Manga-ka: Satoko Kiyuduki
Publisher: Yen Press
Rating: Teen (13+)
Released: October 2008
“With Nijuku and Sanju in tow, the road winds on for Kuro and Sen. During a lull en route, Kuro takes a turn down memory lane, revisiting an unfortunate incident during her early days as a traveler that resulted in her imprisonment! One by one, the secrets surrounding Kuro and her journey with Sen are disclosed… and the fate that Kuro will suffer should her quest fail is finally revealed!”
In this volume, it becomes quite clear that Kuro and Sen are under their own curses. It is openly stated that the appearances that they have now are not their ‘natural’ ones. Sen’s curse has broken him into a thousand bats, each a part of his body and Kuro’s to be on a time limit, and is linked with the mysterious black spots that have covered a large part of her body. Not to mention she is actually older than she seems.