On a seemingly normal day, Nene rushes late into her class but thankfully makes it in before Sensei. Instead, she finds Hanako-kun sitting in the desk behind her, and he’s dressed like a normal student. What’s more, her classmates can see him, and they attest he has been attending classes with them this whole time! In the middle school, Kou reports early for his morning cleaning duty and finds Mistuba is already there. He seems perplexed by Kou's questions about School Mysteries. Upon comparing notes, it's clear that Nene and Kou are the only two that remember the school the way it seemed it was only yesterday, and why is there also a strange tower in the garden that also wasn't there yesterday?
Detective Ellis is under pressure to as the lead investigator hints that he is going to bring Al in as the primary suspect in the murder of London's mayor. Ellis has no hard evidence that Al isn't the murderer, but he makes a couple of final moves to help those involved make some moves, some wiser than others. Al's bosses open up to him about being racially profiled by the policy when they were younger, and they offer Al guidance and free food, as well as a shoulder if he needs it. Finally, Al is contacted by his half brother and given and ultimatum.
Illustrated by Mengo Yokoyari
The twins are about to begin school at a prestigious academy for teens who are part of Japan’s entertainment industry, but in order to do so, they need to contracted entertainers. Ruby is determined to become an idol, but Aqua wants to protect her from that devastating industry. To help keep away from predatory agencies, Aqua convinces their adoptive mother, Miyako, to sign Ruby to Strawberry Productions as their first idol since Ai. Aqua’s contract comes from his constant mentor, Director Gotanda. Once they begin school, Aqua reconnects with Kana Arima, the genius child actor he starred alongside in volume one. She once again wants Aqua to join her on screen, this time for a campy tv drama where the studio is pushing male models and ruining her career. From this roll, Aqua now finds himself a reluctant contestant on a dating show!
Hiromi has grown up to become a dreaded corporate drone, not a superhero he wishes he could be. But one night, he finds himself stepping up to save a little girl from being attacked by a strange monster, and he transforms and had magical powers! But as he catches his reflection in a building, he’s transformed into a magical girl! Thankfully for him, his friend from work, who has been trying corporate drone work for fun, is actually secretly very wealthy and perhaps connected to some sort of military organization (don’t worry about it). He’s also determined to keep Hiromi’s secret and help him fight these terrible goo monsters that keep materializing.
Adapted by Aki
Asahi is leading the humans to war against the Draconians, all under the banner of saving a kidnapped Ruri. The fight is over before it begins thanks to the overwhelming strength of the Draconian fighters. Ruri still hasn’t confessed her true identity to the king, so Asahi’s repetitive accusation of kidnapping a human named Ruri bewilders most of the dragon court. After a botched attempt to escape the castle, Asahi starts to see what the world is like without her magic charming everyone, but she still doesn’t understand why people aren’t falling over themselves to help her. Ruri finally gets a moment of sweet closure by lecturing Asahi about her gullibility, but it may take several years of hard labor on Draconia’s prolific farm to sort everything out.
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 INA
Aristia is continuing her sword training, but her frail, sickly body isn’t letting her advance as fast as she would like. One of her instructors warns her not to let her friend, Allendis, get too close to her, so she starts to suspect him for ulterior motives. Later, the riots she was trying to warn against happen anyway - a famine she warned about and the kingdom prepared for still causes some to seize the opportunity for violence. Thus, her sword instructors, Allendis, and her father are all assigned to the riot, leaving Tia alone to tend the house and train by herself. She then meets Sein, the younger Rass son, who, at first, treats Tia with excitement, but after learning she’s the crown Princess, brushes her off and dismissed her interest in swordplay as just a hobby. Tia must prove to him that her training is not just a fancy, that she is actually fighting for her life.
Original story by Trigger/Yoh Yoshinari, illustrated by keisuke Sato
Akko is determined to be a witch. She will follow in the footsteps of her favorite witch, Chariot, who attended Luna Nova Witchcraft Academy. The major obstacle to her attaining her hopes and dreams is that she is not magical -- yet. After a disastrous attempt to get to school that led them through a forbidden forest, Akko and her new friend Lotte make it to Luna Nova. But, going to witch school is nothing like Akko thought it would be! Classes are not as interesting as she would hope, and she hasn't mastered flying a broom. Plus, lots of other witches make fun of her for not being from a magical family. One of the instructors realizes there is tension between the new arrivals, and she matches them up into a "friendly" game of volleyball, hoping they will work out some of their rivalries.
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.
Illustrated and adapted by Whale
While waiting to get accepted into college, Eunha is sucked into the world of a book she's previously read. The character she has become is destined to be killed by her fiancé, so Eunha/Raeliana is determined to figure out a way to stave off her terrible fate. She uses her knowledge of the world to find a man above the station of her would-be fiancé and enters into a contract (outwardly a sort of engagement) with him instead. Raeliana comes to live with her new beau, the Duke Noah Wynknight, who is one of the main characters of the story and the king’s brother. She knows all about his plans and many of his secrets, which she uses to her advantage, but finds out very quickly some of her schemes might come back to haunt her.
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