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Transported to the world of your favorite manga character, you discover he/she is on a quest to kill you. Failure means death. You will...
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Kujira no Kora wa Sajou ni Utau  
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Chakuro is the 14-year-old archivist of the Mud Whale, a nigh-utopian island that floats across the surface of an endless sea of sand. Nine in ten of the inhabitants of the Mud Whale have been blessed and cursed with the ability to use thymia, special powers that doom them to an early death.

Chakuro and his friends have stumbled across other islands, but they have never met, seen, or even heard of a human who wasn't from their own. One day, Chakuro visits an island as large as the Mud Whale and meets a girl who will change his destiny.

Note: Nominated for the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize in 2017.


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Associated Names
Children of the Whale Sing on the Sand
Children of the Whales
Die Walkinder: The Children of the Whales
Kujira no Kora wa Sajō ni Utau
Les Enfants de la Baleine
Whale Calves Sing on the Debris
고래의 아이들은 모래위에서 노래한다

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Latest Release(s)
v.3 c.10 by Damn Feels! 4 months ago
v.3 c.9 by Damn Feels! 9 months ago
v.2 c.8 by Damn Feels! 9 months ago
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Status in Country of Origin
12 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1

User Reviews


User Rating
Average: 7.8 / 10.0 (34 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.21 / 10.0
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Last Updated
September 18th 2018, 3:37pm PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Mystery Bonita (Akita Shoten)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Viz (6 Volumes - Ongoing)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #502 increased(+79)
Monthly Pos #1207 increased(+83)
3 Month Pos #1797 decreased(-406)
6 Month Pos #1828 decreased(-858)
Year Pos #1017 decreased(-685)

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On 279 reading lists
On 245 wish lists
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I Love the Anime of This   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by cecropiamoth
September 2nd, 2018, 12:49pm
And I love its world building.

It's a unique version of the fairly common setting of people exiled in a closed-off society. It has one and only one magic power, which keeps the heroes from seeming overpowered. It has lots of cute kids and likeable young folks, plus some questionable rulers. It has very much the kind of set of moral rules you would expect of a society in which much of the population is made up of young people with the aforesaid magic power.

It's drawing is lovely, and thank God the airy shoujo style of the manga is diminished in the anime, because I generally hate that style wherever it appears because it's hard to "read" visually and detracts from the illusion of reality of the world depicted. I've encountered that problem with the manga version of this as well.

Conflict within the society, when it comes, takes a form to be expected given the people's training and circumstances, and I am now in great suspense as to whether these lovely folks will come out OK.

I hope that by the time the anime is well along I'll be familiar enough with the world depicted to get over the somewhat visually-confusing drawing in the manga.

... Last updated on September 2nd, 2018, 12:52pm
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A bit of a headscratcher   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by residentgrigo
February 14th, 2016, 2:56pm
The narrative is very setting and lore heavy for a female publication. I have more questions then opinions at this point but i liked what i read in the first volume. The protagonist needs to develop more complexity though.
The later volumes though didn´t manage to build on this promising foundation and i had to stop. It´s ultimately impossible to care about a story if the characters within can´t seem to either.

... Last updated on June 6th, 2018, 6:39am
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