Wakarimashita wrote:That's not a plot hole, that's the floating timeline for you.
Even so, I think the anime having her death (128) immediately before Shiho's/Ai's intro (129) was better than the manga (Akemi dies – File 16; Shiho/Ai arrives at Teitan Elementary – File 176).
I'd think Shiho's/Ai's reaction to her sister's death would've been more immediate. I don't think she'd wait a month plus to stop her research and then get thrown in that gas chamber for her defiance.
The only way the timeline would be easier to deal with was if Gosho never mentioned months or dates of the months, in relation to when the (so-far 271) cases were taking place (no mention of January or February in the Giant Hammer Case (550–552/462–463) and Mysterious Job Case (553–555/464–465); no mention of a winter break before the Fake Patient Case (595–598/495–497); no mention of summer break in the (so-far) last case that Eisuke appeared in (619–621/507–508)), and to have the holiday cases make no mention of the events taking place in the manga (no connection between the Valentine's Day case and the subsequent case where Shuichi is seen staking out the Mouri Detective Agency).
The weather, though? Even if references to all dates were removed, the weather would still complicate things. Maybe not for The Dark Footprint (377–379/307–308) and The Meeting With Vodka (380–383/309–311), save Shuichi's appearance—if he was removed, then it could happen at any point in the series before Mystery Train, and could happen right now if Yukiko's mention of Itakura in Mystery Train was removed.
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