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Coelacanth  
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Description
From Storm in Heaven:
Ten years ago, there was an explosion at Hisano's apartment building. She would have been there, but she'd been hit by a bike ridden by a boy in blood-stained clothes. He dropped a fake gem when it happened, and she's been hanging on to it as a good-luck charm ever since. Now Hisano's in high school. One of her teachers was murdered, and the police are investigating. A young man suddenly appears carrying the toy the gem belonged to. And perhaps... can he also see the hallucinations Hisano has always been plagued with? Everything is connected as the pattern slowly rises to the surface.

Type
Manga

Related Series
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Associated Names
シーラカンス
空棘鱼
Shiirakansu

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Latest Release(s)
v.2 c.5-8 [end] by Storm in Heaven (1931d ago)
v.1 c.4 + Extra by Storm in Heaven (1941d ago)
v.1 c.3 by Storm in Heaven (1973d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
2 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

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Average: 8.4 / 10.0 (424 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.29 / 10.0
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Last Updated
January 3rd 2014, 10:36pm PST

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Year
2007

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Serialized In (magazine)
Bessatsu Friend (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)
No

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Weekly Pos #877 increased(+135)
Monthly Pos #1328 increased(+291)
3 Month Pos #1965 increased(+329)
6 Month Pos #2414 increased(+319)

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On 531 wish lists
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Interesting first chapter.   
Rating: N/A
by tsuto
November 5th, 2008, 8:22am
Just had read it, the thing I found most interesting about it is that it isn't shoujo-ish at all, at least from what I could see in the first chapter. Drama and Mystery seems to be stronger than shoujo, so it's indeed an interesting combination so far, it gives a psychological feeling too. Art is good. I'm looking forward for further releases.
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Moderately entertaining...   
Rating: 5.8 / 10.0
by VampireBanana
March 24th, 2010, 9:28am
Yep, it did capture the psychological atmosphere of the story quite well. However, the story felt kinda bland and empty at times because it seemed to center more around "beautiful art" than on filling out a plot. A pity since the plot seemed just so interesting and full of possibilities, at first.

Also, it felt a little overly dramatic at times as it seemed to rely just on shock value than on intelligence, well-crafted thoughts and actions, to justify the plot. The characters themselves were a little interesting but a pity there wasn't more to really flesh in the plot and thus, they seemed more like "very visible props used for moving the story". It was like the writer was trying too hard to go for "twisted" and "sick" or whatever terms you'd use to describe the villains, the protagonist and whatever cast was involved.

And the ending itself was quite empty and lacking, too as there was so much explored and so little actually concluded, with nary a hint for the readers. For those who want something meatier, I suggest reading C-Blossom - Case 729 instead where the writing is really good(probably because the author is different?) and is complemented by this mangaka's artwork.

... Last updated on March 24th, 2010, 9:38am
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A beautiful one!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Fuuma_lady
April 27th, 2009, 9:13am
Just two volumes makes this manga a must-read one. Just two volumes to drag you into the twist with all its faces: from romance to mystery and tragedy. You experience the laughs and the tears, the concern and despair. I must say this short manga is extremely well-plotted, considering it just carries all these genres smoothly. It also has a unique use of metaphor, from the hallucinating sheep to the coelacanth itself. And, one last but not least thing, the art is really gorgeous!!!
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coelacanth name symbolism   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Nipon-Eden
February 24th, 2009, 9:19pm
it seems that even the fish is a symbol.... wow... this really is a great manga... being able to tie in such good art, a little shoujo for the fans, and lots of mystery. it is brilliant. It even seems that throughout the whole two volumes, there was a consistency of the plot and symbolism. I guess the title is pretty cool in itself, since a coelacanth (i looked it up in the dictionary) is a fish that was thought to be extinct, BUT IT ACTUALLY STILL EXISTED OUT OF NOWHERE... just like that hot yunagi yukinari-sama~ THE MURDERER WAS SUPPOSED TO BE NONEXISTANT CUZ IT WAS A "GAS EXPLOSION"
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Rating: 7.5 / 10.0
by Oriolidae
February 24th, 2011, 8:56am
I love the sheep. I want one too. Or... Maybe I don't. biggrin

This was a nice manga, with a fair amount of both love, drama, mystery and some uh uh darkness (even though this is the shoujo type of darkness). Quite the combo, I must say, but it's been put together really well. I enjoyed it from start till finish. Definitely worth a read.

And oh. Did I mention that I really like the sheep?
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Good one   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by ColorlessHuman
March 14th, 2013, 6:27am
Nice read. Story was very good. The psychological touch was the best. Though it didn't dive deep into the psychology, but it was executed fine. The romantic atmosphere was pleasant, unlike other shoujo manga. This is probably the best shoujo manga I've read (I didn't like any other that I read so far).

Characters were okay. Not much developments, but the emotions and thoughts of the MC was depicted pretty well.

Art was good, for a shoujo demographic. If it were seinen, then the art lacked shade and power.

Overall, it was a fine manga. I'd definitely recommend it.
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Touching   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by PaterFrog
November 5th, 2011, 7:19pm
I don't really feel like saying much, after this series.

It's touching, it's good and I'm happy to say it wasn't a waste of my time. I'm feeling strangely satisfied, but somehow a bit empty, too, it got me thinking.
The ending wasn't bad, still, it was quite short and not very clear cut. Not the best ending around, but I don't feel it had any glaring flaws.

... Last updated on November 5th, 2011, 7:20pm
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Sheep.   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by kichiX
January 18th, 2012, 12:58pm
Everytime I read something like this, be it a manga or a book, I am always tempted to (and in most cases do) read the ending. I didn't with this, but after having completed the whole thing I can say this: skipping to the ending would not have helped me at all. This, I think, is a good thing. It means there is more to the story than can be shown in just a chapter at the end.
I wasn't expecting much of this manga. It's a story that has a surrealistic edge to it and I felt, after finishing it, that I didn't really understand, but at the same time, the questions had been answered. When I read other's comments I was slightly skeptical that a double suicide from ten years ago and the murder of a maths teacher could be so neatly linked and connected in just two volumes. I was proven wrong; the whole thing connected and it still had a twist at the end. A story I would recommend.

... Last updated on January 18th, 2012, 1:00pm
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the sheep!!!   
Rating: 8.6 / 10.0
by whitespade
December 23rd, 2011, 6:02pm
i...dont understand? i mean the mystery is good enough to stand in its own, why need it? of course solitary psychosis is acceptable but shared hallucination is just too weird. anyway, this story is quite long for a simple mystery but its because the stylistic choice where one page only have 3/4 panels. the art is nice, and the characters though not well developed it is good enough to carry their weight for the whole two volume.
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Gripping psychological drama.   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by Hanjae
November 6th, 2011, 10:22pm
This is was an interesting and gripping tale that begun with the murder of a maths teacher at Hisano's school, which turned out to be very much connected to a chain of events that happened 10 years ago. The psychological side was really well done, too, with a lot of twists along the way that kept things unpredictable. My only problem echoes the one mentioned in a few other comments; the ending felt really empty. Hisano seems to finally move on, but what about Yukinari? The way they seemed to want to find a way out through death at one point also felt really sudden, and nothing's ever mentioned of it again. The only character I really liked was Kentarou.
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