Donten ni Warau
Laughing Under the Clouds
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Donten ni Warau

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Synonyms: Cloudy Laugh, Utakata ni Warau
Japanese: 曇天に笑う
English: Laughing Under the Clouds
Spanish: Riendo bajo las nubes
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 6
Chapters: 29
Status: Finished
Published: Oct 15, 2010 to May 15, 2013
Genres: Action Action, Supernatural Supernatural
Theme: Historical Historical
Demographic: Shoujo Shoujo
Serialization: Comic Avarus
Authors: Karakara, Kemuri (Story & Art)


Score: 8.101 (scored by 68686,868 users)
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Ranked: #5702
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Popularity: #791
Members: 23,191
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Volumes: /6
Chapters: /29


In the dawn of the Meiji period, the Gokumonjou, an inescapable prison, has been established in the middle of an enormous lake to counter the soaring crime rates the new era has brought. Serving as the ferrymen are the famous Kumou brothers: the eccentric family head, Tenka; the reckless but noble second son, Soramaru; and the guileless youngest, Chuutarou. In spite of their grim work, the three lead relatively peaceful lives in the ever-cloudy town of Oumi, together with their housekeeper, Shirasu Kinjou.

But buried in the long history of Oumi is the legend of the terrifying "Orochi," a serpentine beast that awakens every three hundred years in a human vessel. Unbeknownst to Soramaru and Chuutarou, the actual job of the Kumou family is to seal the Orochi away before it fully revives—or the world will be plunged into destruction. Amid the monster's next resurrection, the Kumou family must find the resolve to keep laughing under the clouds.

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Included one-shot:
Volume 1: Utakata ni Warau (2 parts)


Donten ni Warau was published digitally in English as Laughing Under the Clouds by Tokyopop from March 15, 2021 to September 29, 2021, and in print from April 20, 2021 to February 1, 2022.



May 25, 2020
Story (6/10) : Probably this manga's weakpoint in my eyes. The story is interesting but becomes engaging a bit late in my opinion. It was kind of hard to follow during the first chapters, and I didn't quite know where we were headed. Glad I stuck with it though because it gets better and better as the story progresses.

Art (9/10) : The art might be my favorite thing about this manga : some action shots might be a bit messy sometimes, but the art is usually truly great. It's a style I haven't really seen anywhere else either, so it was really refreshing. I especially ...
Jun 8, 2022
Wacky, but enjoyable. The plot doesn't hold up if you think about it too hard, but the uniqueness of it is refreshing. The blend of history and myth is interesting.

The characters are what makes this story stand out. Tenka is the charismatic and self-sacrificing older brother, Soramaru is the angsty middle child (enough said), and Chuutarou is the innocent youngest child. In my opinion, what the manga had to say about brotherhood was more interesting than the whole orochi thing.

The art is great! What stood out to me is how the Kumos all actually looked like brothers without appearing identical.

Enjoyable, ...
Jul 24, 2012
Preliminary (13/29 eps)
This is my first review, but seeing how this manga doesn't have one yet, I thought I'd give it a shot.
Hope I can do this awesome series justice.

Story (10/10) - On the surface this Donten ni Warau is mainly about the three Kumo brothers who are in charge of transporting prisoners to the inescapable lake prison. But this is only the beginning of it. It quickly becomes evident that the story has much more to it than that and the reader gets to quickly see the plot unravel chapter by chapter. Even though there aren't many chapters yet, already it is evident that ...

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