Children of the Sea, Volume 1

Children of the Sea, Volume 1

by Daisuke Igarashi


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R to L (Japanese Style). When Ruka was younger, she saw a ghost in the water at the aquarium where her dad works. Now she feels drawn toward the aquarium and the two mysterious boys she meets there, Umi and Sora. They were raised by dugongs and hear the same strange calls from the sea as she does.Ruka's dad and the other adults who work at the aquarium are only distantly aware of what the children are experiencing as they get caught up in the mystery of the worldwide disappearance of the oceans' fish.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781421529141
Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
Publication date: 07/21/2009
Series: Children of the Sea Manga Series , #1
Edition description: Original
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 255,609
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 5.86(h) x 0.93(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Daisuke Igarashi is an award winning manga creator who begin his career in 1993. His series Witches received the Excellence Prize at the 2004 Japan Media Arts Festival and Little Forest was nominated for the 2005 Ozamu Tezuka Cultural Award. He is currently working on Children of the Sea for Ikki magazine.

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Children of the Sea, Volume 1 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
MerrySlumber More than 1 year ago
I am very picky with many books that I come to purchase, but this series seemed to have caught my eye. And I found out about it months before and I haven't been able to forget it. Once I gathered up the cash, I bought it. The artwork is lovely and enchanting. It's so individualistic, and has such personality and depth. There's such detail to the environment and backgrounds; it's fantastic. I found myself before being able to turn or change the page, scanning each panel for the detail and emotional put into the characters and the surroundings. I'm glad I finally began reading this series. It's truly a masterpiece in itself. Something is just so fresh about it and I love it. To the lovable characters and the enchanting story line drawing me in, I recommend this to anyone who wants to read a story that will truly be able to grasp their imaginations.
earthlistener on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A really nice beginning which seems to promise a very nice series of manga. The blooming plot seems very interesting and the characters are intriguing. The artwork is amazing and I really like the realistic style to it immensely. This book is stunning in so many ways. I can¿t wait to read volume 2.
timothyl33 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It was certainly ...interesting.It felt like one of those stories that is trying to say a message that's greater than it seems.It's certainly not for fans expecting the usual manga fare of shojo or shonen plots. Instead, it feel more for fans of something like the TV show Lost.
kivarson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read this thick volume of Manga in one sitting and am anxious for my public library to buy the rest of the series. An aquarium in Japan is caring not just for fish, but also two boys who were found in the ocean--literally raised by manatees. The daughter of one of the scientists recognizes their other-worldly nature and its connection to mysterious disappearances of fish around the world. Not quite sure why this is rated "T" for older teen, as so far the themes addressed are appropriate for all.
ElizaJane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A very intriguing fantastical story of the sea. Two children were raised in the sea by dugongs and now are living partially on land with a guardian who works with Ruko's father at an Aquarium. Ruko has just been kicked off the summer kickball team as she is too rough and she spends her time near the ocean. She meets Umi, one of the sea boys, and begins to find out about his mysterious life. At the same time, scientists are reporting the disappearance of certain common fish life from aquariums around the world. Ruko's father is studying this but one day Ruko sees it happen before her eyes in the aquarium. An extremely unique story that had me captivated from the beginning! The story is very well told, the characters are interesting and real and I am totally intrigued with the plot, which I haven't decided yet whether it is fantasy or science fiction. This is a Japanese book read back to front and the artwork is done realistically. At 316 pgs there is plenty of room to give a good background on the characters and proceeds well into the story up to a cliffhanger ending that makes one eager to read Vol. 2. The book is rated T (ages 16+ for disturbing images). I waited the whole book for this to show itself and near the end there was one image that was 'disturbing', though I'd just say weird. It is of a deformity. Other than that the book is totally clean and I, of a very conservative nature, have no problem recommending the book for 13+.
twonickels on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm a person who usually has a lot of trouble following manga-style comics - both in terms of the story and in the illustrations - but I didn't find that to be the case with this book. Absolutely beautiful art, and a story that was mysterious without being incomprehensible (to me, of course - I recognize that a lot of people who are more familiar with the style don't have the same trouble I do!) The book is also beautifully made - good quality paper that really shows off the art, and a few pages in color that are absolutely stunning. I've picked up a lot of manga in an effort to keep up with what my library patrons are reading, and this is the first that really drew me in and made me eager to keep reading the series. So hooray!
JeneenNammar on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
6th to 12th grade. Daisuke Igarashi's suspenseful and mysterious manga novel Children of the Sea is about children with a strange and powerful connection with the ocean. Ruka once saw a ghost of some sort in the aquarium where her father works and now hears strange calls from the sea. She starts hanging out at the aquarium more and befriends one of two strange boys that her father helps care for. The boys were raised in the Pacific Ocean by dugongs, or sea cows. Their bodies are adapted to underwater living and now they cannot live far from the sea. But all three children are undergoing a mysterious physical process of emitting light. It is somehow connected to other sea creatures undergoing the same metamorphous. Igarashi's black and white penciled drawn illustrations are full of dramatic perspectives to heighten the mystery that Ruka is exploring. The story unfolds slowly and he takes the time to show many close ups of Ruka's face. This heightens the reader's awareness of her frightened and tense reactions to each new discovery. Igarashi drew each of the children to have a different ethnicity- Euro-Asian, Caucasian, and African descended. So the novel has a multicultural inclusivity. This book is recommended to public, middle, and high school libraries as are the sequels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i enjoyed the art-work and i dislike the story-board a bit since it fell a bit short to a happy ending. The book was sent by greatbookprice which was on my door steps few days on ground and in good condition.
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