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Sumio Mondo (モンドスミオ, Mondo Sumio) is a character in the video game Flower, Sun, and Rain: Murder and Mystery in Paradise. He is a self-proclaimed "searcher" by profession, and tracks down items people have lost or otherwise require using an Ultimate Computerized Unlocking Device he dubs Catherine. Mondo is called to Lospass Island by Edo Macalister, manager of the local Flower, Sun, and Rain hotel, to investigate a bomb threat.

On July 15, 2009, it was reported by C3 News that Goichi Suda is interested in writing Sumio Mondo into a future video game.[1]

PersonalityEdit

Sumio Mondo often assumes a cool attitude, but over the course of the game he ends up revealing himself to be something of a loser. Although Yayoi Hanayama immediately calls him a clearly cold man after sizing him up, most of the resort's residents have exactly the opposite view, saying that he is too kind, an assessment he himself agrees with. Most characters also have blatant disrespect for him, calling him "stupid" on numerous occasions. The only person who offers him any kind of due reverence is Ken Sakurapee, who looks up to Mondo as a sort of older-brother figure. As it is part of his profession, Mondo also feels no qualms about breaking and entering or invasion of privacy. Furthermore, he finds the Flower, Sun, and Rain hotel's Lost and Found system to be pointlessly complicated, and he has relatively poor mathematical skills, as he confesses in the game's final chapter.

BiographyEdit

OriginsEdit

Although Flower, Sun, and Rain makes some vague allusions about Sumio Mondo's origins, they are left fairly open-ended. It is implied that he is one of eleven individuals who were born at a place called the Shelter, which has some connection with Lospass, however Catherine lists his birthplace as the "Far East" (in a conversation with Gunzi Takaoka, Mondo himself also confirms he is Japanese), whereas those who were born on the island are said to be of Micronesian heritage. It is also possible that the error in his profile was made deliberately, so as to keep the player surprised by the plot twist, or that he was born in Japan and absconded to the Shelter in his early years. It is certain that Mondo is of some Japanese heritage however, as he is revealed to be the clone of Japanese detective Sumio Kodai.

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Edo Macalister introduces Mondo to his hotel room.

As with his clone father, it is established that Sumio Mondo was also cloned at some stage of his life, though it is uncertain if the Shelter was behind this. During his final moments on Lospass, at the island airport, Mondo learns that the memories of his days spent on Lospass were not his exclusively, but were also the memories of his replicas as they lived each day in his place, while unbeknown to the player, he was out of commission. While it isn't made clear which days on Lospass were spent by the original Mondo, and which days were spent by his clones, it is likely that the original only experienced the first day and his last moments on the island, as these are the points where he first reaches Lospass and when he learns the truth about the area before leaving it. The other fifteen days (excluding two in which he had been dead) were apparently experienced by each of Mondo's fifteen clones.

Commissioned to Lospass IslandEdit

As a searcher, Mondo uses the detective skills of his clone father, Sumio Kodai, to recover items people have lost, had stolen, or otherwise need. His skills catch the attention of Edo Macalister, manager of Lospass' own Flower, Sun, and Rain hotel, who tasks Mondo with locating a bomb planted at the island's airport. Sumio Mondo ends up living the same day over and over as he finds himself trapped in a seemingly endless time loop. Each repetition, however, he finds himself growing closer and closer to not only finding the bomb, but also learning the truth of his own origins, as well as those of Lospass Island. Along the way, he encounters many people his clone father was associated with. One of whom, Tokio Morishima, even likens Mondo to Kodai.

After two weeks of the same day transpiring, Mondo is still going about his helping others when he is encountered by an assassin, Sundance Shot, on the roof of the Flower, Sun, and Rain and is shot to his death five stories below. The next morning, two federal agents, Yoshimitsu Koshimizu and Remy Fawzil travel to Lospass to investigate the murder. During the investigation, a high school student named Toriko Kusabi confronts Shot to avenge the death of the island's "savior." Instead, the two strike a deal resulting in Mondo's resurrection.

Eventually, it is discovered that a murderer linked to one of Kodai's cases, Kamui Uehara, is in the guise of Sundance Shot, and is not only himself a living bomb, but is one of Mondo's fifteen clones. Moreover, contrary to what common sense had led him to believe, Edo Macalister is actually the terrorist, as he planned to destroy the island upon learning its secret, but relented and contacted Mondo after the bomb was stolen by Shot, who moved it to an airplane in order to protect the island, his duty as a member of the Sundance Tribe. However, with all the clones gathered and the original Mondo able to accept their memories, Shot allows Mondo to escape the island aboard the plane, accompanied by agent Peter Bocchwinkur, who he met upon his arrival two weeks prior. During the flight however, Bocchwinkur recognizes Mondo as another incarnation of Sumio Kodai, and reveals that he is actually Tetsuguro Kusabi, the father of Toriko Kusabi, and Kodai's former partner from the Felonious 2nd Division, in disguise. The game ends on a cliffhanger, so it is uncertain how the duo proceeds after this spiritual reunion.

Special abilitiesEdit

Though Sumio Mondo has no innate abilities of his own, he can use Catherine's various functions to his advantage. This mainly consists of using her exceptionally wide array of plugs to "Jack-In" to electronic systems, people's minds, and all manner of other targets. In the Nintendo DS reissue, Flower, Sun, and Rain: Murder and Mystery in Paradise, he can also use Catherine's X Search System to scan his immediate surroundings for any Lost and Found items that may be nearby.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Suda51: More Sumio Mondo, Silver Case 'Up in the Air'. C3 News. Adam Riley. July 15, 2009.

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