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Ryunosuke Naruhodo
Most of what we know about you, Mr Sholmes, comes from the published stories of your exploits.
Herlock Sholmes
.........
Ryunosuke Naruhodo
And we really have no way of knowing... what's fact and what's fiction.

Herlock Sholmes was a legendary English detective known for his rapid-fire abductive reasoning and deductions. He was the primary detective who assisted Ryunosuke Naruhodo with criminal investigations, and was himself assisted by a young girl called Iris Wilson. He owns a Stradivarius violin, which he bought for 55 shillings, owing to the seller not knowing of its real value.

Detective career[]

Befriending a Japanese doctor[]

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Main article: Professor Killings

Herlock Sholmes was a detective in London. As part of an exchange program Klint van Zieks established, a Japanese man Yujin Mikotoba became friends with the detective. They solved many mysteries, and Yujin took notes all about their adventures together, keeping them in a trunk in his flat. However, when Klint was killed and Yujin's friend Genshin Asogi was accused of being the feared serial killer known as the "Professor," Yujin was entrusted with taking care of Klint's newly born daughter, who named her Iris. Forced to return to Japan, Yujin asked Sholmes to take care of Klint’s daughter in his stead, to which he unhesitatingly complied. Iris grew up for a time believing Sholmes was her father.

One day, Sholmes told Iris that the one who wrote the stories in his trunk was her actual father. Iris eventually deduced through the text, as well as the handwriting on a stolen autopsy, that her father was John H. Wilson, though this was proven much later to be false, as the handwriting on both documents was Yujin. Regardless, Iris compiled the writings left behind by her "father," and using John Wilson as a pen name, she would come to publish The Adventures of Herlock Sholmes. These manuscripts would turn Sholmes into a legendary detective, known all over the world.

A few years later, Iris found a paper regarding the Professor Killings and wrote a story about it, calling it The Hound of the Baskervilles. When Sholmes read it he was horrified, thinking that if it was published, Iris would discover that Klint was her father, and that he was a serial killer. Fearing the worst, he sent Iris’ manuscript to Yujin Mikotoba in Japan, who put it in his office.

End of spoilers.

A conspiracy discovered[]

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Sholmes' habit of listening to other people's business lead him to learn about a telegram from England to Japan. It read: K. Asogi, A. Shin, T. Gureguson, J. Wilson and "That is all four". Since he had heard about Dr. John Wilson's death in Japan, and given notorious assassin Asa Shinn had vanished half a year prior, Sholmes thought these four people were to be killed as part of some sort of conspiracy. With this knowledge, he notified Yujin, who wrote him letters notifying him that Kazuma Asogi would be coming to England on the SS Burya. Sholmes decided to board the ship and stop Asogi’s study abroad to save him.

End of spoilers.

Aboard the SS Burya[]

Main article: The Adventure of the Unbreakable Speckled Band
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When the Burya passed through Shanghai, Asogi somehow lost consciousness, which gave Sholmes a chance to get him off the ship before it arrived in England. But first, he set to find out who almost killed Asogi. Sholmes first encountered Ryunosuke Naruhodo after naming him the culprit, also mistaking him for Vilen Borshevik. Sholmes, along with Naruhodo and Susato Mikotoba, investigated Kazuma Asogi's supposed death. Twice he performed his famous Dance of Deduction in order to deduce what occurred, but deduced incorrectly. Naruhodo helped him recheck his deductions, just like Yujin once had. Nikolina Pavlova was discovered to be the culprit after Sholmes found her earring in Asogi's hand. Naruhodo believed that with his friend dead, he and Susato would have to return to Japan. However, Sholmes convinced the Japanese student to take over Asogi's spot in the exchange, and become a defense attorney. At the time, this was a ploy so that when Asogi was discovered alive, someone else would have already taken the spot to England, intending to delay his trip by a few more years. Sholmes told Bif Strogenov and the rest of the crew of sailors aboard the Burya about Asogi after the ship had stopped. He was also able to help Pavlova receive asylum in the United States. However, Asogi regained consciousness with no memory of his identity, managing to escape Sholmes before he could be dropped off at the Japanese embassy in Hong Kong. The embassy had arranged to send him back to Japan.

End of spoilers.

The Natsume investigations[]

Main articles: The Adventure of the Clouded Kokoro & The Memoirs of the Clouded Kokoro

Herlock Sholmes met Naruhodo and Susato again during his investigations at the Garridebs' flat, as well as during the reading of Soseki Natsume's books. Natsume had been accused of stabbing a woman named Olive Green on Briar Road. He initially had incorrect deductions, but Naruhodo, with the Dance of Deduction, helped to prove that the Garridebs had an argument on the night of Olive Green's attack. It was during this time that Sholmes invited the exchange students to remain in his flat, to which they used it as a makeshift law office.


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Sholmes later continued his investigation of the flats after William Shamspeare was poisoned. He made a false deduction that Shamspeare died after eating soap- another deduction that caused Natsume to be arrested (for the second time). He, along with Iris, developed a new fluid that determines whether or not tea leaves are fake. If they are real, the tea turns black but is undrinkable. Sholmes also developed a chemical spraying device called the "Skin Print Seeker gun", which was used along with special goggles in order to see what people have touched. Barok van Zieks rejected the use of the invention in court the first time it was mentioned. The device is brought up again when Naruhodo insists it could be used to find Selden's hidden treasure. Sholmes then appeared in court to collect a sample of Selden's prints from Olive Green (with Selden’s key in her possession). It was revealed that due to Sholmes' presence in Natsume's room (reading books), Shamspeare could not have checked the room for the treasure. Despite saying he would do it in a half hour, Sholmes found a hidden compartment in the ceiling of the flat the next day. But to his horror, the treasure turned out to be the encrusted dog collar worn by Balmung, the hunting dog Klint van Zieks had used to kill his victims. He then told Iris she couldn't write a story about the incident they had just investigated, but did not elaborate as to why. She wrote up a manuscript, but Sholmes did not allow its publication. However, he did allow her to publish the story of how Olive Green was stabbed.

Sholmes received Iris' Baskerville story again after Yujin Mikotoba read a report from Soseki Natsume describing the treasure, which Yujin recognized as well. Susato saw the manuscript in her father's office while she was cleaning before they left Japan. Seeing that Susato had seen the manuscript, Yujin instructed her not to tell anyone about it, fearing Iris might somehow find out about her father through this information. Sholmes gave the manuscript to Pop Windibank, the pawn shop owner, to lock up in his vault in order to keep it safe from the public.

End of spoilers.

Incident at the pawnbrokers[]

Main article: The Adventure of the Unspeakable Story
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Two months later, Herlock Sholmes became depressed because he had been slacking with his violin practice, and he had lost his "muse". When Susato reveals that he had actually been playing a viola, he realizes that the pawnbroker actually swapped his All Purpose Analysis Lens with the viola instead of his violin and goes to Windibank's Pawnbrokery. He confronts Pop, who reveals that Sholmes simply walked out with the viola instead of the violin, without checking it. Hatch then returns the violin to him. Then, he meets Gina Lestrade from Naruhodo's first British trial and is impressed by her stealing the smoke prototype, but Gina says she can't stand him, so he walks away. Gina then tries to pledge a music box disc to the pawnshop but suddenly, a man named Eggert Benedict comes into the store and claims the coat that Gina is wearing is his. Gina denies this, but Benedict provides proof that the coat is indeed his. Benedict also demands that Gina return the music box disc, which then devolves into an argument. Naruhodo asks for Sholmes's assistance in deescalating the situation. Sholmes incorrectly deduces that Benedict wants a job at the pawn shop, not for cash, but for the ulterior motive of digging a tunnel in the shop's floor to connect to a bank vault that will allow him to steal special funds given to the Great Exhibition. Naruhodo corrects him by revealing that he actually came to the pawn shop because he knew Gina would be there, and that he would be able to seize Gina's pledge. Naruhodo also revealed that Benedict's goal was to collect the items that Magnus McGilded, the defendant from that same trial who was killed in a fire shortly after it ended, left behind. Benedict then threatens Naruhodo with a gun into giving him the disc, but Tobias Gregson and the Scotland Yard show up from a report of an incident in the pawn shop. Gregson attempts to arrest Benedict, but he gets away. He then confiscates McGilded's disc.

After that, Sholmes decides to invite Lestrade over for dinner, which she refuses. However, Naruhodo thinks she'll come around and show up anyway. Later, he then reveals that has the real disc and that he gave Gregson a fake caramel molded disc, but it turns out the real disc doesn't work on their music box. Susato reminds Sholmes and Iris that the storeroom in the pawn shop is holding an unpublished manuscript written by Iris. Sholmes tries to play it off by saying that the storeroom is very secure, but Iris teases him by pointing out that it's the same storeroom that turned his violin into a viola. He and Iris are very surprised that Susato knows that full title of the manuscript, "The Hound of the Baskervilles". Iris interrogates Susato as to why she knows the full title, and asks Sholmes why she would know it, but Sholmes notices that Gina arrives and he changes the topic. Sholmes welcomes her into the house and they all eat dinner together, and he plays his violin after dinner until everyone's ears bled. Iris later tells Naruhodo that she wrote the manuscript and tried to show Sholmes, but he said that she cannot publish it right now, so he had it pledged to the pawn shop. Gina doesn't believe that Sholmes stored it at all and thinks that he is lying to Iris, so during the night she goes to the pawn shop to check. Sholmes wakes Naruhodo and Susato up telling them about her disappearance. Sholmes asks Naruhodo to look out the window, and he notices that the lights are on at the pawn shop. He remembers what Gina said, and the three of them go to the pawn shop to investigate. The three enter the pawn shop, and Sholmes notices people there, but he then is shot by the Skulkin brothers and is hospitalized.

What caused his injury

He spends most of Gina Lestrade's trial at St. Synner's Hospital. Juror No. 4 of the trial was the doctor who operated on him, and Juror No. 6, Vilen Borshevik, helped them figure out that Sholmes was actually punctured by a broken test tube. Sholmes also invented a spray that turns people's blood a different color, which was used during the investigation but the court couldn't accept it as evidence. Eventually, Sholmes arrives from the hospital disguised as a bailiff. He informed Naruhodo about a meeting he and Susato had, in which she tells him to deliver a gift to Naruhodo at the eleventh hour. The gift was Iris's Cat Flap Maker, and he gives Naruhodo a hint that Susato used it to carry out a certain plan of hers. Sholmes then collapsed from exhaustion and was returned to the hospital. Naruhodo soon proved that Eggert Benedict, whose real name was Ashley Graydon, was the true culprit behind Pop's death. He was also the one who arranged McGilded's death in the omnibus as revenge for killing his father.

After the trial, Sholmes once again managed to escape from the hospital and had once again disguised himself as a bailiff, but neither Naruhodo nor Lestrade recognize him. He congratulates Lestrade on her not guilty verdict. Then, Iris arrives and tells him that he doesn't have nearly as much a presence as he thinks he does. He then also helps Lestrade find the right words to say before she is hauled off by the police. Iris then mentions that the boats in the ports are delayed due to the rainstorm, so he uses his influence to get great railway service on an emergency train so they can all catch Susato in time before she leaves for Japan. Sholmes says that the information on the encoded discs was likely encrypted, and that someone with way too much time on their hands could figure it out, but then Iris reveals it is actually Japanese Morse code, and Susato translates that there are four names on it, being Asogi's, a person named A. Shinn, Tobias Gregson, and J. Wilson. Sholmes says that they may have been correspondences between England and Japan. After Susato leaves for Japan to take care of her sick father, Sholmes tells Naruhodo that the railway company is suing for the misuse of the emergency train, and Sholmes told them it was Naruhodo's fault. After, Sholmes reveals that he put out an ad in the newspaper that he needs help solving a mystery, and as a result, he has been getting lots of music boxes in the mail.

End of spoilers.

Investigation at the Great Exhibition[]

Main article: The Return of the Great Departed Soul

Six months after his hospitalization, the Great Exhibition began. He was then recruited by Esmeralda Tusspells in order to perform two tasks: Act as a wax figure in order to increase falling revenues, and investigate the disappearance of the wax figure of the Professor. Though very poor at doing his first task, he learned that the figure had been "kidnapped," and filled in the situation to Naruhodo and Iris.


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The following day, the wax figure had mysteriously returned (though it was missing its head), though Sholmes was still acting as a wax figure. Naruhodo and Susato approached him during this time to question him about the "death" of Asogi nearly a year earlier. While Sholmes admitted to his actions, he only gave a vague reasoning as to his motive. However, upon learning that they were searching for Enoch Drebber, who had a connection to a recent crime, Sholmes directed them to the Professor exhibit, where they learned the man had a connection to the events of 10 years ago, as well as the tale of the Professor rising from the grave. The group then received word that Drebber's lab had been discovered, and all three departed in hot pursuit.

The group arrived at the lab, and managed to make their way into the inner rooms. Though nearly getting everyone present killed by deducing that an active bomb was an "anti-gravity device," Sholmes managed to discover the hiding place of Drebber with the help of Naruhodo. They also managed to find the head of the Professor statue, connecting Drebber to the kidnapping. Though Sholmes managed to disable the one bomb before everyone was blown to bits, Drebber revealed there was another bomb at the crime scene, which subsequently exploded and eliminated most of the uncovered evidence, as well as a few nearby guards.

The following day at the trial, Sholmes advised Naruhodo that if there was a truth that seemed incomprehensible, the lawyer was to pursue it no matter what, until everything was revealed. Taking the detective's words to heart, Naruhodo was able to prove that while Drebber was the mastermind behind the plot to kill Odie Asman, the true killer was none other than Head Coroner Courtney Sithe, and the two were arrested.

End of spoilers.

Hired by Vigil[]

Main article: Twisted Karma and His Last Bow
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Soon after, Sholmes decided to join the "Red-Headed League" in an attempt to earn money for rent, and artificially turned his hair red. However, Fabien de Rousseau and Peppino de Rossi, the heads of the league recognized the great detective. Enraged at being discovered, and deducing the league was actually a scam, he turned the pair over to Scotland Yard. He was then hired by Evie Vigil to find her missing husband, Daley, and sent Naruhodo and Susato on the trail ahead of him, both because of his distaste of missing persons cases, as well as to return his hair to his natural state. Upon the pair's return, Gina Lestrade arrived, bearing the news that Tobias Gregson had been murdered, with the supposed killer being van Zieks. Shocked at the news, and believing another victim had been taken from the telegram, Sholmes set off to the crime scene ahead of anyone else.

The following day, Sholmes arrived to the Great Waterloo Hotel and eavesdropped on a conversation between his former partner Yujin and Naruhodo, where he found out that Asa Shinn was the one responsible for the killing of John H. Wilson. Realizing the telegram from a year earlier was not a list of four victims, but rather two assassins and two victims, Sholmes hurriedly prepared a telegram instructing Detective Satoru Hosonaga to obtain the contents of the telegram from Judge Seishiro Jigoku's office, and send the contents by the following day.

After Naruhodo collapsed as a result of Lestrade's dog Toby, Sholmes prepared a sugar water solution in order to aid his recovery. However, upon returning downstairs, the group discovered a horrifying scene: The living room was a mess, and a mysterious masked man was seemingly singing in German near an oddly silent Iris. Sholmes and Naruhodo managed to figure out that the man was actually Yujin, who had seemingly gone unconscious after falling prey to a forgotten defense mechanism in the living room trunk. Furthermore, the two found that Iris was attempting to hide the autopsy of Klint van Zieks, which she had stolen years earlier.

After these deductions, and Susato's questioning, Sholmes revealed that his partner, and only friend, was indeed Susato's father, Yujin. Subsequently, he whisks his partner off on a then unknown case; to Sholmes, the game was beginning, and would soon end.

End of spoilers.

The game is afoot[]

Main article: The Resolve of Ryunosuke Naruhodo
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The unknown case was revealed to be the search for Seishiro Jigoku, who had mysteriously disappeared following his arrival with Yujin. Obtaining a witness summons from Kazuma Asogi, the two made their way to the port of Dunkirk, where they located the SS Grouse. There, they found the missing Judge hiding from them in his cabin, attempting to escape to Japan to avoid being persecuted. The pair notified Naruhodo of their success, and began the long trip back to England.

Returning home to his flat, Iris, Susato, and Naruhodo had prepared a feast, as a way to fuel up before the final confrontation. Sholmes revealed the contents of his telegram at this time, and how the four names had indeed appeared in Jigoku's records. He also talked about his deductions of the names, and how Asogi was not to be targeted, but rather that he was supposed to target Gregson. Following this, Sholmes declared that he had some preparations to make before the trial the next day.

Naruhodo was able to prove Jigoku's connection to the assassin exchange program the following day, and discover that the judge was indeed Gregson's killer. However, it was subsequently revealed that Mael Stronghart, Chief Justice and current judge of the trial, was the man behind the exchange, and responsible for the false conviction against Genshin Asogi. Stronghart denied all these claims and attempted to forcefully end the trial, until Sholmes appeared. The detective appealed to the gallery, saying that if the court ended here, the full truth would never be revealed, pushing everyone watching into a frenzy. Having no other choice, Stronghart continued the trial. Sholmes then revealed that any and all necessary witnesses had been arranged, and could be summoned at a moment's notice. Leaving the proceedings in Naruhodo's hands, Sholmes departed to make his final arrangements.

It was revealed through the trial that not only had Klint van Zieks acted as the Professor, but also that Stronghart was the mastermind behind the "Death Bringer" organization who killed those that wrongfully escaped with not guilty verdicts, as well as being the blackmailer who pushed Klint to kill. However, due to no physical proof, and the secret nature of the trial, Stronghart was set to leave the court completely innocent. It was at this point that Sholmes appeared once more, this time in the form of a hologram. He informed the court he was at Buckingham Palace with Iris and Queen Victoria, who had been watching the trial from the beginning. Victoria stripped Stronghart of all his powers, and decreed he would be tried for his crimes at a later date. Following Stronghart's arrest, Sholmes congratulated Naruhodo on becoming a true agent of truth, before departing once more.

That night, Sholmes attempted to catch up with his former partner by describing all the cases he had missed since their separation (including the one they had participated in together the day before). Gina came to celebrate with everyone else, and revealed that with Gregson gone, she lacked the will to keep working as an inspector. However, Sholmes had obtained Gregson's pocket watch, and entrusted Lestrade with holding onto it and continuing her boss' will, giving her the motivation to continue working. Iris also admitted that she did not feel the need to keep searching for her true birth father, thanking Sholmes for being the only father she ever needed; Sholmes described this as the best "thank you" he had ever received.

Half a week later, Sholmes said his goodbyes as he watched Yujin, Naruhodo, and Susato prepare to leave for Japan. He said it was fun being able to work on one more case with his partner, and hoped they would be able to do it again one day. Declaring he would eventually visit them all in Japan, the detective watched as his friends departed for home.

Afterward, Sholmes showed irritation at receiving a surplus of requests for his hologram system, admitting that he, too, doesn't completely understand it. He contemplates escaping to Japan for the time being until things settle down. Iris also apparently gave him a letter thanking him for everything, reportedly causing him to burst into tears.

End of spoilers.

Personality[]

Herlock Sholmes has been noted by many to be a very eccentric individual, to the point of annoyance. Fans of his stories such as Susato have also noted that he seems very different than what they expected from reading the books. At times very forgetful, Sholmes sometimes seems to not understand what is going on at all, and can give deductions that do not even come close to being correct. He is shown to be both frustrated and entertained by his own words, leading one to question what he is truly thinking. He has the habit of getting on others nerves, usually Tobias Gregson, but this can extend to the targets of his deductions as well.

However, when the situation arises, Sholmes leaves his rather incompetent persona behind and becomes the detective he's known for. He can become very serious and forceful at these times, such as when he found out about Asa Shinn murdering John Wilson. It is implied that his seemingly illogical deductions are intentional, in order to help Ryunosuke Naruhodo and others discover the truth for themselves. The detective wants nothing but to find the truth at all costs, which can result in him snooping where he doesn't belong, such as when he discovered the secret telegram between England and Japan.

While not truly trusting most people, he finds an exception through Yujin Mikotoba. The pair had been friends long before the detective became famous, and had embarked on countless adventures together. This trust is further shown through how Sholmes entrusted Yujin the only key to the chest with their adventures, though Sholmes could still access it with lockpicking. The detective also installed a defense mechanism in order to protect the stories from anyone else (though he seemingly forgot about it soon after).

Sholmes acts as a father towards Iris Wilson, and cares very deeply for her. He supports her in all her endeavors, including becoming a fantastic inventor despite her age, and occasionally lets her accompany him on his adventures. However, when it comes to her past, Sholmes becomes very overprotective; any and all legitimate links to her father are taken and hidden without any explanation. This is due to Sholmes fearing that if Iris found out about her father, Klint van Zieks, she would discover that he was a serial killer, and be forced to live knowing she was the child of a murderer. To this end, Sholmes allowed her to believe she was actually the daughter of John H. Wilson.

Sholmes seems very caring about people's lives, even if he has a very small or nonexistent connection to them. This is best shown through how he traveled halfway across the globe because he thought Kazuma Asogi was in danger, and helped Nikolina Pavlova obtain asylum in America, despite being a stowaway. He also allows Naruhodo to live in his flat while acting as an exchange student, despite only meeting him on one other occasion.

Development[]

Shu Takumi
For this game, it was already planned that it would be about "correcting the wrong deductions of the great detective." So I'm terribly sorry, but Dai Gyakuten Saiban's Holmes was destined to never say anything correct.
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  • In Japan, Sholmes is actually the famous detective from Arthur Conan Doyle's crime fiction novels, Sherlock Holmes, while also being based on as various parodies of the character. The version of Holmes in the game is one that Shu Takumi had always had in his mind, emphasizing a non-serious angle.[5]
    • Using Sherlock Holmes without the permission of the Conan Doyle family could presumably lead to copyright issues in the United States. This is a common theory as to why the game couldn't be released outside of Japan, and why the name "Herlock Sholmes" was used in the English localization. This trick was first used by the Arsène Lupin author, Maurice Leblanc.
  • Several Holmes designs were proposed, described by art director Kazuya Nuri as depressive Holmes, cute Holmes, adventurous Holmes, dark Holmes, and sleepy Holmes. The final design is a slightly arranged take on the canonical Holmes, used to accentuate the contrast between the Holmes of the books and the "real" Holmes seen in the game. Holmes also possesses a pistol as a contrast to Ryunosuke Naruhodo's sword.[6]
  • He shares many traits with Layton and Gumshoe, being both a highly respected partner to Wright and a bumbling, but well-meaning detective, respectively.

References[]

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