Hanako, Nene, and Kou team up with Aoi to try to stop the school’s First Mystery from aging everyone. The mystery is a young girl who is exceedingly fast and loves candy, so Nene devises a clever way to trap her. But in the process, Kou learns a terrible thing about the future from Hanako and he’s determined to stop it from happening. While Kou's older brother and the mysteries support Kou’s resolve, some are not sure if he will be successful. Afterward, Nene gets her first love letter, but Hanako-kun shatters her dreams by pointing out the letter is really for her friend instead. Nene is then plagued by creepy hands that pop up from all sorts of surfaces and even start appearing in her photos. Hanako-kun discovers they disappear once they’re touched, but they don’t stay that innocent for long.
This volume broke my heart with what's coming down the pipeline, and I'm 100% on Kou's side and hope he can change the future. The ending left me a little dissatisfied because Nene once again gets kidnapped, which just happened at the end of volume four. I've also gone back to vacillating with Hanako-kun, whether he's really a good guy or not. This volume makes him seem a little more chaotic good, like maybe he has a moral compass but it's skewed, and mostly he acts because Nene asks him to fix things or help people. It's definitely something that will keep readers hooked until we truly figure it out, if ever.
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, vol 5
Publisher: Yen Press
Publication Date: December 8, 2020
ISBN: 9781975311384 (Paperback)
Tags: Rating: 9/10, Suitability: Middle School, Suitability: High School, Manga, Supernatural, Yen Press
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