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Sabbath Cafe  
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There's a new student at St. George International School, and soon he becomes one of the most talked-about students. Even though it's an international school in Tokyo, Japan, the new student (Yonogi Dai) is a Japanese boy. Dai was raised in the US and recently came to Japan for the first time.

Dai turns out to be a distant person, uncaring about other people and those who want to be his friends. He looks quite cute and gentle but he's actually unsocial and can be harsh. Jerry Morton who's very popular and well liked among the student just wants to ignore this cold Dai, but being the kind hearted (and nosy) boy that he is, he begins to approach Dai.

Jerry and Marty and their other friends soon find out that indeed Dai is rather difficult to deal with, but it doesn't take long before Dai becomes their friend. However, sometimes when they feel that Dai is getting closer to them he would say or do something that shows that he doesn't really think them as his close friends.

The story then begins to unfold itself. Dai's new friends start to discover the truth about the mysteries surrounding Dai. Why he's in Japan, about his family, about Ken in the States who seems to be the only one he's having personal contact with, and about his relation to a very famous game, "Sabbath Child". They discover the real Dai just like Dai discovers his true friends in life, and also himself along the way.


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Associated Names
Sabasu Cafe
Sabasu Kafue

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Status in Country of Origin
7 Volumes (Tankoubon - Complete)
4 Volumes (Bunkoban - Complete)

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Average: 9.8 / 10.0 (22 votes)
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September 9th 2015, 11:27am PST



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Asuka (Kadokawa Shoten)

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Highly recommended!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by nightcrawler103
June 13th, 2010, 6:30pm
I read Sabbath Cafe like fifteen years ago when it was published in my country. And until today it remains one of the best manga I have ever read. It is still there in my book self, and I occasionally reread it.

I agree with Yuenchi and cliff. It may seem simple at first, but later on you will find that it is actually very deep and heavy. The main theme of this manga is the meaning of family and friendship. But it is nothing like you ever read before.

Dai is a very interesting male protagonist, especially how he deals with others. You could say he is a beginner in relationships (whether it with friends his age--male and female, or with elders). At first, he seems ignorant and emotionless. However, he gradually changes. He becomes more open, but then "too" open--especially with girls ^^ The saddest part is absolutely when his past, his true identity, was revealed.

There are lots of characters in Sabbath Cafe. Each of them is very unique, and even though some appears briefly, they leave you quite memorable impression.

After I finished reading it, I have a weird feeling. Though I didn't get to see how Dai manage to live his life afterwards, I could imagine he would be doing just fine somewhere. It is as if he is a real life character.

... Last updated on June 13th, 2010, 6:31pm
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one of the best   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by cliff
October 4th, 2008, 1:58pm
You know there's manga out there that does not take time to build its characters and plots and suddenly b-boom.... you learned that they use to be outcasts, parents are abusive and they lost their lovers to their bestfriends. It sounds like a lie that those things can happen to the characters or you just don't care enough about the characters to actually feel the tiny bits of sympathy for them.

This is not like that.

The characters are not the typical one-dimensional characters. They're belivable as if you can imagine them walking on the streets.

Definitely recommended. One of my favorite manga of all time. The story may look simple, fluffy shoujo-ish at the beginning but then, there is a twist that may make you cry a bucket of tears.

... Last updated on February 15th, 2011, 7:54pm
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Sabbath Cafe, Sabbath Child~~ Definitely worth reading   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Yuenchi
July 27th, 2008, 12:38pm
The summary may not look interesting, but this manga is awesome. It's quite old so the artwork may not be too nice to look at (well not really, I find the artwork adorable and it will grow on you). It's a drama, over all an emotional one, but it's presented in a very light nuance with lots of funny moments. Actually while I was reading the volumes one by one, my impression of this manga was that it's a funny, entertaining manga. Perhaps you'll get the 'deep' and 'emotional' impression only after you've finished the whole volumes.

It's a pleasant, simple yet deep, and touching story. The plot and the characters made it a memorable title. In short this manga is highly recommended for those who can appreciate heart-warming stories.

... Last updated on June 24th, 2010, 2:35pm
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