From the mind of Takashi Miike (Ichi the Killer, Audition) comes this brilliant new series that thrusts the viewer into a surreal world of psychological terror! Yousuke Kobayashi, a detective assigned to a homicide unit, sees his wife killed by a serial killer, Shinji Nishizono. From the Shock, he develops a case of MPD (Multiple Personality Disorder) and becomes Kazuhiko Amamiya. Soon after he manages to hunt down and kill his wife's murderer, a new series of murders occur and the suspect claims to be Shinji Nishizono himself.
Part 1. Drifting Petals / Memories of Sin
A sadistic criminal is turning his victims into human flower pots. Detective Amamiya Kazuhiko is called out of early retirement to work on the case, which is tied to horrific events in his past. His new wife goes missing and a mysterious cult with barcodes tattooed on their eyeballs surfaces to wreak havoc on the city.
Part 2: How to Create a World
A brutal serial murderer cuts babies from their mother's wombs. All of the women have barcodes tattooed on their eyeballs. The victims, under some sort of hypnosis, purchase the surgical quality knives used to kill them the day before their murders! As Amamiya's wife wanders the city in a trance, he discovers someone from his past is involved in the crime wave...
Part 3: Life is a Constant Double
Helix Chiaka Kuriyama (Kill Bill) guest stars in this episode, which finds Detective Amamiya and the police team investigating the mass suicided of forty girls from a posh high school. Amamiya goes undercover as a high school teacher to find out why and learn more about a new generation of barcoders, many of whom are students.
Part 4: Smashed Ants
Perfectly severed body parts with numbers cut into them are discovered in a field. IN a nearby arcade, two rival youth gangs battle each other and Amamiya's wife is taken prisoner by a gang leader. The police chief tries to put together more of Amamiya's hidden past with the assistance of a one-eyed snuff film maker.
Part 5: Coronation of a Cursed King
Cult members spontaneously combust when the barcoder network is infected. The burn victims are taken to the local hospital where a lonely employee's cyber girlfriend tells him to kill people. Detective Amamiya and his team lock down the hospital, while strange things happen on the secret 13th floor.
Part 6: Souring Souls and Human Bondage
The police department denies that the barcode case ever existed in a massive cover-up attempt. The police chief's entire family dies under mysterious circumstances Amamiya tracks the baby stealer to a remote cabin in a snowstorm for a final showdown to recover his own missing child.