Adapted and illustrated by Jyun Hayase
Lady Aurora Porta is the daughter of a minor count and doesn’t get invited to high society functions all that much. But when she does, she takes the opportunity to indulge in one of her favorite pastimes - studying embroidery. At parties, she’s specifically looking at patterns on the ladies’ dresses and trying to learn more for her own embroidery patterns. At the latest affair, she is hit in the forehead with a ring, a ring that was chucked by Sir Felix, who is so tired of his constant barrage of suitors that he chucked his ring randomly and declared who it hit to be his bride-to-be. Between Sir Felix' duties as a guard for the Crowned Prince and Lady Aurora's special embroidering, the new couple has a lot on their plate in this slightly humorous romantic fantasy.
Kanade is a normal high school girl with favorite banda she likes to listen to. Her friend, Otoha, one day invites her to a music festival because one of Kanade’s favorite bands is going to be playing. Otoha has been to many festivals before, but Kanade has no idea what she’s in store for. She turns out to love every moment of it, including discovering other bands she's never heard of. Otoha’s older brother, Gaku, also loves going to festivals and often goes with his employee and friend, Ritsuru. Gaku can be a lot to handle, and Ritsuru can be pretty self-deprecating. The four decide to go to an overnight festival where there will be camping involved, as well as several days and many stages. Ritsuru reluctantly agrees to go with, if for no other reason than to save innocent Kanade and Otoha from Gaku's perfectionism in setting up the campsite.
Adapted and illustrated by Yoshinori Kisaragi
Sometime in the near future, humans willingly submitted to the installation of “Your Forma” devices - thin, string-like machines implanted in the brain that record everything the user interacts with. This was initially used to combat an outbreak of encephaitis, but it became a normal part of everyday life very quickly. Inspector Echika is with the Electronic Crimes Division of Interpol, and she’s a diver - someone who connects to another human's "your forma" and dives through the Mnemosynes of their brain to look for clues in solving crimes. She’s so gifted at this that she often burns out her Belayers - the aides who help a diver from going too deep into another person’s memories. Echika has newly been paired with Harold Lucraft, who is actually an Amicus - an advanced android, whose particular processing speeds can match hers. The main problem now? Echika hates Amici. But the two have been forced together on one of the biggest cases of Echika’s career: they must find the source of a machine-viral outbreak that causes its victims to hallucinate and believe they are in a blizzard.
This manga is a collection of graphic essays about Hara’s life, where she battled weight as a junior high student, developed an eating disorder, and found body positivity in her young adult years. Hara shares a lot about her struggles with trendy clothing, and how she came to terms with being plus sized and still able to wear clothing she considered to be fashionable and cute. Clothes were an initial trigger for Hara, so it is one of the main foci of her essays. She also shares her development of anorexia that turned into bulimia nervosa in college. She continues to struggle with eating enough food, but through therapy and hard work, she is able to keep her eating disorders in check.
Illustrated by Ryo Mitsuya
In Menou’s world, people are often summoned from other worlds and bring great power with them. Somewhere in the distant past, this led to a cataclysmic event that wiped out and entire continent. Now, Menou and the Church she serves hunts these otherworlders down and disposes of them. When Menou meets an otherworlder she can’t kill, she is directed to bring her target back to the city-center of the Church. Nothing can be simple, however as they catch a train beset by bandits wielding guns from the Wilds. A warrior princess is also along for the ride and confronts Menou’s assistant, Momo.
Illustrated by Undead Gamja, adapted by S-Cynan
Jaehwan and many others suddenly find themselves as "Walkers" in a Tower that has crashed to Earth. They must complete the 100 levels in order to save the human race. There are many obstacles and mini-boss fights that clear out most of the other Walkers, until Jaehwan is the last man standing. What he finds out in the room of the final boss throws everything of the past years into complete disarray, and Jaehwan has to reconcile what he believes and what is his perceived reality.
Adapted and illustrated by RINO
Ariadna was murdered in her previous life and awakens as the daughter of a tyrannical emperor in another world. She still retains all of her memories but can’t speak. Her father means to kill her just like he has all his other children, but because she doesn’t cry out when he seizes her throat, he spares her life out of curiosity. Over time, Ari learns more about her father, how he became emperor at a young age and systematically began conquering other kingdoms; how he keeps princesses and other noble ladies in a harem but disposed of them easily; and how ruthless he can be to everyone except Ari. She also finds another person with supernatural abilities who can read her mind and hear the adult thoughts she has as she’s trapped inside a baby’s body.
Adapted by HereLee, illustrated by SUMPUL
Navier, Empress of the western kingdom, finds herself in a difficult political position as her husband decides to instate a former slave as his mistress. This puts particular strain on Navier because official mistresses are supposed to be from the noble class. Navier finds herself struggling to keep power in court while losing ladies-in-waiting to Rashta, the mistress. While struggling with how to handle this new addition to her life, Navier starts receiving visits from a cockatiel she nicknames Queen. The bird brings written notes tied to its leg, and they appear to be from a secret admirer who wants to become the empress' lover. The two continue to exchange notes until the admirer is ready to publicly ask the Empress for permission to pursue her.
Nene is once again kidnapped by a school mystery. This time, she's trapped inside the Hell of Mirrors, school mystery number three. Since the mirrors reflect the power of those inside, Hanako-kun might not be able to get inside and save Nene without having his power duplicated by the mystery. Inside the mirrors, Nene encounters a being calling himself Mitsuba, which was the ghost Minamoto was trying to help move on in volume four. Instead of fully moving on, it seems the Hell of Mirrors is taking advantage of Mitsuba's niceness and using it to attack students and weaken Hanako-kun. Mitsuba starts to fight back, but the consequences could be disastrous for our heroic trio.
Al is now living with Detective Ellis since there's a killer on the loose and he's most likely going to come after Al next. The detective continues to search for clues while Al dives a bit more into his past. The politics of the police station also play a huge role in this volume as Ellis has to navigate the suspicions of another investigator who is certain Al is the prime suspect. Al also tries to go about his life as normal in going to his job, but the two aren't sure about how he's going to resume going to classes with the new semester starts.
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