Kuchiki, a flutist, was plagued by nightmares every night that forced her to seek the help of counselor Matsuzaki. Ishikura, a police inspector, unexpectedly discovered a headless mummified body in an empty apartment and is now on the case. When Kuchiki regains her lost memories, the curtains also opens to a tragedy!
Selective memory loss can lead to several types of problems such as not knowing what people are talking about, or if it was an unpleasant memory, it can lead to nightmares. What if this memory is linked to a terrible occurrence, possibly a murder? The Conductor is a mystery/psychological manga that also incorporates elements of the drama, romance and horror genre.
The story of The Conductor revolves around Naomi Kuchiki, a flutist, who has very unpleasant nightmares; consequently she decides to consult a psychologist who concludes that she has selective memory loss. At the same time the police inspector finds a headless mummy in an apartment,
right across the room of Naomi, with a worn out photo in its hands.
The story proceeds by introducing the friends of her concert group, Yasafumi Yuuki, a concert director, Akiho Maya, violinist, and Kazuo Tamaki the pianist. All seem to have a dark past that is connected with each other.
While the plot and the relationship of the protagonist becomes clearer with each chapter, the different plot twists that happen were sometimes predictable, though overall it wasn't of much importance as the narrative itself was done well.
The cast of characters is limited, but certainly enough to present the story narrated. The relationships between the different characters are displayed well, though some are presented a bit too dramatic. Their behaviour and actions are at times exaggerated, giving an unrealistic feeling of the characters.
No big character development takes place; nevertheless, these developments are gradual and according to how the story develops, which is a plus to the manga. One thing that may bother some readers is the fact that some characters presented remain unexplained, with little background information to fully understand their motives/goals.
The art of The Conductor is what were are used of a shoujo manga: handsome male characters with beautiful female characters. This has an issue though: the characters design is generic and works a bit detrimental to the story. The background is simplistic. There is also a lack of shading in the different scenarios, making it difficult to transmit the horror aspect of the story.
The Conductor was overall an enjoyable read with an interesting story and character development. The mystery revolving around the lead characters was also interesting, making it easier to follow the story. Personally I am no fan of the shoujo type of character design, making the reading less enjoyable for me as it felt generic. However, if this doesn't bother you, than this manga is worth a try.
I spent the entire day to complete this series and didn’t regret starting on it at all.
The series contains a brilliant plot which revolves around a vicious game of human nature, vice and psychological barriers. The story starts off with the female protagonist who had lost a significant part of her memory of someone in her life and how she struggles in her nightmares in the process of regaining them. She then sought the solace and help of a psychiatrist (the male protagonist) in hope of finding the truth that would change her life forever. But… things are not what it seems on the
surface. This sets the stage for a series of tragic deaths and hidden truth that took place 5 years ago.
Every chapter in the manga paves a neat introduction to each of the characters (who were either classmates during their university days or were in some way linked to one another) who were connected in some way to the same incident 5 years ago. As the story progresses, the light of truth begins to unfold and as a reader, I find myself curious to find out the truth. I like how the author pieces each puzzle neatly and makes sense out of it, even till the end, it keeps me surprised.
It is a story that will leave you in deep thoughts and question the nature of humanity. I wished the author could have elaborated more on the interactions between the male and female protagonists as the focus lies more towards piecing bits and pieces of the puzzle. Although some parts are rather predictable, it is not entirely the cliché detective plot we see in typical mangas of a similar genre. The story is also easy to understand and the best part is that even so, it doesn’t bore the reader out.
The art is also awesome, amazingly drawn - the main characters are visually appealing and realistically portrayed, which compliment the story itself and enhance the reading experience.
I’m definitely hoping that the author will start a sequel.
I think some of you have already completed reading the manga, however in my case, I couldn't find the other chapters, translated in English.
I haven't finished it, but so far, I'm loving the story, it is mystery in a sense that the reader don't get scared while reading it.
Every character have their own story that is connected with the others, the manga didn't only focus on Kuchiki, but to the supporting casts as well.
I love the part that Kuchiki doesn't play the damsel who is always in distress, she has nightmares and selective amnesia, but she doesn't go hugging her friends crying
her heart out because of fear and confusion, instead she goes to a consultant to have herself treated.
I hope to read the other chapters so I can write a full review.