I get more and more afraid of what will happen every update, but I keep reading anyway
Man, this manga is too fucking surreal, it drops the most horrifying shit on your lap in the cutest way possible, I hope nothing too bad happens to her
You're probably on the same page as us. White flowers keep the black monsters away. Her cat is possessed, but it doesn't want to murder her for some reason. Now her hair is white. Presumably this has something to do with Kuro.
so why do the townsfolk paint white lines on the roads when they could just do a circle around the whole city that just expands as flower supplies allow?
why is one little girl and a clearly unintelligent gardener in charge of the world saving flowers?
Shit. I can't find it but I reread some pages the other day and they explicitly say that the monsters feed by draining the color out of animals sooooo.... yeah. Fuck. Please don't be responsible for this Kuro, or have had a good reason you had to do it.
She can't see them most likely either because Kuro is preventing her from seeing them or she's blocked them out because of some past trauma involving them
her mother being killed/consumed/turned into one of them/whatever
They're Lovecraftian horrors that prey upon life by sucking the color out of them, it's not that complicated.
The fourth extra chapter from volume 2 is out.
It should give some insight on her family and the flowers business.
They said in some page that most people have to get a shot to see them. Has she ever actually had a chance to see them? She is always in the mansion and Kuro makes sure none can get close to her.
>The story of a charming girl cursed to need the bathroom whenever she's nervous, and a reclusive boy with a special power that helps her hold it in.
>Kisei Kanojo Sana - Parasistence Sana
>A wonderful tale of a boy falling in love with his tapeworm.
The author sure has some interesting tastes
Not all of them are big, but they all appear to be slow for some reason.
Even Maria's brother was able to stab one of the monsters in the back, which seems a bit difficult since it was tall enough to have its back against the ceiling.
I personally don't think Kuro is draining her. I think that, by not leaving the mansion, she's slowly been starving to death. Her hair was starting to turn white before; it's only after she locked herself in that it turned completely white.
Frankly, she isn't normal. Her strange blindness to the paranormal aside, she hasn't aged and she couldn't have eaten anything either; nobody had seen her leave for possibly months since the gardener only comes once a month, and skipped this one while she hasn't been seen in the previous ones.
I imagine she's sort of like Kuro, only not as obvious. Possessed turn white when they die, as seen from the corpse the villagers found in winter, so she probably isn't getting whatever she needs to sustain herself.
God damn this manga. Been following it since like the first ten pages, what a wild ride from the sort of comedy/mildly-dark/cute thing it started with. Never expected this to turn into one of my more anticipated series, seems like an interesting world too.
OP you're a faggot for not spoilering that though.
Seriously guys. She just hasn't had the shot
One thing I love about this author is how rich he makes the world and that includes all these subtle emotional and plot connections that other series would shove in your face. So many times it's like "hey wait a second isn't that... Oh. Oh damn."
>Doesn't notice that Kuro's mouth looks weird
>Dips her pen in Kuro to finish her story since she ran out of ink, and acts like it is perfectly normal
>All of the other signs that Kuro is not a normal cat.
Maybe you should learn to read. I never said she couldn't see the monsters in my post.
>Her strange blindness to the paranormal aside
Extra 4 is interesting, lots of new info. The last page also got me particularly curious, because unlike previous ones it shows a very young Coco, and she *doesn't* have purple hair tips yet. So she apparently wasn't born with it, but somehow got it *before* the disaster that took out her parents and before protector-Kuro joined her. What did she get up to, or what was done to her?
Yeah I don't get how people keep forgetting stuff like this even when it was not only hinted at pretty directly way earlier but then flat out confirmed just recently. Come on /a/.
So I'm catching up since the end of vol1 and this is all unexpected as fuck. How do you see this thing ever ending?
Will we ever get to know where do the monsters come from, how Coco's parents died and why is Kuro keeping her alive?
I mean, even being a cat demon, Kuro is really fucking intelligent and has actually more common sense than Coco in these situations and that's pretty odd for just a friendly monster.
Yeah, and her blindness to monsters isn't strange if she hasn't had her shot. Therefore, I could only have been referring to her obliviousness to the other supernatural stuff.
No, seriously, my bad; I should've picked some clearer words. I'm the one who needs to read my own posts, I guess.
But we've had lots of B&W pages, and an effort was made to shade the hair appropriately anyway. Same with the sepia-toned stuff. The hair is clearly significant or there wouldn't be the special effort made on it even in flashbacks.
Having just re-read the whole thing though right now I see there are a few B&W pages weren't bothered with where she was small, so I guess it's not totally conclusive. I had previously thought she was just born that way, maybe that's still so.
If Kuro is a monster, how come it can cross the line?
I'm putting all my money on Kuro actually being her cat that has gained monster powers as opposed to being possessed.
I bet that fucking scientist experimented on her cat and turned it into a half-monster or something.
>Well, a ton of the questions I had from Vol. 1 were answered in Vol. 2. With this author I actually have confidence he will deliver in Vol. 3.
Agreed. Particularly given the maps and extras, it seems clear the author has done quite a bit of world building here and has a ton of background stuff in mind even if most of it only shades the main story a bit and never gets directly referenced. The best stories do that, keeps everything logically self-consistent. Somato appears to have this whole plot worked out in a fair amount of detail, rather then just sort of winging it. So I think we'll see the main points get resolved as things come to a head.
My real hope actually is that we see some more stuff about the rest of the world and what the hell is going on. We know there's civilization out there, whole cities even, but from earlier hints monsters aren't just a town problem, it's affected lots. Maybe not everything? They don't seem to like rivers either though given the map. I think Kuro is going to wrap up well, but I kind of hope someday some of the rest gets put to use also. If Somato did all that world building just for this well I can respect that, but it'd be cool if it gets further developed subsequently too.
Goddammit, they can't just leave me hanging like this. They better make up.
He's probably a different kind of monster and most likely has to do with the accident that killed her parents. He doesn't have the bloodshot eyes the other monsters have and the whole shapeshifting thing.
He doesn't seem to feed out of the actual monster's black and is totally immune to the flowers, I hope we get a real explanation eventually.
You don't go stabbing your friend's family, not even if they are monsters. Those yandere vibes on Milk are spooky as fuck, at least Maria tries to understand her mental trauma.
>We know there's civilization out there, whole cities even, but from earlier hints monsters aren't just a town problem, it's affected lots. Maybe not everything?
I feel like it's probably a worldwide problem. All of humanity very well could be reduced to cities/city-states connected only by trainlines.
They have Victorian era technology it seems, so I could see larger cities existing. I don't think there would be metropolis sized cities though.
The bigger you get the more vulnerablilities you have to take care of, the more white lines you have to draw, and the more things could go wrong. I just don't think they would have the logistics for that.
>wanting a manipulative bitch back that's only friends with Coco because it makes her feel superior
Hrm, doesn't look like any serious tech though unless there's some ancient civilization stuff we're missing. Seems 1800s era or so at best. In this recent extra we see a few possibilities:
1. Monsters can in fact be hurt by physical weapons to some extent, or at least their existing forms can (and presumably that's good enough at least temporarily). So if a city had a big clearing around it and continually just shot any invaders that might work, particularly if combined with moats or something. Though the problem there is that tiny birds/animals might easily slip in, and then infect bigger animals and then you're fucked anyway. So I don't think non-barrier repulsion alone is sufficient.
2. Cold. Apparently cold fucks with them, and go far enough north or high enough and there are places that are pretty permanently cold, and conveniently don't have much animal life either relatively. Maybe all the big cities have moved into the far north, and these towns are outposts that help supply food and materials in exchange for tech and other support from the northern industrial areas. Equator would presumably be abandoned.
Or perhaps the cities just have huge flower growing operations or something, assuming my guess about water based on the map is wrong.
You know how the demons change forms? This demon had a particular soft spot for the child after some accident or a war that brought out the demons. So he picked this girl, and he wants to protect the human race. So he will do anything to stop the other demons from hurting her.
And that is the story of the cat.
Milk's a bitch. Only friends with her to feel superior. Tries to kill her cat.
Hopefully Coco can make up with Maria. They were friends before, maybe she'll soften up.
>Hrm, doesn't look like any serious tech though unless there's some ancient civilization stuff we're missing. Seems 1800s era or so at best.
She has a hand held electric hair drier, electric cook stove and her mansion has electricity.
They're so cute together though. People are too hard on Milk.
Stop thinking with your dick. She's a bitch. She's bottom-of-the-barrel and just because people hold Coco in more contempt than her she takes advantage of it. I wish Kuro had killed her ass
In the first few chapters you see a blower and a rather modern fridge, I don't know how canon those should be though.
On the one hand, he's suspicious as fuck and is clearly doing some shit, but on the other, he doesn't seem to have anything against Coco, and he went to protect Milk, so he's not pure evil or anything.
She's cute but she's also insane. Seriously, who thinks about hurting your friend's savior demon cat, starting with the fact that it is a fucking demon which you've seen in fucking action spear killing other monsters.
That kid's broken.
Such a nice girl, with her possesiveness and superiority complex
It was flat out said, I just found this story thanks to this thread and when someone, Maria I think, is talking to the doctor he says that Coco's family had the accident right at the age when she should have gotten her shot.
>Unlike their European relatives, the Japanese honey bee has a defense against these attacks. When a hornet approaches the hive to release pheromones, the bee workers will retreat back to the hive, leaving an opening to allow the hornet scout to enter. At a given point, the bees emerge from their hiding places in an angry cloud formation containing some 500 individuals. They form a tight ball around the hornet that acts like a convection oven: the bees vibrate their wings, generating heat via muscular exertion, and then direct the air warmed around them into the inside of the ball. This causes the interior temperature of the ball to rise to 47 °C (117 °F). While significant, this high temperature alone is not sufficient to kill the hornet trapped in the bee ball. However the bees' activity also increases carbon dioxide concentration inside the ball. The hornet's ability to withstand heat decreases as carbon dioxide concentrations increase. So the 47 °C (117 °F) temperature becomes lethal to the hornets. Meanwhile, the honey bees can withstand temperatures of 48–50 °C (118–122 °F) under the same conditions, so the hornet is killed and the bees survive.
Now this is weird.
In the four and half years ago extra, brenda is still pregnant and mentions how Coco should be getting her shot soon but in the three years ago extra Coco still has parents and is five years old. Coco should be eight years old now and Maria ten while Sesame should be three years and something, with the accident happening only one and a half years ago (around Coco's sixth and half birthday)?
I feel like the timeline doesn't quite fit.
>She can't see that they are possessed.
But she really does see the monsters and what Kuro really is.
Everything fits fine except for maybe the line about her vaccination being soon. But how soon is soon is ambiguous.
Where are you getting 1 and 1/2 years ago for the accident?
The vaccination has to be administered sixth months after turning six and the accident was around that time, reason why she never got it. If she is eight years old then the accident was only a year and a half ago.
Yeah, she's possessive as fuck, but in the end, what she's concluding is that the literal demon whom she just discovered was sucking her friend's life out (it was her who saw the first strand of white hair, right? Or was it Maria?) is a bad influence on that friend.
>what she's concluding is that the literal demon whom she just discovered was sucking her friend's life out (it was her who saw the first strand of white hair, right? Or was it Maria?) is a bad influence on that friend.
There is nothing to suggest that she's made that connection. She saw the white strands, but she doesn't know what's causing them. And the page that >>124557528 posted makes it sound like she's doing it out of pure jealousy and possessiveness.
He's a demon, sure. But the townsfolk know about him and tolerate him, he's no threat to anyone. Besides he's Coco's only family.
Both Coco and Milk are more than a little twisted here, but you don't just kill someone's pet for your own satisfaction.
Wait a sec. Does Kuro create the white flowers? Is that why the town residents accept living with this little monster?
She's the flower grower, like her father before her, like her father's relative's in pic related.
Maybe nobody else knows how to care for the flowers, or maybe they just don't want anything to do with them. In short, yes.
All of the monsters suck the color out of shit and the flowers are almost certainly cultivate everywhere else.
> so why do the townsfolk paint white lines on the roads when they could just do a circle around the whole city that just expands as flower supplies allow?
We saw them trying to expand their territory. It didn't go well, and it seems like the doctor had something to do with that.
We've seen how they reproduce, and it's not by sucking things white. Nothing is very likely
She knows how much Coco loves and depends on Kuro, but she's a jealous little shit who can't stand someone she thinks of as inferior being happier than herself.
And no way Milk is about to save Coco from when she wanders into the forest and gets attacked by monsters anyway.
2 stage life-cycle.
Big lumbering monstrosities explode into parasites.
Parasites infest wildlife and, after an incubation period, become big lumbering monstrosities.
She can't see the monsters. The doctor said something about how the accident happened at around the time she was meant to get the shot and it prevented her from getting it in time.
If it's the same creature, it's not. If it's a different one, it is, but it does not expand the population, so they would need an alternate reproductive mechanism to serve that purpose (unless they all spawn from some other source).
I thought Kuro held some importance to the town because of his abilities but it looks like the doctor (who's the only one that show active interest in studying the monsters) values Milk's life over Kuro's.
You are thinking that the monster is the actual lifeform instead of the gooey black parasite, the possessed animal is just the host and the monster is the last stage of the infection. The parasite is always the same creature.
>Milk is hurt by Kuro
>He saw that, but doesn't shot
>Instead, asks her what the hell did she do to it
Kuro is important, otherwise he wouldn't even be allowed to stay in the city.
Actually, he asks what did she do to Kuro. He knows Kuro is harmless to humans and respects it as a entity enough to not mindlessly shoot him.
He is obviously afraid of having Kuro as an enemy, more than he could possibly care about both his and milk's lives.
Found it, thank you.
>Kuro licking her with his weird monsters tongue
That's probably the reason why her hair turned fuckin white.
It's probably not a good idea to have a sole line of defense like that. One break in that massive circle and the monsters would come streaming in like what happened in the mansion story.
Painting all the roads and around property on the other hand allows them to corral the monsters and section off any breaks in the line. It also makes everyone aware of the fact that you do not cross out of the white lines from a very young age. The fact is hammered into them every day they step outside their house.
It's a safezone, look at the map. It's not the grass that's important, it's being within the lines.
Kuro is indirectly causing her hair to go white.
He's the subtle master at keeping her delusional and repressing reality.
There's a certain page i'm looking for that shows just how subtle he is.
Found one, Kuro helps her forget about her parents' bed room.
This is trippy.
Building the walls and fences take time and effort, and they also need to deal with the monsters that will keep attacking the workers.
The last chapter talk about it, pay attention.
Why would they make bullets from the powder, regular pullets work fine. Until, y'know, they swarm you.
You need to take the madicine at a certain age or you won't be able to see or sense the horrors
That's why she can't see them
The trauma is causing her to forget her parents etc
Unlike a bunch of other people here, I don't think Kuro has anything to do with the white flowers. But why are they so special, and what the heck goes on in that greenhouse.
White flower petals are what makes the white line paint, and their stems are used for the "vaccine" that lets children see the monsters.
It's described in detail in later pages from where you posted.
We know that, the thing is why does the flowers have that power. How are the flowers and the monsters related, where did the monsters came from in the first place.
The greenhouse is a red herring, calling it now.
Probably cause white things are without color, and they only want to move to/through color?
Though they're smart enough to just cover the lines, as seen in the landslide. They should be smart enough to destroy the greenhouse, or at least some of the lines.