Illustrated by Rachel Distler, colored by Francesco Montalbano
A group of young orphan adventure seekers put together an investigation force to figure out some of the strange happenings around their town. One of their first cases is for their friend whose parents seem to have been replaced by lookalikes who are werewolves, but their investigation proves there is more than they first believed. Meanwhile, Mr. Jacob, who runs their orphanage, has a mysterious past that isn’t just connected to his history of making scary movies, and his daughter, Marysia, is recovering memories from her childhood that don’t add up. To complicate matters further, a hunter named Greta shows up in town to hunt the werewolves, and she also has some history with Mr. Jacob that isn’t all friendly.
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!
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.
Illustrated by Rito Kohsaka
As Miyo received no formal training with he Saimori family, she begins etiquette training in order to feel more worthy of her husband-to-be. And her trainer is none other than Lord Kudo's sister, Hazuki! She's also plagued by nightmares, which Kudo tries to keep away, but he's not always successful. With the increased activity of grotesqueries, he's kept busy at the office, and the strain takes a tole on Miyo's physical health. As Kudo continues to look into Miyo's family history, he also meets a strange young man -- Arata Tsuruki -- who, officially, is dispatched to help the Anti-Grotesquerie Unit, but he also seems to be connected somehow to Miyo's Usuba clan.
Kaguya is headstrong, defiant, and certainly not the prim-and-proper princess her mother would hope she would be. But, with the queen's failing health and enemies closing in on all sides to steal the sacred Moon Blade, the queen decides to perform the ascension ceremony and pass the torch down to her upstart daughter. Their enemies had other ideas, however, and the ceremony is beset with attackers, causing them to evacuate and send Kaguya to Tainted World alone. But Earth isn't what Kaguya thought it would be, and she still has to stay ahead of her pursuers who are trying desperately to steal back the Moon Blade and wrest control of the Moon Kingdom from Kaguya's family.
Within a prison city, Chloe and her younger baby brother have been abandoned by their parents and are struggling to survive. The only thing getting them through is their mysterious neighbor who has been leaving them food. But, he's currently in the middle of planning an elaborate escape that will be perfectly covered by an oncoming snowstorm. Because of his ridiculous sense of duty, Chloe's neighbor can't abandon these kids to a life of starvation, so he drags them along on a dangerous and half-hatched escape attempt. Nothing goes according to plan -- but flash forward to ten years later, when Chloe returns to the City to search for what was lost that night, and what she is determined to take back from the city that has taken so much from her.
Illustrated by Rito Kohsaka
Miyo has been kidnapped and is brought back to the Saimori house where Kaya and her mother try to force Miyo to refuse Kudo's marriage proposal. Kaya believes she will be able to rearrange fiancés and become Kudo's fiancée while giving Kōji to Miyo. Kōji was unable to stop the kidnapping from happening, but he does the next best thing: he brings Lord Kudo to the Saimori house. Lord Tatsuichi tries to stop Kudo from entering the Saimori house, and even forces a bewildered Lord Saimori to stand with him, but the two of them are no match for Kudo's superior strength. In another part of the kingdom, sinister actors put an evil plan into motion by digging up a sealed grave and introducing new grotesqueries into the world, which Kudo's battalion will have to investigate.
Adapted by SUOL
Penelope is determined to meet the last two love interests in the game to see if either of them can be her actual way out, rather than relying on the two brothers who seem to hate her, or the crazy prince. She must sneak out to rescue Eckles from a slave auction, but she manages to run into both her brothers on the way out. Both accompany her to the festival, but a strange blur of commotion at the festival separates them all, which is advantageous for Penelope, who uses it to attend the slave auction and bid on Eckles, but this plan turns out to not be as fool proof as she thought - Eckles is actually extremely dangerous and a bit unhinged, not quite the docile young knight she remembers from the game.
Illustrated by Mengo Yokoyari
The twins are about to begin school at a prestigious academy for teens who are part of Japan’s entertainment industry, but in order to do so, they need to contracted entertainers. Ruby is determined to become an idol, but Aqua wants to protect her from that devastating industry. To help keep away from predatory agencies, Aqua convinces their adoptive mother, Miyako, to sign Ruby to Strawberry Productions as their first idol since Ai. Aqua’s contract comes from his constant mentor, Director Gotanda. Once they begin school, Aqua reconnects with Kana Arima, the genius child actor he starred alongside in volume one. She once again wants Aqua to join her on screen, this time for a campy tv drama where the studio is pushing male models and ruining her career. From this roll, Aqua now finds himself a reluctant contestant on a dating show!
Adapted by Mutsumi Okubashi
Through William’s efforts, the town of Torch Point has begun to thrive and accept people from all over the world. The latest group of refugees are a group of dwarves who have been wandering after their home in the Rust Mountain was seized by a fierce dragon. William welcomed them but hopes an increase in people doesn’t lead to an increase in crime. He sets the dwarves to work building things and helping around town so as to reduce their likelihood of resorting to crime to survive. He also notices one among them who stands out due to his bravery, his preferential treatment from other dwarves, and his conviction. William decided to take the young dwarf as his squire and train him to be a great warrior. It turns out, Al, the dwarf, is a direct descendant from the last king of the dwarves! While patrolling for reported sightings of undead, William gets another visit from Stagnate, the God of Death, but this time as a warning not to go after the dragon of Rust Mountain who destroyed the dwarves' civilization.
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