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“Steel Lady Nanase”—the urban legend of a faceless, bloodthirsty phantom who had once been a voluptuous idol— as gone from myth to terrifying reality thanks to Rikka’s powers. In order to defeat this fictitious monster, Kotoko continues to present her “four solutions” to create a new “truth,” as Kurô uses his abilities to defeat the spectre once and for all. With two solutions rejected and only two remaining, canKotoko’s invented inference put the myth of the Steel Lady to rest once and for all, or is the fate of her and Kurô’s futures completely out of her hands?

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Both touched by spirits called yokai, Kotoko and Kuro have gained unique superhuman powers. But to gain her powers Kotoko has given up an eye and a leg, and Kuro’s personal life is in shambles. So when Kotoko suggests they team up to deal with renegades from the spirit world, Kuro doesn’t have many other choices, but Kotoko might just have a few ulterior motives…

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Kotoko investigates the mysterious death of former idol Karin Nanase, who now terrorizes the sleepy town of Makurazaka as “Steel Lady Nanase.” But with Kurō missing and the threat of the Steel Lady potentially causing harm to the Makurazaka’s citizens, Kotoko is left with no choice but to team-up with Kurō’s ex-girlfriend, Saki. And later, as the Steel Lady strikes again, the origins of Kuro’s bizarre powers are revealed.

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The uneasy trio of Kotoko, Kurô, and Saki are facing a seemingly impossible challenge in trying to stop the terror of “Steel Lady Nanase,” the ghost of a dead idol. How can you kill something that won’t die even if its neck is broken? The mystery is further complicated when internet rumors appear to be linked to the ghost’s origin. Now, Kotoko and Kurô must figure out how to defeat a figment of the imagination! To fight a story with another story, they’ll have to pool their resources and Saki’s connections to create something convincing. And is there a mastermind behind this phenomenon, or will some questions remain unanswered?

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Whether or not the spectre of a dead idol is real, the urban legend of “Steel Lady Nanase” feeds people’s imaginations and results in a murder that hits close to home for Saki. This brutal death causes the legend to further balloon out of control, and Kotoko and Kurô must devise a lie that can counteract the belief that such a dangerous ghost even exists. But matters become complicated when the group discovers that the person behind the myth may be someone Kurô has known all along…What powers can bring a ghost to life, and what motivated this trickery?

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With the violence and the urban legend of Steel Lady Nanase only continuing to grow in power, it's up to Kotoko to put a stop to her once and for all—and quickly! Her mission is complicated by the likelihood that Kurô's sickly cousin, Rikka, is the mastermind behind it all. Kotoko gathers "four solutions" to destroy the truth that Rikka has brought to life, but can a lie destroy a fictional monster and create a new truth? Armed only with these imaginative solutions, Kotoko, Kurô, and Saki kick off the decisive battle with Steel Lady Nanase.

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“Steel Lady Nanase”—the urban legend of a faceless, bloodthirsty phantom who had once been a voluptuous idol— as gone from myth to terrifying reality thanks to Rikka’s powers. In order to defeat this fictitious monster, Kotoko continues to present her “four solutions” to create a new “truth,” as Kurô uses his abilities to defeat the spectre once and for all. With two solutions rejected and only two remaining, canKotoko’s invented inference put the myth of the Steel Lady to rest once and for all, or is the fate of her and Kurô’s futures completely out of her hands?

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Both touched by spirits called yokai, Kotoko and Kuro have gained unique superhuman powers. But to gain her powers Kotoko has given up an eye and a leg, and Kuro’s personal life is in shambles. So when Kotoko suggests they team up to deal with renegades from the spirit world, Kuro doesn’t have many other choices, but Kotoko might just have a few ulterior motives…

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Totomizu was a flourishing little seaside tourist town until suddenly, thousands of dead fish started washing up on shore. No one knows what’s causing it–no one, that is, but the spectres. They say a strange wooden doll is behind this unnatural phenomenon. Can Kotoko solve the mystery and save the town?

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Even the mysterious Kotoko Iwanaga was a high school student once, but could a girl like her ever fit in with regular teenagers? There is one student who thinks she would be a great addition to his club, but can he possibly convince the lone wolf to become a member of an organization? Learn how Manabu Amachi manipulated Kotoko into joining the mystery appreciation club!

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Both touched by spirits called yokai, Kotoko and Kuro have gained unique superhuman powers. But to gain her powers Kotoko has given up an eye and a leg, and Kuro’s personal life is in shambles. So when Kotoko suggests they team up to deal with renegades from the spirit world, Kuro doesn’t have many other choices, but Kotoko might just have a few ulterior motives…

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Twenty-three years ago, Sumi Otonashi was killed in a mugging gone wrong. Or was she? Out of nowhere, her husband Goichi reveals to his heirs that he killed her—and challenges them to figure out how. But can they reach a plausible explanation without knowing he contracted a spectre to do the deed? And what will their own buried secrets bring to light? Kotoko will have to judge the heirs’ solutions, and lead them to the right answer …

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ANY LAST WORDS? As Rikka continues her solitary journey, she makes the acquaintance of one of Kotoko’s high school friends, who reminisces fondly of their days in the Mystery Appreciation Club theorizing about dying messages. Meanwhile, a snow demoness has a request for Kotoko, hoping the revered Goddess of Wisdom can find a way to exonerate her human friend of some very serious charges…

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To fulfill the Yuki-Onna’s request of saving Masayuki, Kotoko pulls out all the stops to teach the misanthrope a lesson he’ll value forever. The case’s conclusion allows Kotoko and Kurô to return to their routines, but memories of Rikka upset their daily calm. The Goddess of Wisdom reminisces of the time she and Rikka collaborated on a murder mystery, one involving a perpetrator who wanted to ensure his crime was seen…

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A TROUBLESOME ENEMY Kotoko’s recollection of a case she solved with Rikka demonstrates how capable they both are, and how difficult of a match it would be should they find themselves on opposing sides. In the present day, Kurô begrudgingly assists Kotoko in her duties of mediating and investigating spectre-related incidents. One such case involves the resentful ghost of a giraffe, and a very familiar face…

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THE KIRIN’S CURSE A deadly incident in the mountains claims the lives of three victims and leaves one fighting for his life. As Kotoko and Kurô prepare to investigate the involvement of a vengeful giraffe spirit, who should they find at the scene but the elusive Rikka Sakuragawa! Though the trio agree to cooperate on the case, Kotoko can’t help but wonder what Rikka may have in store...

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A DESPERATE COUNTERATTACK Kotoko teeters on the edge of defeat after having unearthed Rikka’s plan to make the spectres lose faith in her as their Goddess of Wisdom, but there may still be time to salvage the situation. It all hinges on whether or not she can craft the perfect lie to deter any further investigation of the murder in the mountains and succeed in pacifying the vengeful giraffe spirit! Meanwhile, it seems like Rikka has no intention of disappearing again, so what could she be scheming now…?

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