Owner, the spirit who runs the inn, is back again taking secrets from desperate folks or saving them from interesting predicaments. A odd-couple husband and wife come to Owner and find out their individual secrets could have saved them a lot of heartbreak over the years. Owner later tasks Butterfly and Spider to care for a baby who mysteriously shows up at the inn, and the two are terrified when the child starts disintegrating into cherry blossom petals. Afterwards, the two accidentally break one of Owner's clay vessels he uses to contain secrets, and the secret escapes. Spider and Butterfly must now learn how to make a new vessel out of bone clay, and they must retrieve the secret to replace it.
The party has gotten to the third floor, but there are a lot of undead creatures here, and not many edible ones. When Senshi hears there are golems nearby, he springs to action to incapacitate them by removing their monster core. He then inspects the crops growing along their back that he planted the last time around, and there’s a bumper crop of cabbage, carrots, and more. After the harvest, he tills and plants more things with the help of the party, and replaces their core, so the crops maybe continue to grow for his next time around the third floor. Then, some orcs demand their leftover crops, but they barter as they overheard the orcs talking about the red dragon. Laios jumps into some living pictures and eats plenty of food from the festivals there, but upon leaving the painting, he discovers he’s hungry all over again. Chilchuck gets tricked by a mimick yet again, but it leads to another delicious meal. The party is about to travel to the fourth floor, but first they have to get across a treacherous lake with deceptive kelpie.
Nene is “invited”, or rather, kidnapped, by Natsuhiko, an upper classman, and taken to a tea party with Nanamine Sakura. She is assistant to Tsukasa-kun, who is Hanako-Kun’s “little” twin brother, and is in a similar arrangement as Nene and Hanako-Kun. Later, another school mystery shows up who can control time. The three-pronged mystery includes one supernatural with the power over the present time, one with the power over the future, and one with the power over the past. The Clock Keeper if the Future starts to wreck havoc on the students by speeding time up in their classroom or making students speed their aging until they are old people. Hanako-kun and Nene enlist the help of a classmate who has the power of one of the Clock Keepers, as they must help Nene’s best friend escape the clutches of the other Clock Keepers.
Jinwoo gets “recruited” to help talk to his sister’s friend who is an aspiring hunter. He takes her along on a raid to show her how difficult the hunter life is. The C-Rank gate morphs as the team goes in, and becomes a Red Gate - a gate that transports them to another world. Within the team is an A-Rank hunter, several B-Rank hunters, and a handful of C-Ranks. The A-Rank abandons the lower rank hunters, but Jinwoo helps them and keeps them alive while he works through the bad guys. He tries out his newest skill, which lets him raise shadow soldiers from defeated enemies. Later, he goes back to the dungeon to which he earned a key, and he grinds through several levels before discovering the recipe to make an elixir that might bring his mother out of her sleeping-sickness coma. In order to find all the ingredients, he decides to finally reclassify and stop pretending he's an E-Rank hunter.
Nene is being followed around my magical fish who can “swim” in anything. They are trying to recruit her to become a princess in the magical fish kingdom. They view her as already belonging to them because she ate a mermaid scale (way back in volume 1). Hanako-kun has been pushing Nene away lately since she’s been asking more questions about his life, so for a split second she considers the offer. But, she finds out she’d be a fish and not a mermaid, so she bolts! Minamoto finds a ghost who is creepily asking people if they remember him, so instead of exorcising him, he tries to help the ghost with his unfinished business. Hanako-Kun’s worst enemy, his brother, continues to mess everything up and set the Mysteries against our trio.
Illustrated by Natsuko Uruma
Kiyoharu Saeyama is currently posing as a high school biology teacher, but that's only because he's really a Curse Breaker on the hunt for the next Curse Killer. He's contracted to find those who make pacts with Curse Gods, and break their contracts before too many people die. He has some special abilities that help him trace Curse Killers - he's able to ask the dead one question about their contractor in the hopes of narrowing down the suspect pool. Curse killings also come with several unbreakable rules, and they're not exactly spelled out for the Killers. So, while they're busy making sure they meet their quota of kills per month, Killers must also find out the rules and make sure their kills go off without a hitch. If they successfully fulfill the terms of their contract, the Curse Gods will bestow on them immense power.
Nicola is a human girl and a struggling witch, saved by the demon Simon, who now finds herself traveling incognito in the Demon World, where humans aren't allowed. The two of them make a bit of an odd couple as they travel around. Simon peddles trinkets and some possibly fraudulent pieces in his attempt to make a living in what can sometimes be a hostile world. He tells Nicola about the stereotypes in the demon world and she successfully finds beings who buck his stereotype, which encourages Simon to be less judgmental. While searching for rare mushrooms, Nicola finds a little clough demon and tries to keep him as a pet, but the call to rejoin his kind is stronger than their little bond. In a Demon Hotel, seeing ghosts is thought of as good luck, but that doesn't mean Nicola isn't scared of them.
College student Al decides to stay in London for the winter holidays to work as many shifts and save money for the next term, but when London’s mayor is found dead in the same subway Al was on, he gets tangled up in a clandestine investigation with Ellis, a detective seeking redemption. Al's flatmate also gets intertwined with a disastrous outcome, so nothing is looking too good for Al. The search for leads forces Al to seek out his birth mother and confront a past he had been content to keep buried.
Naruse is a first year and a member of the basketball team, of which Yuki is the manager. As the manager, she’s sort of like the assistant coach and team mom at the same time. She initially signed up as team manager to get to spend more time around Kido, her crush, but she always told herself she was perfectly happy being near him, not in a relationship with him. She keeps telling herself this, up until he gets a girlfriend, and then discovers her feelings are much deeper than what she kept telling herself. Annoyingly enough, Naruse is also very astute, and he picks up on Yuki’s little crush and devastation. When Naruse tells Yuki he has feelings for her, she can’t believe it, and can’t imagine herself with such an annoying guy. She’s determined to finish the season strong, especially in honor of the 3rd years (and her crush), but she finds herself increasingly distracted by Naruse's presence and her constant thoughts about him.
Jinwoo and a couple other survivors of the double dungeon take on a raid at dungeon, and they’re joined by three criminals and their handler. These criminals can take time off their sentence by helping to clear dungeons, but things go south with the handler, and Jinwoo is forced to show some of his overpowered skills in front of the healer and mage from the previous dungeon. Jinwoo is then noticed by a prestigious clan, who have figured out he’s a reawakened being. As Jinwoo’s level finally reaches 40, he is presented with a new quest: job change, where he must survive for an unspecified amount of time and be assessed to see what his classification will be.
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