Comedy, Drama, Romance, Shoujo, Slice of Life
Mangaka: ASHIHARA Hinako
Original Publisher: Shougakukan
Serialized in: Shojo Beat (Viz)
Volumes: 10 (Complete)
Licensed! Viz Media
After her parents divorce, An Uekusa and her mother move from Tokyo to rural Shimane. Used to the anonymity of city living, An can’t get used to the almost overbearing kindness of the people in her mother’s hometown. But when personal tragedy strikes, An discovers how much she needs that kindness. [Viz Media]
In 2005, Sand Chronicles (Sunadokei) was awarded the 50th Shogakukan Manga Award for shōjo manga.
So cutesy… shoujo cutesy that is! 😀
First and foremost, I’m the type that’s not really into Shoujo… but I’ll admit there are some Shoujo Manga that caught me off guard by being… good. Sunadokei (Sand Chronicles) is one of these manga that I have taken a liking to. 🙂 It’s has this appeal where you can read and re-read it again.
Sunadokei (Sand Chronicles) is about a girl [Ann] meeting a boy [Daigo] and the two fall for each other. With the death of her mother at a young age, Ann came to depend upon Daigo for emotional and moral support. The two are together through middle school and when they’re about to enter high school, Ann’s father return and wants her to live with him in Tokyo. Ann does just that. Missing Daigo terribly and he missing her too, they try to keep their long distance relationship alive.
Now for the angst. 😛
One of Ann’s friends Fuji, the richest boy in the town has fallen for Ann. She met him at the age of twelve when she was looking for work to help her mother out when she became too exhausted from working. She and Daigo went to Fuji’s household to help with cleaning for an upcoming event that was to take place. Fuji had also moved to Tokyo. One night, Fuji kisses Ann and it confuses her. Going back to Shimane while on vacation, she’s happy to see Daigo, but still thought about the kiss Fuji gave her. Once again, the two help with cleaning at Fuji’s house and ended up spending the night because Fuji’s youngest sister Shiika, wanted Ann to keep her company. On her way to the bathroom, she runs into Fuji and asked him about the kiss and Daigo overhears the conversation and attacks Fuji.
Shiika falls for Daigo and tries to get next to him while Ann is in Tokyo.
Just a summary here folks… just a summary. 😉 Because in between their little love affair, other things happened as well. Like for instance, Fuji’s mother shunned him basically all his life because he caught her as a child in bed with another man. He thought he was the product of that affair and it turns out that it’s Shiika, his younger sister.
All in all, Daigo and Ann tried their best to stay together. Going back to Shimane on Summer vacation, Ann decided to end her relationship with Daigo. She even went as far as to say that she would prefer going out with someone like Fuji because he understands her. The two break up and Ann vowed she would never give her heart out again. But Fuji sees the opportunity for them to start going out. He gets pissed off at her on Christmas Eve when she told him that she closed her heart up. But he kept at it until she was finally his — or so he thought.
And that’s the farthest I’ve gotten with this manga. Gotta buy some volumes! Overall, it really is a cutesy shoujo manga (can’t believe I said that though…) Hoping to get to the end of the series and find out did Ann and Daigo overcome their obstacles and get back together.
The character design is pretty cool and I love the comical faces and body language in this manga. It is so laughable. The storyline [thus far] is a cohesive one, and I didn’t get bored with it! That’s a good thing.
I enjoyed the chapters that I’ve read on it and recommend this to all the shoujo lovers out in the world. 😀
And there ya have it. Moving right along. Got two more “S” in the Shoujo manga that I planned to write a review on.