As her mother is pulled into the abyss, Hina is given this task: find the Fabled Ace, a war hero from centuries ago, and give him an orb with great power. Hina spends the next several years walking all over known creation looking for him. This helps her with her "count" - the magical number emblazoned on everyone that goes up or down depending on what they do. Everyone has a different reason for their count going up, and Hina gets hers to go up by walking. Despite having walked across the world, Hina is still very sheltered when it comes to the way thing work. When a man in a cafe tries to swindle her of her count and the orb her mother left her, who else comes to her rescue but the Fabled Ace she's been searching for! But, aside from saving her, Licht is not as altruistic as she hoped he would be.
Here's the latest series pulling on my nostalgia and purse strings alike. Kodansha has released an anniversary edition of Cardcaptor Sakura in hardback, and of course I need to get all of them.
Fourth-grader Sakura Kinomoto, with her latent magical ability, accidentally sets free a deck of magical cards, called Clow Cards, from inside a book in her father’s study. She’s also awakened “Cerberus,” nicknamed Kero-San, the Guardian of the Seal, who gives Sakura the key to the book and the ability to capture the cards again. These cards have gone out into the world and will wreck havoc in their own ways depending on their magical affinity. Sakura must capture the cards and use their abilities to capture even more cards.
The whole high school, including the Drama Club and the Gardening Club, is still preparing for Meteor Festival. Legoshi is still working out his feelings for Haru, but he has generally come to the conclusion that he has a crush on her, and not that it is a carnivorous urge to devour her. However, Haru had some major feelings for another member of the Drama Club, not Legoshi. She’s sweet on Louis, who regards her as a high school fling. He knows once he graduates that he will find another red deer to be his mate. To complicate matters, Juno, another grey wolf, has started coming on strong to Legoshi, and she has the same mentality that Louis has - Legoshi is the only grey wolf, so they will naturally become a mated pair in the end.
Elias has revealed his full, true form, and takes on the being known as Josef, who has been trying to capture the Church Grim in order to make a chimera. Chise awakens from her injury inflicted by Josef, and she manages to calm Elias down back into his "human" form. She forms a bond with the Church Grim, who becomes her familiar even though he is a fae, which means his eternal life will end when hers does. Chise renames the Grim "Ruth" because of his loyalty. Days later, while wandering and looking for Elias, Chise comes across a man named Joel tending his garden full of beautiful roses. He has a muse attached to him, a parasite who normally feeds on the energy of people in exchange for inspiration, but this muse is content with just being near Joel. At the very end, Chise receives an invitation from Master Lindel to return to the Dragon Sanctuary to make her wand.
Fifteen of Japans most ultimate high school students are accepted into this year’s Hope Academy, one of the most elite high schools in the country. But, once they all get there, they realize this is the beginning of a sick game meant to pit them against each other in life or death situations. The game they have to play is stay forever at Hope Academy, where they will have food and a room and entertainment, or they have to kill one of their classmates in order to “graduate.” Not only do they have to kill a classmate, they have to do it without anyone else knowing. The class must conduct a trial where everyone votes for the culprit. If they vote correctly, only the culprit will die, and the rest continue to live on in Hope Academy. If they vote wrong, the entire class will die and the culprit gets to "graduate" and walk free.
Shōyō Hinata loves playing volleyball, but he hasn't have enough people in his middle school club to make a full team. Instead, he practices with whoever will set the ball for him - the girls' volleyball team, a women's volunteer team. When he finally gets enough people to enter his first and last ever tournament of middle school, they lose miserably to Tobio Kageyama's team that is a favorite for National competitions. When Hinata and Kageyama both end up at the same high school, they must set aside their middle school egos, learn to be teammates, and learn to share the spotlight before they can officially start playing with the official High School Club Volleyball team. The team captain pit Hinata, Kageyama, and a veteran player against two new first-year hopefuls. Whichever team of newbies wins will join the team.
After successfully getting humanity passed the millennium, Buddha and Jesus decide that it's time for a vacation. They rent a flat in Tokyo and experience some of the local tourist attractions. Buddha is consistently worried about making rent while Jesus thinks spending money is the pinnacle of relaxation. They go to theme parks and ride rides together. They win a golden statue of Buddha in a local carnival game. They participate in local Shinto festivals and hope not to upset the sitting spirit by carrying its shrine. They sample lots of food at street vendors, festivals, and anywhere they can. In all of their adventures, they try to blend in with the locals, despite Buddha's elongated ear lobes and Jesus' crown of thorns.
Caesar continues to try to win over Nakaba, but when Loki reveals he plans to work against the royal family of Belquat, Nakaba pushes Caesar away even more. When bad dreams wake Nakaba in the middle of the night and turn out to be visions, Loki reveals that she has inherited a gift from her ancestors: the Arcana, the gift of seeing past, present, and future. The visions reveal someone trying to kill Caesar with a poisonous snake in his room! Even though she is fighting not to let Caesar into her heart, Nakaba finds she also can’t bear the thought of someone killing him. What can she do with her heart torn in two between Loki and Caesar? And how is she going to learn to harness this new power with no one from her kingdom or family to guide her?
Lord Beldaruit tells Coco a story of Qifrey’s past and why he has such a strong prejudice against the Brimmed Caps. Because of this, Coco decides to break off from the group and go to the Tower of Tomes to seek answers for Qifrey’s struggles as well as seek a solution for her own mother. But getting to the Tower proves to be much more perilous than Coco believed it would be. The Tower is guarded by fierce water dragons that spring out of the lake and attack any movement they sense on the banks of the lake. Qifrey races after her to save her from the guardians of the Tower, but he's still not fully healed from his previous injuries, and he must rely on Coco's originality and ingenuity to save them both.
Nasa and Tsukasa finish their visit to Nasa’s parents and come back to find their house has burned down! But don’t fret, Nasa has prepared for everything with insurance, keeping his prized possessions in a safe deposit box, and storing all his documents on the cloud. They stay in a spare room owned by the family who runs the bath house, but they also need to go shopping for all new clothes. Nasa has some fun picking out outfits for Tsukasa, but things get a little awkward when she has to get new underthings. The two set up their temporary home with some old relics from the family's departed father, which include classic video games, old TVs, and some interesting furniture pieces.
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