Nene is “invited”, or rather, kidnapped, by Natsuhiko, an upper classman, and taken to a tea party with Nanamine Sakura. She is assistant to Tsukasa-kun, who is Hanako-Kun’s “little” twin brother, and is in a similar arrangement as Nene and Hanako-Kun. Later, another school mystery shows up who can control time. The three-pronged mystery includes one supernatural with the power over the present time, one with the power over the future, and one with the power over the past. The Clock Keeper if the Future starts to wreck havoc on the students by speeding time up in their classroom or making students speed their aging until they are old people. Hanako-kun and Nene enlist the help of a classmate who has the power of one of the Clock Keepers, as they must help Nene’s best friend escape the clutches of the other Clock Keepers.
This tea party has a little bit of an Alice in Wonderland flare with the cast of colorful characters that surround Nanamine and make the whole thing feel a little bit off from reality. There's a little bit that's uncomfortable about the relationship between Akane and Aoi because he can come off as obsessive and a little creepy, so hopefully he gets a bit of a reality check or attitude adjustment if he's going to continue being part of the storyline. Other than him, the other new mysteries and characters are all really intriguing. As much as I don't want to see more of Tsukasa because he's creepy in a good way, I'm really interested to learn more about Nanamine and Tsukasa .
Sara's Rating: 9/10
Suitability Level: Grades 8-12
Reviews of previous volumes in this series: vol 1, vol 2, vol 3, vol 4
Publisher: Yen Press
Publication Date: October 20, 2020
ISBN: 9781975311377 (Paperback)
Tags: Rating: 9/10, Suitability: Middle School, Suitability: High School, Manga, Supernatural, Yen Press
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