Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Children of the Sea Volume 1 by Daisuke Igarashi YP FIC IGARASHI

Ruka was just a little girl when she saw the glowing ‘Ghost of the Sea’ at her dad’s aquarium, but nobody believed her. Now as a teen after an ‘incident’ where she ‘accidently’ broke another girl’s nose playing sports, Ruka has to spend the summer at the aquarium keeping two very odd boys company. Sora and Umi were both raised in the sea by dugongs (see picture below!). They can swim deeper and longer than normal people health and seem to be able to hear and see things about the sea no one else can…except maybe Ruka. Strange things are happening in the sea as water temperatures in Japan rise and fish from all over the world are swimming in Japanese waters, while fish mysteriously vanish from aquarium tanks all over the world.

This is an excellent beginning to a new manga. The art is super detailed and beautiful and ranks with any manga artist working today. The author really captures the feeling of adventure that summer always seems to offer but rarely seems to deliver. The characters and situations are handled in a realistic manner even though unexplainable things start happening very quickly. This made me more interested than if things were just super magical and a bunch of bizarre things happened right away. Now I am hooked and can’t wait to unravel the mystery of what is causing the Ghost in the Sea phenomenon.

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