Synopses & 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 aware of what the children are experiencing as they get caught up in the mystery of the worldwide disappearance of the oceans' fish.
"As a young girl, Ruka sees a fish turn into light and disappear at the aquarium where her father works, but no one believes her. Years later, the mystery of the ghost of the sea unfolds before Ruka and a pair of mysterious young boys, Umi and Sora. Both boys were raised in the ocean by dugongs and can hear the same strange calls from the sea that Ruka does. After being suspended from her handball team, Ruka becomes caught up in the boys' world, which seems to ease her feelings of loneliness. This gentle tale of oceanic adventure reveals itself slowly, building upon the inherent mystery of the sea, as the kids become involved in the worldwide mystery of disappearing fish. Igarashi creates characters that are interesting on multiple levels and relatable for both young and adult readers. The art style is simplistic and almost delicate, but it's fitting for the overall feel of the story. Igarashi is an award-winning mangaka whose work is much in the mood of Miyazaki, and this nature-centered tale shows why. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
When Ruka was younger, she saw a ghost in the water at the aquarium where her dad works. Now she's drawn to the aquarium and the two mysterious boys she meets there. Soon, all three children become caught up in the mystery of the worldwide disappearance of the oceans' fish. Inspired by Japanese folklore, this volume begins a new series.
About the Author
Daisuke Igarashi is an award winning manga creator who begin his career in 1993. His series Witches received the Excellence Prize at the 2004 Japan Media Arts Festival and Little Forest was nominated for the 2005 Ozamu Tezuka Cultural Award. He is currently working on Children of the Sea for Ikki magazine.