Monday, October 25, 2010

Who Done It?

Okay, this is sort of a filler post, but before I reach the end of Nancy Drew: Shadow at the Water's Edge, I'd like to know who you guys think the culprit is.  I always enjoy seeing theories on who the criminal is, and why.

For example, here are fun theories I've heard so far:
  • Takae definitely has to be the culprit, because she talks slowly. Therefore, she is secretly a robot. Robots are evil, so she is the culprit.
  • Yumi is the culprit, because there is something seriously wrong with anyone who likes pink that much.
  • Rentaro is the culprit, because only a puzzle maniac like him would come up with so many puzzles for Nancy to solve.
  • Miwako is the culprit, because she wants to quit her job at the ryokan and become a professional baseball player.
Any of those explanations sound convincing to you? Who done it?

50 comments:

Stephanie said...

I personally am suspicious of eveyone except for Rentaro.
He just doesn't come off as the culprit.
To me, the order of suspicious people goes like this:
1. Miwako
2. Yumi
3. Logan/ Savannah
4. Takae
5. Bess/ George
6. Rentaro
7. Nancy

Anonymous said...

I agree with Stephanie.

Anonymous said...

Never Bess,George,or Nancy would be the culprit.

Anonymous said...

I think it's Miwako cause no one likes cats so that is just a cover up. -Izzy

Anonymous said...

at anonymous 12:57 you never know Nancy might turn on us and than we have to play as the robot cat to snap Nancy out of it. I can just imagine us trying to bite Nancy.
-Anonymous

Anonymous said...

I'll guess Yumi. Just a wild guess.

Anonymous said...

Miwako. She has a specialty in NOT answering your questions.

Twizzler206 said...

I Thinks It's Rentaro.... I Mean He Can Make All This Stuff To Make The ''Ghost'' But I Like Him And Don't Want It To Be Him..... Or Maybe It's Miwako...

Sofia said...

Lol....I finished the game. So I won't say anything. ;D

Anonymous said...

I think that Retaro is the culprit BECAUSE I don't think the Rentaro 4000 is suposed to be a dog's robotic leg. And I think he has some SERIOUS issues. No offence, Rentaro.

Anonymous said...

Miwako. She wants the inn for herself, she knows Yumi has no interest.

Anonymous said...

I think its Rentaro or Yumi. Rentaro keeps giving Nnacy puzzles why so he could throw her off the wrong track to solve the mystery hmmm.Yumi is really secretive I mean she won't let us know about her to much maybe she thinks if she give away too much about her Nancy might catch her. What do you think is it
Rentaro, Yumi, or no one you don't know who the hack it is till the end ?

Anonymous said...

@ stephanie why is bess and george and nancy there no way it was them I don't think it is Logan or Savannah because you didn't see them and they have no clues that they are the culprit.
- Erika Anne

Anonymous said...

Logan is the name of one of the boys in Big Time Rush remember when you sang a line from their song in Nancy Drew Secrets Can Kill
- E

rizziman33 said...

Rentaro or Yumi because Rentaro keeps giving nancy Puzzles to solve to distract her from doing the real puzzles to progress further. He is also testing her ability for the master puzzle at the end, he wants to see how long he has to escape!!! I also think Yumi because she hates the Ryokan sooooooooooo much, she wants to see it fall.

Ashleigh said...

Rentaro is a bit suspicious, although I love him, because he sometimes gets this look on his face, and tone in his eyes where you think he might turn... But I don't want it to be him!

Takae is the least suspicious, which makes her the most suspicious. She appears to love the ryokan so much, and values tradition so much that no one much suspect her. Except me.

I want it to be Miwako. She annoys me because she continues to avoid questions and then gets upset and refuses to talk to us. Plus she's always claiming to be super busy... Nancy is the only one staying at the ryokan right now... WHY ARE YOU SO BUSY!?

Ari said...

even though he's my favorite character, I think it's Rentaro because he would know how to make the hauntings.

Marcy said...

My guess is... Miwako

Anonymous said...

I think it is either Takae; because she always says suspicious things. Or Rentaro because he would know how to make ghostly......... stuff happen, and because he was in the baths "fixing" stuff. Or maybe it was Yumi; she always is so upbeat = nervous. But it was probably Miwako, she never answers Nancy's questions and she has a robotic cat, that is very suspicious. Or maybe..............it was the cat.

Katia said...

I think it's Yumi because of the book and tape in her room, the comment she made about history and the fact that she was the first to fund Kasumi.

Anonymous said...

I think Takae is the culprit. In the Nancy Drew games, the culprit is pretty much always a character that the player just doesn't really care about. I don't mean that the character is boring or unlikable, but rather the player just doesn't have any particular emotional interest invested in them. Miwako, personally, really annoys me, Rentaro is cute, and Yumi, despite her pushiness, is funny, but I don't really have an opinion on Takae. Sure, she talks slowly, which really annoys me, but I could care less whether she's the culprit or not. Thus, I think she is the culprit. Plus, I think old people are awesome villains! Ok, so did I just totally over-analyze this Nancy Drew game? I think I did.

Stephanie said...

Erika- I just ranked all the characters in order of suspicion... I just wanted to show how LITTLE i suspected Rentaro.
He for some reason reminds me of the culprit from "The Haunted Carousel" so that is why he is more suspicious then Nancy.
Savannah seems a little suspicious to me, but only because I can actually see her having motive to close down the ryokan.
Also I am being slightly sarcastic putting Nancy, Bess, and George on the list :)
For me Yumi and Miwako are almost tied... Miwako just seems the most suspicious.

Molly said...

I'm pretty positive it's Suki. I think the movies have taught us that all robots will turn evil, therefore I have never really trusted my toaster. . . but his name is Microwave, if anyone was wondering.

Well let's see, on a more serious note, all of the characters seem suspicious.
-Rentaro
-Yumi
-Miwako
-Takae

And now the reasons, both logical and illogical.
Rentaro: He wants to move with Miwako to the city, so getting rid of the ryokan would help him with that. Plus, he spends most of his time at the ryokan, the perfect place to harm it. And he's pretty darn nerdy, so staging all of that would be pretty easy. AND the puzzle thing. Oh, the puzzles.

Yumi: She doesn't want to take over the inn, so destroying it would clear that up. Plus, the creepy videos and stuff are a big hinter. AND of course, her outfit. Only princesses are allowed to wear outfits like that. She isn't a princess, so she's obviously evil.

Miwako: Her and Suki are planning on taking over the world and destroying all human beings. With the help of Microwave the Toaster, of course. Other than that, she doesn't seem too suspicious. So that probably means she's the culprit.

Takae: She's old and talks slowly, obviously in disguise, so no one suspects her. She doesn't seem suspicious AT ALL, which makes her more suspicious, but I doubt she's the culprit.

Ela said...

I'm not sure, actually.
Lemme see..
My first would be: Miwako then, Yumi then, Takae then, Rentaro. I just don't think Rentaro could pass of to be a culprit. But, who knows. It's just my opinion. Anywaaay, I STILL THINK IT'S MIWAKO. XD

CreateForLife said...

I think Miwako and Rentaro are in it together. Miwako is tired of her grandmother ignoring her so she wants to leave the inn. Since Takae is not happy with them together, they are trying to ruin the ryokan so they can be together. When Nancy first meets Rentaro, he is coming out of the baths with a toolbox. I believe he could have been rigging the mirror to perform that creepy illusion(shutters...). So those are the main culprits.


Another guess is that all of the characters except Nancy, Bess, George, Savannah, Logan, And the austrailian man had something to do with it.

Rentaro- He knows how to make things happen mechanically and could have rigged the mirror. he also can make the lights go on and off.
Miwako- She is tired of running the inn without her grandmother praising her.
Yumi- Can make shadow puppets and is tired of Takae telling her to run the inn.
Takae- She may secretly want the inn to go down because she is being constantly reminded about her daughter's tragic death.
Suki- Robots are just plain evil.



Miwako- She is tired of

Anonymous said...

Clarifying my earlier wild guess (having now watched the first 8 vids), I still think it's Yumi. Not Miwako because she is too emotionally attached to want the inn to close. Probably not Takae, because she seems very traditional, although it could be her (motive - wants Yumi to run the ryokan, not Miwako). I doubt it's Rentaro...he seems to also have deep emotions in this (he <3 Miwako), and would not want the inn to close. Yumi seems most likely, as she would want the inn to close. Throwing in a wild idea, it could be Logan/Savannah, as an attempt to get away from her old life, but I doubt that.

My order (from most to least likely) is this: Yumi, Takae, Logan/Savannah, Rentaro, Miwako. And I'm guessing that Suki will be used in some way to catch the culprit.

Emily said...

I think that Kasumi's sister is the culprit. She wants her family to move closer to her and the only way Takae would leave the ryokan is if it shut down. Takae mentions her (Kasumi's sister) at one point in the game.

Anonymous said...

I think it's Yumi. She is the only one who would like to see it closed down.

Anonymous said...

Well I already finished the game, so I know who it is.

I love Rentaro <3 My favorite Nancy Drew character ever :)

Tashica said...

I think it is all of them Rentaro can make things Yumi she have a book on shadow puppets and have a book on the inn and plus she dosent like the inn Miwako she dosent really answer your questions she acts nothing is wrong so goes the Takae.

Anonymous said...

I think it's Rentaro. He would be able to make things look haunted (the wonders of being so smart)...he's the only one who could do it. That's what I think.


~Lori~

Amanda said...

I think it's Rentaro.

He does a lot for Miwako, and he's good with robotics and mechanics. So I think he developed something that makes the shadow puppets, and to make the lights flicker.

And I think it was for Miwako.

Anonymous said...

i dont really think that nancy would be the culprit because you are playing as nancy unless you switch people in the game to bess or george or someone else.

kandiliciousxx said...

I believe it's Takae. When her daughter died, Yumi, who is suppossed to take over the rio Kan, but left, upsetting Takae. She was taught how to make that puppet thing on the first night by Miwako, and Rentaro taught her how to make the lights flicker and the portrait to fall. She's making the inn look scary so that poor innocent little Miwako will leave and force Yumi to take over like she was supposed to. Also, it seems like Yumi is interested in ghosts, and Takae thinks Yumi might come back if she knew it was haunted.

I've never played a Nancy Drew Game, but I really like arglefumph's videos. Honestly, I hope I'm wrong, or else this is a dead-ringer.

Sorry for any misspellings :)

BigMac22 said...

its pink girl. (sorry don't know her name)

Anonymous said...

I dont know...yumis outfit alone makes her suspicious as well as that dvd thing in her apartment... as michael would say "the mystery thickens!!!!"

Anonymous said...

Hmmm...I still think it's Yumi, although with every video I watch, Miwako and Rentaro become more and more suspicious.

BTW, what are the Second Chances in this game? (No spoilers, please)

Kira said...

When I first played the game, I thought the culprit either had to be Rentaro or Miwako, because Miwako was always mean to me and since Rentaro was really nice to me and the nice guys in the Nancy Drew games usually end up being the culprits ... well, I've finished the game now, but I won't say anymore.

Anonymous said...

It cant be the grandma she loves that place to much. It cant be yumi because she barley spends any time there. It could be Rentaro because he builds alot of things. It could be Miwako because she wants to leave it and give it to yumi

Anonymous said...

I think it's Rentaro. He's the one who tells you all the creepy stories about things that have happened at the ryokan, it's established that he's a tech wizard (he's building a robotic dog for Miwako, and he knows how to reverse engineer recording equipment), and as handyman for the ryokan, he not only has everything he needs to rig things like flickering lights, and the bathroom mirror, but the perfect excuse to close off rooms for as long as he needs to.

As for why? Rentaro wants to live in the city with Miwako, and the only way he can do that is by shutting down the ryokan. Yumi refuses to take it over, it's unlikely that Takae, despite her lack of praise for Miwako's work, will let her youngest granddaughter just leave the ryokan, and Miwako doesn't want to leave anyways. The only way to get Miwako to leave is to have the ryokan shut down due to unusual, frequent disturbances.

Anonymous said...

It is so Rentaro because u know he can break the glass he can lock nancy in the room because maybe the magnet he gave her might have locked her in and he could have had a flash light and a dummy to shine it on nancy's patio to fool her and well lets see oh yeah what erika said he keeps on giving nancy puzzles thats all the evidence i can show to prove he is guilty.

Anonymous said...

I think the culpirt is SUKIE (Miwakos robotic cat) like someone said robots are EVIL plus I think it would be something no one would see coming

Anonymous said...

(happy halloween =)) i thinl rentaro is it because he gives puzzles to throw nancy off track and he and he probobley can do those SFX of ghosts. plus he doesent belive in ghosts and he wants miwako to come to the city so maybe he will scare off the guests so that the riokan falls and miwako can go tho the city with him

Anonymous said...

Rentaro is SO interested in ghost,
BUT he doesn't believe in them! He also gives Nancy alot of puzzles.

Yumi is bossy, secretive, and hates the Ryokan.

Takae said at the beginning of the game "She doesn't want her here! Make her go!"

Miwako? I can't say anything but she's REALLY secretive!
It could be anyone!
-Andie

Look Behind You said...

I think it's the cat.

Zen said...

I think there are a few options of motives in order of why I think did it.

1- Takae; She keeps telling Nancy to leave and tries to convince her that there is a ghost, brushing away any other thoughts.
2- Rentaro; Wants to move to city.
3- Miwako; She never answers your questions. I think she's an act.
4- Yumi; Something odd about her, you can't deny.

Then there's always...
5- DWAYNE POWERS; He obviously has secret plots to rule the world. You know that villan in the shows that you can never get rid of? That's him. And he's actually Logan in disguise.

Jesica said...

I think the Robotic cat did it.
(Robotic cats are evil)(>`-`)>

Anonymous said...

Definitely Rentaro. He probably has the tech know-how to pull off those scary stunts!

Waterwave250 said...

I think its Yumi because why would she be giving us all thoughs phone charms? The triangle one looks like it could have a camera in it. However they all are hiding something. Even Savannah!! WOW!!! THIS GAME ROCKS!!!

Artemis said...

RENTARO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!THAT'S BECAUSE HE THINKS KASUMI WILL HAUNT MIWAKO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!