Children of the Sea (manga)

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Children of the Sea
ChildrenOfTheSea vol01 Cover.jpg
Cover of Children of the Sea volume 1 as published by Shogakukan
(Kaijū no Kodomo)
Genre Adventure, Mystery
Written by Daisuke Igarashi
Published by Shogakukan
English publisher
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Ikki
English magazine
Original run 20062012
Volumes 5
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Children of the Sea (海獣の子供 Kaijū no Kodomo?) is a Japanese seinen adventure manga series written and illustrated by Daisuke Igarashi, and serialized in Shogakukan's monthly seinen manga magazine Ikki. Shogakukan has released five tankōbon volumes so far, between July 30, 2007 and July 30, 2012. The manga is licensed in North America by Viz Media, who is serializing it online at and who released the first tankōbon volume on July 21, 2009, and the second volume on December 15, 2009.


Children of the Sea is written and illustrated by Daisuke Igarashi. It is serialized in Shogakukan's seinen magazine Ikki. Shogakukan has released five tankōbon volumes so far, between July 30, 2007 and July 30, 2012.[1][2] The manga is licensed in North America by Viz Media,[3] who is serializing it online at[4] and who released the first tankōbon volume on July 21, 2009,[5] and the second volume on December 15, 2009.[6]

Chapter listing[edit]

No. Japanese release date Japanese ISBN English release date English ISBN
1 July 30, 2007[1] ISBN 978-4-091-88368-1 July 21, 2009[5] ISBN 1-4215-2914-9
  • 01. "Ruka" (琉花?)
  • 02. "The Day of Thunder" (神鳴りの日?)
  • 03. "Hitodama" (人魂?)
  • 04. "Marine Mammals"
  • 05. "Patterns" (図様?)
  • 06. "Ghost of the Sea" (海の幽霊?)
  • 07. "Chair" (椅子?)
  • 08. "The Realm of the Sea" (水界?)
2 July 30, 2007[7] ISBN 978-4-091-88369-8 December 15, 2009[6] ISBN 1-4215-2919-X
  • 09. "Isana"
  • 10. "A Strong Wind at Sea"
  • 11. "Beyond the Tide"
  • 12. "Falling Rain Collecting in Pools"
  • 13. "Soaked Children"
  • 14. "Rakshasa"
  • 15. "The Last Day of the Month"
  • 16. "Takeoff"
3 June 30, 2008[8] ISBN 978-4-091-88422-0 June 15, 2010[9] ISBN 1-4215-2920-3
  • 17. "Kuroshio Current"
  • 18. "Far Out at Sea"
  • 19. "Mirage"
  • 20. "Dugong"
  • 21. "Gondwana"
  • 22. "Ripples in the Wave"
  • 23. "Trap"
  • 24. "Internal Organs"
  • 25. "Sea Border"
4 July 30, 2009[2] ISBN 978-4-091-88470-1 December 21, 2010 ISBN 1-4215-3541-6
  • 26. "Marine Animals"
  • 27. "Pierced Body"
  • 28. "Muddied Waters"
  • 29. "Sea of the Universe"
  • 30. "Pregnancy"
  • 31. "Crucible"
  • 32. "Interception"
  • 33. "Preparation"
  • 34. "Venus"
  • 35. "Water Demon"
5 July 30, 2012 ISBN 978-4-091-88590-6 June 18, 2013[10] ISBN 1-4215-3848-2


Children of the Sea was nominated for the 2008 and 2009 Osamu Tezuka Cultural Prize.[11][12] Daisuke Igarashi was awarded a Japan Cartoonist Awards excellence award for drawing Children of the Sea in 2009.[13] Children of the Sea was the recipient of an Excellence Prize from the Japan Media Arts Awards at the 2009 Japan Media Arts Festival.[14][15]'s Deb Aoki commends the manga for its "vibrant, detailed artwork that takes its inspiration from nature, real people and real places" but criticises the manga for its slow plot which "picks up the pace after a few chapters".[16] Pop Culture Shock's Sam Kusek comments on the interactions between the main characters, saying, "[Umi, Sora and Ruka] all share something in common, the fact that they are outsiders from the norm. Ruka is not your normal girl. As athletic as she is, her attitude and aggression towards her teammates leave her high and dry for the summer. Consistently throughout the book, people are badmouthing her as she passes them on the street. Umi and Sora are obviously outsiders due to their extreme circumstances, wearing large robes to cover a majority of their skin and having to constantly bathe in water. Sora especially has a frail constitution, spending most of the book in and out of a hospital. All three are young children, and that is shown throughout the book, but they also have a unique sense of maturity that sets them apart not only from other children but most adults."[17] Anime News Network's Carlo Santos commends the manga for its "subtle, seamless storytelling and first-class artistry combine to form a fascinating tale of the sea" but criticises it for "mundane events and superfluous scenes sometimes slow down the plot".[18] ICv2's Steve Bennett commends the manga for "the art is rich with photorealistic details which help to give the fantasy a solid grounding in reality, and has strong, emotionally honest characters which should make this young adult fantasy appeal to both fans of epic fantasy and contemporary teen dramas."[19] Coolstreak Comics' Leroy Douresseaux comments that he is reminded of the "1980s ecological sci-fi comic book, The Puma Blues" when reading the manga. He also commends on the manga artist's "earthy art, with its busy line work and crosshatching and unsophisticated figure drawing, grounds this series in reality, which makes the moments of enchantment all the more breathtaking." He also recommends the manga to those who liked Inio Asano's Solanin.[20]


  1. ^ a b "海獣の子供 / 1" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved 2009-07-26. 
  2. ^ a b "海獣の子供 / 4" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved 28 November 2009. 
  3. ^ "Ōoku, Detroit Metal City, More New Manga Listed for Viz". Anime News Network. 2008-11-21. Retrieved 2009-07-26. 
  4. ^ "Children of the Sea". Viz Media. Retrieved 2009-07-27. 
  5. ^ a b "Children of the Sea , Vol. 1". Viz Media. Retrieved 2009-07-26. 
  6. ^ a b "Children of the Sea , Vol. 2". Viz Media. Retrieved 2009-07-26. 
  7. ^ "海獣の子供 / 2" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved 2009-07-27. 
  8. ^ "海獣の子供 / 3" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved 2009-07-26. 
  9. ^ " Children of the Sea, Vol. 3". Retrieved 2010-11-07. 
  10. ^ " - Children of the Sea, Volume 5". VIZ Media. Retrieved 2013-04-22. 
  11. ^ "12th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize Nominees Announced". Anime News Network. 2008-03-14. Retrieved 2009-07-26. 
  12. ^ "13th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize Nominees Announced". Anime News Network. 2009-03-05. Retrieved 2009-07-26. 
  13. ^ "38th Japan Cartoonist Awards Announced". Anime News Network. 2009-05-08. Retrieved 2009-07-26. 
  14. ^ "Summer Wars, Vinland Saga Win Media Arts Awards". Anime News Network. 2009-12-03. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  15. ^ "Excellence Prize - Children of the Sea". Japan Media Arts Plaza. Retrieved 3 December 2009. 
  16. ^ Aoki, Deb. "Children of the Sea Volume 1". Retrieved 2009-07-26. 
  17. ^ Kusek, Sam (June 27, 2009). "Children of the Sea, Vol. 1". Pop Culture Shock. Archived from the original on 2010-07-03. Retrieved 2009-07-26. 
  18. ^ Santos, Carlo (June 22, 2009). "Children of the Sea GN 1". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2009-07-26. 
  19. ^ Bennet, Steve (March 23, 2009). "Review of 'Children of the Sea' Vol. 1 (Manga)". ICv2. Retrieved 2009-07-26. 
  20. ^ Douresseaux, Leroy (July 15, 2009). "Children of the Sea: Volume 1". Coolstreak Comics. Retrieved 2009-07-26. 

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