Chased by an old woman for stealing food, Kakeru is rescued by a university student and elite runner named Haiji, who persuades Kakeru to live with him in an old apartment alongside eight other fellow residents. Unbeknownst to them, Haiji has been planning to form a team and enter the Hakone Ekiden Marathon – one of Japan’s most prominent university relay races – and Kakeru is the tenth and final member.
A young ballet dancer discovers that her friend’s prodigious talent comes from ‘aguu’ – once real people whose skills are being used for the benefit of others, and who now suffer on in eternal torment.
At a high-end antique shop in Kyoto’s Teramachi Sanjou shopping district, a young man named Yagashira Kiyotaka (aka Holmes) works as the main shopkeeper for his father and grandfather. When high school student Mashiro Aoi comes in one day hoping to get a family antique appraised and sold, she ends up working there part-time. Together, they solve odd cases brought to them by their clients.
Ash Lynx is the 17-year old leader of a New York street gang. Coming across a dying man in an alleyway, who speaks only the words “banana fish” and a street address in California, Ash becomes caught up in the machinations of mob boss Dino Golzine, just as Eiji Okumura, an assistant-photographer from Japan, arrives in New York to carry out a report on street gangs.
Ever since he was small, Kai has been playing an abandoned piano in the middle of the forest – one which doesn’t play for anyone else. Shuhei, a new classmate, is the son of a famous pianist who aims to follow in his father’s footsteps. United by the piano in the forest, their paths intertwine.
In order to help her family, Tsugumi has agreed to marry a man of her father’s choosing whom she has never met. However, before this can happen, Tsugumi’s younger brother tries to commit suicide. The reason: he had in his possession a cursed book that has a strong emotional effect on whoever reads it. Tsugumi is then introduced to the Imperial Library Intelligence Asset Management Bureau, otherwise known as Fukurou, whose job it is to hunt down such cursed tomes.