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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.
Note: Won the 50th Shogakukan Manga Award for shōjo manga in 2005 and was adapted into a movie in 2008.
الساعة الرملية Đồng Hồ Cát 砂时计 砂時計 นาฬิกาทรายรัก (Thai) La Clessidra (Italian) Le Sablier (French) Reloj de Arena (Spanish) Sand Chronicle Sand Chronicles Suna Dokei The Hour Glass
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For Shoujo Lovers
If you love typical shoujo manga, you'd LOVE this. And it's not only about the romance, it also has deep story behind. I love how you keep guessing who An would end up with (bite me, that's why I love shoujo manga heh heh). Why oh why they only have scanlated it to vol.4? T_T ..I'm going to look for the English version
... Last updated on April 18th, 2009, 4:53am
wintermelon's comment LIES
The truth, yeah.
This manga is so cute, maybe a few tweaks here and there would make it good, but I like it overall. Yes I agree with Miruki. It's slightly overdramatic, but I like how they act like real people do. Hey, for flashbacks, its important to relate to what happened before. It makes more sense and drama. The artist made the art very beautiful and I like the way was how she developed the realistic plot, and I give her kudos for that.
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.
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
not my taste...
i found it rather droll and boring...the main character does cry a lot and inadvertantly uses her boyfriends...all in all, if you prefer a weaker lead, this might be in your taste...
When I started to read this ... well I thought it was interesting but .The girl gets REALLY annoying after !!! And she becomes kind of bi-polar . Verdict: Don't waste your time reading something bad wen you can read something good : )
This is a typical manga. I'd love to say that it has an amazing plot and that the end is astounding but ... I can't. First off, I have not read the end. 2nd the characters seem to be shallow and wishy washy. Still I look forward to reading the last page and giving my honest thumbs up or down.
... Last updated on October 14th, 2009, 6:28pm
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.
... Last updated on February 17th, 2007, 9:12pm
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.