Author: Daisuke Igarashi
Monthly IKKI (Shogakukan)
“Children of the Sea” is one of Daisuke Igarashi’s masterpieces. He is known for his imagination over the nature and animals, and his drawing style is free-hand without using the rulers. Also he doesn’t use much of dotted tonal papers but hand-draws the tones with ball-point pen an dipped pens. The imaginary and the beauty of the drawing is definitely one of the biggest charms to this work.
Story・・・Luka is a junior high school student and was grounded after the injury of her friend by her mistake. Bored to death Luka decided to go to Tokyo from a country town close to the Ocean. In Tokyo, she met a boy named Umi. He possessed the ability to communicate with sea creatures. The next day, she ran into him again at the aquarium where her father works. Meanwhile, meteorites have been spotted and fish with white spots have been evaporated into light.
(Quote) Manga has been thought to be something to look at, but this one works on all of your five senses and surely will become a living knowledge for your children. (Da Vinci News!)
38th Best Cartoon for Japan Cartoonists Association Award
13th Best Cartoon for Japan Media Arts Festival
Devilchoco Review・・・The story is kind of abstract in times but the way it connects different sea creature, definitely tells a story about the origin of life. It also questions about the environmental problems and how humans should act to it. In addition, the beauty in the hand-drawing is very easy on the eye.
It’s published in North America by Viz Media.