Sand Chronicles 6Posted: July 27, 2009
Hinako Ashihara – Viz – 2009 – 10 volumes
I had pretty much the same problem with this volume that I had with the last one, which was pretty much that I can no longer sympathize with Ann, who seems to have everything she wants and just isn’t happy with it. She breaks up with Daigo for some reason, because being with him is complicated and sad. I can sort of accept that this links back to the fact that she knew Daigo when her mother died six years ago, but I don’t know why it should impact her relationship. But fine. She isn’t happy, only sad, so she does something about it. Then she starts dating Fuji. Except she’s not happy dating Fuji, because she loves Daigo and would rather be dating him. And then is jealous that Daigo is also dating someone else, and this makes her so sad that she can’t be nice to Fuji anymore.
I realize that there are probably a lot of people that can connect with Ann, but I think I fail because it’s just not in my nature to be as sad as Ann is. I’m trying to come up with a less negative ways of phrasing that, but basically I have never had to deal with depression, which I realize is something Ann is probably struggling with, and it’s something that can be quite serious in real life. But having never experienced it for myself, stories like this fall flat because I don’t understand why Ann just can’t be happy.
I still like this story okay. It’s well-told, and the bittersweetness of the relationships is quite excellent. Despite the fact I hate Ann a little bit for treating Fuji so poorly, I like seeing her and Fuji together, and I wish something happy would come of it. Most of all, I like the main theme of the series, which is that time and life marches on despite anything else that may be happening with your life. I’m eager to see where the story goes now that the characters are no longer in high school. I suppose it won’t be terribly different for college life, but maybe the change of pace will brighten Ann up a little. Her grandma gave her a bit of a pep talk at the end of the volume too, so hopefully that’ll help a little.
But We Were There has pulled ahead of this story since I like the story better (the emotions are a bit more complex in that one) and I understand why all the characters do what they do in that series, even if I don’t necessarily agree with it. Both are quite good though, and very much worth reading.
This was a review copy provided by Viz.