Sand Chronicles Vol. #09 -

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  • Art Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Text/Translation Rating: A-
  • Age Rating: 16 and Up
  • Released By: Viz Media
  • MSRP: 9.99
  • Pages: 200
  • ISBN: 9781421528076
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Sand Chronicles

Sand Chronicles Vol. #09

Sand Chronicles Vol. #09 Manga Review

By Sakura Eries     September 28, 2010
Release Date: September 07, 2010

Sand Chronicles Vol. #09
© Viz Media

The teenage years of the mothers of Ann, Daigo, Fuji, and Shika!

Creative Staff
Writer/Artist: Hinako AShihara

What They Say
What were our parents like at our age? We'll never really know... But now you can get a glimpse into the teenage years of the mothers of Ann, Daigo, Fuji and Shika. How was their destiny shaped? Plus, Ann's little sister visits Shika - and Ann's ex-fiance! - in New York City.

The Review!

This volume of Sand Chronicles contains three stand-alone stories. The first is an extended (102 page) look into Ann's village 30 years ago. Although the story is told from the perspective of Hiroko, Daigo's mother, it centers on Miwako Uekusa, who, despite all efforts to be accepted, was continually the object of unfounded rumors. The story almost feels as if it should have been subtitled "How Village Gossip Destroyed Miwako Uekusa." Mrs. Tsukishima also makes an appearance. It's very brief, almost like an afterthought, but you get a clear picture of the person she was and how she contrasted with Miwako and Hiroko.
The next story focuses on Sakura-san, Ann's ex-fiancé, who's a scowling grouch throughout. The plot is somewhat weak; the conditions under which Ann's sister Chi finds Sakura are hard to swallow, and America's stereotypically depicted as a "dangerous" place. However, you do get to see Sakura air out a lot of his personal issues.
The final story is a bonus piece about Fuji and Christmas that was supposed to run between volumes 5 and 6. It's short, but if you're a Fuji fan, you'll find it cute.
In summary:
A glimpse of Miwako Uekusa's past through the eyes of Daigo's mother; a random encounter between Ann's little sister and Ann's ex-fiancé in New York City; and a Fuji-centric Christmas short. This installment is essentially a volume of bonus material that doesn’t add to the central plot of Sand Chronicles but does flesh out a number of secondary characters, which may be intriguing for fans.




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