Volume 13 starts off giving us insight into how Scar ended up running away with a (seemingly) unconscious Winry from the end of volume 12. Ed and Al hatched a plan to get Scar, Dr. Marcoh, and everyone else back to Fort Briggs safely without drawing the attention of Kimbley. A heavy snow storm covers the groups’ tracks and they slowly make their way back while the two Elric brothers try to steal Kimbley off their tracks. Then, Central Command pulls Major General Armstrong away, removing the fierce ally in the Fort that should be protecting the fleeing group. Alphonse trudges through the snow storm to warn them, but he falls victim to an odd sensation - the sense that his physical body is pulling his soul out of the armor. Later, we delve into Van Hohenheim’s backstory, and how he’s tangled up with the Father of the Homunculi.
Naho is a typical girl in Grade 11, with a solid friend group and all the worries of a high-school student: passing tests, what the future holds, boys, etc. One day, she receives a letter, from what claims to be her future self, warning her about what's happening in her life and trying to steer her away from bad choices. The letter comes just as new student Kakeru joins the class and her friend group. As the things. in the letter start to happen, Naho has no choice but to believe her "future self" and try to make up for regrets and missed opportunities that haven't happened yet. To further tangle things, Takano also embeds chapters from the friends' future selves, and more clues as to what lies in store are revealed.
Shirayuki is proceeding with her duties as a court herbalist despite the fact that Prince Zen's older brother, Izana disapproves of their friendship. Shirayuki is also dismayed to learn that the prince of Tanbarun, the guy who ran her out of her own country, is coming for a royal visit! She tries desperately to keep out of his way and Zen tries to keep the prince away from Shirayuki. At one point, Izana tries to get the prince to take Shirayuki back with him, but remembering Zen's threat in the woods in the first volume, the prince declines. The two do come face to face eventually, and Shirayuki stands up for herself and her friendship with Zen. Later, Zen tries to settle a dispute between a lord and his subjects, stemming from the nobility hunting special birds the villagers hand raise and train for their livelihoods.
Onodera is a former detective whose partner, Kajita, was assassinated after their patrol car’s brakes were tampered with, and he’s spent the last three years trying to prove Kajita was not killed from a car crash. A dirty cop who has connections with The Undertaker, a deadly hitman, wants nothing more than for Onodera to stop his digging, so he calls in The Undertaker to finish the job. The only problem? Undertaker’s precious kitty has died, leaving him incapacitated with grief. One fateful night, The Undertaker and his target find each other at a cat bar, and nothing is as easy as it seems.
The cells are still hard at work, this time against a few different attackers. First, the blood cells have to fight off food poisoning from bacteria but also a tape worm hidden inside sushi, and it threatens to break through the stomach wall! Next, the body undergoes heat stress, which makes it difficult to fight off bacteria, especially ones that have their own heat protection. Red Blood Cell gets lost on a delivery (again) and finds herself in the Bone Marrow where red and white blood cells are nurtured through their young lives before they become mature red or white blood cells. This detour takes Red Blood Cell down memory lane, to her own upbringing. Lastly, the immune system must fight off the deadly, mutated cancer cells that trick the body into bringing it nutrients so it can multiply faster.
Ragna is a dragon hunter who follows around the world’s best dragon hunter: a twelve-year-old-girl named Leo. He takes care of her day-to-day needs while she hunts the most ferocious dragons, who can take on many shapes outside of the typical giant lizards. One night, Ragna begins to have dreams of Leo’s death and a shrouded figure who bemoans how he couldn’t save her. He warns Ragna that this reality is coming soon. When the fateful day finally arrives, Ragna rushes out to confront the powerful dragon, only to be brushed aside into the town’s river. As he sinks to the bottom, the shrouded man comes to him again and explains that he is Ragna’s future self, and the only way to save Leo is to give him all the power he has been learning for twenty years. He also tells Ragna that the only way to keep Leo really safe is to team up with Crimson, the dragon monarch, to eradicate all the dragons from the world.
Shirayuki has achieved a status of court herbalist apprentice, and her mentor is a twelve-year old prodigy named Ryu, who has vast amounts of knowledge that can’t be found in books. Zen’s envoy from a fort under his jurisdiction hasn’t reported back, so Zen decides to personally investigate. The Court Herbalists need some medicines in that direction, so Shirayuki tags along. It’s a good thing she does, because all of the soldiers AND the envoy have become sickened, and all the weapons in the fort have been stolen! Shirayuki must suss out the problem and find a remedy for all the men before she becomes afflicted. After Zen and friends return to the palace, they discover that Zen’s older brother, Izana, has returned, and he doesn’t particularly care for how close Zen and Shirayuki have become.
Futaru Uesugi is a bit of a loaner, but he's ok with it. He gets high marks on all his test, but his family is struggling financially. One day, his dad finds the perfect job for Futaru - tutoring for a rich family who just moved to town! Of course, it owuld end up being the girl that Futaru just insulted in the lunch room! It also turns out that it's not just a tutoring job for one classmate - it's for five... a set of quintuplets who are all failing at school and have grim hopes of graduating. The girls also hate studying, and Futaru has to create a plan of attack to appeal to them individually, otherwise he has no hope of getting paid.
Illustrated by Posuka Demizu
Emma and Ray have entered the playground of one of the most powerful demons in the world. They are there to renegotiate The Promise, the agreement between humans and demons that set the world up the way it is today. Norman is also prepared to march with a group of super-soldiers, who look strikingly like the incredibly strong Adam, and he is planning on taking his forces to the Imperial Capital of the demons. He sends Gilda and Don to find the “Evil-Blooded” demons, under the pretense that he wants to protect them from the war that is about to break out with all demon-kind. Don and Gilda know, however, that Norman wanted to get rid of the two nice demons, so they have to find a way to keep Sonja and Mujika safe. Emma finally cracks the riddle that will lead her to making a new promise, but she may have to sacrifice something much more than she’s willing in order to get it.
Tanjiro and Nezuko help the demon doctors fight off two attacking demons, and we see more of the skills Tanjiro has learned in his training. Later, the two are off to their next assignment, but Tanjiro interrupts a desperate demon slayer trying to get a girl to marry him. This slayer, Zenitsu, is deathly afraid of demons and fighting, and asks Tanjiro to protect him on his mission. The two come across a house of demons where a few humans have been abducted. Outside are two siblings, and their brother is inside the house. Tanjiro and Zenitsu enter to try to save everyone. They get separated, and Zenitsu, despite his whining, reveals that he has extreme strength and speed, but only while he is sleeping. Tanjiro battles against the master of the house, who has drums on his body that shift the room and lob devastating attacks.
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