Vol 7: Devourer, illustrated by Sana Takeda
Maika has been captured by the Dusk Court, and the Baroness is bringing her back in a magic-and medically-induced coma. Through wrestling with her guilt, we learn more about the background of the Baroness and why she has had to do the things she's done to her friend. Inside Maika's mind, she and Zinn relive some of Maika's memories that have been trapped away, including what happened to her mother. Kippa continues to fight as staunchly as ever, even trying to gain some allies among the witches and Dawn Court nobility, in order to save Miss Maika from what the Dusk Court plans to do. The intrigues of the past, including the efforts of Maika's father to harness the power of the Old Gods, continue to come to light and make everything in the present much more complicated.
Widower Inuzuka is very busy teaching and raising his young daughter, and he relies often on food from the Konbini (convenience store). While at a park celebrating the bloom of the Sakura trees, Inuzuka runs into a young woman who has a delicious picnic lunch from her professional chef mother. She invites the two of them to the restaurant to try the food for themselves. One night, Tsumugi, Inuzuka’s daughter, asks for something delicious, and he rushes to the restaurant only to find it closed. Kotori, the girl from the park, is there and laments that her mother is often too busy now to keep the restaurant open. The two come to find out that neither one knows how to cook very well, and after some goading from Inuzuka, they decide to get together once a week to practice cooking. Inuzuka is also embarrassed to find out Kotori is in his homeroom class, and he didn't recognize her!
Jinwoo has to wait a few days for the results of his re-ranking, but in the meantime, he needs money and fireproof items in order to get through the last levels of the dungeon and retrieve the materials to make the elixir of life for his mother. He decides to join an excavation team, low-rank hunters who go in after a raiding party has taken out most of the monsters in order to mine the dungeon for valuables. Of course, he’s great at mining because of his brute strength, and some of the miners take a liking to him. The next day, he goes to mine again, but the luggage carrier for the raid team didn’t show up. Jinwoo volunteers to go so he can learn more about the raiding parties and how they clear out a dungeon. He has a bad feeling before stepping into the gate but brushed it aside. He comes to regret this as the party is faced with tons of high-level orcs that nearly kill them until Jinwoo uses his stealthy attacks to save them.
Illustrated by Sana Takeda
Twins Milly and Billy have some polar-opposite parents - their father is open, honest, and loving; their mother, Ipo, is cold, chain-smokes, and cares only for her plants. Despite the lack of love they might have felt, the two have grown up, gone off to college, and returned to run a fairly successful restaurant that's surviving during COVID precautions. The biggest blight on their lives is the house across the street, where their elderly neighbor was murdered, and the plant life has taken over the structure. No one seems to be interested in buying the place in its current state, so Ipo forces the twins to help her get the place back into shape, including taking care of the supernatural entities that still haunt the space.
It's cruise time! Lloyd has been given orders to relax and enjoy some time off, which he takes as serious as any other assignment. Yor is employed as the Thorn Princess as a bodyguard for a woman and her infant son who are trying to escape the underworld of Ostania. There are tens of assassins on board trying to get to Yor's charges, and she has to constantly fend off attacks while not blowing anyone's cover. Anya and Lloyd explore the ship, and the super-spy tries not to think about why there are so many hidden cameras and listening devices all over the ship. He and Anya enjoy some good food and shopping while Anya tries to steer him clear of Yor at all times.
Hanako, Nene, and Kou team up with Aoi to try to stop the school’s First Mystery from aging everyone. The mystery is a young girl who is exceedingly fast and loves candy, so Nene devises a clever way to trap her. But in the process, Kou learns a terrible thing about the future from Hanako and he’s determined to stop it from happening. While Kou's older brother and the mysteries support Kou’s resolve, some are not sure if he will be successful. Afterward, Nene gets her first love letter, but Hanako-kun shatters her dreams by pointing out the letter is really for her friend instead. Nene is then plagued by creepy hands that pop up from all sorts of surfaces and even start appearing in her photos. Hanako-kun discovers they disappear once they’re touched, but they don’t stay that innocent for long.
Illustrated by Kyle Strahm
Twig is late for his very first day of his new job as a Placeling, and he just might destroy the planet because of his error! Twig is tasked with placing a jewel but nothing goes right, and the light in the jewel is gone. Now, he has to journey across the world to find the way to light it up again, and he has a very short amount of time to do it in. With his trusty friend, Splat, Twig gathers components and meets new creatures, some more helpful than others, in a journey that is part self-discovery and
Sanko and Avekian have a new ship, the Moja, but it has no furnishings. Their helpful doggo interface has found them what is basically a floating interstellar IKEA, and the three set off shopping. While picking out all manner of comfort, Shimada Death catches up with them and explains the nature of the Fleshbots who help run the store. Sanko theorizes that there has to be a place on board where the robots go to “die”, which is probably full of bones. Sanko and Shimada go check it out and find enough for their mutual benefit. Sanko narrowly escapes being blown up with the shopping ship but makes it back in time to make his favorite Meapswich - meatball spaghetti sandwich. In another part of the Galaxy, Hajime Damemaru, another powerful being, is pursued by Photosfere, the dastardly corporation running most of the galaxy.
Kana tells Shinichi more about her unique power to be able to sense when people are "different," and she wonders why Shinichi gives off that feeling to her. Shinichi desperately wants to tell Kana everything, but Migi threatens to cut her down if he does, so he waits until Migi is asleep. Kana doesn't really believe Shinichi and wants some proof, but she also wants to hone her skills to be able to pick out Shinichi from the other monsters. Shinichi warns her not to as she might be putting herself in danger chasing after monsters. Migi and Kana both sense a large gathering of parasites and find several at a gathering for a local politician delivering a speech about protecting the Earth. Migi zeroes in on the monsters and they're all shocked to find out that one of the parasites is the candidate himself!
Illustrated by Kimitake Yoshioke
Iori has just moved to a seaside town to attend university. Luckily, he has an uncle with a dive shop in the town, which means he has a place to stay. What no one warned Iori about was the dive club, a super intense group of (mostly) guys who host lots of drinking competitions and play lots of drinking and other games that rely on losing clothing. Iori gets sucked in to their competitiveness, even though he desperately wants to avoid this type of college experience. He’d rather go to class, meet cute girls, and be low-key. But, two straight nights of drunkenness and arriving to class mostly naked already has Iori starting down the path to a bad reputation.
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