Aria's on her own, but even when things seem darkest she's not willing to simply give up. As she fights Kagara she comes to understand that defeating him won't necessarily save the Mikages from his curse - it would only postpone the inevitable until Kagara could once again muster his strength. With everything she's learned so far, Aria has to find a way to not only defeat him, but break the curse for all time.
After the main story there's a side story about Sakura's past, and another woman named Mary who couldn't save him from his inner demons. Rounding out the volume is a cute and slightly incongruous story about a family and their new (and unlucky) home, built on the site of a former shrine.
This has been a hard volume to talk about, because there's not much that can be said without giving the whole thing away. And after the ride that the first five volumes have been, it would be a shame to spoil off the incredibly satisfying conclusion. There's a nice blend of action and drama that's sure to appeal to male and female readers alike, and the character development from beginning to end has been top notch. The bond that's grown between Sakura and Aria is almost palpable, and utterly believable. While some of the other characters show up, they're almost an afterthought, to assure the readers that they're still alive and well, despite everything they've been through. The focus here is on Aria, Kagara, Kuguri, and Sakura - and that's exactly as it should be. Go Comi has managed to find quite a gem in this one - recommended.