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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.

Note: Won the 50th Shogakukan Manga Award for shōjo manga in 2005 and was adapted into a movie in 2008.


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Associated Names
الساعة الرملية
Đồng Hồ Cát
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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Latest Release(s)
v.6 c.2 by SweetSense (1289d ago)
v.6 c.1 by SweetSense (1645d ago)
v.5 c.9 by SweetSense (1864d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
10 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

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User Reviews


User Rating
Average: 8.4 / 10.0 (432 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.28 / 10.0
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March 21st 2015, 11:00am PST

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Serialized In (magazine)
Betsucomi (Shougakukan)
Shojo Beat (Viz)

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English Publisher
Viz (10 Volumes - Complete)

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For Shoujo Lovers   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by fish_and_kat
April 18th, 2009, 3:25am
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
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wintermelon's comment LIES   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Mehness
January 16th, 2009, 5:55pm
smile 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.
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Rating: N/A
by cutie87
January 16th, 2009, 2:09pm
this manga isn't about angst and depressions. This manga is about how you can live a life smile
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 smile

And i have to totally disagree with wintermelon on every way. But it's a whole different story.
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What shoujo should be   
Rating: N/A
by sunflower
January 14th, 2009, 7:17pm
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. smile

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.
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Dramatic, but realistic.   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by miruki
May 30th, 2007, 2:52am
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
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Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by Freedomwingz
April 18th, 2011, 5:42pm
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 : )
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Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by thebikernun
September 29th, 2009, 9:50pm
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
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not my taste...   
Rating: N/A
by britnh3
June 29th, 2009, 6:53pm
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...
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kind of fake   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by kasekimizu
February 17th, 2007, 9:11pm
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
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Rating: 2.0 / 10.0
by spupapi
June 14th, 2009, 2:33pm
this manga in start was bit boring and really anoying and stuff...but after reading about 3 chaps i started to like it...its unusual, usualy if i dont like the start i can't really like the middle and the end...well propably because in start the story backround was at country not at the city ( i hate country )
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