Kin no Hitsuji
The Golden Sheep
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Kin no Hitsuji

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Synonyms: Love Letter
Japanese: 金のひつじ
English: The Golden Sheep
Spanish: The Golden Sheep
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 3
Chapters: 16
Status: Finished
Published: Sep 25, 2017 to Feb 25, 2019
Genre: Slice of Life Slice of Life
Demographic: Seinen Seinen
Serialization: Afternoon
Authors: Ozaki, Kaori (Story & Art)


Score: 7.381 (scored by 39423,942 users)
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Ranked: #40262
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Popularity: #1969
Members: 10,020
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Chapters: /16
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The Golden Sheep
Volume 1


Tsugu Miikura and her family have recently moved back to Tsugu's hometown. After spending six years away due to family circumstances, Tsugu is excited to be reunited with her childhood friends—Yuushin, Asari, and Sora—in high school. On the surface, Tsugu believes that nothing has changed since they last saw each other; however, what she fails to see are the cracks that formed in their friendship after they wrote and buried their wishes in the park back then.

Asari's jealousy of Tsugu's popularity at school causes her to start harassing Tsugu, while Yuushin has begun mercilessly bullying Sora in an attempt to deal with the frustrations of his personal life. After witnessing Sora attempt to take his own life, Tsugu saves him and proposes that they run away from home. Believing that his failure to support Yuushin during their childhood is the reason his friend drastically changed, Sora accepts her invitation and promises to become stronger in the future. With nothing more than some money, the clothes on their backs, and Tsugu's now-broken Fender Stratocaster in tow, the two make their way to Tokyo at the break of dawn. Leaving the world they used to know behind them, the two teenagers embark on a journey of self-discovery.

In the absence of their friends, Yuushin and Asari are similarly forced to confront their inner demons and uncover new sides to themselves. However, the most surprising realization might be that they have not really changed after all...

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Included one-shot:
Volume 3: Love Letter


Kin no Hitsuji was published in English as The Golden Sheep by Vertical Comics from September 24, 2019 to March 10, 2020.

The series placed on Young Adult Library Services Association's 2021 Great Graphic Novels for Teens list.


Uonuma, Asako


Dec 30, 2020
From a technical perspective The Golden Sheep is basically flawless with effective art and paneling, great character designs, and coherent backgrounds. The story is a typical coming of age tale, which is the author somewhat specializes in, and it is here the negatives can be found.

Of the 4 protagonists, 2 have a satisfying, if quick, arc while the other two pull down the series. Tsugu in particular stands out for her optimism and sincerity, which puts here a cut above move teenage girl leads. The slight romance that develops with her is compelling and leads to some of the most effective emotional beats. Her and ...
Jun 18, 2020
Once again a review because there are no reviews. This manga is pretty good, I would lean towards a 7.5 instead of an 8, but that's not an option. I gave it an 8 because it felt like a fairly real interpretation of what could happen to someone who comes back to an area they've been gone from for a while. The main character is positive but not oblivious, and she does a good job supporting the other characters in the story, particularly the dark-haired boy. Likewise, all of the characters remained grounded and fairly compelling.

It was short, so there's not too much else ...
Feb 14, 2022
Mixed Feelings
This manga had a lot going for it. Its story is something that appeals to me a lot. The idea of your friends not being the same people as they were when you left is something I feel like I'd like t see explored more in ways similar to this. I won't say it's the most unique structure, but it definitely is engaging. Not to mention, it even went the whole running away on an adventure to become stronger plotline which is almost like an instant appeal point to me. That said, my overall feelings on this manga were a lot more mixed, sometimes negative. ...

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