Akihito relives the day of the festival when their classmate commits suicide, and particular focus is on one student who Akihito could have done more for. Akihito witnesses him constantly being bullied, and often stands up for him, but lets a couple of encounters slide without helping. Akihito wonders if this is the person who committed suicide and trapped them here, and whether it was entirely his fault. After this, Akihito disappears and doesn't get a chance to discuss with the others what he has discovered. Rika also gets separated from the group and has a flashback of her own and also disappears.
While some readers might be eager to believe Akihito has gotten to the bottom of who is behind this entire mystery, I feel there has to be more to it since there are four more students still left in the school at the end of this volume. There's only one more volume to bring everything together, so I'm looking forward to how this mystery will resolve. There is still a lot of conversation about suicide and suicidal ideation, and this volume also adds in teen prostitution to the list of trigger warnings. Nothing is explicitly shown, but more so we get a reason why a teen could turn to prostitution for survival.
Sara's Rating: 8/10
Suitability Level: Grades 10-12
Reviews of previous volumes in this series: vol 1, vol 2
Publisher: Vertical Comics (Kodansha)
Publication Date: August 10, 2021
ISBN: 9781647290511 (Paperback)
Tags: Rating: 8/10, Suitability: High School, Manga, School Life, Mystery, Horror, Paranormal, Kodansha
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