Hinako Ashihara won the 50th Shogakukan Manga Award for Sunadokei (Sand Chronicles). She debuted with Sono hanashi Okotowari Shimasu in Bessatsu Shojo Comics in 1994. Her other works include SOS, Forbidden Dance, Ten-nen Bitter Chocolate.
Sand Chronicles, Volume 7by Hinako Ashihara
Can the sands of time bury the pain of the past? R to L (Japanese Style). Ann's junior high school reunion is coming up, and she hasn't seen Daigo in two years. How will their reunion go? Then, finally, the story behind Ann's engagement. Who is her fiancé...? Twelve-year-old Ann and her divorced mother move from big city Tokyo to her mother's rural hometown. How will Ann survive her exile from civilization? Then, when her mother commits suicide, Ann has to grow up fast. As the years pass, Ann learns to trust and depend on her new friends--Daigo and aristocratic siblings Fuji and Shika. But when Ann moves back to Tokyo to be with her father, will she be able to maintain a long-distance relationship with Daigo? And do Fuji and Shika harbor romantic feelings of their own that might rip their childhood friendships apart...?
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Another good volume.
Honestly, If your thinking about picking up Sand Chronicles by all means please do! This manga is a very realistic and not a classic shojo manga. It definately is a "real life" story and when you learn and understand the characters,you really feel for their pain and happiness. It a very engaging manga and got me hooked from the very 1st chapter. It's dramatic,emotional,touching and filled with life lessons. This volume was really intense if makes you look back of all of Anne's choices she's made. Leaving and breaking up with Diago, leaving Shimane without a word; with her dad to Tokyo,having a relationship with Fuji,Shika in America just A LOT of things! And it feel good for you to know Anne main character's path and it helps you think and make decisions in your life. I am traveling far and wide with this manga! If gives me such comfort,hope and happiness that I will travel with it to college, dorms,first house,even (if i do) my wedding day! I know i might sound crazy that a "manga" is so amazing,but trust me when i say this, It gives you such inspiration to live! I will carry this story with me EVERYWHERE! SUCH INTENSE LOVE,RIGHT? *_*