This volume picks up at right at the moment Volume 1 ended, which means the recruits are still in the middle of their entrance test. All hell broke loose right at the end as a very powerful kaiju started sabotaging the test and bringing dead monsters back to life. Kafka and Leno come to Kikori’s aid as a humanoid Kaiju takes her to her limit. Kafka transforms in front of her but ultimately saves her life. The test concludes and the recruits get their results - Leno is in as an officer, but Kafka nearly fails. The review panel brings him in as a cadet as some feel he is a hard worker and can provide some comic relief to the squad. Kafka now has to work twice as hard if he’s going to catch up to Captain Mina, his childhood friend.
This slice-of-life story focuses on several high school students, including one who is a robot. Nano is trying to lead a normal high school life, but the giant wind-up key protruding from her back means all her classmates know she’s a robot despite Nano trying to hide it. Yukko and Mio talk constantly about homework because Yukko often forgets to do it. The serious Mia often times sits out the crazy antics of Yukko or participates in unconventional ways that drive Yukko crazy.
Twilight intrudes upon a private moment between his target, Donovan Desmond, and his son, Damien, but plants the seed of recognition. After that chapter, we get some glimpses into the lives of the other characters. We follow Yuri, Yor's brother, on a secret police mission to apprehend a journalist who is spreading lies about the country. We get a pretty hilarious chapter featuring Bond, where he has a premonition that he will die in several different was (one of which is if he eats Yor's cooking). There's also one chapter dedicated to Damien and his friends as they experience some of the wilderness of Eden Academy. In another chapter, Yor and Franky try to find a missing cat, which obviously gets more intense than it needs to. In the end, the Thorn Princess (Yor's assassin name) is given a job on a cruise ship, the same voyage Anya happens to score free tickets on, so the whole Folger Family is off on a vacation where they'll continue to try not to blow their cover in front of one another.
Illustrated by Issei Hatsuyoshiya
Rookie Red Blood Cell navigates through an adult male body, struggling to get his job done in an environment of high stress, skinny arteries, and with foreign toxins constantly being introduced. When the body introduces carbon monoxide, several red blood cells are injured and disfigured as it binds to them and forces them to drop their shipments of oxygen. Later, the Red Blood Cells are sprayed with alcohol, and they take a detour through the liver to have the alcohol cleaned off them. Miss White Blood Cell has her work cut out for her battling against a weak environment that invited in pneumonia and gonorrhea bacteria.
Gordon is living the dream: making boatloads of BTLs or Squid burgers to sell on his food truck. His only problem? There aren’t many customers to be found in this war-torn, post-apocalyptic landscape. One day, on his way to find some customers, Gordon narrowly misses running over an air-conditioned sleeping bag in the middle of the road. Inside the bag is a naked woman who is ravenously hungry. Gordon brings her aboard the truck and sets out some food and water, which she devours instantly. She proceeds to the devour all of the BTLs he made, plus pretty much all of his other provisions, prompting a trip to the desert ocean where he can fish for wildlife that has evolved since the oceans dried up. Later, Gordon and his new companion help a town being held hostage to make beer at a brewery, and the military catches up with them. Both Gordon and Arisa seem to have a past with the military, and this shared adversity makes them deadly fighting partners against the trained soldiers.
With Migi’s cells now infused all throughout Shinichi’s body, is he becoming less human? Murano, the girl he likes, is starting to think he’s changed in a bad way — he’s colder, more violent, and maybe starting to become a punk. While Shinichi and Migi try to figure out what he’s doing to give off this vibe, another parasite comes to the school: Shimada, who claims that he isn’t eating humans and he’s come to learn how to co-exist with them. Neither Shinichi nor Migi trust him for a second, and it turns out that Tamiya, the parasite posing as a teacher who crossed paths in previous volumes, is the one who set Shimada on Shinichi’s path! Another classmate tries to find out more about Shimada and accidentally sets off another murder-spree at her school. But, thanks to this incident, the authorities have finally started to crack the code on these alien invaders.
Illustrated by Hikaru Uesugi
Deadpool takes a trip to Japan and becomes deputized by Captain America to protect Japan from the evil-doers there. Immediately, we get a Spider-Man stand-in, Sakura Spider, and later, another Venom-type symbiote who achieved stasis with a super popular Idol named Neiro. Neiro affectionally calls her symbiote Kage (Japanese for Shadow), but he seems to not want nicknames nor to get attached to anyone. Through plenty of fourth-wall breaks and lots of references to other manga and anime series, Deadpool and his two compatriots try to thwart the plans of the supervillain Loki.
Illustrated by Claudia Balboni, Harry Saxon, and Lucas Gottoni
Alex and Max are Reformed Assassins for Hire who scuttled away from their employer after a job included killing children. Now, they take odd jobs doing dangerous things so they can get paid and eat tacos. They take a highly dangerous job from one of Alex’ old flames to sneak into a fascist country on the planet Antigone and rescue two kids who have been taken as political prisoners. But Bieti, their former employer and a very fluffy monkey, demands his ship back. He follows the two towards Antigone and causes them to crash land, giving up any sort of element of surprise they might have had. Now, they have to escape a high-security prison and break into an even higher-security prison to get the job done. That is, if Max can stop hitting on everything long enough to formulate an escape plan.
Nightfall enlists Twilight’s help on a new mission: retrieve a painting from a private collection that may have some secrets that could rekindle the war. In order to get their hands on it, they have to win an underground tennis tournament full of tricks and cheating. Nightfall has some ulterior motives though, and hopes to win Twilight over with her amazing skills so he leaves Yor behind. After the tournament, Nightfall challenges Yor to a tennis match in order to continue to prove her point, but Yor ends of shattering Nightfall’s racket! After tennis is over, it’s back to Anya trying to befriend Damien. The Imperial Scholar mixer is coming up, and without eight Stella Stars, neither Anya not Damien will have an invite, which also means Twilight won’t have a chance to meet and introduce himself to his main mission’s target. It’s time to take matters into his own hands!
Takafumi’s uncle has been in a coma for seventeen years. He finally awakens and he’s been stuck in a fantasy, RPG-style world for the last seventeen years. Most of the family has fallen apart, in large part over a disagreement with what to do with the comatose family member, so Takafumi takes in his uncle as he becomes accustomed to the world again. Uncle turns out to be a huge fan of the Sega game systems, and he’s devastated to find that it, amongst other of his favorite things, have been left in the past. While adjusting, Takafumi continually asks his uncle about his experiences in the other world, where everyone was beautiful but treated Uncle like a sub-species of Orc.
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