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Can the sands of time heal all wounds? Twelve-year-old Ann and her divorced mother move from big city Tokyo to her mother's rural hometown. As the years pass, Ann learns to trust and depend on her new friends--Daigo and aristocratic siblings Fuji and Shika. But when Ann moves back to Tokyo to be with her father, will she be able to maintain a long-distance relationship with Can the sands of time heal all wounds? Twelve-year-old Ann and her divorced mother move from big city Tokyo to her mother's rural hometown. As the years pass, Ann learns to trust and depend on her new friends--Daigo and aristocratic siblings Fuji and Shika. But when Ann moves back to Tokyo to be with her father, will she be able to maintain a long-distance relationship with Daigo? Shika will stop at nothing to steal Daigo from Ann. And the competition ramps up when an attractive girl resurfaces from their past. Meanwhile, Fuji patiently waits to win Ann from Daigo. But who do Ann and Daigo want to be with...?


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Can the sands of time heal all wounds? Twelve-year-old Ann and her divorced mother move from big city Tokyo to her mother's rural hometown. As the years pass, Ann learns to trust and depend on her new friends--Daigo and aristocratic siblings Fuji and Shika. But when Ann moves back to Tokyo to be with her father, will she be able to maintain a long-distance relationship with Can the sands of time heal all wounds? Twelve-year-old Ann and her divorced mother move from big city Tokyo to her mother's rural hometown. As the years pass, Ann learns to trust and depend on her new friends--Daigo and aristocratic siblings Fuji and Shika. But when Ann moves back to Tokyo to be with her father, will she be able to maintain a long-distance relationship with Daigo? Shika will stop at nothing to steal Daigo from Ann. And the competition ramps up when an attractive girl resurfaces from their past. Meanwhile, Fuji patiently waits to win Ann from Daigo. But who do Ann and Daigo want to be with...?

30 review for Sand Chronicles, Volume 5

  1. 5 out of 5

    Joy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The story here is a very quiet one, yet it works because the obstacles in the path of Ann and Daigo's romance are real and significant. For Ann especially, learning to stand on her own feet and look for her own future is very important; she resists the loss of self that defines true love in way too many other shojo manga series. I can actually see this story ending up in a lot of ways--Ann/Daigo, Ann/Fuji, or even Ann/someone we haven't met yet--but I trust that Ashihara to tell any of those sto The story here is a very quiet one, yet it works because the obstacles in the path of Ann and Daigo's romance are real and significant. For Ann especially, learning to stand on her own feet and look for her own future is very important; she resists the loss of self that defines true love in way too many other shojo manga series. I can actually see this story ending up in a lot of ways--Ann/Daigo, Ann/Fuji, or even Ann/someone we haven't met yet--but I trust that Ashihara to tell any of those stories in a way that works. (Okay, I still suspect it will be Ann/Daigo, but I have a big soft spot for Fuji too. Though for Fuji's sake, it would be sweet to see someone fall in love with him the way he has fallen in love with Ann.)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Theresa ♫

    OH. EM. GEEZAY. .......(*sniff.) ...............(*sniff sniff) Oh no.....(*sniffle)......(*sniffle) Urrrgh (*sniff)....(*cough).......Grggh! (*sniffle sniffle sniffle sniffle sniffle sniffle sniffle sniffle sniffle sniffle sniffle) I HATE WHEN MY NOSE GETS CLOGGED WHILE I'M CRYING!!!!!!!!!! (I'm not necessarily crying right now but I swear. I'm this close to it.) I want to just... do THIS: And then jump into the book and go right to Ann's face and say SDIFJALSGUWSAPDNGALSDBUIASNFASABBADOOGIE!!!!! (*Ahem... OH. EM. GEEZAY. .......(*sniff.) ...............(*sniff sniff) Oh no.....(*sniffle)......(*sniffle) Urrrgh (*sniff)....(*cough).......Grggh! (*sniffle sniffle sniffle sniffle sniffle sniffle sniffle sniffle sniffle sniffle sniffle) I HATE WHEN MY NOSE GETS CLOGGED WHILE I'M CRYING!!!!!!!!!! (I'm not necessarily crying right now but I swear. I'm this close to it.) I want to just... do THIS: And then jump into the book and go right to Ann's face and say SDIFJALSGUWSAPDNGALSDBUIASNFASABBADOOGIE!!!!! (*Ahem...) I would like the fellow review readers to know that...no. I didn't read this whole book. I only...opened it up. Halfway. And then I saw the worst spoiler I could ever see. And I don't want to spoiler it for the rest of you because....just because it's horrible. WHAT THE (BLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP*)?! NO. NO. NO. NO. NO! NO! (*cough) (*wheeze) (*sniffle sniffle) NOOO! Noooo... Noooooooo! NO! To the review readers that I love very very much... Don't ever tell somebody you love them just to leave them! "I love you" is something very important. It doesn't mean NOTHING unless you use it and abuse like a butt face! And there's nothing worse than believing someone when they say "I love you"...and then having them change their mind. There's NOTHING I despise more in this universe...than heartbreakers. And liars. And cockroaches. (Ewww, how I desPISE cockroaches...) And to me...liars and heartbreakers...ARE cockroaches! But seriously.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kayla Loewen

    I cried so much; the pain was real! The story is so good!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Colette Aguilar Udall

    So far i have really like the sand chronicles story. The Sand Chronicles is about this girl name Anne Uekusa, in the first book she is twelve and she goes to live with here grandparents with her mom. her mom was a little unstable it felt like in the book and one day her mom had written a not saying something like pleas take care of my daughter mom and dad and then a little bit after that you hear that she had committed suicide. then pretty much after that it's about anne and how shes a teenager So far i have really like the sand chronicles story. The Sand Chronicles is about this girl name Anne Uekusa, in the first book she is twelve and she goes to live with here grandparents with her mom. her mom was a little unstable it felt like in the book and one day her mom had written a not saying something like pleas take care of my daughter mom and dad and then a little bit after that you hear that she had committed suicide. then pretty much after that it's about anne and how shes a teenager and all that kind of stuff. Right now I'm on the 5th on and its been one of my favorites. Anne and Daigo are kind of on the rocks and Shika is trying to take Daigo way from Anne. on the other hand though Fuji is slowly trying to win over Anne. Anne has already been through so much and now this it would be a lot for a 15 year old girl. Also in this book Anne moves back to Tokyo with her dad where she try's to keep a long distance relationship with Daigo. I would recommend this book if you were in too teenage books and about love.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Cassandra

    I got tired of how dramatic the characters were over issues they continued to ignore or avoid.

  6. 4 out of 5

    R

    Sad and gloomy volume. You can feel their pain, it is heartbreaking. I hope the next volume isn't so sad!! Sad and gloomy volume. You can feel their pain, it is heartbreaking. I hope the next volume isn't so sad!!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Setasha Hall

    This volume specifically was soooooo insanely heartbreaking and relatable. omg. This series is breaking my heart.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    When I began reading manga (which was only two months ago), I never expected to read something that was truly touching. I thought it would all be fun and cute. This series changes my mind completely about the type of manga I like. Sure, I enjoy reading funny manga like Special A or cute manga like Fruits Basket, but I enjoy reading manga with a realistic story line and deeper meaning much more. It’s just better that way. That’s what this series was for me and I can only hope I’ll find more like When I began reading manga (which was only two months ago), I never expected to read something that was truly touching. I thought it would all be fun and cute. This series changes my mind completely about the type of manga I like. Sure, I enjoy reading funny manga like Special A or cute manga like Fruits Basket, but I enjoy reading manga with a realistic story line and deeper meaning much more. It’s just better that way. That’s what this series was for me and I can only hope I’ll find more like it. The artwork is a little muddier than I like. I’m more partial to defined drawing, rather than the scratchy drawing so often found in shoujo manga. I think it’s meant to give a more dreamy quality, but I just find it a bit on the annoying side. Since I liked this series so much, I’m willing to put that complaint aside. The character development in this series is just unreal. I didn’t think manga was capable of that kind of thing. I couldn’t have been more wrong in that assumption. Ann’s development throughout the series is heartbreaking and incredibly realistic, considering her age. She goes through so many of the screw-ups and indecision that comes with being a girl in her teens or early twenties. I felt that I could relate to her throughout most of the series because I have gone through a lot of the same things. Daigo has a tendency to be a little more hard-headed, but it definitely the more mature of the two. He makes no secret of his complete devotion to Ann, even when she’s too messed up to realize what’s in front of her. He’s unwavering and therefore a more static character. However, this doesn’t hurt the series, as it is about Ann growing up, not Daigo. The situation Fuji and Shika find themselves in is a little more dramatic. They too are developing characters and both do a lot of growing up. Their search for their true identities is one that gives the series a bit more intrigue. They both learn a lot they didn’t know about themselves along the way. This is certainly the best written manga I’ve come across. If you’re into manga, or are thinking of trying it out I highly recommend this series. It’s definitely girly shoujo manga, but it’s got a great story.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Alison (AlisonCanRead)

    Another heavy volume. Although all these volumes are heavy. There are few moments of humor. The volume starts after Daigo told her he needed a break, some time to think. He obviously needed quite a bit of time, because he never called her like he promised. Ann and Daigo are trying to forget their pain in the heat and relaxation of summer, but it's not working too well. Ann can't stand the wait any longer, so she flies to Shimane to meet Daigo. There's a beautiful page spread when they meet at th Another heavy volume. Although all these volumes are heavy. There are few moments of humor. The volume starts after Daigo told her he needed a break, some time to think. He obviously needed quite a bit of time, because he never called her like he promised. Ann and Daigo are trying to forget their pain in the heat and relaxation of summer, but it's not working too well. Ann can't stand the wait any longer, so she flies to Shimane to meet Daigo. There's a beautiful page spread when they meet at the airport; they're holding onto each other like it's the end of the world, like nothing exists other than them. That one embrace is about as close as Daigo and Ann get in this volume. Ann is increasingly haunted by herself. She's terrified that she is the proverbial albatross around Daigo's neck. That her darkness and sadness will only bring him down. And honestly...she's right. Ann is miserable and she depends upon Daigo far too much to mask her sadness. In the end, it's Ann who decides to formally break up with Daigo. Not because she doesn't like him, but because she loves him so much that she doesn't want to hurt him any longer. Meanwhile, Shika and Fuji are doing their best to get at Daigo and Ann respectively. Prior to their break-up, Shika tries to convince Ann that she's going to kill herself in order to terrify Ann. It works quite well. The only one who gets hurt in the process is Ann. Unfortunately for Shika, Daigo sees right through her and is pretty disgusted. Fuji on the other hand appears to be more persuasive in his attempts to get Ann to give him a try. At least that's what it looks like at the end of the volume. I love the feel of normal Japanese life that we experience in this series. While the plot is overdone, the characters are normal teenagers. It's interesting to see what they typically do during the summer. Or how hard they have to study to get into a university. I feel like I learn something with every volume.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sophia F

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. ARGH! I was SO SO very much frustrated while reading this volume. Gosh, I was really wanting Ann and Daigo to be together, and Daigo had even been pushing Shika away in order for that to happen, but Ann totally RUINED IT for no reason!!!!! They could have worked things out, if Ann had been more willing to be committed. Just reading this has made me incredibly depressed, and not just for the characters, but it has put me into a legitimate pessimistic mood. If you have read any of my reviews in the ARGH! I was SO SO very much frustrated while reading this volume. Gosh, I was really wanting Ann and Daigo to be together, and Daigo had even been pushing Shika away in order for that to happen, but Ann totally RUINED IT for no reason!!!!! They could have worked things out, if Ann had been more willing to be committed. Just reading this has made me incredibly depressed, and not just for the characters, but it has put me into a legitimate pessimistic mood. If you have read any of my reviews in the past for this series, you would know how much I dislike Shika. I HATE ANN MUCH MUCH MORE BECAUSE OF HER POOR DECISION! Some people might disagree with me, and say she made the right choice, but I found it unreasonable, and pointless to break something off that could have been easily fixed. IT'S MY OPINION, DONT ARGUE WITH ME. It also made me kind of disappointed that Shika would stoop to such lows, such as how she insisted on trying to convince Daigo to be her boyfriend, even when he'd rejected her multiple times with Ann still on his mind, and how when she 'disappeared', she had said: "I was falling... I didn't want to be the only one. It was easy to take Ann with me." -__- Now that's just low Shika... It's sweet that Daigo wants to become an elementary teacher, and that he's becoming good friends with Ayumu again, (even though he might be using her for her notes), but it seems EVERY SINGLE girl has a crush on him!! If you think about it, the story is really up to Daigo now that Ann dumped him. Fuji has stopped smiling, (I noticed because the few times he did I realized he's kinda cute :3) I'm not sure where this story is going with Shika, but I'm totally seeing Ann+Fuji and Daigo+Ayumu right now, (from what has happened.) Curious for volume 5, but also frustrated. (I don't like reading a manga seriesand constantly be getting full-blown angry with one character in particular...)

  11. 5 out of 5

    Bryn (Plus Others)

    If like me, you want to put the book down halfway through because of Ann's very annoying behaviour, keep going just a few pages more and your determination will be rewarded. (view spoiler)[ When Ann is breaking up with Daigo for his own good, I nearly gave up on the series -- I was just so frustrated that Ashihara would pull out such a tired shoujo trope, and that Ann would be acting like the heroine of any number of deeply irritating series. But when I gritted my teeth & started again, I saw tha If like me, you want to put the book down halfway through because of Ann's very annoying behaviour, keep going just a few pages more and your determination will be rewarded. (view spoiler)[ When Ann is breaking up with Daigo for his own good, I nearly gave up on the series -- I was just so frustrated that Ashihara would pull out such a tired shoujo trope, and that Ann would be acting like the heroine of any number of deeply irritating series. But when I gritted my teeth & started again, I saw that even within the story this behaviour is seen for what it is -- Daigo sees right through her and they are quickly talking about the real issue, that Ann doesn't want to burden him, that she doesn't trust that she won't drag him all the way down with her. And of course it is still all wrapped up in Miwako's suicide; Ann has deeply internalised that she is the thing which is too much to carry, that Miwako died because Ann was too much, and thus she has to separate herself from Daigo before he goes the same way. From my adult perspective it is both deeply ridiculous and incredibly real; she just does not have enough perspective to understand that Miwako's choice is not Ann's responsibility, and there is just enough of a thread of truth in the way Daigo is weighed down by worrying about her that she can't see any other path. (hide spoiler)] Bravo, Ashihara, for writing so very, very well and true.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Saif Al-Taee

    An Emotional Roller coaster! This manga series is upon one of the best that have ever been drawn. The story is so realistic to the point where you wonder if whats going on is going to happen to you. This is a story about a girl who falls in love with a boy, then the boy falls in love and then they think they will fall in love forever but..... *SPOILERS* All I have to say is that this manga has LOVE, BETRAYAL, ADULT-STUFF, and DRAMATIC DRAMA!! and I am not surprised that the author has won the 50th An Emotional Roller coaster! This manga series is upon one of the best that have ever been drawn. The story is so realistic to the point where you wonder if whats going on is going to happen to you. This is a story about a girl who falls in love with a boy, then the boy falls in love and then they think they will fall in love forever but..... *SPOILERS* All I have to say is that this manga has LOVE, BETRAYAL, ADULT-STUFF, and DRAMATIC DRAMA!! and I am not surprised that the author has won the 50th Shogakukan Manga Award for this manga and that this manga was labeled as one of the best teenage manga by the American library association (read in wikipedia)

  13. 4 out of 5

    scarlettraces

    the best solidly realistic coming-of-age manga i know of. others probably have it beat all up (nana, saikano) but those have the advantage of settings and storylines that allow more scope. the art of sand chronicles is also fairly standard, though pleasantly rendered, rather than so finely expressive. but it's an excellent exploration of adolescence and at times truly heartbreaking (although i don't think Asihara has ever topped the first volume). a good manga to suck someone in with. the best solidly realistic coming-of-age manga i know of. others probably have it beat all up (nana, saikano) but those have the advantage of settings and storylines that allow more scope. the art of sand chronicles is also fairly standard, though pleasantly rendered, rather than so finely expressive. but it's an excellent exploration of adolescence and at times truly heartbreaking (although i don't think Asihara has ever topped the first volume). a good manga to suck someone in with.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Maddaford

    I'm never really a big fan of the main couple breaking up, but I'm still fascinated by this series. This one yet again goes no further than kissing and holding hands, but the drama is just intense. There is still very little language and I don't think anyone gets hit in this one although someone does drive someone else into a break down. I just figured out that my library doesn't have the whole series so if the next two books are as good, I may have to break down and buy the eighth and so on... I'm never really a big fan of the main couple breaking up, but I'm still fascinated by this series. This one yet again goes no further than kissing and holding hands, but the drama is just intense. There is still very little language and I don't think anyone gets hit in this one although someone does drive someone else into a break down. I just figured out that my library doesn't have the whole series so if the next two books are as good, I may have to break down and buy the eighth and so on...

  15. 5 out of 5

    jenny

    I've been completely sucked in to this series. Watching Ann and her friends grow up is painful. I've started to question whether or not Ann and Daigo should really be together. Ann and Shika's friendship is put to the test. Gut-wrenching. I've been completely sucked in to this series. Watching Ann and her friends grow up is painful. I've started to question whether or not Ann and Daigo should really be together. Ann and Shika's friendship is put to the test. Gut-wrenching.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lucille

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Why Ann? Why?! I'm not going to read this anymore. Too sad. Too stupid. Ann is such a crybaby. I really hate those heroines who break up with their boyfriends because they don't want to hurt them anymore. Ugh. Don't they realize that when they break up, it hurts them too? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Why Ann? Why?! I'm not going to read this anymore. Too sad. Too stupid. Ann is such a crybaby. I really hate those heroines who break up with their boyfriends because they don't want to hurt them anymore. Ugh. Don't they realize that when they break up, it hurts them too?

  17. 4 out of 5

    Théo

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. An other very intense volume. It was pretty obvious that An and Daigo were going to break up. I kind of expect them going back together at some point, though. The character I'm the most worried about is Shika... An other very intense volume. It was pretty obvious that An and Daigo were going to break up. I kind of expect them going back together at some point, though. The character I'm the most worried about is Shika...

  18. 5 out of 5

    Katt Hansen

    Slow and sweet this series kinds of drifts along. Fuji has proven a lot deeper than I expected here, and I felt for him, because he's struggling so hard to find his place in the world. Ann...I never realized just how deeply hurt she always is. I worry for her. Slow and sweet this series kinds of drifts along. Fuji has proven a lot deeper than I expected here, and I felt for him, because he's struggling so hard to find his place in the world. Ann...I never realized just how deeply hurt she always is. I worry for her.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Dylan

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I liked Ann better when she was with Daigo. :(

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jadey

    This series is really picking up, I am really enjoying the realistic angst the characters are feeling.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    I wasn't to impressed with this series. I really thought I would like it more but nothing about it impressed me very much. Overall the only thing that was good about this magna was the drawing style. I wasn't to impressed with this series. I really thought I would like it more but nothing about it impressed me very much. Overall the only thing that was good about this magna was the drawing style.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Maureen

    A little disappointed in this one.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Amy Gideon

    This is my favorite installment so far. The emotion conveyed on each pane feels real. There isn't a character I can't relate to. This is my favorite installment so far. The emotion conveyed on each pane feels real. There isn't a character I can't relate to.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    Not that I ever really liked Shika, but I'm super beginning to not like her. Though I understand her, I suppose. You can't choose your first love and it's always hard when it's unrequited. Not that I ever really liked Shika, but I'm super beginning to not like her. Though I understand her, I suppose. You can't choose your first love and it's always hard when it's unrequited.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Chisom A

    I actually thought this manga was more of a 4.8/5, but I rounded downwards.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Daria Gray

    im glad that they are not together anymore!!!!!!!!!!!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    see full review @ Katie's Corner see full review @ Katie's Corner

  28. 4 out of 5

    LobsterGal

    These characters infuriate me.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    I love this manga series so much :)

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

    Volume 5 of Sand Chronicles by Miss Hinako Ashihara shows her readers that our characters Ann, Daigo, Fuji, and Shika's situation is not the worst yet. What I love about this fifth installment is as the characters reach the point of their lives where they have to make huge decisions such as college, inner struggles step in and stop them from functioning properly. Their struggles affect one another hindering them to reach their full potential to be the best version of themselves. What that accomp Volume 5 of Sand Chronicles by Miss Hinako Ashihara shows her readers that our characters Ann, Daigo, Fuji, and Shika's situation is not the worst yet. What I love about this fifth installment is as the characters reach the point of their lives where they have to make huge decisions such as college, inner struggles step in and stop them from functioning properly. Their struggles affect one another hindering them to reach their full potential to be the best version of themselves. What that accomplishes, however, is that you can see all four characters as one-- as if their friendship is now a different character. And I like that.

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