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Characters: Sand Chronicles

The characters of the manga Sand Chronicles:

Ann Uekusa/Minase

The main protagonist. Ann moves with her mother, following her parents' divorce, to the country town of Shimane. When her mother commits suicide, Ann is left in a deep depression and is only lifted from it by Daigo's kindness. Daigo is Ann's first friend, first love, and first boyfriend.

  • A-Cup Angst: Mostly when Ayumu makes fun of hers and brags about her own chest.
  • Betty: To Ayumu and Shika's Veronica.
  • Broken Bird: Goes through a lot - her parents' divorce, mother's suicide, moving back to Tokyo with her dad and consequentially affecting her relationships with her friends and Daigo back in Shimane is just the tip of the iceberg.
  • Cool Big Sis: Is one to younger half-sister Chii, though not much emphasis on the cool. She constantly looks after her as a baby/toddler while her mum Kaede and their dad go to work, and treats her well enough when older, even taking her to see the Sand Museum, much like how her mum took her when younger.
  • Disappeared Dad: Until he returns to take Ann back with him to Tokyo.
  • First Kiss: With Daigo on the bus ride home from a field trip.
  • Generation Xerox: Takes after her mum and is commented a lot about it. She looks practically identical to her mum when she was her age. It's also what stresses Ann out, worrying that she might become a Broken Bird like her mum.
  • Na´ve Everygirl: Somewhat. She's a little na´ve, ignorant and especially insecure, and gets picked on by love rival Ayumu; but she's also very cautious of her surroundings and actions.
  • Na´ve Newcomer: When moving to Shimane from Tokyo, and finds it hard to adjust to the close-knit carefree lifestyle in the countryside.
  • Official Couple: Ann and Daigo. Go back to this after their break-up too.
  • Plucky Girl: She's not perfect and goes through much hell, but it won't stop her from trying to be optimistic and moving on with her life.
  • The Rival: Ayumu, who's in Daigo's judo club and would rather have him for herself.
  • Second Love: Fuji becomes one to her post-Daigo-break up.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Girly Girl to Ayumu's Tomboy.
  • Victorious Childhood Friend: Daigo, though it gets zig-zagged.

Daigo Kitamura

Ann's first friend in Shimane and becomes her first love and boyfriend.

Fuji Tsukishima

The son of the wealthy Tsukishima family and Shika's older brother. He develops feelings for Ann, who is initially oblivious towards it. He gets accepted at a high school in Tokyo, which is nearby where Ann attends her new high school at. Because of this close proximity, Fuji regains hope that he will be able to win Ann's affections, despite the fact that she is seeing Daigo.

Shika Tsukishima

Fuji's younger sister and Ann's best friend.

  • The Atoner: After causing much trouble with her two friends and brother, she sincerely apologises via a letter to Ann and convinces her mum to let her study in Canada to sort herself out. They return to being on good terms when they reunite.
  • Broken Bird: When she finds out that she is the illegitimate child of the family, not Fuji. She gets better.
  • Cool Big Sis: Becomes this to Chii, Ann's younger half-sister, especially when she takes her to America.
  • Disappeared Dad: Shika is the illegitimate child of the family, as a result of an affair between her mother and a young man. The illegitimate child was rumored to be Fuji, but when Shika secretly learns that it is her, she becomes a Broken Bird.
  • Hime Cut
  • Hopeless Suitor: Towards Daigo.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Daigo's friends are initially wary of her because she seems like a spoiled princess to them. It gets better when Daigo helps her out and she proves how hardworking and nice she really is.
  • The Ojou: She's a young daughter of a wealthy family, and is treated like so by many people.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Fuji and Shika.
  • Spoiled Sweet: Treated highly by her servants and parents, but she's still a good kid who also wants to help out and be good friends with everyone especially Ann.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Girly Girl to Ann's Tomboy.
  • Unlucky Childhood Friend: To Daigo.
  • Veronica: To Ann's Betty.

Misayo Uekusa

Ann's maternal grandmother. Ann and her mother Miwako return to her and her husband after the divorce, and she raises Ann herself after Miwako commits suicide. She's quite stern but dearly loves her granddaughter, as well as her daughter who leaves her devastated after her death.

  • Cool Old Lady: She's stern and sometimes irritates Ann but she's greatly admired by others especially Ann for being strong-willed and wise.
  • Parental Substitute: Towards Ann, especially after Miwako commits suicide and she has to take care of Ann herself.

Masahiro Minase

Ann's father, who lives in Tokyo. He eventually persuades Ann to come live with him. Ann shows some resentment towards him for being the cause of his divorce and seemingly not visiting Shimane to pay his respect to Miwako, however she comes to realize his good intentions and loves him dearly.

  • Bumbling Dad: He's hardworking but a bit of a scatterbrain and very poor at housework and cooking, as Ann discovers the hard way when she stays the night at his new apartment.
    Ann: *stares at the apartment full of trashbags* The House of Trash... I think I saw this on TV once.
    Masahiro: You don't understand! I just forgot to take out the trash last week! And the week before. And a week before that...
  • Disappeared Dad: Until he returns to take Ann back with him to Tokyo.

Kaede Kuroki

A doctor and old friend of Ann's dad Masahiro. She's the one who tries to convince Ann to come back to Tokyo for her dad's sake. She becomes a role model for Ann, especially for love advice. She's revealed to had been in love with Masahiro since high school, and the two finally marry after starting a relationship and becoming pregnant. Their child is a girl called Chii.

  • Lethal Chef: Discovered when Ann freaks out upon seeing smoke coming out of her apartment, only to see that Kaede had come in and was burning the meat she was trying to cook. As a result, she often brings food to the Minase's so Ann can cook for her instead. She doesn't seem to have improved much in later years when she becomes a mother, as Chii comments that she tries to cook for her despite not being any good.
  • Parental Substitute: Becomes a role model for Ann after she returns to Tokyo. Even moreso after she becomes her step-mother.

Ayumu Narasaki

A girl who has unrequited feelings for Daigo. During a school field trip, Ayumu tries to separate Ann from Daigo by hiding Ann's precious keepsake, a sand hourglass that was given to her by Daigo, but gets yelled at by Daigo when Ann gets lost in the mountains. After returning to Shimane, Ayumu is determined to win Daigo's affections.

Chii Minase

A young girl who is the daughter of Masahiro and Kaede, and thus Ann's half-sister.

  • Early-Bird Cameo: She appears at the very beginning, before the How We Got Here flashbach hits off. Chances are the reader has forgotten about her by the time she's properly introduced.
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