This volume takes over from volume two with the video that Ushio and Ushioh made to explain how they have been working together to stop the shadows. Ushioh then remembers everything that happened from the moment she copied Ushio, and she shows Shin and Sou from her own memories what happened to Ushio. Ushioh then remembers all the practice she did in using her special shadow powers, and the three go to an abandoned medical facility on the island to investigate further. Several paths lead to this facility, and before long, the pairs of Mio and Tatsu, and Master Negume and Ginjiro also enter the medical facility. They all learn much more about the shadows’ plans, but are once again unable to stop everything bad from happening, so Shin loops back for a fifth time.
This story is so intense! From the first page to the last, I was hooked on every discovery the characters make to try and save everyone. In the back of my head, I know Shin can loop and start again if things really go sideways, but it seems that the ways he has to die get more painful and horrible every time he does it. And with the time gap closing, certain events will be set in stone and he won't be able to fix things. All of this adds to the intensity of this story and keeps me flipping through the pages. There is a little more magic in this volume as we discover how the shadows work, but there is still plenty of mystery and suspense for readers who started the series for those things.
This volume does have a couple of scenes where Ushio/Ushioh are naked. In one, Ushio comes back to her house to shower but finds Ushioh in the bathroom after she has already stripped down. Later, Ushioh’s battle-swimsuit is compromised as the shadows try to gain control of her again, so it starts to disappear from her body. In both instances, Ushio/h's breasts are exposed, but the rest of her body is not detailed.
Sara's Rating: 10/10
Suitability Level: Grades 10-12
Reviews of previous volumes in this series: vol 1-2* (requires Booklist subscription)
Publisher: UDON Entertainment
Publication Date: August 2, 2022
ISBN: 9781772942347 (Paperback)
Tags: Rating: 10/10, Suitability: High School, Manga, Horror, Action Adventure, Supernatural, Udon Entertainment
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