Monday, October 10, 2011

Manga Mondays (71): Sand Chronicles vol. 10 - Hinaki Asihara

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*Sorry I didn't comment as much as usual on Follow Friday or IMM this weekend. I may not be around too much the next few days. My purse was stolen Saturday night - the thief snatched it when it was sitting two inches away from me and ran off with it. Gone are my driver's license, Social Security Card, all my credit cards and debit card, my iPod, my cell phone, some jewelry, about $1000 of gift cards that I had been saving for something special, and a really nice Michael Kors purse that I saved up for. Now, not only do I have to deal with the horrible feeling of being violated, but I also have to deal with all the crap that comes with losing important documents - new drivers license, new social security card, new bank accounts, new credit cards, making sure that my identity gets stolen, etc. On the bright side, I think I'm going to reward myself with a new iPhone, since my iPod and cell phone are both gone.

Forgive my non-book related rant, but it's nice to just get all this off my chest.

Sand Chronicles vol. 10 - Hinaki Asihara


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...?

Daigo digs up the time capsule he buried twenty years ago when he was only ten. What message did Daigo leave for his future self? And what does it take to live life fully and without regret?(courtesy of Goodreads)


*Warning: Potential spoilers. My manga reviews tend to be more of a summary than a review. I find it hard to review manga in the same way I do regular books.

The final bonus volume of Sand Chronicles is more like an epilogue than a bonus. It continues the main story. Daigo and Ann are now 30 years old. They're happily married, although I don't think they have kids yet.

As the summary states, Daigo digs up a time capsule. This opens up many memories from the past and also many things to teach his students now. Daigo's teacher at age ten was Mrs. Koda. He admired her greatly - worshiped might be a better word. She believed in him and made him believe in himself. It was fun seeing snippets of Daigo as a ten year old. He was a big cry-baby. Always fighting with Fuji. Mrs. Koda told Daigo and his classmates that the most important thing they could do was to become somebody that they liked - to like themselves.

Daigo is thrilled to meet up with Mrs. Koda again twenty years later to open the time capsule. He still thinks of her as one of the most important people in his life. But Mrs. Koda has a secret. Can Daigo still accept her even if she isn't the perfect person he always envisioned? (Who are we kidding...of course he can).

Daigo imbues Mrs. Koda's strength. He imparts her words and wisdom onto his students. He believes in them and provides them with opportunities to learn and succeed. He is a great teacher.

We also get a few moments with Ann. She's more of an afterthought in this story - thrown in because she's a main character in the rest of the series - but I still liked having her there. We see how she's become an equal to Daigo. Able to stand on her own feet and support him as much as he supports her.

I'm very sad to see Sand Chronicles end. Every volume pulls at your heartstrings. Ashihara knows how to create characters you love and put them into situations that challenge them...and pains the reader to endure. I highly recommend Sand Chronicles.


  1. That's awful Alison! May the culprit be found and you get all your stuff back. ~Glad that he didn't take you! --Take care.

  2. OH NO ALISON!!!! I'm so sorry that happened to you! What an a-hole. Karma is a bitch, that's all I'm saying.

    On a book related note, I like that this last volume gave you a nice conclusion and wraps everything up in a satisfying way.

  3. love that cover its so cute!

    That sucks so much about your purse. Id cry. sorry that happened to you :(

  4. Gah! Sad to say, but I know the feeling. My Jeep was stolen a few years back, and I was so freaking depressed and pissed about it for a long time. I mean, what gives someone the right to take something that they didn't work their a$$ off for? That car was the first thing I bought after graduating from college and I worked hard to make the payments, then out of nowhere someone thinks they can just take it and they did. It's so freaking wrong.

    I'm sorry you lost so much, and I wish there was a way I could replace it all for you. I say you totally deserve the iPhone.

  5. I'm so sorry about your purse be stolen! I had that happen a couple of times in college and it was such a pain. Identity theft wasn't an issue then. Now, it's such a pain. I'd be pissed about my gift cards!!! That's a lot of gift cards. I know it's nothing to the police, but I hope they catch the person trying to use your credit card or something. Then lock em up and throw away the key! I really am sorry for you.

    I liked your summary of Volume 10 of the Sand Chronicles. I do think this is one manga series I want to read. Thanks for reviewing it, even if you have a lot of other things to do today!


  6. Aw! I want to go back and read this series all over again now. I loved it so much! I'm really glad you enjoyed it, as well.

    Sorry to hear about your purse and other important belongings. That has to be a pain! You deserve a new iPhone!

  7. Aw Alison, as one who's been robbed in broad daylight, I'm SO sorry :( It's more the feeling of being violated than anything else, isn't it? I hope everything is alright...if I might suggest - get LifeLock. It's not too pricey and they can't do anything with your identity if you have it.

    Hmmmm this sounds like an interesting installment of your Manga...I'm intrigued!

  8. So sorry to hear that. It's scary and had that experience too. *shivers* I hope everything gets all sorted out.

    I think that was a nice wrap for Sand Chronicles. ;D

  9. wow! that's crazy & i'm so sorry you have experienced that! go ahead and enjoy that new iphone if it takes away some sense of the loss =)

  10. Damn. I'm so sorry. What gives people the right to think they can just take something they didn't pay for, didn't work for? Don't feel bad about the rant; you have a right to be completely pissed off.

  11. Darn.. I hope they catch him soon and you get your stuff back. Thats a lot of stuff you lost :( and now the task of getting new documents. Bad!!!

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