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Susato Mikotoba
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Susato Mikotoba was a judicial assistant who lived in Japan during the Meiji period[3]. Primarily, she assisted and traveled with the fledgling defense attorney Ryūnosuke Naruhodō. She was an especially bright young woman with an interest in law and literature.

First encounter with Naruhodō[edit | edit source]

Main article: The Adventure of the Great Departure

Susato Mikotoba first appeared to Ryūnosuke Naruhodō alongside her father, Yūjin Mikotoba, when Naruhodō was arrested for the murder of John Watson. Kazuma Asōgi, who was the attorney for the case at the time, had turned in the application for a change of defense attorney suddenly. It caused quite a bit of disarray. Because of this, Yūjin had told Asōgi to visit the Judge to clear up any lasting confusion. Susato accompanied Asōgi to the Judge's chambers.

Susato later reappeared when detective Satoru Hosonaga stated that there was no poison found in the bottle of carbonated water Watson had drunk. She rushed into the courtroom, and before she could be thrown out, she gave Asōgi and Naruhodō the research notes of Jezail Brett, an exchange student of Watson's who was testifying as a witness. They requested to look at the notes after finding out that Brett was researching a poison called curare that Japan had not yet discovered. Due to this vital piece of evidence, Jezail Brett was revealed to be the true killer of John Watson.

Before getting ready to accompany Asōgi for his trip abroad in England, Susato cleaned out her father's office. She saw a box with that said "Hound of the Baskervilles" on it, but when her father arrived, he told her she was never to tell anyone about what she saw.

The S.S. Alaclaire[edit | edit source]

Main article: The Adventure of the Unbreakable Speckled Band

Susato later accompanied Asōgi on the S.S. Alaclaire to London for his study abroad so she could practice being a judicial assistant. But half a month into their voyage, Asōgi was somehow killed. Susato was angry when Naruhodō was discovered inside Asōgi's closet and accused him of murdering his friend. When the stowaway begged to plead his case and prove his innocence, she agreed under the condition that she would keep a close eye on him.

Meeting Sherlock Holmes with Naruhodō.

Eventually, the two met Sherlock Holmes, whom Susato recognized as the star of the short stories in Great Britain's Strand magazine. She was very ecstatic to meet the Great Detective as she was an avid fan of the short stories. But when Holmes conducted his first deduction about Grimesby Roylott and was drastically off, Susato prompted Naruhodō to correct the detective's mistakes, which led to the revelation that Roylott was actually a runaway ballerina, Nikomina Borschevic. Later, after Holmes made another wrong deduction, this time on Borschevic's missing pet snake, Susato quickly pointed out the flaws, which led to her encouraging Naruhodō to help the detective again and found that Borschevic was missing her cat. In the end, it was discovered that the ballerina was Asōgi's true killer. When Borschevic reasoned that the attorney was about to call the sailor and that she would have been exposed, Susato disagreed with her, believing that Asōgi was going to introduce her to Naruhodō as a fellow stowaway. After Borschevic was arrested, Susato and Naruhodō were informed by Hosonaga that they had to return to Japan as there was no longer an attorney to travel to London. When Naruhodō volunteered to take Asōgi's place, Susato decided to help him study British law as much as he could before their arrival.

Unbeknownst to Susato and Naruhodō, Asōgi was still alive but had lost his memories, and Holmes had faked his death to send him back to Japan but to no avail.

As Naruhodō's assistant[edit | edit source]

First trial in London[edit | edit source]

Main article: The Adventure of the Runaway Room

Defending a fellow Japanese[edit | edit source]

Main article: The Adventure of the Clouded Kokoro and The Memoirs of the Clouded Kokoro

Return to Japan[edit | edit source]

Main article: The Adventure of the Unspeakable Story

Acting Defense Attorney[edit | edit source]

Main article: The Adventure of the Blossoming Attorney

When Susato returned to Japan, she found out that her dear friend Haori Murasame was accused of murdering Jezail Brett. Wanting to help her friend, Susato stood in court under the pseudonym, "Ryūtarō Naruhodō", to act as her defense attorney.

Return to England[edit | edit source]

Main article: The Return of the Great Departed Soul

Personality[edit | edit source]

On default circumstances, Susato would have the personality similar to a typical Yamato Nadeshiko. However, as Susato finds herself slowly growing closer to other people, she would begin to assume a much more cutesy and casual way of speaking, which includes her speaking in third person. She also has a fondness for reading and likes to learn, and is highly intelligent. However, when she is suspicious, she does not let her personal feelings rule over her train of thought, hence still suspecting Naruhodo in The Adventure of the Unbreakable Speckled Band. Susato is also shown to be quite strong in a physical sense, having performed several "Susato Throw"s and "Susato Drop"s on Ryūnosuke Naruhodō.

Development[edit | edit source]

  • Susato Mikotoba is designed around the yamato nadeshiko archetype, with a somewhat believable, but ultimately impossible, hairstyle. Overall, her design is fairly subdued to contrast with Sherlock Holmes and Iris Watson.[4] It can also be noted that her outfit draws inspiration from the typical Meiji period jōgakusei image, which consisted of mainly a kimono, hakama, and boots.
  • Susato is the third playable female (though posing as a man) attorney in the series, following Mia Fey and Athena Cykes.

References[edit | edit source]

Dai Gyakuten Saiban: Naruhodō Ryūnosuke no Bōken characters
Kazuma Asōgi · Taketsuchi Auchi · Beppo · Nikomina Borschevic · Jezail Brett · Robert Crogley · Dmitri Demiglaski · Oscar Fairplay · Joan Garrideb · John Garrideb · Viridian Green · Tobias Gregson · Sherlock Holmes · Satoru Hosonaga · Seishirou Jigoku · Judge (British Empire) · Kuroppoi · Gina Lestrade · Cosney Megundal · Decargo Mieterman · Susato Mikotoba · Yūjin Mikotoba · Mortar Milverton · Ryūnosuke Naruhodō · Sōseki Natsume · Patrick O'Malley · Rola O'Malley · William Petenshy · Piroshko · Adam Redifast · Sanmon Sonohigurashi · Mitrov Stroganov · Nemmy Tinpillar · Tully Tinpillar · Koroumaru Uzukumaru · Taizou Uzukumaru · Barok van Zieks · Hart Vortex · Wagahai · Iris Watson · John Watson · Hatch Windibank
Dai Gyakuten Saiban 2: Naruhodō Ryūnosuke no Kakugo characters
Mrs. Altamont · Genshin Asōgi · Kazuma Asōgi · Taketsuchi Auchi · Balmung · Harry Barricade · Jezail Brett · Maurice de Quilco · Marco di Gicho · Benjamin Dobinbough · Enoch Drebber · Oscar Fairplay · John Garrideb · Gotts · Maria Goulloyne · Viridian Green · Tobias Gregson · Sherlock Holmes · Satoru Hosonaga · Seishirou Jigoku · Judge (British Empire) · Gina Lestrade · Heita Mamemomi · Rumba Marmatch · Cosney Megundal · Elyder Meningen · Decargo Mieterman · Susato Mikotoba · Yūjin Mikotoba · Anna Mittlemont · Everyday Mittlemont · Haori Murasame · Ryūnosuke Naruhodō · Sōseki Natsume · William Petenshy · Duncan Ross · Connette Rozaic · Sandwich · Selden · Courtney Sithe · Mapotov Stroganov · Toby · Barok van Zieks · Klimt van Zieks · Venus · Queen Victoria · Hart Vortex · Wagahai · Iris Watson · John Watson · Hatch Windibank
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