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From Viz: After her parents divorce, Anna 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.
In 2005 Sand Chronicles was awarded the 50th Shogakukan Manga Award for shōjo manga.
Đồng Hồ Cát 砂时计 砂時計 La Clessidra (Italian) Le Sablier (French) Reloj de Arena (Spanish) Sand Chronicle Sand Chronicles Suna Dokei The Hour Glass
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this manga isn't about angst and depressions. This manga is about how you can live a life it's more depth than wat people see from a glance. It's also pretty complicated. If you havent gone through all those emotions in real life, maybe you won't be able to understand it, and probably find this manga isn't good. Also, base on character's culture and personality, this manga describes a perfect normal girl in real life. Basically, this manga isn't for shoujo i would say. It's more of josei genre. It deals with lots of emotions and deep feelings as well.
So be warned that if you can't read these types of manga then probably you should drop it from the start
And i have to totally disagree with wintermelon on every way. But it's a whole different story.
What shoujo should be
If you're just reading pictures in the raws, I think you won't really enjoy this. But if you read the English translations (or can read Japanese) you'll get a lot more out of it. The whole series is about the characters and the communication between them, or the lack, and how that shapes their lives. I love how the characters have depth and react so realistically. They have their good points and their flaws, and they have ups and downs in their lives that most of us can relate to.
Some people have said it's a depressing story, but I don't see it that way. We get to watch Ann and her friends grow up, make choices, and live with consequences both good and bad. It's like life, and the series has both very sad moments and ones of utter joy. It ends on one of the up notes.
I highly recommend this. It's unlike most shoujo I've read in that it moves beyond cliche. This isn't for people who just want a gag manga, but if you like a story with more to it, try this one.
Wasted Plot. *edited*
*reason for edit? Lawl, Hard core fans who cant take opposing views (points at Mehness :haha Anyway, what am I lying about? My thoughts and opinion? Because I am certainly not making up the story xD (maybe you took my hyperboles literally) Although its true my comment was too inconsiderate to lovers of this manga. And the fact that it was too heated with anger...
About 90% of the plot is angsty and separation and pain of Ann. She sheds tears every 4 double pages or so...and just makes herself sad! Always unnecessarily dwells on depressing subjects! There are a lot of flash backs. You can see this same flash back more than 15 times in this manga...as if trying to make a whole deal out of this little aniti-climatic hug. The end is different from what I expected. a twist. Sadly... it was just squashedandFORCED together. Vague spoiler: 1) This main character who was in a triangle relationship with the other two mains, ends up with a minor side character that you don't even know anymore than her name. 2) Another main disappears to another country 3) For the main plot, the other two mains just plodder through life half alive Then when the end of everyone's pain finally comes..the ending comes in...two pages? So, two good volumes then its the start of a campaign to tug at your heart-strings every few pages. All the way to the end of Volume 8! The last 2 volumes are irrelavant to the main plot. What I can say as praise is that I like the art. It is decent. But everyone looks cuter than Ann. I honestly pity Fuji - he is cute and his character is totally wasted. I dont understand Daigo. He seems too laid back upout the relationship. Shiika is just.... I liked the ending but the rest didn't step up on par, thats my view. Live with it
... Last updated on June 5th, 2009, 11:39am
yes reallistic and dramatic i understand why peaple like it, but still i read manga so i can escape harsh reallity of life from time to time, but this just bring me right back at it , cant stand it, i just seem like its too heart breaking. i couldnt read it after the first volume. well some people like this stuff a lot. its interesting how some people read manga to feel hard emotions and some to escape from them, mmm perhaps i should start a topic about this... je
This manga is so realistic, but still has enough drama in it for me to love. It's like it has just the right amounts of both.
The characters react like real people, and that's part of the magic of it. The art is clean and beautiful, and the storyline is interesting and engaging.
All in all, an amazing manga.
I've read the first 2 volumes so far I love it. Its touching and realistic in how the characters grow. Yes there are the typical shoujo moments but i think that's what makes this manga even better.
Dramatic, but realistic.
What I like most about this story is the way you can relate to the characters thoughts and feelings. Even if things get a bit immoderately dramatic, the characters act like real ppl would, you can clearly see why they react the way they do.
The characters are absolutely the stories' strongest point. To watch them grow and mature as one disaster after the other unfolds is so much fun, that I fear the moment I read the last volume and will never be able to read any new stories about Ann, Daigo, Fuji and Shiika-chan.
Ah, yes. It would be a 10, if it weren't for Ashihara Hinako's epic fail at drawing proportioned feet!
... Last updated on May 30th, 2007, 2:53am
Sands of Time
This manga is one of the best in my opinion, if you're looking into the genre of shoujo. The characters are realistic-ish and the story is very cute and sweet, but it starts off dramatically, with a few cliche shoujo moments between Ann and Daigo, but nevertheless problems arise left and right and you never know what to expect. All in all, the plot is very suspenseful and keeps your interest....One of the BEST shoujos should be able to keep you interested in what happens to the main couple in the story and this story is able to do that.=^__^=
It's one of my favourite manga. I really like the story- The traits of the characters are real, their feelings are true and the story is so deep! I love it It's a recommend for ALL manga-fans, who like deep storys with characters like you and me. And the best: the story starts at the end, but you don't know, how it will end!
... Last updated on May 17th, 2007, 6:45am
kind of fake
There's something artificial about the fact that every chapter is calculated to be a tearjerker (this is at about vol2). Formula shoujo. Otherwise the art's nice and clean.