Get ready for a double-dose of world-building. After surviving the ordeal with the spider-demons, Tanjiro and Nezuko are taken to the council of the Hashira - the 12 strongest demon slayers who serve Master Ubuyashiki, the head of the organization. Most of the twelve want to kill Nezuko for being a demon, Tanjiro for not doing it himself, and they also want to punish Tomioka, who happens to be one of the Hashira, for aiding Tanjiro instead of killing Nezuko. Later, Shinobu, who is also a member of the Hashira, offers to host Tanjiro and his associates at her home to help them recover and train to get their strength back. Elsewhere, Kibutsuji, the demon king and leader of the Twelve Kizuki, interrogates the remaining Lower 6 demons on their lack of lethal force against the Hashira. Kibutsuji strengthens one of the demon and sends him on a quest to kill the Hashira and Tanjiro.
Haruhi attends the prestigious Ouran High School on a scholarship. Most students at this school are from well-to-do families. One day, while trying to find a quiet place to study, Haruhi enters a music room and finds a Host Club, a group of male students who provide companionship, conversation, and flirtation to bored female students. Haruhi accidentally knocks over an $80,000 vase and is forced to work for the Host Club to pay off the debt. The hosts make-over Haruhi and provide an actual school uniform suit, since Haruhi has to get 100 customer referrals in order to pay back the debt. Club "king", Tamaki, takes special interest in Haruhi and delights in piling on the torture and teasing. At some point, Tamaki finds Haruhi's ID, and realizes Haruhi is biologically female, but the Host Club assumed Haruhi was male. Haruhi doesn't care for the gender binary, but is rather more worried about working off the debt and maintaining good grades to keep the scholarship.
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.
Illustrated by Takeshi Obata
Light gets into the prestigious To-Oh university and is number one in his class, but there’s another student who tied his score, and they both deliver the freshman class address. Afterwards, the classmate reveals himself to Light as L, and tells Light he is mildly suspicious of him being Kira. This is after several days of surveillance on Light’s room, where Ryuk found all the cameras and Light behaved without suspicion. L tells Light that he wants his help in figuring out the Kira case, but he also doesn’t fully trust Light. The two tentatively form a friendship and work on pieces of the case. Then, a series of tapes are sent to a TV station, and it’s clear to the two boy geniuses that there’s another Kira out there.
Nasa and Tsukasa go on a sort of honeymoon to a hot springs with a private bath in their room, but both are too shy at the beginning to bathe in front of each other. By the end of the trip, they are able to get into the same bath but only at night with the lights off. We also finally meet someone claiming to be Tsukasa's guardian, and she chides Tsukasa for not bringing Nasa around for her approval, but gives it by the end of the conversation. When they get home, they decide to get an air conditioner for their small apartment and they find relief from the hot summer days, but they can’t agree on a temperature at night, vacillating between too hot or too cold with just a few degrees adjustment.
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.
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.
Uenoyama has found the perfect napping spot at school, but he’s miffed one day to find another guy sitting there. This new person is clutching a guitar with broken and rusty strings, which morally offends Uenoyama, a serious guitarist. He fixes the strings and reluctantly gives it back, and the newcomer begs Uenoyama to teach him guitar. After wearing him down, Mafuyu finally gets Uenoyama to teach him. Uenoyama dreads the task until Mafuyu sings, and Mafuyu’s voice pierces Uenoyama. He introduces Mafuyu to his band mates, Akihito and Haruki, who are both also stunned by Mafuyu’s vocal talents. When a classmate tells Uenoyama that Mafuyu dated a boy in junior high, and that the boy committed suicide, he must figure out what he thinks and feels about Mafuyu, or decide to ignore this information completely.
The battle is in full swing now, with different factions fighting all over Central City. The Armstrongs are fighting a slew of "doll soldiers", the white homunculi soldiers that were supposed to fight for the Military High Command, but their incompleteness makes them savage and indiscriminate killing machines. Fullmetal and Colonel Mustang find each other while clearing out these soldiers in the tunnels below the city, and Envy is not far behind. The battle between Mustang and Envy threatens to destroy Mustang's humanity, but an unlikely ally brings him back from the edge. Just as General Armstrong's men secure each of the four gates leading to Central Command, King Bradley begins an assault on the main gate, having not perished in the attack on his train as all previously believed. While all this rages on throughout the multiple levels of Command, Hohenheim begins his assault on his oldest friend, the Dwarf in the Flask, who has some surprises of his own for Hohenheim.
Based on Astro Boy by Osamu Tezuka
Geischt chats with one of the other seven deadliest robots, a young boy robot name Atom. Geischt is there to warn him about the deadly attacks and murders, but Atom thinks he can help the investigation. He asks Geischt for his memory chip and becomes entangled in the investigation of the murder of Dr. Junichiro Tasaki, a professor of law who was instrumental in writing and passing the Robot Laws. Atom discovers that, in his final moments, Dr. Tasaki was trying to contact Professor Ochanomizu, a man who was on the Survey team into Persia with Dr. Tasaki before the war broke out. The group was tasked with finding the deadly Persian robot army, but found nothing, and its remaining members also seem to be targets as well as the deadly robots.
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