|The Return of Princess Snow Black, Kuroyukihime's Return (Yen Press)
黒雪姫の帰還, Kuroyukihime no Kikan
|Release Date||February 10, 2009|
|Number of Pages||296|
|Release Date (NA)||July 22, 2014|
|ISBN-10 (NA)||ISBN 0316376736|
|ISBN-13 (NA)||ISBN 978-0316376730|
|Number of Pages (NA)||224|
Haruyuki "Haru" Arita is a short, fat boy who is constantly bullied at the Umesato Junior High School which results in him having exceptionally low self-esteem. To escape the torment of hus real life, he logs onto the school's Local Network where he plays squash by himself and always gets the highest scores. One day, he checks the squash rankings to find his high score beaten by Kuroyukihime, the popular and attractive female Student Council Vice-President, who invites him to lunch the next day after she saved him from some bullies. Kuroyukihime introduces Haruyuki to «Brain Burst», a secret program that is able to accelerate the human cognitive process to the point at which time appears to stop. Kuroyukihime teaches Haruyuki about «Brain Burst», telling him that it can change his reality.
Haruyuki Arita is in class, taking down notes from the virtual black board when he gets an email. As soon as he opened the email he was surprised by a sudden sound and a flash of colours causing him to panic slightly. The email was a voice email from Araya, a bully, who told Haruyuki to get him and his friends lunch, and to meet them at the top of the school roof, out of the Social Camera's view. After Haruyuki gave the food to Araya, he went to the toilets where he could «Direct Link» in peace without being bullied. In the Virtual World, Haruyuki heads to a large tree that's at the edge of the schools network. On his way to the tree he hears a commotion nearby, and looks over to see a group of people surrounding a girl. Haruyuki recognizes her as Kuroyukihime, the Vice-President of the Student Council. Haruyuki then moved away from the commotion and went up the stairs of the tree, where the «Virtual Squash Game» was situated. As Haruyuki played, he thought of how it would be much better if they didn't have classrooms at all, but did everything VR. As he finished his game a voice behind him spoke, which was revealed to be Chiyuri Kurashima who had been looking for him. She then called him an idiot after noticing his score on the game, and telling him to link out and join her for lunch, which he refused. After Chiyuri Linked Out, Haruyuki went to play another game before being "Force Linked Out" by Chiyuri who had snuck into the male bathroom to find him. Leaving the bathroom, Chiyuri tried to cheer up Haruyuki by offering him some food that she made for him, but he struck it out of her hand in frustration, and then ran away as Chiyuri picked it up. Later on when Haruyuki went back to the «Virtual Squash Game» he saw that someone had beaten his score. He then heard a voice and looked around to see Kuroyukihime, who offered him a way to Accelerate faster.
The next day, Haruyuki went to meet with Kuroyukihime in the Upperclassman lounge, still believing that the day before was just a dream until he saw Kuroyukihime sitting at a table. He was then asked by another student if he needed something, to which Kuroyukihime explained that they had business, to which she then invited Haruyuki to sit next to her so that they could conduct their business. Kuroyukihime then pulled out a cable so that they could cable link, and talk without people overhearing, however at first Haruyuki thinks that is a prank. Kuroyukihime then sends Haruyuki a program via Direct Wired Connection, BB2039, to which he accepts and activates. After 30 seconds the program installed, and Haruyuki then asked Kuroyukihime what «Brain Burst» was, to which she commented on knowing that he'd have the aptitude to install «Brain Burst». Kuroyukihime then said she would explain the basics soon, to which Haruyuki went to say he was ready to know now, but was interrupted by Araya showing up.
After an unpleasant dream the night before, Haruyuki wakes up, drenched in sweat. Before leaving home, Haruyuki absent-mindedly connects his Neurolinker to the global net in order to receive lunch money from his mother, forgetting about the promise he had made to Kuroyukihime the day before. He then leaves the building, but about 3 seconds later he is automatically accelerated, much to his surprise and he is challenged by Ash Roller. After taking in the realism of the stage, Haruyuki looses swiftly. At lunch Kuroyukihime laughs prior to stating that is what he gets for breaking his promise to her, through a direct connection. Kuroyukihime then agrees to tell Haruyuki more about Brain Burst. The two then accelerate and Kuroyukihime asks Haruyuki to challenge her.