The friends continue to get letters from their future selves that warn them of choices and events that might lead to a tragedy. In the future, we see some speculation about how they can send letters to their former selves. The friends in the present and in the future worry about Suwa, whose future might completely change if they are successful in helping their past selves. The sports festival is coming up, and the letters warn how this event shaped their futures, and offer suggestions on how to stop the bad future from coming to pass. Later, the friends go to a shrine for New Years, and Naho is extremely worried. This outing is where everything can change in the battle make everything right, and one little misstep could ruin all of their hard work.
In this blend of historical and scientific perspective, Fetter-Vorm explores the race between several countries to create the Atom Bomb, starting with the theoretical exploration of splitting atoms, to the realization of the theory under the Manhattan Project. Fetter-Vorm particularly focuses on the American efforts, so there is little detail from other countries involved in the race. The beginning of the novel focuses heavily on the science behind how it's possible to split an atom and what happens on a molecular level. The historical perspective is sprinkled throughout this section, but really becomes the major focus during the second half of the book. Particular attention is given to Oppenheimer and General Leslie Groves as the leaders of the project. Fetter-Vorm also goes into quite a bit of detail about the dropping of Little Boy, the Uranium atom bomb, and Fat Man, the plutonium atom bomb, on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, respectively, and how each of the different types of atomic bombs' explosions affected the cities and people.
Asa and Kasuga continue to fly and deliver rice balls and water, but the strange thing they found at the end of volume one is right where Asa’s house should be. They find two of her younger siblings and the doctor holding the newborn baby, and something else monstrous and strange. Kinuyo, the lady who owns the restaurant, notices Kasuga’s bloody arm from being shot, and worries he might lose consciousness. Kasuga starts to lose feeling in his arm, so he tells Asa how to fly and land the plane. Asa falls in love with flying. With her endless fiery spirit, Asa goes to make a deal with the owner of the plane, who was using it to do illegal things, and tries to get him to give her his plane.
Yuki was born Deaf, and the hearing aides she uses allows her to hear some sounds, but not clearly. In order to communicate, she relies on Japanese Sign Language, her phone, notebooks, whiteboards, and her decent ability to read lips. On the train one day, a tourist asks Yuki for directions, and the charismatic Itsuomi-san comes to her rescue. Thanks to the encouragement from her friend, Rin-Chan, Yuki gets up the courage to ask Itsuomi for his number, and the two start texting, but not as often as Yuki would like. Both of Rin and Yuki crushes work at the same cafe, so they encourage each other to get to know the guys. Rin asks Yuki if she is having affectionate feelings for Itsuomi, or if it's love, and Yuki thinks she might actually be falling in love with Itsuomi.
Illustrated by Testuya Tashiro
Tatsumi is a country kid who, along with two others, have trained up and left their village to go into the Capital and make enough money to save their starving village. Things don’t go so well for Tatsumi. Within a day of reaching the capital, all his money is stolen and his life is put in danger. He’s taken in by a Good Samaritan, but an attack from the deadly Night Raiders destroys even more of what he thought was good about the capital. He is “kidnapped” by the Raiders and shown the true nature of how deep the corruption flows throughout the country. Tatsumi joins with the Raiders to hopefully set things right, and, ultimately, to save the entire country, and his village, from ruin.
Illustrated by Lee Garbett and Jorge Coelho
Collected here is around 20 single issues that survey Loki's time as an Agent of Asgard. This storyline immediately follows the adventures of Kid Loki. THIS Loki took over Kid Loki's body and is trying to erase some of his evil deeds from his past by taking on missions to serve the great good of Asgard. On the throne is the All-Mother, a triumvirate including his mother, Freya, and two others, who give Loki missions but secretly plot against this good Loki in order to secure what they think is a more prosperous future for Asgard. Loki make some new friends, including Verity Willis, who is a human lie detector. This also includes events around Original Sin, where a tenth realm, the realm of Heven, opens, and Loki, along with Thor, try to bring Heven into the Nine Realms under Asgard.
Kleist presents the true story of champion boxer, Emile Griffith.
One day while at work, in a most oppressive heat, Emile Griffith was stuffing hats in boxes, singing to himself, when several people noticed that his physique was that of a boxer. His boss, Mr. Arnold, took Emile to a local boxing gym and got him set up with a trainer and his first match. Even though Emile didn't want to hurt anyone, he found he was really good at boxing. His strategy? Hit the other guy before he has a chance to hit you. Emile would go on to win many championships and start his own line of Ladies Hats with his former shop. Emile also took several lovers along the way, but, despite their encouragement, he never wanted to get into activism or anything outside of the ring that would draw attention to his personal life. His major rival was Benny "Kid" Paret, who hurled a homophobic slur at Griffith before one of the title matches. Paret later died from his injuries sustained by Griffith during the match.
Laios' entire party is wiped out by a dragon, but his little sister manages to cast a teleportation spell on everyone except herself. The three remaining members are transported outside of the dungeon, but without any of their provisions or other supplies, including their money. Laios is determined to go back in and revive his sister before she's fully digested by the dragon, but without food or money to buy more, he turns to a more unsavory (or maybe it is savory?) option - eating the monsters and plants foraged from inside the dungeon. Along the way, they meet a dwarf who has made a lot of progress in figuring out which monsters and plants are edible, but not so much headway in conquering the dungeon. Together, they eat their way through the dungeon, one floor - and monster - at a time.
Gon is a pretty talented young man. He is sympathetic towards animals, doesn't get sea-sick through the worst of storms, and is naturally intuititive about situations he's in. His father was a Hunter, an esteemed person tasked with hunting dangerous animals, tracking down treasures, or even bringing criminals to justice. Gon's aunt wanted him to follow a different path, but the Hunter's blood runs strong, and Gon decides to attempt the trials in order to gain a Hunter's License. The license exam is extremely difficult - that is, after you finally get to the Exam Hall. There are plenty of trials along the way designed to weed out the folks who are in it for all the wrong reasons. Of the initial group who started out across the rough seas, only Gon and two others make it. They find the Exam Hall, where four hundred other hopefuls also wait for the real trials to start. But with only a few licenses to award, the exam promises to be even more challenging that what Gon has already experienced.
Illustrated by Nate Powell
In this second volume of the life of former Senator John Lewis, we see Lewis as a college student who is getting more and more involved in the racial protests in the South. Lewis was one of the first and longest members of the Freedom Riders group who bought tickets on buses going between several states and challenged bus company's rules that buses needed to be segregated. This was in direct violation of the Supreme Court ruling in Morgan v. Virginia where the court found segregated buses to be unconstitutional. Lewis narrowly missed being on one of the buses that was attacked and torched by KKK members. On several occasions, Lewis and other riders were jailed and refused to post bail, saying that paying it would then fund the racist policies they were fighting against. Lewis gets more involved with Dr. King, and is selected as one of the six representatives to meet with President Kennedy on the racial tensions in the south. Lewis is elected the president of SYNC, and later is the last speaker at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom where King delivered his famous, "I Have a Dream Speech." Included in end notes is the full text of Lewis' speech, called "This is It".
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