The cover of the first volume of Sunny
|Genre||Drama, slice of life|
|Written by||Taiyō Matsumoto|
|Original run||December 25, 2010 – July 27, 2015|
Sunny is a Japanese slice of life manga series written and illustrated by Taiyō Matsumoto. It ran in Shogakukan's seinen manga magazine Monthly Ikki from December 2010 to September 2014, when the magazine ceased publication. It was later transferred to Monthly Big Comic Spirits, being serialized from January to July 2015. Its chapters were compiled in six wide-ban volumes.
The manga has been licensed for English-language release by Viz Media in 2012. The six volumes were published from May 2013 to November 2016.
In 2016, Sunny won the 61st Shogakukan Manga Award in the General category
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.
- Haruo Yano (矢野 春男, Yano Haruo)
- Also referred as "White" (ホワイト, Howaito), is a rebellious white-haired boy who is usually fantasizing inside the Sunny and getting into fights. He deeply cares about the other kids at the home, getting in trouble if it requires it to help them. Her mother left him in the Star Kids and they reunite on occasion. Haruo keeps a round tin of Nivea which reminds him her smell.
- Sei Yamashita (山下 静, Yamashita Sei)
- A bespectacled smart quiet boy and a newcomer to the Star Kids. He feels uneasy at the home and does not really try at the beginning to connect with the other kids, believing that his parents will come back any day now.
- Junsuke (純助)
- An artistic, musically-inclined and playful boy. He was sent to the home along with his little brother Shosuke (笑介). They visit their ill mother at the hospital,
- Megumu (めぐむ)
- A sensitive girl, burdened with the memories of a caring family since her parents died. She fears dying alone and wants no one else to leave her. Megumu always thinks the best of others and tries to be a "normal" girl. She is befriended with Kiko.
- Kiko (きい子, Kīko)
- A scandalous and whining girl, defensive of her peers. Her mother left her in the Star Kids.
- Kenji Ito (伊東 研二, Itō Kenji)
- A teenager and one of the older kids at the home. He is nicknamed "Horny Kenji" after his porn magazines were found inside the Sunny. He is the son of an alcoholic father. He does not know what he wants out of life and even tried to dropout school.
- Asako Ito (伊東 朝子, Itō Asako)
- Kenji's older sister and high school student. She also takes care of the kids at the Star Kids.
- Taro (たろう, Tarō)
- An obese large man with an undisclosed mental issue who is usually wandering around the home, picking flowers and singing nursery rhymes. He also serves as a guardian of the home and the kids.
- Minoru Adachi (足立 稔, Adachi Minoru)
- Mr. Adachi is the caretaker of the Star Kids, along with Miss Mitsuko. He is a compassionate and patient man who is always looking for the well-being of the kids.
- Makio (牧男)
- The grandson of the Star Kids housemaster. He is admired by the kids, specially by Haruo. He is a college student, but is aimlessly searching for his purpose in life
Matsumoto stated that he has planned since his debut on writing a manga about his own experience living in a children's care home for six years when he was young, but he thought that it would be weird to start a career as a manga artist with a theme like that. Matsumoto also said that Sunny is not an autobiographical work, clarifying that there are parts close to his own experiences, while others were mostly made up, adding as well, that at first he planned on making it more autobiographical, but he could not make it work, so it wounded up being "half real and half fiction". For the series, Matsumoto decided to use the Kansai dialect for dialogues to make the story more light-hearted. Matsumoto's previous works have been noted for lack of female characters, whereas in Sunny they are more prominent, as Matsumoto was basing the work on his own experience and half of the kids at the home were girls. Matsumoto's wife helped him drawing the female characters.
Sunny is written and illustrated by Taiyō Matsumoto. It was serialized in Monthly Ikki by Shogakukan from December 25, 2010 to September 25, 2014, when Ikki suspended its publication. The manga was later transferred to Monthly Big Comic Spirits on January 27, 2015. Sunny ended on July 27, 2015. The manga has been collected into six wide-ban volumes published by Shogakukan between August 30, 2011 and October 30, 2015.
|No.||Japanese release date||Japanese ISBN||English release date||English ISBN|
|1||August 30, 2011||978-4-09-188557-9||May 21, 2013||978-1-4215-5525-6|
|2||February 29, 2012||978-4-09-188576-0||November 19, 2013||978-1-4215-5526-3|
|3||January 30, 2013||978-4-09-188613-2||April 15, 2014||978-1-4215-5969-8|
|4||October 30, 2013||978-4-09-188635-4||October 21, 2014||978-1-4215-7340-3|
|5||May 30, 2014||978-4-09-188654-5||July 7, 2015||978-1-4215-7972-6|
|6||October 30, 2015||978-4-09-188685-9||November 15, 2016||978-1-4215-8860-5|
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. It won the award for Best Graphic Novel at the 2nd Cartoonist Studio Prize. It was nominated for Best American Edition of Foreign Material at the 2014 Harvey Awards. In 2016, the manga won the 61st Shogakukan Manga Award in the General category, sharing it with Umimachi Diary. 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.
On Anime News Network, Rebecca Silverman gave volume 1 an overall grade of B+. 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. Publishers Weekly wrote that the author "deftly weaves a sense of longing and sadness into even the most chaotic scenes, and readers are drawn into the lives of children struggling to be themselves in a world that doesn’t want them."
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