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: 7.401 (scored by 35793,579 users)
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Ranked: #35922
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Popularity: #1977
Members: 8,944
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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...

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Included one-shot:
Volume 3: Love Letter


Kin no Hitsuji was released 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

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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 ...
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 ...
Nov 25, 2019
Mixed Feelings
Mod Edit: This review was original posted for Love Letter and has subsequently been merged into Kin no Hitsuji.

What if, before we were born, we all had a chance to choose our mothers?

This short and sweet one-shot relates the tale of one soul who does his best to make his mother happy, regardless of the circumstances.

Story, 6: There are definitely some rather cliche tearjerking moments in the story, but I enjoyed the premise and thought the different avenues of life both the soul and the mother follow were touching.

Art, 7: There were some particularly nice panels featuring the characters crying, and the rest ...

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