Solo leveling vol 6 by chugong
Jinwoo is making his way through the demon castle inside a very difficult dungeon. He comes across a demon who can speak, and it turns out she’s a daughter of a powerful demon family that has been placed in the dungeon to protect it. She barters for her life by promising to help Jinwoo get magic items that will allow him to advance to the next floors. Jinwoo wipes out every powerful family on floors above hers, effectively leaving her clan in charge until the dungeon resets. But most importantly, Jinwoo can finally craft the Elixir of Life and see if it cures his mother. In another part of the world, giant evolving ant beasts have wiped out an entire Japanese island and are threatening the mainland of Korea and other islands of Japan. Several S-Rank hunters from Japan concoct a plan to launch an attack on the island, with the help of S-Rank Korean hunters.
Adapted by Mutsumi Okubashi
Williams slays a wyvern and manages to become a Paladin as a reward. Since the lord of Whitesails has no men or resources to help the people of Beast Woods, William uses his money and influence to put together a band of mercenaries and trades folk who can fight back the beasts but also establish the villages as trading outposts. William becomes an unofficial lord of Beast Woods. On one of their quests, they run into a formidable chimera who lures them into a trap and decimates the group, even with William’s strength and skill. Will spirals into doubt and panic as he believes he is leading people into situations that are too dangerous.
The school and its students gear up to enjoy a summer festival, but as it’s outside the school grounds, Hanako-kun can’t attend. Instead, he suggests Kou and Nene join him for a supernatural festival within the school’s Mysteries. He disguises both as supernaturals so they can attend, but Nene once again falls into trouble when she is strangely sent back to the 1960s. Here, she meets a young boy who is extremely familiar. The young boy turns out to be a very young Amano, or Hanako-kun as she has come to know him. Amano confesses to Nene that he wishes to be an astronaut, but his comments also tell her that he wishes his brother would reciprocate his affection. Nene can’t help but feel distraught for the young version of her supernatural friend.
I've switched over to collecting the hardcover editions of this book, so this review is for volumes 4-6 of the individual tankobon books.
Auntie has come back to the forest with Shiva, and, despite not getting along with Teacher, the two decide to try living all together for Shiva's sake. But, Teacher is not as forthcoming with his pupil as he should be, as he knows what is going to eventually happen to Auntie, even though he strangely seems to be immune to the worst of becoming an Outsider. Later, the guards from the city start to hunt Shiva, so she and Teacher pack up to move across the countryside to another settlement where Auntie had some relatives. The small farming village is already deserted, and the two stay hidden until the snow falls.
Vol 3: The Treacherous Hope, illustrated by Eric Zawadzki
The culminating fight between Midnight and the military is here, and Sera knows there's something fishy going on. There's also world-shattering quakes happening, and thanks to the data solid, Sera and Zahn know this is spelling the end of their world. Regardless, Sera desperately tries to stop Midnight from attacking the city's structures. She is determined to make the last days of Krypton peaceful and happy, rather than filled with violence and bloodshed. Zod has other thoughts, as he leads the military against the very rebel organization he built up. He's convinced that Krypton needs new leaders, ones who might save the planet, and he has no idea how close their demise is. Meanwhile, Lara and Jor-El welcome their baby boy into the dying world and see him away on his spacecraft.
Vol 2: A Fairy Tale of New York, illustrated by Terry and Rachel Dodson
Claire and her family adjust to her life as the modern-day Adventureman incarnation, and that means getting sucked into dastardly plots. Claire meets a Chris, Central Park buggy driver who a descendant of the Crossdraw Kid. The Kid is a title passed down from generation to generation, and Chris' grandpa was one of Adventureman's former allies. The two try to figure out why the ghosts of New York Past have been way more active and violent. Just as these ghosts kick up their ghastly ways, Claire is running out of the serum that gives her the Adventureman powers, so it's up to her family to discover the formula while still making it in time for son Tommy's opening night of A Christmas Carol.
The Atelier is busy preparing spells and selling their goods at the Silver Eve festival. While out and about, Tetia stumbles upon a young boy who is avoiding the festival guards. She uses her sand tent to hide them both, and discovers that he is the crown prince of the kingdom, Eolio! He's slipped away from his bodyguards to more fully enjoy the festival, but he also fantasizes about being a witch. Tetia and Eolio switch cloaks for a while and walk around the various stalls. In another part of the festival, Agott sets her new spells on fire after learning the Head Librarian of the Tower of Tombs, her mother, will not be attending the festival and won't see her in the Silver Eve Procession. In another place, Coco and Tartah try to figure out how they can get into the procession as they are being forced to work with the Brimmed Hats and their former friend, Cuestas. They also find Dagda and realize that a seal has been inked on his chest - a counter clock seal, which is setting him back a day but only temporarily staving off his life-threatening injuries.
Illustrated by Hayden Sherman
Five women from an inmate-staffed fire crew in California are battling the latest blaze in the drought-stricken state. One of the inmates on the line realizes she knows the forest they're in, and tells the rest of her line-mates that her previous partner, the one who set her up to go to jail, has a mansion in a few valleys over. She tempts the crew with promises of it being abandoned because of the fire, but even more so with the promise of tons of cryptocurrency that she knows how to steal. With it, the five could set themselves up, disappear, and get back to the lives they had before being arrested. It seems like an easy heist and fast ticket out of their current problem, but just like the many stages of a wildfire, much of it goes wrong.
Asadora vol 6 by naoki urasawa
Asa continues to be the only means of defense against the creature lurking off Japan’s coast. The Japanese government fears if the Americans become involved, they might try to drop a nuclear bomb on it, which will cause even more suffering for the people of Japan. Instead, Asa is given a transistor radio and a coded phrase that will let her know when to spring into action. She’s to listen to it between classes, after school, and take turns sleeping and listening with Yasuga. Asa’s friend, Sho, is now training thoroughly for the next Olympics. His father and brothers have him running all day up to the marathon event of the Olympics. They map out a course for him and angrily keep him on pace with the lead runner, an athlete from Ethiopia. Yone and Miyako finally come clean about their dreams: to become a professional singer for Yone, and to become a professional wrestler for Miyako.
Applicants who passed the first part of the Wizard First Class test are now set to take the second part of the exam. This portion requires the applicants to get through a dangerous dungeon. Sense, the instructor, tags along with Frieren and Fern, but the rest of the candidates split up and go solo or create small teams. They soon learn that this was a mistake, that this particular dungeon requires cooperation. Inside, there is a monster who makes nearly perfect clones of the adventurers, and the group must work together to identify each other's weaknesses in order to defeat them. But, the last clone will require all of them, as they find Frieren’s powerful clone guarding the final doorway.
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