Sand Chronicles 4Posted: December 10, 2008
Oh dear. I was kind of rooting for something all along, and it looks like I got my wish this volume. I don’t much like it, though, since it seems to be stirring things up quite a bit. I should just learn to wish for happiness for characters instead of change.
Anyway, both chapters this time are mostly just about Daigo and Ann, as opposed to… well, their families, or Fuji’s family, or anything like that. Fuji’s still AWOL through winter break, so Ann and Daigo do some major bonding to make up for it. Ann is still rather affected by the death of her mother four years ago, and… well, Daigo just can’t comfort her. The first chapter is one that starts off quite well but doesn’t end that way at all.
The second chapter is about Ann struggling by herself back in the city. This broke my heart far more than I thought it would, mostly because of Daigo. Daigo and Ann have the type of problems where you just want to yell out the right things to say to them in order to fix things, because the two always seem to come up short in that area. Other things happen with Ann too, as well as Daigo, and again… I know I wished for it, but now I’m not sure if I want it.
Oh well. Now that I’ve got my wish, I’ll just have to see where it goes. I have a hard time being able to tell where things are going in this series too, just because the characters stir up most of the drama themselves over the silliest misunderstandings. The fact that I like it despite this speaks volumes, since it means that the characters come across as really genuine. But I wonder if Ann will stick with her country town for the entire series, or if perhaps life will take her elsewhere. It is a fun prospect to see her whole life ahead of her like this.
This was a review copy provided by Viz.