Tetsugoro Kusabi (クサビ テツゴロウ, Kusabi Tetsugorō) is a character in The Silver Case and Flower, Sun, and Rain. He is a detective, a founding member of the Heinous Crimes Unit, and the father of Toriko Kusabi.
Tetsugoro Kusabi generally talks rudely and coarsely, not giving much regard to what anybody else thinks about him; yet at the same time, he does this with a laid-back attitude that suggests that he isn't very serious about it. Despite his arrogance about his methods, he is a very accomplished detective. He has a soft side for his daughter Toriko, who he cares about deeply. He's also shown to be rather bad at handling money, as midway through the game he begins asking other members of the Unit to lend him 50,000 yen that he needs, which becomes somewhat of a running joke to the point that he's still asking for the money two years later in Flower, Sun, and Rain.
Kusabi is close friends with Sumio Kodai, to the point that Tokio Morishima believes Kusabi to be gay, despite being married. While the status of their relationship is unclear, Kusabi does go to great lengths to find Sumio in Flower, Sun, and Rain and speaks with him privately at several points in The Silver Case. Kusabi also takes a liking to Akira, giving him "Big Dick" as an affectionate nickname.
In 1979, Kusabi was involved in the event known as The Silver Case, in which Ginji Nakane, chairman of the TRO/CCO Confederation, was assassinated by Kamui Uehara in front of the TV Tower. Publicly, Kusabi arrested Kamui; however, as Kamui was actually killed, it is believed that Kusabi killed Kamui. Yet, Kusabi's personal version of the events maintain that Kusabi merely stood there and watched as Kamui was killed by members of the Confederation. Regardless of the truth, Kusabi was promoted to the Security Department where he remained until 1990, when he becomes one of the founding members of the Heinous Crimes Unit.
Four years later, he meets Sumio Kodai, a new recruit to the Unit. They become very close partners.
In case#0:lunatics, while driving through Area E3 late at night, Kusabi is attacked by Ryo Kazan. Kusabi and the Republic security force track Kazan down to the nearby Cauliflower building. The operation culminates in Kusabi shooting Kazan and his associate, Rumi Tohba, to death on the roof of the tower.
Two months on from the Cauliflower incident, Kusabi secretly meets his associate, Ryu Munakata, at the Harakiri Batting Center. Munakata warns him that Kamui is going to "make a move". This ends up being metaphorically true, as although Kamui himself remained an empty shell, Ayame Shimohira's actions reignited the idea of Kamui in the public eye of Ward 24.
Kusabi spends a while with Sumio doing a stakeout on Chairman Yukimura's house, which pays off when it explodes in case#3:parade. Kusabi investigates into the motives with Akira and discovers that Sumio headed the operation; Kusabi arrests him, but continues to regularly talk to him.
During case#5:lifecut, Kusabi seems to act based off of lots of unknown information that he either has obtained or has had the whole time. Speaking with Shinji Kotobuki on the roof of the precinct, they come to some agreement about how to proceed, after which Kusabi shoots him. Later on, Akira and Sakura Natsume encounter him in the IEDU Building, where he tells them that he plans on "disappearing for a while". After this, Morichika Nakategawa says that should anyone locate Kusabi, they can kill him on site, suggesting that Kusabi is on the run from the law.
Kusabi heads into the Ward 24's underground, in which he shoots and kills Kiyoshi Morikawa. He meets up with Akira at the Triangle Towers and explains lots of information about the Silver Case, Kamui and Ward 24. They journey together from the underground to the TV Tower and kill Nezu.
Despite Nakategawa's order, Kusabi is shown peacefully chatting at a public cafe in case#!:tamura and takes on more missions after the events of The Silver Case, suggesting that he peacefully integrated back into the Heinous Crimes Unit.
During the events of Flower, Sun, and Rain, Kusabi travels to Lospass Island where he disguises himself as a truck driver named Peter Bocchwinkur (ピーター・ポックウィンクル, Piitaa Pokkuuinkuru). Kusabi, as Bocchwinkur, acts as an agent sent by "The Commission" to meet with searcher Sumio Mondo and direct him to the Flower, Sun, and Rain hotel, where his services have been hired. Bocchwinkur takes some offense to being called a broker by Mondo, explaining, "I just... grease the wheels." The two agree on Bocchwinkur receiving 50,000 yen of Mondo's payment for his mediating, after which Bocchwinkur drives Mondo to the hotel and goes his own way.
In the final chapter of the game, Mondo boards an airplane to leave Lospass, where he encounters Bocchwinkur, the only other passenger on board. During the flight, Bocchwinkur recognizes Mondo as another incarnation of Sumio Kodai, who he had been searching for, prompting him to reveal his true identity as Tetsugoro Kusabi.
Official Silver Case website description
|A veteran agent who is partnered with Sumio, Tetsugoro may give off the impression of a dull-witted man past his prime, but when it comes to investigating crime he is able to act upon instinct and lead the case to its resolution. As a regional agent he headed the Silver Case 20 years ago, which was concluded with his arrest of the hit-man known as "Original Kamui", Uehara Kamui. His success was rewarded and he was reallocated to the Security Department, but in compliance with the wishes of his former boss Kotobuki, he was made an additional member of the Heinous Crimes Unit at its inauguration. there is also another side to him that is a regular father, scared of losing the affection of his daughter..|
The Silver Case
The 25th Ward
|Flower, Sun, and Rain characters|
|Main Characters||Sumio Mondo · Catherine · Toriko Kusabi · Christina · Remy Fawzil · Yoshimitsu Koshimizu · Sundance Shot|
|Hotel Staff||Edo Macalister · Sue Sding · Mati Sding · Stuart Rock|
|Hotel Guests||Sister Phantom · Yayoi Hanayama · El Crasher · Mr. Pirate · Maria Nicharesuk · Stephan Charbonie · Sonny Balboa · Tabs Balboa · Seiji Fujieda · Yuuri Otowaya · Shoutaro Kai · Daizaburo Kai · Gunzi Takaoka · Natsuko Akai · Tokio Morishima|
|Others||Ken Sakurapee · Step Sding · Sundance Ritz · Hana Kaburagi · Tetsugoro Kusabi · Sundance MIC · Forest Navigators · Fantasistas|
|Mentioned||Dragon · Lumberjack Flowerstar · Alberto Ferrente · David Chapman · Igor Ishizakaski · Sayaka Baian · Kamui Uehara · Red · Sumio Kodai|