Gon and his new friends are still within their hunter trials, having completed one phase of several. In Phase Two, the applicants have to please a pair of Culinary Hunters who specialize in gathering ingredients from strange places and foraging for what they need to survive. The two judges have vastly different trials and pallets to please, and many of the applicants are weeded out in this phase. Afterwards, Gon and Killua are given a special chance to get their hunter’s license going up against the Chairman in an effort to take a ball away from him, but his speed and agility prove to be too much for the two of them. In Phase Three, the remaining applicants have to reach the bottom of a tower. The four acquaintances, plus Ton (the slimy guy who has been trying to mess people up all trial), all end up in the same challenge - Majority Rules - and they find out what Ton's motivation has been in trying to sabotage the trial.
After clearing the house controlled by a demon with drums, Tanjiro and Zenitus come across another strange demon slayer, Inosuke, who likes to wear a warthog mask. Inosuke has an extremely hard head, both physically and metaphorically, and he can’t stand anyone doing anything better than him. Zenitsu reveals he knew Tanjiro was hiding a demon in his backpack, but trusts that Tanjiro needs to protect her. The growing group travel to a mountain to face an unknown demon threat, and they find other demon slayers caught up in a deadly web. They find a whole family of spider-type demons all over the mountain with many kinds of traps set for the slayers. The group, including hard-headed Inosuke, must work together to overcome the demons.
The brothers are separated for the first time in the whole series. Al is with a couple chimeras, Dr Marcoh, Winry, Scar, and Mae. They send Mae back to her country with the secret of the homunculi, but she is tricked into going back to Central City instead. Al takes his whole group back to Reole where it all began, and they find Hohenheim working to rebuild the town. Meanwhile, Ed is with another couple chimeras, and they run across Greed in Ling’s body. They decide to work together against the homunculi after Greed regains some of his memories about Wrath going after his friends. Hohenheim reveals that the day will be soon upon them when the homunculi will act on their plans for Amestris, so the different factions start putting plans into place, including Mustang and what he can do from Central Command.
Asa runs into a young man at a museum who has a photograph of the monster she saw when the typhoon took her family. He refuses to talk to a “nobody” like her and scuttled off with a ton of research on the monster. Asa and Mr. Kasuga are then conscripted to help identify the creature should it make an appearance during the opening ceremony of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Asa makes the acquaintance of The Blue Impulse - some of the best aerial maneuver pilots in the country - as they practice making the Olympic Rings for the Opening Ceremony. The Government is using this display as an important symbol of peace, and, because of this, the Defense Forced won’t be allowed to intercede during the Opening Ceremony should the monster return.
Ragna has now teamed up with Crimson, who for reasons unknown wants to rid the world of dragons. Their next target is Disas Trois, the Tempest Cell, a dragon who harnesses the power of the wind to destroy towns and people. A band of hunters comes across Ragna and Crimson, and Crimson cleverly manipulates information out of them about the Tempest Cell, whom the hunters are all running from. Ragna, after using all of his strength in the last battle at the end of volume one, can't move his muscles from exhaustion. Crimson decides to use non-magical guns and embue them with Ragna's Silverine powers so that the bullets will be deadly to Disas Trois. As the group of Crimson and failed hunters re-enter the destroyed down below the Tempest Cell, they find Disas Trois mutilating the women of the town with his wind power, slowly cutting their limbs until they perish from blood loss or pain. Elsewhere, we meet another dragon monarch who is working against the humans and deploying her dragon soldiers to various human cities.
Illustrated by Dev Pramanik, colored by Alex Guimarães
House Atreides is the prequel to the original Dune series. In this story, we follow along with several different plot lines. Baron Vladimir travels back and forth between Arrakis and Giedi Prime, overseeing his spice production. Teenaged and Duke-Presumptive Leto travels to the planet Ix, the Machine Planet, to learn from the House Vernius. Upon arrival, Leto finds a desolate place and is surprised to discover the entire planet operates underground. In another part of the galaxy, the son of Emperor Elrood Corrino plots to assassinate his father and take the imperial seat. Shaddam and his advisor slowly poison the Emperor in the hopes that no one will suspect assassination. The Emperor also sends the planetologist, Pardot Kynes, to Arrakis to begin study of the planet and how it has such deposits of Spice. On Giedi Prime, Rabban participates in hunts of real people, including a child Duncan Idaho, who is fighting for the freedom of his family.
Illustrated by Johanne
Princess Sartrienne, or Sally, wants nothing more than to go on an adventure and escape the dull life she leads every day. Outside the walls of her kingdom, there are fierce ogres with tell-tale horns trying their best to eat as many humans as possible. One day, Sally meets the mysterious Mikoto, who is hunting ogres, and he’s seems to have a special ability that makes him particularly deadly to any ogre he comes across. Mikoto kills the ogres he finds in Sally's town, then sets off again, leaving her to her hum-drum life. But her safe little kingdom is threatened, and Sally's father decides to send her away. Sally finally gets her wish and sets off to explore, fight ogres, and find Mikoto again. Out in the wilderness, she meets a demi-human, an anthropomorphic rabbit named Frau, and discovers there is a lot of prejudice against demi-humans from the villagers in her kingdom.
Asa and Kasuga continue to fly and deliver rice balls and water, but the strange thing they found at the end of volume one is right where Asa’s house should be. They find two of her younger siblings and the doctor holding the newborn baby, and something else monstrous and strange. Kinuyo, the lady who owns the restaurant, notices Kasuga’s bloody arm from being shot, and worries he might lose consciousness. Kasuga starts to lose feeling in his arm, so he tells Asa how to fly and land the plane. Asa falls in love with flying. With her endless fiery spirit, Asa goes to make a deal with the owner of the plane, who was using it to do illegal things, and tries to get him to give her his plane.
Illustrated by Testuya Tashiro
Tatsumi is a country kid who, along with two others, have trained up and left their village to go into the Capital and make enough money to save their starving village. Things don’t go so well for Tatsumi. Within a day of reaching the capital, all his money is stolen and his life is put in danger. He’s taken in by a Good Samaritan, but an attack from the deadly Night Raiders destroys even more of what he thought was good about the capital. He is “kidnapped” by the Raiders and shown the true nature of how deep the corruption flows throughout the country. Tatsumi joins with the Raiders to hopefully set things right, and, ultimately, to save the entire country, and his village, from ruin.
Illustrated by Lee Garbett and Jorge Coelho
Collected here is around 20 single issues that survey Loki's time as an Agent of Asgard. This storyline immediately follows the adventures of Kid Loki. THIS Loki took over Kid Loki's body and is trying to erase some of his evil deeds from his past by taking on missions to serve the great good of Asgard. On the throne is the All-Mother, a triumvirate including his mother, Freya, and two others, who give Loki missions but secretly plot against this good Loki in order to secure what they think is a more prosperous future for Asgard. Loki make some new friends, including Verity Willis, who is a human lie detector. This also includes events around Original Sin, where a tenth realm, the realm of Heven, opens, and Loki, along with Thor, try to bring Heven into the Nine Realms under Asgard.
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