From the back cover:
The Dragonfly Race is set to begin in Piffle World, and the prize for one lucky lightweight aircraft pilot is an amazingly powerful battery in the shape of a feather. But for the four dimension-travelers and one odd creature named Mokona, who have joined the competition, the feather represents more than energy—it’s one of Princess Sakura’s lost memories!
And Sakura’s feather isn’t the only thing at stake. Despite President Tomoyo’s best efforts to protect the race using her wealth and resources, unexpected hazards keep popping up, and the perilous contest could lead to death for unskilled pilots… like the princess!
This volume was a lot of fun. The race itself was entertaining (and could Kurogane’s contraption fit him any better?) but there was also the pressing reminder of Fei Wong Reed’s plan, which was to send a minion with a familiar face to do his bidding—a person they’d assume was not the same one they’d met before on a different world. Fai also remarked at one point about feeling the eyes of someone watching them, and it was nice that this aspect of the plot got a little more attention.
The best part, however, was Nokoru. I swear he completely stole the show. When I first saw the CCD boys rendered in this art style, I thought it was weird. I really liked it in this volume, though, especially that they looked a bit older than their 4th-6th grade selves. Nokoru was particularly pretty, and it was good to see his personality quite intact. I wish Suoh could’ve done a little bit more, though.
I’ve really enjoyed these past couple of volumes, and even liked volume 10 better on a reread than I did the first time. I’m glad I decided to get back into this series.