One morning, Keina wakes up in the world of Leadale in the body of her high elf Cayna. In the physical world, Keina knows she is hooked up to life support, and she vaguely remembers a power outage that might have caused her to be thrown into her VRMMORPG. Now that her medically fragile body has probably died, she now has to make the most of her second life as a very powerful elf in a fantasy world that has moved on from the time she was playing the game. How much has the events of the game changed the society, and what can she do to survive and not be found out as a powerful magic user!
In this magical tale, Alpi is a young girl who has a very important task. Great spirits bestow blessings on the regions where they live, but when they die, their bodies infect the land with terrible energy and plague the very people they once blessed. Soul Senders travel far and wide and help to send these spirits on to the afterlife and cleanse the land, but they do so at a great physical cost. Alpi and her companion, Pelenai, travel to several places and help them restore their lands, but one village has disrupted the natural order and twisted how their spirit should work with their land. Alpi is placed in a terrible position, and to uphold her duty as a Soul Sender, she might have to make a terrible choice.
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.
Nai is a young boy searching for someone important to him, and all he has for a clue is a valuable bracelet that may entangle him with a secretive organization known as Circus. First, he finds himself being saved repeatedly by Gareki, a young man himself who has a tragic past and who society had not treated kindly. Gareki isn’t exactly a law-abiding citizen, having a strong affinity to making and dissecting explosives, and running afoul of Circus himself, the two nevertheless find themselves in the sights of the organization and somewhat on their way to finding Nai’s important person, and finding more about themselves along the way. Set in a world that is past fantasy, past steampunk with flying airships, magical creatures, and possible chimeras.
The Beast and his Belle have been reunited, which is destroying our Belle's heart as she realizes more that she is in love with the Beast. What's worse is that the Princess Belle seems incredibly kind, and she also has lost the use of her legs. She requests our Belle's help in being her attending lady, helping her with her dresses and hair. Giselle finally can't take all of this any longer and leaves her room for the first time since the palace became cursed. She confides in Belle that the Princess Belle has actually entrapped the Beast in a relationship by guilt - Princess Belle betrayed her family in order to be with Prince Cyril before the curse happened, and now the Beast feels obligated to marry her. The Beast finds out that La Médium is in the court of The King and hatches a plan to confront her. He takes along a few people to help, including Belle, who hopes to finally rescue her maman.
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 HereLee, illustrated by SUMPUL
Rashta’s former owner confronts her at a New Years celebration, contradicting the Emperor, who assured everyone upon Rashta’s arrival that she was not a slave. As the rumors fly, Rashta tries to fabricate different rumors about a duchess in court so that attention will be moved off of her. But, her former slaver isn’t finished with her, as he reveals he is raising a child she birthed while on his estate. He and Rashta enter into a tenuous partnership where she pays him with jewels to raise the child but also do some of her dirty work. Empress Navier continues her pen-pal relationship with Prince Heinrey, reluctant to bring their friendship into public because of his reputation as a womanizer. Heinrey invites his friend, Count Ergi, to join him, and it becomes clear the two are up to something nefarious, although Navier hasn’t figured out what just yet. For her birthday Sovieshu, the Emperor, suggests a trip for just the two of them to the imperial villa, but Navier is still suspicious of any affection Soveishu shows her after taking on a mistress.
Adapted by Aki
Asahi is leading the humans to war against the Draconians, all under the banner of saving a kidnapped Ruri. The fight is over before it begins thanks to the overwhelming strength of the Draconian fighters. Ruri still hasn’t confessed her true identity to the king, so Asahi’s repetitive accusation of kidnapping a human named Ruri bewilders most of the dragon court. After a botched attempt to escape the castle, Asahi starts to see what the world is like without her magic charming everyone, but she still doesn’t understand why people aren’t falling over themselves to help her. Ruri finally gets a moment of sweet closure by lecturing Asahi about her gullibility, but it may take several years of hard labor on Draconia’s prolific farm to sort everything out.
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.
Vol 4: Bleed, illustrated by Stephanie Hans, lettered by Clayton Cowles
The group has to come to terms with what they have done to this world and still somehow get home. Ash and Izzy discover much of the secrets of how the world of Die came to be, and what toll it exacted from Sol. They create a plan to reunite with the others in order to go home, but first Ash must make a choice about who to use her Voice on. The reunited party They race to the center of Die to try to stop the vicious cycle between Earth and Die. There, they find more questions and more answers as to how this world came to be.
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