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|Kazuma... The truth is shrouded in darkness. A darkness only our clan's great sword can pierce.|
A Duel to the Death
- Main article: Professor Killings
Japanese Genshin Asogi was studying abroad in London with Yujin Mikotoba and Seishiro Jigoku, aiming to become a detective. During his stay, he became good friends with the van Zieks family. However, he found out that his friend, Chief Prosecutor Klint van Zieks, was killing nobles using his dog under the name "The Professor". Chief Justice Mael Stronghart refused to investigate as the only evidence Genshin had was that Klint owned a large dog. Unknown to Genshin, Stronghart was actually forcing Klint to keep killing people. Genshin eventually approached Klint in his mansion so they could duel to the death. Before this, Klint wrote a will confessing his sins.
Stronghart didn't want the people to know a fellow British man was responsible for the killings, so he pinned the blame on Genshin Asogi treating Klint as the last victim of the Professor despite the fact that he wasn't killed by a dog like the other victims. When Genshin met up with Barok after killing Klint, they were attacked by Tobias Gregson and a gang of thugs gathered. Although he was able to hold them off, they managed to steal his trademark ring. John Wilson kept his assistants, Yujin Mikotoba and Courtney Sithe, busy while he pretended to find the ring in Klint's stomach during the dissection. This led to false evidence of Klint swallowing it during his death when Genshin killed him.
A Fatal Deal
Genshin Asogi was Japanese and his country and England were in the middle of negotiating an alliance treaty, so he was forced to wear a metal mask in his top secret trial to keep his identity hidden. Before he was transported to Barclay Prison, Stronghart ordered him to write a will, which was later given to Barry Caidin. Realizing that he still has Klint's will exposing his role in the killings, Stronghart made a deal with him: if Genshin took the blame for the serial killings, his execution would be faked, and he would be buried alive. Subsequently, Stronghart and Seishiro Jigoku would unearth him, and he could go home to his son. Reluctantly, Genshin agreed. Genshin hid Klint's will in the hilt of his sword, Karuma, hoping that it could one day be found and reveal the truth. Afterwards, Genshin was quickly found guilty of the murders by Barok and was sentenced to death. The coroner who examined his body, Courtney Sithe, declared him dead via hanging, and Caidin kept the prison warden, Daley Vigil, busy so he was buried alive.
|Genshin Asogi's Will|
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I, Genshin Asogi, hereby request that upon my death, any and all material possessions and wealth belonging to me in London be delivered to my son, Kazuma Asogi, in the Empire of Japan.
It is with deep sadness that I accept my fate in this foreign land, in the knowledge that I will never see my homeland or family again. But I regret nothing about my chosen path.
Kazuma... The truth is shrouded in darkness. A darkness only our clan's great sword can pierce.
Twist thy head and watch them fall,
All thy mortal foes!
Betrayal and Murder
It was there that Mael Stronghart went with Jigoku to get Genshin. He managed get dug up in before the air in the coffin ran out, only to find that a grave robber was responsible and had seen what appeared to be the serial killer rising from his grave. Stronghart realized that the robber will tell people that the Professor's death was faked so his plan was ruined. He ordered Jigoku to kill Genshin to keep him dead for real. Jigoku argued about the promise but reluctantly obliged and murdered Genshin causing the blood-covered robber to run away in terror. Stronghart and Jigoku then reburied the body and went on their ways.
French sculptor Esmeralda Tusspells was waiting in the cemetery the night as well to get Genshin's face for her wax museum. She dug up the body but had trouble with his jaw. That was when she realized that he was buried alive. Mael Stronghart allowed a sculpture of Genshin as long as Tusspells never took off the metal mask nor told anyone about this.
Wax statue theft
- Main article: The Return of the Great Departed Soul
The grave robber, Enoch Drebber, stole the wax statue to fake details about a murder and to coerce Courtney Sithe to play along so he would not reveal the Professor's supposed identity. However, after the statue was returned and the head was found in Drebber's lab, Ryunosuke Naruhodo used the wax statue during the trial of Albert Harebrayne for the murder to prove his case theory about the kinesis machine being a magic trick.
After the truth about the kinesis machine was exposed and Harebrayne was acquitted, Barok van Zieks showed Ryunosuke, Susato and Kazuma the face of the wax statue to explain why he became so hateful about the Japanese. Van Zieks also revealed that he prosecuted Genshin in a secret trial and with a mask and that his supposed identity as the Professor was kept under wraps to prevent damaging the reationship between Japan and the United Kingdom.
- Main article: The Resolve of Ryunosuke Naruhodo
- He shares the character "truth" (真) with his son. The character gen (玄) can mean "dark", or "unclear", so perhaps his name points to the "unclear truth", as opposed to Kazuma's "one truth".
- The "truth" (真) in his name is pronounced shin, making it a homophone of Gregory Edgeworth's Japanese given name, shin (信).