If you don’t read the manga: SPOILER ALERT
Okay, so I have a weird theory that maybe Shukichi Haneda can be Seras second brother. I mean, he did meet Conan in "the Ex-boyfriend Living Next to a Crime Scene" (picture) and there it was pretty clear that he relised how smart Conan is for his age. Later in "The Suspect is Makoto Kyogoku" Sera receive a text from her brother that reads "If it’s him, there’s no problem". Since Shukichi already have met Conan and realised his smartness, it would make sense that he could have written that text-message. Like it reads in DC-wiki "Haneda seems to have noticed Conan’s intelligence and trusted his deductions the first time they met." These chapters are also very close to each other.
Furthermore; he uses the nickname Taiko-Meijin and he haven’t even told Yumi what he’s doing, so that would explain why Sera wouldn’t know his occupation.
And in the end of chapter 902 you can see that both Subaru/Akai and the mysterious girl are watching over Shukichi. We still do not know what connection the little girl have to Sera and her family, but if Shukichi would be Seras and Akais brother, it would explain why he watched over him.
Also, Sera have already mentioned that her second brother doesn’t look anything like her and Akai.
Well, all this would make sense if Shukichi were younger than Akai, but on www.detectiveconanworld.com it reads that Subaru/Akai is 27 and Shukichi is 28.
Akai doesn’t have to be 27 (or any younger), because dcw is quoting Subaru’s supposed age and Subaru is, well, a disguise. I don’t know how it works in the dcverse but new FBI recruits are supposed to be at least 23 years old. Akai has been at least 5 years in the bureau (considering that he infiltrated BO for 3 years before they realized who he was 2 years ago) so he should be be 28 years or more (considering that he was already a top agent so BO shouldn’t have been his only deployment? I guess) if that particular nature is on effect.
I don’t mind chukichi being the midbro, but I was hoping that it’s merely a red herring because, I mean, isn’t it rather too obvious? Imagine the excitement if it, somehow, surprisingly is not chukichi but someone else that’s been under our noses without us even noticing! (I liked how Vermouth turned out to be Araide while Gosho made Jodie suspicious as hell, and/or Amuro being Bourbon instead of Subaru although this one was more predictable).
Plus I have always thought that this ‘Subaru Okiya’ persona couldn’t be just a random identity? What if it was snatched from /the/ midbro? Well I wouldn’t be able to explain how Sera stays put without investigating him, though. But she also doesn’t seem to have recognized chukichi?
But all in all, if he must be the midbro, then he is the midbro all right. Gosho might have predicted that we would think chukichi’s a decoy and the surprise might be that it’s not. Talking about multiple-tiered-red-herring here…
The theory that Shukichi is the midbro is a relatively mature theory, lots of evidence and indications can be found in the past 60 chapters. I mean, it’s not very likely that Gosho merely confuses us in purpose.
But for me that is not the point. Suppose Shukichi is the midbro, What puzzles me is that what’s the point of portraying him? You know, every new character related to the thread in DC has his/her position and mission. I remember Gosho once said in an interview that Shukichi is a quite complex character and would play an important role in the future, which made me freaking curious. Anyway, I’m looking forward to him…