Story/Art: Mai Tanaka
Translation/Adaptation: Amanda Haley
What They Say
At last, summer vacation is here! It’s the season of fun, and Haruaki’s starting it off…by being hospitalized?! This paves the way for a spooky hospital incident at night, and that’s only the tip of the iceberg! Sano experiences a strange event at work, we learn the mysteries behind a youkai’s birth, and a secret Sano’s been keeping is revealed…
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
Haruaki is stuck in the hospital recovering, but when his twin and his colleague stop by, they end spending the night with him for acting out. While Haruaki is out cold and asleep, his brother and friend are either at each other’s throats or being mutually scared by the doctor and head nurse at the hospital. The next chapter gives snippets of what everyone is doing on summer vacation. Some students are with family, some students are bug catching and some students are watching concerts. And poor Sano, is stuck with Haruaki and his part time job. However, when Haruaki visits Sano at his job at a used bookstore, he stumbles across an odd yokai book that changes as he reads it. As usual with anything Haruaki does, the story goes out of control. At the end, Sano works on an assignment about yokai reproduction. This leads to many stories about all the different yokai from school.
Again, this volume is packed from cover to cover with little extras. There are also very thorough translation notes, including the translation of everything that isn’t in a speech bubble, such as signs and words on shirts. There is also a color insert at the beginning and no ads at the end of the volume.
As far as the story goes, it’s always a fun a read, but I was a bit disappointed that the entire volume didn’t progress the story much, if at all. It made reading the entire volume in one go a bit tedious. I did like to learn Sano is actually a god and not a yokai. I liked learning more about the yokai’s families, but overall, the volume didn’t pack a lot of punch. Except for gags. If you like them, you have them in spades in this series.
Content Grade C+
Art Grade: B
Packaging Grade: B+
Text/Translation Grade: A
Age Rating: Teen
Released By: Yen Press
Release Date: June 18, 2019