Illustrated by Flaviano, colored by Rico Renzi
Jess and Eddie are imprisoned by Adira while Marcel wallows in a layer of Hell, but humans on Earth are still unable to die and the Reapers are starting to get restless. Meanwhile, the deal Adira struck to capture Jess has dire consequences as the soul she traded for Jess releases onto Earth something even worse than the undying. Elsewhere, Life bargains with Lilah, Jess's mom, to try and get her to relinquish her powerful amulet, but first he has to understand what she truly wants after serving decades in prison away from her family.
With this volume, we conclude the action of Buggy the Clown and set sail once more. There’s a brief adventure on an almost uninhabited island where the small crew gain some fruit and another lesson about what’s really important in life, and it’s not always treasure. Then, it’s off to another village to hopefully get some real supplies, even though Luffy is sure that he’s lucky enough to not need things like food and water. In this village, they meet Captain Usopp who is captain of nothing but tall tales and a few village kids who like to pretend they’re pirates. Usopp is a favorite of the local well-to-do Miss Kaya, to the chagrin of her butler who thinks it shameful she would associate with the town lowlife. But it doesn’t take long for Luffy and Usopp to uncover a foul plot in this town.
Adapted by SUOL
Penelope is invited to have lunch with her whole family, which turns into another chance for the servants to slight her with childish utensils. She storms away, leaving her father to discover the indignity. To make up for it, he has the butler clear out the attic where Penelope liked to sit as a child. Even this turns problematic as she has a terse encounter there with Reynold that reveals much about why he loathes Penelope. Later, Penelope decides to take Eckles on an outing and outfit him more as a proper knight. The affection meter for Eckles is steadily increasing, but he also continues to prove how dangerous he can be. Prince Callisto hosts yearly Hunting Celebration where Penelope made such a scene last year as to be banned. The prince lifted her punishment based on their last encounter, but he's still at a very deadly level for Penelope!
Master Rei tries to help Mira overcome her shyness and make new friends, but it seems Mira is only comfortable talking to cute animal-type creatures, rather than others her age. Later, Master becomes sick and their magic goes wild, so the roles are reversed as Mira takes care of her master for a change. Once Master is feeling better, the two get to work replenishing some of the Master's medicinal ingredients, and Mira is shocked to see the cost in labor and ingredients. Then, Stella, one of Master Rei's old friends, comes by and finally gets to meet Mira, who she only knows through Rei's letters. Stella is an inventor and has created many awesome things, including crayons that draw in the air. Lastly, Rei and Mira reminisce about when Mira first came to live with Master Rei and how they started on the path of finding a way to control her powers.
Illustrated by Mengo Yokoyari
Aqua begins filming his reality dating show with five other teens from the entertainment industry while Ruby tries to get her idol group to have an online presence thanks to a popular YouTuber who is also repped by Strawberry Productions. Though Aqua is content to stay on the fringe of the show and not become entangled in the love triangles, he is ensnared when online rage is pointed at one of his female cast-mates. In thanks for his heroism, the cast-mate vows to become the kind of girl Aqua can fall in love with, which sends her into a deep character study of Ai and makes her a valuable asset in Aqua’s continued quest to discover everything about the idol.
Frieren and Fern face the final of their three trials for Mage First Class, and it’s a personal test with Serie, the elf mage who trained Frieren’s master, Flamme. The results come out exactly as Frieren predicted, knowing all too well the grudge Serie still bears. Finally, the party can move into the Northern Lands and continue their journey. In this part of the kingdom, there’s no shortage of odd quests and small jobs to be requested of the powerful Demon King-killer, and she continues to happily trade work for spells just as before in her journey. In the great walled city of Heib, Fern and Stark find themselves with some spare time, so Stark jokingly suggests they go on a day-long date. Not to be outdone, Fern acquiesces.
Shinobu, the Insect Hashira, takes on Doma of the Upper Rank Kizuki demons and the demon who murdered her older sister, and her ultimate revenge plot is revealed. In another part of the Infinity Castle, Zenitsu takes on a demon who, in human form, was someone from his past. Tanjiro and Giyu fight Akaza of the Upper Kizuki, and Tanjiro’s training pays off. He can actually hold his own against Akaza, unlike the last time the two came face to face in the fight with Rengoku. But there’s something special about Akaza’s power that allows him to anticipate their every move, and it may have something in line with how Inosuke fights as well.
In the near future, Tokyo is the end of the line on a bustling commercially viable railroad connecting Europe to all of Asia, which brings prosperity and crime to the bustling metropolis. Within this city are deadly and advanced robots, some of whom have taken to murdering humans. Origin, however, has taken his father and creator’s last words and made them a personal mantra: lead a good life. Origin has decided that he must hunt down his “siblings” and stop them from killing too many people. But while doing so, he must guard his own identity and not let his coworkers at the most advanced robotics company find out who he is.
Luffy, Zolo, and a thief named Nami get tangled up with Buggy the Pirate after Nami steals a map to the Grand Line and pretends Luffy is her boss she stole it for. Luffy is captured, and Zolo inadvertently rescues three of Buggy’s crew who Nami stranded previously. Buggy also has mysterious powers from eating a devil’s fruit, though not the same powers as Luffy. Buggy and his crew have been terrorizing a village and using buildings as target practice for their cannonballs. Luffy tries to convince Nami to become part of his crew after discovering that she is a great navigator, but Nami refuses to become a pirate. Luffy continues to learn what treasure can mean to different folks and creatures as he discovers a dog guarding a Pet Food store for his owner and the mayor who feels the town is his treasure.
Illustrated by George Kambadais, colored by Josh Burcham, lettered by Ed Dukeshire
Five friends from our world have been transported to the land of the Forgotten Realms and, after fighting so many monsters and escaping many times from the Big Bad, Venger, they’re looking forward to possibly having a good night’s rest along with their pal Uni the Unicorn. But their sleep is interrupted when monsters attack their camp and a portal opens up. On the other side, find themselves in Waterdeep and trying to save a young girl cursed with Wild Magic that can surge at any time, a labyrinth with Beholders, and other monsters that test them to their limits!
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