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Description
In the near future: A world renowned mathematician / physicist Francis Dullam loses his left brain hemisphere and retires from hard science to study dolphins. Several years later he comes up with the new thesis which is essentially a collection of dolphin footage. As the "thesis" is being severely criticized by the media, Ishii Mitsunari (a student living in America) discovers the idea hidden there, that will help to create the true Artificial Intelligence.
Motivated to create the AI first Mitsunari leaves for Okinawa to follow the footsteps of Dullam.

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Associated Names
ナチュン
nacuN

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Latest Release(s)
v.4 c.24 by Habanero Scans (22d ago)
v.4 c.23 by Habanero Scans (26d ago)
v.4 c.22 by Habanero Scans (28d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
6 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
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Average: 7.5 / 10.0 (16 votes)
Bayesian Average: 6.99 / 10.0
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Last Updated
February 1st 2017, 10:56am PST


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Year
2006

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Serialized In (magazine)
Afternoon (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)
No

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Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #687 increased(+329)
Monthly Pos #963 decreased(-380)
3 Month Pos #663 increased(+71)
6 Month Pos #741 increased(+1531)

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On 176 reading lists
On 101 wish lists
On 6 completed lists
On 5 unfinished lists
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Tries hard to be interesting   
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by Mytskine
January 28th, 2017, 6:19am
The story takes place in a near future where humanity can easily live in deep sea, thanks to suits and artificial gill/lungs. Almost everything else is the same, except that industry and robots seem to have disappeared, so fishing requires many boats and a throng of workers. The starting point is that studying the behavior of dolphins gives the ability to build a perfect artificial intelligence.

For two volumes, the manga is mostly about the social life in a small island of Okinawa, with extra drama. The main character is a greenhorn puffed up with pride and dreams of greatness. He has to adapt to the harsh life of fisherman and swallow his pride, though his inner self-conceit is hardly changed.

Some characters are really interesting. I'm quite fond of the blended family where the young wife fools around and fights with her stepson (not physically, just sour words). Some scenes of fishing or rural life are also very good. I'd never seen a realistic slaughter of a pig in a manga (though I would have expected a more formal slaughter, as still do small farms where I witnessed it).

Unfortunately, as chapters go by the mangaka tries hard to add as much spice as he can to the story. After the genius scientist and the secret of the dolphins, he adds youkai and spirits, triads and the camora, magic rituals, secret society of the islanders, the corrupt power of the Vatican... And of course, a load of ecchi. By the end of volume 3, the taste was far too heavy for me.

I believe there's a scene that shows how the mangaka sees his readers. When the main character at last manages to observe dolphins, a young woman is swimming with them. She wears fins and an artificial gill, and a wetsuit open down to the pelvis, so that her big breasts are fully visible. As a male reader, I felt insulted. Swimming fast with a half open wetsuit is impossible, and it hurts the globally realistic tone of the manga. Am I supposed to switch off my brain each time a naked girl is drawn?

... Last updated on January 28th, 2017, 6:26am
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MC is not an asshole   
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by Laclongquan
November 13th, 2016, 1:52am
Not more than a normal late-start chuunibyou Uni student. I am sure you know such character.

FOR WORLD DOMINATION! So he move to a fisherman island, try to work part time on board to have boat time to research dolphin. In order to develop AI base on what he interpret from a dolphin movie a mathematician made. Assuming the Uni student interpret it right.

So yeah, just think of it as a painful antics of a young man.

Anyway, interesting manga if you like it slow~

EDIT: you dont have to like the MC. I am sure he's alike to one period in our life, and we dont want to remember such time. SO you dont have to like him.

... Last updated on November 13th, 2016, 1:55am
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A bleak art-house manga about dolphins and assholes   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by residentgrigo
November 10th, 2015, 7:36am
This psychological tale is pretty hard to describe so i will call it "avant garde". The mood and main theme are very intriguing and the protagonist is a proper asshole for once. Interesting and i don´t know how mainstream readers will respond as this seems like a think piece first and foremost but the antisocial romance is quite intriguing too.
The manga then goes of the rails during Vol.2 and quickly becomes an ultra bleak art-house porno, with one "controversial" theme after the other. I am not quite sure if the overall narrative can be called "good" or focused.
It is still somewhat worth reading due to the strange nature of it all and few manga exist with zero likable characters.

... Last updated on November 12th, 2016, 7:36pm
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