Gabimaru is a reluctant but skilled and nearly indestructible ninja. He is sentenced to be executed, which is no easy thing. They try boiling him, burning at the stake, and various other tactics, before he gets recruited for a suicide mission: to find the Elixir of Life on a mysterious island. So far, all missions the shogunate has sent to the island have resulted in total loss of life, so why not send a rag-tag, cutthroat group of murderers on death row? Each criminal is assigned a baby-sitter in the form of elite executioners, just to keep them from wandering off. The prize for the one who finds the Elixir? A full pardon!
Illustrated by April dela Noche Milne
This story follows Lacuna as she is forced to leave her home, The Swamp of Ink, and travel to a distant kingdom. She is ousted by a Will-o'-the-wisp, and bargains with it that she will leave and tell others how beautiful it is, but to never travel to the Swamp of Ink, and the Will-o'-the-wisp agrees not to kill her. Lacuna does not find her road to the Northern Kingdom without her fair share of trials, but she eventually does make it there and struggles to find her place in a new country.
Meet Rokuro and Benio, the Twin Star Exorcists, and 14-year-old junior high students. Benio is descendant from a long line of some of the best Exorcists in Japan, and Rokuro has a fierce natural talent but is trying desperately to be anything but an Exorcist. The Exorcists are tasked with finding Kegare, demons made from mankind's sin and evil-doing, and destroying them. Some are even advanced enough to travel to Magano, the Kegare's home dimension, and destroy them there, although that's where the really strong ones live. So why are these two the Twin Star Exorcists? because they have been deemed the most powerful Exorcists of East and West Japan, destined to get married and birth the prophesied child who will destroy all Kegare!
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