Post Reply Explanation fo the plot for those who don't get it...
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Posted 10/22/08
I understood it through the second episode... so I don't get what people don't get... perhaps I watched too many Japanese mysteries. Questions? Need help. Ask.
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Posted 10/29/08 , edited 10/29/08
Yeah, you could start by explaining points from the two episodes so far clearly, Thanks.
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Posted 11/2/08
When u get to episode 4, it starts making sense ... a little XD
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Posted 11/3/08 , edited 11/3/08
I only watched two episodes so far, got confused a little bit so I'd like things to clear up before continuing you know.
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Posted 11/9/08
Is this a shojo-ai?
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Posted 11/27/08
i don't know who the main character is and what the relationship between the guy with the glasses and the detective is yet. is this story time jumping? if feels like at one second they are telling the present and then it jumps back in time and then forward???
am i just super confused?????
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Posted 11/29/08
There are probably more than one main characters and yes at times it seems that we are jumping backwards and forwards in terms of time in this anime, but I think if you relax and concentrate it won't seem so awkward. To me this anime is a bit like a conversation, where one person is talking and in order to explain or add things to what they are saying, they need to refer to something else that happened in the past and so on.
So yes you are probably super confused, but I think all of us are It's still only Episodes 1-5 that have been translated so probably things will become more clear later on. I think it's best to re-watch some episodes before moving on to the next ones, that's what I keep doing, so I don't forget stuff and every time, I notice details that had escaped me the first time.
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Posted 7/11/09 , edited 7/14/09
(<-- seen episode 4) Food for thought and enlightenment towards the series.

-From what I've gathered the story is divided up into sequence.

1. The story of the two girls and thier spiritual love for each other, introduces Kiba to the dismemberment case. And quite possible ties in with the series later on, like a symbolic beginning and ending and or the underlying theme of the story, or probably to connect the killer and the audience. (The story of the girls and the kidnapping, seems to be the present; while the discovery of the dismemberments are on a scattered timeline which leads up to the girl falling on the tracks [the climax of the story between the two girls; which may also lead to an important part of the case]) and beyond, its probably better to not pay attention to the dates of the limb discoveries... and the reporter guy as well... ever since that dream about the "girl's head in a box," he's all over the place, in terms of a time line.

2. Then the 3 parallel stories (possible more), the Private detective Kiba and his search into the case with the mother of the missing girl (from point #1), which is mired by the secret motives of the people around him (over the inheretance) and by his past in the war. Perhaps the symbolic dismemberment of his comrades, slightly parallels with the dismemberment of the girls. Except in the girls case, it seems to be more about a preservation of beauty (purity?), but its still hard to say why. Second story is about the teacher (reporter?) and his possible indirect relating to the dismemberment killer or rather the killer's "act," like the dream which introduced him to the "Girl in the box" (the emotional connection?).

3. And this third person (the antique seller? mystic?), whom in the story I havn't reached yet (still need to watch more of these episodes), is probably the lead in the murder case, which provides or will eventually provide, the focus in the series. The story by this point should be clearer.

(Kiba is probably the objective aspect of the series, while the teacher (reporter?), whos name I can't remember is the emotional aspect of the story, more particularly the motive of the killer, without ever entering the perspective of the killer for long instances).

Well as krystal13 said, its a mystery anime, and they are just going to give you tid-bits in the beginning to move the plot, while not revealing to much in a single instance. That and artistic value of the anime (Clamp is truly impressive) and the fact the script is taken out of a light novel; adds to the confusion a little (Japanese mystery novels tend to be written from the perspective of several objective spectater over the events, with a or two character dedicated with an introspective, which tells the story, rather than the first/third person, of one or two individuals over a sequence of events).

Also... "Monster" was a great series.

(<-- episode 9)

Noooo!!!... sigh, should have known, no one is safe in a murder related anime... no one
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