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Satougashi no Dangan wa Uchinukenai   
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A Lollipop or a Bullet
A Lollypop or a Bullet
A Lollypop or a Bullet - Proiettili di zucchero
Satou Kashi no Dangan wa Uchinukenai
Satoukashi no Dangan wa Uchinukenai

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Tranquil Spring
Endless Abyss
Mixini Studios

Latest Release(s)
c.10 by Yuri Project over 10 years ago
v.2 c.13 by roankun over 10 years ago
v.2 c.9 by Endless Abyss over 11 years ago
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2 Volumes (Complete)

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Average: 8.5 / 10.0 (316 votes)
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November 4th 2022, 4:07am



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Dragon Age (Fujimi Shobo)

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by Felli1
January 2nd, 2017, 6:14pm
Rating: 8.0  / 10.0
This manga starts off a little slow and hard to get into, and kinda leaves you hanging at the end of it. The story follows two girls Yamada Nagisa and Umino Mokuzu who become friends through somewhat of a strange situation.

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It starts off with Nagisa walking up a mountain path talking about something her brother had once told her. Then it cuts into her being in the classroom looking bored. At this point in her life she's made up her mind that once she's graduated from Junior High, she's going to join the Self Defense Force Camp instead of going into High School.

Since her dad died 10 years prior in a typhoon her mom has had to work two jobs just to make ends meet. They also relied on her father's insurance money until it ran out and that's when she decided to join the Self Defence Force. She also a brother who is a few years older than her, but about three years ago a girl came to the house and said something to him and he became a shut-in. He dropped out of High School and hasn't left the house since then. Every day after school she goes home to cook food for her and her brother.

One day, there was a transfer student, Mokuzu, that came into her class. At first she was really shy until she took a really big drink of water. This is when she declared that she was a mermaid. Mokuzu decided that she was going to have Nagisa as a friend. She did everything in her power to maker her, her friend. The first thing she did was throw a water bottle at Nagisa (I thought this was funny, because it kept happening). There was a rumor that her father is this big famous artist/ celebrity.

Eventually Mokuzu and Nagisa become friends but their friendship is that of a strange relationship. It's not that of a normal friendship. Mokuzu is always clinging to Nagisa, trying to become more of a friend to her and trying to get her to believe that she is in fact a Mermaid. Nagisa is always asking and talking to her brother about Mokuzu. Her brother once tells her that she believes in "bullets" that Mokuzu is firing "sweet bullets" at her.

She also keeps telling her that there's a storm coming, one that comes only every 10 years. The one that took her father 10 years ago is coming again, when all the mermaids are coming back to the Sea of Japan to lay their eggs. She also hits a sore spot when she talks about her father, when he died at sea telling her that he was at the bottom of the sea with a lot of mermaids and gold and very happy.

As the story develops their friendship becomes more solid and they end up making plans to run away together to find "safety" for children. After Nagisa packs they go to Mokuzu's house where Nagisa waits outside for a couple hours for Mokuzu to come out. Instead of Mokuzu, her father comes out with a suitcase in tow. So Nagisa enters the home to try and find Nagisa and she comes across a scene that she's seen once before. Mokuzu's father catches Nagisa in the home and asks why she's there. She ends up telling him that she's looking for Mokuzu. Her father lies to her at first. Then he tells her that Mokuzu has turned into "Sea Foam." Which is something that Mokuzu mentioned earlier on in the story.

Nagisa is in a daze as she goes home, and heads straight to her brothers room. At first she's so stunned and try's to get out that Mokuzu's father has killed her, then when she finally gets it out she collapses into her brother's arms. Her teacher happens to be there to talk about her choice for after she graduates Jr. High. Her mom and teacher rush in and totally deny the fact that this is something that is real. Her brother is the only one that believes her. So in the early hours of the morning of 4 October her brother and her set out to the mountain to where she's most likely at and find her chopped up into pieces. They then go to the police and tell them what they find.

The story ends with Nagisa returning to school and Mokuzu's father being arrested. Her father confessed to everything that he had done to her.

storyline - 8
artwork -7
plot - 8
Over all score - 8
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heart rending  
by whitespade
August 24th, 2014, 11:58pm
Rating: 9.8  / 10.0
you WILL cry at the end. the story already had a melancholic air throughout, making you feel heavy with the narration of the pessimistic girl. when you see umino trying so hard to be as happy as can be, and what will become of her in the end, you cannot stop but feel sadness permeate through your body and feel the weight of all the abused children of the world.

there are some spots that i would love more clarification, but i guess it will take away from the main message of the manga and i need to read the novel for that. a truly great read.
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Intriguing....I will remember this one for a while.  
by moonmystery
June 21st, 2014, 11:30pm
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
Read this at your discretion. This manga series contains content that may be too much for some.

But if you are okay and open to anything, then this manga could be quite the tasty treat. It revolves around a strange girl and her influence on others. There can be many interpretations for this series, so I leave it to you.

Have fun reading!
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This manga!  
by pandasamurai
May 3rd, 2014, 7:34pm
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
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I began reading this manga a few years back, and rediscovered it last week. I feel obligated to disagree with you, Fundefined due to your unsatisfactory comment. It is my belief that the parts of the story that are not explained are not explained for the reason of appreciating the mysticism of the short tale; art is made to be interpreted.
Mokuzu's mentality doesn't really go much beyond having Stockholm syndrome.
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I rather see that she is a strong-willed young girl who has lost her identity. Rather than revisit painful memories or drag her new-found friend into her abusive past, she spins a new persona, one that describes everything she wishes to be. Her extended Mermaid metaphor is poetry of everything she can no longer accomplish. Yes, she suffers from Stockholm Syndrome, but her character comes out in layers, revealing much more than a simple character responding to a stereotypical situation with expected circumstantial answers. Also,
The male childhood friend's incident is really bizarre and not well thought out.
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I have to disagree there as well. In that particular scene, I received a strong implication that the author was making a statement of the immaturity of young Japanese social interaction. The formalities of Japanese culture press angst into its youth, who are in obligated to observe many rules and standards that often conflict with pure intentions to communicate. Because of this, Mokuzu was able to intelligently manipulate the boy's every action, forcing him to release his pent up anger, and ultimately that caused Nagisa to feel sympathetic for Mokuzu. The whole scenario was very strategized, much like a pre-plotted scene from Death Note or some other conspiracy manga/novel. If you take a look at an interview with Takashi Murakami, probably Japan's most famous Pop-Artist, he describes his feelings on the superficiality of Japan, that the tradition of silent obedience makes a great machine while overriding its people's ability to understand social interactions. His most popular character DOB is a symbol to describe this.
DOB is a self-portrait of the Japanese people. He is cute but has no meaning and understands nothing of life, sex, or reality. DOB is always confused and in a daze, like he was drunk or stoned.
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Still, to each their own, you may continue to believe that the author lacked in storytelling, but I don't think that the mangaka needs to improve, the book was an incredible experience for me. The Candy vs Bullet theme described Nagisa's inner-dilemma, she lacked the power to keep her selfish desires and had to become a soldier for her family's sake. She felt obligated to fire the "bullet" and be a soldier to support her "noble" brother. Nagisa gave up her right to free will and selfishness because of the love of her brother. Mokuzu became the antithesis of that, vainly juggling her obligation to her father and pursuing her surrealistic desires. She wasn't given love from her father like Nagisa was given from her brother, Mokuzu was enslaved by her father only because of her mental condition, not her choice. In this sense, Mokuzu really only wanted to only fire candy, and enjoy a playful and mischievous life, but was firing bullets too, because she couldn't liberate herself. Due to this subconscious mix-up, the idea is that she is both nonconforming and powerless, firing a sugar candy bullet. Please comment if you have another interpretation of the "sugar candy bullet." This is a complex idea, and if more people interpret it, a collaborative consensus will forge a better understanding.
I gave this manga 10/10 for its excellence in mystery, character development, good artwork, meaningful dialogue, and for making me honestly think about my emotions while reading it. I highly recommend this manga for its quality.

... Last updated on May 3rd, 2014, 7:37pm
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Neither here nor there  
by Fundefined
March 2nd, 2014, 10:06am
Rating: 5.0  / 10.0
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I don't think either the original author of the novel, nor the mangaka who adapted the story had the storytelling chops to tell this dark story. The thematic distinction between sugar candy bullets and real bullets was never really explored well. Mokuzu's mentality doesn't really go much beyond having Stockholm syndrome. The male childhood friend's incident is really bizarre and not well thought out. The teacher suddenly turns out to be an important character. And there are simply too many convenient pop psych cliches to justify story elements. Overall the story wasn't cohesive enough and feels rather thrown together. Which is a damn shame because I really liked the premise. It's not often that there's a female character who wants to join the military befriending delusional abused classmate.

... Last updated on March 2nd, 2014, 10:08am
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by jasperv
July 17th, 2011, 1:12pm
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
the story is original and every now and then you get that cold chill running down your spine
I know it's a novel adaptation i didn't read the original but the mangaka art adds a lot to this exceptional story to make even more awesome

... Last updated on November 15th, 2012, 5:13am
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rare and outstanding.  
by mephisto2k
April 6th, 2011, 5:38pm
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
This manga's story is so superb and with such a psychological depth and melanholic feeling to it, like you will only find in Japanese literature. Purchased both volumes as well.
Only a short while before that, I read "Lying Mii-kun and Broken Maa-chan" which is very similar in many ways and just as good.
I wish I could find the books those are based on and more mangas like that.
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by dreamer00013
February 22nd, 2011, 12:32pm
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
I purchased both volumes today after reading the first few chapters online. I loved the story, loved the art, loved the characters, everything! And it even all makes sense, I was expecting things to be left more ... open.

BUT. Big But, the volumes I purchased annoy me. I wish the people translating and editing this manga would care at least as much for their work as the fans whose scanlations are - to put it simply - superb. Those fans do it for FREE. The other guys get money from it, but they don't even care enough about this wonderful manga to change the font which extremely kills the atmosphere in more than only one part. I've seen enough Raws to know that the fonts change there as well, so why not in my volumes? I really hope the English edition is better.

But it's by no far a reason to give fewer points, fact is, I enjoyed this manga a lot and I'm also happy I purchased them (I can only repeat, the art work is stunning), I can only recommend the read. It's sweet, dark, thrilling, special, also very psychological and you can't put it down when you've begun it. You just want to know more, you just want to know the whole story, not just the end!
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Nagisa is Moe, in the Truest Sense  
by monkeyvoodoo
February 20th, 2010, 1:07am
Rating: N/A
I'm editing this title for Tranquil Spring, and I have to say, I agree with PoshSam. There's so much about this title that puts it above and beyond most other stories. And I have to admit, every time I get a final script for a new chapter, I almost dread what's to come. So many aspects of this story feel so real, and so much of it hints at tragedy that editing new chapters is actually somewhat difficult, just because I'm afraid of what's to come.

... Last updated on May 24th, 2010, 11:38pm
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a sad manga....  
by mango6o2
January 11th, 2009, 4:22pm
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
At first glance it seems to be a brainless love-love type manga, but it’s actually a dark and suspenseful thriller. With twisted minds, deformities of love, truth and lies, deception and violence
It tells the story of two 13-year-old junior girls struggle to live, the manga delievers the sense of powerlessness and despair. Read it if you like mystery!

... Last updated on January 11th, 2009, 4:40pm
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