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Children of the Sea, Volume 1 (Children of the Sea / 海獣の子供 #1)

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  1,365 Ratings  ·  145 Reviews
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 a ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published July 21st 2009 by VIZ Media LLC (first published July 30th 2007)
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Jan Philipzig
Jul 31, 2015 Jan Philipzig rated it liked it
Reading this book felt a lot like staring at aquatic life, even though there are not really all that many underwater scenes. Things appeared to be dancing to the beat of a different drum, so to speak - I did not quite get the story’s rhythm, characters, and meanings. “Maybe whales are able to put the sights and emotions they’ve experienced into a form that can be shared by everyone,” one of the characters speculates after listening to a whale song. Maybe. And maybe, one is tempted to add, this b ...more
Seth T.
Nov 22, 2011 Seth T. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
El Morro: Where I Grew Up
[This is where I grew up.]

When I was in second grade, my class took a weekend trip to Catalina Island off the coast of Southern California. It was Spring 1982 and we stayed at a marine institute. I had always been familiar with the island as a distant portion of our smog-soaked skyline,[1] but this would be different. We had spent the better part of our Spring trimester studying the marine life local to Southern California. We were going out to it in a way that our own tide pools rendered imposs
David Schaafsma
Jun 27, 2013 David Schaafsma rated it really liked it
Shelves: nature, manga
A fantasy for younger people about sea conservation and mystery. A girl meets two children who have been raised IN the sea, and they deal together with the issue of disappearing fish and other sea creatures… Mystical/spiritual tone. The central focus for me of the series thus far is the high detailed art, to in part help us gain an understanding and appreciation of the sea. It's really lovely. I'll read more.
the gift
possibly the most beautiful art i have seen in graphic work. in extensive depiction of the seas, the waves, the surf, the rain, the typhoon, the vast cloudless sky, the turbulent stormy sky, this is radically other than graphics set in urban worlds. there is some plot in flashbacks, some testimonies of varied ocean mysteries, some marine sciences, but philosophical insistence we humans know only a fraction of all reality...

there are beautiful images of the aquatic depths, of shadowed fish, of hu
Nov 25, 2011 James rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Very Few
Shelves: manga, seinen, drama, reviewed
So, with Borders going out of buisness, I visited on the day when 80% of the store was empty and everything was 90% off. I essentially cleared off their manga bookcase which wenty from FIVE HUGE THINGS, to three small bookshelves that could fit in my room. And even those weren't filled, all of them probably could've fit on one. But enough of that, I basically took all the manga they had left figuring I could've selled the ones I didn't like, but one really caught my eye: Children of the Sea. It ...more
Dov Zeller
Mar 22, 2015 Dov Zeller rated it really liked it
I've read the first three (they only have 1 to 4 at my library! Zoiks.) I would say I'm between a 3 and a 4 for all of them in terms of ratings. The art is great and the story interesting but a little loosely tied together and all over the place. The characters are complex and intriguing. Curious to see where it's heading.
Raquel Laforet
Oct 19, 2016 Raquel Laforet rated it it was amazing
Me alegra comprobar que va a ser una historia larga, al principio no tenía ni idea de si lo sería o serían historias cortas, pero no, es larga y creo que ocupará sobradamente los cinco tomos (y gordos) que componen la obra.

Es una historia lenta, que va dejando caer los detalles de la trama con cuentagotas. De hecho, los primeros capítulos son presentación de personajes (y qué personajes) y poco más. En general todo es precioso, tiene varias dobles páginas que son de impresión (y de póster y de l
Jan 28, 2015 Atti rated it liked it
I liked it bu tit was hard to understand and I didn't get the ending at all.
Dec 28, 2016 Alendi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me encantan el dibujo y las historias de Igarashi. Tengo ganas de ver cómo evoluciona ésta ^^
Dec 29, 2012 Jolee rated it it was amazing
This book is absolutely beautiful - the visuals and the plot itself. Since it has some spiritual elements in the story, readers who dislike legends, myths or native spiritualities may not enjoy it as much.

It's difficult to fully grasp the meaning of the story and characters, because it holds so many spiritual and religious concepts. (At least, it was for me.) It's very sophisticated and had to reread the series to fully understand it. I also did some brief research on religions in the Pacific ar
Jan 09, 2013 Sesana rated it really liked it
Shelves: animals, fantasy, comics
What an unusual book. I'm most closely reminded of Saturn Apartments, not for the content but for the same slow and easy style of unfolding the story. Our viewpoint character here, Ruka, seems like a fairly typical troubled teenager. Things only get odd when she meets a boy named Umi, and discovers that he and his brother, Sora, were raised by dugongs. Manatees, yes. Something big is happening, but that's off to the side. Mainly, it's about the three teenagers, especially Ruka. I'm looking forwa ...more
Mar 13, 2011 Brittany rated it it was amazing
This manga intrigued me a couple of times on various shelves at various bookstores until I went to the library, found that they had it, and checked it out. The artwork is just stunning. A beautiful mix of sketchy and refined. Every drawing is done with care. With many manga...when a panel is not as important an artist will put less care into it - fewer lines, less definition, but with this manga Daisuke Igarashi puts his all into every panel. The artwork alone is worth reading this manga, but th ...more
Jan 03, 2011 Sakura rated it really liked it
This is one of those fine examples of a manga series where not only is the artwork beautiful, but the presentation of the manga volumes themselves are nice looking and are of a slightly higher quality than most manga. It should be no surprise that such a series is treated this way since this has been one of the more unique manga that I've read within the past year or so.

The synopsis kinda doesn't do this series any justice. You kinda have to pick it up and read for yourself. It's definitely a my
Nov 01, 2016 Kurai rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Aunque no debería juzgar la obra hasta leer todos los tomos, tengo que decir que el primer volumen de "Los Niños del Mar" es una maravilla. Sienta las bases de una trama que se vislumbra compleja, impregnada por las leyendas marinas y el folclore japonés, provocando que el lector desee devorar el tomo dos inmediatamente. Esperemos que el nivel se mantenga conforme avancen los tomos.

Por ahora, hambre de más, de aventuras de verano, de niños misteriosos que viven con las criaturas del mar, y de l
Megan M
Aug 06, 2012 Megan M rated it liked it
Gorgeous and unique, but not really my style. Children of the Sea tells the story of Ruka, a young girl who is fascinated by two boys (Umi and Sora), who were raised by dugongs and feel a deep connection to the sea. The story develops very slowly - too slowly for me - but the concept is intriguing and I can see why this is such a highly rated series. I am so very glad that Viz is bringing manga like Children of the Sea to the States, though, because this is a beautiful volume that proves that co ...more
Rob Boley
Feb 26, 2015 Rob Boley rated it it was amazing
Children of the Sea is a beautiful example of how words and pictures can conspire together to brilliantly impact the reader. This is the start of a charming story that's poignant, surreal, and inspiring. The main character is a young girl named Ruka who has a special connection with the sea. She explores this connection in the context of a much larger mystery--the worldwide disappearance of several fish from across the globe. I'm excited to see where this epic story goes...
Aug 26, 2014 Terri rated it really liked it
Stunningly beautiful artwork and a sweet, intriguing mystery about three children - two raised by dugongs (a kind of fish) and one raised on the land as they investigate the disappearance of many fish throughout the oceans. The story has the quality of myth, grounded by Ruka, the more "normal" child as she also handles her daily life, her divorced parents, and her own coming of age.
Oct 31, 2015 Jenny rated it really liked it
I want to be a child of the sea. Beautiful art, I recommend this to all you ocean minded folk out there, the water scenes were enchanting! The story was a little tough, I didn't totally get it but I would like to read more.
Tara Schaafsma
Jan 06, 2015 Tara Schaafsma rated it liked it
Weird. But I do want to read the next ones in the series. It is kind of intriguing. 2 kids raised in the sea, and there are mystical things, and science things, and I'm interested in how it'll come together.
Candice M (tinylibrarian)
Aug 09, 2009 Candice M (tinylibrarian) rated it really liked it
Shelves: ggn10, manga
Interesting to read after watching "Avatar" in 3D - similar themes of interconnectedness with nature, aliens, and "seeing" things.
Nov 26, 2009 Cait rated it really liked it
Recommended to Cait by: Melinda Beasi
Absolutely gorgeous art, and I'm definitely intrigued by the story and the characters.
May 13, 2010 Nnedi rated it it was amazing
loved this! id never heard of it. i just happened to pick it up at the library. the art is excellent and the plot is highly compelling. im going to go look for the next volume right now.
Apr 24, 2011 Caroline rated it liked it
Really beautiful art, but the story didn't grab be. I probably won't read anymore unless someone convinces me.
Feb 10, 2017 Sarah rated it really liked it
there's something magical and rather "ghiblish" about this

'Maybe seeing something will change our own channels. You could see different things than before, feel things differently..'
Feb 03, 2017 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Le manga poussé à son paroxysme !

Doté d'une beauté et d'une richesse graphiques à couper le souffle, Les Enfants de la mer nous entraîne dans le monde magique et métaphysique des origines de la vie. Voici le récit initiatique d'une jeune femme en quête de sens, qui ravive en nous ces mêmes questions existencielles : Que suis-je ? Où commence et où finit la vie ? Quelle est ma place dans cet univers et sur la planète Terre ?

Osez faire le premier pas dans cette fable contemporaine où pensée carté
Nicola Mansfield
Nov 28, 2009 Nicola Mansfield rated it it was amazing
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 ar ...more
Sep 14, 2011 Kaion rated it liked it
Children of the Sea, Volumes 1-3
Absolutely gorgeous: if you're into marine biology at all, feel at home at the aquarium, or even just like watching underwater Nature episodes, you have to pick up Children of the Sea for Daisuke Igarashi's poetic renderings of underwater sealife (and VIZ Signature includes spectacular color pages with magnificent watercolor work). His art balances between realistic enough to illustrate the ocean and the creatures within in with fidelity (and his true interest and
Heather Shaw
Jun 29, 2009 Heather Shaw rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
A star in Japan, Daisuke makes his English language debut with volume one of Children of the Sea. The story revolves around Ruka, a girl whose summer vacation is dashed when she’s kicked off the handball team for excessive and repeated violence. Footloose, she finds herself drawn to the aquarium where her father works—and where she once saw a ghost. But Umi is not a ghost; he’s a kind of Mowgli of the sea, and in fact was raised by dungos, a manatee-like creature. How much cooler than wolves is ...more
Mary Beth
Jul 31, 2010 Mary Beth rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic
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Shazza Maddog
Aug 31, 2012 Shazza Maddog rated it really liked it
The story starts out on the water, with a boy and an older woman on a sailboat. The woman starts to tell the boy a story, which may be told as flashbacks, it's unclear.

The story is about Ruka, a girl whose parents are divorced. Her father works at an aquarium on the Tokyo Bay, and shares custody with Ruka's mother. Ruka is known as being hot-headed, and her temper gets her kicked off the handball team. While she is 'running away', she winds up at the bay, where she sees a boy swimming out in th
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Daisuke Igarashi (五十嵐大介 Igarashi Daisuke) is a critically acclaimed manga artist. He began his professional career in 1993. Igarashi is known among manga fans for his bold, detailed art style and innovative storytelling.

While he is not a major commercial force in Japan, Igarashi is well respected in critical circles. His manga Witches received an Excellence Prize at the 2004 Japan Media Arts Fest
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Other Books in the Series

Children of the Sea / 海獣の子供 (5 books)
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