko's mother Tomiko's very expensive black pearl while perfectly disguised as Ran.
    • He also disguises himself as a maid when he rescues Jirokichi Suzuki's dog. Lampshaded by Conan, who suggests that he enjoys crossdressing.
    • Played with much later: Kaitou knockes out and strips a girl named Sera to disguise himself as her, leaving her only in her undies... but Sera is such a Bifauxnen and so flatchested that he doesn't notice it's a girl. (To be fair, she is wearing boyish underwear and a top without a bra at that moment. He also caught her in the men's restroom, where she slipped in because the girls's restroom was full and she couldn't wait) Conan later explains everything, Kaitou is all "WTF?!" when told Sera's a girl... and cue to a very pissed off Sera in her undies drop-kicking him on the head.
  • Expy: Kaito is however an expy of Kaito Lupin, who only appeared in the prototype "Nonchalant Lupin" short story Aoyama published before officially working on Magic Kaito.
  • High-Class Glass: The monocle came from Arsène Lupin.
  • Identical Stranger: Not just a limitation of the art style, but Shin'ichi and Kaito (and Hattori) look similar enough to be disguised as one another without too much effort. To wit, Kaito has performed as Shin'ichi thrice in the films. Unfortunately not enough to trick Ran the third time.
  • Improbably High IQ: Apparently has an IQ of 400, as determined through DNA testing.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold
  • Latex Perfection: Any costume made by a Kuroba is bound to be perfect.
  • Living a Double Life
  • Loveable Rogue
  • Man in White: He says that his suit is white because he's "bold and flamboyant" and he's "different to a thief who wears all black". Conan points out a more pragmatic reason: during Kaito's many disappearing tricks, he can just switch to more discreet clothing, and while everybody around him is looking out for something white, he can abscond unnoticed.
  • Master of Disguise: He can switch between perfect full body costumes at a moment's notice. In one case, he goes from Nakamori to Genta (a young child) to Kaito Kid to random police guy within minutes, all with the appropriate clothing, perfectly imitated voices and even the stamp on his cheek that Nakamori previously placed on everyone in the room except him.
  • Meaningful Name: The name 'Kaito' means 'kite.' It is written differently (i.e. is a different kanji) than the word 'kaitou,' which means 'phantom thief.'
  • Messy Hair
  • Nice Hat
  • Phantom Thief: Kaito's profession. He's even 'stolen' a clock tower. His manga was all about the various comedic exploits he would get into as he ran from the police, until Cerebus Syndrome set in.
  • Secret Identity
  • The Trickster
  • Voice Changeling: He's capable of imitating most voices he hears.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: He has an irrational fear of fish.
  • You Killed My Father: Kaito's main motivation against the bad guys is to get them back for murdering his father onstage and playing it up as an accident.

Saguru Hakuba

Voiced by: Akira Ishida, Mamoru Miyano (Magic Kaito 1412)

Hakuba is the detective determined to catch the Kaitou Kid. He's made some guest star appearances in Detective Conan as well.

Mandatory Naming Note: His Colourful Theme Naming is white (Haku). His given name Saguru is an Alternate Character Reading for the tan in tantei, or detective.

Tropes associated with Hakuba:

  • Amateur Sleuth: Another famous and skilled high school detective.
  • Bishōnen
  • But Not Too Foreign: Japanese dad, British mom
  • Canon Immigrant: In Detective Conan.
  • Catch Phrase: "Hitotsu dake kikitai—Naze konno koto o..." or "I'd like to know—Why did you..."
  • Chick Magnet: Has a trunk full of chocolate by the end of Valentine's Day.
  • Clock King: Hakuba pays a great deal of attention to time, carrying a pocket watch that only loses 0.001 seconds per year.
  • Flanderization: Fanfiction often portrays Hakuba and the Kaitou Kid as an Odd Couple as best, and at worst portrays Hakuba as wanting to put Kid in handcuffs for reasons other than arresting him.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Easily inferred from the manga, as Hakuba's shown to be from a wealthy family and yet doesn't seem to have many friends. Many fanfics explore this idea by stating outright that his parents are divorced (which would be why he travels between England and Japan so often and why his presumably British mother is never shown).
  • The Mean Brit: Downplayed. He's more smug than Shinichi, Heiji, and Kaito combined, but he's not all the way bad.
  • Otaku: In Magic Kaito, when not in school uniform, he wore an Inverness cape and deerstalker cap just like the stereotypical public image of Sherlock Holmes.
  • Teen Genius: 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 Hakuba's case) precise times down to the millisecond.
  • The Rival: In Magic Kaito, Hakuba's the only one who comes close to Kaito's/the Kaitou Kid's level. Plus they once competed over who would get to take Aoko on a date. In Detective Conan, Shinichi's pretty much taken over the role of being the Kid's rival.
  • Smug Super: Hakuba seems to be slightly worse at modesty than even Shinichi, Heiji and Kaito.
  • Sugary Malice: Downplayed. 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. Kaito even describes his tone as sugary yet obnoxious.

Aoko Nakamori

Voiced by: Ayumi Fujimura, Minami Takayama (Detective Conan), M.A.O (Magic Kaito 1412)

Aoko is the Ran to Kaito's Shinichi. Her dad is the local Inspector Javert, Ginzo Nakamori, thus she hates Kaitou Kid for humiliating him.

Mandatory Naming Note: Her Colourful Theme Naming is blue (Ao).

Tropes associated with Aoko:

  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Kaito.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Kaito.
  • Dating Catwoman: Sorta, since she is Kaito's friend and one of his possible love interests.
  • Expy: Like Kaito, Aoko too is based on a character (Aoko Holmes) who only appeared in the prototype "Nonchalant Lupin" short story Aoyama published before officially working on Magic Kaito.
  • Flanderization: Her wielding mops and brroms, it should be noted, is fanon. She's only really shown chasing Kaito around the classroom with a mop during their introduction in the first chapter, but fanfiction likes to portray this as a regular occurrence.
    • To be fair this comes from the teacher in said chapter acting like this isn't entirely unusual for the two to do.
    • In Chapter 12 Kaito does hand Aoko a mop to defend herself with and in the anime adaption of Blue Birthday she brakes a mop over his head
  • Genius Ditz: Seems to be pretty booksmart.
  • Goofy Print Underwear: Specifically to mess with Kaito.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Her low self-esteem may be the reason why she acts more child-like than she should.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Mops and brooms.
  • Joshikousei
  • Kiddie Kid: She's in her mid to late teens but sometimes acts like a kid, and her speech patterns are noted to be very childish for her age.
  • Third-Person Person: Despite being at least 16 years old.
  • Tsundere: Toward Kaito.

Inspector Ginzo Nakamori

Voiced by: Unshou Ishizuka

He is Aoko's father and is obsessed with catching Kid, but ends up made a fool of.

Mandatory Naming Note: His Colourful Theme Naming is grey (Gin, literally "silver").

Tropes associated with Nakamori:

Akako Koizumi

Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro, Megumi Hayashibara (Detective Conan OVA 1), Eri Kitamura (Magic Kaito 1412)

She is a girl in Kaito's circle of friends. Pretty much the Haibara to his Shinichi and Aoko's Ran, only not in a kid's body and more of a magic believer than a scientist.

Mandatory Naming Note: Her Colourful Theme Naming is red (Aka).

Tropes associated with Akako:

Keiko Momoi

Voiced by: Ai Kayano, Atsumi Tanezaki (Magic Kaito 1412)

If Aoko and Akako are like Ran and Haibara, then Keiko is their Sonoko.

Mandatory Naming Note: Her Colourful Theme Naming is pink (Momo, literally "peach").

Tropes associated with Keiko:

Toichi Kuroba

Voiced by: Shuichi Ikeda

The original Kaitou Kid, and Kaito's dad.

Tropes associated with Toichi: