Sunny (manga)

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Sunny
Sunny by Taiyo Matsumoto v1 cover.jpg
The cover of the first volume of Sunny
GenreDrama,[1] slice of life[2]
Manga
Written byTaiyō Matsumoto
Published byShogakukan
English publisherViz Media
DemographicSeinen
MagazineMonthly Ikki (December 25, 2010 – September 25, 2014)
Monthly Big Comic Spirits
(January 27, 2015 – July 27, 2015)
Original runDecember 25, 2010July 27, 2015
Volumes6
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Sunny is a Japanese slice of life seinen manga series created by Taiyō Matsumoto. It was serialized in Monthly Ikki by Shogakukan from December 2010 until Ikki suspended its publication in September 2014, and the manga was later transferred to Monthly Big Comic Spirits in January 2015. Sunny ended in July 2015.

The manga has been licensed for English-language release by Viz Media in 2012, with the first volume being published in May 2013.

Plot[edit]

Sunny is the story about the foster children of the Star Kids home, a combination group home/orphanage facility. They struggle with both the everyday issues of growing up and those specific of being abandoned or orphaned children. Their only way out from their situation is the Sunny, a dilapidated old car in the front lawn of the home. The Sunny is used by the children to go magically wherever they want, travel the world, go into space, or just find a refuge from the troubles of reality.

Manga[edit]

Sunny is written and illustrated by Taiyō Matsumoto. It was serialized in Monthly Ikki by Shogakukan from December 25, 2010[3][4] until Ikki suspended its publication on September 25, 2014, and the manga was later transferred to Monthly Big Comic Spirits on January 27, 2015.[5][6] Sunny ended on July 27, 2015.[7] The manga has been collected into six tankōbon volumes published by Shogakukan between August 30, 2011 and October 30, 2015.

The manga has been licensed for English-language release by Viz Media in 2012, with the first volume being published on May 21, 2013.[8][9]

Volume list[edit]

No.Japanese release dateJapanese ISBNEnglish release dateEnglish ISBN
1 August 30, 2011[10]ISBN 978-4-09-188557-9May 21, 2013[9]ISBN 978-1-4215-5525-6
  • 01. "'Where's Yokohama?' 'I dunno, somewhere 'round Tokyo?'" (「横浜ってどこにあるんやろ?」 「知らんわ、東京の辺ちゃうか」)
  • 02. "'Why're Dracula's fingernails so long?' ''Cause he doesn't cut 'em.'" (「ドラキュラの爪てなんで長いんやろ?」 「そら切らへんからや」)
  • 03. "'Why do girls always cry?' ''Cause almost nothin' can beat a girl's tears.'" (「女子てなんですぐ泣くんやろ?」 「おんなの涙は、ほぼ無敵なんや」)
  • 04. "'Whaddya wanna be when you grow up?' 'A spy and a racecar driver and a boxing champion.'" (「大人になったら何になりたい?」 「スパイでレーサーでボクサーのチャンピョンや」)
  • 05. "'Whaddya do when ya feel like cryin' at night?' 'Me, I sing.'" (「夜来て泣きたなったら、どないする?」 「オレ、歌うわ」)
  • 06. "'Whaddya think's for dinner tonight?' 'Miss Mitsuko said fritters.'" (「今日の晩ごはん、なんやろ?」 「みつこさん、コロッケや言うてたで」)
2 February 29, 2012[11]ISBN 978-4-09-188576-0November 19, 2013[12]ISBN 978-1-4215-5526-3
  • 07. "'When I get married I wanna wear a dress in a chapel.' 'What's a chapel?'" (「結婚式はドレス着てチャペルでやりたいねん」 「チャペルて何?」)
  • 08. "'What's a guppy a baby of?' 'A guppy is a baby guppy.'" (「メダカって何の子どもなの?」 「メダカはメダカの子どもだよ」)
  • 09. "'The sun is great! It comes back every morning.' 'The earth's goin' around it, y'know.'" (「お日さまて、えらいわ。毎朝かならず来てくれはる」 「地球がまわっとんねん」)
  • 10. "'Humans can fly if they have the guts.' 'Okay, so fly!'" (「人間、根性あったら空かて飛べんねんで」 「よっしゃ、飛べ」)
  • 11. "'I wanna see her as much as I don't wanna see her.' 'Well, I do wanna see her!'" (「会いたいのんとおなじぐらい会いたくないねん」 「オレは会いたいっ!」)
  • 12. "'The city always seems angry.' 'Like it's shoutin' "HEY!" or somethin'?'" (「街ってずっと怒っとるみたいや」 「コラー言うて?」)
3 January 30, 2013[13]ISBN 978-4-09-188613-2April 15, 2014[14]ISBN 978-1-4215-5969-8
  • 13. "'When it snows, it's like the whole world is up above the clouds.'" (「雪ふったら、せかいが雲の上みたいや」)
  • 14. "'I wanna be like Makio when I grow up.' 'Yeah, me too.'" (「オレ、まきおさんみたいな大人になりたいわ」 「オレかって、なりたいわ」)
  • 15. "'Madam, teatime has arrived.' 'Most grateful for the invitation, thank you. Tee hee hee.'" (「おくさま、お茶の時間ですわよ」 「およばれしますわでございますわよ。おほほ」)
  • 16. "'What if a talent scout spots us on TV?' 'A star is born!'" (「テレビ出てスカウトされたらどないしよ」 「スター誕生や」)
  • 17. "'If I had my own department store, I'd make every floor for toys.' 'That's just a big toy store.'" (「オレのデパートあったら、ぜんぶの階オモチャ売り場にするわ」 「それはでっかいオモチャ屋いうねん」)
  • 18. "'Cat goes "meow meow", dog goes "bow wow".' 'Pig goes "oink oink", cow goes "moo moo".'" (「猫、ニャンニャニャン 犬、ワンワンワン」 「豚、ブーブーブー 牛、モーモーモー」)
4 October 30, 2013[15]ISBN 978-4-09-188635-4October 21, 2014[16]ISBN 978-1-4215-7340-3
  • 19. "'Y'think God's the one who makes it rain?' 'God's there when you feel like crying, right?'" (「神さまが、雨ふらせるんやろか?」 「神さんかって、泣きたなるとき、あるんやろ」)
  • 20. "'I hate daikon.' 'Yeah, it smells like farts.'" (「ダイコン嫌いや」 「なんや、おならのにおいする」)
  • 21. "'What do sweethearts do together?' 'Hold hands and smooch.'" (「こいびとどうしって、ナニするん?」 「おててつないで、チューするねん」)
  • 22. "'There they go, monkeyin' around.' 'Yeah, monkeyin' around...'" (「はしゃいどるのぉ…」 「はしゃいどるでぇ〜」)
  • 23. "'Granny Smith apples are green, right?' 'Call 'em "green apples".'" (「あおリンゴって、みどりとちゃうん?」 「みどりんご!」)
  • 24. "'Auoooh.' 'Waaaaa.'" (「あうあうあ」 「うぉううぉ」)
5 May 30, 2014[17]ISBN 978-4-09-188654-5July 7, 2015[18]ISBN 978-1-4215-7972-6
  • 25. "'Gonna be a sot hummer!' 'My throb hurts!'" (「あつがなついわ」 「ドキがむね!」)
  • 26. "'Jus' like when 3,000 Leagues in Search of Mother.' 'Is 3,000 leagues far?'" (「母をたずねて三千里やね」 「さんぜんりって遠いんか?」)
  • 27. "'My nose is so runny I think my brain's leakin' out.' 'You ain't even got a brain anymore!'" (「こないいっぱいはな水でたら、脳みそでてまう」 「ほな、お前もう脳みそないで」)
  • 28. "'Horny-Ken's in a good mood, dont'cha know.' 'Prob'ly found some money.'" (「エロケン、ごきげんやな」 「でもひろたんやろ」)
  • 29. "'You think a rainbow's hot if you touch it?' 'The blue part's gotta be cold.'" (「虹って、さわったらあついんやろか?」 「青い部分は、つべたいやろ」)
  • 30. "'Where d'ya think birds sleep during a storm?'" (「台風きとる日は、鳥たちどこでねるんやろ?」)
6 October 30, 2015[19]ISBN 978-4-09-188685-9November 15, 2016[20]ISBN 978-1-4215-8860-5
  • 31. "'Five frantic fat frogs fled.' 'Fifty fierce fuzzy fishes.'" (「カエルピョコピョコミピョコピョコ」 「あわせてボコボコムボコボコ」)
  • 32. "'I love amusement parks.' 'When I grow up, I'm gonna live in one!'" (「ゆうえんち好きや」「大人になったらゆうえんちでくらすわ」)
  • 33. "'Horny-Ken's horny!' 'Horny corny thorny!'" (「エロケンはエロエロ」 「エッチスケッチワンタッチ」)
  • 34. "'The sky's blushing y'see.' 'It's turnin' red, y'see.'" (「空てれとんねん」 「真っ赤になっとんねん」)
  • 35. "'Virgo, Capicorn' 'Unicorn, popcorn'" (「おとめ座、やぎ座…」 「モナリザ、便座」)
  • 36. "'Home again, home again.' 'Welcome back.'" (「ただいま ただいま」 「おかえりなさい」)
  • Final Chapter. "'Rainy now, cloudy later.' 'Cloudy now, clear skies later.'" (「雨のちくもり」 「くもりのち晴れ」)

Reception[edit]

The first volume of Sunny was chosen as one of the Great Graphic Novels 2014 in the fiction section by the Young Adult Library Services Association.[21][22] It won the award for Best Graphic Novel at the 2nd Cartoonist Studio Prize.[3] It was nominated for Best American Edition of Foreign Material at the 2014 Harvey Awards.[23] In 2016, the manga won the 61st Shogakukan Manga Award in the General category, sharing it with Umimachi Diary.[24] It was also picked as a nominee for 'Best Comic' in the 42nd and the 44th annual Angoulême International Comics Festival held in 2015 and 2017 respectively.[25][26]

On Anime News Network, Rebecca Silverman gave volume 1 an overall grade of B+.[27] Greg McElhatton of Comic Book Resources praised the art and claimed it was "the most accessible Matsumoto manga to date" in his review of the first volume.[28]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Official Website for Sunny". Viz Media. Retrieved October 27, 2017.
  2. ^ "Taiyo Matsumoto to End Sunny Manga Next Month". Anime News Network. Retrieved May 31, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Taiyo Matsumoto's Sunny Manga Wins Cartoonist Studio Prize". Anime News Network. 8 March 2014. Retrieved 1 August 2014.
  4. ^ "Tekkonkinkreet's Taiyo Matsumoto to Start Sunny Manga". Anime News Network. 25 November 2010. Retrieved 1 August 2014.
  5. ^ "Monthly Ikki Magazine Suspends Publication". Anime News Network. 19 July 2014. Retrieved 13 December 2014.
  6. ^ "Monthly Ikki's Replacement Magazine's Line-Up Announced". Anime News Network. September 24, 2014. Retrieved July 28, 2017.
  7. ^ "Taiyo Matsumoto to End Sunny Manga Next Month". Anime News Network. June 28, 2015. Retrieved July 28, 2018.
  8. ^ Loo, Egan (October 14, 2012). "Viz Adds Tiger & Bunny Manga, Taiyo Matsumoto's Sunny (Update 3)". Anime News Network. Retrieved April 7, 2019.
  9. ^ a b "Sunny, Vol. 1". Viz Media. Retrieved July 27, 2018.
  10. ^ Sunny 第1集 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved July 27, 2018.
  11. ^ Sunny 2 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved July 27, 2018.
  12. ^ "Sunny, Vol. 2". Viz Media. Retrieved July 27, 2018.
  13. ^ Sunny 3 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved July 27, 2018.
  14. ^ "Sunny, Vol. 3". Viz Media. Retrieved July 27, 2018.
  15. ^ Sunny 4 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved July 27, 2018.
  16. ^ "Sunny, Vol. 4". Viz Media. Retrieved July 27, 2018.
  17. ^ Sunny 5 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved July 27, 2018.
  18. ^ "Sunny, Vol. 5". Viz Media. Retrieved July 27, 2018.
  19. ^ Sunny 6 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved July 27, 2018.
  20. ^ "Sunny, Vol. 6". Viz Media. Retrieved July 27, 2018.
  21. ^ "Great Graphic Novels 2014". www.ala.org. Retrieved 1 August 2014.
  22. ^ "Strobe Edge Ranks in YALSA's Top 10 Graphic Novels for Teens". Anime News Network. 2 February 2014. Retrieved 1 August 2014.
  23. ^ "Attack on Titan, Sunny, Showa: A History of Showa Japan Get Harvey Nods". Anime News Network. 16 July 2014. Retrieved 1 August 2014.
  24. ^ "Haikyu!!, My Love Story!!, Sunny Win Shogakukan Manga Awards". Anime News Network. Retrieved 27 April 2016.
  25. ^ Loveridge, Lynzee (January 11, 2015). "A Chef of Nobunaga, Sunny, Inferno In Bottles Nominated for Angoulême's Top Prize". Anime News Network. Retrieved April 26, 2019.
  26. ^ Hodgkins, Crystalyn (December 18, 2016). "Inuyashiki, Sunny, My Brother's Husband, Chiisakobee Nominated For Angoulême's Top Prize". Anime News Network. Retrieved October 6, 2018.
  27. ^ "Sunny GN 1". Anime News Network. 9 June 2013. Retrieved 1 August 2014.
  28. ^ McElhatton, Greg. "Sunny Vol. 1". Read About Comics. Retrieved 24 February 2018.

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