After a trip, Keiichi returns to Hinamizawa, picking up right where he left off with his crazy collection of pranking friends. This time around, his friend – Satoko – is dealing with the disappearance of her brother; who has been missing for over a year. Seeing how sad she is, Keiichi decides to be a surrogate big bro to Satoko, who believes her brother will come back one day. But if Keiichi asks about Satoko’s brother, the villagers act very strange; saying it was Oyashiro-sama’s curse that demoned him away.
While I enjoyed the set up in this volume, it meandered a lot more than the previous setup volumes. I’ll be honest, I skimmed through the baseball portion. Other than the coach giving some backstory on Satoko’s family, there didn’t seem to be much point in it; just some filler. Overall, still a 3 out of 5.