Denji and his little devil dog, Pochita (who has a chainsaw coming out of his head), are swimming in a mountain of debt left by Denji’s dad. The two hunt devils to try and pay down the debt, but things go wrong for Denji on one such mission. Pochita saves Denji’s life by fusing with him, giving Denji the power to summon chainsaws from his head and arms! Now, the Public Safety Devil Hunters wants to employ this new, powerful Human-Devil hybrid, and Denji finds himself finally living a little comfortably. But, what now motivates him to keep the public safe? Is it money? Revenge? Boobs?
The four members of the Blue Team - Goggles, Specs, Headphones, and Bobble hat - battle against other squads to see who can cover the most area with their team’s ink color. These competitors are in humanoid form, but they can also change into their other form: inklings, little squid-type creatures. The Blue Team members are all lower ranked than their opponents, but through hard work, teamwork, lots of practice, and some silliness, they prove they can hang with the best S rank teams.
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.
Gon is a pretty talented young man. He is sympathetic towards animals, doesn't get sea-sick through the worst of storms, and is naturally intuititive about situations he's in. His father was a Hunter, an esteemed person tasked with hunting dangerous animals, tracking down treasures, or even bringing criminals to justice. Gon's aunt wanted him to follow a different path, but the Hunter's blood runs strong, and Gon decides to attempt the trials in order to gain a Hunter's License. The license exam is extremely difficult - that is, after you finally get to the Exam Hall. There are plenty of trials along the way designed to weed out the folks who are in it for all the wrong reasons. Of the initial group who started out across the rough seas, only Gon and two others make it. They find the Exam Hall, where four hundred other hopefuls also wait for the real trials to start. But with only a few licenses to award, the exam promises to be even more challenging that what Gon has already experienced.
Red Blood Cell-san is determined to make it around the entire respiratory system without the help of other cells. After numerous times getting lost and having a guardian angel in White Blood Cell-san help her from the shadows, she finally makes it all the way around for one cycle! Then, we go to a different cell who is in his apartment, dividing himself to make another cell. He finds another cell who is playing practical jokes on white blood cells and Killer T cells. The practical joker turns out to be a rhinovirus, wanting to infect all the cells and cause the Cold. Later, White Blood Cell-san fights tirelessly to help the cells of a hair follicle fight off the bacteria that causes acne. Lots of other white blood cells have tried and failed, but White Blood Cell-san isn’t a quitter!
Vol 4: The Crystal Kingdom by Clint, Griffin, Justin, and Travis McElroy, illustrated by Carey Pietsch
The trio is on another mission to bring back another relic, a transmutation stone that is acting kind of like King Midas. It's currently on a floating laboratory that is slowly being consumed by pink crystal that transforms everything it touches. With their favorite team of Regulators (including Killian and Carey), they travel to the laboratory in special space suits to keep out any crystal particles that might transform them. They have to find the transmutation stone and save the laboratory before it's engines can't handle the weight and it crashes to the planet below, which will turn all of that into crystal too. Just in case that isn't all too complicated, Kravitz, an agent of Death, tags along to try to right the wrongs of people escaping death, which includes most of the people on the laboratory!
Illustrated by Tarako
God has a team of designers at his disposal who will make all manner of creatures based on a very limited scope - things like a mammal able to eat leaves off tall trees (which results in a giraffe), or something “adorably uncute” (which results in the koala). The designers, all sharing a name with one of the planets, each have their quirks when designing animals: Mr. Saturn’s greatest invention was the horse, something he tries to reinvent for everyone challenge to limited success; Pluto makes terrifying animals but is also very fixated on how her creations will reproduce; Neptune makes all kinds of amphibious animals; and Jupiter has become the official taste-tester, making sure delicious animals have extra protection or defense mechanisms. At the end of each chapter is a note on the main, real, animals that were designed, providing some educational content for readers.
In this volume’s slices of Tatsu's life: he has tea with a few other housewives and, while he’s recounting his time in the mob, they think he’s talking about his wife, Miku, and think she's hardcore; he helps a young boy with his summer assignments and goes a bit overboard; he gets Masa set up with a bunch of household gadgets from the 100 yen store; a cat burlgar (an actual cat) steals a fish from Tatsu and he gives chase; and Tatsu and Miku go to an amusement park but get rained out halfway through their day.
Vol 3: Petals to the Metal! by Clint, Griffin, Justin, and Travis McElroy, illustrated by Carey Pietsch
The trio is back on another assignment, this time to find the Gaia Sash, which has been put to use by a thief named Raven who has holed up in a vault in the city of Goldcliff. The three meet a local cop, Hurley, who has a connection with Raven and might be able to help them slow her down. Hurley and Raven were racing teammates in the highly dangerous Battlewagon races that are super popular (and super illegal) in Goldcliff. Raven escapes the tower, but Hurley knows Raven will be in the next Battlewagon race. The only way to get to Raven is for the three heroes and Hurley to form a new battlewagon team and try to take her down in the race, and watch out for the twelve other teams trying to take down and beat them!
Eniale and Dewiel are an angel and demon, respectively, who are often at odds with each other on borrowing one another’s makeup without asking, or gathering souls for their employers. In one of their apocalyptic fights, they find a baby and search for its mother using means that send humanity into a panic. After destroying their clothes in another fight, the two travel to Paris to replenish their wardrobe, and an exorcist discerns and chases after Dewi relentlessly. A little girl summons both the angel and demon to help her sick mother recover, and it’s a competition to see who can win the little girl over to “their side.” After Eni pisses her friend off completely, Dewi “helps” Eni build the “perfect” hot springs and vows to drain Eni’s seemingly endless supply of money.
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