As Akasaka continues to investigate the kidnapping case with local detective, Ooishi, Rika continues to be strangely distant with her predictions of Akasaka’s misery should he stay in that town.
It’s not entirely a spoiler but despite finding the kidnapped boy, something horrible dow happen to Akasaka anyway; just as Rika predicted. And we still don’t really get why or how she can see the future or why the town is so keen on being murderous, creepy people who are determined to act as suspiciously as possible. I mean, even Rika has these moments of lucidity where she acts like a regular little girl but the rest are just begging to have police ask them questions. But I like this arc! 4 out of 5.
This volume goes back in time to when the villagers were still protesting the damn project that would end up flooding the town. The grandson of the construction minister has been kidnapped and Detective Akasaka is called in from Tokyo to investigate. While in the village, Akasaka becomes friends with Rika Furude; a child who is believed o be the reincarnation of the town’s guardian deity; Oyashiro-sama. The residents believe Rika can tell the future and she strangely wars Akasaka to leave the town before something bad happens to him.
With an actual investigation taking place, this part one of an arc feels like it had more going on than the previous ones. I was anticipating more information on the town’s past concerning the damn project mentioned in previous volumes. Hopefully, the next will give me some insight as to what is going on overall. 4 out of 5.