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Yunagi no Machi Sakura no Kuni  
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Part 1: Hiroshima, 1955. Ten years after the city was consumed by a scorching flash of light, a woman's soul is still deeply shaken by the earth-shattering explosion that devastated her home and changed her life forever.
A family from Hiroshima struggles to come to terms with their survival of the atomic bombing of their city. The protagonist is Minami Hirano, about 20 years of age.
Part 2: Set some decades later, the niece of Minami Hirano is bewildered by her father's mysterious disappearances. She and a friend follow him to discover what he is doing.
The main theme of this is historic manga concerns the question what impact the war and the atomic bombing had on the most vulnerable. Fumiyo Kôno examines this question in her outstanding book- an award-winning, widely-discussed masterpiece.

Note: Won the 2004 Japan Media Arts Festival's Grand Prize for manga and the Tezuka Osamu Creative Award in 2005.


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Associated Names
Город вечернего затишья, страна
вишнёвого цвета
夕凪の街 桜の国
Hiroshima A Cidade da Calmaria
La ciudad al atardecer. El país de los cerezos
Phố chiều lặng gió Mênh mang anh đào
Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms
Yûnagi no machi; Sakura no kuni
Yunagi no Machi, Sakura no Kuni
Yunagi no machi; Sakura no kuni

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Latest Release(s)
v.1 c.1-3 by Illuminati-Manga over 8 years ago
v.1 c.2 by Kotonoha over 12 years ago
v.1 c.1 by Kotonoha over 12 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
1 Volume (Complete)

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User Rating
Average: 8.4 / 10.0 (254 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.19 / 10.0
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Last Updated
February 21st 2018, 6:40pm PST



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Serialized In (magazine)
Manga Action (Futabasha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Last Gasp (Complete)

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Monthly Pos #1357 increased(+409)
3 Month Pos #2523 increased(+437)
6 Month Pos #3492 increased(+391)
Year Pos #4436 increased(+196)

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One Of My Top 10 Ever!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by 5Cats
September 10th, 2013, 12:05am
Holy Smoke is this good! One of the best, yet most depressing, things I've ever read! The 'simple' art and storyline hide a deep understanding of... stuff! You feel this manga in your bones! Worthy of every award it's received, no doubt!
And it's short! Go read it! Have a handkerchief ready though: it's heartbreaking.
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Worth a Read   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by MightyMaeve
June 27th, 2013, 2:34pm
The art was a refreshing change: it was simplified realism, expressive and powerfully subtle. (It reminded me a bit of Scott McCloud's work.)

The first chapter was breath-taking, the story itself spell-binding, haunting. The mangaka used several unique graphical techniques, such as bars of music running through the entire speech bubble instead of the typical lone music note to indicate singing and sudden white space to indicate sudden blindness.

The second half of the manga time skipped a couple of decades, and it took me several backward glances to understand who was who and what was going on--that made the overall story lose points for me. The new protagonist wasn't as compelling as the initial woman largely because the pages felt more cluttered and the story felt crammed with too much truncated information.

I wouldn't reread this story; it's too horrific to dwell on for long, but the inspiring hope at the end and the important awareness, the vital POV, allowed me to give it a higher rating.

... Last updated on June 27th, 2013, 2:34pm
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Its simplicity is its perfection   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by hkubra
September 14th, 2012, 1:06pm
I find this manga to be perfect. Not because it is highly complicated or has a very intricate plot. No, actually it is a very simple manga, with a very simple art, and a very simple plot. What is perfect is how much it tells in its simplicity and how, in its simplicity it shows the simplicity of life, death, peace, and war.

Sure, war is complicated on so many levels. But killing of innocents, a common aspect of especially modern warfare, is not really that complicated morally; on the contrary it is very simple: it is wrong.

This manga tells the story of how individuals and families are affected by war and political decisions that they had literally no part in. It tells the simple stories of simple people hit by a very complicated disaster. Art is simple yet neat and decent. Storytelling is simple yet very fitting to the storyline. Plot is simple yet this is very satisfactory as it does highlight the simplicity of its moral message.

It might not be very enjoyable to a regular seinen audience and adults in general, but I think especially for young adults, it is a must-read.
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quiet slap of reality   
Rating: N/A
by Trifoilum
April 5th, 2010, 2:54am
This is like a reality check, about the atomic bomb, about the war and its effects.

Only done very quietly and sweetly. It's not a manga full of angst and drama; in fact, it's both that were missing in this manga. In a good way.
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Xeronia
July 9th, 2007, 11:24am
Its so sad, true, and touching
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by bully_jesus
January 28th, 2007, 7:36pm
tells the tale of a split family and the effects of the atom bomb in hiroshima,
its a very beautifull litlle story, highly recommend it
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by HuhWhat
December 14th, 2006, 6:37pm
Don't feel like writing up some deep thoughtful remark... but it's good.
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by barbapapa
January 3rd, 2006, 10:18am
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Yunagi no machi   
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by DeadGuyKai
November 8th, 2005, 6:40pm
Excellent and moving.
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