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Taketsuchi Auchi
A slice it shall be
Into the wind it scatters
Carrying my hopes
Endless for one cannot count
Farewell it presents
- Taketsuchi.

Taketsuchi Auchi was a prosecutor in Japan during the Meiji period. He was an ancestor of Winston and Gaspen Payne.

Facing rookiesEdit

Main article: The Adventure of the Great Departure

Taketsuchi Auchi was the prosecutor in Ryūnosuke Naruhodō's trial for the murder of John Watson at La Quantos; a delicate case involving a British citizen soon after a treaty had been signed between their two countries. Although Kazuma Asōgi was intended to be the defense attorney for the case, Naruhodō suddenly declared in court that he would defend himself.

In the course of the trial, Auchi unsuccessfully attempted to prevent Naruhodō's cross-examination of a witness, despite Asōgi's assertion that the defense had a right to do so. Naruhodō went on to claim that someone else had also been at Watson's table at La Quantos, only for Auchi to present a photo of the crime scene that showed that the table had only been set for one. However, Naruhodō managed to turn the situation around by presenting a medical report that stated the victim was recovering from a tooth removal, which would have prevented him from eating anything for three hours, thereby proving that someone else had indeed been sitting with him.

After it was revealed that the other individual who had been sitting with Watson was a British exchange student called Jezail Brett, she was called to testify. Naruhodō pointed out in the crime photo that only one wine glass had been set for the table, which Auchi tried to dismiss as trivial. However, Asōgi declared that it was likely that the police had disposed of the glass in order to cover for her and protect the treaty between the United Kingdom and Japan. After Naruhodō revealed that one of the photographs of the victim revealed a burn mark on his arm, Auchi once again tried to state that it was irrelevant to the case at hand, only for Asōgi to argue that such a serious burn would have drawn the attention of the restaurant. Eventually, Brett was revealed as the true culprit behind Watson's death. A defeated Auchi then had his chonmage sliced apart by Asōgi after the latter stated that his family would never be able to defeat Naruhodō's own even after a thousand years.

At some point after Naruhodō's trial, Auchi acted as the prosecutor for the trial of Taizou Uzukumaru for the theft of a valuable koban belonging to Sanmon Sonohigurashi.

Loss to another rookieEdit

Main article: The Adventure of the Blossoming Attorney

Owing to the Japanese government's relationship with the United Kingdom, it was determined that Jezail Brett would not be tried in Japan, and was instead due to be transferred to the British consulate in Shanghai. However, shortly before this was due to happen, Brett was murdered and Haori Murasame arrested as the prime suspect. Taketsuchi Auchi was assigned as the prosecutor for Murasame's subsequent trial, with the defense being a young man calling himself Ryūtarō Naruhodō, who claimed to be the cousin of the defense attorney who had previously humiliated him in court. Auchi heard this information with glee, seeing it as an opportunity to get revenge.

However, it was eventually revealed that a journalist named Heita Mamemomi was the true culprit behind Brett's murder, having been angered at her callousness, dismissive attitude toward him, and the submissive response of the Japanese government to the British Empire. Having been defeated once again, Auchi cut off the single lock of hair growing from the front of his head.

However, upon later hearing that "Ryūtarō Naruhodō" had actually been female legal assistant Susato Mikotoba in disguise, he tried to press charges against her as woman weren't allowed to be attorneys in Japan yet. Auchi also tried to press charges against detective Hosonaga for infiltrating Seishirou Jigoku's office. Hosonaga hired Murasame and Sōseki Natsume as his defense attorneys against the prosecutor.

PersonalityEdit

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Auchi prior to his defeat in Aug. 1900.

Similar to his descendants, Taketsuchi Auchi was generally smug and overconfident, but also easy to rattle, and tended to have trouble articulating his arguments clearly in court. He wielded a fan in court which was decorated with the kanji for "Guilty" (罪) during Naruhodō's trial; this changed to "Punishment" (罰) for Murasame's trial. Auchi is also unable to speak English at all.

NameEdit

  • His surname "Auchi" (亜内) is a Japanese romanization of the English word "ouch".
  • His given name "Taketsuchi" (武土) is visually similar to the Japanese word "bushi" (武士), meaning "samurai".