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Sand Chronicles

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Twelve-year-old Ann and her divorced mother move from big city Tokyo to her mother`s rural hometown. How will Ann survive her exile from civilization? Then, when her mother commits suicide, Ann has to grow up fast. 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? And do Fuji and Shika harbor romantic feelings of their own that might rip their childhood friendships apart...?

By Hinako Ashihara (Sand Chronicles)

Category : Japan (Manga) , girl, comedy, love

Main Characters

Ann Uekusa
The protagonist of the story. An affectionate, sensitive girl who likes to be silly sometimes, Ann care deeply for all her friends. After her mother's death, she and Daigo become very close and she wishes that she will be able to stay with Daigo for the rest of her life. However, she chooses to return to Tokyo to take care of her estranged father when he comes to see her in Shimane. Drama Actresses: Sato Megumi, Kobayashi Ryoko (middle school), and Miyama Karen (young girl)

Daigo Kitamura
Ann's first friend when she comes to Shimane, Daigo is very athletic and is not very articulate. He and Ann eventually fall in love and begin a long distance relationship when she leaves Shimane for Tokyo. He and Ann are the same age. His mother is a down-to-earth woman who was best friends with Ann's mother. Drama Actors: Takezai Terunosuke, Sano Kazuma (middle school), and Izumisawa Yuuki (young boy)

Fuji Tsukishima
Shiika's older brother, Fuji comes from a well-off family. He is the same age as Ann and Daigo and has a secret crush on Ann. Fuji tends to keep to himself and eventually decides to attend high school in Tokyo shortly before Ann leaves Shimane. He has doubts concerning who he is because it is suspected that Fuji is not his father's biological son (though his father has accepted him as such), but the son of one of his mother's affairs. It is revealed eventually that he did not result from the affair, though it remains the reason why his mother does not treat him the same as his older brother and younger sister. Drama Actors: Shibue Joji, Aoyagi Ruito (middle school), and Kawaguchi Shouhei (young boy)

Shiika Tsukishima
Ann's best friend in Shimane and perhaps her only best friend growing up. Though her mother is kind and loyal to her children, Shiika does not get along with her well. She is one year younger than Ann. It is revealed through a letter written by her mother to a lover that she is the child of the affair stated above. The reason that her mother pays more attention to her and pushes her so hard it is out of guilt of the affair. Drama Actresses: Kinouchi Akiko, Kakiuchi Ayami (middle school), and Yamauchi Nana (young girl)

Ann's grandmother
The mother of Miwako, Ann's mother. Though she is strict, she wants what's best for Ann and cares for her. When Miwako commits suicide and leaves Ann in the care of her parents, Ann's grandmother believes that she was too insensitive to Miwako, but was unable to bear seeing her daughter so depressed and blames herself for Miwako's weakness.

Ann's father
Miwako partially married Ann's father to leave Shimane because she was too sensitive to bear how everyone in her town could gossip about one another so easily. They moved to Tokyo after marrying, but when Ann's father ended up deeply in debt during Ann's childhood, Miwako divorced him. A year after Miwako commits suicide, he comes to Shimane and offers to take care of Ann should she choose to return to Tokyo.

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