telophase: (Mushishi - to see the unseen)
In Children of the Sea, Ruka is a girl who gets suspended from her handball team for unnecessary roughness. Her father works at the aquarium and she ends up hanging out there for the summer. Back when she was a little girl, she saw a fish in the aquarium turn into light and disappear. Now, fish from aquariums all over the world are vanishing and no one can explain why. Ruka also meets up with two strange boys living at the aquarium, Umi and Sora, who were raised by dugongs and have a deep connection with the sea and its life.

The feel of this manga is in the Mushishi neighborhood - mysterious things occurring, and an almost spiritual connection to nature. Admittedly, RAISED BY DUGONGS was the primary reason I bought the book, but from flipping through it, I thought it would supply the sort of yearning, numinous feel I love, and so it did - more subtly than Mushishi, but still there. The artwork is loose and expressive, more like the sort of style you see in josei instead of shoujo or shounen. RAISED BY DUGONGS isn't overplayed or ridiculous in context - strange, unknowable things happen in and around the sea in this story and the characters pretty much take it as it comes. It is unlike Mushishi in that it is the first part of one story arc instead of an anthology of loosely-connected stories.

One of the things I thought as I was reading was that [livejournal.com profile] seajules might like it, and I'd love to hear what she had to say about it if she read it. :)

Anyway, recommended if you like the slow-moving feel of Mushishi and are a proper fan of things like RAISED BY DUGONGS.

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