When Konatsu's father gets a job overseas, she's forced to move into her aunt's house in a small fishing village. Here, she meets Koyuki, the sole member of the high school's Aquarium Club. But, there's something drawing these two together, so Konatsu joins the club. She also starts to become friends with bubbly Kaeda, who tries to recruit Konatsu to the Home Ec club. To prepare for the monthly open house of the Aquarium Club, Koyuki gives Konatsu a crash course on some of the fish the public will ask about. Konatsu can't answer everything, to her shame, but she does answer an enthusiastic little boy's question about salamanders, and they both get their first glimpse at the aquarium's newest member, a Cloud Salamander Konatsu affectionately named Koyuki because of their similarities.
This review series will focus on the newly published Eternal Editions of Sailor Moon. I have also reviewed the entire series previously.
Usagi Tsukino is a 14-year-old 2nd-year middle school student who wants nothing more than to play games, sleep all the time, and eat delicious foods. She's not a great student, and she's not sure about what high school she wants to go to. One day, she meets a talking cat with a crescent moon spot on her forehead, and the cat, Luna, reveals that Usagi is a legendary guardian, Sailor Moon! Together, Luna and Sailor Moon must track down the rest of the guardians and protect the Princess of the Moon Kingdom. Along the way, they meet a strange figure named Tuxedo Mask, and it's not abundantly clear if he's an enemy or not. Sailor Moon and her Guardian friends must fight against the sinister Dark Kingdom and keep the Mystical Silver Crystal from falling into their hands.
Lord Tae Jun, the second son of the Fire Tribe General, has decided to go under cover to find out if the mysterious lady he heard is, in fact, Princess Yona. When he enters Katan Village, he finds sick elderly, hungry children, and some members of the bandit gang he’s after, The Hungry Bunch gang. Tae Jun learns that the measures of his father, the general of the fire tribe, have left villages desolate, without young able bodied men to do the work of planting and harvesting, and sicknesses have ravaged the land. His main goal is to make Yona happy and proud, so he decides to invest his men and resources into setting up a countermeasure headquarters in the village. This brings able bodied men to fix buildings, and doctors to treat the sick.
After Miou says Nino’s voice is the bottom of the barrel, Nino decides to practice every day and read books on vocal training so she can one day reach Momo. Yuzu, meanwhile, starts writing blockbuster songs again and can’t work up the courage to ask Nino to be the Alice/lead singer of In No Hurry to Shout. One day, Nino sees the name of another songwriter on an audition sheet, and the first name is Momo. Can it be the same Momo she’s been searching for for the last seven years? She decides to audition for the music company and hopes that she can meet this Momo, but Yuzu can't stomach the thought of Nino singing lead for someone else's band!
Katie is the successful head chef of a restaurant named Seconds. Everyone loves the food. But Katie is unsatisfied with her life. All her friends who were with her when she opened Seconds have moved on with their lives, and Katie is surrounded by young-ins she barely knows. She’s working on a new restaurant in a beautiful old building that’s in a not so great part of town, hoping a fresh start on her own will help with her mood. One night, Katie is visited by a strange girl who offers Katie a way to undo some of her past mistakes, but this becomes a slippery slope with major consequences.
Training and rank wars continue as several top, elite agents test the apprentices of Jin to see what all the fuss is about. First up is Mikumo against Kazama. The two go 25 rounds, with 24 going to the A-ranked Kazama, and a tie on the very last battle. Then, after fighting for as many rank points as he could, Yuma challenges A-rank Satori for being disrespectful to Mikumo. Chika also wows the trainers and execs with her off-the-charts Trion levels. It’s all fun and games until Jin’s side effect predicts a massive invasion from Neighbor, which leaves everyone preparing for battle.
The final volume in part 1 of this series, and it's quite a whirlwind! This entire story seems like it happens over the course of one day, and moves extremely quickly. In this volume, our heroines find all three Rune Gods and have to prove themselves worthy of their power. Each one has a showdown with another Zagato minion, and has to outsmart them as well as out-fight them. Through it all, the adorable Mokona guides them to every temple and conveniently hides during every battle. Then, it's time for the final showdown with Zagato, and a twist ending you most likely will not see coming!
Illustrated by Sonia Liao
Disclaimer: This graphic novel is part of the An Ember in the Ashes series, I haven’t read any of them, so I went into this completely blind.
Helene, Elias, and Tavi are part of an elite group of soldiers-in-training sent on a mission to steal an extremely deadly poison from a remote island. They aren’t the only team there, as the Blackcliff Academy sends teams to this island as a rite of passage. The island is well guarded, and the leader there expects the onslaughts because the Academy often sends students on this mission.
Legoshi was sent to secure flowers from the Garden Club, but he ends up helping Haru, the white rabbit who is the club's only member. Rumors abound about how forward Haru is, and Legoshi finds out they are true before scurrying away without the flowers. Then, it's time for the opening of the plan, starring the Red Deer Louis, everyone's favorite actor. Louis is nursing a foot injury, but the show must go on. He self-medicates to get through the first show, but as the curtain drops on the performance, so does Louis. The doctor prohibits him from acting in the second show, so he is replaced by Bill, a tiger, which means Legoshi has to play Bill's part! Four years in Drama Club, and Legoshi has never been on stage!
Ida, Midoriya, and Todoroki continue to battle the Hero Killer Stain. Several actual heroes, including the mentors of all three students, come to help, but the students manage to subdue the Hero Killer by working together. Afterwards, All Might gives Midoriya some information about the origins of One for All, and clues him in to what might be waiting for him in his future. He doesn't tell Midoriya the most grim news, however. Then, the students prepare for their final exams, which include a test and a practical exam. The teachers decide that the students require more real-life scenarios than previous years, so they remove the robot combatants and pit two students up against each teacher! Of course, Bakugo and Midoriya are teamed up. Bakugo must learn to work with Midoriya despite his deep-seeded hatred.
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