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Manga: Sand Chronicles

Sand Chronicles, or Sunadokei, is about the story of Ann Uekusa from her adolescence to adulthood and of the friendships, relationships, and conflicts she encounters along the way.

When twelve year old Ann Uekusa moves from Tokyo to a rural country town named Shimane with her mother following her parents' divorce, Ann has trouble adjusting to her new home and life until she meets and befriends a boy named Daigo Kitamura, and two rich siblings named Fuji and Shika Tsukishima. Ann's happiness is brief, however, when her mother commits suicide, leaving Ann with an eternal emotional scar. That is when Daigo promises to always be with her, and the two slowly begin a slowly but surely blossoming romance that has many obstacles along the way...

Mangaka: Hinako Ashihara.

Has a Character Sheet.

The manga provides the following examples:

  • Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder: Somewhat. The long distance strains Ann and Daigo's relationship as they find it harder to communicate and it allows others such as Fuji and Shika to fall in love with them and attempt to take them for themselves. However neither hugely impacts their relationship. It's their insecurities and Ann's concern for Daigo's happiness that breaks them up.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Mostly averted with Chii, who is Ann's younger step-sister. There's tiny signs of brattiness that's typical of any young sibling, otherwise she's mostly a good-natured kid who's concerned for her sister's wellbeing.
    • Played straight with Shika to Fuji, who doesn't really treat her that kindly and isn't close to her.
    • The first bonus chapter in volume 10 shows a flashback of a young Daigo thinking his newborn sister will be this and would rather be an only child. He has a change of heart after finally meeting her though. In the present day, his sister seems to avert this as she doesn't really get in his way and even makes a good-luck charm for him during exams, which he does bring while he takes them.
  • Beach Episode: Ann, Fuji and their friends go on a trip there during their school break in Tokyo.
  • Betty and Veronica: Ann (Betty) and Shika or Ayumu (Veronica).
    • Daigo (Betty) and Fuji (Veronica).
  • Broken Bird: Ann, whose mother's suicide causes her to become emotionally unstables at times. This haunts her right to the end, where she gets a You Are Not Alone speech from her grandma after suffering a near-fatal wound from glass.
    • Ann's grandmother briefly becomes this after her daughter's suicide, blaming herself for telling her to get a hold of herself instead of to do her best. Ann snaps her out of it, saying it was her mum's fault for being weak.
    • Also Shika, after she finds out she is the illegitimate child of the family, not Fuji.
  • Chick Magnet: Despite his questionable personality, many girls in both Shimane and Tokyo adore Fuji for his good looks and cool aura.
  • Childhood Friend: Ann has been friends with Daigo, Fuji and Shika since coming to Shimane at age 12. The three have known each other longer (though Daigo and Fuji were never chummy).
  • Early-Bird Cameo: The little girl at the very beginning is Chii, Ann's younger step-sister. Chances are the reader has forgotten about her by the time she's introduced.
  • Disappeared Dad: Ann's father, who divorced Ann's mother because out his debts. He returns early into the story to take Ann back with him to Tokyo.
    • Fuji's and Shika's mother had an affair a number of years ago, and the rumors go that the man is Fuji's biological father, who is revealed to be a sleaze bag and wants nothing to do with Fuji, leaving him sickened that he is related to such a man. It is only later revealed to be Shika's biological father and not Fuji's.
  • First Guy Wins: Daigo for Ann, though it's zig-zagged.
  • Held Back In School: When Fuji comes back to school he has to repeat the year.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Fuji for Ann. Even when they become a couple, Fuji soon realizes that Ann will always love Daigo.
    • Ayumu and Shika for Daigo.
  • How We Got Here: The manga begins with a young girl bugging her older sister who's about to move to America with her fiance and they find the latter's hourglass. That older girl, Ann, then thinks back to how she got that hourglass and its significance to her.
  • I Will Wait for You: Daigo towards Ann after she moves back to Tokyo.
  • Jerk Ass: Sakura, the older man Ann befriends at age 26 and whom she's briefly engaged to. He has a hatred for feminine women who are weak and cry a lot, and is a little manipulative. Ann eventually calls him out for this attitude towards his ex, which leads him to angrily break off the engagement. He becomes a tiny bit better after encountering Chii and Shika in America.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: Daigo wants to be this for Ann.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Fuji and Shika. They're rich which gives others the impression that they're snobby, but they (mostly Shika) really like having friends and being treated like other kids.
  • Love Triangle: Ann, Daigo, and Fuji. Ann, Daigo, and Ayumu. Ann, Daigo, and Shika. Masahiro (Ann's father), Miwako (Ann's mother), and Kaede (Masahiro's old friend and eventual wife).
  • Na´ve Everygirl: Ann, 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: Ann 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, though they fall out of this for a while.
  • The Ojou: Shika, who's the young daughter of a wealthy family, and is treated like so by many people.
  • Parental Substitute: Ann's grandmother (and her grandfather but especially the former), especially after Ann's mother commits suicide and she has to take care of her herself.
    • Also Kaede who becomes a role model for Ann after she returns to Tokyo. She eventually becomes her step-mother.
  • Platonic Life Partners: Ann and Fuji, even after they start and end their relationship. It's slightly awkward afterward but they still care for each other and remain good friends.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Daigo (Red Oni) and Fuji (Blue Oni).
  • The Runaway: Fuji, who wants to sort himself out away from everyone. He's eventually found by Ann, who keeps his secret until he returns to his family.
  • Second Love: Fuji, for Ann.
  • Shotgun Wedding: Somewhat with Ann's dad and Kaede. After finding out she's pregnant, the latter first wants to break off their relationship so the former doesn't have to worry about them, but Ann convinces her he loves her enough to not leave her side, and so they decide to marry before the child is born.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Fuji and Shika.
  • Slice of Life: A dramatic one too.
  • Spoiled Sweet: Shika. Until she becomes a Broken Bird. She gets better after.
  • Their First Time: Ann and Daigo, in an empty shack, shortly after Daigo punches the hell out of Fuji for kissing Ann. At first dealt with via Fade to Black, and confirmed shortly after.
    • Also attempted by Ann and Fuji, except Ann becomes distressed from thinking about Daigo so the two just sleep in the same bed instead.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Ann and Shika. Ayumu and Ann.
  • Troubled, but Cute: Fuji.
  • Unlucky Childhood Friend: Fuji for Ann and Ayumu for Daigo but they get out of it briefly, and Shika for Daigo.
  • Victorious Childhood Friend: Ann and Daigo are zig-zagged with this. They become a couple, then have a falling out but then reconcile... only to break up afterward. After many years apart, they finally get back together.
  • Wicked Stepmother: Averted with Kaede, who eventually marries Ann's father and is one of Ann's role models. It's even Ann who has to convince her that her dad does love her and that they should stay together.

Ouran High School Host ClubCreator/VIZ MediaShinshi Doumei Cross

alternative title(s): Sunadokei
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