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Reads R to L (Japanese Style). The sea has a story to tell, one you've never heard before... Ruka is traumatized when Sora disappears into the night sea right in front of her. But although she refuses to speak of the incident, the meteorite Sora made her swallow is not so silent. It whispers to her from inside her body, and with its guidance she leads Umi and Anglade into t Reads R to L (Japanese Style). The sea has a story to tell, one you've never heard before... Ruka is traumatized when Sora disappears into the night sea right in front of her. But although she refuses to speak of the incident, the meteorite Sora made her swallow is not so silent. It whispers to her from inside her body, and with its guidance she leads Umi and Anglade into the open ocean in search of answers. Surrounded by the sea, Ruka starts to see glimpses of the past that help her understand how Umi, Sora, Jim and Anglade all came to be connected.


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Reads R to L (Japanese Style). The sea has a story to tell, one you've never heard before... Ruka is traumatized when Sora disappears into the night sea right in front of her. But although she refuses to speak of the incident, the meteorite Sora made her swallow is not so silent. It whispers to her from inside her body, and with its guidance she leads Umi and Anglade into t Reads R to L (Japanese Style). The sea has a story to tell, one you've never heard before... Ruka is traumatized when Sora disappears into the night sea right in front of her. But although she refuses to speak of the incident, the meteorite Sora made her swallow is not so silent. It whispers to her from inside her body, and with its guidance she leads Umi and Anglade into the open ocean in search of answers. Surrounded by the sea, Ruka starts to see glimpses of the past that help her understand how Umi, Sora, Jim and Anglade all came to be connected.

30 review for Children of the Sea, Volume 3

  1. 4 out of 5

    Neil R. Coulter

    I read the first two volumes of Children of the Sea but then had to wait months for the next two to arrive at the library. In that time, I’m sure I’ve forgotten many of the details of the story, so picking up volume 3 was a more impressionistic read—which I think is the right way to take in this story, anyway. I’m really enjoying how this series brings together elements of all sorts of mythologies, mostly centered on beliefs about the sea and the origins of the world and humanity. Anglade talks I read the first two volumes of Children of the Sea but then had to wait months for the next two to arrive at the library. In that time, I’m sure I’ve forgotten many of the details of the story, so picking up volume 3 was a more impressionistic read—which I think is the right way to take in this story, anyway. I’m really enjoying how this series brings together elements of all sorts of mythologies, mostly centered on beliefs about the sea and the origins of the world and humanity. Anglade talks at length about how these ideas are starting to become connected in his thinking, as Ruka dives beneath the surface and begins to live out a mythology of her own. There are also some intriguing discussions (mostly between Jim and Dehdeh) about the limits of scientific knowledge.We still don’t know anything. We still haven’t discovered anything about the world. So much is still unknown. We still can’t see the big picture, let along know what it means. The only thing we can do is gather and classify things. That’s about as much as we can do. . . . And if we do discover something major . . . then all our classifications up to now will become totally meaningless. (206, 208)I don’t agree that we know nothing about the big picture, but I love conversations like this about the different kinds of knowledge, and where we place our confidence.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kogiopsis

    I find volumes of this series sort of randomly at the library at such strange long intervals that to be honest, I have not the first idea what the plot is anymore. The art - the watercolor covers and the gorgeous depictions of ocean life - keep me coming back; what I can pick up of the plot in a given volume keeps me entertained even when there aren't sea creatures on the page. Someday I'd like to find all four in one place and just read them straight through, to see if it makes sense that way; I find volumes of this series sort of randomly at the library at such strange long intervals that to be honest, I have not the first idea what the plot is anymore. The art - the watercolor covers and the gorgeous depictions of ocean life - keep me coming back; what I can pick up of the plot in a given volume keeps me entertained even when there aren't sea creatures on the page. Someday I'd like to find all four in one place and just read them straight through, to see if it makes sense that way; for the time being, I'll keep my eye out for the last just for the prettiness of it all.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    The standout element of this series for me is the artwork. Gorgeous sea/deep sea illustrations, sea life, etc. Igarashi also does a great job of working some pretty interesting facts about various ocean-related elements without it being preachy or heavy-handed. The series is just a beautiful sort of spiritual work that makes me wish I had become a marine biologist so I could explore all that is still unknown about the world's oceans... The standout element of this series for me is the artwork. Gorgeous sea/deep sea illustrations, sea life, etc. Igarashi also does a great job of working some pretty interesting facts about various ocean-related elements without it being preachy or heavy-handed. The series is just a beautiful sort of spiritual work that makes me wish I had become a marine biologist so I could explore all that is still unknown about the world's oceans...

  4. 5 out of 5

    Child960801

    These books are getting weirder. At the end of the last book, Sora died. Now, Ruka is traumatized by the event and she and Umi and Anglade go out to sea to continue to research the strange events that are going on. This volume had more weird mystical stuff in it that the previous ones. This one also has flashbacks about what it was like when Sora and Umi were first found and other testimonies from the sea.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    I picked this up randomly for cheap at a used book store and didn't realize it was part of a series until I started reading. I enjoyed the fish, some of the drawing, and the concept of being connected to/coming from the oceans, but the plot didn't really engage me enough to want to hunt down the other volumes. I picked this up randomly for cheap at a used book store and didn't realize it was part of a series until I started reading. I enjoyed the fish, some of the drawing, and the concept of being connected to/coming from the oceans, but the plot didn't really engage me enough to want to hunt down the other volumes.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Nelson

    We get closer and closer to getting some answers. I am absolutely in love with this mix of science and magical realism tying into ancient creation myths and spirituality. The esoteric nature of the narrative is absolutely not for everyone, but for the right reader this story will be a truly unique and meaningful experience.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Dave Schaafsma

    This volume has more science--the far edge of marine biology and speculations about how much it is we do not know--and even more cosmic mysticism about the planet and the sea in particular. There's some speculation about whales and their songs and their superiorly-developed cerebral cortexes that points to questions we as humans need to answer. There's more and more wordless drawing of the wonders of the ocean in this volume, and some back story for marine biologist Jim… where we meet Anglade as This volume has more science--the far edge of marine biology and speculations about how much it is we do not know--and even more cosmic mysticism about the planet and the sea in particular. There's some speculation about whales and their songs and their superiorly-developed cerebral cortexes that points to questions we as humans need to answer. There's more and more wordless drawing of the wonders of the ocean in this volume, and some back story for marine biologist Jim… where we meet Anglade as a younger person, and a mystic named DehDeh… and so there's also plenty of philosophizing in and through DehDeh and Jim's conversations… This volume is both confusing and intriguing as we are in the middle of a five volume trip through the mysteries of the universe. Mystery is where we are and I suspect will still be in the end. If you like the ocean and are intrigued about what answers it may hold for our future, this might be for you.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lisa (Lisa Likes Books)

    I remember liking this series more before, but it's still good. I remember liking this series more before, but it's still good.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    Very visual, mysterious and mythic...unlike anything I’ve read.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie - Books Less Travelled

    I didn't enjoy this one as much. It might be partly because I loved the art of the other two series I started today, but mostly I just didn't feel this one really helped the story much. It was slower than the others and was mostly pictures. Overall it was ok, I didn't love it, but I am interested to know what happens next. The art is unique, and pretty, but not the best. I didn't enjoy this one as much. It might be partly because I loved the art of the other two series I started today, but mostly I just didn't feel this one really helped the story much. It was slower than the others and was mostly pictures. Overall it was ok, I didn't love it, but I am interested to know what happens next. The art is unique, and pretty, but not the best.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Zaz

    Another weird volume presenting some myths and also giving insight about when Jim and the boys were younger. If the overall story wasn't really my cup of tea, I loved the chapter with little Umi and Sora living in the water, it was cute and peaceful. Another weird volume presenting some myths and also giving insight about when Jim and the boys were younger. If the overall story wasn't really my cup of tea, I loved the chapter with little Umi and Sora living in the water, it was cute and peaceful.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Geraldine

    I must say that the scenes in this volume was very weird to me. As if the previous volumes were not. First, Sora gave Ruka the meteorite by spitting it in her mouth. Secondly, Sora disappeared into the ocean. I wonder what's next, I can't wait to read the next volume. I must say that the scenes in this volume was very weird to me. As if the previous volumes were not. First, Sora gave Ruka the meteorite by spitting it in her mouth. Secondly, Sora disappeared into the ocean. I wonder what's next, I can't wait to read the next volume.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ken Martin Tvedt

    The artwork in ths series is absolutely wonderful. Igarashis sketchy lines is very expressive, his use of greys in combination also. The story however, seem to be going nowhere. The nature mystery theme and messiah / blood secrafice motif has become tedius at this point. Sadly.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    It's interesting. It's interesting.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Monica

    That was deep, metaphorically and physically. What happens next?!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Grilled Toast

    TBH I’m glad they have the blurbs at the beginning... I wouldn’t know what was happening if it didn’t.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Joan

    The artwork in this series is stunning.

  18. 4 out of 5

    The Georgia Book Belle

    3.5* dear god what is happening. These books create more questions before they answer any. I’m hoping it all pans out.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Nicola Mansfield

    Reason for Reading: Next in the series. Ruka is in shock over the disappearance of Sora in the last volume and not doing well at all. Umi is also acting strangely and stays close to Ruka now. Anglade, introduced in the last volume, has a long talk with Jim about the sea children and then takes off with Ruka and Umi. Very strange things happen and this volume gets a little confusing with where the story is going. On the other hand, a fair portion of this volume takes place in the past starting wit Reason for Reading: Next in the series. Ruka is in shock over the disappearance of Sora in the last volume and not doing well at all. Umi is also acting strangely and stays close to Ruka now. Anglade, introduced in the last volume, has a long talk with Jim about the sea children and then takes off with Ruka and Umi. Very strange things happen and this volume gets a little confusing with where the story is going. On the other hand, a fair portion of this volume takes place in the past starting with Anglade as a boy, his relationship with Jim, and how the sea children came to be with them. This clears up a lot of the background story and continues to make the story fascinating. A wonderful new character is introduced in the past, an old woman named Dehdeh, whom I hope will turn up again as she seems to know much more than she has told. The original disappearing fish story seems to have a much greater meaning now and Ruka has joined Sora and Umi in having a deep, cosmic relationship with the sea. As I said, the story arc is heading in a direction that is somewhat confusing at this point and I don't want to say anything else to give away any spoilers. Overall, this volume is not as good as the first two but seems to be a pivotal point in the story where the next volume is going to pull some more threads together. I love this series; the theme and plot are so different from any other manga I've read and the artwork is beautifully detailed with people of various ethnic groups represented. Vol. 4 will be released in Dec. of this year ('10). Re-read Aug/2013: My original review pretty much says it all about this volume. Only I've been able to follow the story better this time around and have managed to see where the plot is going with the Ruka angle, which has been hinted at from the beginning. Fascinating story, one more volume left to re-read! and I agree with my original rating of 4/5.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Charliesabers

    The series as a whole is good. The story is interesting, deep and thought provoking, and weaves a fascinating tale about the origin of life, death and everything in between. I did not particularly like the main cast. They receive a bit of development, but are mostly there as vehicles for the story. Maybe Ruka, her mom, Anglade and Dehdeh could be considered the best of the bunch. The pacing is kind slow, but not in a bad way. I definitely was actively finding time to read it, but it is no page t The series as a whole is good. The story is interesting, deep and thought provoking, and weaves a fascinating tale about the origin of life, death and everything in between. I did not particularly like the main cast. They receive a bit of development, but are mostly there as vehicles for the story. Maybe Ruka, her mom, Anglade and Dehdeh could be considered the best of the bunch. The pacing is kind slow, but not in a bad way. I definitely was actively finding time to read it, but it is no page turner like Pluto or MW. The one thing I loved the most about this series is the AMAZING art. Many a frame from these books could be shown on a museum. It looks natural, organic, and the depictions of sea flora and fauna are amazingly detailed and full of life. I definitely recommend the series for the art and smart concept alone, but it could've used a bit more exposition to clear up a few confusing plot points.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Pinky

    Not sure where this series is going. Thought it was going to be a trilogy, but obviously not with book 3 ending. Ruka is traumatized after the disappearance of Sora in book 2. She has swallowed part of a meteorite and Sora calls to her from the sea. She, Anglade and Umi head out to sea on Anglade's sail boat and Ruka spends time with swimming with false killer sharks. The plot thickens as Ruka discovers that at a certain depth, she can hear the song of the whales. References to the Kuroshio curre Not sure where this series is going. Thought it was going to be a trilogy, but obviously not with book 3 ending. Ruka is traumatized after the disappearance of Sora in book 2. She has swallowed part of a meteorite and Sora calls to her from the sea. She, Anglade and Umi head out to sea on Anglade's sail boat and Ruka spends time with swimming with false killer sharks. The plot thickens as Ruka discovers that at a certain depth, she can hear the song of the whales. References to the Kuroshio current. Very mysterious.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Annie

    So original, so beautiful, so complex ... so, so, so. This manga series really pushes the boundaries of the form and has created something that is really special and thought provoking. It's great for a huge span of ages and interests. It brings in science and mythology and lots of other tie ins. And the full color bages are absolutely breathtaking. My only complaint is that each time I pick up one of the books in the series it takes me a minute to re-distinguish between all the different charact So original, so beautiful, so complex ... so, so, so. This manga series really pushes the boundaries of the form and has created something that is really special and thought provoking. It's great for a huge span of ages and interests. It brings in science and mythology and lots of other tie ins. And the full color bages are absolutely breathtaking. My only complaint is that each time I pick up one of the books in the series it takes me a minute to re-distinguish between all the different characters.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Brittany Sanford

    This is the first manga (series)I have ever read. (The story initially started off so slow in the first volume that I didn't want to continue but the cliffhanger pulled at me to uncover this mystery.) Children of the Sea is a beautiful story that blends mystery, art, mythology, the sea, and science into one fascinating tale. Book #3 is still a very slow story that progressed very little. The focus shifts to Ruka's new role and reveals more of the of history of Sora and Umi. Although it is slow it This is the first manga (series)I have ever read. (The story initially started off so slow in the first volume that I didn't want to continue but the cliffhanger pulled at me to uncover this mystery.) Children of the Sea is a beautiful story that blends mystery, art, mythology, the sea, and science into one fascinating tale. Book #3 is still a very slow story that progressed very little. The focus shifts to Ruka's new role and reveals more of the of history of Sora and Umi. Although it is slow it is still entertaining.

  24. 5 out of 5

    mazohyst

    Definitely not the best volume so far, but I found this volume to be very intriguing. More information is revealed about the sea, but not too much that I don't know what will happen in the next volume. The art is still beautiful as always (the water coloured pages were a nice bonus). I'll have to keep an eye out for the fourth volume. Definitely not the best volume so far, but I found this volume to be very intriguing. More information is revealed about the sea, but not too much that I don't know what will happen in the next volume. The art is still beautiful as always (the water coloured pages were a nice bonus). I'll have to keep an eye out for the fourth volume.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Travis

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This volume is mostly taken up by flashbacks that provide useful context of what has happened. Though part of me wonders with how feral Umi and Sora appeared in the past, how they got to the level of quasi-normal interaction they exhibit in the present. Also, second volume in a row that ends with Ruka screaming; lets hope she has better luck in the future.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Gurra

    The story gets more interesting as it unfolds, and the story gets wider and includes more characters. I liked how the story incorporated some science facts into it, like chemosyntesize. Best book so far in the series.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    More and more of the mystery is revealed, but it's painfully slow, in a good way! I love everything about this series and it's one I will eventually own. I'm sad that volume 4 is the last one available, since the series is ongoing. Who knows when I'll get to read the rest... More and more of the mystery is revealed, but it's painfully slow, in a good way! I love everything about this series and it's one I will eventually own. I'm sad that volume 4 is the last one available, since the series is ongoing. Who knows when I'll get to read the rest...

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mikael Kuoppala

    Excellency continues with the third volume of this eerie and beautiful sci-fi saga. The story moves forward on all fronts: plot, character and sci-fi speculation, rousing the curiosity of the reader even further.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Caleb

    I am loving this series, but it is getting a little hard to follow at this point. Why aren't Ruka's parents upset that she is missing? Who is giving research grants to tattooed shirtless guys? Are humans the special thing or are whales the special thing? I'll find out soon, I hope. I am loving this series, but it is getting a little hard to follow at this point. Why aren't Ruka's parents upset that she is missing? Who is giving research grants to tattooed shirtless guys? Are humans the special thing or are whales the special thing? I'll find out soon, I hope.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lord

    Message of this volume is clear - this manga is not about an epic story but rather philosophic contemplation about the stars, sea, life etc etc. Not that I'm complaining, it's a pretty damn good and beautifully drawn manga. Message of this volume is clear - this manga is not about an epic story but rather philosophic contemplation about the stars, sea, life etc etc. Not that I'm complaining, it's a pretty damn good and beautifully drawn manga.

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