With the startling realization that Shide is more than meets the eye, Shin and friends are set on trying to find Shide's other form and weaken him that way. Shin loops a few more times with Shiori/Heine going along for the ride and gaining even more insight into what Shin is planning. As before, when Shin loops with another person beside him, he sees their past. This time, he sees Hizuru's memory of her and her twin brother, Ryunosuke, before he was killed. Hizuru shows Shin that she and Heine were friends, but Heine's insatiable hunger led to the tragedy that trapped Ryunosuke inside Hizuru's body. On the latest loop, Heine sets up a trap for Shin: save Hizuru-sensei, who as Ryunosuke, is battling Shide, or save all his other friends who are about to be devoured by the largest shadow on the island.
There is still no keeping track of all of these different timelines and events, so now I'm squarely along for the enjoyable ride. There is so much action in this series, but peaking through every once in a while is something heartfelt and beautiful. We've been waiting since volume one to really figure out who Hizuri is and why she has this dueling personalities, so this has definitely shed some light and helped humanize her quite a bit. This volume is also super tragic and left on a nasty cliffhanger. At this point, I'm really not sure how this is all going to come together to conclude in the next volume. I almost don't want this wild ride to end.
Sara's Rating: 10/10
Suitability Level: Grades 10-12
Reviews of previous volumes in this series: vol 1-2*, vol 3, vol 4
Publisher: UDON Entertainment
Publication Date: August 30, 2022
ISBN: 9781772942361 (Paperback)
Tags: Rating: 10/10, Suitability: High School, Manga, Horror, Action Adventure, Supernatural, Udon Entertainment
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