Serinox wrote:I mean, that's pretty normal for children that age to go to school alone, especially in Japan. You don't ever see the DB getting brought to school or picked up on the way back either. Even if her parents wouldn't both be working, I'd never expect them to walk their child to school.
Yeah I know that. Just want to state the first obvious thing I noticed. In Maria's case, considering she's a shy kid and recently got transfered to a new place, new neighborhood, I feel that her going to school by herself is something I should put in mind. That's all.
Serinox wrote:Does it? I mean, sure, it is a house and not some flat, so that's something, but from the outside it looks like a fairly standard and compact two floor house that you see rather often. From a rich family background or parents working in high positions, I'd at least expect something on the level of the Kudo mansion, if not more.
Isn't Kudo mansion a bit too luxurious, on top of having a classic, vintage feel to it ? It may have some historical values as well. I don't live in Japan so I don't know how often you can see these kinds of houses in the neighborhood. I only know the 1LDK/2LDK apartments and condos and such. My point is, Maria's parents could afford such a (big and nice IMO) house with a garden on top of being near Maria's grandma's place after moving to an expensive & populous city (but not a spacious one), that's quite something in my mind.
Serinox wrote:Uh, they didn't figure that, not really. They believed for one page that she might be stuck under the shelf for one page, but that's about it.
I meant only Haibara in my original comment though. And I was talking about the page with the knocked-over cosmetic items, not the bookshelf. And yeah, just another may-be/may-not-be important detail. After all multiple earthquakes can happen around the same time in Japan. But for Haibara to quickly bring up the earthquake while they were at school, and parents normally let their children enroll in nearby schools, it's possible that Maria's house locates in somewhere close to the school.
Serinox wrote:Sure. How about the grandfather?
Sure. Grandfather / aunt / uncle / cousin / distant relatives / caretakers / family helpers, etc. I only know that there's another person living in grandma's house. And that person is missing, leaving the door unlocked, Maria's bag in the hallway,... I highly doubt that a person with a sloppy lifestyle can take care of an elder though.
Serinox wrote:How Agasa did it is one thing, but scavenger hunts are also commonly played without supervision from the creators, with the participants returning to the creator afterwards. It's definitely not a fact that someone has to keep an eye on Maria while solving the quiz.
I see. I didn't play scavenger hunts when I was a little kid so I don't have much experience. Just simply putting myself in the parents' shoes, like not wanting to see the kids getting hurt or getting lost or getting bored/losing motivation during the hunts, or something like that. There are parents/guardians acting like that, right ? And I'm not talking about the over-protective ones.
Serinox wrote:An earthquake, which was "rather big" according to Haibara, should be enough to make the mirror doors close on their own again.
Maybe, maybe not. The doors look heavy from supporting the mirrors. Again, simply a minor detail I mind, but thank you for your input.
Serinox wrote:Yes, it was stuck on a book, as we see in the previous panel. And the one who peeled it off was Mitsuhiko most likely, since he noticed it first. (Yes, someone else could've peeled it off before and put it back on the book, but Mitsuhiko had to peel it off as well).
I doubt it. From the look of both the note's and the book's positions, I think the note simply landed on the book, instead of being stuck to it, compared to how neatly aligned the other notes were attached to the other spots. Well I may be wrong, it's just that particular note's position bugged me a bit (not an OCD's symptom, probably)
so I immediately thought it was stuck to something else at first.
Serinox wrote:Why the past tense? As far as we know, that's still Kobayashi's plan, to come there after she wraps up her work for the day.
Sorry about that. It's a grammatical error.