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From Viz:

After her parents divorce, Anna Uekusa and her mother move from Tokyo to rural Shimane. Used to the anonymity of city living, An can't get used to the almost overbearing kindness of the people in her mother's hometown. But when personal tragedy strikes, An discovers how much she needs that kindness.

Note: Won the 50th Shogakukan Manga Award for shōjo manga in 2005 and was adapted into a movie in 2008.


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Associated Names
الساعة الرملية
Đồng Hồ Cát
La Clessidra
Le Sablier
Reloj de Arena
Sand Chronicle
Sand Chronicles
Suna Dokei
The Hour Glass

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Latest Release(s)
v.6 c.2 by SweetSense over 6 years ago
v.6 c.1 by SweetSense over 7 years ago
v.5 c.9 by SweetSense over 8 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
10 Volumes (Complete)

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User Rating
Average: 8.4 / 10.0 (465 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.28 / 10.0
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Last Updated
November 20th 2017, 8:15am PST



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Betsucomi (Shougakukan)
Shojo Beat (Viz)

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English Publisher
Viz (10 Volumes - Complete)

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Year Pos #2489 increased(+194)

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Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by Freedomwingz
April 18th, 2011, 5:42pm
When I started to read this ... well I thought it was interesting but .The girl gets REALLY annoying after !!! And she becomes kind of bi-polar . Verdict: Don't waste your time reading something bad wen you can read something good : )
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My thoughts exactly   
Rating: 2.0 / 10.0
by Thouarttammy
August 25th, 2010, 10:12am
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Daigo should DIE

I think this series is okay. It was good at first, but then it got a little too boring. Not my style. And some of the characters I really hate.

... Last updated on August 25th, 2010, 10:13am
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by MySwirl
January 28th, 2010, 6:26am
If someone sais that this one is a typical shoujo-manga I absolutly can NOT understand it. Sand Chronicles is a very touching and also heart-warming manga you can't put aside. I'm annoyed by all these super-cheerful and naive heroines, who seem to be strong but in the end they can't do anything without the boy of their dreams: the absoluty bishounen (handsome, smart, sporty, can everything, knows everything etc.) But Sand Chronicles is different. Of course the heroine is sometimes very whiny. But the development of each character is amazing (the art is also beautiful, too) . Daigo is-thankfully thankfully-anything but perfect. He is far away from that. I like that and I'm sure that if you are also pissed off (excuse me..) by the heroine type "Maron of Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne" this is definetly for you. The plot is realistic, the characters too and-yes-it's not always sunny and blithely but this manga also has moments in it, which are happy. I also think that real relationships ARE that tragic (@weronique), at least it's not unrealistic.
By the way: what's the problem with typical shoujo-manga? I mean...they're popular, aren't they? I don't like them that much but...I often hear that they're horrible but those person seem to read the most of them (--:--*) Also I do. But that's not the topic right now.

Well...I'm up to volume 9 now and I hope that she won't end up with Fuji...oh please...!

All in all: this is great, whether it takes part at the country or not (spupapi ;-))

... Last updated on January 28th, 2010, 6:28am
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Sand Chronicles Review   
Rating: 7.8 / 10.0
by Yenoh
November 28th, 2009, 3:45am
The beginning was definitely promising...but for some reason it just went downhill for me. The beginning has tints of comedy and light-hearted romance, but then, on later chapters, it started to get darker, and I did not like the atmosphere. Too much angst and melodrama. It seems as if Ann was constantly encountering downfall after downfall...that it got boring. Also, I agree with wintermelon that Fuji's character was wasted, he looked good with Ann!=________=.

A plus for its realism on the characters and plot. Also, it may look like a typical shoujo, but there's definitely something more to it than just a girl struck by unfortunate times, but gets through it, knacks a boy while she's at it, the end.
Art: I really liked the art, like Ai no Koe, to me the art is sketchy, but nice to look at. I've liked her drawings ever since Forbidden Dance x33

Overall, it's in between. Not too bad, not good either. Give it a try, though. Nothing to lose anyway.

That's my opinion on Sand Chronicles.

... Last updated on November 28th, 2009, 3:47am
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Coming-of-Age Bitterness   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by zita3000
October 16th, 2009, 9:45pm
AAaaAh, this has got to be one of my all time favorites. This manga has true to life characters that you can actually relate to and not far-fetched like many you read today. The best thing I love about this is that the protagonist experiences the up and downs of love (OmG! it's not those every-boy-falls-for-the-main-character kinda story) Thats what makes this manga so convincing and heart-warming.
the drawing style could use a little work (the feet are all distorted) but it still retains a lighthearted feel to it, and a little comic relief here and there.
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Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by thebikernun
September 29th, 2009, 9:50pm
This is a typical manga. I'd love to say that it has an amazing plot and that the end is astounding but ... I can't. First off, I have not read the end. 2nd the characters seem to be shallow and wishy washy. Still I look forward to reading the last page and giving my honest thumbs up or down.

... Last updated on October 14th, 2009, 6:28pm
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An impression of the first two chapters.   
Rating: N/A
by djbreezy
August 5th, 2009, 11:07am
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So far I've only read the first two chapters, and I must say it has struck emotionally. The story isn't typical to say the least, but actually has a main theme which I see most shoujo lack these days. I could understand the reason why An might cry so much since her mother committed suicide after all. Other than that, I hope that as I continue to read on I won't be disappointed.
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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Mistress99
July 27th, 2009, 10:10pm
This manga to me just seems to be the type that I start reading and start out to really enjoy then it becomes a little too hard to read. Nothing really all too good ever seems to happen. It's just one drama after another.
In the end it seems like the kind of manga that I quit reading then read the end just to see how it turns out.
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not my taste...   
Rating: N/A
by britnh3
June 29th, 2009, 6:53pm
i found it rather droll and boring...the main character does cry a lot and inadvertantly uses her boyfriends...all in all, if you prefer a weaker lead, this might be in your taste...
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who's better, Daigo or Fuji ?   
Rating: 9.6 / 10.0
by ndahkagome
June 14th, 2009, 10:18pm
honestly, for me Sand Chronicle is one of the best manga that i ever had. it's give a lesson. it's not over a wasted love story but also show the struggle..

and, back to my topic.
Daigo is a gentleman, kind, and protective. He is honest too.
Fuji is a kind, care, and helpful.

Sometimes, if i dream about Daigo it can be happy. But, Fuji is kind too. Ah ! I don't know who's better but if i can choose one, maybe i would like to choose Daigo.. *LOL
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