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

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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 a ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published July 21st 2009 by VIZ Media LLC (first published July 30th 2007)
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Seth T.
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
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
the gift
possibly the most beautiful art seen in graphic work. 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, philosophical insistence we humans know only a fraction of all reality...

there are beautiful images of the aquatic depths, shadowed fish, humans, all the varied
David Schaafsma
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.
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.
I liked it bu tit was hard to understand and I didn't get the ending at all.
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
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
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
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
Jan 19, 2012 James rated it 1 of 5 stars
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
Rob Boley
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...
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.
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.
Megan Sanchez
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
The drawings are incredible, I actually picked up the volume for the art but art doesn't make a story.

The setup is so long and drawn out. If you want a fast read this isn't for you and it felt like an environmentalist's story. I liked the two boys (Umi and Sora) raised by dugongs. I am as fascinated by them as Ruka. The scene where Ruka and Umi are in the rain and she felt like he was swimming beside her was fascinating.

The story got good when we got to talk to Sora more, the older brother and w
Tara Schaafsma
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.
Venus Maneater
The only reason I read this, is because Goodreads kept shoving it in my face when I looked for recommendations, and the book was for sale.

No regrets whatsoever. The drawings are beautiful, insanely detailed and the animals are so very lifelike.

The story is slow, but in a good way. It flows slowly like water pulled from the beach, revealing more and more as time goes by. Every page is beautiful. The manga is filled with people of different races and different ages, all drawn perfectly.

The kids a
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.
Lots of people have complained about nothing really happening in this first volume, but sometimes I really kind of love stories that move slowly and take time to unfold. Already in this one there are several really intriguing characters, an interesting mystery, lots of sea life, the ocean, and a really dreamy kind of fantasy that all have me hooked. And the art! It's really gorgeous. We only have the first two volumes at the library, but if I can't convince the selectors to order the last three ...more
Candice M (tinylibrarian)
Interesting to read after watching "Avatar" in 3D - similar themes of interconnectedness with nature, aliens, and "seeing" things.
Really beautiful art, but the story didn't grab be. I probably won't read anymore unless someone convinces me.
Dec 06, 2009 Cait rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Cait by: Melinda Beasi
Absolutely gorgeous art, and I'm definitely intrigued by the story and the characters.
Nicola Mansfield
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
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
Mary Beth
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Heather Shaw
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
Brittany Sanford
Beautiful artwork.
Slow intro.
Interesting story.

As I read this graphic novel (my first), I realized that I am not a graphic novel person. Perhaps, if I had started reading graphic novels and manga earlier in my life the process might be more enjoyable.

I can appreciated the art and the story of "Children of the Sea" although I could not enjoy it the way it should be enjoyed and savored. As I was reading the book backwards, and reading the panels right to left, I'm sure that more than once I read t
Shazza Maddog
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
The series as a whole is good. The story is interesting, deep and thought provoking, and weaves a fascinating tale about the origin of life, death and everything in between. I did not particularly like the main cast. They receive a bit of development, but are mostly there as vehicles for the story. Maybe Ruka, her mom, Anglade and Dehdeh could be considered the best of the bunch. The pacing is kind slow, but not in a bad way. I definitely was actively finding time to read it, but it is no page t ...more
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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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Children of the Sea / 海獣の子供 (5 books)
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