Sand Chronicles 2Posted: September 15, 2008
The second volume definitely doesn’t disappoint. The story in this volume is mostly long and connected as opposed to being broken up over a bit of time like in the first volume. Ann’s father comes back and tries to convince her to move back in with him in Tokyo. Ann’s not sure what to do since she likes where she’s living now and doesn’t get along with her father, yet knows everything he does is for her benefit. It’s most heartbreaking.
Daigo and Ann’s relationship seems to be going pretty well at this point, but it looks like a good candidate for changing hearts is Fuji, who Ann is about to spend a bit more time with. Daigo’s devotion is really quite touching, but on the other hand, I kind of like seeing Ann’s life flowing and changing around her, which is I suppose the point of the story.
One thing I realized while reading this volume was that I unfortunately cannot relate to the main character. I think a large part of the appeal for this title is in nostalgia… and fortunately, I didn’t have to deal with the same problems Ann does as far as moving, dealing with long-distance relationships, a divorce, death… things like that. I still like it a lot, it’s just not something I can relate back to my own life, even vaguely.
I waited so long to read this that I’ve got volume three now. I like this title a lot, it’s got excellent writing and great characters, so let’s see if reading two volumes together makes me rave about it a little more. I think the slow release schedule (and me not reading the books when they come out) probably doesn’t do much to make me really fall in love with it like I should.