Shinpei starts his fifth loop and realizes that the event horizon for his looping is catching up with him. If he is killed again too soon, he won't haven enough time, and everything will be set in stone. Heine, in the form of Shiori, has also started looping with Shin, and she susses out quite a bit about what Shin's been doing. The mark on Shin's arm also allows the Shadows to find him quickly. With these added challenges, the group must prepare their next stand against the Shadows. Ushioh, who now has the honor of being referred to as Ushio without the Shadow moniker, once again proves pivotal with her advanced Shadow powers. She helps bring other islanders to the cause by sharing her memories. She can also sever the link between Heine and other Shadows, which brings more Shadows over to help Shin's group. The reinforced group lays a trap for Shiori and Shide, an ultimate shadow with four arms and immense power.
With Shin's safety net almost gone, he has to start thinking very carefully about what to do and where to put his efforts because events are starting to be set in stone. As he loops, he's no longer going back to the ferry - he's looping later in the day and even into the next day right before Ushio's funeral. One thing this book would benefit from is a timeline of the events as they become set in stone so that readers can keep everything straight. At this point, I'm overwhelmed with trying to keep track of everything and just trusting the mangaka that the events are in order. This volume also finally reveals some really key points in how the Shadows came to be and who Shin is really fighting, so those reveals are rewarding for readers who have been sucked in this far.
Sara's Rating: 10/10
Suitability Level: Grades 10-12
Reviews of previous volumes in this series: vol 1-2*, vol 3
Publisher: UDON Entertainment
Publication Date: August 2, 2022
ISBN: 9781772942354 (Paperback)
Tags: Rating: 10/10, Suitability: High School, Manga, Horror, Action Adventure, Supernatural, Udon Entertainment
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