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Sand Chronicles, Vol. 1 (Sunadokei #1)

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  3,992 Ratings  ·  122 Reviews
After her parents get divorced, Ann Uekusa and her mother move from Tokyo to rural Shimane. Accustomed to the anonymity of city living, Ann can't get used to the almost overbearing kindness of the people in her mother's hometown. But when personal tragedy strikes, Ann discovers how much she needs that kindness.
Paperback, 200 pages
Published January 1st 2008 by VIZ Media LLC (first published January 1st 2003)
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Jan 04, 2013 Sesana rated it liked it
Sand Chronicles took me surprise. I was expecting a sweet, light, maybe even shallow romance. And it wasn't. Oh, the romance itself is sweet enough. This is not instalove, thank goodness. It's a first romance that grows over time between friends. There's also surprising depth to Ann's personal life, with a mother struggling with (undiagnosed in the book, but really quite obvious) depression and Ann building a second family of friends. There's a lot to identify with here, and the characters are r ...more
This manga has such a nostalgic feel to it...

The title, "Sand Chronicles" refers to the sand in an hourglass and how you can't go back in time. An interesting concept.

Most of the time I have a tendency to complain about shoujo manga because most that are "realistic fiction" fall in a handful of categories (sport with romance, high school romance, "which guy should I choose?", etc.). This one is different, or at least from what I can tell from Volume 1. This one is down right depressing at times.
Saif Al-Taee
Aug 08, 2009 Saif Al-Taee rated it it was amazing
An Emotional Roller coaster!

This manga series is upon one of the best that have ever been drawn. The story is so realistic to the point where you wonder if whats going on is going to happen to you. This is a story about a girl who falls in love with a boy, then the boy falls in love and then they think they will fall in love forever but..... *SPOILERS*

All I have to say is that this manga has LOVE, BETRAYAL, ADULT-STUFF, and DRAMATIC DRAMA!!

and I am not surprised that the author has won the 50th
Alison (AlisonCanRead)
Jul 02, 2011 Alison (AlisonCanRead) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
I've read a string of manga series lately that focus on the embarrassing, silly, humorous side of love. Unfortunately, most of the attempts at being funny come off as stupid to me. Perhaps it's a problem with translation or perhaps it's just that I don't appreciate the series' sense of humor. Either way, Sand Chronicles is a welcome change from the stupid funny manga I've read recently.

The first volume of Sand Chronicles starts when Ann is 12 years old and moves with her mother from Tokyo to the
Sophia F
Jun 13, 2014 Sophia F rated it it was amazing
As an avid manga reader, I found this story quite impressive, even though it can be considered as a realistic fiction story. The cute touch in the beginning when Ann (the MC) meets Daigo, (her boyfriend, also another MC) really brought the beginning together. The way the romance slowly builds up, and complications, (in other words Ayumi Narasaki) get in the way really keeps the story interesting, and also allows readers to really connect with the characters.
Although the storyline is great, the o
Aug 10, 2009 Starbubbles rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
i would probably describe this series as melancholy. no, it's not dark, but it most certainly has depressed overtones that can't be ignored, even in the lighter moments. though this book allows you to enjoy the "happy" moments and chuckle a little bit.

the artwork kind of reminds me of kare first love. you know, soft, mushy lines, not heavy in details, seems to be bright. though in kare first love, they all look a little fat to me, and in sand chronicles, you can tell that everyone is skinny.

Mile Aguayo
es el primer manga que leo asi completo,completo y bueno, me ha encantado! espero seguir con los siguientes :)
Apr 28, 2008 owl rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga-manhwa
so romantic
Marialena I.
Oct 23, 2016 Marialena I. rated it liked it
Shelves: manga
A really heartwarming first volume of a drama series that introduces Ann, a 12 year old girl who after her parents' divorce, she moves from Tokyo, to her mother's countryside village. This change is not only difficult for Ann but also for her mother Miwako as she always wanted to get away from this place and live happily in Tokyo. In this volume we see how mother and daughter adapt to this change of environment and their daily lives.
Jun 01, 2017 michaela rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
This was super cute and fast to read!!
Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
Good start to the series. Already want to read the next one.
Mar 12, 2017 Elaine rated it it was amazing
I'm going to love this series!
Theresa ♫
Jan 12, 2013 Theresa ♫ rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Someone who needs a little emotional manga to read
I can't choose between 3 or 4 stars, so I'm just going to put 3.5.
But 3.5 kind of rounds up to 4.......
And I'd rather give this story a 3...
But it really deserves a 4!




Well no, it's not a completely sad story. There are a bits of cute comedy in there that made me giggle from time to time and such, but THIS STORY WAS WAY SADDER THAN I WAS EXPECTING!

I read it all in one sitting. When I was done, I just shut the book...and sat there...feeling kind of depressed.
Well no
Amanda Setasha Hall
Mar 06, 2017 Amanda Setasha Hall rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga, 2017, 1st-in-series
It's pretty cute and hugely relatable in a lot of ways. I didn't think I would enjoy it because I'm more into fantasy type stories, but this one was pretty good.
Jul 13, 2013 Mari rated it it was amazing
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Sand Chronicles is a beautifully illustrated Manga exploring the life of Ann Uekusa, from the ripe young age of 12 to adulthood. After a bad divorce, Ann and her mother are forced to return to the small town of Shimane. On their way, they stop by Nima Sand Museum which houses the one year hourglass. Ann becomes enchanted by its magnificence and even gets a small hourglass from the souvenir shop. It becomes her most prized possession, especially as
Nov 23, 2015 Katie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga, completed
see full review @ Katie's Corner

Right now, as I’m writing this review it’s the end of December, though I’m sure it will go live either in February or in March. I started reading it back in November during my midterms and because there are only 7 volumes uploaded on mangafox (it’s licensed right now so go to, I had to wait until Christmas to get the remaining 3. However, the main story ends at vol.8 and the last 2 volumes are bonus stories.

I remember I was quite reluctant to start t
Dec 24, 2009 Ruth rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
Ripped from the city by the divorce of her parents, Uekusa Ann finds herself learning to deal with the challenges that the country, small town gossip, and family travails can bring regardless of your age or background.

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Ashihara presents a well-balanced first volume to this 10 volume series. The momentary looking back scene to start the series paints everything with a very melancholic nostalgia. From the beginning, you know things are not going to go well down the road. It's not as sub
When I began reading manga (which was only two months ago), I never expected to read something that was truly touching. I thought it would all be fun and cute. This series changes my mind completely about the type of manga I like. Sure, I enjoy reading funny manga like Special A or cute manga like Fruits Basket, but I enjoy reading manga with a realistic story line and deeper meaning much more. It’s just better that way. That’s what this series was for me and I can only hope I’ll find more like ...more
Feb 12, 2015 Lesangdeslivres rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lus

La couverture est très colorée et donne envie de nous plonger dans l’histoire.

Dès le début, nous sommes entièrement emportés dans ce manga. La première partie est consacrée aux personnages. Nous apprenons à les connaître et à connaître leur passé qui, en grande majorité, est assez bouleversant. Nous sommes très attristés pour notre personnage principal et nous espérons que sa vie sera moins tourmentée.
Par la suite, nous commençons à la voir dans sa vie de
Caronte Soultaker
Mar 05, 2016 Caronte Soultaker rated it liked it
Shelves: caronte
Esta historia me causó mucha curiosidad porque, con el nombre solamente, ya sospechaba que tenía algo que ver con un reloj de arena. No hablaré mucho al respecto para que se mueran de curiosidad y lo lean por su propia cuenta. Sólo diré que ese es el comienzo de todo, ese reloj.
Así que nos topamos con una historia por demás humana y tranquila. Como en 5 centímetros por segundo, no hay magia irreal, ni dragones ni fuegos artificiales... excepto por los que puede provocar la pólvora en un 4 de ju
Michelle Lombardi
Feb 16, 2009 Michelle Lombardi rated it it was ok
Sand Chronicles v. 1 is a manga-style graphic novel about a girl named Ann Uekusa. The book tells Ann's story after she and her mother move to the rural town of Shimane to live with Ann's grandmother. Since she grew up in Tokyo, Ann is uncomfortable with the familiarity of her new small town and the sometimes overbearing presence of her grandmother. However, she quickly makes friends and discovers that they become valuable resources when she most needs them.

This book addresses a few issues that
Dec 30, 2013 Christina rated it really liked it
Ann Uekusa's mother and father has just gotten their divorce finalized, and because they've now lost everything but each other, Ann's mother decides to move from Tokyo back to the country-side (Shimane) to live with her mother and father, at least for a while. But being born and raised twelve years in the bustling city of Tokyo, Ann is having a hard time fitting in. Eventually, Ann makes friends with the neighborhood boy Daigo, and the two richest siblings in the town. Then, when tragedy strikes ...more
May 04, 2009 Emily rated it liked it
Shelves: kent-ya-class, manga

This is the first manga I have read and I had a tough time. It took me a few tries to read the panels in the correct order, so I was confused about the storyline at first. Once I read them in the correct order, it began to make more sense. This is volume one of what I believe is a 10 volume series. This introduces Ann, Daigo, Fuji, and Shika, who soon become friends. Ann moves to a rural town with her mom after her parents’ divorce. Soon after arriving, a tragedy occurs and Ann’s mother d
Michelle Kovacs
Aug 10, 2011 Michelle Kovacs rated it it was ok
Manga choice

This was my first manga book, so a much different reading experience than I have had with any other read. This book is about a 12-year old girl, Ann, who has to move from city-life in Tokyo after her parents divorce to the small town where her mother grew up. Both Ann and her mother began living with Ann's grandmother. Ann struggles to learn how to 'make it' in a new place with making new friends, etc. She meets Daigo, Fuji and Shika, who become her group of friends, but it is with
Sep 27, 2012 Yue rated it liked it
This manga is categorized as shoujo, but it focuses on many more adult themes, like divorce, depression, suicide, infidelity.

It is a nice slice of life, with funny and sweet moments, and other more obscure. Ann moves out with her mother to a little town where her grandma lives. She meets Daigo, and other people of around her age and makes new friends. That is basically the plot. After Ann goes thru a traumatic experience, she has the support of her new friends. She also goes thru a physical prob
Sarah BT
Dec 30, 2009 Sarah BT rated it it was amazing
This summer, I've had a teen volunteer who every day brings me a new manga to read. I've read some series-at least a couple of volumes, those long series are too hard for me to keep track of-but for Sand Chronicles I'll make the effort to know when the newest release is out.

Sand Chronicles may sound like a simple story of friendship and first love, but there is so much emotion and depth packed into each volume. You get to know each character and you really learn to care deeply for each one.

I l
Nina {ᴡᴏʀᴅs ᴀɴᴅ ᴡᴀᴛᴇʀ}
I think from the start, you already know this will be a sad, heavy manga. And I have to say, a strong voice is always welcome. Sometimes I think what happens is very stupid like when An eventually starts dating Fuji, but at the same time, all the events that led up to that had been very realistic. I very much like An's character, her creation and her voice. Her story so far is very strong and even if you're not in for a heavy manga, if you start reading it, you might just get sucked in (well giv ...more
Aug 31, 2013 Mike rated it it was ok
Recommended to Mike by: Josei and Seinen Readers
Twelve year old Ann and her mother move back to her mother's home town in the countryside after Ann's parents divorce. Used to the city, the transition will be tough for Ann. And things will not get easier from there...

Sand Chronicles is odd for me. It's another story that I feel like I should have liked, but didn't really. The art is solid, the premise strong and the pace appropriate. The characters feel authentic and the problems they face plausible and real. I even loved the idea of the hourg
Reader17 Der
Oct 12, 2008 Reader17 Der rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga-read
I loved this series. It was sad but sweet, and funny. But it is driving me nuts. When a story starts out in the future and then goes to flashback, and you really do not know who is involved in the future. It starts out with Ann packing up to go and get married and move away (it doesn’t say who she is going to marry). In one of the boxes is an old hourglass that brings back memories of when she was a child and her mother gave her the hourglass. Then she moved to a small town and met Daigo (who I ...more
Sarah Maddaford
The book definitely sets the hook for the next book with the triangle of Ann, Daigo and Fuji. I have to say that Ann's complete lack of comprehension of Fuji's feelings is a bit over the top. Of course, her efforts to keep Daigo's attention in spite of the other girl are a bit silly too. It does all keep with a group of 14 year olds and their emotional range. There isn't any language. There is a scene where someone's mom is found in bed (naked) with a man who isn't her husband. Someone commits s ...more
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Debut with "Sono Hanashi okotowari shimasu" in 1994 on Bessatsu Shoujo Comics.

Shoujo(17) Romance(14) Drama(11) School Life(6) Slice of Life(5) Sports(2) Comedy(2) Historical(1) Mystery(1) Mature(1) Gender Bender(1)

Japanese name: 芦原 妃名子
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