I've switched over to collecting the hardcover editions of this book, so this review is for volumes 4-6 of the individual tankobon books.
Auntie has come back to the forest with Shiva, and, despite not getting along with Teacher, the two decide to try living all together for Shiva's sake. But, Teacher is not as forthcoming with his pupil as he should be, as he knows what is going to eventually happen to Auntie, even though he strangely seems to be immune to the worst of becoming an Outsider. Later, the guards from the city start to hunt Shiva, so she and Teacher pack up to move across the countryside to another settlement where Auntie had some relatives. The small farming village is already deserted, and the two stay hidden until the snow falls.
Nagabe keeps delivering on the heartbreak, and the series is only halfway over. There are some more concrete hints that Shiva is special in this volume, but we also get hints that Teacher is special too. I probably should have seen this coming, as he's very different from every other Outsider we've met thus far! Despite the heartbreak and the stress of having people after Shiva, this story is also slightly calming. Being along for the ride as they pack and move everything is satisfying and sweet, which is really Nagabe lulling the reader into false security yet again!
Sara's Rating: 9/10
Suitability Level: Grades 7-12
Reviews of previous volumes in this series: vol 1, vol 2, vol 3
Publisher: Seven Seas
Publication Date: October 11, 2022
ISBN: 9781638583820 (Hardcover)
Tags: Rating: 9/10, Suitability: Middle School, Suitability: High School, Manga, Supernatural, Survival, Seven Seas
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