THE SILVER CASE: What Is Uehara Kamui?

Screenshot of Toriko and Sundance Shot facing each other on the roof of the white Business Tower lighthouse. The sky is blue. Shot says, "Kamui?"

But is there a more important Kamui? In “I Got Rhythm,” Toriko accuses Sundance Shot of being the new incarnation of Uehara Kamui. Shot does identify himself as an assassin, one link to Kamui. He claims to obey ideology even against his own self-interest, like Format Kamui. Also like Kamui, the “facts” of his role in the story are hidden behind a “truth” the player learns near the ending: Shot is not, in fact, the terrorist Sumio is trying to thwart. Instead, he is repeatedly preventing his homeland, Lospass Island, from exploding due to the actions of the actual terrorist, the ELBOW agent Edo. Complicating this explanation, in “Pavane pour une infante défunte,” Shot claims he, himself, is the bomb, unable to escape a cycle of daily, literal self-destruction and then regeneration through the eye’s power, mirroring the broader “cycle of crime, dehumanization and death” that entraps Kamui and, by metaphor, all common people in modern society.

Screenshot of Sundance Shot sitting in Sumio's hotel room. The bed is visible behind him. Shot is on the left, his eyepatch prominent. Shot says, "I am the bomb."

Also linking Shot to Kamui is that he may have a silver eye. The initial implication is that Shot has obtained one of the two silver eyes from Uminosuke’s corpse: Tokio visibly has a silver eye and indicates there are two people with a silver eye present on Lospass Island. Shot’s portrait in The Silver Case (below) lacks an eyepatch, but in Flower, Sun, and Rain he conspicuously wears one over his left eye, implying he is hiding his acquisition.

In “Welcome to the ‘Flower, Sun, and Rain,’” Sumio is able to jack his computer-puzzle-solving device, Catherine, into Peter Bocchwinkur’s eye, which might hint that Peter is another candidate for an heir to Uminosuke’s treasure. However, given that Peter is later revealed to be Kusabi wearing a full-body suit, the false eye is presumably just part of the costume. In the ending, Sumio plugs Catherine into his own removable eye, implying, somehow, that he himself has the silver eye! But even if Shot has a silver eye, this does not mean he is Kamui/Ayame. Uminosuke, the leader of the old men, has silver eyes yet is the antithesis of Kamui. Additionally, Shot may not have a silver eye at all: Tokio’s explanation for the time loop phenomenon is that there are two silver eyes in conflict on Lospass Island, but the twist ending reveals that, in fact, there was no time loop but instead Sumio’s memories transferring through successive clone bodies.

However, all of these are moot points. Though he is from Uehara’s tribe, Shot is the FSO chairman and presumably an architect of the Kamui Maspro, for which reason he of all people cannot possibly be a “Kamui copy.” This may be why he is so quick to feign ignorance of Uehara Kamui’s existence.

Instead of Shot, Sumio might be a Kamui analogue. Though Toriko’s only goal is to rescue Kodai Sumio from among the other Sumio clones, in “An American in Paris,” she also identifies him as Kamui. Fittingly, she also considers Sumio-Kamui her savior. Given that Sundance Shot is a clone of Sumio, this seems like a reasonable conclusion. Sumio is, apparently, a Sundance tribe member and a victim of childhood trauma after growing up in the ELBOW cloning facility on Eleki Island (in addition to the Mikumo incident).

Screenshot showing Sumio and Toriko. Sumio is in the foreground, and Toriko in the background. They're in an airport terminal. Toriko says, "You're Kamui too."

Like Kamui is a “savior” capable of liberating the people from the oligarchs, Sumio emerges as the “savior” of Lospass Island, freeing Sundance Shot and its other people from the ennui and repetition of the pseudo-paradise “truth” that hides the “facts” of ELBOW and genocide. In “An American in Paris,” Sumio identifies himself as “Flower, Sun, and Rain” for this reason: the answer to Sumio is inside Kamui. This is not the first time: recall that, in “Parade,” he is part of the same group that quotes Fujiwara. Similarly, Sumio pursues the ideal of Shimohira Ayame in the same way the youth culture pursues the ideal of Fujiwara or the savior Kamui. He is also metaphorically like the Shelter Kids given that he becomes a criminal as a result of childhood violence he suffered due to the old men. In this reading, Sumio continues to be the fourth Kamui. As a Maspro child, he now more wholly embodies the fourth Kamui. How Yukimura harmed Mikumo is more overtly likened to what happened in the Triangle Towers.